Installed the new brake reservoir bracket I made yesterday and bled the brakes. After rotating the master cylinder mount on the handle bar, and more vigorous use of the bleeding tool at the calipers, I got a much firmer lever. I pumped a lot of fluid through the system rapidly and could see the air going down hill in the new plastic tubes I hooked to the check valve tool.
I used the "ABS particles and cement" method of panel repair on the scraped up belly pan and gave it a few coats of low gloss black, which matches the other plastic bits. The pan had been painted silver/grey.
I got a refund from the Ebay seller on the damper and sent it to Kyle Racing to be rebuilt. They gave me quick service and were entertaining on the phone. Have not ridden it yet, but it moves easy now.
I still have to paint the mirrors as one has a light scuff on it. That might be overkill. Then, on a warmer day, strip the paint on the outer part of the wheels and repaint the inner part. They look tacky at the moment.
I took off the tank protector and need to go shopping for a clear one. It's too curvy for the clear film I put on there this morning.
Part of the freshen up is to get familiar with the bike so I will recognize the parts I'm crawling through to get off the track.
BTW, Tanner just called, and he said the roads in the Alice's area have been greatly damaged by the storms. It my be a long time before they are all back in use like they were. Trees down can be cleaned up, but some areas had the roads wash away and are down to one lane. I told him to hurry up with the repairs so we can use them in April.
Post by dirtyharry on Feb 24, 2017 15:40:15 GMT -8
Just got back from a scouting trip......
Started with 84 going up to Skyline.....it was down to one lane at two spots. I could see that at the bigger incident there had been a large slide and they were trying to clean up the debris on both sides of the road. There were at least six spots where there was still runoff across the road, some in the middle of tight turns. One had gravel in it. Crossing Skyline and going down 84 towards hiway 1 there were 6 runoff spots, mostly large, with one down near the bottom where there are a couple of tight turns before a bridge (it's usually wet here)....this runoff area was large, with lots of mud. No lane closures on this side of 84.
Skyline between Alice's and 92 was ok, a few runoff spots, but no debris or lane closures.
I think we'll need a couple of weeks of dry weather before the road goes from "pucker" to "fun" again.
I went down Redwood on the 10, to Pinehurst and back. I stopped to talk with a couple of guys at the entrance to the former range.
I must say, at this point, I can't imagine what it will be like to open the throttle all the way and bang gears on this bike. It has sooo much power, even at lower RPM, and it's so light. I am just trying to get used to riding it, a little at a time.
Much less, I'm sure. I was flowing down the road in 3rd and 4th at 40 to 50 mph. No need to drive off the corners as it is a 25 MPH zone.
Trying to get used to the feel and being light on the bars while pushing down on the inside peg. Turns in easy, but the roads still have water and mud here and there, so it will be a while before I can trust it and the road.
Just got off the phone with an engineer, he gave me two projects to work on, so I'm going to have to leave the bike stuff for a little while.
I had a ZX14, and I would say the 14 is a more stable platform. As some of the OEM stuff has been removed from this 10, it may weigh about 420 wet. The wheel base is very short and the rake angle steep. Some have called it "unstable" while others have said "responsive". If I wanted to go 190 MPH, I would rather be on a 14. They both go about 190 and about 100 MPH in first gear. One of the magazines said it will power wheelie in third. I have been respectful as I try to make friends with it.
Took the bike to a dyno shop today. 155.9 and 75.3 ft. Looks good to me.
That should be BIG fun to ride.
You 14 owners....why a 14 and not a literbike?
For me, bigger is better. The size of the machine and my intention to sport tour with it was one of the reasons for the choice. Stonking rushing power aside, it's a big comfy machine. I was looking at the 10R and and R1 at the time I bought the 14 realizing I would only ride them once in while. I took my 14R on a road race course last spring so I could push it a bit and find the edge. I quickly found it, so now I know and all done with that.
I would love an over powered light weight liter bike for track days and general hooliganism. That 10 speaks to me when I'm having those thoughts.