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  1. It seems they have to deal with a poor reputation as well. Note that the article was published Nov 12, 2018 and I didn't find anything newer. https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/asma-bans-icon-helmets-citing-safety-concerns/
  2. Day 2 of having Xbox & Ride3 in the house. After persevering with getting the system setup (going to make some other changes later) we finally were able to actually play the game. During everyone's first ride, we all managed some creative ways to crash the Panigale at Laguna Seca. Once beyond that stage, a selection of bikes opens up as well as a selection of tracks. My son is now riding the Kawasaki KX450 Supermoto at Road America and doing quite well! With the suggested lines turned on, I hope that he gets some ideas about lines; it's a subject I've introduced thrice, but it may have been too early for him. We'll see if the game acts as the intended learning aid. I'm also over the idea of the controllers being too complicated, but that's also a factor of my doing some outside self-improvement work, not just game related. I'm less than $300 into this deal and if all fails, at least we have a streaming media and Blu Ray Player in the family room now to replace the devices I wasn't too happy about. And hopefully, Just Dance 2020 becomes another family fun activity...it's quite a workout!
  3. I remember when that happened. It was also shared on Social Media.
  4. The MM93 video was blocked by Dorna 😞
  5. Ever consider that Leg Danglers are using their arms to support themselves? I know...sounds "wrong", right? Well Keith Code found that even high level riders are making basic errors, which is why everyone starts CSS at Level 1.
  6. My small contribution (and a little bit of speculation) is that Rossi started doing it around the time he began using Mini-moto for training. It also appears that he uses it to block a passing rider.
  7. Do they offer the game as a PC download? What if I own the XBox version, do I get a discount on the PS4 or PC version? Sorry for the questions, it’s been A REALLY LONG TIME since I’ve done video games. I own a retro Atari and retro SNES (the updated ones released a couple years ago), just to put in context. Played a few times for nostalgia and now they’re on the shelf.
  8. The descriptions that I’ve read from others hint very strongly that it’s possible to make technical errors when it’s in the Sim mode. I expect that in Arcade mode you can get away with anything.
  9. In the last 17 hours, I've managed to narrow this down to ponying up with 350 $mackeroos to get the game and an XBox One S. I did find that with online stores selling the game at a discount and a few bundles available online, now it's a matter of deciding which bundle kit to go with and I believe I can beat that budget ALL DONE. I will need to pull the trigger soon on this, as my son's 7th birthday is in 2 weeks and the game is for him...I might play it once in awhile also (wink).
  10. It seems that some people are getting benefit out of using/ playing racing games. This is an area completely unknown to me and since it's Brrrrr cold here right now, it might be an opportunity to get some training in from the comfort of my living room. Anyone have any recommendations? I heard of Ride3. It has some mixed reviews, but is the game that got my attention to this idea. I have a Win10 laptop I can use to connect to my living room TV but I'm not opposed to buying a gaming platform for this use. If I use the PC what type of controllers should I buy?
  11. I saw something the other day that Brandon Paasch now is on an FIM Moto2 team and finished 12th in his first race! Go Brandon!
  12. Jaybird180

    2020 WSBK

    2020 is shaping up to be an awesome season. 5X (Consecutive) World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea will have his hands full. His closest competitor for 2019, Alvaro Bautista is changing factories, which is...interesting. I don't know what precipitated that but I thought Buatista on the Ducati was a match made-in-heaven, but I guess not. Honda is back with full factory support and hired Butista to pilot the all-new, homologation special CBR1000RR-R SP (yeah, that's a lot of letters) Fireblade. Let's see if Honda can get out of their racing slouch. BMW came to play, with a new 2020 model that is more than just an evolution of it's prior models. Yamaha made some tweaks to their bike from what I hear, squeezing more power from their engine for 2020. And.....(get this)....we now have an American rider in the series again! I've been a JR fan since his days on the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR World Supersport, but I gotta root for my fellow country man, Garrett Gerloff. What do you guys think will happen this upcoming season?
  13. Nice video. He’s a good story teller...and I know what he went thru because I’m doing the same...thinking about it too much LoL.
  14. I am in need of better feel in my front braking system. Due to stock class rules, there are restrictions on what I can do to the bike. I can't change to Stainless Steel lines, upgrade calipers, master cylinder or rotors (I don't think), but it does appear that I can change the brake pads. I did some research into the various materials, but the articles I found only discuss costs, longevity and composition, but not much in the way of feedback and feel vs stopping power. My current setup (very likely OE Yamaha pads, but I'll have to verify - shame on me) feels spongy but has the capability to lift the back wheel off the ground with alacrity. Unfortunately I have experience with this, as it caught me off-guard when I had instead expected the front tire to slide on the cold pavement this Friday evening, but it never did. This is for my TT-R125 Minimoto trackbike. Which pad material could improve my feedback in what the brakes are doing and offer more progressive feel? Organic, Semi-Organic, Sintered, Metallic, etc.? I wasn't able to find out what the OE pad is made from, but I've put in an inquiry with a major parts distributor to see if they can help. UPDATE: The supplier says the pads “appear to be ceramic”.
