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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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is it just me or...

Does it really make that MUCH of a difference to the power when you do engine oil/filter and air filter clean/maintenance

I took it out for a little test ride after all the maintenance was done this morning and WOW! There was a very noticeable power differance. I mean before it felt as if the front wheel was glued to the ground and it was difficult to get her up, well not so today as I was being a little hooligan again and the front wheel came right off the ground and kept rising until I got off the gas.

Do you think this is due to the above maintenance or were all the stars in the universe aligned just right and I just happened to attempt this hooliganism at the very moment the earth's gravity was weakened state?
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I guess if your air filter was really really dirty it could make a big difference, otherwise I think it would be hardly noticeable... I vote on the reduced gravity .
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I guess if your air filter was really really dirty it could make a big difference, otherwise I think it would be hardly noticeable... I vote on the reduced gravity .
Funny thing is...the Air Filter really wasn't all that bad. So yeah, I'm right there with ya about the gravity thing then. lol
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Does it really make that MUCH of a difference to the power when you do engine oil/filter and air filter clean/maintenance

I took it out for a little test ride after all the maintenance was done this morning and WOW! There was a very noticeable power differance. I mean before it felt as if the front wheel was glued to the ground and it was difficult to get her up, well not so today as I was being a little hooligan again and the front wheel came right off the ground and kept rising until I got off the gas.

Do you think this is due to the above maintenance or were all the stars in the universe aligned just right and I just happened to attempt this hooliganism at the very moment the earth's gravity was weakened state?
Maybe the helium in front tires?

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Maybe the helium in front tires?
So the tank with the "HE" on it wasn't for my tires???
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-01-2010, 07:45 PM
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Were you low on gas? Full tank makes a big weight difference.




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Hmmmm... Helium! Great idea, could solve some of those unsprung weight problems. This bears investigation!

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Illegal substances can make a motor vehicle seem amazingly different

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-02-2010, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Were you low on gas? Full tank makes a big weight difference.
Lockjaw,

Nope was 19 miles into a full tank. Probably just me, as a kid I was very prone to believing all the hype about new shoes and running faster lol.

In all seriousness I was probably just feeling more comfortable with the bike as I'm going into month 2 of owning it and the same from a 20 year return of an EX-moto X'er. I think that equates to more throttle and more weight placement to the rear...lol

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Hey man, the brain is a powerful thing. I always think the bike is 'happier' after oil change, clean filter, etc. I think it is because I am riding harder 'looking' for any change.




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