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10-13-2002 05:46 PM
madkat
my gender

your point is made (about the low % of fem bikers) by one of 'em (me) actually just bein another damn guy. kat is short 4 katana not katherine or anything like that. at least you didn't c me and then guess me 4 a chick that would've hurt. once again, thanx 4 the help
10-11-2002 08:46 AM
Smitty
madkat: so it is not ALL your wrong doing ---

---- & you are not out of your mind.
I would not push the bike to the 'point of no return" till you obtain a proper set of new tyres THEN it is up to you for you will be checking tyre pressure & making sure you have the new tyres properly scuffed up BEFORE you start to push it. We count on you staying in good health & condition gal as the % if female riders compared to us males is a bit on the low side.
10-09-2002 01:43 PM
Tigger RR
Re: Re: thanx yaw

Quote:
Originally posted by chris_y2k_r1

I ride a little harder than your average guy so I need everything acting in my favor.
Welcome anytime Madkat. Chris makes a real valid point. The harder you push yourself and your bike the more maintenence is required. It's impossible to take too much care of a bike. Attention to small details makes a huge difference.
10-09-2002 12:01 PM
chris_y2k_r1
Re: thanx yaw

Quote:
Originally posted by madkat
thanx a million, people. smitty it's used, i got it 3000 miles ago with the same tires it has now- dunlop k591 rear and dunlop k655 front. the rear's over due for replacement (bald down the center). i just found out my pressure was low 26 front 28 rear and someone mentioned the fork stiffness- mine was on the softest. once again thank yaw for saving me plastic and embarrassment
Glad we could help. For what it's worth, I check my pressure everytime I ride. It makes a HUGE difference. I ride a little harder than your average guy so I need everything acting in my favor.
10-09-2002 10:47 AM
madkat
thanx yaw

thanx a million, people. smitty it's used, i got it 3000 miles ago with the same tires it has now- dunlop k591 rear and dunlop k655 front. the rear's over due for replacement (bald down the center). i just found out my pressure was low 26 front 28 rear and someone mentioned the fork stiffness- mine was on the softest. once again thank yaw for saving me plastic and embarrassment
10-07-2002 12:56 PM
stoinkythepig
Quote:
Actually, I've seen a chart that showed the limit of adhesion for a given tire at a given pressure. Over inflated is actually worse (the adhesion curves fell right off the chart) than the underinflated. - The source is "How To Make Your Car Handle". It's a great book and the author pointed out that the chart applied to all kinds of soft compound racing type tires.
This certainly makes sense to me and I'd be a firm believer if the front of my bike hadn't washed out last week. Bringing the pressure back up stopped the problem. Did the chart display info for bike tires?

Pure speculation below. Engage BS filter before reading.

Perhaps low pressure in a bike tire causes problems that would not be noticed in a car tire. Judging by the construction of a bike tire, it gets almost no rigidity from inherent stiffness. It relies almost solely on air pressure to retain it's shape. High performance car tires have so much sidewall stiffness that some can have no pressure and still hold the car up. OEM Corvette tires come to mind.
10-07-2002 12:44 PM
chris_y2k_r1
Quote:
Originally posted by stoinkythepig
Could be low tire pressure. Had the front wash out on my 9R last week in a downhill DR turn. Caught it but is scared the crap out of me. This was a corner I take every day at the same speed. The pressure was 29.5 psi. Should be 34. I suppose excess pressure would do them same but I have never over-filled a tire so I can't say from experience.

Old tires can cause this problem too, even if the pressure is good and there is plenty of tread. If the tires show any signs of cracking, even just a little, replace them.
Actually, I've seen a chart that showed the limit of adhesion for a given tire at a given pressure. Over inflated is actually worse (the adhesion curves fell right off the chart) than the underinflated. - The source is "How To Make Your Car Handle". It's a great book and the author pointed out that the chart applied to all kinds of soft compound racing type tires.
10-07-2002 12:42 PM
Smitty
madkate: a question or two.

Like is this a new or 'used' bike, then to have the tyres on this bike been with chicken stripes for some time, lasty what make & type of tyres?
Chris has a good point about tyre pressure.
REMEMBER when you are trying to stay on the "edge of no return" you are probably riding at 110% of your ability & that is only done when in comp.
On the road it should be around 60% of you ability for last 40% is left for safe riding & in case you are forced into trying to avoid an accident caused by someone or something else.
Lastly two prangs does sort of take the whiz out of one for a while.
For your interest some NEVER push the bike to where they are at that "edge of no return" or dragging their footrests let alone the extreme of the knee Just because you have a sportbike does not mean you must push it to the very extreme!!!!
10-07-2002 12:41 PM
Smitty
madkate: a question or two.

Like is this a new or 'used' bike, then to have the tyres on this bike been with chicken stripes for some time, lasty what make & type of tyres?
Chris has a good point about tyre pressure.
REMEMBER when you are trying to stay on the "edge of no return" you are probably riding at 110% of your ability & that is only done when in comp.
On the road it should be around 60% of you ability for last 40% is left for safe riding & in case you are forced into trying to avoid an accident caused by someone or something else.
Lastly two prangs does sort of take the whiz out of one for a while.
For your interest some NEVER push the bike to where they are at that "edge of no return" or dragging their footrests let alone the extreme of the knee.
10-07-2002 12:36 PM
Jammin_Johnny First of all............When I was heavy into Kat 6's and GSXR750's I never encountered the washout problem. Here are some fixes.

First.........A good grade of tire is plenty helpful. Second.......Pressure front @ 30 w/ rear @ 30 to start. Third.......I always ran the Kat's front forks on the #3 setting (full hard).

All are relative to the coefficient of friction, traction and the contact patch the tire lays down onto the asphault. DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT THE KAT IS WORTHLESS! This ride can take the rubber all the way over to the ribbon..........

Enjoy the KAT.............I DID!


Johnny
Team No Limit Racing &#169 1996-2002
http://www.teamnolimitracing.com
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