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    I haven't been on this forum for awhile since my project had many delays. We still aren't done but done enough to test the bike and me out last Friday. Video and pics from my practice day at Road Atlanta yesterday. We missed the morning sessions due to some issues but rode the 3 afternoon sessions. The video starts with me being pushed to pit out and the first time ever back on a motorcycle one day prior to my 6 year crash anniversary. I'm pretty sketchy the first session out. At 6:41 the video flips to the third session and I'm already much more comfortable. I took about 30 seconds off my lap times from just the first to third sessions. Got down to a 2:11 in the third session which is slow but I was still being conservative since it's all still new to me. Before my crash I think I turned 1:44's at Road Atlanta on my Aprilia/RZ 396cc 2T hybrid. Huge props to Doug McCracken. I wouldn't have been out there if it weren't for him. More mods to the bike are coming. Also have to thank Sue, Dustin Ducote, Pops, Richie, Edwin, Stick, all of WERA and many more who helped me along the way to get me where I am today. I decided to not race Saturday because I would have to start from pit lane and I know I'd get lapped. Some racers have traveled far and are spending hard earned money to race and I don't want to get in their way if fighting for a win or position. We had a great day and much to build upon. https://youtu.be/vteXo1czNWE https://youtu.be/ZHIXCDr1cN4
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    Well........ It finally happened. DISCLAIMER: I am OK! Been riding for 11 years and over 70,000 miles. I have just over 30k on the FZ since I got it in Fall 2015. I was a daily commuter here in Seattle even through rain. I never stopped for anything except ice and snow. This happened last Tuesday. I had literally JUST moved into my first house the day before and it was the first ever commute home after the move. This section of highway has always had lots of intermittent slowdowns for no reason. I will never understand it. Nearly full-speed traffic comes to full stops randomly (and not always in the same spots either). I was keeping a good following distance for most of my commute but looked away for just over a second (was admiring the sun over the lake view ) and that was enough for this crash to sneak up on me. By the time I looked back, I hit the brakes but there just wasn't enough time for me to react. I probably realized what was happening by the time my motorcycle passed the van in the lane next to me in the video. I was going about 30mph when I hit. I got SUPER lucky that I didn't pancake against the car. Looks like I flew about 15 feet in the air to the right of it and didn't slide. Strained back, wrists, cuts on shin, bruised tibia on left leg, crushed my balls (the worst part) and might have a broken toe but otherwise NO major injuries. I even hit my head! I was wearing armored gauntlets, 1-piece thermosuit, over the calf motorcycle boots, synthetic padded jacket under the suit, and a Shoei GT-Air helmet. Really thankful it is was not worse. It's not often you get to say "I hit a stopped car at 30mph on my motorcycle and I was just sore for a couple weeks afterwards". I have had LOTS of close calls in my years of riding. A few things I have noticed in all of them and especially this one - I always focus wayy too much on the rear brake and not enough on the front. I locked up the rear in this crash and all I could think of was "wow, my rear is locked up" instead of "I'm actually only applying about 70% of the front brake that I could be applying". I've practiced quick stops many times, but when it comes a panic situation with 1 second to react, the rear is too easy to lock up IMO and it is distracting. I'm not talking about the FZ-07 - I'm talking about motos in general. Anyway, the FZ didn't get too destroyed. The front tire basically went under the rear of the car and wedged itself and then the tipped the headlight into the trunk. The The front forks are toast. Wheel might be bent - need to do more inspection. The brakes/rotors are rubbing something fierce, but IDK if it is because the forks are all out of alignment. Front headlight got smacked. Shaved off some of my Akra carbon exhaust and handlebars. Probably the front wheel bearings need to be at least inspected. Oh, and the tow truck driver lost my rear seat -.- But the engine still starts and runs no problem. Didn't lose any fluid. I'm not sure what I want to do yet with riding after this one. Do I fix this and keep commuting? Do I only ride on weekends? Do I never ride again? Either way, I know I'm never riding without ABS again. It would have totally helped here! How easy is it to swap whatever is needed for ABS from the new FZ? That's research I'll be doing at least. Thanks for reading!
