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How do you know you're pushing it too hard?

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Old 06-29-2014, 08:27 PM
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I've never been one to take any stock in chicken strip because I feel good body position can leave a false impression on tires. But when I was cleaning Circe up I noticed in some places the wear marks were nearly to the edges of the tire (left side only cause I'm more comfortable taking lefts).

Circe has never seen a track and barely any real turns. Work keeps me too busy imo. I'm starting to fear I'm pushing it harder than I should for something that basically sees daily commutes and longer trips away from the city. Question is how do you know when you're pushing too hard and it's time to change venues?
 
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:59 PM
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Knee down.........................Check!
Peg down...........................Check!
Exhaust down.....................Check!
Rear wheel off the ground....Check! <------------- Pushing TOO hard!*

Cheers, SB

* A CBR1000F heading to the repair shop!
 

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Old 06-29-2014, 11:44 PM
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If you need to ask if you're pushing too hard, you probably are.

Anything out of your comfort zone is pushing too hard for you. The goal of any ride on the street is getting home without incident. Take it to a track to push your limits, and trailer it home when you have exceeded them.
 
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by 74demon View Post
If you need to ask if you're pushing too hard, you probably are.

Anything out of your comfort zone is pushing too hard for you. The goal of any ride on the street is getting home without incident. Take it to a track to push your limits, and trailer it home when you have exceeded them.


Yep, did that with a brand new Suzuki TL1000s in 1997, $5,000 later it was back on the road!

Cheers, SB
 
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:12 AM
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You'll know........................................

When you get off the bike there will be a POP as your seat covering returns to it's normal position...................
Cramped butt cheeks are a dead giveaway ! LoL
 
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:14 PM
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If your getting to the edge of the tire in the street, you're probably pushing it too hard AND with BAD body position too btw.

 
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:16 PM
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I found out I was pushing it too hard when I was riding in the the Honda track truck with my bike strapped to the trailer and taking me to the paramedics. Oops.
 
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:01 AM
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Good question I think anytime you find yourself outside your comfort zone or making a few more mistakes than usual is a good indication of whether or not you are pushing it a bit too hard. There are usually warning signs from the bike and the rider "holy **** moments" that let you know you are getting close.
 
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