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post #31 of 47 Old 03-27-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just bumping this up since I am getting to riding season. I've done 2 mountain runs on the SV. Not comfortable at all on it yet but my suspension will be done next week so maybe that will help.

Track day in April most likely.
Charlotte introduction ride April 25th.

Looking to procure a go pro to shoot some video this year.

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So I got my race tech gold valves installed. Suspension initiallys et up and the bike feels better. I badly need rear sets. This SV foot position feels so awkward. I just purchased rise plates that will relocate my stock foot position up and back. I also need to lower the front of my bike about an 1/8 inch and see how that feels. it just seems liek it turns reallay slow right now. Plenty sufficient for my pedestrain pace but Id like it to feel a lil better.


Anyway, Here is a pic form the mountains this weekend. My buddy and I decided to ride aat a much slowe rpace than normal and really just practice some things. Body position and thottle control were my things. I like this pic because I have always liked those pics of people where they are about disappeared onto the opposite side of the bike.


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Alright so lil update. Had the Charlotte Introduction ride on May 3rd. Ey3 was able to join which was awesome. SHout out to him. We hadnt ridden together in awhile and he was on a KLR this time but he was substantially quicker than last time I saw him. Keep up the good work, man!

Ride was probably a little over 300 miles total.

As far as the ride we left charlotte and its about an hour before we get to the fun stuff. First we went down old 18 which is maybe 20 miles of twisty roads. Its actually pretty tight and technical but its what I consider my warm up road because it doens have soem driveways and its the first twisty road after some slabbing so I like to slow down, feel the bikeout, practice throttle control. I typically attempt to do "no brakes drill" the whole way.

We we took off and I decide to sweep for the fast group because a few people have egos and wanted to go ahead of me, their were 2 bikes that I think are a little wreckless so I wanted them nowhere near me and another guy on a zx10 with the edges of his tires destroyed I decide to have him in fron tof me assuming he was blistering fast. It was a fun time down that road and a perfect warm up before the really fun roads.


We stop for gas and head up NC 181. This road had to be designed by a racer. Its really wide, super clean, perfect pavement, rarely any cars, no driveways. Id like to say I do a good job remember I am on the street on this road but I tend to get a lil carried away. I still stay at about 80% of my ability at the most but thats still probbly too much to be doing on the street. I just cant help it on this particular road. Well I start in the back of the "fast group" ( which in reality theres only one person who I would actually consider a fast rider. and he would consider himself slow). Buddy of mine who is leading is on a VFR with all his saddle bags and shit.lol followed by a couple of R1s, then an RSV4, then a cbr600, then my 06 Sv650! Yah baby! lol Verty fun road and one of my favorites so my confidence is up and it splits to allow passing in multiple spots so halfway up the mountain i pass everyone except the leader who I could see ahead of me but defiitely couldnt catch even though he was slowing down in the straights for me. Unfortuantely on this road the RSV4 crashed. minor. no injuries he rode home. Basically the road split in 2 and his line choice is to go wide right lane and swoop through both lanes to the tight left. Well technically thats another vehicles lane. So a budy in a car who is a race instructor for cars assumed he was letting him pass since he moved to the "slow traffic" lane and he went to pass. The bike then came over into his lane and he saw the car straightened up went off roading.

From there we rode the parkway to 226A and had lunch at lil switzlerland. 226A is an extremely tight and technical road that was just repaved last year so its awesome.

lunch at lil swiss- had a great bbq pulled pulled pork sandwich - someone from this forum was here the day before me. I dont remember who.
My buddy there looks a lil creepy with the 'stache lol but hes awesome. I learned alot from him.


Had a great lunch and went and run up and down NC80 a few times. Which is becoming one of my favorite raods. Its a REALLY slow road because the turns are tight as all hell but as I become a better rider and I am learning to have fun on it and not just get frustrated.

Heres what the interwebs say about nc80.
So...What IS The Devil's Whip?

It's North Carolina State Road 80...12 miles of pure adrenlaline and challenge! It separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls! Truly - posers beware!!!

A word of CAUTION - When you hit the "LEARNING CURVE" northbound (a.k.a. SCHOOL BUS TURNAROUND), you've just reached THE POINT OF NO RETURN! Hold on because you're getting ready to travel the LONGEST 3 miles in these parts. You climb 1,205 feet and take 50+ turns in this 3 MILE section alone to Buck Creek Gap and the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection!!

If you choose to continue on 80 north and not get on the Parkway, there's a very deadly curve ~3 miles from Buck Creek Gap and just past the Mt Mitchell Golf Course. Posted speed for this turn is 15 mph for very good reason - at least one fatality occurs here every year.

***IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN ON The Devil's Whip BEFORE - Travel it NORTH (up) from US 70!***


Here is a pic of what 80 is i found on the webs.


