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Other Valencia Results

Click on SuperStock Results for World SuperStock results from Valencia today.

"Production" 1000cc -- Ducati 999 beats Gixxer 1000 and R1. Not exactly sure what mods are allowed -- I think it is just shocks and exhaust, similar to AMA Supersport.

SuperSport Results for World SuperSport.

Looks like the "old" gixxer 600 is not yet obsolete -- Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha 123, best Kwacker was 11th. Be interesting how this compares to Daytona next weekend.

Unfortunately, SpeedTV doesn't show these races here. Could be better races than the Superbikes.

Bring on the racing!

Bob
 

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Great Marketing Idea!

We can introduce a "Rossi Replica" line of arm chaps, in his trademarked neon yellow, and a "Rossi Replica" beanie helmet to sell to the guys riding Honda cruisers.

They can identify with the 1%ers and the racers at the same time.

Good luck with the b'day party. I have also missed lots of riding opportunities to spend time with my daughtor, and with the benefit of hindsite, I don't regret a second of it.

Cheers

Bob
 

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Chain Alignment

Hmmmm.....I recently read on Colin Edwards' web site that his Aprilia had at least one broken chain in the recent IRTA tests. If true, it could be a result of misalignment due to the swingarm flex.

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Uhh.....i think it is a little ridiculous to call longer wheelbases a harley feature. First off, the "longer wheelbases" are probably under 58 inches, likely to be around 56 or so. that is by no definition long, just longer.

Second, When harleys started, EVERY bike had a long wheelbase. It was a question of packaging. Through the ages, yes "choppers" came about, but you must agree that HARLEY never made one. it was the harley aftermarket, and done for a different reason than handling traits.

Also, there are SEVERAL other ways to reduce a bikes tendency to wheelie. Lower, more forward mounting of the engine, higher swingarm pivot closer to the center of the bike, rear ride height, etc.

I think you will agree that the lengthening of the chassis comes from the lengthening of the swingarm, wheras the harley way is to kick out the front end.

So, how you say that is copying a harley feature is questionable to me being its not even a harley feature, just a single motorcycle trait, shared by every brand, indeed even before harleys were made, and even at that it is questionable it could even be called a feature (triumphs used to feature lucas electronics), and lastly the implications in each respective case are at polar ends of their application.
 

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Re: Great Marketing Idea!

I enjoy every minute of it. He still holds my hand and calls me daddy. Soon enough he'll be giving me one word answers and won't want to be seen with me and prefer to hang with his friends.
 

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Re: What they didn't mention

You think there is a way to make the rear end rigid? A buddy of mine had an old Triumph chopper and back then they removed the shocks and put on steel struts for that smooth rigid ride.

He rode his from Michigan to Florida!
 

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Re: Great Marketing Idea!

That is not necessarily pre-destined. My daughter is 17, and very independent, but given a choice of skiing or mountainbiking with her friends or with her old man, she will almost always choose the old man -- often asking her friends to join us. We spent this morning sitting in front of the TV watching the World Superbike races (aka Ducati Cup).

She also holds my hand and calls me Daddy and kisses me good-by in front of her friends. Of course, she is working on me to buy her a 620 Monster so she may have some ulterior motives ;-)

Cheers

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Heavy duty pick-up truck shocks from the junk yard'll stiffen 'er up good, and cheap too! Time spent with your kids is worth more than anything in the world, my friends razz me because my two daughters have me wrapped around their fingers, I just laugh and nod my head!!
 

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Re: What they didn't mention

Johnny my man, much of this thread has been employing an obsolete, antiquated literary device called satire, something HD afficionados can readily identify with, heh, heh.
 

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Re: What they didn't mention

ah, sarcasm, right. tongue in cheek eh? come on now, you can at least attempt to be subtle.

article is about as subtle as my dog dying after i shot him
 

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Look on the bright side. By that time mono-shock water-cooled 2-stroke dirtbikes will be completely obsolete; replaced by dual shock 4-stroke pushrod V-twins (XLCHs return!) and you'll be able to just give him some old Sportster!
 

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You say: "At this time, suspension travel is more nearly horizontal than vertical.

The best case coefficient of friction, about 1.3, limits lean angle to 52 degrees at which point the vertical component of force on the track is about 55% of the total. Hanging out decreases the chassis lean angle significantly, probably to about 45 degrees with a vertical component of 50%. For practical purposes, the maximum vertical component relative to the track surface is equal to the horizontal.

A CF of 1.3 is rare under race condition, where the best case is probably closer to 1 even.
 

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Re: What they didn't mention

Man, you shot your dog? What kind of a man are you? How could you? I'm gonna call the SPCA!

Seriously, did you actually read the article, or just the opening paragraph? I opened the article by posing the tongue-in-cheek question of whether this was copying Harley or cutting edge technology, then spent the entire remainder of the article attempting to explore that cutting edge of motorcycle racing technology -- a subject very near to my heart.

It never occured to me that anyone would seriously think that a GP bike would "copy" Harley, so that reference seemed sufficiently subtle. Perhaps in the future, I should include a warning on my posts -- you know, like "Parental Advisory, may contain adult language, violent imagery and ironic content."

For the record, I have owned 6 Yamahas, and no Harleys -- in fact, the last time I rode on one was as a passenger in 1961. I also have nothing against Harleys, and am half-way interested in a Dyna Sport as my next street bike.

Just a friendly advisory -- if Buzglide or Longride (or someone responding to them) make any reference to their dung-heap Harleys flinging parts and spewing oil, it also is tongue-in-cheek.

Cheers

Bob
 
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