Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: St. Louis area
Motorcycle: 2016 GSX-R750
Re: Help a noob launch? Also wear items from hard launches/drag racing?
... a year later...
I'm a COMPLETE noob when it comes to drag racing/starts.
I've got a bone stock L6 750 and going to the strip in 2 days... Have tried a few practice starts out on country roads, so I won't come in completely cold, but close.
I was trying 8000 and 9000 RPM, but didn't figure out how to get a hard launch so I've been doing at 10k and that feels about right but thought I'd ask. Some times at 8k or so, I'll slip the clutch and add power like a normal fast stoplight start and that feels OK, but not huge rush of power, but more controllable, but also more inclined to bog down and be slow, I think.
I was thinking I'd let out all the preload to lower a bit. Also reduce rear to 30 PSI.
I have the clutch free-play all the way out, and I plan to change the oil.
If anyone sees this in time, I'd appreciate any comments; At this point, I don't intend to modify bike for drag ever. Just looking for advice on how to have a good night and hopefully have all decent runs and a couple of really good ones (for me). So looking for 'easiest' technique for that bike, and hoping that I don't fry the clutch in the process, if that's even possible given that I'll probably only do 6-8 runs given the busyness at the track (Gateway, St. Louis).
Last edited by gsxr-55; 09-20-2017 at 10:13 PM.