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About superdave88

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  • Birthday 07/27/1965

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    Arlington, Texas
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    I was a Hotrodder till I got a bike. 600 F4i

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    No. I'm having my first track day in july,Texas
  1. I have an '02 F4i and have been having a bit of trouble myself. Well not reaIly trouble but, maybe a bit of confussion. After all I am a novice. My forks were shot. I work for a bike salvage so I got a set of springs out of a bent pair of forks that looked like F4i's and were marked '00 (or maybe it was '99 can't remember now) F4i but, they are 13 inches long whereas the '02 springs are 11 inches. They were the same diameter though the actual spring material seemed a miniscule amount thinner on the 13's I cut the spacers down by the difference and used 5 weight type B oil to the stock level. They feel great to me. Better than the worn out ones but, like I said I really wouldn't know. This is the only bike I've ridden and am at a loss for comparisons. The preload is set at 3 rings showing and comp is at 1 turn from full hard and rebound is 3/4 from full hard. I went from a 20,000 mile stock shock to a 5000 mile stock shock. The old shock was at 6 on the pre, 3/4 out on comp anad 1/2 out on the rebound. The new (to me) shock is at 3 on the pre., 1 out on the comp and 3/4 rebound. I'm having a bit of trouble with the balance front to rear. I guess I'm jus tlooking for some affirmation from some of you who know better. Does any of this sound right? I mean it feels okay to me , but just okay.
  2. Would ya'll like to hear more about the crash? I thought so. But first, save the "Idiot lectures"....Ahh! never mind. I can't stop you and another "You stupid, ignorant, moronic idiot what were you thinking?" lecture or two certainly couldn't hurt as much as, or should I say, do as much damage as, a crash like this could've. (friends, family, 20 year marraige, 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter.) BTW I never told my family just a few close riding buddies. Neutral chamber, brushed concrete, slightly decreasing left hander @ 50. I take this turn all the time but, well you know the story. I take it in my GMC 1 ton van at 20 or 25 holding my lane and not squeeling anything. Like I said, I was on my butt so fast, it had to be something other than rider input. There was absolutely no warning. I never even puckered up! Arai has, once again, saved my life. There was a parked semi around and down the way a bit and well.. you get the picture. I bounced off the ground flipped around back first and into the rear end of said tractor trailer, leading with the back of my Arai Signet GT. Folding me up and back on the pavement for a third impact with the rear wheels( No wait....pavement, head in trailer, pavement and then wheels) so that would be the fourth impact and then pavement and slide to a stop. On a track this would've been a laughable crash at best. I'ts all funny till someone gets hurt. And that's why I'm telling it. Knee dragging is for the track! I can't wait for the new season. My track, "The Motorsport Ranch" in Ft. Worth,Texas just added 2.7 miles to go from a 1.7 mile technical to a 4.4 mile multi-track.....uh, track! I can't wait! I don't race.....yet but, sure would if someone could afford it for me. Pics of the Arai, and the new paint job. I do the body work and paint myself. Not quite factory but, looks real good at 60. -------------------- Control is only an illusion.
  3. Nice of you to ramble mate! Yeah! Sky, ground, sky, ground! Tuck and roll beotch! Still not tellin the misses though. I found out the other day from a neighbor that she has a pretty good idea about what happened. (both times) He said she told his wife that I've been trying not to show that I was hurt and that she noticed that my bike was banged up. then a few days later it had fresh paint. Ha Ha Ha!!!! Still not tellin. It got knocked over by some a-hole in a parkin lot. That's my story and I'm stickin to it. Oh! And the mattress hurts my back, and my shoulder and my bum and gives me a three week headache. Lucky she hasn't asked about the scuffed up leathers hugh?
  4. Would ya'll like to hear more about the crash? I thought so. But first, save the "Idiot lectures"....Ahh! never mind. I can't stop you and another "You stupid, ignorant, moronic idiot what were you thinking?" lecture or two certainly couldn't hurt as much as, or should I say, do as much damage as, a crash like this could've. (friends, family, 20 year marraige, 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter.) BTW I never told my family just a few close riding buddies. Neutral chamber, brushed concrete, slightly decreasing left hander @ 50. I take this turn all the time but, well you know the story. I take it in my GMC 1 ton van at 20 or 25 holding my lane and not squeeling anything. Like I said, I was on my butt so fast, it had to be something other than rider input. There was absolutely no warning. I never even puckered up! Arai has, once again, saved my life. There was a parked semi around and down the way a bit and well.. you get the picture. I bounced off the ground flipped around back first and into the rear end of said tractor trailer, leading with the back of my Arai Signet GT. Folding me up and back on the pavement for a third impact with the rear wheels( No wait....pavement, head in trailer, pavement and then wheels) so that would be the fourth impact and then pavement and slide to a stop. On a track this would've been a laughable crash at best. I'ts all funny till someone gets hurt. And that's why I'm telling it. Knee dragging is for the track! I can't wait for the new season. My track, "The Motorsport Ranch" in Ft. Worth,Texas just added 2.7 miles to go from a 1.7 mile technical to a 4.4 mile multi-track.....uh, track! I can't wait! I don't race.....yet but, sure would if someone could afford it for me. Pics of the Arai, and the new paint job. I do the body work and paint myself. Not quite factory but, looks real good at 60.
