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What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by edd1e, May 3, 2012.

  1. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,681

    I definitely am limiting myself, so i might just bite the bullet. Need to find somewhere to try it on first for size, then yeah, £199.99 on sportsbikeshop :)
     
  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,635

    Location: West mids

    I used to think the same about the d ring straps that they'd be a pain in the backside and I was only interested in the quick release ones but I've had my shoei with a d ring for a year now and they're no hassle at all once you get used to needing at least one glove off to fasten them. In fact with my kangaroo palm summer gloves that are nice and thin I can do it up without having to take them off now.
     
  3. LEUVEN

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 18, 2004

    Posts: 983

    Location: North West

    Fitted a 16 tooth (-1) front sprocket on Friday, gave it a try on the way to work today,
    Much better rideability, accelerates more eagerly without having to give it more right arm twist and to think I've wasted over 5 years of putting up with how it was for such a simple change. :rolleyes:

    EDIT: Over reading by around 4mph/10% ish now.
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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
  4. LEUVEN

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 18, 2004

    Posts: 983

    Location: North West

    Trust sent bud. :)
     
  5. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,825

    Location: Clapham Junction

    I've never really seen the attraction of lowered gearing. If I'm in say fourth gear, if I want lower gearing, I change down to third.

    So for me the only effect of lowered gearing is that I'll have a first gear that wheelies too easily and a top gear that's less effective for cruising. Or am I missing something?
     
  6. LEUVEN

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 18, 2004

    Posts: 983

    Location: North West

    The R1 has really tall gearing.
    A few years ago I looked down at the speedo after it had hit the limiter and I'd just rolled off the throttle (so would've lost a few mph) and it had dropped to 102 indicated, so it must've been at 105 at least, this was whilst in first gear.

    One way to describe it would be that it almost feels like you're setting off in 2nd gear when you're actually in 1st, almost laboured so you need to slip the clutch to get a brisk launch.
     
  7. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,825

    Location: Clapham Junction

    Ah OK- For an overly tall first gear or lack of grunt fair enough (think RC45), but you sometimes hear riders say "Morez torquez everywherez!" which I don't get. Technically it is I guess, but practically you can always achieve whatever increase in torque you need by dropping down the gearbox (except in 1st obviously).

    Having said that, the S1000RR will hit around 100 in first, but still plenty of torque to spin the rear and/or loop the bike even low down in the rev range. Can't ever seem myself needing any more!
     
  8. Scort

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 3,981

    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    Good job - it's like an entirely new bike with this mod :D
     
  9. Scort

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 3,981

    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    For the 07-08 R1, it completely changes the characteristics of the bike - basically it helps to lower the speed, whilst raising the revs for the speed. So before this type of mod, the R1 is really poorly geared, and 1st is so long - that you get a really digital ON and OFF feel to the throttle. Losing a tooth off of the front will lop off some top end power (but who wants to do 180+ on public roads :D), and in turn makes the revs higher at lower speeds - thus making it lovely to ride :)
     
  10. Scort

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 3,981

    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    Cool - I'll keep an eye out for it, I'll go routing around the loft tonight to dig out the bits. My Ducati is currently poorly (leaking rad) so I've got nothing else to do - until my Duke parts arrive that is :p
     
  11. Scort

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 3,981

    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    For this bike, it's not so much about getting a boost in torque (butt dyno'd), as the bike already has plenty, even in the low power band - but more about raising the revs in the particular gear, to keep it in a more usable range. I guess it's all the emissions throttling that make it so digital in fuelling lower down - having this cheap as chips mod boost the revs, makes it far more usable in the real world.
     
  12. unKle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 1,239

    Location: Kent

    MOT'd the S1000RR today it's first one, no advisories, well there shouldn't be, it's only done 2800 miles in 3 years :o

    Oh and Paul Hollywood popped in to see how his bike was doing and bought some new gear.
     
  13. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,825

    Location: Clapham Junction

    Haha, beat you- mine had done 4020 miles at it's first MOT last month.

    Still, they've been 4020 wide-eyed miles....

    Thanks to having a bike nicked last year, I'm restricted to 2000 miles on it this year :(
     
  14. unKle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 1,239

    Location: Kent

    Yeh I remember you picked yours up a month before mine!

    I keep questioning why I have it as I use it so little, but then I ride it.. yeh, definitely wide eyed. :D
     
  15. uksoldierboy

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 6, 2009

    Posts: 4,122

    Location: Wales

    Quick blip and a brew up Brecon, only to find the sunny weather hadn't followed me and in typical Brecon style, it was hammering it down.
    Still, nice to get out on it with a few friends.

    Few jobs to do before Cartagena, service, new air filter (went for BMC) and another round of mapping on the dyno.

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  16. whyscotty

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 6, 2012

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Wigan

    Just back from having Ventureshield done

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  17. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    Shiney!

    Got the front disks and pads swapped. As soon as I used the brakes after swap I realised how bad the old disks were.....

    Parts prices are silly in UK - I ordered these from Alabama and came in cheaper and with more life remaining, including postage and import duty etc, than others listed locally on Ebay.
     
  18. mattcrane

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 29, 2014

    Posts: 582

    Location: Truro, Cornwall, UK

    Measure your head and order from Sportsbikehsop as they do free returns if it doesn't fit so there is no risk to you just leave all the stickers on while you try it on.

    In fact trying it on at home you are in a better position as you can actually wear it for a reasonable amount of time.
     
  19. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,681

    Ah I wasn’t aware of the free returns! Might just have to do that then.
     
  20. HoneyBadger

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 2, 2016

    Posts: 2,656

    Location: Kent

    Broke it. :(

    Spare parts on the way...