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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 07-05-2016, 03:30 AM   #11
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I was under the impression you always lean over the tank at those speeds?

I did around 130 on my 600' and I never felt any kind of draft like that unless I tried to move my head. I always lean over at 100+ however or it feels like the wind will rip me off the bike.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:58 AM   #12
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I was under the impression you always lean over the tank at those speeds?
Maybe you should read my post again, or maybe you'll never get it.
Either way you'll never have anything useful to say.

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Old 07-05-2016, 06:31 AM   #13
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Some answers;
No doubt I do need to get used to it, but it gets real distracting just as I'm deciding when to break for the corner. I could see and judge distance/speed better if my head weren't bobbing and shaking.
I wear a Bell Vortex.
I'm 6:4", my chest resting on the tank, my nose is over the steering stem bolt right over where the wind is rushing up.
Comparing the 90s GSXR to the Katana, the GSXR has more frontal area extending out the sides, above the wheel to the top of the windscreen.
The Katana starts wide low but gets narrow at the top.
I think the base of the donkey mirrors were designed to deflect wind, but I take those off for the track.
Also the GSXR has a lower nose above the wheel.

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Old 07-05-2016, 09:19 AM   #14
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I can see your height being a issue. I'm too tall for my bike as well. At least you have a flat/one piece seat unlike the 600cc. Maybe you can stretch your back out further by sitting more towards the rear. That may require fabricating the foot pegs with rear set type controls. Also, one thing I noticed while I'm riding in the tucked position is my elbow angle. When I'm just cruising a straight line on the the interstate I have my feet on the rear pegs, elbows down as far as they will go and elbows tight against the tank. Wind rushing from your Bicep muscles toward and under your helmet could be a issue.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:52 AM   #15
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Thanks.
Anyway, being tall I like the Katana foot peg position. I'm sure a genuine sportbike has higher pegs and is more cramped.
As it is, my right leg gets wore out from all the right turns on a track, so much I can't move my butt anymore and have to shorten each track session late in the day.
I'll tell yeah something else, my Katana weighs 500lb dry, and that's 100lb more than post 2000; 750 sport bikes, maybe 125lb more than current 600s.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:24 AM   #16
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You could maybe try a taller windscreen, but there's still going to be a ton of air movement at those speeds no matter what. You might need to change the peg position a bit too not sure.
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Maybe you should read my post again, or maybe you'll never get it.
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You always act like an ass or did your parents just not love you enough?
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:03 PM   #19
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BB...that's a classy response to a pretty funny comment by Suture...
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