This series of 2 Clicks Out Videos with Kristi Martel from a WERA WEST Las Vegas race event takes you through the entire process step by step to understand what you have, how to evaluate it and how to make changes based on that evaluation. It is all based on a very meticulous and methodical approach to the initial evaluation.
The evaluation also includes assessing crash damage and how to go about making decisions on what to do and in what order. Remember, after every crash the bike should be measured by a professional like Gerry Piazza from GP Frame and Wheel here in CA to assess what is bent and fix it, or find out all is well so you can continue riding.
This series of videos is on a race bike but the process would apply to any street or track bike and the information here is applied in exactly the same way.
If you are go down on the street or track or are buying a salvage title bike for track only use, watch these videos and take notes on how to assess what you have.
Kristi brings her ZX6 bike under the canopy for a review and suspension adjustments. She has no idea what she has for settings nor any understanding of why they are where they are.
It turns out that Kristi’s bike has been down and the chassis has not been looked at carefully. There’s a lot to fix especially in the front end of the bike that is pointed way off the center line!
Finishing up the initial set up, Dave walks Kristi through the final adjustments to then get her out for the race.
Kristi is very happy with the bike on track but is taken out by another racer. Unhurt, she needs to assess the damage and make some very quick decisions.
Kristi was fortunate that the California Superbike School was across the road (literally) and they loaned her a replacement ZX6 to finish her races on. Before she heads out, she needs the settings recorded and then her own settings put into the bike.