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01ragtop

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  1. Tires!

    Michelin Power RS report ~1900 miles: left edge is gone, right still has roughly 200 miles left, center has a ton of miles left. I guess I favor left handers. I don't commute, but I did do a 700 mile road trip with about 130 miles of highway. The rest of the miles are on SoCal mountain roads. These tires are temp and pressure sensitive. By that I mean if they get hot, they will get greasy. I had the rear set too low on a 90 degree Fahrenheit day and they squirm at lean under acceleration. That's the bad. Now the good: most confidence inspiring tire I've ever used. Mileage isn't as good, but for performance, these are better than S21, PP3, and for the street, even better than the vaunted Pirelli Supercorsa. Ok, that is bold. Let me explain. The RS gets up to operating temp much faster than the Supercorsa on the street. In fact, I always feel like i really have to push the Supercorsa before it comes up to temp, and those first couple of miles after a break are always a little adventure. Not so with the RS. Great tire for someone that commutes, but also likes to ride the canyons hard. If you only ride the canyons, you'll leave a lot of life in the center of the tire. The pic was taken at 1700 miles.
  2. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    Ahhh. Good to see this thread dying the shameful death it deserves.
  3. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    Yep, I haven't been able to ride in a couple of weeks; guess I'm feeling a little snarky. I had avoided posting on this thread too, dammit. The whole "I got squeezed"/"no you didn't, your riding just sucks" is kinda silly. Action cams distort speed and perspective so badly, who can know. It doesn't look close on video, but I wasn't there. I also understand the proper line, but at the speed in any of the videos shown on this thread, the line taken isn't critical. Certainly not worth the drama of insinuating death and dismemberment is imminent.
  4. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    Sorry, but there is nothing particularly enlightening or twisty about that either. Judging lines on public roads always seemed presumptuous to me. I have an ideal line in my mind when I ride, but road conditions play a role. I won't ride over patches or pot holes just because they are in the technically proper line.
  5. In defense of VFR's "weight problem"

    I didn't know this was a thing. So anytime you lose service, you decide to drive on the other side of the road? What a bizarre and completely unpredictable method for determining on which side of the road one should drive.
  6. In defense of VFR's "weight problem"

    I can agree about the weight; but dude, are you wearing Crocs?
  7. Tires!

    Correct. Those are not sport touring tires. I haven't ran a sport touring tire in a long time, but I hear really good things about the Bridgestone S21/T30 front/rear combo. Can't say for myself though.
  8. Tires!

    In this case, the RS is the Michelin Power RS. Another linear tire is the Bridgestone S21.
  9. Met up and rode with guy that just bought the brand new RSV4. That bike is sick. Electronics galore, beautiful fit and finish, and that sound. Even with the stock exhaust, that thing sounds angry. He offered to let me ride it after the break-in period is over. I may just take him up on that.
  10. Tires!

    That wasn't aimed directly at me, but since I share the opinion: The RS is a bit slower than the PP3, but it is far more linear. It gives that dial-a-lean feel. The PP3 has a more triangular profile which is great at initiating the turn, but IMO, gives the feeling that the bike is falling into the lean. I almost feel like I have to counter steer away from the apex to keep the bike from leaning too far. It is a personal preference, but I like the more neutral and linear feeling, especially mid corner. I agree wirh your comment on the 2 compounds.
  11. The guy I bought my 675R from just bought a brand new RSV4. I'm riding with him Saturday. Should be fun.
  12. Tires!

    No doubt a good rider on a VFR with sport touring tires can certainly leave an impression. I'm not good enough to be comfortable with all the sliding. Especially the front. When I first switched from sport touring to hypersport tires, I was blown away by how much better they grip. I like the mileage of the ST tire, but love the handling of a sport tire more. Bottom line,there is no right or wrong here. It's how you ride. If I lived in a straight flat area, I wouldn't waste my money on hypersport tires, but in SoCal wearing out the center before the edges is almost a crime.
  13. Tires!

    What pressures were you running? I had S21 bstones on my VFR, and loved them. I ran 34f/36R, and I'm heavier than the average guy. Can't say how they were in terms of longevity, they were wearing well when the bike was stolen. I have the new Michelin Power RS on the Daytona. Loads of grip, more neutral than the old PP3, and warm up quickly, but mileage may be an issue, I'll see. Plus I want to find out if they go off at the wear bars like the PP3 did.
  14. Not sure about the new CBR, but I wanted the old one right up until I rode it. It lacked character, and had a odd (for me) riding position that caused me to lack confidence in the bike. Before you blame the aggressive position of a sport bike, I never felt that with the 675R. I was comfortable on it right away.
  15. I don't have either of the two bikes you mentioned, but I've done 300 plus miles a day on an old ZX-7R which is similar to the Ducati riding position, and I'm in the planning stages of a 700 mile 2 day trip on my 675R. What you consider acceptable is unique to you and you alone. I don't find the 675R that bad, but others can only do a couple hours before their done. As far as nimble and fast track oriented bikes go, the GSXR-750 is the most comfortable I've ridden. You sit in them more than on them. The R6 has you perched way up on top. The 750 is a great bike too. Fast, Nimble, best power for street use and my buddy is faster round the track on his 750 than he was on his ZX-10.