  5. Thank's for the replies. Still have the 190/50 on the rear and changed the front to the original 120/70. WIERD It seemed fine before but, is very wierd now. Hard to turn in. feels like front wants to push out or slide out ( need to get my lingo down pat) When I originally went to the 190/50 rear it felt great!! as in faster than ever. Now it feels...... well, wrong. So I lowered the front 3mm. helped a little......I guess. Gonna try another 2mm's and I'm working a deal for a 180/55 right now. I mean right now on the Yahoo IM. Hang on a sec while I reply to my reply. Ha! No deal on the 180 so anyway.......... Hey! Where's Jef4y? He's probably a plethora of info on this particular bike. And thanks again for the input. Man, I love this place!
  6. I've been wondering about this too. It appears to me that riders are perched up real high on Superbikes and such. The seat looks to be level with the handlebars and the pegs are, lokks to me to be, about 4 inches higher than production bikes. I think the gas tanks are shorter but is the seat higher or are the bars shorter. I think overall the bikes are lower meaning the whole bike but, in conjunction with the wheels is the seat higher. I'd like to compare the geometry specs with stock specs. Vedy Vedy intedesting!
  7. Ugh like brakes are like ugh .......important right? Sorry couldn't help myself. Couldn't help anyone for that matter but, I love this site!! And I love you too Keith.
  8. Check out http://www.mototune-usa.com Not sure if that's right but, if you'll just type mototune usa you should find it. He say's crank it rev the piss out of it for 20 minutes and change the oil and filter can't remember the rest but claims better piston ring seal, better compression, more horse power and longer lasting motor. That's how I break in a new 1/8 mile drag car motor.
  9. Just to clarify. Yes, they were the same brand. Pilot Power ZR 17's. Anyway, I went back and looked the area over in the daylight and found a spot of unfinished cement like it fell off the back of a truck from another pour. You know like a pile of poop from a rock dog. I've been around that corner plenty but, I always keep my lane. That night I cut to the inside and I'm pretty sure that pile of rocky dog poop coupled with the change in bike setup did me in. I'm alright so's the bike, just a little buggerd up. So is the bike. I did the math too, but I couldn't raise the front anymore. The forks are topped out at the triple clamp. I've got vortex clipons and the only thing above the clipon is the fork cap nut. I'm putting on a 180/55 tonight and as soon as I can, a 120/70 back on the fornt.
  10. I have an F4i. It comes stock with a 120/70/17 front and a 180/55/17 rear. I've had some tire problems(nails and such) and money problems (none to replace tires with holes) I got an almost new 190/50 from one buddie and another almost new 120/60 from another buddie. I put the rear tire on a month or so before the front tire and the rear felt okay. No handling problems to speak of. I put on the 120/60 front the other day and ...........well I low sided it about the third day. It felt a little different on corner entry (diving very aggresively) but I thought I was handling that okay. It happened so fast that I didn't even know what happened . My question is: Would the tire change on the front change the setup drastically enough to cause this lowside or did I just slip on something? Or did I jsut screw up my entry that bad. I'm an aggresive street rider. I slide the bike in and out of turns all the time but, this was different. Like I said: down fast and wonderin' "What the haell just happened?"
  11. Texas World Speedway is the track in College Station. I haven't ridden there but I hear alot of the AMA riders around here don't like it for several reasons. Surface in poor condition. Pot holes with grass growing through right in the sweet line. The owners have been reported to be less than acomodating to riders.( Not sure how they treat drivers) And several safety issues. I believe it's 8a that killed or seriously mamed someone last season(could have been avoided). $10,000 to fix 8a and all contractor services have been offered free of charge. So $00,000 to fix a death trap corner. BTW I've only ridden MSR, but It's nice and safe as a race track can be i guess. MSR was a 1.7 mile, 11 turn technical course but, they're almost finished making it a 4.4 mile course. I can't wait!!! Soooo I vote Motor Sport Ranch in Cresson Texas
  12. Learned technique? HAH! It was an accident. Or I guess I could say "It was almost an accident." I read about it somewhere. I just did it one night on the way home from a friends house (No witnesses of course). But, when I told my riding buddies aabout it they didn't believe me and asked if I could do it again. I did it 4 times the next time we all got together. I haven't done it since and don't plan to. Very dangerous! I touched the frame slider and clipon to the ground and brought it back up. Crazy man!
  13. I am wondering what role the suspenssion set up has in street tires heat cycle. I rode pretty hard for a while the other day. When I got off the bike I felt the back tire, and it was past warm, it was actually hot and the front was not. I run between 32 and 34 in the rear and the same in the front on Pilot Powers. I recently put on a new (to me from E-bay) shock. I noticed some wheel hop charging in and getting hard on the brakes but, the bike felt balanced and was sticking quite nicely. I guess I'd know "Bluing" if I saw it. Wouldn't I? BTW My old shock was trash and the one I got off of E-bay is like new. I went from 6 on the pre load to 3. From 1 out on the compression to 1 1/4 and 3/4 out on the rebound to 1. Stock is 3, 1 3/4, 1 3/4. I believe that suspension is everything and have been reading everything I can get on setup, and cause and effect. I don't know why it's so hard to understand but, it is.
  14. A hook, also called "Backing it in" is going in way hot, chopping the throttle and slamming the bike to max lean simultaneously then gapping it wide open to break the rear end loose. It hooks around and you G out of the turn with a wheelie. I've done this a time or two but, it was unintentional. I just got lucky. To do it on purpose is a very advanced technique. As you can probably tell by the description, If the timing is not perfect,things can go horribly wrong in an instant.
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