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About Jaybird180

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    Motorcycle riding, Aviation, Taekwondo...and some other stuff.

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  1. If a fully heated race tire balloons then it makes sense. But since there is still some flex in the carcass I think there's something else going on. I will concede that I don't know what or why. I'll get back to you after I study more on the lack of relationship that surface area has to tire grip.
  2. When I shop for clothes I always have to take into account my requirement for long sleeves. Couple that with a torso thats taller than average and it's a non-aerodynamic recipe. It's one of the fun things about engineering- making wise compromises. I would just like to be able to get through a full track session at 80%+ without cramping.
  3. To serve what purpose?
  4. I know that's what physics says but the guys that do drag racing have a different experience. They put the widest tires they can muster on the rear of the car/bike to increase contact patch. The result is better ability to put power to the ground.
  5. What are the designers trying to achieve with low bars?
  6. One of the things that I continue to work on is effective steering. My confession is that I don't Quicksteer well enough. Leading up to that is that my body position doesn't lend itself very well to being in-line with the plane of rotation of the bars. My new bike's clip-ons are pretty low and being a tall guy, I have to sit mostly to the back of the seat or hunch over significantly to get in-line to steer rather than push down on the bars (bad). Sitting that far aft of the CoG comes with another compromise in how aggressive I can get on the gas, considering that I don't have wheelie control on my analog literbike AND the fact that with a brand new chain & sprockets my wheel base is in factory specs, which is wee bit shorter than it has ever been during my short ownership. I'm considering a set of bar risers that will bring the clip-ons higher. I've read good reviews on the Apex brand that gives a 2" increase and I'm thinking long and hard about making the change- it will also require a change to the hydraulic lines. Their 3" kit will require a change to the throttle cable and probably anything higher will require a change to the upper fairing. My thoughts are that it would be a good ergonomic mod for me however I'm thinking about how it will affect my steering. I can't think of any cons to making the change other than the expense of new hydraulic lines- which I was thinking about doing anyhow- but they must be cut to spec given the need for another 2 (or 3) inches. OTOH, perhaps there's something that's been overlooked in my steering technique itself. Scooting back was the solution provided at my days at the school and I'm not sure but I'm leaning toward it being a possible contributor to my back pain, the onset of which came with it's own cornering challenges. Scratching for ideas and a solution here.
  7. I wish that I'd taken advantage of this. CSS already "sold" me on the Alpinestars SuperTechR boots. I was trying to save my pockets...didn't work - LoL
  8. Unfortunately, I'm also in the market for a replacement lid. It seems the RPHA11 is too big and accounts for the vision blur I was getting that sometimes happens at high speed, typically on straightaways. I might go back to a Scorpion.
  9. Thank you. I guess it goes under the heading of 'quickturn as much as conditions warrant'.
  10. I just finished watching the Docu-Movie, ROAD. It's the story about the 4 VERY successful Road Racers, the Dunlops- Joey, his younger brother Robert and Robert's 2 sons William and Michael. I don't wish to give it away but it's an interesting film and there's some relevant footage pertinent to this discussion. See if anyone can spot the many references. ROAD is available on Netflix.
  11. I re-read this entire thread and all cited links to hopefully find an answer to a question. In T2 DVD one of the cautions given for QT is that it shouldn't be done on cold tires. How do you know the tires are ready for QT? And certainly since nothing in this universe is absolute, there must be a "scale of readiness" to ask for performance from the tire; how do you perceive such a scale and apply pressure accordingly without exceeding the limits of readiness?
  12. I'm very interested in testimonials of how QT has resolved your SRs.
  13. Bolt action, Open sights. Frankly, I don't see why there would be a need for a scope at 300 meters, but that's just me; it's just one more thing that can fail.