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    2 YEAR PREMIER MEMBER Wull's Avatar
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    R1 track bike

    Now that im getting towards the business end I thought Iíd start a separate thread for this bike. I decided I wanted to get back on track after being away from them for 8 years but decided that taking the road bike on was a no no, too risky, plus I can push a little harder and not worry about it going wrong. Had a good luck and narrowed it down to 2 bikes which were relatively local to me, this was the winner, everything from spec to the price clinched it for me.


    spec off the top of my head


    2008 4c8 R1
    full akrapovic exhaust
    power commander 3
    HM plus quickshifter
    k-tec fork internals
    wp rear shock
    520 chain conversion
    spare wheels with wets


    the bike was an ex R1 cup bike which was used for 1 season then used after that as the occasion track day bike. Iíve changed the oil and filter and checked it over, sorted a few things and itís now pretty much ready to go, just waiting on some lock wire to arrive to finish it off.


    ive has to purchase some essentials, tyre warmers etc but the biggest stumbling block for me is a tow bar for towing the trailer. Itís on back order and wonít be here for another 5 weeks. But Iíve managed to get a shot of a car with a tow bar so Iíll be out on track on the 3rd of August.


    ill be treating this purely as ďgetting usedĒ to the bike, playing with suspension settings and tyre pressures. Iím sticking on Metzeler Racetec and keeping the slicks until after Iíve done a few days, so fingers crossed it all goes well.













    Last edited by Wull; 15th August 2018 at 07:29 AM.
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    2 YEAR PREMIER MEMBER Wull's Avatar
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    Re: R1 track bike

    Well thatís the first outing over and done with.

    Bike ran faultlessly, stuck in a new set of pads before heading out, track was wet but dried out by about 10:20! I headed out at this point and the only noticeable damp patches were on the back straight and as you go into the hairpin. It was a little weird with race shift at first but after the first half a dozen laps I started to do alright. I stayed out for a while and started to feel comfortable.

    2nd outing was much the same, took the GoPro this time and after a while it was red flagged. Itís hard going, Iím not bike fit so was proper sweating like mad.

    Last outing I stayed out for 33 minutes, I was gubbed. Feeling it now, I havenít had a chance to check the footage or anything but all in all Iím pleased, the bike is good, no complaints whatsoever












    Last edited by Wull; 15th August 2018 at 07:31 AM.
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    Re: R1 track bike

    nice what tracks are you going to be doing ive got a 2004 r1 and love it but ill be taking my gen1 next time i book ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taz71 View Post
    nice what tracks are you going to be doing ive got a 2004 r1 and love it but ill be taking my gen1 next time i book ?

    Knockhill for the momebt but next season I’ll hopefully do a few days down south. A friend of mine was wanting to head down for a day at Oulton Park but we couldn’t make it in the end up, that might happen yet.
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    ye i believe oulton is a great track never done it myself as they always seem to be mid week and cant do them due to my job ffs ? ive done cadwell park and anglesey both excellent tracks

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    Re: R1 track bike

    Nice bike Wull, great choice for a track hack.

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    Re: R1 track bike

    knockhill is a track that's high on my list to visit after watching the bsb there, looks technical. I don't see knockhill popping up very often on the main track day providers websites like no limits etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAParker View Post
    knockhill is a track that's high on my list to visit after watching the bsb there, looks technical. I don't see knockhill popping up very often on the main track day providers websites like no limits etc?
    no you just book via their website directly.
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    Re: R1 track bike

    Lap timer now fitted, been waiting for the mount to arrive.

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