Chapter 4: Tuning The Bike's Response
At this point I was real upset with how the bike felt. My friend who races and has a shop gave me a bunch of advice on what to do and we worked on setting the bike up to my riding style, more than me trying to adjust for the bike.
-Tuned ECU that get rid of the electronic servo throttle mapping, tip-in retard, adjusted the engine braking to about NONE, fully re-done fuel and ignition timing maps, etc.
(Best modification ever)
-Quick turn throttle (1/6 turn)
-Swapped my GPR damper for a Scotts.
-Worked on suspension tuning to get it right where I want (still stock at this point).
Chapter 5: Crashing Leads To Make Overs
By now I was loving the bike. With all the recent work, I was feeling much more confident on my bike.
I took my best friend out to the Snake (he's from out of town) and let him ride my Duc. There were 3 of us and we were hustling pretty good (it was a Wednesday or something... **** going there to hustle on the weekends). Anyways he made some comment to me about pushing real hard on my Duc (he's a good rider, track and all that) and I was like "Ok that's it... you don't really know the road and I'm not about to have you total my awesome Honey Badger and kill yourself in the process." so I slowed the pace up. Going into the first corner after turning around for a 'half lap', I was still trail braking like I had been while pushing at a fast pace and it was just WAY too slow to be doing that. The front locked, washed as I tipped in and slammed me down from nearly-vertical.
FUUUUUUUUUU. Stupid, stupid mistake. It hurt pretty good, I had a sore right shoulder for a while and now busted up blue fairings.
I brushed off my ego and we still rode for the rest of the day, but I was pretty bummed. Oh well, time to make the bike look pretty and shit.
Here's the rendering I did for the livery. I wanted it to look a bit like a factory test bike.
I took the opportunity to get 08+ fairings (and fairing stay) and clean up a lot of the stock harness and brackets and shit.
Also dyed my leathers (note my right shoulder from aforementioned wreck... that titanium slider is mangled and burned blue and purple from that impact... SHIT):
Like I said, sorry I wasn't planning on a build thread so there are about 0 pictures of actual interesting components and shit right now. Haha, oops.