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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 2007, 5:55 pm Thread Starter
 
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Improving ground clearence for Track Day

Hello,
Long time sense I posted last , but here it goes anyway.
I'm signed up for the track day @ Road America during the National rally in Wisconsin and would like to gain some cornering ground clearence besides just raising the footpeg adjustment. It seems to me that the first hard part that touches down is the centerstand (see pic). I want to know if anyone else has modified the stand or the stop to improve clearence? Is it just a matter of bending the bars up that the rubber bumpers are mounted on. If so how do you keep the leverage arm away from the exhaust.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 2007, 6:07 pm
 
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On other bikes folks take the center stand off completely if they are going to run track days and want the clearance.
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Crank in more preload. It may top the shock out on small rises and bumps if it's too much, but it'll raise the rear (and the bike) up a tad more.
I haven't done it, but I believe the removal of the center stand is a bit of a chore. Hopefully not, but I'm not really sure.



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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2007, 5:51 pm
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Niiiiice pics...

I've yet to come across a GT rider locally that uses the whole tire and scrapes both the foot peg and brake lever.

By the way, what tires are you running? They seem to have more of a sport-bike profile than my original fitment Battlax tires.

Sorry, don't have an answer to your questions. I do, however, want to take the GT to a track day or two.

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HI,
Meztler Z6 seems to be about the best tire going in regards to traction & mileage. I run my tires fr & rr at 40psi ( dealer suggestion). I seem to turn better to the right than the left for some reason , so those rt side pegs & brake lever look a little more ground up than the lefts do. I also run the foot pegs in the lower position.

That track day can't get here soon enough for me and the rally in general !!!


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I splurged on some M3's for the track school back in March. Tech inspection included tire pressure check, and they set mine to 33 front and rear (:wtf). I was pretty much like, "Okaaaay...they're the professionals. I'll trust them just this once..." Worked like a charm. Only change I wish I'd done was raise the foot-pegs up to the high position, as the peg feelers were pretty much ground down to nothing at the end of the day. If I'd signed up for both days, the pegs would've been adjusted before going out the second day.

It was so damned easy to get the bike leaned over that much. The trick to help keep it from happening but still getting around the corner at that speed is to weight the outside peg a bit more, and lift the inside foot up a tad. Attitude of the bike didn't change, but it did keep me from getting nervous with the touch-down that I wasn't expecting.



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For a big heavy bike it's a blast to ride in the twisties , it's a bit ungainly in the tight stuff but a blast none the less. A lot of the peg grinding took place at the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap NC and also the Cherhola Skyway last fall . The Dragons hairpins are insanely tight and blind but the Skyway is K1200 paradice , 75mph sweepers and glass smooth.
I live in north central IL so I have to have a motorcycle that you can ride comfortably for 2 to 3 hours till you get to decent twisties in sw Wisconsin and this bike fills that bill perfectly.

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Geez....33 psi......?
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Yup. 33...left it there after the track day to see how my "normal" riding was affected, if at all. Didn't really notice anything. Did pump them up for the long distance (with cargo) run to Texas. Beat 'em up pretty good, and almost got 6k out of the rear. Got 7k out of the front.



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I've heard it gives you a slightly larger contact patch, but also thought it might make the ride wobbly....thanks, I'll be sure to try it next time I'm on a twisty road.
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