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Old 01-06-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Question All in my head or a real problem? (n00b question)

I was riding my 07 ZX-6R after work and when slowing down for a turn (completely separating braking and turning like any good n00b should) I felt my rear tire break loose. I kept on the rear brake until I straightened out and everything turned out fine. I figure it could have been because of the cold tires and too much rear break (lesson learned).

But then for the rest of my ride I kept feeling the rear slide around when cornering or braking. So my question is, all in my head because of the previous scare or possibly a mechanical issue?

Any ideas appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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it could be in your head. I had my back tire loose its weight and it would give me the wobble feeling in the back. Better safe than sorry. See if you can get someone to follow you to see if the back end is squirly when you ride
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i could be either it was a lil chilly today and you are a noob soooo it could be anything youll just never know for sure unless someone sees whats going on back there while your driving
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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Check your air pressure?
If the pressure is low enough it can cause the rear to squirm around.
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Make sure your tire is in good condition and air is adequate.

the cold wear will lessen the grip you have on the road. Trying to sit upright more instead of pressing the bike into the corner will keep more weight over the contact patch then when you're leaning off the bike.

Many dont use the rear brake at all since 90% of the braking is up front. Its very easy to lock up the rear since many think of the same force needed as a car when in a panic situation.

Keep patience and take your time until your confidence is comfortable enough for you to ride back up to your pace.
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Check your air pressure?
If the pressure is low enough it can cause the rear to squirm around.
this..

Did the bike feel as if it wanted to toss you high side or want to drop to the ground while you made a turn?

thats one statment not a two part question.
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Did the bike feel as if it wanted to toss you high side or want to drop to the ground while you made a turn?

thats one statment not a two part question.
Checked the pressure and it was 2 lb low. Would that make a big difference?

I guess high side, but I never felt like I was going to fall, just a little sketchy and it freaked me out a bit.
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Keep patience and take your time until your confidence is comfortable enough for you to ride back up to your pace.
+1 to all of the above esp ^
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try not using the rear brake ...it will only get you in trouble
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it probably just spooked ya. It happens to me evry once in a while. 2lbs wouldnt make to much of a difference. check what everyone else said and just take it easy for a while. Rear brake is a tricky little thing, but it has its uses.
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Check your air pressure?
If the pressure is low enough it can cause the rear to squirm around.
Ck tire pressure with a good tire pressure guage not the ones at the air pumps at the gas station!
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the nervous reaction is just you. It could be that your gear is too low during that givin speed and rpm resulting is rear breaking loose like that.
usually if the rear slides, i try not to apply rear brake any firmer
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Checked the pressure and it was 2 lb low. Would that make a big difference?

I guess high side, but I never felt like I was going to fall, just a little sketchy and it freaked me out a bit.
When did you check your pressure after the ride or before?
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Checked the pressure with a reasonable digital gauge after the ride giving the bike about an hour or more to cool down.

I appreciate everyone's advice I think it was me freaking out a bit. Seems all I can do at this point is learn from it and move on.

Thanks again
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Yeah go get a New tire Guage and do it BEFORE YOU go and ride...Go to one of Patricks MC classes he holds one every month....It will help you get to know your bike!
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