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Well it's been a good year, I bought a 2013 ZX10R last year to replace my then race bike, a 2008 CBR 1000RR.

Right out of the gate, I loved the ZX10R. I have been racing it this entire season (my first full season racing) and it's been really good to me.

So far this year, we have been racing in 2 series here in Florida, CCS and a new series FMRRA. In FMRRA we are competing in 2 championships and with that are 2 overalls.

We are leading in 1000 Superbike Sprint and 1000 Superstock Spring. We are 3rd in Superbike 1000 overall and 4th in Superstock 1000 overall.

In CCS we just had a race last weekend, so I am waiting for them to update the points. We should be leading in AM unlimited GP and either 2nd or 3rd in AM Unlimited Superbike.

So far this year we have entered in a total of 24 races netting 21 podiums. 8 wins, 7-2nds and 6-3rds. Along with 2-4th's and a 6th.

For sponsor and tax purposes, we decided to buy the 2016 and transition over ASAP. Although I want to do it without putting any points at risk. I want to make sure I am up to speed with the 16 before switching over. But I am guessing that's not going to be an issue. Then the 13 will be sold.

Here's a shot of the 13.



And some progress on the 16 this weekend. I've done a couple of rides on the street with it, she stands at about 150 miles. My hope is to have her together ENOUGH by this weekend to do a trackday on it at PBIR. I am coaching this weekend.






The mods list includes
Installing now:
Graves Side mounts cat delete (titanium)
Woolich
Woodcraft Frame sliders
Woodcraft rear sets
Woodcraft spools
Armor Bodies
Woodcraft ignition bypass
Toe guard
Stomp Grips
Ohlins shock
Ohlins Cartridge kit
Woodcraft brake lever guard
Woodcraft clutch lever guard
Ohlins manual damper
EP Exhaust braket
Motion pro throttle
Driven block off plates
MWR Race air filter
Driven keyless gas cap
Captive spacers
GB case covers

So far that's what I have and hope to have done by Saturday!

And hope to race it at the next race at RRR in August.

More pix and videos to come! :D Wish me luck.
 

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Selling the 13 huh...hmmmm. :)

Congrats man. I wish you all the best on the two race series and express my sincere appreciation that you are willing to spend your time helping other riders develop their skills.
 

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Love the camo on the older one.
Thanks, yea I liked it too. But gonna do something different for the 16.
sickkkkk! keeping up with this one stoked to see how it comes out!:popcorn2:
Thanks! Hoping to make some progress tonight. I picked up some caps/plugs for the vacuums for the pollution control crap.

Then I can start putting the airbox back together.

The next big challenge is going to be what the hell to do with all the crap left over on the left side that was mounted inside the fairing. The 2013 it seemed like a lot less crap. I remember (2) relays (I think) that I stuffed under the airbox and the regulator that I mounted to the fairing bolt. Not going to work this time...

We'll see!
 

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Selling the 13 huh...hmmmm. :)

Congrats man. I wish you all the best on the two race series and express my sincere appreciation that you are willing to spend your time helping other riders develop their skills.
Thanks man! Just waiting for CCS to update their points! I want to see if I took the lead in AMGP! lol

I appreciate the comments sir. Actually going to be coaching Sunday out at PBIR.

And yea, the 13 should be up for sale after RRR at the end of the month. I plan to race the 16 there. And I am assuming I'll feel good about it and competitive. If that's the case, the 13 will be for sale as soon as I get home. And I have a couple people in line already. lol
 

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from riding both back to back I'd guess you'll be just as quick on the '16 off the go. Hope you got some suspension support lined up to help you get it dialed!

Archer, there's a 24hr minibike endurance at Willow Springs in Sept. If you want to enter your Z125, I'll volunteer to be your teammate and show some groms what's up :idea::hello::badteeth:
 

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A Grom?! In a house full of Kawis?! BLASPHEMY!!!

