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    Hampton Downs track

    Admission time.- I was lucky enough recently to get to do a few laps of Hampton Downs raceway on a Gixxer600 K7 fully race prepped with nice suspenders and a K9 gixxer 750 in pretty much standard form.
    To be apsolutely honest I'd decided it was the last hurrah. Quietly go round the track,Put bikes in back of van and decide I'm too old for this racing lark.
    That lasted for all of about 10 seconds as the wheels rolled onto the track.
    From lap one Im trying to work out faster lines. braking points,body position etc.
    With the expected result from about 5 years off the track,Having never ridden around Hampton Downs Or ever ridden either of the bikes-ie not so good.
    I was happy to see I was not as ragged as many out there but a LOOONG way from being anything like track day let alone race fit.
    But as the laps rolled by I started to feel my groove come back. My riding got less ragged. The bike began to respond to me more and I started to really have fun.
    But still I was behind the bike reacting to it not leading it.
    Then after a LOT of laps that little switch in my head clicked over and The world slowed down. Finally I was leading the bike. Telling it to do what I wanted it to do.
    For three hours and a couple of hundred laps (I was in two speed groups) my entire focus in the world was on riding.
    So despite my very best efforts to deny my addiction,to run away and hide from it. Im an addict. Speed is my addiction . Specifically riding fast on a race bike.
    I left some unfinished business last time I raced F3.The season was far from a good effort
    Will I be any good? I just dunno.-But I will be the best I can be -I really can't ask for more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nodrog View Post
    I'll ride it for you if old age gets in your way.

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    hey thanks guys. Things are dropping into place a bit now.
    600 Injectors and fuel pump getting a huck out. Bike going to a VERY good local bloke to get the midrange back
    750 suspenders getting sorted.
    Getting some nice rubber from Forbes n davies.
    stands sorted.
    gee wish I was this organised for last series I raced.
    Booked for next track day in a couple of weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTY View Post
    hey thanks guys. Things are dropping into place a bit now.
    600 Injectors and fuel pump getting a huck out. Bike going to a VERY good local bloke to get the midrange back
    750 suspenders getting sorted.
    Getting some nice rubber from Forbes n davies.
    stands sorted.
    gee wish I was this organised for last series I raced.
    Booked for next track day in a couple of weeks.
    Post the date mate, will see if we can't rustle you up a support possie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by caseye View Post
    Post the date mate, will see if we can't rustle you up a support possie!
    well Im doing the 24th at HD but Um I'm a LOOONG way off race fit etc.
    legs felt like jelly after 2 hours of riding at a fastish pace
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    Whoowee-what a great ol day. Spent a fair biit of yesterday afternoon going round and round Hampton downs.
    This time I at least knew where the track went.
    Finding a bit of speed and starting to get smoother.
    Im struggling a tiny bit with the lack of midrange grunt coming out of corners.A different pipe will fix that.
    all in all a great way to spend an afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTY View Post
    Whoowee-what a great ol day. Spent a fair biit of yesterday afternoon going round and round Hampton downs.
    This time I at least knew where the track went.
    Finding a bit of speed and starting to get smoother.
    Im struggling a tiny bit with the lack of midrange grunt coming out of corners.A different pipe will fix that.
    all in all a great way to spend an afternoon.
    When you change your pipe do you bother with changing the maps with something like a PowerCommander as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by p.dath View Post
    When you change your pipe do you bother with changing the maps with something like a PowerCommander as well?
    Theres this fulla I know who does some white man magic to get it sorted. -better power all over the range already but a big ol mid range hole. -so looking for a Yoshi pipe for a K6-K9 gixxer 600
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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTY View Post
    Whoowee-what a great ol day. Spent a fair biit of yesterday afternoon going round and round Hampton downs.
    This time I at least knew where the track went.
    Finding a bit of speed and starting to get smoother.
    Im struggling a tiny bit with the lack of midrange grunt coming out of corners.A different pipe will fix that.
    all in all a great way to spend an afternoon.
    You use the mid range around HD?? That's crazy talk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mental Trousers View Post
    You use the mid range around HD?? That's crazy talk.
    sok bro--Im on a REAL bike
    seriously its climbing out of the slow corners behind slower riders she goes off the boil so instead of snapping she has to be down one extra gear to compensate.
    Frikken hard trying to get into clear track with the track day passing rules and being on track with thous and seven fifties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTY View Post
    sok bro--Im on a REAL bike
    seriously its climbing out of the slow corners behind slower riders she goes off the boil so instead of snapping she has to be down one extra gear to compensate.
    Frikken hard trying to get into clear track with the track day passing rules and being on track with thous and seven fifties.
    Just go into a faster group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzspokes View Post
    Just go into a faster group.
    I will now. wasn't expecting to need to.
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