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At the Track Some Katana's see track duty. Some owners have multiple bikes. This is the place to chat about track days.

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about racing

I have a 600 pre kat and I was thinking about setting it up for racing next year cause I would like to get it on the road this year. Just curious if it would be able to keep up with the other bikes on the track. If not what would I have to do to it to make it competitive. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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if you want to race you are better of getting a gsxr or something. by the time youve done the mods to make the kat raceworthy its going to cost as much as a gsxr. with that said , any bike can be taken to the track an had fun with. but you will get smoked on the straights with the kat
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:22 AM   #3
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Kats arent race bikes. They're heavy bikes and would never keep up with a GSXR or even an SV650S. They are capable of going 100+ but if i were you i'd be better off with a GSXR or anything thats more race oriented and nimble with its power if you were going to go racing with it.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:24 AM   #4
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but personaly I dont see a point in a 1000 you can get the same power from a properly tuned 600 with less weight and better handeling.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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If the kat is what your going to take....


That will make the most difference in track times for the Kat. Hands down, period.

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #6
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Here is a good thread for you to read:
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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Alright thanks for the info
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #8
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There's no reason why you can't run a kat on the track, but you'll soon find that you wish you were on something else.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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I've taken my 06 Kat 600 to the track twice for track days. For my first day, a private day for Daytona 675's that I was invited to, I was convinced that I'd be sooooo slow compared to everyone there, even for the beginner's class. No one in that class could pass me. On my second track day, I took the beginner's class again, because it had been a little while. By the end of that day, I was running sessions in the intermediate group and passing people on their SS bikes.

That said, it was because they were poor riders, slamming on the brakes so hard in the corners. I'd back off in the straights a bit to let them get some space, and then just not brake when they were braking too hard. Just after hitting the apex in the turns, I'd just keep holding the line and shoot past them on the inside of the turns.

I've done the front and rear suspension on my bike, done a bit of engine work, and changed the gearing so I have better drive out of the corners, but less top end. In my opinion, if I was actually racing, my Kat would really suffer in the straights due to the weight and lack of power. On the long straight at the track, I didn't even try to get up to top speed. Figured there was no point. But I did do well enough in the turns that the people I'd pass wouldn't catch back up in the straight. Again, I think they were poor riders. I was still learning too.

I have not gotten to the limits of my Kat, but I still wish I had a bike meant for the track, and am working on making that happen.

Good luck with which ever way you try to go!
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #10
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Well said ygolohcysp! It's the lump on the bike, not the lump in the bike that makes it go. Most riders never get the good out of a 600, it's alot of bike when taken to it's maximum. The first couple of years I rode at the track, I used a 500. Almost always had folks come by after sessions to look at it as if it had magical powers of some kind. Funny. You ever seen teddy ride his Katana? It's a thing of beauty. He and the bike are one, like a streamlined butterfly. Smooth, clean, and yes, fast. When a daddy is both nervous and proud at the same time, that's the sweet spot!
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