Suzuki GSX-R 750
Saturday 30 December 2017. Bought a racer.
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Friday 5 January 2018. Bought clothing.
For some time I have been looking for a supersports to do some trackdays with and for some squidding ;).
I tested a GSXR1000 but didn't like that specific one. Today I tried a GSXR750 K6 and almost immediate liked it. The engine ran smooth, clutch worked fine, shifting gears was good, brakes worked good and it looked good. Everything was okay, so I bought it.
The Suzuki has a higher windscreen, braided brake lines, tail tidy and a Shark replacement exhaust. Before I pick it up (spring next year) the dealer will fit heated grips, bobbins and a navigation holder.
Sunday 14 January 2018. Bought trailer.
Made my racing outfit complete with leather pants with kneesliders (Dainese Delta Pro C2) and with some racing boots (Dainese Nexus D-WP).
I'm race ready now. Pity the weather isn't...
Tuesday 13 February 2018. Trackday.
In order to get in all comfort to and fro the circuit (and maybe vacation destinations) I bought a (older model) Van Vossen airtrailer
. It has air suspension which you can deflate so you can easily get the bike on and off. You can partly fold it too, so it is easy to store. Perfect I should think...
Some pics of trailers like mine:
I now have all the stuff ready to go racing. Except for one small little detail: the bike isn't ready yet. It's still at the dealer for some maintenance and to have some stuff added. That didn't stop me to sign up for a trackday at Assen the 27th of April. Lets hope for good weather...
Tuesday 27 February 2018. Almost ready.
Called my dealer to make an appointment to discuss what still has to be done to the GSXR. To my surprise they were already working on it. They replaced the steering head bearings and were going to install new front brake pads and a navigation holder and wiring. I asked them to install some crash protectors too, you never know...
Saturday 3 March 2018. Got it!
I can pick it up next Saturday.
Saturday 10 March 2018, 36,771km. Try out
Picked the bike up today. They had quite some problems to get it ready because first the battery died, then the alternator quit and after that the regulator stopped working. Happy it happend at the shop and not at home...
It was the first time I towed a bike and my brother and I had a hell of a time to strap it down. The Canyon Dancer straps I'd bought didn't quite work, they were too long? And before we found another suitable spot and got the hang of how the wretched ratches worked we wasted quite some time. This in front of the mechanics who had a lot of fun, I'm sure. Basterds ;).
Temps are about 25 degrees Celcius higher than last week, so I took the Gixxer for a spin. When starting not all cylinders participated in the party. After a little while they did. After the ride I put injector cleaner in the tank. Maybe it helps.
Friday 27 April 2018, 36,977km. Trackday
The bike rode very fine: powerdelivery, shifting gears, brakes, suspension, all's very good. I only do not really like the steering damper at low speed. It makes steering unprecise. At higher speeds it's fine. Maybe something to get used to?
Can't wait to take the bike to the track...
Thursday 3 May 2018, 36,977km. Pics
At 5:15AM the alarm clock woke me: race day! Bike on the trailer, trialer behind the car and on to the track where I arrived at 8:15AM. Randy was already there with his GSXR600 racer, Marco (ZX10R racer) and Ed (GSXR1000 racer) followed soon. I picked up my number and transponder and we had to listen to the usual instructions about flags and stuff.
We were kinda surprised that we couldn't ride for ourselves, but had to stay behind a marshall the first two sessions. We didn't find this a big problem at the first trackday of the season. And for me the marshall rode fast enough.
I was first apprehensive that I might get a black flag for making too much noise, but I never got one. Later that day I picked up a print out of the noise measurements of my bike and with a max of 98dB it stayed nicely below the limit of 101dB.
I started the day with a full gas tank. At the first lap of the 3rd session the fuel light started blinking. Crap. Still I drove on. Until the light stopped blinking and stayed on. For me the signal to break off the session. Next time refuelling after 2 sessions ;)
The 750 took a lot of getting used to. Had to learn to trust the tires, had to make a lot more revs than with the H2. Low speed steering in the Strubben corner was troublesome with the steering damper. On the other hand the steering damper gave confidence in fast and sweeping corners (Meeuwenmeer, Hoge Heide).
My fastest time in 4 sessions was 2:13. With the H2 I had done 2:10 officially timed and 2:08 on a video recorded, not timed lap. I had aimed at 2:10 with the Gixxer, but was still a couple of seconds off. More trust in corners will make these gains hopefully one day...
Saturday 5 May 2018, 36,977km. Levers
Received some pics made by a track photographer.
The next trackday is already booked: in Germany at the Racepark Meppen
. Never been there. Looks like a short, go carts like, track. I'm going with the new owner of my H2. Should be fun.
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Thursday 10 May 2018, 37,650km. Trackday 2
Installed black Titax
racing levers. This should reduce my laptimes considerably ;).
After installation I tried to start the bike, but it wouldn't. Battery had enough juice. After some fiddling with clutch, gears, brakes, ignition, it eventually started. No idea what happenend. The ignition switch has been troublesome from the start though. Now and then the key won't turn, only after some trying. It seems it's worn? Lets hope it won't quit altogether...
Together with Rene, the new owner of my 2016 H2, I went to Meppen in Germany for another trackday (-afternoon...).
After a week of very good weather it turned sour at exactly our trackday. We had some rain, but still had a nice time on the track.
On the way back Rene raced a ZZR1400 which took him up to almost 300kmh but he still couldn't pass the ZZR. Pretty quick those 'old' bikes...
Topwise I stranded at 270kmh on the speedo and 250 on the gps. Seems the speedo exaggerates a lot...
I think I found the reason why the GSXR wouldn't start: Suzuki has this useless safety feature that you cannot start the bike without pulling in the clutch. After installing the new levers I guess the switch for this didn't en- or disengage properly. On the way to the track the bike wouldn't start again and I put the clutch lever a bit farther from the handlebar so I could pull it further backwards. This way the safety switch did en- or disengage fully and the bike started immediate Problem solved. I hope.
I could solve (hopefully) the problem with the ignition switch by using the spare key. This one works better.