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post #121 of 143 (permalink) Old 10-20-2016, 12:43 PM
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As I haven't hit the track yet (6 weeks to go!), I prefer to refer to the unused portion of my tires as my margin of safety rather than chicken strips
Plus the more you are off the bike, the more upright it stays, the less on the edge of the tire you are. Chicken strips really don't mean much.

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post #122 of 143 (permalink) Old 10-20-2016, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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yea, I know thats been a big point of argument in a lot of chats. I know the chicken strips don't really matter. I have been riding for about 8 or 9 years on and off, but just know have started trying to improve my riding skills. Its most likely because a lot of the guys I ride with are young and fearless and they push it harder than I do. I'm just trying not to suck. lol. But i'm 35 years old now, wife and 2 kids to care for. The fear of crashing is strong with me. Things like if I can't see around a corner then I won't dive into it, so I'm usually entering corners slower and with less lean angle. I realize my skills will probably progress much quicker on a closed course track, its just finding the time and money to do so..

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I feel much the same. I'm 42 and I REALLY don't want to wreck my bike....again. I thrashed my R6 going too deep into a lean without enough speed (I think; that or the suspension linkage snapped) and even then I was far more worried about the state of my bike (as I was sliding along on my back). Speed doesn't scare me. Finding the money to repair my pride and joy does. I didn't really have chicken strips on my R6, but I definitely do on this bike, lol.

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post #124 of 143 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 09:35 AM
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Think of track time as an investment. You'll expand your skills which will give you a great safety margin when you back it down to street speeds. Trying not to preach and you've read it all before - just hate to see another crash post because someone was pushing.
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Think of track time as an investment. You'll expand your skills which will give you a great safety margin when you back it down to street speeds. Trying not to preach and you've read it all before - just hate to see another crash post because someone was pushing.


That's exactly my thinking.

At 48 I appreciate getting home safely each day.

Having improved skills is a very good thing, but to me that doesn't mean I will be trying to be a MotoGP racer on the street.



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Do you honestly want to know why I like supersports? I mean, yeah, the speed is great, but I feel like a cool motherfucker riding these things, lol. I even love the gear. I'm not the most confident guy in the world, but my bike makes me feel like a beast; the king of the urban jungle. I don't even need to screw around. They're becoming more rare in my neck of the woods, so I feel like people take a second look when they see this gleaming black and red missile comin down the road, and it's all mine. Well, the bank's mostly, but it's mine in spirit. As far as I'm concerned, it's a two wheel Lambo.
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Do you honestly want to know why I like supersports? I mean, yeah, the speed is great, but I feel like a cool motherfucker riding these things, lol. I even love the gear. I'm not the most confident guy in the world, but my bike makes me feel like a beast; the king of the urban jungle. I don't even need to screw around. They're becoming more rare in my neck of the woods, so I feel like people take a second look when they see this gleaming black and red missile comin down the road, and it's all mine. Well, the bank's mostly, but it's mine in spirit. As far as I'm concerned, it's a two wheel Lambo.
lol. I honestly couldn't care less what other people think of it while im riding. I just figure the majority of them hate me. Its all about the thrill for me. Doing something that could very easily kill me and living through it, over, and over again. The feeling of achievement when I own a wheelie at 100mph. Going 175mph made me feel more alive than anything else I have ever done. I like supersports because they are bad as [email protected] And this is just a 750. lol..

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Think of track time as an investment. You'll expand your skills which will give you a great safety margin when you back it down to street speeds. Trying not to preach and you've read it all before - just hate to see another crash post because someone was pushing.
Its funny(not literally), there for a while it was like once every week or so one of the guys in our group was going down. Some spills were minor, others totaled their bike. At least they all walked away. But I feel like my respect for the danger of what we do is the reason I have never gone down in 9 years. My sense of self preservation is pretty strong.. My idea of pushing it is still pretty tame.

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Think of track time as an investment. You'll expand your skills which will give you a great safety margin when you back it down to street speeds. Trying not to preach and you've read it all before - just hate to see another crash post because someone was pushing.
I dont know if you are familiar with the layout of charleston, but our riding group has pieced together a course that covers basically 3 different cities. Multiple long straights, some wide high speed bridge runs, and many many corners, mostly with potential for a lot of lean and speed. We repeat the same course over and over multiple times a week. And I can feel myself getting better. Putting the leathers on immediately made a difference in my ability to push it just a little further. I realize its not really safe to do this on the street, but hey, its just what we do.