I couldn't bring myself to buy a Grom. Got a Z125 instead :)

Looking good on the mod list for sure. You keeping the camo theme for the new bike? Really love that look... then again being in the military for 8 years, camo is king of engraved into my subconscious. My buddy did his race RC51 with the same colors but more of an ACU pattern (digi-cam). He also is a cheapskate and did it all by hand via construction paper, painters tape and rattle cans lol.
LOL Hey, in my defense, I bought that Grom before the Kawi had come out. lol I do like the looks of the Z125!

Yea I definitely like the camo, but I gotta change it up. Depending on how the sale of the 13 goes, I may keep those fairings. ;)
from riding both back to back I'd guess you'll be just as quick on the '16 off the go. Hope you got some suspension support lined up to help you get it dialed!
I hope so, but I'm not betting on it, that's why I am going to keep the 13 until I'm sure. Suspension should be in decent shape, I have a couple friends that are all on the same bike. And I have already been hitting them up. And they are the 4 fastest guys in the Florida series. So it should be a good place to start. But a few different riding styles, but still...
 

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Thanks!

Well first race weekend in the books on the Gen5.

It was also my first time at Roebling, so it's somewhat hard to compare the Gen5 to the Gen4 because I had never ridden here... So a comparison wouldn't be fair.

But my impressions were as follows.

  1. 1.) The bike is FAST, makes really good power
    2.) The off/on throttle transition was absolutely HORRIBLE, but... I spent the weekend tuning that and it's now MUCH better than it was.
    3.) My launches SUCKED! But... I think that is due to the 1st gear ETV maps, I didn't spend any time messing with 1st gear, just 2-6.
    4.) The OEM brake pads either SUCK BADLY, or had some sort of an issue. Because I got some crazy pulsing out of the stock pads. RRR doesn't need much brake so it wasn't an issue, but the next event (PBIR) does, so I swapped them out to see if that was it, and it was. They are fine now.
    5.) The engine braking is quite noticeable, TOO noticeable. And I hope Woolich updates us soon so we can start messing with that. When combined early on with the bad off/on throttle, it was crazy.
    6.) I really don't like the OEM quickshifter. There were times where I would have this split second doubt as to whether or not I pressed it "far enough" and got the next gear. Because there is so much "movement" in the mechanism. Think I'm going to switch it out with like a Woolich switch. So it's more of a positive feel. It works well, I just don't like the play in it.
    7.) The Auto-Blip is absolutely AWESOME! What clutch??

Being my first time there and first time on this bike, I didn't have much in the way of expectations for this event. But I was able to improve every single session. By the races I was able to manage 17.1's which I was happy with. I lead the first race for a couple laps and ended with 2 second place finishes.

I could have and should have won both races, but my right hand fatigued really bad. All day Saturday, those off/on throttle transitions were making me grip the throttle way too tight so that I could try to make the smallest inputs in the throttle and not get ripped off the bike. So by the time we got into the races, my hand was just wore out. So my reaction time was slowing down a lot... And I didn't want to risk crashing. I was happy with the times and place, so I came away with a good weekend.

I'll have some videos up tonight.




My ETV map for 5th-6th (for example), before messing with it.

 

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Thanks!

Well first race weekend in the books on the Gen5.

It was also my first time at Roebling, so it's somewhat hard to compare the Gen5 to the Gen4 because I had never ridden here... So a comparison wouldn't be fair.

But my impressions were as follows.

