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In some ways 06 sucked for me, and in others it was a break out year.
I struggled mightily in my first few races trying to shift into 6th gear. Even a new rebuilt FOG tranny didn't solve the problem.
So after I benched my "A" engine I put in a total stocker, and started making some improvements. Namely going fast in high speed corners. I actually dragged hard parts in Thunderhill's Turn 8 which is 6th gear at about 9k rpm. (I can't imagine doing that on a 1000cc bike)
I had put a new front end on at the start of 06, and it had made some serious improvements in some areas specifically braking.
So new for 07?
I want to get that front end rebuilt with all the race internal parts. I put racetech springs in, but now it will get a gold valve kit, and all new bushings etc. The Fox shock on the rear has never been rebuilt while I've had the bike, and who knows how long it has been on the bike at all so that's going into the shop as well. I'm lucky. Living here in the Bay Area give me access to some incredible resources; Factory Pro, Motion Pro, Aftershocks, Lindeman Engineering, are all within a 1/2 hour of San Francisco.
My "A" engine is going to a shop. I've been taking this thing apart and putting it back together for 3 years now, and there's still less than 10 hours on the polished balanced crank from the first time I had it built. Everytime I get it working right I add something new to it, and feck it all up again. So I'm taking it to KC of BRG racing. Perhaps some people know them on this board. They make some trick bits for EX500's http://www.brgracing.com/ex500List.html.
I crashed 2 times in 2006 because I was in a hurry and didn't spend any time warming up my tires in the hot pits. So I dashed off onto the track on cold tires and stacked it on the warm up lap.
LAME
At the end of this year I purchased a set of tires warmers from Power Stands (http://www.powerstands.com/acb/showprod.cfm?&DID=31&ObjectGroup_ID=11&CatID=1), and I'll get a new generator after x-mas. Not crashing on the warm up lap is going to be worth every penny I pay for these items.
Now I know one could say it's easy not to crash on the out lap. You just have to pay attention, and get you tires warmed up early. Yeah I said that after the first time. It's warmers from now on.
I picked up a new sponsor at the end of 06, and for all of 07
http://www.hunterflatbars.com/
We'll see how these things really work.
They are intended for the touring market really, but the manufacturer wants to see what results come from racing with them to perhaps market them to sportbike riders. Now isn't that what racing is all about?

Anyone else?
 

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I'll be stripping down the motor and installing the new FOG tranny.
Also will be adding a Penske shock to the rear. That will be it.
is it April yet???
 

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I'm just a fairly cautious street guy.
Will need to replace the broken fairing & brake lever that this used bike came with.
It has the brake light stuck on all the time... so that needs attention (the right front took a hit with the previous owner so suspect some switch at the throttle handle. -???-

Want to do the airbox hole mod, idle screws, reduce the rear fender, & add tucked-in LED turn signal lights front & rear, & better headlight bulb (open to suggestions on all these).

Am considering sliders but only if they can be done semi-hidden, or camoflage-stock looking.
So am watching posts on a couple of threads about this.
 

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McBiggity said:
I'll be stripping down the motor and installing the new FOG tranny.
Also will be adding a Penske shock to the rear. That will be it.
is it April yet???
If you don't want to disturb the head and rings the bottom can be opened with out doing so.
FOG
 

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you know, I was just thinking of that the other day. Can I get into there from the bottom just by popping the oil pan off??
 

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No , not quite that simple . You must split the cases. With a clean engine on the bench. Take off all the side covers , the water pumpand anything the crosses the split line. The starter motor. Then the oil pan. Now all the bolts are exposed . Remove the small bolts on the ends and under the starter. then all the mainbearing cap bolts ( don't forget the one under the starter).
With the engine upside down resting on the back edge and the head. pry the bottom off. Now the tranny can be lifted out and the new one dropped in.
Carefully clean the split line and apply new sealant (I use Yamabond) and reverse the process.

Note be sure the engine is in neutral before you start or it can be a pain to find it now. (no shift lever).
Practice getting the bottom back on before you apply sealant.

Should take about 1 hour.

FOG
 

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Some jackass come over last season and put in RaceTech emulators with me. Psh.

