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Jennings Dec 31, on my 9er?

My dad's friend, who was the impetus for the selection of my 919, is set on me coming with him to Jennings. I have never done a track day and the 9er is my only reasonable bike to use. How many of you guys have done track days on the 919 and do you think a beginner will run into a lot of problems?
The main thing that is keeping me from committing to track is the possibility of running into so many problems with the 919 that I won't want to stay on the track the whole time. I know I will have problems with ground clearance and the lack of a windscreen may be a pain. I am still not sure if I want to use the 919, I was never planning on it, but the street is a stupid place to ride aggressively and, for the most part, I have stopped doing so, making me feel empty inside. This track day would, I think, fill that hole inside and give the outter edges of tires a little more use.

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-09-2007, 06:52 PM
 
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If your pegs drag, hang off further.

I highly doubt the wind will bother you, you will be so focused on other things you won't even notice it, plus Jennings is a tighter track no? Earplugs help with the wind too.

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dude you won't have a second's problem out of that bike! if you've getting your butt slid off the seat enough, ground clearance won't be an issue unless you're just stupid racer-fast! i was at jennings 2 weeks back and there was a 919 out there running novice both days. don't hesitate to go out and have fun and keep those worries out of your head so you can focus on riding and enjoying yourself. trust me, you'll get addicted! i ran VIR two days in october, jennings two weeks ago and Tally the past two sundays (including today til my clutch started slipping). go have fun!

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here's a bit of motivation for you.

If I can do this on a BMW at Jennings you can rock a 919. Have fun!

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Here is a little more motivation. jayfooey on his 919.


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Great pics.

'02 Honda 919 - She's the only one for me!

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I've had a lot of trouble with the pegs and rear brakes dragging in the past, I didn't have any pants with pucks on 'em, so I was limited. I am currently running Diablo Stradas, I'm not sure how well they will do but, for my first track day, I'm sure I don't need super sticky rubber. I'm going to take the sliders off the pegs, maybe get some thinner ones and adjust the rear brake and shifter a little higher to squeeze that last little bit of clearance out the bike. I will let you guys know if it falls through or if I do it up.

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Man I want to do a track day so bad!!! I have no freakign way to get there...I am still trying to pull in some resources so I can

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Ground Clearance

Take out the 2 bolts that hold the rear brakes master cylinder, The brake pedal will move all the way up, and out of the way. No need for use of the
rear brakes on the track. If the pegs drag.. let em. eventually enough of the
peg will be ground off until they don't touch. Just don't draw up when it
happens. As they say let the low side drag.. no worries.

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I didn't have any pants with pucks on 'em, so I was limited.
Then get your upper body off that bike (see my avatar).

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I wanna do a track day how much does it cost?

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Jlux21 & I did a track day on our 919's in Oct at VIR and had a blast. You're right to take the slider thingies off your pegs. None of the other things you mentioned (screen, etc) will bother you in the least. Focus on technique. If you start scraping, hang off a little more. If you don't have a suit, you'll probably have to rent or borrow one.
It's definitely worth going. Don't pass up the chance.

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typical trackday at VIR with cornerspeed.net will run you around $190 for one day. can get to Summit Point in West VA for less I think. biggest expenses are the initial investment in a suit and such, unless you rent one. I rented a Vanson from cornerspeed my first weekend for like $75 for two days. worth the money!

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It's not a perfect track tool, but I think you'll have a blast.

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wow that's 80's-tastic!

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