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Bike Setups per track

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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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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'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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