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Old 09-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #551
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^^ Mav. I'm just glad you are off the Shadow!

If the Raider was necessary to do that….then it was money well spent in my humble opinion. I just like to rib ya cause….I tried to give you plenty of hints to figure out the type of riding you wanted to do first, then buy the bike. AS it is, you've done really well. You've stayed alive through a couple riding seasons. I think you are a much better rider AND driver now because of it.

I've been riding a long time, lots of different types of riding, road racing, MX, cross country, ice racing…on and on.

If I was going balls out, hair on fire, wide ass open, above and beyond my abilities, an R1 would still "YAWN" at anything I could do, even on a road I know like the back of my hand. Things get to happening awfully fast on the new generation liter bikes. They are lethal weapons, even in experienced hands.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:11 PM   #552
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Aprilia mounted Max Biaggi all but secured a second World Superbike Championship on the bike today at the round in Portugal.

His teammate Laverty scored the win for the second leg.

Biaggi only has to finish the next race (WSB runs a 2 heat format) to win.
http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/ro...n-for-aprilia/

I think the case has been made for the RSV4. Two world titles, a fourth and a third in 4 tries against all brands.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:06 AM   #553
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yeah you had good advise for me and I should have listened. But I was used to the shadow and liked that cruiser feel. I think it kept me out of trouble while I learned how to ride. You can't really get into trouble with a 750 Shadow. But thats how it goes. Move forward and learn from your experiences. The only reason I'd consider an R1 over an R6 is due to the size factor. I feel like a big kid on a little bike when I throw a leg over an R6. My YZF600R was a little small for me. People even commented on how cramped I looked on it. Speaking of that one, it needs some work this winter. One of the front shocks is leaking.

I'd say I got a lot out of this riding season. From beginning of april to end of Sept isn't bad for alaska. I rode in the rain even.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:36 AM   #554
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Glad to help with the fork seal project. I have a seal driver and everything…just don't know the size of your forks. It is fairly easy….provided you have a way to get the front end off the ground.

You've done very well Mav, from beginner to novice.

I rode with Brandon a lot this summer….he progressed light years in the process. I am sure even he would admit, between the beginning of summer to the end….it was a night and day difference. He is a true intermediate at this point, ready for track days.

Next summer you are my project.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:01 AM   #555
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I have ways of getting a bike off the ground. Between a bike jack and a bike stand, should have it covered.

And I look forward to next summer then
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:36 AM   #556
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Gonna be looking to go to this next season if I can swing it at all. Inaugural event. Great town. Great venue. I have tons of mileage left from my travel years….so minimal cost on the ticket for me. Is anyone else interested in going to this and sharing expenses? I am looking for interested parties. Should be a great time. I have lots of Aprilia buddies in the area and will be trying to get a weekend paddock pass. Sure will be great to get OUT of Alaska that time of the year and get some decent weather in while things are breaking up here! If we begin planning now….arrangements can be made and costs kept down.

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2012/C...ement+for+2013

"Circuit of The Americas today announced that the world’s premier motorcycle racing World Championship, MotoGP™, will join its roster of racing events next spring with the three-day series set for April 19-21, 2013, at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue.
MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle motorsports World Championships, consists of 18 races in 13 countries on four continents with pan-global television coverage. Nine nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards, Ben Spies and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well as the new CRT regulation machines from the likes of FTR, Suter and Aprilia. The series traditionally holds three races during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size. Circuit of The Americas will be the third U.S. venue to host a MotoGP race in 2013, joining those already scheduled for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California."
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #557
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Well, it wasn't pretty and it was only by 1/2 a point but Max Biaggi and Aprilia won another world super bike title today. Congrats to the Noale based brand. They also won the manufacturer's Title. That makes 50 WORLD championships.

From www.Cyclenews.com

"The title is Biaggi's second in the World Superbike Championship, the Italian winning five times on the season with six other podium finishes. He also won four 250cc World Championships prior to moving to MotoGP and ultimately the World Superbike Championship.

Sykes, meanwhile, won four times during the 2012 season with nine other podium finishes. His first win of the season at Monza was the costly one as it paid only half points as it didn't run full distance. If that race had paid full points, Sykes would have won the title."

The last race was held in France on a soaked track that just wouldn't dry out…MANY riders fell. All Max had to do was show up and roll around in 10th both races and it was his. Well, Italians are drama queens and he crashed out of the 1st race. He finished 5th in race two to secure the championship.

World Superbike has a two 45 minute heat format each round. Best overall out of the two races wins. There was a round earlier in the year (Germany) in which Max picked up his crashed bike and got back out on the track to collect points. It paid off at the end.

Championships are won by doing great on your good days but mostly by limiting damage on your bad days.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:35 AM   #558
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:22 AM   #559
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Congrats to Yamaha and Jorge Lorenzo. The New World champions!
http://www.motogp.com/en/videos/2012...World+Champion

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Old 10-28-2012, 07:02 PM   #560
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Dean (aktractor) helped me adjust the valves on the monster yesterday. Really appreciate the help. It was the first time I've ever messed with desmodronic valves. Handy fella that guy. They were still in spec with 11000 miles even though they'd never had a record of being serviced before.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:39 PM   #562
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http://www.adn.com/2012/11/05/268302...elmet-use.html

I wonder how much money was wasted on this study...

Its already something we all know.
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Nowadays there's cars that are faster than bikes! Plus most riders can't ride their bike to its full potential! Not to mention traction issues!

Name one car that YOU can afford EVOCHARGER that will beat any one of my decade old Aprilias.

you can go plop down under 15 grand and get a high 9, low 10 second bike stock off the show room floor. In the 4 wheeled world there isn't anything under two hundred grand even close except heavily modified cars.

