So, as a follow-up to my first post after discovering the brutal yet subtle nature of our machines, and of course after developing a new word for the dictionary (see signature below), here's my next observation.
Two simple words: THROTTLE CONTROL. Holy balls, what a night & day difference it makes while piloting one of these machines, making a very conscious effort to keep throttle inputs ultra-fine and planned. Nearly all of my experience before the RC has been on 4-cylinder bikes, the bulk of which a 2005 R6, which was very smooth and forgiving when it came to the throttle (short of doing something dumb), so this was an important discovery for me. With this beast, throttle control is absolutely crucial, and will transform her from a shuttering, bucking animal to a cruise missile. During the first few rides, at low speeds/rpm (below about 30mph, just rollin along with stoplight traffic), I thought I had a timing issue, becuz she'd sputter and choke and nearly stall. After a bit of practice keeping the right wrist steady, I can roll her along in first gear almost at engine idle without problems.
So that's all I had, maybe this observation can help some future newcomers to the world of big-bore machines like our RC's. Don't dump your money into upgrades and gadgets just yet, first train the throttle hand to be wax-on, wax-off consistent and you'll be cruisin
Do it not, and she'll punish you for it
2006 Black Edition SP2
- Stickerless black...giggity
- Assorted stone chips
- Multicolor bug splats, updated weekly
- Custom boot scratches and crash marks on the tailpiece
- Scuffed bar weights & brake lever from asphalt acrobatics
- Road grime under the fender and tail
- Leo Vince exhaust
- Otherwise OEM, not gonna make BOTY any time soon
HOE-LEE SHEE-YIT, the TORQUE!!!