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I get a big grin every time I walk out in to my garage, and see this waiting for me

 

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Today, me and 2 others went for an impromptu ride.
The first 30ish miles for me was mostly interstate getting to one of their homes.
Then with doubling back, and riding home solo on a twisty way home, I added another 75 miles, and the ride was abut a hundred total. So about 200ish miles today!
Wonderful day, Mid 70'sF, and sunny and dry.

The other 2 bikes I rode with today- Aprilia RSV4's. A '16 and an '18. both tricked out some more with exhausts, ECU, etc.
I want one!




The guys house we met at- really nice, and he used to race a ZX10, and a CBR. He now just races SuperMoto he states.
This is his garage, with our bikes out in the driveway
I"ve known him now for years. Been on a few rides with him and others too. This guy is the Real deal. He would usually be at the MotoGP race viewig on Sunday mornings last few seasons.
Not only does he ride outstanding, but today, on some country straights- he would start a wheelie and keep shifting, and he would set it down at about 130mph!
He is almost as old as I am. That's him standing behind his race version of his Supermoto, all Huskies.
I'm not worthy!



There is a ride planned Sept. 13 by some really fast small group of studs. I'm riding to his home, and we're riding out to east Madison to met up. This will be a really serious paced, intense ride.
I'll be 'in the back'
 
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Dayum look at those mirrors on the RSV4!

200 mile impromptu ride for grins... That's pretty hardcore!
I did 60 miles on my old yamaha and I was like whew, why is the clutch so damn heavy on these old bikes. Of course, a little Chicago traffic didn't help things.

Husqvarna makes a supermoto FS450 that is sick!
And of course their 701 that I think uses the KTM 690 engine.
 

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Discussion Starter · #164 · (Edited)
OK, read some good threads about the Caliper upgrades for my bike. What's available, etc.
It seems a K9-L1 Tokico Calipers is an upgrade, as it is a monoblock type caliper too.
Although it doesn't say it fits, word has it that it is a direct bolt on mod, no mods needed.
I put a bid on a pair on Ebay, and will probably do the buy it now option too.
I'll try it with my 'recall' replacement MC I'm using now too.
Might have to get another MC too- would rather not though.
 

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got the calipers cleaned up a little. I decided I didn't want to water spray them off, when the systen was not sealed by the banjo and brake lines. So I sprayed them with a solvent and wiped them.
They even had the Tokico pads in them! Assuming they were OEM. They looked good, when I pryed open the pistons, a little fluid came out.
I'm going to use them with my EBC HH pads- hopefully mount tomorrow.



 

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same pads? How lucky...
Those original pads still had some meat on them.
I switched in my EBC HH though.

Got the swap done today- other than a long bleed process b/c changing the calipers= pretty uneventful.



Went for a nice twisty ride south of towns, one of my closer favorite loops.

I didn't expect much difference, and thus I was not disappointed.
It was good before. Stops a little better now.
Lever feels the same.

I don't understand how a smaller bore MC, so you push less fluid/lever pull distance- gives it a better feel?
School me

* Edit- Oh yeah, the K9 calipers are WAY lighter! I read a post where someone actually posted the weights on these.
It was easy to feel the difference in weight.
the K5 caipers are supposedly '2 piece'? Well, they are one piece, but you can seen a line like where 2 halves were forged together somehow. the K9 don't have that line down the middle of them either.
 

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Oh, just found a thread where a K5 750 caliper was split apart!

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My understanding of it is that a smaller bore does not have as huge an impact on the pressure applied so a better feel is obtained. If you had a massive bore even a small amount of input would lock the brakes. It is like having a finer adjustment.
 
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Hello all,
Well, I ridden several 'spirited' rides since the caliper swap. I really don't see any difference LOL. At least not with the the OEM K5- recall replacement MC anyways.

Yesterday I had the day off, after some 'tasks' around the house and garage, a friend on his 04 CB1000rr joined me for about 100 mi. of some of my favorite twisties! Weather was 72F/Sunny! My motor seems a bit quieter with the Rotella T6 Syn. in it. Running like a raped monkey. Speed/clutchless shifting, wheelies in 2nd and 3rd. etc. I love it!





We did take about 20mi of interstate at the end back to town. Even under steady state riding, it's soo smooth now, Even with my 'ghetto' wheel balancing. No vibrations- bar end Ebay mirrors are crystal clear, and since I got those new gloves, my hands to get numb or tired at all either. K5, and still such a pleasure to ride!
 

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Got a nice ride in today!
It was 48F at the start, and 52F when I finished. Total Sunshine- made it feel much warmer.

One other friend could get a way at noon today/Wednesday.

A route just south of my home, and went both says and even did a few of the turn sections a few times in a row too.
The Cooler/dryer air seems like it adds 10HP too! My suspension felt a little better all around, and I haven't adjusted it lately.
It was great to be out on the bike running twisties today. I actually rode some of my best wheelies of the season too!
Could this be the last ride of the season? I topped off the gas tank just in case.



