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post #101 of 122 Old 07-16-2017, 03:55 PM
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It's weird cause the zx10 feels a lot better on corner entry but the biggest place I lose at Chang international circuit compared to the BMW is the 3 hard braking areas and I really needed to look at the datalogger to see it cause it doesn't feel that way on track.
Two other Kawasaki and a Yamaha are quicker than me and I'm losing a lot on corner exit compared to the two other zx10. Both are Gen5 with thinner headgaskets and 20kg lighter riders.


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Dont think youll keep with a yamaha out of the turns. Them things romp out of corners. But you can get close with fine tuned setup. I feel your pain about weight. Im very tall and heavy and i loose out on corner exit but always gain on corner entry and breaking. I like going into corners hot. Its my riding style but if you prefer corner exit (which has to be the easiest way to get a faster lap) then id say kawasaki is probably not the best option for you
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Dont think youll keep with a yamaha out of the turns. Them things romp out of corners. But you can get close with fine tuned setup. I feel your pain about weight. Im very tall and heavy and i loose out on corner exit but always gain on corner entry and breaking. I like going into corners hot. Its my riding style but if you prefer corner exit (which has to be the easiest way to get a faster lap) then id say kawasaki is probably not the best option for you

Yep, it doesn't suit how I normally ride but I don't won't to give up on the bike just yet. It's really good in the tight sections of the track so with a little tuning and me changing my riding style a little hopefully the times will come down.


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Yep, it doesn't suit how I normally ride but I don't won't to give up on the bike just yet. It's really good in the tight sections of the track so with a little tuning and me changing my riding style a little hopefully the times will come down.


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In the AFM top class (formula pacific) 2016 zx10rs got all of the yamahas covered, and a couple of bmws as well. So chin up, my friend! It's all in the package.
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Yeah, I wouldn't give up on the bike already.

Part of improving as a rider is to figure out a way to work WITH the bike by sometimes modifying your own riding. But I think you still have a lot of tuning and setup to cover before you start modifying your own riding style.

Since you are heavier, it's a given that you will have to use your weight to your advantage on corner entry and maintaining higher midcorner speed especially, because those are the only two times you can capitalize on your weight. Work on your roll on because it will virtually have to be perfect; just on the threshold to use all the drive grip you can get to minimize the time you are losing out of corners and on the straights. The crossplane configuration of the Yamaha allow it to serve up the best corner exit, so focus on sticking with the top Kawasakis on this aspect more than the Yamaha.

Good luck man, really hoping you get a breakthrough; gradual or sudden, it's all good.
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post #105 of 122 Old 07-23-2017, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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A few more pics from the first race on the zx10rr.

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Awesome, how did it go?

Love the black/red/white fairings, I see you're running Melandri's exact number plates.
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Awesome, how did it go?



Love the black/red/white fairings, I see you're running Melandri's exact number plates.

A little update in post#89. In need of more track time to get the front suspension sorted, its better midcorner and exit compared to the std carts but I could brake later before I installed the Ktech. So, it's just finding the right spring/airgap to where I get the feeling I want. Just fine tuning the setup is what's needed before next race.


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post #108 of 122 Old 07-24-2017, 06:25 AM
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A little update in post#89. In need of more track time to get the front suspension sorted, its better midcorner and exit compared to the std carts but I could brake later before I installed the Ktech. So, it's just finding the right spring/airgap to where I get the feeling I want. Just fine tuning the setup is what's needed before next race.


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Was a busy Aug with work so didn't get much time on the bike and missed one of the race weekends but managed to make the Sept 16-17th round of BRIC Superbike Championship.

Mixed conditions during the thurs/fri trackdays before the event so didn't get a bunch of laps in but enough to test some gearing, engine brake and fuel mapping. Had already equaled my best lap from the previous race on old tires so was looking forward to see what I could do on new rubber.

With the thinner head gasket, adjusted valve clearance and new fuel mapping the bike definitely pulls harder on corner exit and my top speeds were up 4-5km/hr compare to previous round. But I'm still struggling in mainly one area of the track and I think it comes down to the shock not being valved correctly for a heavy rider (hard spring) and i'm getting a lot of pump on corner exit when I have a lot of lean angle. This is making the bike really hard to change directions also and that one section T10-12 I'm losing 1-1.5s compared to when I last raced my S1000rr.

Decided to use a set of Metzeler K1/K1 for qualifying and dropped my times to 1m40.1 which was 0.4s quicker than last round on supercorsa SC1/SC0, think I could have been quicker on my first flying lap but caught some slower riders at the end of the lap.

The race was a disappointment as on the second lap my chain stretched enough that on left hand corners it felt like it was going to jump off the sprocket so I had to be careful and try to stand the bike up quicker before accelerating. I was on for a mid 39s lap before that happened and ended up having a long race losing out to 3rd by less than 0.5s/lap which would have been easy to do if not for the chain issues. All in I ended up 4th with a best lap of 1m40.08.






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