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Which bike to use at track day.

Thinking about going to a track day in Christchurch 21st of Dec to a track i have never been to. Have done 4 track days on the Versys back home and am still a lot more confident on the versys (and quicker) but tempted to take the My Ninja 1000 instead. The track is a 100 mile from home.

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Since you're asking.....

Is the track as technically difficult as what you are used to? If so, take the Versys. No need to be at an unfamiliar track with technical difficulty at your max with the HP of the Ninja when you are more confident on the V.

I bet you have more fun whipping the Versys than babying the 1K.

But what do I know? I am 46 and much more cautious than I was 25 years ago.....

I bet that Ninja 1000 is an absolute blast!

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The Christchurch track has a longer back straight and is not as tight as my local track so would be guessing that on this track the versys would not be as dominant as i am used to. Back home get no better buzz the passing a gixer on a hair pin corner.
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Take the Ninja and have a blast. Adopt the attitude of the U.S. Civil War naval commander who said, "Damn the torpedos, full steam ahead." On second thought, I believe he died shortly after saying that.

So, perhaps you should take the bike you feel most comfortable with - or the Ninja!

Whichever you ultimately decide upon, have a great, but safe, time.

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Nice to have a choice, You must have a real understanding wife to be allowed to own two bikes and.... for her to give you her $350 voucher to do the track days

I bet you are going to cook her a really nice tea, feed her horses, chickens and dog and after you have taken your apron off, run her a nice bath.

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Take the Ninja and have a blast. Adopt the attitude of the U.S. Civil War naval commander who said, "Damn the torpedos, full steam ahead." On second thought, I believe he died shortly after saying that.

Civil war torpedoes????

I agree with the Mrs kiwi. Be safe and make sure you run her that nice hot bath!
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Clearly you should get hold of a two-bike trailer and take them both.

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Yes, at the time naval anti-shipping mines were known as torpedos, though I have no idea who decided on the term.

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Take the Ninja. I own a worked over FZI

Since the track is flat you will enjoy lighting up the back wheel exiting on most of those turns. That's the fun of a liter bike, use it. Careful coming onto the main straight thou.
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Sounds like a geat opportunity to unleash the beast lurking in your Ninja 1000, stretch its legs and get a feel for it... It'd be good to have both there to compare lap times, and you'll have a spare ride if you happen to crash one.
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... It'd be good to have both there to compare lap times, and you'll have a spare ride if you happen to crash one.
Will take both bikes to a track day early next year on my local track as it is less than 3 km from home.
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Although I'm usually not a big fan of 1k bikes (My weapon of choice for track days is an old TRX850), for this track it might be the better option.

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Nice to have a choice, You must have a real understanding wife to be allowed to own two bikes and.... for her to give you her $350 voucher to do the track days
My trick is to find a girl that loves riding as much as I do

The down side is that it can get pretty expensive very fast: 7 bikes in total in the shed, up to 15 track days per year, holidays of 5000km on the bikes, Off-road trips abroad, ...

But hell, it's all worth it
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My trick is to find a girl that loves riding as much as I do

The down side is that it can get pretty expensive very fast: 7 bikes in total in the shed, up to 15 track days per year, holidays of 5000km on the bikes, Off-road trips abroad, ...

But hell, it's all worth it
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That looks like a Ninja track to me! You would feel like you were going backwards on the Versys on that track. Looks like you will want the power of the Ninja.

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Now I have four!
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quote: (My weapon of choice for track days is an old TRX850)

Ha! I was just about to say in the tight stuff I have to concentrate on my TRX and on the V its second nature!
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I dont think they run the full course for track days do they? Id check if they keep it tight go with the V if it is a full course do what the rest of the guys are saying and take both.
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I dont think they run the full course for track days do they? Id check if they keep it tight go with the V if it is a full course do what the rest of the guys are saying and take both.
Could not see them using the grand prix circuit for us bunch of amatuer clowns on bikes, made a decision to ride the Ninja up and will do the two bike thing next year on home track. Will make sure i get some good one on one instruction on how to handle the green beast.
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I’m jealous either way. OK Have fun and don’t bend anything....most of all post some photos and or video.
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