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intermediate class for two days.
We will see how she handles. I was running a Zx-10 prior, and just could not do much, with so much to be honest.

Finished out the big three last week (safety wire oil filter, plug, and coolant cap).

Flushing to water wetter, tape, etc. this evening.

Running some newer Q3's.

I am mostly curious how the rear sets are going to impact my form. I see some folks talk about the clearance as hit or miss.
Any track day junkies run into this problem, or found it not a problem?
I guess we will find out eventually>:)

Anyone on here run above the novice class with some input?

I think I will start eh day with factory recommended settings suspension settings; adjust from there.

Ill post some videos and such later on next week.
 

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I run my 12 S3 on tracks here in Texas in level 2 on race tech fronts and penske rear shock, with sport touring tires and can hang with most... Other than the bigger bikes with obvious better riding skills.

I had 1" drop pegs on my first two track days and ended up going back to stock from dragging boots and pegs. Last time out I improved body position and got to the edge of the tires and was able to get my knee down without dragging pegs. So hopefully that gives you a better idea.

What is your weight?. Stock settings even for ideal weight will be too soft for the track IMO.

Q3s will do great, just check your psi both morning and after it warms up.

Post pics when you get back, love track porn!!!!


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I'm not using rear sets, only aftermarket rizomas on stock position.
I've still got the stock handlebars on, but have been seriously considering trying clip ons.


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YEah, I 100% agree the OEM suspension is pretty under sprung up front. Even with the ohlins .95 springs. The rear is just about right; though I am seeing nearly 25mm pre sag up front with most adjustment gone. 40mm total rider sa up front is recoemended by ohlins.
I need to run somewhere in the area of 10 or so spring on the front. So that will happen during my shock refresh this year. Also wouldn't mind doing the hydraulic pre load adjustment for the rear.

I am trying to run the suspension as abalnced as possible right now. Sacraficing some clearance for balance. I spoke with Ohlins over the past week. Triumph recommends around and 8 turn for comp and rebound. While ohlins is saying 10 and 12 respectively.

I will be running the pro, and wife with the DSLR. So I hope to have some good shots.

Just have to find where to mount the go-pro for each session.
 

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I run A group (the fast group), the S3 has some issues; namely the suspension. It's awful. If you weight more than 160, it'll be undersprung and over dampened. The rear is just complete ****e. You can take the clickers and twist them fully open to fully closed and barely notice a difference. The factory setting are completely misleading. Don't go by them. I weight 210 and before I redid my suspension I ran max preload front and rear, comp. valves front and rear completely maxed and rebound valves front and rear 1/2 turn from completely closed. That was the only way I keep the suspension somewhat compliant.

If you have decent body position, you shouldn't drag the pegs very often. The profile of Q3s allow for pretty good lean angle before scraping hard parts.

It's a fun bike though, you'll have a good time.


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The speed did what I asked asked and then some.
I will say I did regularly drag my boot. However I can get off the bike more. I just liked raggin boot!

Passed a few liter bikes, and even some daytonas ;) ,...

I did start to close in on out braking the suspsension. So I will be updaraging the front springs by next year most likely.

However, the fears I hear people talk about with the speed are not holding water. I was able to really tip the bike over without any issues. A little adjustment to form and no worries.

The bike handled great, and worked very well.
 
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