Posts: One MEEEEEELLION
posted June 27, 2002 05:38 AM
Spokane Ride Around
Don't know how many of you have been to Spokane Raceway Park. Here's a brief description of a lap around it on a ZX12R. Note: Your mileage may vary.
Let's start at the start/finish line.
Coming out of the staging area, you accellerate down a long straightaway. On a yellow boxed speedo, I was seeing 185+ mph.
Shutting it down for turn 1, it's one downshift before (4th), and two after the turn (2nd), and hard braking for turn 2.
Coming out of two, upshift once (3rd), or you'll wear the bike for a hat, because it's up a blind rise, over a couple rollercoater whoops, then bend it into turn 3 and shift again (4th).
The motor is at or near redline at this time, so you upshift again (if you have room) (5th) then it's hard on the brakes and downshift twice or three times (2nd) for turn 4, which is the first right hander.
Gotta be careful, because the right side of the tire isn't as warm as the left side at this point. Out of turn 4 it's upshift (3rd), hang off the left side, and upshift again (4th) through turn 5.
The back straigtaway seems very short at this speed, so I usually just let the bike bounce off the rev limiter in 4th, rather than lose time upshifting again.
Turn 6 is a hairpin left, so it's downshift twice (2nd), ease the bike around and try not to spin up the tire exiting.
A short blast to turn 7 (hairpin right) then another short blast to 8, which is another left.
Hang off the left side. Turn 9 is technically a right, but you can just stay hanging off the left side of the bike in prep for 10, which is a big sweeper left.
Leave the bike in second gear, try to be smooth and wait till you are pointed down the straight before rolling on the power.
Go across the concrete pad where you started, and that's a lap!