My frontend seems fine, though after my last "incident", my front brake has been dragging giving me a very noticable push in most corners. I'll be rebuilding the caliper and master cylinder along with putting in a stainless braided brake line. I have new pads waiting as well. My rear brake, well, whatever.

I have a Fox Twin Clicker I'll be installing. I tried putting it in previously but the spacers I got weren't quite right. The spring also rubbed on the inside of the swingarm in the hole that the shock fits through. I'll be grinding that off and it shouldn't be an issue any longer. I'll probably need a new spring for it as well since I'm a rather lightweight guy compared to most people. My stocker is spent so I'll definitly be needing to get that shock in.

What else....

Valve adjustment, never been done.

Oil change

Clean the air filter

Adjust timing

Piece together a couple of my trashed fiberglass race fairings.

Wash it (never been done)

Paint it (i'm going camo colors, make it stand out)

New plugs

I'd say change gearing but I'm running pretty much where I want to be right now at Louden. I may try to put a real gas cap in. Using a screwdriver as a key is less than professional. Then again, painting your bike camo cause it's funny isn't either. Or riding an EX500.

I'm also looking for an enclosed trailer and to have a set of leathers made up for my monkey dimensions.
 

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"Monkey Dimensions"... funny!
 

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TheIglu said:
I'll probably need a new spring for it as well since I'm a rather lightweight guy compared to most people.
You make Ballerinas envious. I'm just hoping to get my bike painted all the same color this year, and get my front fairing and windscreen back on. The biggest improvement I can make is to lose some #s and get fit to compete with Oreogaborio and Iglu, since our bikes are all stock.
 

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If you put your fairing on then I'll be the only girl at the ball without one. What will I do???!!!

To get down to my size you may have to take up designer drugs or smoking crack. Both of which aren't good for racing.
 

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TheIglu said:
Some jackass come over last season and put in RaceTech emulators with me. Psh.
I just noticed this, thanks alot. Jerk. ;D
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I've been in the gym 4-5 days/week. dropped a few lbs so far. Would like to be a little under 170 when april comes around.
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Have to get around to ordering the Penske as well
 

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Well, just in case... some basics as I understand them:

Adding muscle mass will help your body burn more calories at rest, & you'll likely sleep warmer in the winter. But if your major concern is to lose weight then you need to burn more calories than you consume. The greater the difference between calories burned & calories eaten the faster you'll lose weight.

But if the difference is too great you could get lethargic... depressed... from low blood sugar. Plus if you're not getting your veggies in a good mix you could have malnutrition from lack of vitamins, minerals, and the essential amino acids (meat eaters have no worries on that last one).

Plus, when I was bored waiting for the wife at a bookstore last spring I read some article in a professional bicycle racing magazine. One article said that when males cut down too much on their fat intake then it robs us of some healthy cholesterols that are important in normal hormone/steroid production (incl. testosterone). When that happens we don't recover from hard workouts as well or as fast. Plus, the loss of fat calories tended to cause the guys to increase their carbohydrate intake MORE than the calories lost to fat. So... don't go nuts on trying to cut all fats from the diet. Drop all the trans-fats you can (they are EVIL), and minimize the saturated fats.

The article also said that after endurance training (working the heart & lungs for over 1-1.5 hrs) that it's important to refuel soon after the end of the exercise & then get a nap in. The refueling aided in fast muscle & blood sugar recovery, and the naps trigger the body to produce growth hormone for muscle repair.

Another article said naps under 20 minutes allow for good mental recovery & immediately improved thinking. Same with naps of an hour+. But that naps between 20 mins to an hour make the head groggy because it generally allows a person to get into the deep REM sleep that gets interrupted. This leaves the person kinda groggy & disoriented.

Kinda long-winded there... :-\
 

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McBiggity said:
i actually have a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. ;D
Funny I BS about exercise all the time.
 

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McBiggity said:
i actually have a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. ;D
Then there I go preachin' to the choir! ::)
 

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OreoGaborio said:
:D

No need to give me any... I've gained about 10lbs since last year. I'm up to a portly (for me) 160 :-[
Imagine... someone with the partial screen name of Oreo gaining a little weight. ???
 
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