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    I did my first track day with my winter modifications at NJMP on Monday 06/03/19 The new suspension, Ohlin’s cartridges, KTech Razor RR stock and AP dog bone linkage have transformed my FZ. I also have a more aggressive riding position with the woodcraft clip ons and rearsets. i started with the manufacturers settings which were pretty close. After a warm up session I had the local suspension tuner dial it in for me. I really couldn’t be happier with the feel and performance. I had a good day and rode well, also got to use my GoPro that my boys got me for Christmas. Here are a couple of clips. On the rear camera video, you can here my modified stock exhaust, I think it sounds good. Second clip will only imbed link https://youtu.be/xPZuBmj5v5w Ed
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    Thanks guys. Honestly, I was too busy relearning how to ride in a new way and also absorbing riding with electronic shifting, etc to let emotions creep in. I only got 3 sessions in but during the 3rd session I started to get comfortable and actually felt I was starting to ride again versus just circulate around the track. I exceeded my expectations for the day and look forward to the next one.
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    Hey Joe it was awesome to see you out there this weekend. If you need anything in the future let me know.
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    Glad you're alright! I've dodged a couple close calls like that myself, and the important thing is that you learn from it. Thanks for posting, it's hard to admit when you're the one at fault, but it's a good way to show others how easy things like this can sneak up on us. Just last week, on the same road I commute to work on everyday, the same road that my girlfriend and I ride on, a car backed out of a driveway literally right in front of me. I narrowly avoided the same crash you had by braking and swerving slightly - but I got lucky. Her response? "I looked and didn't see you!". I had my go pro on the bike, but I was heading to gas up before I started my actual ride and wasn't recording. It happened so fast, and I so wish I could review it. I wonder if I was going a bit faster than I should. I remember seeing her reverse lights, and the car start to move, then brake to a stop before backing into the street, so I thought she saw me... Anyway, glad you're alright, and it's a tough lesson to learn but thanks for sharing it! I hope you get your bike fixed up super quick!
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    After analyzing the video, given the circumstances of me not paying full attention, I don't know if I could have done it much differently. I saw the car stopping much, much too late. I noticed it at just over 7 seconds in (you can hear the engine RPMs lower as I pull the clutch) and then I hit the car at about 8.5 seconds. That gives me ~1.5 seconds total between visual indicator and crash. Average human reaction time is about 0.25 seconds for visual stimulus. That means in 1.25 seconds I would have had to process all 3 big areas of visual information (how far the car was in front of me, how big the non-existent shoulder was to the left of me, if there was a car in the lane to the right of me) in addition to thinking about braking technique (ABS would have helped), pulling in the clutch and also steering left or right. Even if I was in a simulation or something where I was expecting it (think a black screen that suddenly flashes with video and I'm presented with a similar 1.5 second situation), I think 4/5 times I would still end up rear-ending the car. Like I said, I have practiced heavy braking a lot. But those are all controlled situations where you are expecting it. I think ABS would have been key to helping me slow down faster (giving me more reaction time). But really, the #1 solution to this would have been me paying closer attention
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    I've been busy with the FZ07 for a little over a year. Making parts and correcting things as I go. The beginning of the season I had the hopes of hitting a couple of the MotoAmerica rounds but this season has been plagued with transmission issues. It's been both a blessing and a lot of aggravation, it did allow me to make a lot of parts for some of the MA riders. The newest set of transmission gears came in after being reworked last Friday and had them installed in one of the motors and got to install the new race generator and toss it all up on the dyno. This motor is pretty loose as far as cam timing and was just looking to see how the transmission felt with a bit of load on it. Transmission felt good and tossed in some 93 on top of the remaining 100 octane from RRR earlier this year and clean up the map. Results look good 91hp and some change and 51 ft/lbs out of a motor previously only doing 86. It's not a total loss set up and has a race alternator also. Not MA legal but totally legal in CCS and Wera Superbike. I don't get on the board much but if you have questions you can message me on FB on my page #RobemEngineering
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    Hey, guys I know this isn't the first link out there but probably one of the only ones that will tell you exactly what you want to know. I've been building two FZ07's for Wera Nationals and MotoAmerica for over a year now and made lots of custom parts for the bikes to get them set up exactly how I wanted. The newest part I've been working on was the rear linkage. I was running the stock linkage with a standard 90mm "Race Link" to get the swingarm angle up but noticed the progression was adversely affected. I reached out to Jeff at Motospec and Eric at Velocity Calibrations we all agreed on the chassis numbers of the bike weren't ideal for track use. Especially at a faster pace the bike had limited trail numbers when swapping R6 components with stock triples and got to talking about the motion ratio and progression of the back of the bike. I looked at buying a link already on the market and noticed they needed to run huge springs not easily sourced at the track if you needed to make a change. I carry extra springs no problem but carrying the springs that I couldn't use on other bikes if it was avoidable just didn't make sense. The goal was a link that worked with a stock style shock, nothing special, and get the spring rate in check. Jeff had some ideas and we agreed on some numbers I thought would package so we could test. We finally had a chance this past weekend at the Wera national to test the bike and the linkage with good results. Was running the bike with a .95 rear and a shock length of 320mm and had great results. Never been there, first time on the bike and a second off the race leader with a best of 3rd place in the expert nationals. We have agreed to put together a group buy on the links. If people are interested you can get a hold of me through my page on Facebook. Also doing a lot of other stuff for the bike trying to make trick parts more affordable for guys. I have a full-time day job as an Engineering Manager and just race for a hobby so it's not my sole income and I don't need to make the margins of have the same overhead as others. Anyway if you're interested just trying to help out the community.
