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First Track Day of the Season

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Evill_Ed

I did my first track day with my winter modifications at NJMP on Monday 06/03/19

The new suspension, Ohlin’s cartridges, KTech Razor RR stock and AP dog bone linkage have transformed my FZ. I also have  a more aggressive riding position with the woodcraft clip ons and rearsets.

i started with the manufacturers settings which were pretty close. After a warm up session I had the local suspension tuner dial it in for me. I really couldn’t be happier with the feel and performance. I had a good day and rode well, also got to use my GoPro that my boys got me for Christmas. 

Here are a couple of clips. On the rear camera video, you can here my modified stock exhaust, I think it sounds good. 

Second clip will only imbed link 

 

 

https://youtu.be/xPZuBmj5v5w

 

Ed

 

 

 

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mossrider

Bout damn time...

Dibs on next ride!

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fzar
On 6/5/2019 at 9:30 PM, Evill_Ed said:

The new suspension, Ohlin’s cartridges, KTech Razor RR stock and AP dog bone linkage have transformed my FZ

Glad you got your track day with your new mod's, any chance you could elaborate a little. I'm hitting a wall as what to do with my bike suspension wise. @Evill_Ed

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Evill_Ed
44 minutes ago, fzar said:

Glad you got your track day with your new mod's, any chance you could elaborate a little. I'm hitting a wall as what to do with my bike suspension wise. @Evill_Ed

Like I said in my build thread, I never thought that the stock suspension was that bad. I’m 175 lbs, 195 with all my gear. My first 2 seasons on the track, the suspension was adequate. The Dunlop Q3s made a big difference. Seat time and classes made the biggest improvements. I did the Yamaha Champions Riding School in September, it was on the second day that I started to notice the front end felt slightly unstable when pushed hard and my rear tire was showing signs of poor rebound. Then I went and rode a new R6, one of YCRS’s bikes for a few laps. Without any adjustments, I could not believe how stable and firm that bike felt. Made me wanna run out and buy one 😊

choosing suspension was hard, I read so many posts on this board about suspension choices and opinions. I had decided on the Ohlins fork cartridges, one because I believe that Ohlins makes good products and two because it was reversible, I did not have to modify my fork tubes.  I was going to get the Ohlins rear shock but found out when ordering it that it did not offer compression adjustment, only preload and rebound. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just wanted more adjustability for track use.  I then decided to go with then K-Tech Razor RR and Andy’s Dog Bone, if Andy says that’s the combo, I believe him 😊 So that’s how I got to where I’m at. 

So with all that said my first impressions were that the bike is completely transformed. I started with the base (recommended) settings and thought that the feel reminded me of the R6 I rode. With the AP dog bone and longer RR shock, 319 mm, the bike steers quickly. Straight line high speed stability feels the same as before, I was afraid it might have been twitchy with the raised rear, but it wasn’t. The bike feels planted and stable in turns, it is confidence inspiring. I had the local suspension specialist at the track dial in the settings for me and it felt even better. I’m using about 3/4 of the travel on the forks and shock. I was concerned that I would want to believe everything felt better to justify the costs, but I can honestly say that this was a good investment, I really couldn’t be happier. 

What is your intended use for your FZ? Street? Track? Combination?

i think that there are probably many good choices for suspension components for our FZs. I think if you go with popular companies like I did, Ohlins or K-Tech you really can’t go wrong. I think having suspension that is adjustable is the biggest improvement since it allows you to set it up for your weight and riding style.

don't know if this helps you or not, but I have no regrets with my combo.

 

Ed

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djfz07

Very nice.  Im about 45 min from that track and am getting the gear together to start trying track days.  I also have the Ohlins cartridges but I'm running a Penske rear shock and the stock linkage.  Been looking at the AP link as my next suspension upgrade.

That modified stock exhaust sounds pretty good!

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Evill_Ed
53 minutes ago, djfz07 said:

Very nice.  Im about 45 min from that track and am getting the gear together to start trying track days.  I also have the Ohlins cartridges but I'm running a Penske rear shock and the stock linkage.  Been looking at the AP link as my next suspension upgrade.

That modified stock exhaust sounds pretty good!

Let me know when you go to the track, maybe we can meet up. I usually run with N2

 

Ed

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phanomenal07

Hey I was there may 27th.  I'm going again on july18th. You should let me know when you go again. I usually go with the riders club but it's really who ever have dates available that I can go

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10 hours ago, djfz07 said:

Very nice.  Im about 45 min from that track and am getting the gear together to start trying track days.  I also have the Ohlins cartridges but I'm running a Penske rear shock and the stock linkage.  Been looking at the AP link as my next suspension upgrade.

That modified stock exhaust sounds pretty good!

Hey if you don't have all the gear you can rent them. The riders club charges 69 dollars to rent a race suit and 5 dollars for gloves and boots each. Also if it's your very first time on the track it only cost 100 bucks for the track day itself.

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pgeldz

I might be selling my brand new Altus link if anyone is interested.  May be going a different route with suspension :)

Not 100% sure yet.

- Paul

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DewMan
2 hours ago, pgeldz said:

I might be selling my brand new Altus link if anyone is interested.  May be going a different route with suspension :)

Not 100% sure yet.

- Paul

That rabbit hole sure goes deeper and deeper doesn't it? 😁

 

Wishing you'd taken the blue pill yet?


DewMan
 
Just shut up and ride.

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pgeldz
1 minute ago, DewMan said:

That rabbit hole sure goes deeper and deeper doesn't it? 😁

 

Wishing you'd taken the blue pill yet?

Lol!

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djfz07
On 6/13/2019 at 4:13 AM, phanomenal07 said:

Hey if you don't have all the gear you can rent them. The riders club charges 69 dollars to rent a race suit and 5 dollars for gloves and boots each. Also if it's your very first time on the track it only cost 100 bucks for the track day itself.

Yeah I might need to just rent the suit.  I already bought race boots and gloves.  Been online checking out the N2 manual as well.  Once I can confirm a weekend off from work, I'll sign up for a day.

On 6/13/2019 at 10:27 AM, pgeldz said:

I might be selling my brand new Altus link if anyone is interested.  May be going a different route with suspension :)

Not 100% sure yet.

- Paul

Interested.  What's the difference between the Altus link and the AP one?

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pgeldz
3 minutes ago, djfz07 said:

Yeah I might need to just rent the suit.  I already bought race boots and gloves.  Been online checking out the N2 manual as well.  Once I can confirm a weekend off from work, I'll sign up for a day.

Interested.  What's the difference between the Altus link and the AP one?

Not sure, but if I do sell it I won't be getting the AP one either.  Might go a different direction altogether :)

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