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post #1 of 11 Old 04-23-2007, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up First ride on the 2007 racebike!

Just came back home to Sweden after 4 days of preseason testing at "TOR Poznan" in Poland...

First ride on the new bike, and it was sweeeet...

Had some early problems with the fork being a bit soft, and we had some issues with that on and off until the last day. It slowed me down a lot in braking mostly, but we also fought with bad traction going in a bit hot in the turns. After working with this over the first three days, we ended up with adding 10ml of oil in the forks, turned the tension full in, and used a pretty hard compression damping (2 clicks out). And it worked miracles...
The bike felt so much more stable during braking, and I was able to move my brakingpoints forward on the last day.

We're definatley gonna switch to harder springs for the next ride...

As for the riding, it felt really rusty in the first two days, and I also struggled a bit learning the new track. But on day 3 and 4, we really picked up the pace.

In comparison with the 04/05, the new bike felt a lot more stable and the ride was not as dramatic as on the old one. The engineguys also managed to make the -07 deliver a smoother and more linear powercurve which made it a lot more smooth to ride. It also felt a lot stonger in the low and middle revs, whick just made it shoot right out of he corners.
The ride felt a whole lot calmer, even though you are going faster than on the old bike. I was surprised to see that the OEM steering damper worked a lot better than I expected, and we are concidering staying with it for a while just to see how it works. Maybe just changing to a different oil...

So, I'm back at work now for just two days, then we're off to "Anderstorp" for the first race of the season...

It's gonna be rough. I'm not sure what to expect this year after the swith to Superbike from the Rookie class. If I compare the laptimes from last year I expect to be somewhere between 16th and 30th pos. Maybe even worse... But initially we're just gonna look at the laptimes and compare then to last year. As long as we keep improving, we're gonna be happy... And waybe we'll be able to snatch a point here and there, who knows...
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If you can't race fast, atleast you can look fast...

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Good luck in the new season, and nice pics.
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Awesome Macke. Sounds like you are getting that thing ready for sure. Good luck at your first race and hopefully you can get in the points and continue to move on up. Bike looks great for sure. :)

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Bike looks good Macke!! Good luck this season!!!
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Bike looks great! Good luck with the season.

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Bike looks great.

Good luck at the first race and hope you have a good season.

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Thanx guys!!!

Hopefully I wont let the "green" down...

If you can't race fast, atleast you can look fast...

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