First time on the track with the RC51
I had my first track experience on my - new to me - RC51 and I had a great time. It was a lot of fun to utilize RC in the environment it was made for. Since it was a bike I am not totally familiar with yet I asked to ride in a lower group, but after a few laps I found myself going as fast as ever. My body got much more of a workout than usual trying to haul its husky frame around a tight track, but I could stand to work out a few more muscles.
After being on the track I have a few questions for some of you more experienced RC51 track riders who are familiar with it's quarks. Some of you from Minnesota may be familiar with the DCTC; it is a shorter tight track with quite a few tight turns, which is not the greatest environment for a 1000cc. The turns are complex and challenging, and while it is <100mph it is still a lot of fun. The track conditions were not optimal; it was about 65f in the morning/very wet and 60f in the afternoon/60f and mostly dry in the evening. In the morning I was coming out of a sweeping 140ish degree turn and I was accelerating and ended up spinning up the rear which caught me off guard. I was accelerating out of the turn aggressively, but I sure don't think it was enough to do that on its own. The other thing that surprised me - in the evening - was apexing on a different turn (turn 1 if you know the track), and the front tire slipped out a few inches. In both cases the situation was under control, but not something I was expecting.
I was running street tires at 30/30. The front is kinda worn, but still not bad. I am thinking that these issues are likely suspension related - especially the front slipping - , but I really wanted to get your input and see if you guys have had similar issues with this bike. I have not had issues like this on other bikes on the track, so I am thinking it is a suspension issue, but I have heard that the RC suspension is actually pretty good, and I have not touched any settings, but that it is setup for really high speeds. The bike that usually goes to the track is an SV that has custom front and back suspension, so I guess I might just be spoiled!
My wife (140lb) was riding the RC on the highway today and I noticed that the front tire was bouncing a little too much over small road bumps. It was not leaving the road, but the contact patch was very small, and it really didn't look 'okay'.
Anyway, thanks for the input, wisdom, and experience. If you guys can steer me toward some great RC specific track suspension settings it would be appreciated. I can't wait to take it back to the track!
Last edited by GWS; 09-29-2013 at 11:02 PM.