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Alex last won the day on November 24 2018

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  1. Alex


    Happy Christmas all. I’ve got the Ghost it’s a good cam just annoying you can’t charge off computer. I can see my quad lock kit wrapped up 😉
  2. Yeah pros and cons. Thinking of weight penalites though, I ride with a helmet cam doesn't have any noticable difference. However it did save my and my insurance when I was hit by a taxi in the bus lane a few months back. Taxi driver drove off, luckily i had it all on video.
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    Hi From Australia

    Welcome fellow Aussies
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    2008 MT03 blurred vision vibration issues

    Have you had a look at anti-vibration inserts? Such as these, much better than just heavier bar ends https://fasstcoaustralia.com.au/products/anti-vibration-inserts Also could try using anti vibration bars which MX riders use, check Protaper have heard a lot of good reviews about their bars.https://www.protaper.com/product/32/contour-handlebars/black
  5. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/308263621/jarvish-the-smartest-motorcycle-helmet-ever-made/description Looks interesting.
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    Site back up

    Well a top job would have been this not occuring in the first place :)
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    Site back up

    Sorry about that guys, bloody server update took up the remaining disk space and crashed. Took ages to manually sort it out. All good now
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    Sold the Virago

    Looks really clear, how is it without the mirrors? I'd love to do something similar to get rid of them would make it so much easier for commuting.
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    NEW rider with new questions

    Yeah make sure it's running first, change the oil and make sure you change the break fluid!
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    New to Sport Bikes R1 or R6

    Welcome aboard Jack, both great bikes. No one else's opinions will be better than your riding them both and see what works best for you. For me I'd get the R1 for general road use, but the R6 will faster round the track for most average riders.
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    Newbie just checking in!

    Looks lovely with the white walls, welcome aboard!
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    Advanced Rider Training at HART

    @drewpy thinking of corners, what I learnt which I was completely unaware of was how they calculate the recommended speed signs for corners. I assume it's similar in the UK, in Australia the signs show the maximum speed for the corner which gives you five seconds of visibility. I always thought it was based on a 1970's car with crappy brakes 🤣
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    helmet recomendations...

    Shit me, did you stay on the bike?
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    Sold the Virago

    Oh interested in the rear view setup, more so for when that numpty drives into the back of you. Will you have it recording as well?
  15. Recently having a baby and being a born again rider I thought I had better brush up on my road craft. Unlike the UK there is no advanced rider organisations like the IAM or BMF, or with the local police force like the BikeSafe workshops. So last Saturday I took the first stage of the Advanced course with Honda Australia Rider Training (HART) in St Ives, NSW. Assuming I'd be the only Yamaha rider, out of the six students on the course there was a wide range of bikes, MT09, MT09 Tracer, CBR600RR, BMW R1200 Adventure, Classic Harley and a Kymco 550 Maxi-Scooter. The HART training facility was purpose-built for police driver training in the early 1960s. Due to this it has some very technical sections. Honda purchased it in 1999 and spent $1.4m redeveloping the 40-acre site to be suitable for rider and driver training courses. As the course is conducted on a closed road course it was perfect for putting into practice the techniques learnt throughout the day. Unlike Advanced 2 and 3, the first stage course only uses half the track but it was great to get a lot of laps both directions around a smaller course as it meant we could practice through repetition the tight hairpins and negative camber corners. There are three stages to the training: ADVANCED I - HANDLING DYNAMICS Half day course for new, or returning, riders who want to enhance and refine their physical riding skills. ADVANCED II - ROAD CIRCUIT Focuses on building on the riding techniques learned during Advanced 1 training, focuses on four fundamental aspects of motorcycling: Posture, Throttle Control, Cornering, and Braking. ADVANCED III - TRACK MASTER The Advanced III – Track Master Course is the highest-level motorcycle training offered by HART in Australia. Coached by Troy Herfoss, Australian Superbike Champion. The two most important takeaways I learnt about my riding: I was riding with tense arms I had absolutely no idea I was riding like this.Loosing my arms and shoulders really made it easier to roll through the series of corners. I was cornering like I would on a track I was aiming my ride out of corners as I would on the track, taking up the road rather than finishing tight. After being shown many reasons why wide in, tight out is the best approach I need to rework my cornering. Video: One of the hairpins, wide in, tight out. And a few laps on-board with my riding around the track. So the key takeaways for the Advanced Rider Training were: Posture: the key to everything Ride on the arches on your feet, with your toes outward and slightly downward Knees gripping the fuel tank Sit forward on the bike Arms and hands should be relaxed Back and shoulders should be relaxed Head and eyes should be level to the horizon, pointing to your intended path. Keep scanning with your eyes. Quick stops I was told I should be able to out break my ABS The front break is the most powerful Set-up the brake, then squeeze progressively on the front brake level with four fingers Set-up the back brake to add stability to the bike Keep your head and eyes up to maintain balance and look for an escape route At the last moment, pull in the clutch and change down gears If the front tyre locks, release quickly and re-apply If the back tyre locks, ease off smoothly and re-apply Cornering Plan your corner early, get the speed and gear right before the corner Enter the corner wide for best vision Plan to exit the corner tight, giving yourself more options Turn your head towards the planned exit of the corner, scanning the surface with your eyes Counter-steering To initiate a left turn, push forward on the left handle bar To initiate a right turn, push forward on the right handle bar To straighten up, push forward on the outside bar Rev the engine on down changing (use when slowing and stopping) Roll the throttle off Clutch in Roll the throttle on quickly Push down on the gear lever Ease the clutch out slowly Start combining this technique in conjunction to using the front brake with all fingers If it feels wrong, you are doing it wrong. If it feels good you're probably doing it right. How does this compare to the UK training, how do you ride and what tips do you have to further safe riding?