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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 20th, 2006, 9:22 pm Thread Starter
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This is insanity, but ......

Getting directly to the point, I am a big drag racing fan. Especially the legal stuff! The local track has a "test and tune" night, pretty much "run what ya brung" affair. I realize the LT is a far cry from a sport bike but it is pretty quick. I'd like to take mine to see what it can do in the 1/4 mile. I'm thinking low 14's around 100 mph. A couple of questions:
They do sell some 100+ octane fuel there .... if I "topped off" with it am I looking for some engine trouble? Secondly, has anyone found a viable way to launch this thing? I haven't started out too hard with it yet; my old R75-5 would smoke the rear tire and then wheelstand a little at a 5000 rpm start. The LT can be a little unruly at times and this could be one of them. I know someone out there has wound theirs up and dropped the clutch and I would like to know of their experience. And no, I don't plan to make my LT a race machine. Just a little fun and a ballpark idea of performance. I did see a thread on this site that had a link to a turbocharging site which claimed to raise horsepower over 200. I will admit I found that pretty entertaining. The site did show an LT with the turbocharger installation; with the tupperware on you'd never know. I, of course, lost the link. If anyone knows it please let me know. Thanks for fueling my insanity!
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The clutch is the weak point on the drive train. Single, dry plate and pretty wimpy. The LT would surely wheelie easy if the clutch were up to it. I wouldn't pull too many hard starts with it, but it sure would be fun!!



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Good point on the clutch. Clearly mentioned on the turbocharging site. Factory clutch way too light for the additional horsepower.
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Also, you can look on lighting the bike. You can remove the whole trunk, the passenger seat, the windshield, the side air deflectors, the tool bag...

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The clutch is the weak point on the drive train. Single, dry plate and pretty wimpy. The LT would surely wheelie easy if the clutch were up to it. I wouldn't pull too many hard starts with it, but it sure would be fun!!
The engine is willing , but the clutch is the "achilles heel." Great in the street , but not designed for rapid launch, however once it is hooked up it can scurry along at a good clip.
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Wink You may be crazy, but

... it does sound like a fun thing to try.

I'd prefer you ride it with full tank, no lightening, so we have real-world numbers. Good luck, and do share your times.

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The clutch is the weak point on the drive train. Single, dry plate and pretty wimpy.
Wimpy ---you mean like this one---
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http://www.bmwlt.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=582&c=
http://www.bmwlt.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=580&c=

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