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It sounds like you guys have all been around for a while and definitely know your shit (which I admittedly do NOT).. could anyone give me some hints on what they have found to be good bike setups for the different tracks up “here”.. Beaver,VIR,NHIS for front and rear sprocket’s. I have read things about VIR like “have an extra book to read…” Keep in mind the only bike I have raced, as is, is the 350F that I think everyone on this board has raced at one time or another and that is at NHIS.
You humble newbie…


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It sounds like you guys have all been around for a while and definitely know your shit (which I admittedly do NOT).. could anyone give me some hints on what they have found to be good bike setups for the different tracks up “here”.. Beaver,VIR,NHIS for front and rear
Get your suspension set up first, then worry about other stuff. Handling is more important than anything else. Get the sag set for your weight in your gear, adjust oil viscosity or change damper rod hole diameter to change damping.
 

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After listening to Aaron complain about his front end for months last season (congrads on finally working that out btw Aaron).. I'm afraid to touch anything... I've only crashed it twice (front just went away in 3 once, too hot and 11 once) so I think it's pretty well setup for me right now (kidding). The Cb 350 two I bought from Dave Evans and the thing looks too damn pretty to have some jack-ass, weekend warrior, and hack like myself touch it...
BTW I have heard ppl talking about Tires... Avon vs. Dunlop ... If I need a set NOW where/who can I get them from ?

Thanks JD



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but don't be like some people. remember that guy up at shannonville that drained the fork oil out of one leg because i was late for tech and i wanted track time? then left it because the bike handled fine. oh, what? nothing.

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Write off the crash in the three...everybody crashes there at least once.

I don't screw with suspension on a vintage bike unless it behaving so badly that the problem is obvious. Good spots in my opinion to determine the limits of your suspension at NHIS are 1: Turn three, if under hard braking the front compresses too much and you lose feel, it feels wooden, very very harsh over the bumps...or you crash there a lot then it may be time to put in some stiffer springs or a spacer.
2: In six...if the back squats very low at the apex, shit drags badly, or you feel it moving around...might want to crank up the preload a bit.
And check the static sag, I'm not a fanatic about this but I like to have about 3/4" of sag sitting on the bike. The suspension doesn't just have to follow bumps up...it's got the follow dips down.

Typically I think gearing is more important for a novice (I don't know if you are or not), it's doubtful a novice will be riding the suspension even on a vintage bike past it's limits unless it's really screwed up to begin with.
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I'm a novice racer for sure. The only place I have ever felt the suspension do anything wierd is in the bowl at NHIS I had the back end wanting do come around on me. I believe Zak even saw that one and got a good chuck on the dinner plate size my eyes got. I am really just interested in the gearing.. Aaron had said last week something about one tooth more in the front for VIR, he also said something about posting someplace where lots of ppl who run 350's at VIR would be able to tell me. But he talks about so many things at the same time I get lost if I don't write it down :)

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just bring whatever gearing you have. then take a look at what people are running. my pri and sec are easily seeable. my shits cut away, so its there for all to see. tex runs his, and there are a few other guys runnning stocker cbs. so you'll have some bikes to look at. a good thing to do is write shit down and also take pics. it all helps when youre learning. (or have mike tell you 15 times until you actually do it)

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j to the d,

16t counter and 36t rear is stock, that will be o.k. if that's what you got. however i would drop a tooth or two on the rear for more drive once on the straightaway (it's really long).

joe c. - your thoughts?

tex
 
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