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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-15-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,004
Posted By JohnCW
Think about it, what percentage of vehicle...

Think about it, what percentage of vehicle engines are broken in by the methods you see claimed on the internet as necessary to get rings to seal or the engine will be permanently ruined? How about...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-12-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By JohnCW
There could be numerous reasons for your problem...

There could be numerous reasons for your problem so impossible to address them all. Like anything start with the most important first. Be aware that some bikes (mine) get a harmonic bounce going at...
Forum: The Garage 04-11-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By JohnCW
Yes, the damper rode holes were drilled and...

Yes, the damper rode holes were drilled and additional ones added as per the Race-Tech instructions. Be aware the written instructions don't tell you to counter sink the holes like a video they...
Forum: The Garage 04-09-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By JohnCW
True. And I don't think the difficulty in...

True. And I don't think the difficulty in getting the rebound damping right on a damper rod type fork is a design weakness of the Emulator. I have custom valved and sprung Wilbers top of their line...
Forum: The Garage 04-09-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By JohnCW
Bought the original Race Tech recommended 0.95...

Bought the original Race Tech recommended 0.95 springs and emulators direct from the US. Initial setting were those recommended by Race Tech. Subsequent 0.9 and 0.85 springs and a pair of the...
Forum: The Garage 04-07-2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By JohnCW
Just for the record I've changed the settings a...

Just for the record I've changed the settings a little since the first post. I'm now running the same fork oil mix to get the desired rebound damping, but have swapped to:

90kg/mm fork springs...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 1,428
Views: 117,507
Posted By JohnCW
Actually Jim I do have a further comment for you....

Actually Jim I do have a further comment for you. Just Jeff has on the bottom of each of his posts the following words of wisdom. Might be something you want to reflect upon.

"People struggle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1,428
Views: 117,507
Posted By JohnCW
Alexander, I'd love to discuss this issue in...

Alexander,
I'd love to discuss this issue in depth with you, but as you can see from the previous post as sure as a turd attracts blowflies the low life that inhabit 'the perfect line' will be drawn...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1,428
Views: 117,507
Posted By JohnCW
Yea Jim, its refreshing to hear from experienced...

Yea Jim, its refreshing to hear from experienced riders who understand that a range of rider inputs are necessary to make a motorcycle corner well. All Kneeslider really did was summarize the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
It's actually quite reassuring to discover that...

It's actually quite reassuring to discover that something I'm interested in trying to understand better is of no interest to you. Thanks.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
For anyone interested in why CV carbies and pod...

For anyone interested in why CV carbies and pod filters are so problematic, the first post in the following link (and subsequent discussion) provides the best technical explanation I've come across. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
A perfectly understandable mistake. Most people...

A perfectly understandable mistake. Most people think they are a 70's bike, that's half the fun of owning one. With a little bit of work on the engine and suspension they will stay with just about...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
The bike is not a 1970's, it is a 1993 Kawasaki...

The bike is not a 1970's, it is a 1993 Kawasaki ZR750 Zephyr similar to the red one below. The caliper is one of the originals, and the single rotor, while a replacement, is an identical size as the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-22-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
While I'm not sure what facts I have incorrect, I...

While I'm not sure what facts I have incorrect, I most certainly would not have knowing selected that bike if I knew the builder was a member of the forum for the very reasons you have outlined. So...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-22-2015, 04:38 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
I'm actually surprised as the proprietor of a...

I'm actually surprised as the proprietor of a business that you represent yourself in such a foul mouth fashion. I would have though that if you truly had confidence in the professionalism of your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
Probably something like cartridge emulators. ...

Probably something like cartridge emulators. That's what I'd expect any professional shop to do at a cost of $200 for emulators and springs, plus 10 minutes work to drill the damper rod (would it be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
Looks good from what I can see in the pictures. ...

Looks good from what I can see in the pictures. Check back through my posts, I said I appreciate any style of build where quality, attention to detail, and workmanship is of the highest order. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
I appreciate he has a commercial interest. As...

I appreciate he has a commercial interest. As the asking price for stock r90s is in the $10K-20K range in both Australian and the UK (one advertisement describing them as the most collectible of all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 12:39 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 14,763
Posted By JohnCW
:huh Makes about the same sense as your silly...

:huh Makes about the same sense as your silly calculation.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 14,763
Posted By JohnCW
I'm not thinking, just quoting you "As you see,...

I'm not thinking, just quoting you "As you see, 200hp on a sportbike is pretty close to being optimally fitting public road regulations".

