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07 CBR600RR dragon report

Ok guys, time for a ride report. Well I headed up to the hill today for the first time on my CBR. With huge chicken strips on the stockers. First run I made was just cool and collected, heating up the tires, getting to learn the bike, and check things out. It was an ok run, the bike just felt funny in the turns, bouncy almost. Well I checked my pressures at the store and there was almost 50 lbs in the rear and 40 in the front. Needless to say, that was way too f'in much. Dropped the pressures down considerably after they cooled to low 30's. Another thing I noticed was the loss of low end torque in low rpms compared to the SV. It definitely didn't have that right away bang the SV has in some of those corners if you aren't paying attention to your rpms. This however didn't bother me in the slightest because the throttle was so smooth compared to the SV. SV was either on or off, there was no real inbetween. The Honda just feels all nice and smooth going into and coming out of the corners. As I started to pick up speed in the corners on the first run, the brakes really started to shine. You could wait a little longer than you could on the SV and really take advantage of the stopping power of good brakes. You could notice the suspension being better, but I will get to that in a second. All in all the first run was a success and a big learning experience.

Well we stopped at the store and decided the dragon was just too crowded and decided to hit the skyway. This is when the suspension showed me it's worth. I was always scared of high speed sweepers on the SV. The front end just seemed to glide/float through these type of corners and never really felt planted. The Honda on the other hand begged for more. I found myself wanting to take more sweepers rather than avoid them. I am now a true believer that a good suspension is worth the money you put into it.

We went back to the store after doing about half of the skyway, it was extremely cold and cloudy. The store was just utterly crowded, so we got a bite to eat and decided to head back into East Tenn and go play elsewhere. We made one more dragon run, which I just played around with my buddy on his SV and shot some footage for the first time with my helmet cam (will post it later tonight or in the morning. Learned I need to readjust the velcro mount for the camera because the shot was pointed down a little much.) I am ready for some pilot powers, as I gain speed I notice the grip is not as strong as it was on the SV with the powers.

To summarize: I have no regrets getting rid of the SV. The CBR is a quality machine worth the price difference and will be interesting to see what she has got when I get more comfortable with the characteristics of the bike and put some powers on her. I have no chicken strip on the rear, front still has a decent size one, but I wasn't pushing hard enough to even try and get over to kneedrag.


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sounds like you had fun
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sounds like you had fun
Didn't take any pics, we are there all the time. The regular photographers will have some up next week. It takes awhile to upload/edit videos, so that will be awhile before I put it up.

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Didn't take any pics, we are there all the time. The regular photographers will have some up next week. It takes awhile to upload/edit videos, so that will be awhile before I put it up.
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sweet, I wish I had some decent roads to drive on up here. I got massive chicken strips on my PPs
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sweet, I wish I had some decent roads to drive on up here. I got massive chicken strips on my PPs
why don't you just invest in the Pilot Roads or other Sport Touring Tires... they'll still give you allot of grip on the corners... but give you more mileage...
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Good report Trip. I'm anxious to hear more as you put more miles on the CBR.



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Good report Trip. I'm anxious to hear more as you put more miles on the CBR.
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The Powers will compliment the handling ten-fold. You know how they want to be leaned over. And dragging a knee will take a little more because of the higher ground clearance. You might not notice it though. Yeah, always being in the right RPMs is an art. Takes a lot of practice. Plus you're still breaking her in. I immediately noticed the upgraded suspension when I bought my bike too. Feels amazing. Take a pic of the guage (proly spelled wrong) cluster. I want to see what changed. Did you notice the flickability too? What's your break in method? Factory or ride it like you stole it?
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I know exactly what you mean with the difference on the dragon with the SV to an inline 4. With the SV you could almost depend on the engine brake to slow you down enough for the turns on the dragon, however when I switched to the R1... it was a whole new learning experience. Now you have to constantly downshift, or use those brakes.

I just got some Pilot Powers from rickmancc today (front & rear) however I couldn't really test them out since I had a g/f with me all day.
Tomorrow is a total different story tho.

Get that vid up Trip!
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The Powers will compliment the handling ten-fold. You know how they want to be leaned over. And dragging a knee will take a little more because of the higher ground clearance. You might not notice it though. Yeah, always being in the right RPMs is an art. Takes a lot of practice. Plus you're still breaking her in. I immediately noticed the upgraded suspension when I bought my bike too. Feels amazing. Take a pic of the guage (proly spelled wrong) cluster. I want to see what changed. Did you notice the flickability too? What's your break in method? Factory or ride it like you stole it?
The factory break in procedure in the manual says vary RPMs and speed and don't crank full throttle until after the first 600 miles. It doesn't give numbers of RPMs not to go over or anything. The flickability is amazing, I almost had to crank the SV over with my upper body, this is real easy to swing over. I heard it is a little less flickable at high speeds because of the settings on the factory steering damper and if you plan to race it you can adjust it with the honda race ecu.

I will get a pic of the cluster and the vid up tomorrow, I am exhausted tonight.

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video, took a little longer than I thought. Angle is bad, sound is real windy, will work on it for the next time. Yes, I am running in a gear too tall. I am working getting smooth and learning.


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What mile count are you up to... so far?
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What mile count are you up to... so far?
Somewhere around 450.

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That helmet cam is sweet
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That helmet cam is sweet
Yeah I like it, I adjusted the angle up more, tried to shoot another run today, but when I put the camera back in the bag, I turned it off and didn't record a thing. Pissed me off pretty bad when I got done and didn't get a thing on camera.

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video, took a little longer than I thought. Angle is bad, sound is real windy, will work on it for the next time. Yes, I am running in a gear too tall. I am working getting smooth and learning.

At what point in the trip was this video?
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At what point in the trip was this video?
That was my second pass across the dragon on saturday with the CBR. So probably around mile 200 on the bike.

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Good video... yeah the angle is the only thing...

where was the mic? on the cam on your helmet? or on your cam in the bag?
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Good video... yeah the angle is the only thing...

where was the mic? on the cam on your helmet? or on your cam in the bag?
Clipped on the backpack behind my head. I am going to put it somewhere it doesn't a little more protected to not get so much wind noise.

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