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Offline Alan

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« on: May 25, 2014, 07:36:39 PM »
I took my new bike (ZX10R) to Shakespeare County Raceway today to give it a try.  Not a great day really.  Got there at 10, huge queue for scrutineering and sign on.  Massive queues in the pairing lanes.  Two major oil spills, the second one taking over an hour to clean up.  Only managed 4 runs all day.  Terminal speed was good, massively quick bike but very hard to get it off the line and I need more practice.  Best time was 10.7 seconds @ 142.7 mph.  Just over a tenth faster than my best on my Z1000 but terminal speed is almost 15mph faster which shows the extra power.  Just too hard to get it off the line.  60 foot time is 3 tenths slower than the Z1000 which shows just how bad a time I was having off the line.   I will need to practice the starts but should be good for a low 10

Offline Sheps

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 10:04:19 PM »
Decent enough first outing on the bike. As you say bit more practise is need
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Offline Alan

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2014, 10:34:41 PM »
I had my ZX10R up at Shakespeare County Raceway again today for a bit of drag racing.  My best run of the day was 10.3 at 143.1mph which was a considerable improvement on the last time. Still finding it hard to get the thing off the line and as can be seen in the video, this was by no means a perfect run. Wheel spin off the line (you can see it bog down as the back wheel hooks up), front wheel lifts at about 9000rpm so short shifted into second. At least another couple of tenths to come I think.

1/4 mile video

Offline megawatt

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2014, 10:46:48 PM »
Looks good Al. Did you strap the front down? Is there any way you can lower the back end? Did you drop the rear tyre pressure? Why no burnout? I still reckon an air shifter will give you more than a quick shifter.
  I should be joining you early next year on the ET, may do WZ as well with NSA.

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 10:55:22 PM »
Front was strapped yes.  Bike is lowered 15mm front and back, just so I can get my feet down (short legs and tall seat) can't go any lower without affecting the handling.  41psi in the rear and no burnout as this is my road bike and a I have to ride it home.  Grip is not a big issue, it is the height and length that's the problem.  Air shifter would give nothing extra, the quick shifter is brilliant, works perfectly every time and lightning fast shifts.  I don't have any problem getting my foot up for the shift, so nothing to be gained and no where to mount the air tank

Offline Alan

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 11:22:02 PM »
Photo from yesterday at Shakespeare County Raceway taken by Peter Donaldson, drag racing photographer
http://peterdonaldson.zenfolio.com/


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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2014, 12:47:14 PM »
Some more photos from the day plus a couple of videos taken by the same guy.  The videos are both the same sequence, but one is in slow motion

Slowmo shot at 2m 7secs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wiYGGijEkqo#t=127

Normal speed at 2m 10secs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=j2fjawAPIkY#t=130





« Last Edit: September 29, 2014, 06:10:18 PM by Alan »

Offline busa ash

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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2014, 11:37:50 AM »
cracking action pictures alan , as long as your getting quicker and having fun crack on :big grin:

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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2014, 04:20:01 PM »
That slow mo shot is quite cool :smile:

Looks like fun (even though it's a straight line :rolleyes: )  :lol:
Liquor in the front, poker in the back

Offline Alan

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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2014, 04:42:35 PM »
Quote from: david.jsy;434525
That slow mo shot is quite cool :smile:

Looks like fun (even though it's a straight line :rolleyes: )  :lol:

Just as well, I am crap on the twisty bits :lol:

Not a corner in sight :smile:

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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2014, 06:13:02 PM »
:lol:

That's a cool pic :nodyes:
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Offline Alan

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2014, 12:38:15 PM »
One more photo from Shakespeare County


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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2014, 03:37:37 PM »
Crackin' shot of you Alan:big grin:
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Offline Alan

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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2014, 04:41:39 PM »
I Thought so.  Captures the essence of drag starts.  Clutch still being fed out, front wheel hovering a couple of inches off the strip and foot being lifted onto the peg ready for the shift to second.  Lot going on in the first few feet :smile:

Offline Sheps

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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2014, 09:14:33 PM »
And the other guy looks like hes out for a gentle wobble round the country :lol:
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