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Old 10-09-2012, 07:15 AM   #11
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Hey Kevin, a couple of pics for you from my drag racing foray. Me and my buddy, both on TL1000s. His was lowered and lengthend, mine was stock. Note the terminal speeds which are close (indicating comparable power), and the ETs and my crap reaction time, which are not (indicating that I did not have a clue as to what I was doing).

My friend wound up being a champ in his bracket racing class. I was having some fun at the strip. The TL was a great bracket racing bike, very easy to dial in and run repeatable times on, once it's tendency to wheelie all over the place was dealt with. Had fun at the strip.

I should take the FZ1 over to Bandimere. The FZ has a hellacious top end pull. Need to let her off the leash once in awhile!



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Old 10-09-2012, 10:05 AM   #12
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Hey Kevin, a couple of pics for you from my drag racing foray. Me and my buddy, both on TL1000s. His was lowered and lengthend, mine was stock. Note the terminal speeds which are close (indicating comparable power), and the ETs and my crap reaction time, which are not (indicating that I did not have a clue as to what I was doing).

My friend wound up being a champ in his bracket racing class. I was having some fun at the strip. The TL was a great bracket racing bike, very easy to dial in and run repeatable times on, once it's tendency to wheelie all over the place was dealt with. Had fun at the strip.

I should take the FZ1 over to Bandimere. The FZ has a hellacious top end pull. Need to let her off the leash once in awhile!



The effects of your bud's lengthened and lowered TL can be seen in the 60-foot times. I think you should take your FZ to the strip. You already know you'll have fun, and it is a liberating experience to pin the throttle for several seconds without fear of legal penalty!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:52 AM   #13
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Seeing that slip from the Carlsbad raceway brought a tear to my eye.

It's right down the road from me. RIP
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:06 PM   #14
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Ya, it was in decline when I was there, it was near the end, probably 1999 or so, maybe?

Rode the dirt bike at the MX track too, just cuz. That was bittersweet big time. Going down the "Carlsbad Freeway" and remembering all those old Superbikers races and stuff. Now I guess it is all condos eh?

Long Beach where I used to live had a drag strip (Brotherhood Raceway) for awhile in the port. That was so cool. Running literally right at sea level, the bikes ran like raped apes. Ran through nearly an entire tank of gas on my Ninja 750 during a session there. Must have done 40 runs. That bike had a tough motor, evidently. Quite a varied scene at that place. Lots of "scary people" being cool and sharing the love of horsepower. It was quite enlightening for this somewhat sheltered creature of the suburbs
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:59 AM   #15
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Long Beach where I used to live had a drag strip (Brotherhood Raceway) for awhile in the port. That was so cool. Running literally right at sea level, the bikes ran like raped apes.
I wonder if that's the same Long Beach drag strip my cousins took me to a couple times in the '60's when we'd visit Cali from overseas. I was 6 or 7, but I clearly remember seeing jet cars race there. along with the "rails" and hot rods.
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Don't discount the K1200/K1300S bikes. Just as much motor, less weight and tons more comfort. Add factory luggage for the long haul and NO chain drive to screw around with in the motel parking lot. Not a better bike to be on if you have to cover mega miles in a short time! They also turn the Pacific Coast Highway 1 into a giant video game!
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