I eat my R1
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Pendleton Oregon
Hey Kent, This is a very controversial topic that invites opinions from different levels. I would guess by your question that your track time is somewhat limited. Your best advise is going too come from experienced tire providers and suspension gurus. Your going to get the best advise that really works for your bike and tires from them. (Street tires), some with say start at 32psi and after the session is over reduce the pressure back to 32 until it is 32 is reading on your gauge when your come off the track. Other will say start at 29-32psi and you should see a rise 4-7 psi hot off the track. Decease your cold pressure until you see the rise, or increase your cold pressures if you have more than 7 psi rise. The tire and suspension guys can look at your tire after each session and help you with pressures and suspension set up to prevent "cold tears" and other tire wear issues. All good advise. The best advise I can give you is to take the first two laps for not only your tires, but most important, your mind to come to temp. The first two laps can be fun, work on your lines, hit the throttle hard and brake hard while the bike is straight up and down to put heat into them and limit your corner speed. Its not a race. Don't be the newb that tosses his bike due to over exuberance and prematurely ends his track day with heart break and disappointment. Your best bet until your riding in the black (racer group) where falling is expected and trading paint is expected, is to turn laps, as many laps as possible. Follow instructors, learn the lines, use the advice and apply it with many laps as possible, and concentrate on having fun in the safe environment. Track days are so much fun. You have a race bike that you most likely will never be able to ride at full potential. Work on being smooth and slowly build your confidence. This is a great sport and you have an amazing bike, have fun with it. Maybe I'll see you at the Ridge this summer, you also might consider coming down to my neck for woods and ride at Oregon Raceway Park in Grass Valley. Or Go down to Willows California to ThunderHill, Look up Dave Moss, he will get your set up properly with suspension and tire set ups. He has a Youtube channel.
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Last edited by tlrich; 01-03-2018 at 12:06 PM.