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Getting my racing feet wet - February 17, 2019, 06:04 PM

Would appreciate some advice:

I'm currently eligible for my racing license and am looking to get into the sport this year. Don't have any goals of winning off the bat, just want to get acclimated to competition-level riding and sharpen my skills.

Am strongly considering the 300cc class but obviuously have the Ducati 748 with all the modifications one could ask for. Was thinking to do a few races in its respective class then later pull the trigger on a 300cc bike.

Not afraid to use it since I've crashed it a few times lol.

Is that a reasonable approach?


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Getting my racing feet wet - February 17, 2019, 07:11 PM

I would that that should be fine.

The most competitive classes are Thunderbike and LWF40 if you are old enough for that one. Otherwise you will be in the middleweight classes where the 748 will be an underdog to the newer Japanese 600s. Still should be ok for getting your get wet.

I am assuming you have done some track days? If not, it would be a good idea for some less expensive track time to hone your skills.


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I would that that should be fine.

The most competitive classes are Thunderbike and LWF40 if you are old enough for that one. Otherwise you will be in the middleweight classes where the 748 will be an underdog to the newer Japanese 600s. Still should be ok for getting your get wet.

I am assuming you have done some track days? If not, it would be a good idea for some less expensive track time to hone your skills.
Great, straight into the hottest class haha. Whatever I'm game for a thrill.

Yeah I've got a few trackdays under the belt. Usually run in intermediate class and did the CCS Road Racing School in August 2018.


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You could run up in Heavyweight. The grids are a bit smaller due to less contingency $.

Unfortunately they killed off supertwins and they still have the no-desmo rule in Lightweight even though the FZ-7 / MT07 is there now and it appears the KTM 790 will be allowed this year as well.

The 300s don't have a lot of classes to run in either, but maybe a few more. Be aware the R3 and KTM 390 will run up in the 500 class with the Ninja 400 (and maybe a few vintage EX500 - lol).

The wee bikes will teach you corner speed faster and the racing is usually pretty close. The tire bill will be much lower. If your choice is racing what you have or not racing, get out there. If you can get a 300 or 400, go for it. You will learn more for less $.


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When this board was in its hayday, the number one answer you'd get to this question is, "Do the Cornerspin class."

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I think you should DEFINITELY go with the smaller bike like the 300 vs Ducati 748. Having goofed off on the 250, 300 and 400....


250 will be your cheapest bet and many parts swap over to the 300. They even make a FI conversion for the 08-12 Ninja 250 (not cheap) and Bazzaz quick shifter fits. An honest 5 to 10 mph difference between the 250 and 300 depending on config.


300 picked up some lbs over the 250 but may be the overall best bang for the buck.


400 vs 300? No comparision. 400 doesn't have the low end lag. 400 weighs LESS. 400 has shorter wheelbase. And the 8 mph or so higher top speed. Light guy on a 400 can keep up if not beat a bigger guy on a Ninja 650 if for no other reason than shorter wheelbase and less mass. If you are a bigger guy you can fit a little better on the 300 FWIW.


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When this board was in its hayday, the number one answer you'd get to this question is, "Do the Cornerspin class."

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I've wanted to do Cornerspin as well. I've been on a crappy plateau for the past 2 years.


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You could run up in Heavyweight. The grids are a bit smaller due to less contingency $.
Heavyweight is all us 600 guys plus some Gixxer 750's


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I would follow Shiphteey's advice and start out on a smaller bike. Youll learn to make the most out of it. will likely make you a faster rider.
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748 + racing on track = broken 748 engine

Go for a smaller bike or a Jap, trust uncle Leo


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748.... 300 .... 125... 50...

Youre still gonna be slow and bald Salmon who gives a shit
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748.... 300 .... 125... 50...

Youre still gonna be slow and bald Salmon who gives a shit
Nobody asked for your slow ass opinion, slowkhas


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March 19, 2019, 06:09 PM

Ninja 300


Get the suspension setup.


Braided front line with motul 660.


Sticky tires.


Bazzaz quickshifter.


GO!


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