  15. I heard that Honda is doing a Factory Team with full WSBK support in 2020 and Bautista will be their lead rider.
  16. The pic looks like ViR....Turn 2
  17. That sounds like a good goal to achieve! Welcome to the forum.
  18. It's my understanding that Garrett Gerloff is going to WSBK on Yamaha's dime, even though Cameron Beabier just won the MotoAmerica Superbike crown for the 4th time (CONGRATULATIONS) If that's so, then we're getting another American star! What's the magic formula that makes someone a better candidate? I'm currently listening to a podcast and Cameron is endorsing Garrett for the job and talking about his stats and youth. Cameron is 26 himself, which I consider young (I'm not an old fart...yet- LoL).
  19. So, we just sent one of ours over to the other side of the big pond and he took the crown! Brandon Paasch is the newly crowned 2019 BSB Moto3 Champion! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Brandon is also a member of one of the clubs we raced with last year, NJMINIGP (that’s a plug- I have no shame- LoL). Talking with a friend, he wanted to know the difference in skill between Brits and us Yanks and I couldn’t say definitively if there was nor what accounts for it considering there are Brits in World Level racing but currently no Americans. We both have FIM level tracks, we both have crappy tracks and everything in-between. But they have something that we’re missing that allows them to get more and keep more racers at that level than we do, whereas we have a star every once in awhile. What are they doing that we’re not doing over here? Speculation is okay for this discussion.
  20. 3-4 minute cool down is quite significant! I notice that on the grid of MotoGP and WSBK, they remove the tire warmers just before the sighting lap and it appears they aren't going fast enough to heat the tires (???). If this is true then it means they're losing some temperature during that lap, considering the ambient and surface temps are lower than the hot temperature coming right off warmers. They seem to get back to race pace by about lap 2-3 but it's not a fair comparison of standing start vs a rolling start.
  21. Then may I humbly suggest that if the coaches are basically riding all day, there may not be sufficient time for the tires to cool enough to be considered a "heat cycle", that instead they stay within a heat range throughout the day. Moot point, but it may be useful in a data collection scenario to understand how a street rider or trackday guy isn't getting the same mileage the coaches do (besides the obvious skills gaps). Looking further into this, I found that car racers actually PAY for someone to heat cycle their tires for them. Tire Rack for example, charges $15 to heat up an R-Series racing tire to full operating temperature to break the molecular bonds so they can reform and realign under cooling conditions that take 24-48hrs without load being on them. Might be snake oil (I dunno), but folks are paying for it.
  22. Dylan- If you don't mind, I need a little context to understand what you're saying here. So my question is: What's the comparison of miles on a coach bike to student bike (with 3 riders) on any given school day?
  23. Yes, it's true that you get more tire in contact with the pavement with lower pressures (to a point), but despite the myths contact patch size isn't the primary factor in providing tire grip. Tire grip restated in physics terms is the coefficient of friction between the two surfaces (road and rubber) and the myth is that bigger contact patch = more grip. The tires act as part of the suspension system, responding to the irregularities in the pavement often in ways the forks and shocks cannot. This would be referred to as compliance of the tire. When the tire is not in physical contact with the pavement, you have no grip. As a tire (internally) heats up, the air inside increases pressure, pushing from the inside on the tire and giving it more of an inflated shape and hardness - pressure. Tire pressures are set in such a way to allow for running conditions to put the tire into the optimum temperature range for the tire to adhere to the pavement based on it's chemical makeup (the rubber and the other "stuff" the manufacturer puts into the tire) and to inflate the tire to a workable compliance based on expectations of performance working in concert with the forks and shock to give the rider what is needed - friction (and absorbing some bumps is nice too). All of this is the long way of saying: don't take tire pressures as gospel, they can be bike, rider, asphalt composition, surface and ambient temperature specific. Some tire brands are more tolerant than others of what the proper range would be. Dave Moss has talked about some Michelin tires being 1/2lb sensitive! I am very interested in knowing if when you felt the bike "gripped a little better" if you ramped it up a little bit or aggressively? What was your mental state knowing this was your last session of the season? How was your throttle control and what was your sense of connection to the rear wheel as it came around? Did the RPM rise? I'm very curious as to why you lost the rear and not the front as @Cobie Fair described above. I'm also curious as to how this didn't turn into a highside.
  24. Considering there are very few left handers and that it was the 2nd lap then I understand how it could lead someone to consider that the tires weren’t yet warm. Something to consider: What did the bike do on the previous lap? What was your comparative pace? Did it slide or give any warnings on that first lap going left? How was the right side? When you pit from your previous sessions, are the tires hot to the touch? If not, I wouldn’t open your wallet on the tire warmers just yet. I’ve never run Metzlers but Dave Moss told me that he doesn’t let riders run less than 30psi until their pace is at a certain point that warrants it. I didn’t inquire further on his rationale.
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