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    I left it at the mechanic to do a full inspection the next day I bought it. He cant tell me if it's more then the rim until he gets a straight one he said. So crossing fingers it's just a rim. It was in a 15mph dump but just had some slider and plastic scrapes. And hitting a pothole was disclosed to me. I will know next week!
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    I can't imagine how you must've felt to ride again after all that time. A flood of emotion no doubt! I'm happy for you!
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    A bent rim not only indicates it hit a curb or pothole but it could've been in a wreck also. Just to be on the safe side I would have a good mechanic check the forks and other things to see if anything else was bent/damaged so you don't get any unexpected surprises that could possibly put you in jeopardy.
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    It takes a humble person to expose your mistakes to so many people. Thanks for sharing and glad you're OK. It sure seems to me that in addition to braking technique, another problem was target fixation. There appears to be room to swerve around the right side of the car and then hit the brakes. Of course I wasn't there so there might not have been time or space. Target fixation is one of the things that worries me the most if I'm in an emergency situation. I need to really focus on it. I had a situation a couple months ago when I was leaned way over and got a little wide in a blind corner and encountered an opposing car slightly in my lane. I barely missed him. After thinking about it, I still had some lean angle left and should have looked further up the curve to change my path. It's really hard not to target fixate. I have not found any foolproof was to train yourself to avoid it but am constantly searching.
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    Amazing, I can only wish you all the best and hope you continue to improve.. Must be an amazing experience to get back on a bike after 6 years, especially with your injuries.. May you have many great days riding and racing.. Gary
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    I saw this on the WERA forum. Inspirational. I hope I get the Honor of gridding up next to you some day. Welcome back.
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    Here's a couple of set up notes that will make your head spin. I set the gearing to run only the first 5 gears. Actually after the launch we never used 1st again either. This motor has such a strong torque curve and responds to throttle so well the only time we needed 6th was one time going over the hill on the front straight into T1 while in a draft. Tony had to pick up 6th gear for a 150 feet or so. With redline at around 10,700 revs (actual) we had enough room to use 5 gears. This saved us several shifts per lap. When we dyno'd it I found that the stock tachometer is optimistic and reads a couple hundred revs higher than actual so we pushed the rev limit up some more. With the intake work it will now breath deep all the way up there too. In the following chart you can see that with stock gearing we could spin approx 140 mph at 10,700 rpm in 5th gear. Good enough and our trap speeds were very competitive to boot. (Trap was on top of hill before braking zone into T1) This gearing helped us all over the track, used 2nd for instance coming out of T5 up the hill, right in the meat of the power band, STONK! I have 1, 2, and 3 teeth larger rears I normally run. Thanks be to Zoran at TWF for the solid machine work. Here's a couple more pics taken by Brian Nelson, he does really nice work; Bike looked great a garnered a ton of compliments. Tony is still learning and conservative yet still set his PR during the race and did a hell of a job. The race pace was incredible with the 13 year old class record falling by a half second.
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    The yosh sounds a lot better so I’m a lot happier with it
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    I'm a country boy, so there are way too many people for me to ever want to live there, but I would love to visit Tokyo just for the experience.
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