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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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tire question at bottom (rest is just me rambling about my first REAL ride LOL)

YESTERDAY.....I rode about 6 hours...first day I actually was able to feel my bike out! So much different riding long distances then just riding around town.
I was able to figure out how to down shift slowing down without braking completely or at all :-)
I took off hard as much as I could just to get the rpms up and feel what it could do. I hit 12000 once and wow......the lil ninja catches alil somethin somethin at about 10000 rpms and up, surprised me and made me say "YEAH, THATS NICE"

I took off hard at a light 2nd gear right away rpms get up, 3rd gear same....and I left a harley 882 low (something like that) behind (shes a newer rider too lol but another rider was next to her and she was going thru her gears tryin to take off behind me LOL) that was nice :-) but knowing if she was experianced she could of taken me without a bat of the eyelash im sure.
My boyfriend was riding with me, has a 06 yamaha R1 (1000CC) and was toying with his bike and would take off hard and it killed me i could really do much,but i tried LOL.

It was alot of fun, gettting to know my bike yesterday..i could talk about it for hours haha....but i wont.

But for some reason, my bikes rear felt like it was gonna slid out from under me for most of the day thru turns....scared the piss outta me.....the tires are still stock tires and about 10000 miles worth of tread still left on them, but we noticed yesterday that the way they were ridden prior to me buying the bike apparently they took turns pretty easy..cause the tire is kinda slightly "squared" off, not rounded. so we are thinking that because of the way they are worn, when i take a turn, i lean and take it and my tire kinda "blips" from the straight edge onto the side and i notice it because its squared off ....anyone understand that? LOL. ALSO, you run your hand over my tires, they are slick.....slippery. its wierd...
so im thinking of maybe getting a better tire, maybe a racing tire..something more sticky??!?! anyone have any idea what im talking about???

I hate the feeling of it wanting to slip out from under me, it makes me afraid to take the turns the way I want.....the way the bike is capable of doing!!!

ok, im done rambling LOL...
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Sounds like whoever you bought the bike from did a lot of straight slab riding so the tire squared. It drops fast when it goes over the "lip" which gets your heart beating and the tires have a greasy glaze look to them. Has the tire actually slipped at all? What kind of tires are they?

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yupp definitly squared off!!! It hasn't actually "slipped" that I know of except one time yesterday I was downshifting to slow down and downshifted at too fast of a speed and the tire kinda "slipped" but corrected itself and grabbed right away..ya know??
As for actually slipping, I didnt go down, SOOO...I guess not?? but its a scary feeling cause it feels like its gonns slip right out from under me.
Yes, the tires have a greasy glaze, and they are bridgestone...stock...bike only has not even 2800 miles on it.

will i hurt the bike by pushing it? and taking off hard and letting the rpms rev before shifting ect?? its my first bike and id hate to NOT have a bike anymore ya know

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because its squared and "drops fast" when it gets over the lip, do you think it will ever slip on me because of that? or will it just feel like that until i wear it rounder?? (because i plan on making that square tire round lol)
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when you downshift at high rpm you should "blip" the throttle so the tire won't skip. It's called rev matching.
You probably have the BT45 if I'm correct. Decent tire that holds pretty well and should be sticky enough for you at this point.
The bike will not be hurt by pushing it. These bikes are built to take it; however, there's no real need to rev before an upshift.
The tire probably feels worse than it actually is. If a tire slips it doesn't automatically mean the rider goes down. Most every rider has had a tire slip on them at one time or another. If you're not comfortable with the tire you have get new rubber. When you're not comfortable you can't devote your full focus to the road.

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when i said i take off hard and let the rpms "rev" before i upshift i ment...When I was feeling the bike out, Id take off hard and let the rpms go high before I shifted to the next gear...(kinda was feeling out the power of the bike after 10,000 rpms.....) so thats what I was doing thru out the day.
The bike feels nice and powerful at 10,000+ rpms LOL...

Ill have to practice the blipping of the throttle you mentioned...halfway through the ride i had the downshifting pretty good. i downshift and wait for it to slow enough and downshift again etc....so it didnt slip on me again while downshifting.

Im going to go out later and look at my tire and let ya know what type it actually is.
But why does it feel so slippery/greasy?? ughh...
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