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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-09-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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I talked to a few friends of mine that go up there regulary and they said Thursdays would be the night...

Anyone up for going this or next week?

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What time? This Thursday might be a wash as they are expecting rain every day this week. I would bring the GSXR 600
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What time? This Thursday might be a wash as they are expecting rain every day this week. I would bring the GSXR 600
so would I... I belive it starts at 5 and goes until 9...

next week I should have the 1098 also, so that would work in my hands as well...

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Yeah, weather is not looking so hot up here this week.

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I might be down for riding up there with you guys. Next week. I cant this week.

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I just started a thread about this in the Drag strip forum yesterday. The 2WheelSpeed motorcycle drag racing series season opener is at Byron on May 21 & 22 and weeknights at Da' Grove...

What I found is if you're just going for test & tune and to see what your bike can do, Tuesdays (Test & Tunes and Street tires only night) would be a better night to go. On Tuesdays the gate fee is a tad cheaper if you're just doing T&T and you won't be waiting for long periods between runs...On Tuesdays the last time I went in Fall they let the bikes go to the front of the line in the staging lanes. They actually put the bikes in their own staging lanes and if there are bikes in the lanes they'd let them make a run before the cars in the lanes. You could actually hot lap if you wanted to. There is trophy racing later in the evening on Tuesdays, but if you want to race you pay $5 or $10 more at the gate and you'd have to stage and race against cars. I don't like that, but it's not required if you are there for T&T. Thursdays are a little more rigid because the cars on that night are dedicated race cars and the bikes that show up are pretty quick because Thursday is called Slicks & Bikes night (no street cars) and they have race eliminations after the time runs. On Thursdays I don't think you have to race against cars, though.
I'd like to join you, if you go... post up. I'll come up to spectate. I'm still on the hunt for a GS Suzuki (I've got a line on one but haven't had time to see it yet) to use as a strip bike...I'm not going to beat my '05 Triumph twin at the strip any more.

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whats required to run there? gear and saftey equip wise?

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I might be down for riding up there with you guys. Next week. I cant this week.

some of us are bringing our roadrace bikes so will will not be riding up there we will be trailering as our bikes are not street legal

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I just started a thread about this in the Drag strip forum yesterday. The 2WheelSpeed motorcycle drag racing series season opener is at Byron on May 21 & 22 and weeknights at Da' Grove...

What I found is if you're just going for test & tune and to see what your bike can do, Tuesdays (Test & Tunes and Street tires only night) would be a better night to go. On Tuesdays the gate fee is a tad cheaper if you're just doing T&T and you won't be waiting for long periods between runs...On Tuesdays the last time I went in Fall they let the bikes go to the front of the line in the staging lanes. They actually put the bikes in their own staging lanes and if there are bikes in the lanes they'd let them make a run before the cars in the lanes. You could actually hot lap if you wanted to. There is trophy racing later in the evening on Tuesdays, but if you want to race you pay $5 or $10 more at the gate and you'd have to stage and race against cars. I don't like that, but it's not required if you are there for T&T. Thursdays are a little more rigid because the cars on that night are dedicated race cars and the bikes that show up are pretty quick because Thursday is called Slicks & Bikes night (no street cars) and they have race eliminations after the time runs. On Thursdays I don't think you have to race against cars, though.
I'd like to join you, if you go... post up. I'll come up to spectate. I'm still on the hunt for a GS Suzuki (I've got a line on one but haven't had time to see it yet) to use as a strip bike...I'm not going to beat my '05 Triumph twin at the strip any more.


This is nice but I am not swapping my tires out from slicks to DOT's so I can run this and save a couple of bucks. Me and a couple of others are testing non street bikes
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This is nice but I am not swapping my tires out from slicks to DOT's so I can run this and save a couple of bucks. Me and a couple of others are testing non street bikes
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I'm pretty sure in the case of bikes they'll let you test & tune on any night. I think the street tires only designation applies to cars. Couldn't hurt to call or email and ask. In these lean times I don't see them turning anyone away that's willing to pay the gate fee.
Safety equipment requirements are according to NHRA rules. If your bike is going to go 120 MPH or faster you'll need full leathers. Otherwise, a full helmet with a leather jacket, gloves that cover the wrists, long pants (jeans) and boots that cover the ankles are OK.
If your bike turns faster than 10.00 second E T's they will require you to get an NHRA license.
But that's pretty fast...road race bikes and track day bikes likely aren't that fast. I've turned low to mid 13's and barely cracked 100 MPH on a pretty healthy 850 4 cylinder.
Post up when you're going...it would be my pleasure to come watch and meet you all. Maybe join you on the strip when I find the bike I'm looking for.

