rc51 race prep - a few questions
Hey all, if things go according to plan, I will be picking up a crash-damaged 2000 rc51 for a good deal next weekend. I had a 2001 on the street for awhile, and did the typical mods, but this will be a racebike. I recall the excellent stability of my road bike, and the horrible tank range won't be a problem at the track! This is going to be my second race bike, that as funds allow, I am going to develop. I currently race an ex650, so this is not my first time to the dance. And due to the nature of my local race club, the "superbike" and "open" grids are filled with 600s... no 750s even. I don't expect to win, but harrying a few of the backmarkers on an old bus should be fun. What the bike currently has is slip-ons and a PCIII. I already have sponsorship support from Woodcraft, Vortex, Speigler, JRi, and RaceTech, so hopefully all of the above can help with rearsets, gearing, brake lines and pads, and suspension work. I'm not going to go to a full out ohlins front end, and while I love my cartridge kit in my ex650, I'll just get RT to service the forks with some valving and appropriate springs. The real question is the back end. I've been impressed with my JRi shock on my ex, but the Rogue forum has made it pretty clear the only way to go for racing is a Kyle link and ohlins shock. Jri looks a lot like Penske (Tim Godshall worked for them) -- does anyone have any experience/advice about using something other than Ohlins on the rear? The other step is to of course take off as much weight as possible... any other suggestions would be appreciated as well!