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post #1 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Need help after first ride!!!!

Ok so some of you know i just got my 07 black beauty and i finally got some good weather to test it out today. When i stop and turn off the bike i heat this electric noise. Almost like something electric is running. It stops after about 2 minutes. It had me scared so bad from the minute i turned my bike off. What is this?at first i thought "fan" , because my friends 325i does the samewhen he turns the car off, but then i thought not b/c this is a bike not a car.

Other thing i need help with is first gear....i drive a 5 spd maxima, and i drive damn good. I can barely get this bike going without either lugging out, or over accelerating. How do u guys inch up without the bike going crazy fast. One of my starts was a little fast and i felt the front lightening right up, scared the you know what outa me.
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 06:46 PM
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First- It's got an electric fan and it'll run as long as the temp gauge is high enough. Just like a car..

Second- Feather the clutch.. Clutches on bikes are super tough, and years from now, you'll find they're cheap to replace the disks and easy to change, too.. It's an oil bath clutch and it'll stand up to TONS of abuse..
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post #3 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Well yeh i understand feathering the clutch, but it seems to engage almost imediately. I found the catch point very easily and im comfortable with it, but unlike a car which slips alot...the bike couldnt slip at all. I guess its best that i go oout tommorow for an hour and do some start-stops. On my first take off the idle was around 2000!!! and the bike shot off almost causing me to fall, i lowered it after reading the optimum idle is 1200, now it just takes a little time but i think i'll be able to handle it.
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post #4 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 08:01 PM
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Best part of getting a new motorcycle is getting used to it.. Practice practice practice..

Also, check your clutch freeplay at the lever. You should be able to move the lever a bit before there's any resistance.. It should be a touch floppy when the clutch is fully forward. Between the lever and the clutch housing you should have 1-2mm before any resistance. If not, you might need to adjust the clutch freeplay.
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post #5 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Good info Paper, i dont have any play in the lever. Brake has adequite play but not the clutch. I had expected to be able to get on the bike and ride first try..and i did. But i knew i would need alot of practice, which i do. Throttle control will be most important for me, i found that even in my shifts i hold the throttle down even when i think im not on it. Maybe the gloves are making it difficult to feel. Just like in my car, i had to learn how much gas to add when doing take offs as not to chirp the tires. Right now my only fear on the bike is the same as i had months back in my car....rolling back on a hill, im not sure how i'll practice that but it'll come in time.
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post #6 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 08:46 PM
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You can almost crash it like I did leaving the dealership parking lot. It does take a lot of practice to learn the bike's throttle and clutch quirks. The Friction Zone is almost nothing compared to other newer bikes. The throttle will stop being so heavy after awhile.

You'll probably want to invest in some high quality Kangaroo Hide gloves. Kangaroo Hide can be split thinner than Cow Hide yet still be more abrasion resistant. The plus side is total feel of the controls. I can feel the texture of the grips through my gloves very easily. And they've already been crash tested and still hold up well.

I've got Held Steves touring gloves. A bit pricey, but I consider it a safety item and so far I've been not proven wrong by them being an inferior product. (Again, crash tested by me)

The other thing that I can't live without now is a "Throttle Rocker". Makes a world of difference in throttle control, and wrist pain if you plan on using your bike for extended trips. Not the "Cramp Buster" that's different... the one with the velcro strap is better in my opinion. The down side to these, is if you plan on riding off road and standing on the pegs, you'll probably need to rotate it down out of the way or just put it in your pocket. Once you get used to it, you will feel naked without it.

About the clutch thing... if you can lengthen the lever arm that comes out of the top of the crankcase, you will get more "Friction Zone" back. However, that requires a bit of welding or brazing. The other thing you can do is get a Hydraulic Clutch from Fred. Gives you more feel and touch with your clutch, as well as the ability to move the lever in really far. (How I like it) Downside, it's kind of pricey, and on the bottom of my list of upgrades.
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post #7 of 23 Old 03-22-2007, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I think like anything there are things that can be done to improve the ride. The throttle rocker is a big one, i've tried one and loved it. As far as the hydaulic clutch, im not jumping into it. Too much money for something that works just fine the way it is. My view is if 10,000 people can ride with a mechanical clutch, so can i. I'll check back tommorow and let you allknow how the second ride went. For now i gotta get to bed for school in the morning. Damn i hate having classes on fridays.
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post #8 of 23 Old 03-23-2007, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well i went back out today for a few tries, still cant start smoothly. My dad(used to ride MX) told me to rev the rpms so it goes "wing wing wing" and on the downstroke of the rps to let the clutch out then. Anyone do this or do you just do a smooth, steady rpm take off. Seams like his method would be jerky and very fast. Dont know for sure because it started to rain right after he told me that(and i sure wasnt going to try riding in the rain when i cant ride on dry land yet). Anyhow, any help is appretiated, learning to drive stick was easier than this.
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post #9 of 23 Old 03-23-2007, 10:32 PM
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I sometimes do the "wing wing wing", but ONLY if I am planning on bringing the front wheel off the ground.
I'm sure it took you some time to get the hang of starting out in the car with the standard tranny, it will take some time to get the hang of starting out on the bike.

And as far as starting out on a hill, its the same as with the car. hold the front brake, put it in gear, then in one motion let the brake off, the clutch out and the gas on.

It will take you several tries to get it down pat, but if you work at it it will happen.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
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post #10 of 23 Old 03-23-2007, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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The car thing came somewhat easier, atleast it seems so. Forget about hills, i had the fear of hills before i bought the bike and my driveway is on a hill so when i took it out these past two days i realized that the bike actually does roll back alot. Not something im willing to handle right now. Just curious though, why not use the rear so you have more time to get to the throttle without a roll back. Or maybe i just see it this way since im so slow right now. What ever, more practice tommorow.
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