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I'm pretty sure in the case of bikes they'll let you test & tune on any night. I think the street tires only designation applies to cars. Couldn't hurt to call or email and ask. In these lean times I don't see them turning anyone away that's willing to pay the gate fee.
Safety equipment requirements are according to NHRA rules. If your bike is going to go 120 MPH or faster you'll need full leathers. Otherwise, a full helmet with a leather jacket, gloves that cover the wrists, long pants (jeans) and boots that cover the ankles are OK.
If your bike turns faster than 10.00 second E T's they will require you to get an NHRA license.
But that's pretty fast...road race bikes and track day bikes likely aren't that fast. I've turned low to mid 13's and barely cracked 100 MPH on a pretty healthy 850 4 cylinder.
Post up when you're going...it would be my pleasure to come watch and meet you all. Maybe join you on the strip when I find the bike I'm looking for.
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Here's a coincidence...after I finished typing my last post I check my email box and there was an email from Great Lakes Dragaway...They plan to open tonight for their regular Tuesday program. According to what the email said trailered bikes are welcome through Spring on Tuesdays. Only restrictions on bikes is no delay boxes or other electronic devices that the drag crowd uses.

9.999 is damn fast...your buddy must have a fast hand and be pretty light! He should be drag racing for cash!

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Shit my old 92 FZR 1000 turned a 10.38 on the day Route 66 speedway first opened, to let anyone run to get rubber on the track. That bike is 20 years old and was street legal with mild mods. I can definatly see the new modern sportbike cracking 10's
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How about 3 thursdays from now?? If you guys do go, post up how it went, any bs to be aware of, I'll probably just go up on my own anyway when I get back in town.

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9.999 is damn fast...your buddy must have a fast hand and be pretty light! He should be drag racing for cash!
thats slow for him, he used to do that shit all the time... but you know one gets older and wiser...

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I think my best time at Great Lakes was a 11.8 on my 600RR and I was the slowest person in our group. I can't remember what X got on his Gixxer 1K.

I learned a ton about standing starts that night, we got a ton of runs in. I think we went on a Slicks & Bikes night, and there weren't any cars there. Well, there was one jet car, kid getting his license. That was pretty cool.

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tuesdays sound good to me. sounds like we might get a lot more passes

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I'd be up for a tuesday night.

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...I learned a ton about standing starts that night, we got a ton of runs in...
Yep...There's no place in the world like the drag strip to hone the skills of getting a super holeshot in any kind of racing...and to get the high speed jetting spot on if you have carbs.

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Weather permitting, anyone planning on going to the Grove tonight?

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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I'd rather do Thursday, but might be down for tuesday as well, have to see what the bike is doing at that point...

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I'm Going to drive up this evening with my nephew...he's never been to a drag strip...just gonna scope it out and hopefully get to see some fast cars and bikes make passes. If the weather is good on Tuesday I might run up for some spectating...still looking for a bike to run but I'm sure I'll find something that fits my criteria in short order...If I see or hear anything that you all may find of interest I'll post it.

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I've done this tons of times - it's a fun night. I usually took my V-Rod and also dragged a few of my friend's bikes (Harleys) but did my FZ-1 a few times.

I want to take my 08 CBR1K there, even though I'm sure I won't be able to launch worth shit. They were pretty lax on equipment regs when I went - probably because we were on Harleys most of the time. They were letting guys with regular shoes and cloth gloves run the strip.

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The weather stayed good last evening and there were some pretty fast cars there last night. Mostly doing Time runs and test & tune. There were only 2 bikes...An '83 GS 1100 that was modified for drag racing with an aluminum swingarm and wheelie bar that was kind of rough...the rider said it had been sitting for a few years. It made a few runs in the 10's at about 120+ and then he packed up and left early. The other bike was a late model HD with alot of chrome but obviously built turning low 11's to mid 10's at about 110 mph...some of his runs were surprising but he was obviously experienced on the strip and the bike was set up with a bar. He ended up in a money race (handicap) against a big block Chevy. He flubbed the start and the Chevy ran him down and beat him for the $139 derived from entry fee payback I gather.
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