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Old 03-02-2017, 05:37 PM   #16
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On a related note - I picked up a comment somewhere else about organisers over your side of the pond insisting on bikes using the 'engine-ice' type coolant instead of water/glycol mix in case of spills.

Is that common ?

Haven't seen it happen here yet, but if it's catching on your side, it's probably on the way here too.
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Old 03-02-2017, 07:26 PM   #17
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Riding one of H-D's best bikes, the R to the edge.

Mike I've seen your back tire and its right to the edge on street mountain riding. You and I ride the same roads in N. Georgia, Tenn., N.C. me once a year, you whenever you feel like it since you live in ATL. The R with the 12 inches longer than a VR 1000 wheelbase and kicked out rake angle will require some serious lean to get it to turn under speed. 42 degrees ? How about 48 degrees, and that's at a slower speed. I love the stability of my R but at some point on a track you run into the edge of the tires, and yea, beyond the edge, mainly on the rear tire, on the R. My front tire never gets near the edge, the rear right up to it. I've never pushed the R to the limit of adhesion, you are closer than me so my question is how does the R act when pushed ? I imagine a severe lean angle, back tire getting greasy, front tire hooked up since its like 6" too far forward of all the action, on corner exit ( if you didn't lock up the front brake and tuck it on turn in to the same corner ) Your thoughts ?
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:23 PM   #18
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On a related note - I picked up a comment somewhere else about organisers over your side of the pond insisting on bikes using the 'engine-ice' type coolant instead of water/glycol mix in case of spills.

Is that common ?

Haven't seen it happen here yet, but if it's catching on your side, it's probably on the way here too.
Yes it is common. The issue is silicone in glycol coolants. Some of the alternative coolants are also being banned. The issue is that even when dry it is very slippery and near impossible to see or clean.

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Mike I've seen your back tire and its right to the edge on street mountain riding. You and I ride the same roads in N. Georgia, Tenn., N.C. me once a year, you whenever you feel like it since you live in ATL. The R with the 12 inches longer than a VR 1000 wheelbase and kicked out rake angle will require some serious lean to get it to turn under speed. 42 degrees ? How about 48 degrees, and that's at a slower speed. I love the stability of my R but at some point on a track you run into the edge of the tires, and yea, beyond the edge, mainly on the rear tire, on the R. My front tire never gets near the edge, the rear right up to it. I've never pushed the R to the limit of adhesion, you are closer than me so my question is how does the R act when pushed ? I imagine a severe lean angle, back tire getting greasy, front tire hooked up since its like 6" too far forward of all the action, on corner exit ( if you didn't lock up the front brake and tuck it on turn in to the same corner ) Your thoughts ?
IMO, The Cobra offers more traction than the R can use with available lean, however, I don't hang off on the street, so hanging off will result in more speed for a given lean angle. We'll see if the tire can hold it. It will have to do, there aren't any better choices. I don't think the R offers enough lean angle to challenge its own suspension so you can only push so much before sparks fly.
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Had mine on the track.
Surprised a lot of folks out there.
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Had mine on the track.
Surprised a lot of folks out there.
Do you recall the organization that let you take it out? Everyone has told me no.
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Local organization for me. Brainard International, Road America and High Plains Raceway in Colorado.

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Their website says they allow cruisers and touring bikes. Nice.
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Hi Mike, I'm really disappointed to hear your issues about trying to get your R out for some track time. I could hear the bikes running at Road Atlanta last weekend. I assume they won't let you run there.

A couple weeks ago the wife and I went up to Charlotte for you AMA flat track race. Took Friday off and rode over to Columbia for a family visit. On Saturday, race day, we took two lane up east of Charlotte and just outside of Kershaw SC discovered Carolina Motor sports Park.

We happen to stop for gas at a station right outside the entrance and could hear bikes running so as we had time we stopped by to see what was happening.

It was an AHRMA vintage bike event. We watched and roamed the pit area for a couple hours before heading up to Charlotte for the night race.

Nice little 2.2 mile road course, if a bit flat. You might check it out. Let me know what you discover.
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I'm a bit bogged down due to swelling in my right foot. So far I haven't found a race boot that I can fit into. We'll get there.
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