Heres a pic of a turn on 80. Not my pic just one i found .


Here is a pic of me on 80. I boght the pic but its not available yet so i screenshotted this.




No one was hurt or injured in the story I am about to tell so its funny and I have to leve it here. Long story short A guy on an R1 told me he had to upgrade from the R6 because he was out riding it and he needed more power. the picture below is him attempting to park his bike at lunch.




All in all the SV felt great. This ws my first real ride after having gold valve emulators and springs put in the front forks and changing the geometry. turns in faster and feel better. I run a 120/70 tire instead of the receommended 60. I didnt realize that raised the front end 12mm so no wonder the bike was turning so slow! Anyway felt great. I had the "slowest" bike there. But I held my own. It sure as hell is true how people say its more fun to ride a slow bike fast than ride a fast bike slow. ( If you can get over the fact that ALL of these bikes are technically fast)

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Nice write up, post it like u stole it!!

Next time give me a shout out.
I can lead a ride up here, I can take u guys on some great roads !
I know all the technical roads up here.

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Nice write up, post it like u stole it!!

Next time give me a shout out.
I can lead a ride up here, I can take u guys on some great roads !
I know all the technical roads up here.
Damnit I am an idiot. I cant believe I didnt shoot you a text! I know where we were is quite a hike from you but I still should have shot you a message.


I have to figure out exactly where you are again though? Are you near Roan Mountain? I am thinking of heading that way this weekend if I dont go to the track.

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This is an awesome writeup. That picture of the hairpin immediately piqued my interest. That's some Cali style right there! Love it.

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This is an awesome writeup. That picture of the hairpin immediately piqued my interest. That's some Cali style right there! Love it.
That is one of the MANY. I know cali gets all the credit for good roads but I swear the NC mountains are pretty unbelievable and lots of them are extremely well paved, really cleared, banked properly etc.

And where I think we have the edge on you for some ODD reason not alot of bikes ride them. Some days I can go up and down that mountain twice and at most see 3 or 4 other vehicles. YOu have to go all the way to the dragon to get a conglomerate of bikes and cars. Sometimes US421 the snake in TN has lots of bikes but there are some really really clean runs here in NC.
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Video from. Shady Valley more to come.
My lines were shit. I didn't feel smooth. I crossed the double yellow once. Not a good day. But I'm not one to only post the good videos.

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Just realized I didn't include the link. Oops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiTq...ature=youtu.be

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So quick update. I dont want to provide too many details but went on a ride on friday and did about 400 miles. It was a shitty day honestly. I kicked my go pro off my bike, my buddy was in a very serious accident and I thought I witnessed him die. We were written a bunch of tickets (that are going to br thrown out because they were just flat out lies honestly). I just didnt feel good and smooth at all. The whole day I felt like I was over active on the throttle and the brakes.

So the video posted in the last post and this video in my opinion are really shitty riding on my part but I dont mind posting. It helps me learn.

So we started in Charlotte, NC and headed west and as far north as up into TN. We rode Shady valley TN and then headed more north to places I am unaware of.We stopped in a place called Valley Crucis which has the oldest operating general store in America. Neat lil place. Ill upload some pictures later.

Heres another video in shady valley.

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Just decided to bump this up as I am going to write a post soon as I prep for April 4th track day.

I'll be riding the SV at the track this year and will hopefully be doing a better job running my go pro.

If anyone has suggestions on best editing programs for cheap let me know. I Wanna be able to edit and upload to YouTube.

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I really didn't want to post my vids because I feel like I didn't ride very well. This is an earlier session. Guy on his gsxr 750 chasing me.

Please critique. I take criticism well. Keep in mind first track day of the year, second day on this bike and at this point I've already done a stoppy to avoid hitting someone who swerved at the last minute to get a better line so I'm a bit nervous to pass anyone so I'm being very conservative. Idk what happened to my body position either. Crossed up!


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Here is a video from my bike...

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Looking Good!

Did you get the bump? Looked like you had a better pace than the other riders.

The CRs with PRE are tough. I think it was Matt who really busts my chops on BP. The problem is I deserve it.
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Looking Good!

Did you get the bump? Looked like you had a better pace than the other riders.

The CRs with PRE are tough. I think it was Matt who really busts my chops on BP. The problem is I deserve it.
No John said my pace was good but he would like to see me less robotic. He said he could tell I was like going through a checklist of to do items entering the corners. Which is impressive that he saw that because it's true. Ever since I stopped trying to Rev match, I talk myself through braking and down shifting.

Yea last year Matt spinak was really helpful to me. He was tough though!

The thing I am struggling with is figuring out how I am supposed to improve my ability to work through traffic and pass when I am only allowed to pass on the straight and everyone is hauling by my SV on the straight. Lol I was catching people by out braking them but not enough to compensate how far I got behind.

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