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Im glad you asked that question because I was curious about it also. Also for you racers, I am interested in joining a beginner track course and if guys could shoot me any advice or tips, I would really appreciate it. I know it costs a lot of money to start.

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Try riding with www.sportbiketracktime.com - Monte, Bonnie & Co. are some top people and they'll get you sorted. Plenty of track time followed up with some good classroom time.

Once you've done a few track days and think you want to get it on - try www.fastone.com - that's where I started. There are other ways of going about it depending on where you're located, but it's a start.

As for gearing, erm - once that motor gets past its powerband, it's time to grab another gear.


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for all you racers: how long do you stay in first gear when you go off the line? what rpm do you go to before you change gear?

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I am not a racer but I have done some racing with my crew.
My 636 has a race lite that comes on abut 13rpm that will that is when I go to second. In first I get to about 60 mabe a little more.






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I'm no racer either but I've adjusted the shiftlight so that it lights when engine hits 12500 rpm... There's still nice 3000 rpm overhead left if needed [8D]. Usually I shift to second well before the limiter, somewhere near 13500 so next gear drops nicely near the peak of the powerband.

Btw, just tested that 636 takes indicated 115 km/h in 1st gear before the rev limiter kicks in. Second is good for indicated 160 km/h...

I think the gearing of first two gears is pretty much spot on for most situations, especially in street.

For example in cbr 600 rr 1st gear goes up to indicated 125 km/h and second to ind. 170 km/h. My friend who owns the bike and is much faster track rider than I has felt that the gearing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears might be a touch too tall in Honda.

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It is not a known fact, but alot of road racers and drag racers start off in 2nd or 3rd gear, and not first. This keeps the front end down and they get a better drive into the first corner. And the ideal gearing and shifting point is at the RPM of maximum horsepower and not maximum rpm (redline). There is no need to run it up to the rev limiter before you shift. Set your shift light at maximum horsepower, because hp trails off after that. Where over-rev is helpful is when running down a straight and there is a corner approaching and you don't want to upshift and then quickly downshift because you would lose drive, you can then just hold that gear and drive right into the corner. Of course if you are hitting the limiter, you do need another upshift. 2 cents.
 

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Originally posted by Strong Bad

Shift light? What the hell is that for? haha

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On the New O3 636 we have a race lite :D 101


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I was being sarcastic! Turned that thing off anyway:D


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Originally posted by 636Hooligan

It is not a known fact, but alot of road racers and drag racers start off in 2nd or 3rd gear, and not first.
Not on a 600 or 636....there just isn't enough torque to allow 2nd gear launches. 3rd gear? Not likely.....

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