Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Waukegan, Illinois
Location: Waukegan, Illinois
Sportbike: 2004 GSXR750 (street/track), 2003 ZX6R 636 (track)
Years Riding: I think Im on my 3rd now
How you found us: From other web forums (SBN, NESBA)
Very nice write up Ron. However, if I take turn 5, 6, 8, and Canada Corner in second I loose a hell of a lot of corner speed and drive out of the turns. I know that sounds backwards, but Im more than likely redlining those turns at apex in second. This is on a stock 636 though, so on your Gixxer 1000 you can go like another 30 or 40 mph in second than I can.
Heres how I took it towards the end of the day Thursday:
Exiting 14 hard on the gas in second, be careful that rear doesnt step out. Upshift to 3rd expecting to get some headshake. Into 4th at the dip and run that out to the top of the hill, upshift to 5th at the top of the hill and 6th when its out of steam. Relax............
Hit a measley 160 mph at the end of pit wall and hit the brakes. Body acting like a sail, on the brakes at a medium rate, 3 downshifts to 3rd and remind yourself that you can take turn 1 a lot faster than you think. Expect to get a little unnerved by the bumps in the apex of 1 and drift all the way to the rumble strips. Top out 3rd and move to 4th never changing your body position, just tuck in the knee. Hit the brakes at the #4 marker, downshift to 3rd, use a bit of trail braking into the turn. If Im lucky, Ill late apex, carry enough corner speed, and exit 3 at 100 mph with a little headshake hard on the gas. Wind out the gears and RELAX........
Probably only hit 165 on the middle straight because Im scared of the braking zone at 5. At the the theoretical 5 1/2 marker set up my body position and make the body a sail. Apply the brakes at #5 marker, down 3 gears, and hope to carry enough corner speed that Im running above 8000 rpms at the exit of turn 5. Keep the body positioned to the left still, and tuck in the knee for "aerodynamics". If I exited 5 with enough speed Ill wind out 3rd and hit the brakes hard. Crest the hill and trail brake a bit into 6. Late apex 6 and hard on the gas on exit.
Pretending 7 is a kink and not a turn, so I dont try to drag a knee, Ill hopefully carry enough speed that Ill upshift to 4th on exit and head down the hill. Hit the brakes and make like a sail at #4 marker. Downshift to 3rd, trail brake and never carry enough corner speed thru 8. Bog until the Snap-On bridge and turn in for the carousel.
Take a cruise around the caroucel always worrying about what the hell the tires are going to do (they always stuck like glue). Stay to the inside of the crack in the pavement at mid track and narrowly miss the rumble strips on the inside. Rolling on the gas, exit wide left and pass all the people who stayed way too far inside. Almost top out 3rd when you slam on the brakes at the #3 1/2 marker. Let your eyes bug out while on the brakes into the chicane and downshift to 2nd. Tap a knee around the left hander and quick roll off to change directions. Roll on the throttle going into the right hander because you didnt carry enough corner speed at the beginning. Hard on the gas out of the right hander and expect the front wheel to skip along the pavement.
Into the kettle bottoms. Top out 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, but dont shift to 6th because you are scared of braking into Canada Corner. Muscle your bike around the left hand kink (even using body position to turn the bike). Downshift to 3rd on the brakes, body acting like asail, and keep the corner speed up around #12. Early on the gas to drift as far left on exit and make 12 and that right hander just before the Billy Mitchel Bridge all one turn.
Wind out 3rd and roll off the gas to start the turn in to the left under the bridge. Maintanence throttle around the blind, off-camber left hander and drift as far left as possible. Narrowly miss the rumble strips on exit and drift to the white line on the right. Wind out 3rd and dont bother to move back left for the set up to 14. The track turns for you. On the brakes and downshift to 2nd. Begin turn in after the second white line and stay to the inside of the patches. Get on the gas drifting to the left and watch for that rear tire to step out.
This only netted me a 2:47, maybe a little faster (if the lap timer was working). I know where I can improve and what I can do to go faster, but I will need to work with a control rider next time.