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@J.GILKY believe me, the speed is still my #1 reason for owning it. I'm 42 now so I'm a lot more tame than I used to be. I crashed my '03 R6 doing speed runs through a twisty frontage road on a Sunday (July 4th 2004, actually). I knew better, but goddamnit if it isn't so much fun. Now, though, I'm too concerned about binning my beauty so I confine myself to smallish wheelies and running the occasional cloverleaf.
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So, I have been beating on the bike pretty hard lately. And I have noticed after that it feels like the bike is surging while trying to maintain a cruising speed. It's really minor but still noticeable. the first thing I did was check the chain and it was really loose, so I went ahead and adjusted the chain today. But while I was doing so I noticed that as I rotated the back tire the chain was going loose then tight, loose then tight.... Visually I cannot see anything wrong. Have you guys run into this? Is it likely a chain or sprocket problem. The sprocket looks fine though. And I'm sure the rear axle is adjusted straight. I'm running a vortex aluminum rear sprocket and a stock chain.

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So, I have been beating on the bike pretty hard lately. And I have noticed after that it feels like the bike is surging while trying to maintain a cruising speed. It's really minor but still noticeable. the first thing I did was check the chain and it was really loose, so I went ahead and adjusted the chain today. But while I was doing so I noticed that as I rotated the back tire the chain was going loose then tight, loose then tight.... Visually I cannot see anything wrong. Have you guys run into this? Is it likely a chain or sprocket problem. The sprocket looks fine though. And I'm sure the rear axle is adjusted straight. I'm running a vortex aluminum rear sprocket and a stock chain.
Just saw this post.

Not sure if you ever resolved this issue but it sounds to me like your chain is shot. How many miles is on the bike? Typically when the chain goes tight and then loose in a single revolution (you can visually see the difference), it means that somewhere along the chain you have a shot link/s and or o-rings causing the link to seize.

Now would be the time to replace that chain. If you havent already, this is the time to go to a 520 set up. Good luck. If you have any questions on chains and geometry for your bike. Let me know.

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Just saw this post.

Not sure if you ever resolved this issue but it sounds to me like your chain is shot. How many miles is on the bike? Typically when the chain goes tight and then loose in a single revolution (you can visually see the difference), it means that somewhere along the chain you have a shot link/s and or o-rings causing the link to seize.

Now would be the time to replace that chain. If you havent already, this is the time to go to a 520 set up. Good luck. If you have any questions on chains and geometry for your bike. Let me know.
Yea, I replaced the chain. Stayed with the 525 for strength. It fixed the problem for sure. Bike only had 2600 miles on it at the time, which is why I was so surprised. I noticed the problem after doing multiple 3rd gear clutch drops so I'm just not doing that anymore. And I'm paying more attention to chain maintenance now.

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Installed some new Michelin Power RS tires yesterday. I have built a trailer to haul my bike since I have last been on here and i'm planning on going to the track with my friend on May 20th at Roebling. I still need a track legal M/L helmet and XL gloves if anyone has some cheap used stuff they would sell me. The rest of my gear is all black alpinestars.


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Here's another photo I snapped not too long ago.


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installed the LighTech mirror block offs. The quality of the part is good, but its still not a perfect match to the shape of the old mirror base which is kind of a disappointment. But they will get the job done.




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Installed new Stompgrip tank traction pads.




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Installed new Stompgrip tank traction pads.



I've got the same pads on mine and they're gorgeous. I'm glad I didn't go with the clear ones.

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So the time for track is near. I am heading down to Roebling next weekend on May 20th. It will be my first track experience. The bike is all set up and ready to go.

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I have a lot of learning to do, but I had a great time.

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Nice pics man! Nothing like the track. Welcome to the addiction.

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Hey guys and gals. I have been away from the site for a hot minute. Thought i would drop in and say things are great. The 750 is still running strong. Recently did another track day down at Roebling Road Raceway and just hit the mountains this weekend. Ive come along ways as a rider in the past 3 years and im really beginning to use the bike to its potential.
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