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Thumper748

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  1. my standard hp sv650 got all the power I need
  2. Yeah, but I'm only as fast as the guy in front of me. I need to learn how to pass better. I'm okay on an open lap in qualifying but racing is more difficult.
  3. I'm bike 62 - it was pretty much this close lap after lap, race after race. All 650 twins (sv engines)
  4. Sorry for the delay, I've been away. First I presume you got it was just a little tease. Your SV looks very naked to me as I'm not used to seeing them without one. A belly pan, case covers, frame protection and nuts amounts of safty wire are required by most racing org's I'm aware of here. I'm a little shocked you don't have a pan requirement. Here if you don't have one, you're not racing. Which makes complete sense as one bike tossing it's oil load onto the track can pretty much screw up an entire race day schedule. Interesting... Yes! Little tease! However, you're right – I agree a belly pan should be requirement. Spilling oil behind you for everyone else is not a good thing.
  5. MrSlow, on 12 October 2011 - 04:29 AM, said: Here's my little sv. I do believe you be needing a bellypan! The sv didn't have one from factory so in Australia we are allowed to race without them. Only if the bike came with a fairing do you have to run a belly pan. Strange rule I know. But then in US you don't need case covers on the SV but here we do.
  6. Thanks I will try to practice this technique. I think I let clutch go to early and tried to control with throttle – beginners mistake (rookie error)!
  7. I held rpm at 5000. Let clutch go, would wheelie I would hold throttle. Everyone left me for dust. Every race! I never practiced them before.
  8. Not really a cornering question... but didn't know where to put it. Over the weekend I did some decent lap times in qualifying but come race day and went backwards off the line. Any tips? The bike is an sv650 so really it should get off the line easily.
  9. Yep, the front end parts all came from America - second hand. Had a local guy fit it all up here in South Australia. Hopefully will test out this weekend. However, as bad as the standard front end was – in the intermediate groups I could still hold more corner speed than guys on 600/1000 inline fours. I think the lack of brakes and soft suspension actually forced me to be a smoother rider.
  10. The bike now has GSXR front end with radial mount brakes. Will test out on track hopefully next weekend.
  11. With the standard SV650 brakes I'll be every finger I've got to pull her up coming into a hairpin especially! haha Funny how many flashier bike the standard sv will out brake though
  12. When I fitted the gold valve emulators I had to add dampening holes into the dampening rods. Front sag, measuring by lifting front as up as much as I can without tyre off the ground and then me sitting on the bike in riding position is about 29mm. The rear measures about 15-20mm I think. I added a spacer to the front last track day which would get the front closer to 25mm I think. I have a Maxton shock with ohlins 628 spring on rear. Overall the bike is much harder than a standard sv but still feels soft compared to my standard road bike Ducati which was set up to my weight (75kg) by a suspension professional. With the track bike I'm trying to do as much work as I can so I can get a better understanding. There's no external adjustement with the current front end. I'm only a few spacers and some brake lines away from getting the GSXR front end ready Flashy! As for oil - the delo has no economy saving additives which could cause the clutch to slip. Bike ran fine last track day – oil looks clean. Will replace each race so it's always fresh.
  13. Thanks for your replies. I am actually located in South Australia... which is why the grass in the photo is dead. It has rained this year and now the corner is slightly greener I will use the heavier weight fork oil and see how that goes. It will be the last mod I do to the standard front end as I make way for a GSXR front end conversion. There's no external adjustment on the gen 1 sv and no brakes either! haha But surprisingly enough to out brake a few 600 and litre bike though.
  14. Hi Chief, Just a few of your thoughts to some things I'm doing with my bike (SV650s 2000 gen 1 track bike) would be appreciated. 1. Currently I have .85 springs with GVE and 15 wht fork oil. Problem: Front end comes up too quickly (I think this is called rebound). I think heavier and more fork oil could solve this issue? 2. I am using 15/40 Dello 400 (without any additives) oil because it has similar characteristics to many motorcycle oils at half the price. I change it for fresh stuff with a filter every second or third track day. Problem: No problem at all, bikes feels great, oil always looks clean and even changes gear nicer. The only problem is people think I'm mad. 3. I get really bad headaches after every track day. I drink about a litre of water maybe more and eat well. More coffee? Thanks, Mr. Slow.
  15. Thanks for your replies Jason and Cobie. I do plan to do a course this year. You've given me some tips to exercise at home and on track.
