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Everything posted by faffi

  1. I don't mind if people want to include all running costs in their fantasy 😃 So which one would rate above the other, then?
  2. If you could have any track bike in the world, from the classic era to a current MotoGP bike, but it would also be your only track bike, what would you choose?
  3. As to small bikes - I think I have mentioned it once or twice before, but Kenny Roberts Sr's favourite street bike back around 1985 was a Yamaha 250 Phazer. That was both down to its handling, at the time as close as he could get to his race bikes, and the lack of power that demanded a very high level of accuracy in order to maintain a fast average pace.
  4. I began my city riding days on a limited Honda CB100 back in 1980. The law back then said no more than 7 hp and no more than 50 mph top speed for motorcycles operated by people aged 16-18. From 18-up you could ride unlimited bikes. Statistically, the less powerful bikes are also involved in fewer accidents than high powered bikes. Anyhoo, my riding naturally had to evolve around low power and slow acceleration. Since then, I have never felt the need for lots of power, especially during city riding. If I would have to rely on surplous power to keep me safe, I would consider I had already placed myself in a vulnerable situation. I keep the revs in the lower half of the range, usually the lower 1/3, and expect every driver considering me their target. Despite a history of road crashes (due to knowingly overriding the conditions in rural areas) I rarely find myself under stress in dense traffic, regardless of what I am riding.
  5. Being a mediocre rider with a history of more brawn than brains, I have had to stand the bike up to slow down before continuing at a reduced pace countless times. Sometimes from running out of cornering clearance, sometimes just running out of courage. I have never planned for it or practiced it, it's just a result of my SR.
  6. They often send slow-mo with 1000fps of how the tires move during a race or practice session on TV, and it is amazing how much the tires deform and change shape constantly, especially over rumble strips. If they slow the footage real down and the light is good, you can see it really clearly. This probably has as much to do with the low pressure as with the tire construction.
  7. I am talking about the flexibility of the carcass.
  8. Some seems to relax if they get a ton of information from the tires, others get stressed by it. Luca Cadalora was a rider who only wanted to know about significant issues like actual loss of grip, but I am not sure if he is typical or atypical when it comes to top level racers. Watching how soft current MotoGP tires are, it would seem difficult to get a ton of information about tiny imperfections through them, but I have no idea, really.
  9. Personally, I dislike the constant messaging about what is going on between tire and road. I do not want any of it, actually, so that the only thing I will feel is a reduction in grip.
  10. Note comment about downshifting near the end as well.
  11. From the 1:02 to 2:28 is the part of interest (hope the time stamp made it over) for the topic. I do know my own preference to the point that I find one end of the spectrum ruining and the other end bliss. More specific on how to test a tire's construction
  12. I only ride on the street, and I also make the corners as wide as possible (well, I do leave a foot or two as a safety margin) in order to be able to see as far as possible through the corner. Vision is my main priority, not ideal racing lines.
  13. I also thought we have discussed it earlier, but my (lack of) search skills failed to come up with anything, so I took a chance that the topic was from another forum and new to this one 😳 I am still interested to learn if people have preferences or not. Personally, I cannot see any differences on the chicken strips, so my maximum angle of lean is similar, but I go to my personal limit more frequently and with more confidence to the left.
  14. Do you prefer to corner in one direction over the other? Most riders I know prefer right hand corners. We speculate it is because it means more road to the outside to the riders, which gives the feeling of more run-off area and a greater chance to recover from any errors or slides. Personally, though, I feel more confident going through left hand corners. I presume it is because I can look further through left hand bends, but again it is speculation. Anyway, I was reminded of this again when I had to replace the peg feeler on the left, which was down to about a mm. The one on the right had only lost its hat on the acorn bolt top, despite having been on the bike much longer. So I lean over to my personal limit more often to the left than to the right.
  15. I have always claimed it is much nicer to be first with inferior equipment, regardless of sport, than to come between second and last with the best equipment. But many people in my experience would rather have the best tool, even when it makes them look like one.
  16. Imagine you are going to participate in a local 600 stock road race on the track of your choice. Which one of these options would you pick? 1. Although you lack the skills, at least yet, to fight even remotely near the front, knowing you have the ultimate 600 perfectly set up right down to the latest and greatest street legal rubber money can buy make you full of glee. 2. Every rider sitting on the exact same material makes for an even playfield, meaning the fastest rider wins. 3. While the others all ride contemporary 600 race replicas, you show up on your 1986 FZ600 - and win the race because your riding is at a different level.
