Just made this great wheelie.. did you see it?!
Join Date: May 2008
Re: Do I just suck? Is it all me?
I can make a comparisson sort of as I have 400cc track bikes so going from something pretty slow to a genuinely fast bike takes some adjusting. I used tio have the 400 really loose then had the suspension sorted which took me over a year to get my head round how differently the tyres performed.
I have qualifiers on my ZX6R which is very fast in a straight line. The suspension has been breathed on but on the couple of times I have tracked it, the 400 laps my local around 3 secs a lap faster, mainly due to confidence and feel.
My R6 is a full on race beast. Suspension set up is perfect so basically it's down to me, the rider. I felt comfortable on it from the 1st ever ride when I had a bust leg. I went quick straight off but started in Novice as not being able to ride a bike for 18 months due to my leg. I built up slowly and went quickest in one of the last sessions. Times were still slower than my fastest ever lap on the 400 but were on average quicker but I felt comfortable. Tyres I use are Racetecs. Brilliant once warm. I found on track, the qualifiiers on the ZX6 were soon at their limit and I wasn't going to push as its my road bike.
I raced the R6 va few years ago and managed my fastest ever laps round the track but seeing some proper racers on CB500's lap some 8 secs faster than me on pretty much stock suspension and the same tyres as I use on my 400. I can see me with practice knocking a few more secs off my laps times pretty easily but I can't see me matching the 500's top times. I thought I was on the limit on my 400 but I reckon those guys could get it round quicker than any of the 500's.
Tyre pressures are worth playing around with. Have heard the qualifiers work better with lower pressures. I normally go on track around 30PSI depending on how cold it is (Yeah, and wet in UK) 26 - 28 PSI may work better with Quals.
My g/f ended up riding the R6 last time out after I binned the 400 testing it to make sure it was safe! It shocked her how quick and focused the R6 is compared to her bike. I'd think the comparisson would be similar with the R6 to the mini Ninja.
Take your time. Chances are it's just a learning and practising curve and it will come together with time.