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Old 01-25-2013, 10:13 PM   #101
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I've been spending about 30 minutes in a parking lot pretty much everytime I leave my house practicing u-turns, weaving, and fast stops.

I changed the oil last weekened too. That thing takes 3.4l of oil! I thought it was only going to take 2.... put in 10w40. Since today was the first time I filled it up i put in 89 octane gas. Previously the guy i got it from said use 91(preimum)..... but most people online say 87 should be fine. I'll try 89 for this tank and 87 for the next tank and if i get pinging just move back up...
Just remember, as a new rider you don't want to be doing more than one thing at a time on a bike.

Turning+braking=bad

Slow in, fast out. If you go into a corner too fast you should lean the bike more rather than touch the brakes. Braking mid corner makes the bike want to stand up and go straight not to mention the fact that if all your available grip is being used to corner that it can't be used for braking at the same time.

Hope you put motorcycle specific oil in your bike. Some car oils have additives that aren't good for motorcycles with wet clutches, which I'm pretty sure yours has.

Mirrors on motorcycles generally suck. They vibrate a lot and aren't good for much more than viewing your elbows. Sport bikes are the worst.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:22 PM   #102
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Just remember, as a new rider you don't want to be doing more than one thing at a time on a bike.

Turning+braking=bad

Slow in, fast out. If you go into a corner too fast you should lean the bike more rather than touch the brakes. Braking mid corner makes the bike want to stand up and go straight not to mention the fact that if all your available grip is being used to corner that it can't be used for braking at the same time.

Hope you put motorcycle specific oil in your bike. Some car oils have additives that aren't good for motorcycles with wet clutches, which I'm pretty sure yours has.

Mirrors on motorcycles generally suck. They vibrate a lot and aren't good for much more than viewing your elbows. Sport bikes are the worst.
I pretty much am only doing one thing at a time, just like the stuff we did in the MSF course. I got my oil at the local motorcycle shop, and asked the guy behind the counter who confirmed it was proper for my bike.
Isn't it mostly the front brake that would break the lean, i read somewhere where the back brake doesn't affect it as much. Oh well.
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I pretty much am only doing one thing at a time, just like the stuff we did in the MSF course. I got my oil at the local motorcycle shop, and asked the guy behind the counter who confirmed it was proper for my bike.
Isn't it mostly the front brake that would break the lean, i read somewhere where the back brake doesn't affect it as much. Oh well.
Depends on how much you use it. Trust me, if you are at full lean and you stab that back brake and lock it you'll know what I'm talking about.

Lock the front brake while cornering and the front end will wash out leaving you in a lowside. Lock the rear brake while cornering and the rear will slide out leaving you in a lowside unless you regain traction during the slide which will end up with you being pitched over the bike in a highside. A highside will most likely end up with you in the hospital with broken bones.

It's all a matter of physics.
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