Originally Posted by FUSE
This Sunday I will be taking The Hornet to a local 1/4 mile drag strip and see what I can do. This will be my first time ever doing this. Can anyone give me some tips on what to do and not to do at the track? Any and all pointers would be appreciated. Thanks much everyone.
I'm not sure I would subject my Wing to the drags but if you are serious....
1) Find out what the optimum shift points are (RPM) and try to upshift as close to those as possible. One trick we used to use was using the kill button instead of the clutch, i.e., shift with no throttle change, just kill the engine monentarily. This will probably not work with the stock Wing as there is no kill button. And it will raise **** with the tranny if you do it wrong. You might also think about starting out in 2nd vs 1st gear and slipping the clutch to keep revs up. First gear is very low and you might wheelie - not a good thing on the Wing.
2) Set tire pressures on the high side and the shock preload a bit high as well. This assumes you won't be trying to burn the rear tire. If you're not afraid of maximum tire bite then reduce the rear tire pressure and burn it before launching.
3) Coming to the line examine the track carefully. Watch for anything slippery (sand, oil dry, water, antifreeze, oil etc.). Dropping the hammer hard on the Wing could send it sideways if the rear tire is on something loose - guaranteed to soil your shorts.
4) Reduce your gas supply to the minimum required, i.e., not more than 1 gallon and preferably less. And empty out side and rear bags.
Come back and post your times. I'd be interested to know. Oh, and change your oil afterward. And say a prayer for your clutch.