Had a gsxr 1100....9R now???
Last time I posted I was about to p/u a 98+ 9R but I stumbled upon an 1100 in a 750 frame (late 80s) for much cheaper so I bought it for less than $2700.
I went nuts with the gearing 14/48 and milled the head, +5 ign advancer, strapped it, Yosh pipe, K&N pods. I still weight 120-130lbs...
I ran it at the local track 2x (10 runs total). My best was 11.04 at 127 I believe. My 60ft times ranged from 1.78 - 1.9s (like most novices I suppose) w/lowered tire psi.
Now that it's totaled (70 year old fucko plowed into me) and I'm healin up, I'm rethinkin th 9R. Here's why I'm a little hesitant:
1) I've done a roll on w/a 2000 9R all the way up to an indicated 170 mph and I was slooowly pulling away (1052cc will do that, I know) and I'm wondering if I'll miss the awesome pulling power (torque) that the 1100 had. Will the 9R feel like a grunty 600, so to speak, instead of rolling it in top gear on the HWY and G-O-I-N-G.
2) How easy is it to launch? My 87 1100 motor was impossible to launch because it was hydraulic and every time I'd slip the clutch out, pull it in and repeat the process the friction zone COMPLETELY CHANGED and it bucked and chattered tremendously. Does the 9R have a smooth power delivery when letting the clutch out like a cable clutch bike? I've had an FZR 600 and an F2 and I feel like my 60 ft times on those would have beaten the quirky 1100s launch.
3) Seems like boring the 899 cc mill is .... iffy given what I've read up on it (998 in particular). How do these motors hold up with a 30 shot? The 1100 I had was old but they have been tried and true in the drag world, as I'm sure everyone here knows.
4) Would the marginally lower torque figures of the 9R make it even easier to launch than my grunty ol 1100? Other racers were telling me to lower my launch to 3-4krpms but I still couldn't stop it from wheelying, even in 2nd it would come up and hinder my ability to get on the throttle hard (good for wheelies, bad for draggin!)
Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated. They also say the 00/01 trannies are crap. Are the 98-99 on par with the 02+?
P.S. Those low 11 times were always with a missed shift since I would slide too far back to load the shifter, or wheelie. I never got a "good" run so I knew 10s were totally possible.