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Old 12-22-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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3 seconds faster thanks to Motorcycles Unlimited

Special thanks to Patrick, Brandon and the crew for the great work on my bike over the last couple of days. New TTX shock, ohlin fork cartridges, stainless brake lines, and pazzos to go with the other goodies I had already installed. The bike is completely transformed. It's gone from having to muscle it to turn in to the bike falling over with relatively light inputs. Further, the suspension is now stiff enough that I can move around on the bike without disrupting the balance nearly as much. It's much easier to roll into the throttle coming off the apex; I don't need to wait as long for the suspension to settle. Also, much less push (understeer) from the apex onward. Combined with Larry's great help trackside at MSR swapping another set of new Pirelli's - from the Corsa Pros to the Diablo Super Corsas - in about 30 minutes, I was able to drop my fast lap time from a 1:56.9 to a 1:54.0. Speed on the back straight is up from 140 to at least 146.

More suspension work is likely on the horizon. Despite the multiple tuning efforts last night that kept Patrick and Brandon at the shop late (many thanks!!!!), I'm still bottoming out the front shocks although they no longer chatter going into Diamonds edge. I think we are at 13 turns of preload out of 18 possible. I'd like to investigate going to a larger fork spring instead of dialing in more preload.

PopoRider did a great job on his first track day. Sub 2:01's and dragged his knee - I witnessed both events. Imagine how fast he'll be with a few more track days, sticky tires, and warmers.

I made the mistake of telling Radar that I might be closing in on his lap times. He responded by starting with me on second session and pulling out of sight within a mere two or three laps with nary a cheek off the bike. How can those old guys be so damned fast?

GixxerBill was there and fast as ever. Took a peek at his lap timer and saw a 1:50.00. I had a couple of fun, and a little scary, drag races with him down the back straight; he won them all. And, of course, Mr. Whoopie who did as promised and spanked us all with a 1:44 on his new "little bike".

It was a great day at MSR Houston with all the aforementioned folks and about another 5 new people. Good fun!
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:53 AM   #2
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That was a great day out there with 9 bikes on the track. We must go again on Sunday!
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Mr. Whoopie who did as promised and spanked us all with a 1:44 on his new "little bike".
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How can those old guys be so damned fast?
It's the food we get with our senior citizens discount @ Dennys! You're looking better and better out there big guy! Had a great time as always - great group today - post card weather - a great December day in Texas.
Larry - Thanks for the pointers, Allan thanks for unloading for us, and the use of the tire warmers for Mike.
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Always good riding with you Doug. Thanks for all the help.
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Congrats Curt on the new lower laptimes and suspension.

I wish I could have been out there with you guys. My bike is naked with no tank right now though. :/:
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:56 AM   #10
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I'm not exactly sure who all are members versus guests. Poporider was there as my guest. Allan and Doug are members.
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Steve, they may be taking the private lessons: http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=40242
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I'm not exactly sure who all are members versus guests. Poporider was there as my guest. Allan and Doug are members.

PM me info on the membership: Cost, track availability, etc. Thanks.
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No private lessons yesterday as Larry was riding with us. It was a combination of guests and members just enjoying the great weather.

All the membership information for MSR Houston is here:

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Why is it bottoming? Did you get new springs with your cartridges?
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Congrats on dropping your times!
I'm glad you're happy with the new suspension, as far as the bottoming, I'll probably take some air spring out of it.

Bring it by next week and I can do it in a couple of hours.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:18 AM   #18
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Yes, new springs. 1.2's.
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I made the mistake of telling Radar that I might be closing in on his lap times. He responded by starting with me on second session and pulling out of sight within a mere two or three laps with nary a cheek off the bike. How can those old guys be so damned fast?
Radar does some spanking doesn't he..........I'm amazed every time I watch him ride.

Maybe one day when I grow up..........:/:
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1.2 sounds right for 285. If the sag is good I would add a couple of caps of fork oil like Patrick said. Maybe add some compression if you haven't tried it already. The faster you go, the less the zip tie moves Counter intuitive.
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