 

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Wow, I was just looking at some texts to a friend that rides, and it was from Nov. 19th- I rode to and from work on this day.
I of course took my 'long twisty way home' too.
I thought the post above on Oct. 28th was my last. Turns out, it was Nov. 19th 2020 for my last ride of that season.

Gonna have to wait until the most of the snow melts before I go out again.

Looking forward to the Daytona 200 coming up in March 13th! Riders including Michael Dunlop will be in it!
 

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Discussion Starter · #173 · (Edited)
Hey everyone,
I was able to get a nice OEM K9+ front MC to go with the K9 monoblocs
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I'm currently using on the bike with the K5 recall-replacement MC.

It came yesterday



The feel was good presently (k9 monos, K5 MC), possibly marginally better than the K5 calipers. But according to those in the know, this slightly smaller diameter MC from the K9 will give the front brakes an overall better feel and perform better.
I'm looking forward to it.

Now that my back and neck are dong better these days, I'm going to put my clip on's back under the top triple like it's supposed to be- I don't want any problems with this at tech for my track day.
Here's how it is now:
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So,
My new winter Project to do list for my K5 #2.0 before this May 30th Track day is:

Mount the newer K9 MC and bleed the system.
Move the clip ons back where they came from (under the top triple)
Lower the for tubes in the triples back to 8mm showing (it's about 20mm now)
Check the torque on all nuts and bolts.
Change the oil and filter
Change my coolant

* Edit:- Oh yeah, I'm also going to get 5-10mm worth of washers to put on my uppershock under the mount too!
I've read this is a good set up for this K5/6 frame for handling too.

Clips ons back where they should be. Forks in the clamps back where they should be for the tuning guides I've read.
5-10mm spacer/washers to get the rear a bit higher and check my sag settings too.

Can't wait!
 

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Also, if you are here reading this- thank you.

What do you think about this Radiator hose set? I see this one , 4 hoses for $58- one month + shipping,'


Or this one, 6 hoses for $70- same month or more shipping.


I'll have to look at home, or online, Does it need 4 or 6 hoses for the coolant? ?

I looked at a parts diagram, actually counted 7 hoses? So the one with 6 is what I'll probably go with.
Not for a while though, as this would be 100% cosmetic.
 

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Also, if you are here reading this- thank you.

What do you think about this Radiator hose set? I see this one , 4 hoses for $58- one month + shipping,'


Or this one, 6 hoses for $70- same month or more shipping.


I'll have to look at home, or online, Does it need 4 or 6 hoses for the coolant? ?

I looked at a parts diagram, actually counted 7 hoses? So the one with 6 is what I'll probably go with.
Not for a while though, as this would be 100% cosmetic.
Keep in mind you get what you pay for. I have Samco hoses on both of my bikes and had them on the K7 1000 also. Certain things you can scrip on other things you shoudn’t. Also some of them can be very challenging to get to I know from personal experience. But they do look good and flow very good.
 

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Keep in mind you get what you pay for. I have Samco hoses on both of my bikes and had them on the K7 1000 also. Certain things you can scrip on other things you shoudn’t. Also some of them can be very challenging to get to I know from personal experience. But they do look good and flow very good.
Yeah, these are China made FS. It says 3 ply, yadda, yadda.

It's on a back burner since it's purely cosmetic. Mine don't leak- knocked on wood.
 

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I'm excited about the new to me MC, to go with the K9 monobloc calipers I already have. Supposed to be a better ratio?
And putting the clip on's back down 1&7/8" back under the top triple.
And- putting some washers on the rear shock mount to raise it some, bringing the rake in some w/o changing the sag, etc.
I'm gonna try and do this this weekend.- Supposed to be in the 40's this weekend- heat wave LOL
 

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Last Sunday, I hung my front end up, and did the clip re-location back to stock. I also installed the K9 MC and had a lever for that caliper coming on Monday.
I took the cover off for the first time in months, it was a good sight.



The lever came as planned, and I was able to get it on there.
I started to bleed it. Then I remember about reading threads where they could not get the front brakes bled. I first tried it with the MC bleeder open a bit, and could not get any pressure. I'm already thinking about contact the seller, etc.
But then, I went and got my 10mm. No, not socket, my 10mm syringe! I use clear hose line to bleed with anyways, so I hooked up the syringe and pulled vacuum on the MC bleeder- like 4 or 5 times- FINALLY, some clear brake fluid came thru!

So I was able to bleed both sides. I'm letting it sit overnight- a few days maybe, then tap things with a screwdriver handle and re-bleed it once more.
 

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Re bled it. About the same- which still feels good.
I'll try and ride it Sunday- supposed to get some 50'sF.

60's next week! Today is Thursday 3/4/21.
It'll probably snow again at least one more good one though- par for the course around here.
 
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