Do you think you can drive a car to it's full potential?

What traction issues are you talking about? The same physics apply to cars.

All MAV was saying was that he can get his speed kick without resorting to expensive to own and operate turbo cars.
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http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/in...es-chapter-11/

American Suzuki announced today its intention to focus solely on the long-term growth of its motorcycle/ATV and marine divisions and will discontinue new automobile sales in the continental U.S. In order to accomplish the realignment, American Suzuki Motor Corporation will file Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California in Santa Ana.

"The most important thing for you to know is that we intend to continue to operate our Motorcycles/ATV and Marine businesses as usual," Suzuki Motor Corp. Chairman Takashi Iwatsuki wrote in a letter sent to customers today. "We firmly believe the actions we are taking will allow us to continue to deliver the exciting and innovative motorcycle, ATV and marine products that have made Suzuki one of the most famous and reliable names in the industry. And. of course, all warranties will continue to be honored - just as they have for the past four decades. Further, parts and service will continue uninterrupted.

"We remain very proud of our high-quality motorcycles, ATV and marine products, and we will continue to bring to the U.S. market more of the products that you have come to know and expect, including our full lineup of sportbike, cruiser, touring, scooter, dualsport, motocross, off-road motorcycles and KingQuad ATV line, as well as our flagship DF300AP, state-of-the-art DF20A, and DF15A, among other models. Suzuki will also continue to have a strong presence as a sponsor of teams in Supercross, outdoor motocross and road racing."

As part of its chapter 11 filings, American Suzuki will submit a proposed Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement that specifies how the motorcycle, ATV and marine divisions will be maintained and enhanced, and how its relationship with automotive dealers will be largely transitioned to support consumers and dealers through continued parts and service operations, Suzuki says. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) or its nominee intends to purchase ASMC's motorcycle, ATV and marine businesses, as well as the automotive service operation responsible for parts and warranties, through a new U.S. subsidiary that will retain the ASMC brand name.

ASMC believes it has sufficient cash on hand to operate its businesses during the restructuring. If necessary, ASMC will request permission from the Court to borrow additional funds from SMC needed during the restructuring, a release from Suzuki stated.

According to the release, ASMC has filed a series of first-day motions requesting approval to continue paying employee wages and benefits in the ordinary course, offering dealer incentives and payments under customer warranties. ASMC also expects to pay vendors in the normal course of business for goods and services delivered on or after its November 5, 2012 filing. Payments for goods received before ASMC's November 5, 2012 filing will be made in accordance with the chapter 11 procedure.
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http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/ro...iaggi-retires/

Two-time and current World Superbike Champion and four-time 250cc World Champion Max Biaggi announced his retirement from racing today, the Italian doing so at a packed press conference at the Vallelunga Circuit near his home town of Rome, Italy.

"Everything began by chance for me here at Vallelunga," the 41-year-old Biaggi said at the press conference. "I was a young guy who had nothing to do with the world of motorbikes, but something sparked in me and what followed has been a kind of dream that has taken me a very long way.

"It's my choice to retire now. I'm not injured and had a new contract offer from Aprilia - same bike, same money - but I think I've taken enough time from my children and my wife. It's the right time to stop."



Biaggi's first season of Grand Prix racing was in 1992 and he won his first 250cc title in 1994. Twenty years after that first GP season, Biaggi will call it quits having won four 250cc titles and two World Superbike crowns, including this year's second superbike title on the factory Aprilia.

Biaggi won 29 races in the 250ccc class before moving up to the 500cc/MotoGP class. He won 15 races in the 500cc/MotoGP class, but never won a title in the premiere class. He finished second three times - once to Mick Doohan and twice to his rival Valentino Rossi.

Biaggi sat out the 2006 season and made the switch to World Superbikes in 2007, riding an Alstare Suzuki.

The Italian will also be known as the only rider to ever win in his 500cc GP debut, the "Roman Emperor" doing so at Suzuka in 1998. He also won his World Superbike debut at Qatar in 2007.
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Its funny about Suzuki. But at least we'll still be getting good bikes from them.

And I'm hoping to watch more motogp and what not for next season. Need to upgrade my internet so I can watch the behind the scene stuff you get there nomad.
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Its funny about Suzuki. But at least we'll still be getting good bikes from them.

And I'm hoping to watch more motogp and what not for next season. Need to upgrade my internet so I can watch the behind the scene stuff you get there nomad.
I should have known something was up when they started comparing their cars to the GSXR in their adverts.
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haha which ones?
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Caponord only. For now.
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http://www.motogp.com/en/videos/free+videos

last race of the year! Valencia, Spain!
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Fascinating race to watch today. It had rained all morning in Spain. The premier class started in damp conditions, half the field on slicks and half on rain tires. A drying line had the guys starting on wets scrambling for the pits to get on their other bikes (which had been set up with slicks). Later in the race, the rain began to fall again, and a new set of scrambling began again. Lots of crashes throughout the race too. Amazing to watch these guys on 240 horsepower missiles with a 3 square inch contact patch in these types of conditions.

The racing season is now over and the testing season for next year begins. There is no down time really at this level.

There is a significant discount to purchase the subscription for the entire next season right now. Some here have expressed interest and I thought I would pass it on.
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anyone know good local (not to expensive) people/shops to rebuild front shocks and perform carb work on a 2000 YZF600R? my old bike I gave to my room mate needs some TLC and he can't afford to take parts to a shop right now.
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Why yes, yes I do.
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and then?
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