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Roberts last won the day on February 10 2020

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  1. Even though you know you are in class. Even though you respect the rules. Even though you respect your instructor. Even though you know it's specifically for your own benefit..... How many of you CAN'T STAND being passed? I have to force myself to hold it steady every time. That is probably one of the hardest parts of track days. Am I alone here?
  2. Most of my riding is on the street, and I do have a preference for right-handers, but only because if you are apexing to the paint line, on left-handers your body parts are in the oncoming lane of traffic. Even on empty roads it feels like I'm asking for it, so I tend to be less aggressive on the lefties. On the track, no difference or preference.
  3. Hi Faffi, Sort of a yes here. I am very comfortable sliding around on earth surfaces of all types. Probably my single biggest question about sportbikes on asphalt has to do with sliding. I am under the impression from pit racing bull sessions that sliding leads to disaster. slip, grip, and flip seems to be a favorite expression. I read sections in TOTW II that speak directly to sliding as a thing racers do to find the limits of traction to dial in the max speed/force for any given track or corner. So now I am back to being baffled. As a general question: If your suspension
  4. Hey Vic, So, it is easy to dial up the engine braking to whatever level suits you. It's 'Regenerative braking, and you can (on this model) adjust to whatever you want prior to moving, but once on the road, you pretty much have to ride whatever settings you selected. As for my escape from a body cast, I have literally decades of competitive off-road riding experience, so I am accustomed to rapidly choosing the least painful way to crash. In this case I just barely made a driveway/sidewalk transition, rode between a power pole and it's guy wire, then through the shorter part of a hed
  5. Hey Dylan, I am sure you get this a lot, but..... Reading the information you put on the board feels like finding clues in mystery novel. Like a real-life Divinci Code deal, only for motorcycle addicts. I am still buzzing with the classroom time on physics, biology, mathematics, psychology, and the riddle of why motorcycles turn. I really appreciate your contributions here.
  6. One more thing... Since there is no clutch and no shifter, your left side has a lot less to do. I use very little rear brake, so I can literally set my feet and lock my legs in and never need to move anything below the knees, ever. That may sound a little strange, but the bike is very slim, and there is zero engine heat, so you can literally mold yourself into the bike with no discomfort. Add the fact that it is impossible to blow a shift, or be in the wrong gear, and that you always have 100% power on demand....always the 'sweet spot', so you can loft over any rise at a moments notic
  7. Hi CoffeeFirst. I have two street bikes. A 2014 RnineT, and the 2020 SR/F. The SR/F is the heavier of the two machines, and it feels significantly lighter. The center of gravity is very low and centered, and first thing to contact the ground on either side would be the rider, so no clearance concerns. The 'problem' I have been harping about is that Force=Mass X Velocity. Without the auditory or physical reminders of your speed, and the linear nature of the torque curve it has happened many times that I become aware of the mass of the machine only as I realize I am running out of
  8. Thanks Hotfoot. You points all make sense to me. Setting proper sag made a huge difference on the feel of my bikes, but none of them have the level of sophistication of the S1000RR.
  9. One of the great benefits of the CSS experience is that they have carefully researched and intentional reasons for doing things on a motorcycle. I personally adapt to my machine and riding environment in a thousand unconscious ways, and there is considerable effort required to trade habits and feel for science. My point being that there must be an optimal setup of suspension, power, regen, and technique, especially technique, that capitalizes on the different attributes of these new machines. i will say that this is the best problem a guy could ever have.
  10. You can adjust the regen in a few ways, and the effect can go from nominal to pretty forceful engine braking. The issue here is that you can't adjust it on the fly, so what you set is what you get. I have mine set at zero regen when in sport (max everything) mode. Like any bike, once you work your way up to max horsepower, max torque, max speed, you never really want to dial it back. I only change it down for rain at this point. The throttle is very smooth and linear. If anything, that's the most dangerous attribute. It's so smooth that you really have to pay attention to your velocity.
  11. I will be on your bikes again this year, but i will pack the Zero down with me. You need to get a leg over one of these. they are not coming, they are here, and they will only get better with each advance in the technology.
  12. I have been a little shy about bringing this up, but after careful consideration I opted for the 2020 Zero SR/F over the BMW S1000RR. It's a little bit of a shocker, I know, and I am worried about being kicked out of the club, but for the area I live and ride in, that's what I chose. The dollars were nearly identical, so not a consideration. Ok, that's over. Now the questions begin. First off, is anyone else running this bike? I have not had it to the track yet, but I will in the spring. In the meantime it's all roads, and let me tell you that there are a few issues. First
  13. Great questions. I was working hard at being a good copycat. I didn't brake at all, and I stuck to his fender and turned where he did. He was super-smooth and got the work done with speed and grace. I assume I was not as graceful, and I was probably off the throttle too soon, and not on again fast enough, because I was having some emotions at the time. As stated, I thought this was a mistake..but it was brilliant. Hard turning. I ski. To go down a steep face, you turn hard and often to keep your speed in check. Miss a few turns, and you have to slalom, fail to dig in, and you
  14. I know this is probably not a revelation to most racers, but it certainly was/is to me. The 'no brake' drills are a pretty good hint, as are the stories told by Keith about dead-motor downhill canyon racing. My 'lights on' moment came when following my coach through a corner on the track at speeds that were far above my comfort level...I honestly though he was making a mistake...and coming out the other side so slow I needed to tap a handful of throttle just to catch back up. I credit this fact with my other major problem..adding throttle while adding lean...because my entry spe
  15. General question to the CSS team: I attended the 2 day class. There was no fitting done with regard to sag settings for the riders. Isn't that important? There was quite a range of rider size and weight, but I don't recall anybody setting up suspension for riders. What are the thoughts on this?
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