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post #1 of 18 Old 04-02-2012, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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My silly KLR



This is my poor KLR. I bought it in March for $2000 from the original owner. He took ver good care of it. And it is very clean for a 1996. I almost feel bad for the things I am going to do to this poor beast. The picture was from a track day I did right after I bought. I did pretty darn good. Or at least much better then I expected. I can't wait to hit the track again in a few weeks. This time I might take off the goofy windscreen and put the 15t front CS back on and see if I can lay down a few good laps. Last time I was just Control Riding.






Now I need to learn to ride in dirt...
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-02-2012, 05:22 PM
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Certainly the first I've heard of a track-used KLR! ..and it looks like good fun, but I can imagine you will want to improve just about every aspect of the bike. Setting road course times is a telling trial.
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When I said "I might take off the goofy windscreen and put the 15t front CS back on and see if I can lay down a few good laps". I would ride the bike and see what my time is with effort. But I'am long past pursuing lap times.
It takes the fun out of a track day being a slave to lap timer. I have seen too many people take the fun right out of riding that way. And I doubt the best KLR lap time I could set would be anywhere near my average lap time from my old KTM690SMC. I go to the track for three reasons.

1- Take the pictures. Its how I make my living.
2- Control Ride and Instruct. Its how I support the sport and teach new people to love it and be safer riders.
3- To have fun. Chasing seconds is not fun. Riding should be like dancing. To me its should be Zen like. Groove the race line at a fast comfortable pace. If your comfortable and not over doing it, speed comes effortlessly and safely.
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perhaps its a track thing..idk but whats with the blue tape?

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post #5 of 18 Old 04-02-2012, 08:39 PM
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Rock chips protectors for the forward facing tape. The mirrors? Like horse blinders perhaps?
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if there is a threat of rocks flying up at a track then someone needs to be out there with a broom.

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When you ride a street bike on the track during a track day, you must tape up all glass or plastic on the bike. This is mostly for if you crash it makes the clean up easier. This includes brake lights too. Which scan be hard for some people.
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Most people take the mirrors off. I leave them on for control riding. At the pace I am going, I am not likely to crash. And I need to set a pace people can keep up with. So I peak to make sure they are keeping up.
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Below is link from last weekend. I know I am not the fastest. But I was control riding for the slower groups. My job is to set a pace and show the line to new people. This video was shot in the advanced group on a wet track. So I was able to keep up.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/O4zub8CRp1o

It didn't work. Fixed. T

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post #10 of 18 Old 04-03-2012, 07:57 AM
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This might be a stupid question and I have no idea why I want to know, but did somebody that was with you take those photos or do these track days take photos of the riders they can get later, kind of like roller coasters at amusement parks?



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