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  1. ddog

    Project FZ Supertwin

    ^This, absolutely this.
  2. Good point! The switch could be damaged since the bike went down on that side.
  3. I also bent one of my forks in a ~35 mph low side. They are rather weak, it seems. Just went down again in a similar fashion on Monday and I hadn't thought to check the forks yet... fingers crossed.
  4. ddog

    In Search of boots

    My buddy has a pair of very similar cortechs, but I'm not certain that it is the exact same model. They have the same closure anyways, which was a problem for him. I think the zip or the velcro gave him issues. He has large calves though, so take it with a grain of salt. +1 for sidi's for me as well. I'd be hard pressed to buy anything else after my experience with them.
  5. I currently have an R3 and FZ 07, and the difference in torque between the two cannot be understated. That being said, I do believe that if you approach the FZ-07 carefully and don't frighten it, it won't bite you. No matter what bike you get it is going to have more power and torque than the R3 (< hyperbole). I would suggest taking it to a parking lot and practicing releasing the clutch and rolling on the throttle from a stop. The biggest scares I had with the FZ-07 were in the first few days of owning it - primarily from grabbing a bit too much throttle when releasing the clutch. I came to the FZ from putting ~2000 miles on a honda shadow spirit 750, which I would wager has a similar acceleration and top speed to the R3 (albeit a completely different riding position). Comparing the throttle on the R3 and Honda I'd say we were in the same boat. I'd do it all over again, but I would definitely do some drills or something similar to what I suggested to get some familiarity with the throttle.
  6. ddog

    Dainese quality. (or lack of)

    I've heard of as little as one year of use being considered normal, but two years is pretty common. I really like my Held Evo Thrux gauntlets (<$200). I've crashed in them hitting palm first and still reused the pair. Can't really give a good review on non-crash use longevity since I've crashed in both pairs I've purchased. Stitching still seems quite solid on the mangled first pair.
  7. https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2018-yamaha-xsr700-is-customizers-dream
  8. @Leo Vannucci for reference I went down at about 40 and bent the bars quite a bit. They are weak compared to aftermarket bars, but even still should not bend from dropping at a standstill. I would have the shop look them over when they swap components, but again, they're more than likely perfectly fine. If it's not visually apparent whether they're bent or not you will never notice it when riding. Sorry to make you needlessly worry!
  9. Just to put your worries to bed, the likelihood that any components were damaged more than just surface scuffs is extremely unlikely, especially when considering that the bike was dropped from a stop and fell on top of a person. The stock bars are pretty weak so I suppose they could bend, but again highly unlikely.
  10. If you're confident changing any of those components I would definitely change out the other components as well, as mentioned above. None of those items require a stand, any special tools, or removal of other parts to install. Should be a piece of cake.
  11. Hey @bellissimoto, does the black Friday sale you guys are doing apply to this deal? Do they stack?
  12. This is a Black Friday deal I can get behind!
  13. ddog

    Body positioning when cornering fast-ish?

    An important consideration when attempting to employ any style, method, technique, etc. is that one does so slowly, carefully, and preferably in an environment they can exert the most control over. Is your goal to ride around the track like Rossi? You certainly can work towards that riding style with practice on the street - without actually encroaching on the unsafe and unrealistic. Maybe you want to get your knee down, great! Maybe your goal is riding the FZ like a dirt tracker, great! Just be sure that when you're applying new methods you leave room for error. It's hard to learn how to improve at something if you're white-knuckling your whole way through it. Can you tell if you are using too much brake pressure if you're also focusing on where your body is and how much throttle you're using? Pick a skill, break it down into simple components, and practice those individually at 70-80% of your ability. You will improve.
  14. ddog

    blipping and braking at the same time

    This is a great example of how to blip and keep your braking pressure consistent. See how he is keeping his fingers curled around the lever, but also allowing them to slide with the motion of the blip? If you practice this make sure you bring any tools necessary to adjust the position of your controls. That may be part of your issue, and is especially likely if you have the lever adjusted too far away from you. The other issue might be that you blip the throttle too much. If you blip too much you will naturally move your fingers more. Try practicing getting the downshift smoothed out and with the least wrist action, you'll notice in the video that the riders wrist movement is not over exaggerated.
  15. Sorry about the lag in response, but I picked up everything from Paul at @bellissimoto. I would definitely recommended you get in touch with him.
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