  16. I was going to post a similar issue regarding weighting / pressure on the pegs – but will just add to this one. I've now been riding my SV650 track bike much more smoother and my laps times seconds better. I'm no where near setting lap records but I'm feeling better on the bike and getting close to being able to do some club level bracket racing. Last track day I noticed that once I'm in the corner and at my desired lean angle and slider on the ground – on a few occasions I noticed that alot of weight (or maybe pressure?) was actually on the inside peg. Is this normal or incorrect? On another lap I attempted to keep some weight on the outside and relax the inside leg / foot (knee sliding) but struggled to release the pressure and weight on the inside peg.
  17. Thanks Cobie, I found dates for next years courses in Australia – and I plan to do the Philip Island L1 course in May next year. Going to be a bit of a drive loading the bikes down to Victoria but from what I've read on this forum it should be well worth it.
  18. Thanks for this info. I've not ridden the bike but just having a look and sit on the bike the front end seems like it's going to be too soft for the track – so yesterday I spent the day taking them out and replacing the 'filthy' fluid with 15w fresh stuff. I also swapped the pads for sintered metal gear ones. I quickly tool the bike for a spin around the block, bit hard to test anything but I think I'll need to get the stiffer springs like you've just mentioned. The brakes aren't the best either, but I'm not the best rider so I'll upgrade these areas as my riding improves. I've heard that a '04 ZX6R (636 model) is a good replacement for the rear shock and isn't too hard to do. Just need to slightly lift the battery box. I'm no professional mechanic but I've enjoyed working on the bike, although I (and my mate) triple check everything and probably spend longer than we need to everything has ran relatively smoothly and nothing too difficult... yet
  19. Thanks guys, I ended up buying a 2000 model SV650. Can't wait to take it to the track – even with it's front poggo sticks
  20. Hi Stevo, I posted a similar scenario on a tight right hand corner after a fast straight. I took a different bike (naked bike) the following track day with flat/upright bars and the corner was much less of a concern. Why I think what may worked for me was: 1. The seating position on the naked bike put less stress on my wrists 2. Less stress in my wrists meant I was more relaxed 3. Being more relaxed meant I could turn in quicker and with more confidence 4. Being more relaxed on the bars also meant for me that could look into the next corner better opening up my vision After a few session on improved my lap times by 3 seconds – on a bike with close 30hp less. So, this doesn't mean I'm now going to swap bikes but it has helped me work out what works best for the particular corner and now all I have to get this technique right on my regular ride. I'm not at all fast or a pro-rider but maybe some of this can assist with any similar scenarios other riders are also experiencing. Mr. Slow.
  21. Cobie, Do you mean 'If and when I get the DVD' or 'if and when I get to know how to ride properly?' You'll be waiting a while for the latter.
  22. I think I get what I should be learning from this... I think... 1 Body position is important to help the bike and it's suspension do it's thing better. That position could be different for different types of bikes but remaining relaxed is the key – keeping my back inline with bike and elbows dropped down could help with this? Which in the photo is roughly how I felt. I have more issues when I ride my Ducati so perhaps I should re-evaluate what I'm doing and what I should be doing to get a relaxed feel 2 But body position won't turn the bike any quicker? 3 I think I better go get that DVD before Christmas and have another read of TOW II I've seen the trailer to the DVD and the more time I spend on my bike and this forum the more I feel like one of those two blokes!
  23. Thank you for your replies Jason and Cobie – much appreciated. I understand with out being there or knowing the corner and the bikes speed etc. it's a little hard to point out any 'obvious' right or wrong signs. The biggest concerns I have (which I'm sure will be answered through tuition once I book myself into a session at the CSS some time) is the position of my outside knee, elbow etc and general body line and where it/they should be as the bike leans into a corner, once it's at my maxium lean angle for the corner and then as it exits the corner. I lot to ask from a one picture I know! Sorry! I have read articles (which I could have misinterpreted) on suggesting the outside knee should push against the tank and the inside elbow tuck more in so it pushes the bars(opp. direction) rather than pull etc..?
  24. Hi there, I'm new and have no idea what I'm doing I've read Twist of the Wrist II but still need to book myself into a CSS to get the most out of my riding – I even think there's a DVD I think I should be buying myself for Christmas Anyway, I've found a picture of myself online. I want to learn how I should be sitting on the bike, where my arms/elbows should be and where my head should be looking etc... so please feel free to blast me with plenty of constructive criticism and tips to help me improve. This photo was taken earlier on in the day, and later on I recording some better lap times as I felt more comfortable on the bike – but hopefully I could pic to start from – see what I should be doing etc. http://www.atkimages.com.au/champions%20Ride%20Day%2007%2008%202010/slides/sized2_IMG_0371.html Thanks, Mr. Slow.
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