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Posts posted by Jaybird180

  1. I certainly don't need to justify a new bike! I awoke from a "nightmare" this morning asking my wife if I owned an R6. In the dream, the bike hadn't been ridden in 2-3 years and I was concerned about maintenance problems from it sitting unused. I have this problem in real life and I thought it was compounded by a bike I bought and had forgotten about.

    With that said, my only sportbike is a 2006 CBR1000RR that I did a makeover on it to make it stylish and functional. Upgraded suspension, brakes, new cooling system hoses to match the custom painted bodywork, CF wrapped frame, swingarm and wheels. I also have a software to flash the ECU to accommodate the quickshifter that I had installed, I'll get around to that eventually. The bike is cable to throttle bodies and has highsided me once on the track and I might still have a little bit of fear of it, which is why I refuse to ride it in anything approaching wet conditions at NJMP (site of last crash).

    My last CSS last month was at NJMP and I rode the BMW S1000RR and was able to ride that same corner, laughing each time in my helmet that I'd beaten that corner, while my coach had me work on finding how soon I could get to WOT there.

    Was it the bike, or was it I that had conquered the corner? Will I be able to answer this until I bring my Fireblade back to NJMP? Can I do it in the wet?

  2. I forgot to talk about my SRs. My best guess is that my concern is about having the front end wipe out. I've had it happen once. Tires weren't cold and there was no discernible debris or fluids on the road. I had a rider following me on the street and when I went to turn left, the bike just ended up on the pavement with no explanation. Neither of us had a clue what happened.

    I don't think I have a good perception of front end traction, but I can feel front end slips and slides on bad pavement. I do think I've recently opened the door to being able to feel rear grip with the throttle and it gave me more confidence to be able to play with the amount of throttle on corner exits to now be able to discern bands of power applied (on the gas but decelerating, on gas holding steady, on gas slight acceleration, on gas driving, on gas full boogie).

  3. Yes, there are lots of variables (I didn't consider that) but I am still thinking there's GOT to be a way to measure or calculate this empirically, at least for a specific bike/setup. Ideally, we only need to know how much force is required at the contact patch using model rubber and model asphalt, since that has a known coefficient of friction. The other factor would be overcoming the gyroscopic forces.

    It's probably easier to say what corners I feel comfortable with quicksteer than the other way around- LoL. I can easily do it in a series of esses, full lean to full lean. Oddly enough, I have a hard time when I can see both entry RP and apex RP. This doesn't vary much when sitting in the middle of the seat or hanging off, though hanging off does distract me enough that I don't need to think about the mechanics of steering and can quicken a little, but not by enough to raise my entry speed consistently.

    I did find by reviewing my Video Bike footage, that I tended to enter/exit corners in relatively the same speed bands, regardless of radius.

  4. At my camp last week, @Cobie Fair demonstrated how much force he applies to the bars to quicksteer into T1; a direct visceral demonstration. Compared to my perception of my own bar inputs it's at the other end of the spectrum. I'm wondering if bar pressure can be measured or calculated as a function of speed and desired lean rotation speed.

    There are some corners where it seems to make sense to quicksteer and I can do it without overthinking and there are others where my SRs discourage me from pushing harder. I'd like to overcome this barrier.

    I thought that if I could duplicate the amount of force required in a quantifiable way, I could "sneak up" on the right amount, bypassing my SRs.  

  5. I’m now on Day 2 of trying out contact lenses and I’m on a schedule that will hopefully allow me to ride at my upcoming 2-day camp without thought about my eyes.

    Any advice on if I should go with the contacts or glasses? My sole reason for contacts is to be able to ride comfortably.

  6. Maybe not be so hard on Jorge.

    I was really disappointed when Stoner retired as I really liked him as a rider and a person. It took awhile for it to be revealed that he was dealing with a rare medical issue.

    I suspect something has been going on with Jorge for several years that hasn't been disclosed.

  7. 2 hours ago, yakaru said:

    Oh no, not VIR! :P Barber and VIR both are among my favorite tracks (and that opinion is shared many of the coaches too, by my understanding). Sad to miss Barber this year, but sadly I have to earn a living and only can afford so many days off and so many school tuitions.

    Definitely not throwing shade on ViR. I've ridding it more than a handful of times and it's on the top of my list of favorite places to ride.

  8. I noticed the DM Tuning app is no longer available in the App Store when I went to update it. I sent him a message, but didn't get a reply.

    Glad to know you got good weather at Barber. One of the local guys who I encouraged to do CSS last year was lusting after riding Barber but instead went to ViR due to convenience.

  9. I recently changed back to putting my instep on the peg. I get better tank-knee contact, less leg fatigue and better blood circulation. The downside is the toe up thing, and I need to move my brake lever to accommodate.

    I was previously led to believe that ball of toes was “the right way” and I’d been doing that for about the last 10yrs. Switching was tough but I think I can do it, once I move the brake lever and make sure I keep my feet in-line with the bike.

  10. I decided to rewatch T2 video and a lightbulb turned on (hope it doesn't dim later HAHAHAHA). SR#2 might be to blame for my tired. I also discovered on my last ride, that I do a weird thing with my feet sometimes: pull my toes up, which can be fatiguing. @Hotfoot, I have no idea how a coach might spot that one 😳, but I can see how it can cause a lower body stability problem. Once I get it sorted, I'm sure it will go a long way toward better endurance and better cornering all around.

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