So did you get to try the quickshifter? How did you like it?
I've ridden with quick-shifters before, but no, I haven't had the chance to try this one in action, as all I've done is take it for a couple of little spins around my neighborhood - its cut-out interval can be customized, so I'm certain I'll be happy with it (so long as it works!), and can adjust the interval if need be.
I keep looking at modern, fully equipped, track bikes selling on craigslist for 2-4 thousand dollars and I think back on how I've spent over $4k on my F3/2 and it's still not as competitive as the modern bikes. Thank goodness I enjoy the build more then the results or I may have gone mad right now. Basically what I am saying is if its not for the love of building a bike, buying a used track bike is the better option to build on.
Oh, absolutely, and just to throw it out there, sticking with race forums and their associated classified areas is the ticket - I'm not saying Craigslist is a no go for me, I've bought several things from there, but if you are
looking, the WERA classifieds is one of the best sources for already built race bikes for sale.
And let me tell you, I know EXACTLY
what you're talking about with investment! My previous F2 was a total investment of over $8000!
Like you, I like building them, and when I get back to big bikes, I will be building one again, as I will start with a brand new machine, but for sure, buying an already built bike is WAAAAAAAY easier on the wallet!!
When you were racing the F2, were you racing similar older bikes? If not, how were you able to be competitive when the F2/3 have only 80 HP and maybe 85-90 after being tuned compared to modern 600's that are pushing around 110 HP and are much lighter and agile? There's just so much time you can make up in the turns. Each lap you will continue to lose like 3-5 seconds on the competitor because on the straights.
Nope, I was racing anything and everything there is - GSX-R1000's, S1000RR's, newer 600's whatever! Some guys were "not fast" enough that I could overtake in turns, and get enough of an advantage through subsequent turns that they were too far back on the straight, some were still close enough to get me back on the straight, and some I could get right on, but their power advantage would lose me on the chutes between turns.
Bottom line, it's just like you said - you gotta do the work in everyplace but the long straights.
And more than just the lighter more powerful machines, there's the rider aids, like auto-blippers, slipper clutches, quick-shifters (I didn't have one on my F2, though it was soon for the mod list!) These things allow you to simply concentrate on going fast, and not focusing as much on "getting everything just right" for every corner (speed vs. revs, blipping just right to avoid rear wheel chatter, etc.)
I feel sorry for other riders on how fast you will be since you were competitive with a relic now having moved up to something more competitive it will probably feel like they released the chain and ball that was holding you back. Right now in the intermediate group, there's only one or two guys that are able to pass me and that's because either they are really good or I'm challenging a 1000. I cant see how anyone will be able to keep up with me after I get my body position situated and start to bring the R1 to the track. Only time will tell, I just want to finish up making the F3 as competitive as possible, be uncatchable with it in the intermediate group then take it to the expert group to see where I fall in line on the ranking with these so call really fast guys.
Yeah, I'm very anxious to see the difference the new machine will make - I'll be somewhat "cold", as I haven't been on track at ALL
this season, so that is allowing everyone else to keep getting faster anyway, but still, I can't wait to get back!