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post #71 of 85 Old 11-25-2012, 09:13 AM
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Thanx peeps. I still find it hard to believe that I was able to actually pull this one off flawlessly. I keep expecting the engine to blow up like TNT between my legs every time I ride. Ha!

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I feel the same way after any major engine work, There is always a slight hesitation before hitting the starter button

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post #72 of 85 Old 12-02-2012, 11:08 AM
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This thread kicked ass

Great job man, well done.

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She almost died earlier this week.

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post #74 of 85 Old 12-02-2012, 02:25 PM
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Dang man that sucks. At least you didn't get banged up worse than you did. Looks like the luggage and crash bars took the most of the damage. Never fails that some idiot not paying attention caused all of this and got off with not having to take his own loss. On the plus side; least you were able to get up and ride home.

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Glad you're okay. Great post otherwise.

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She almost died earlier this week.

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Do you think that different tires or ABS would have yielded a different result? Just curious. I am considering a more aggressive tread design but I am not willing to sacrifice road safety for the look I like.

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Do you think that different tires or ABS would have yielded a different result? Just curious. I am considering a more aggressive tread design but I am not willing to sacrifice road safety for the look I like.
Yes, definitely.

I wasn't braking and/or swerving too hard and I still lost the front tire. It was the kind of maneuver I could have easily pulled with my PR3's on my other bike.

I know I cannot add ABS the my Vee, but I'm certainly installing a set of Shinko 705's as soon as possible. These knobby tires are just crappy on paved roads.
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Oh man, that sucks so much. Glad you're mostly OK, although that arm is going to be sore for a while I bet. ****ing BDC ought to be horsewhipped.

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It's enough to make you spit chips after all the time you have put into getting your bike back on the road The only good part of it is you managed to not be to badly hurt. Good job you were wearing all the safety gear. I just did a charity toy run last Sunday with about 350 assorted bikes. A lot of the riders wearing shorts and tshirts and very little on their feet. If that had happened to them it's a trip to the hospital. As others have said great job and thanks for for the information and photos.

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A few years ago I took my boys to an ORV park in South Carolina call Carolina Adventure World. We went to ride the MX track and also get some fast trail time on some of the miles of one way trails.
Close to the parking area was a hard packed clay oval track and some guys were on it trying to flat track with their bikes. I decided to enter the un-official race on my CRF450R which is a MX bike and has knobbies for intermediate dirt. After a few practice rounds I started to feel comfortable and was actually lapping some of these guys. The longer I rode the faster I went and the more I pushed it into the corners then...BAM! I was down and sliding on that hard pack.
I nursed an arm and elbow that look very similar to yours for weeks! (keep it lubed and don't let it dry. Burn cream worked for me).
Reflecting back on it I realized that I was a fool for trusting the knobbies on this type of surface. I see a lot of these agressive knobbies on some Vee's and Wee's and just cringe.
The last several years I see a lot of trials tires like the Dunlop D803 and the Pirelli MT43 being used in serious off road competition and in endurocross. They get great traction in the conditions that the Strom's see off road. I wonder if they wouldn't be a better choice for going back and forth from road to dirt?

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