Are you thinking?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 12:01 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 14,763
Posted By JohnCW
I think he calculated you need at least 200 hp to...

I think he calculated you need at least 200 hp to be able to do 69 mph.
Forum: The Garage 02-19-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,643
Posted By JohnCW
Often you can't just bang em out with a punch...

Often you can't just bang em out with a punch because you can't get enough angle through the hub. Remove the seal and any circlip behind the seal, and then use the excellent wheel bearing removing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-19-2015, 04:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
While the above description may cover some of...

While the above description may cover some of what was happening, to think it was all like this would be inconsistent with how Kevin Cameron in his book Classic Motorcycle Race Engines describes what...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
Yes the air-boxes have been remove, and so have...

Yes the air-boxes have been remove, and so have the original CV carbies. They have been replaced with high-performance flat slides like what were used on 1970's race bikes. All the shops that do...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
You seem highly skilled in nastiness, an expert,...

You seem highly skilled in nastiness, an expert, well beyond my capabilities.

The cafe-racer Zephyr like 90+% of em is a total piece of shit. I detailed some of the reasons why I though it was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,647
Posted By JohnCW
That's cool about the Google search, don't know...

That's cool about the Google search, don't know that. Thanks for the tip.

For ArmyStrong, he's saying you can use the Google search function to search a defined website. If you want to search...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,747
Views: 456,465
Posted By JohnCW
How many dealerships even adjust the sag of a new...

How many dealerships even adjust the sag of a new bike for the rider? On a ride last week a clearly somewhat inexperienced rider on a new F800R BMW was struggling to keep up. At the first coffee...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
Completely agree on the engineering changes...

Completely agree on the engineering changes you've commented on. I wouldn't ever ride a bike where a backyard operation has say fitted a monoshock to a frame that was previously a twin shock. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 1,747
Views: 456,465
Posted By JohnCW
You've convinced me. Why waste you time on a...

You've convinced me. Why waste you time on a sedate well mannered riding school pony when you can jump straight on a high strung race horse full of 'jungle juice'. An R1 is an ideal motorcycle to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 03:11 AM
Replies: 1,747
Views: 456,465
Posted By JohnCW
This thread is intended as advice for beginner...

This thread is intended as advice for beginner riders. To suggest that it should make no difference to someone trying to learn to ride a motorcycle if the bike is a twitchy 200hp race replica, a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
That's a fair deal, it must be obvious I'm really...

That's a fair deal, it must be obvious I'm really only interested in motorcycles with decent performance.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 02:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,185
Posted By JohnCW
Who said half what you've written above? All I...

Who said half what you've written above? All I said is that I believe, like me, a lot of experienced riders who have ridden without incident for years would be less likely to lock a front wheel on a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,185
Posted By JohnCW
I'd be confident saying most highly experienced...

I'd be confident saying most highly experienced long time riders who enjoy 'spirited' riding would be less likely to lock a wheel on a wet road than a dry one. I'm talking sealed roads.

You...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-16-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
I'm waiting keenly for the response. All...

I'm waiting keenly for the response.

All the builder has done is to remove both of the two original front disks (and one caliper) and fitted an identical size fancy looking single rotor. These...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
OK which of the following doesn't hold water? ...

OK which of the following doesn't hold water? Let me restate them again for you.

You can't possibly remove a front disk and caliper from a twin disc brake bike and pass it off as a 'performance'...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,185
Posted By JohnCW
As you seem to relay heavily on luck when riding,...

As you seem to relay heavily on luck when riding, I completely understand why you feel it absolutely essential to rely on your ABS system. Same deal if you are unable to understand why I believe the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
The bike had 'adequate' twin front disks brakes...

The bike had 'adequate' twin front disks brakes when manufactured. One of the front twin disks has been removed (see the lugs on the bottom of the right hand lower fork, that where the caliper...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,185
Posted By JohnCW
What else? Responses of the above low caliber. ...

What else? Responses of the above low caliber.

Let me make the issue simpler for you. How many times has the ABS on your front wheel activated on a dry straight sealed road? Simple question. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,167
Posted By JohnCW
Has it occurred to you that people who don't like...

Has it occurred to you that people who don't like these amateur backyard low cost builds may just be more knowledge, and understand that most comprise little originality, poor workmanship, and will...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,185
Posted By JohnCW
Nothing to do with luck. As I said, for me the...

Nothing to do with luck. As I said, for me the chance of locking the brakes is far lower in the wet than the dry, it is also far lower in a straight line than braking hard into a corner. I think...
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