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Old September 19th, 2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Track Day

I went up to IMI in Dacono, CO today. Had a lot of fun. It's a pretty small track but it seemed like a good starter. I was getting dusted by guys on Race prepped Ninja 250s and 150 Supermotos.

I managed to get the tires scrubbed allllmost all the way off but before I got to the edge I bent the piss out of my shift lever, scuffed the brake lever real good., scraped up the center stand, kick stand and both footpegs. You can't lean this thing over very far without scraping.

I'm sticking to my initial review of the bike. It isn't good at anything, but it's okay at a lot of things. If it excels in one area it's ripping through traffic/city riding.

Meh...

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Old September 20th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #2
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Were you dragging a knee and a peg at the same time or what?
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Old September 20th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #3
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Nah, I lack the pucks for that and I like my nice BMW City pants without holes in them.

So in other words, you don't have to get anywhere near "knee down" to scrape your bike on the ground. Or maybe I could have taken the turn just the same with my knee down. I hear it's just for show anyway, unless you are like racing moto GP.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 02:52 AM   #4
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Is it a standard or low model? Also, what is your preload setting on the rear shock. If sag is properly set for the rider, I find it has a pretty good lean angle limit.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 04:56 AM   #5
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I had no idea there were "low" models. How do you tell if you have one? The rear shock was cranked tight as it would go.

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Well- one point is that you can drag the foot peg on pretty much any bike without putting your knee down depending upon your body position.

Putt your knee down isn't just for show. I don't really get a knee down on the street but I adopt a similar body position for safety. A little shifting of weight (head/butt/body) reduces the amount you need to lean the bike over.

Anyways- I didn't realize tracks would let you on without all the gear.
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1. Lot's of people racing with center stand on. I would chuck that first in track prep. Probably the side stand, too, if you have a buddy and a stand.

2. I've drug my knee on the street without scraping any parts. Thinking you might have the Low model.

I would say this bike is very good at many things. Not many bikes can transport all your track day gear to the track, then put up a fight on the track. Have you seen the promotional video with Hayden on a Motard SP? Yes, that's a more focused bike with better suspension but you can achieve that with the Strada, if desired.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 06:27 AM   #8
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I'll measure my seat height later, as that seems to be the only reasonable way to tell.

I have a 32" inseam and am on the balls of my feet at intersections. I can flat foot one side with a slight lean. Pretty sure it's not the low model. Again, I was also avoiding "knee down" purposely, I don't have pucks. And yes, the track is a little "redneck"... they'll let you ride in jeans. $40 a day though.

So who's running a Strada with an SP suspension and wheels? It seems that changes the geometry pretty dramatically.
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I'll measure my seat height later, as that seems to be the only reasonable way to tell.

I have a 32" inseam and am on the balls of my feet at intersections. I can flat foot one side with a slight lean. Pretty sure it's not the low model. Again, I was also avoiding "knee down" purposely, I don't have pucks. And yes, the track is a little "redneck"... they'll let you ride in jeans. $40 a day though.

So who's running a Strada with an SP suspension and wheels? It seems that changes the geometry pretty dramatically.
it you stick you leg out and hang-off the bike, you will have a less lean angle compare to not hanging out, it is not just for show,that way you wont scrap your pegs.... it's physics...And hang off with you leg out and scrap your slider is also very cool !
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Old September 21st, 2015, 08:14 AM   #10
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I've recently returned to a local kart track, where I used to race YSRs. Not only do they not require knee sliders (honestly, I've never heard of that as a requirement) but I was able to run the wifey's new 390 Duke with one mod...I took the mirrors off. I did wear full leathers, but they were my old baggy Z Custom street suit, two piece with soft pads and no slider velcro. It was a hot day; the vents were appreciated.

This track allows karts, supermotos, and cars for time attack and drift. I've run our '13 MX-5 there. Only one rule for the bikes, apparently...no fairings allowed! I've seen everything from pocket bikes to a 1290 Duke there. They even hosted an AMA pro Supermoto round earlier this year. If you buy a $99 annual membership, a full day is $30, and $15 on Mondays. Now that's cheap racing. But the Strada would be way out of its element on this very short and tight track, the little KTM is just perfect.

Here's a pic of the rear Rosso II after about ten laps...it's a 150, where most bikes with this size rim come with a 140. I did get the pegs down, but I don't think I'll ever erase that logo!
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