  1. 1.) The bike is FAST, makes really good power
    2.) The off/on throttle transition was absolutely HORRIBLE, but... I spent the weekend tuning that and it's now MUCH better than it was.
    3.) My launches SUCKED! But... I think that is due to the 1st gear ETV maps, I didn't spend any time messing with 1st gear, just 2-6.
    4.) The OEM brake pads either SUCK BADLY, or had some sort of an issue. Because I got some crazy pulsing out of the stock pads. RRR doesn't need much brake so it wasn't an issue, but the next event (PBIR) does, so I swapped them out to see if that was it, and it was. They are fine now.
    5.) The engine braking is quite noticeable, TOO noticeable. And I hope Woolich updates us soon so we can start messing with that. When combined early on with the bad off/on throttle, it was crazy.
    6.) I really don't like the OEM quickshifter. There were times where I would have this split second doubt as to whether or not I pressed it "far enough" and got the next gear. Because there is so much "movement" in the mechanism. Think I'm going to switch it out with like a Woolich switch. So it's more of a positive feel. It works well, I just don't like the play in it.
    7.) The Auto-Blip is absolutely AWESOME! What clutch??

Being my first time there and first time on this bike, I didn't have much in the way of expectations for this event. But I was able to improve every single session. By the races I was able to manage 17.1's which I was happy with. I lead the first race for a couple laps and ended with 2 second place finishes.

I could have and should have won both races, but my right hand fatigued really bad. All day Saturday, those off/on throttle transitions were making me grip the throttle way too tight so that I could try to make the smallest inputs in the throttle and not get ripped off the bike. So by the time we got into the races, my hand was just wore out. So my reaction time was slowing down a lot... And I didn't want to risk crashing. I was happy with the times and place, so I came away with a good weekend.

I'll have some videos up tonight.
Cool story bro!

Interesting observations on the new bike. I'll be looking forward to the vids later. Tampamike10r was up at Roebling this past weekend racing his R6. I'm kicking myself for not going with him. Would've been nice to meet you up there and watch the events!
 

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Cool story bro!

Interesting observations on the new bike. I'll be looking forward to the vids later. Tampamike10r was up at Roebling this past weekend racing his R6. I'm kicking myself for not going with him. Would've been nice to meet you up there and watch the events!
I actually saw him, we were going out in practice and I heard him say "hey, we chatted on the forums" or something... lol I tried to find him later but my memory sucks and I couldn't remember what his R6 looked like, and there was a lot of R6's there. lol

Well a lot in comparison to the number of people that were there anyway... It was again, a light weekend. Like most of the year has been.
 

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I actually saw him, we were going out in practice and I heard him say "hey, we chatted on the forums" or something... lol I tried to find him later but my memory sucks and I couldn't remember what his R6 looked like, and there was a lot of R6's there. lol

Well a lot in comparison to the number of people that were there anyway... It was again, a light weekend. Like most of the year has been.
I'm sure there were a lot of them up there. His should be pretty easy to recognize though with it's all black paint scheme. It's pretty unique in that regard. I highly doubt there's a lot of all black bikes at the track. :crackup:

Glad to hear you had a decent run yourself. Like I said, I'll be interested in the vids and more info on the likes/dislikes in regards to the new steed.
 

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I'm sure there were a lot of them up there. His should be pretty easy to recognize though with it's all black paint scheme. It's pretty unique in that regard. I highly doubt there's a lot of all black bikes at the track. :crackup:

Glad to hear you had a decent run yourself. Like I said, I'll be interested in the vids and more info on the likes/dislikes in regards to the new steed.
Yeah no one ever paints they're race bike black :badteeth:
 

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Glad to hear you had a decent run yourself. Like I said, I'll be interested in the vids and more info on the likes/dislikes in regards to the new steed.
Thanks!

Yea should be interesting when I can get to run it at a track I know. Then I can compare how it feels against the 13. I may swap out the Brembo off my 13 to the 16. I'm not impressed with the lever feel on the 16, the stopping power felt good, but the lever feels soft even after bleeding the hell out of it. I don't race SS so there's no reason not to. Also going to swap over the fast frank captive caliper bracket and toe guard this week.

I have an event at PBIR I am working next weekend. Hopefully I get some fast students that will let me stretch her legs a little. If not, it'll have to wait for the Sept race on the 24th there with FMRRA. And there she better be up to speed! lol

We are leading the both our races, 1 by 3 points and the other by 7. I am not going to lose that lead! lol
 
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