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Hi all,

I'm watching RC51 track videos (RC51 at Leguna Seca) and I'm noticing that Jetstream01's bike is coming up pretty easily. I believe I read in one of his videos that he hasn't really enhanced the bike much. He's not using a PC and his suspension is stock.

I'm curious if maybe my bike isn't running optimally? My front tire really doesn't come up much. Fair warning... I've been off a bike for several years and I'm now getting back into the swing of things so it might be technique.

Variables I'm working with: 16/43 gearing, turnone air box, 4,200 ft elevation, 180/55 tire, no PC, full service around 200 miles ago. The bike seems to run perfectly fine from what I can tell.

Thoughts? I'm just curious if maybe my bike isn't performing to the RC51 standard.

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it'll wheelie if you want it to, though it doesn't take much to keep the front wheel on the ground.


if you pull it wide open in a big hurry it'll lift the front no problem, especially if you aren't over the front end. the 51 is heavy in the front though, the fact that it doesn't want to wheelie all the time is, to me, one of its merits.
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I agree it being a merit! I can't image it being very helpful on a track if the front tire keeps wanting to come up. With that being said, playing on the street, it's fun to let her loose every now and again.

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then use the clutch like a normal person.
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Track bike gearing.
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Elevation. Especially at 4kft.

My vtr1000 feels like a more powerful bike in California then my rc at 2000+ft. Stock vtr vs stock geared rc.... Although vtr is weight distribution favored and soft suspension compared to rc.

Imo anyways

+1 for clutch tho
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Living at sea level, I feel quite a difference in power when I'm in the mountains climbing up to and above 6000 feet. Feels like about 10% power loss. 15/42 sprockets help a lot with that.

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I find the bike well balanced on the track, a smooth steady roll on keeps it down just tapping the ground.
On one track here we come out a tight slow double apex turn into a long straight. Rolling on hard once almost straight full throttle it carries a beautiful power wheelie 2nd to 4th, quickshift keeps it up.

Track gearing does help, keeps the newer 1000ís honest into 5th then they go by..

Best advice is to test the power band around 4K roll hard, try 5k if it doesnít work and so on.. second gear.
Move your weight back a bit too, a light tug will get you there!

Have fun!
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Power wheelies can be fun at times yes, but I prefer both skins planted. Just me.

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Hi all,

I'm watching RC51 track videos (RC51 at Leguna Seca) and I'm noticing that Jetstream01's bike is coming up pretty easily. I believe I read in one of his videos that he hasn't really enhanced the bike much. He's not using a PC and his suspension is stock.

I'm curious if maybe my bike isn't running optimally? My front tire really doesn't come up much. Fair warning... I've been off a bike for several years and I'm now getting back into the swing of things so it might be technique.

Variables I'm working with: 16/43 gearing, turnone air box, 4,200 ft elevation, 180/55 tire, no PC, full service around 200 miles ago. The bike seems to run perfectly fine from what I can tell.

Thoughts? I'm just curious if maybe my bike isn't performing to the RC51 standard.
It's probably down on power a little due to your elevation.
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