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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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8 inch swing arm

i have an 05 R1 and have been thinking of Drag Racing, I drag race with my car, and am about to break into the 9s, so i've gotten pretty far with the car and have modded it in about every way, so naturally i'm getting kind of bored with it and am thinking about drag racing the R1, some of the riders at the track said first things first is to get a longer swing arm to keep me planted. so i've been looking at the 8 inch swing arms and was wondering how bad this would hurt my handling, because i love to fly threw the turns on the back roads where i live and am worried that with the longer swing arm i'm gonna end up a bit more sideways than i wanted to go.
basically what i'm asking is can i still take the turns as well with the longer swing arm or should i look into an ajustable swing arm?
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Carving dragbike

With an 8 inch extended swingarm, you can forget about carving the turns.

An adjustable swingarm would definitely be the way to go if you still want to keep your streetbike to remain street friendly. Either that, or buy another, more suitable bike for drag racing only.

Honestly, unless you plan on spending a lot of time at the strip, I wouldn't even bother spending a lot of time, money, or effort in modifying your R1 for strip use. (if you're just going to go there a few times a year to have some fun) I would just run it stock.

Personally, I find it much more challenging and impressive (and fun) to be able to properly launch and handle a non-wheelie bar, non-extended swingarm equipped literbike at the strip. It takes a helluva lot more skill to properly launch a stock bike while managing wheelspin, wheelies, etc. and get a good ET out of it vs. simply dumping the clutch and riding it out on a fully prepped dragbike.
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how hard would it be to adjust the swingarm and swap out the chains at the track when i get there and before i leave? its not just for the performance i also like the way it looks. but still am wondering if its worth the trouble just for that, i mean if it takes like ten minutes to adjust and swap out chains than i'm all for it. but i haven't tried so i dont know how hard it is.

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