  17. I have consistently ridden above my skill level and/or the road conditions because I loved the imagined ability to control the bike at the limit of adhesion and/or cornering clearance more than I feared the risks. The result has been a multitude of accidents and a significant amount of injuries, some that are lifetime bothers. Now I do not find the same pleasure of riding on the limit, especially when visibility is limited, although I still enjoy throwing sparks every now and then. One weird thing that I have - and do - noticed is that the gentler I ride, the more often I end up in situations that would have been critical if I went fast. Like cars on the wrong side of the road, road blocked by cattle or tractors, oil or gravel on the road, drivers not stopping for crossing traffic etc etc. I would say when I ride very responsibly, there are at least ten times as many potential close calls/accidents than when charging, for whatever reason. But I do find satisfaction in that these incidents no longer represent any serious danger, since my speed is adapted to the conditions instead of based on luck.
  18. Hope your daughter will enjoy the experience when it happens 🤞👌 Pretty much do what I always do* since winter usually means no riding anyway. Now that Spring has just started to indicate it may happen this year as well, there will be less riding than typical, as we are asked to reduce risk whereever we can in order to put a minimum of extra stress on the highly occupied health care system. * I read a lot of magazines related to motorcycles, pester forums, have read a lot on suspension and also experimented quite a bit with setting up my Deauville, watch YouTube for information and entertainment related to bikes. And just day-dreaming about bikes 😁
  19. I found this highly interesting and educational. Suspension springs explained - but by navigating with the arrows on top of the article, you will find tons of extra suspension information. Well worth reading if you want to better understand what keeps your wheels on the ground (or not) http://www.promecha.com.au/springs_advanced.htm
  20. A little longer, even with some tolerable background music
  21. Here is a short video that isn't quite as intense, but will still make most cringe at the risks involved
  22. Plenty of stuff on YouTube as well. I love to watch the open road racing, and I dig one-on-one interviews with some of the riders, but I have limited interest in the scene behind.
  23. I have owned bikes from 50 to 1400 cc, from 2 to 130 hp, from 1 to six cylinders, a few two-strokes but mostly 4-strokes. (I do not care for smokers as they do not have engine braking). What I have found personally, is that small, nimble yet stable bikes with about 30 horses tend to be excellent fun on narrow, winding roads with little traffic. They allow you to go through the gears, using full throttle a lot, and they can change direction oh so quickly and effortlessly if and when needed. They are also not so fun in traffic. Especially going up a 10 % incline, carrying luggage, facing a stiff headwind, trying to keep up with the 70 mph general flow. Then the fun is gone. Doing the same hill with the road to yourself isn't nearly as bothersome. In fact, it could be a real satisfaction that it will do 70 mph at all. Riding bikes with lots of (low-and midrange) power makes riding in traffic much more relaxing. But the narrow, winding lonely roads tend to be less fun when you have extra weight and a big engine. Many of the really fast bikes today will do over 100 mph in first gear. That would put me in jail here, regardless of the road I'm on! The highest speed limit we have is 69 mph / 110 kph. In other words, I cannot legally come close to the redline in any gear on the fastest bikes. Where is the fun in that? My KZ400 was redlined at 103 mph. In sixth gear. Many years ago, one man put an XT600 engine into a TZR125 chassis. Another put a DR800 engine into an RGV250. I think I could have enjoyed something like that: Enough power without being really fast, low enough weight, great handling.
  24. Back in the mid-80s, Kenny Roberts Sr. owned (at least) two street bikes; a Phazer 250 inline four and an FZ400 inline four. He rarely used the latter, finding it just a little bit faster, but not nearly as good handling. He described the 250 to be as close to a race bike as he could come for the street. Also, the limited power (it would still do 120 mph, though) meant he had to be inch perfect and keep the momentum up, simply because he did not have a bunch of power to correct any mistake. In other words, Roberts found the 250 more fun to ride due to it being both easier and more demanding to ride. Easy because it handled well. Demanding because he had to be perfect. All the time. So, what kind of street bike would you choose in order to have fun and, hopefully, become a better rider? And what type of bike is most likely to raise rider skill quickest - big, medium or small? With or without electronic aids?
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