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Flashtune recently updated their software. Fuel decel cutoff can now be disabled. Disabling it greatly improves how smooth the throttle comes back on after being cut. Hopefully going to make the time to get a CAD model made of the riders seat doodad made. Once I do, I'll post it up here so everyone has the ability to have one made.

Running the 400 out at Arizona Motorsports park on Sunday, looking forward to getting back out on the track after such a long hiatus.

Also bought a 2000 Honda Magna, lol. V4's are such great engines.

 

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Nice work on the show case Sponge. I'm wondering if Woolich will/have added decel fuel shut off disable to their package. Really irks me round town.
Thanks, I'm crap at video editing so it took way too long to make that lol.

Fuel decel cutoff being disabled makes a huge difference.
 

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Track report: Arizona Motorsports Park. XCEL track days

Bike felt really **** good all day, sadly I had to run the stock muffler due to their sound limits... so dumb. Had a great instructor teach me a lot, absolutely savaged my knee sliders. This was the first time they were running the track clockwise, and it is a ton of fun. Met another 400 rider and we talked track layout and turn strategy which was pretty great. No lap timing so I do not know what my fastest time was. I definitely do not belong in C group anymore, so to intermediate I go. Playing with the idea of getting my racing license... that means I need a belly pan and steering damper.

Ergonomics complaint... I got short legs, I'm only 5' 7". It finally figured out why I was having such a hard time locking my knee into the tank under hard braking. Turns out my knee is barely on my tank grips, only way I can get my knee locked into the tank is if I put the very tip of my boot on the peg and flex my ankle as hard as I can. Obviously that is exhausting and is not confidence inspiring. I'm looking at getting the Vortex or Driven rear sets. I'll make a decision in a couple weeks. Probably time for Clip-ons and the R6 throttle tube as well.




 

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Sounds like a blast. I am about to do the same. I have one more "engine" mod, to change the gearing before I go to the dyno for a proper timing tune, then to ergonomics with new rear sets and clip-ons. I am anxious to hear your choices and thoughts!!

Great pictures!! Who has a noise issue, the desert tortoise ??
 

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Looking good out there! Great quality pics.
Yeah that's real dumb about the exhaust but unfortunately this is the way we are heading - stricter regulations.
Good luck getting the ergos sorted.
 

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If that was your 1st day, you are doing AWESOME Sponge!:clap: The upright ergos on the 400 do make it kinda difficult on proper BP (body position). Your lower BP is spot on. The upper body you just need to get your head over and elbow out a little more. We ALL are a work in progress. You are doing great.

Just don’t be in such a hurry to get out of the beginners group or C group. That’s where you work on your passing. How to set guys up and execute the pass. Knowing how to pass will help at the next level, so when you are behind someone just a little slower than you, you don’t get stuck.

Great pics, great job, def thumbs up!!!:clap:
 

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If that was your 1st day, you are doing AWESOME Sponge!<img src="http://www.ninja400riders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=273&d=1519412569" border="0" alt="" title="Clap" class="inlineimg" /> The upright ergos on the 400 do make it kinda difficult on proper BP (body position). Your lower BP is spot on. The upper body you just need to get your head over and elbow out a little more. We ALL are a work in progress. You are doing great.

Just don’t be in such a hurry to get out of the beginners group or C group. That’s where you work on your passing. How to set guys up and execute the pass. Knowing how to pass will help at the next level, so when you are behind someone just a little slower than you, you don’t get stuck.

Great pics, great job, def thumbs up!!!<img src="http://www.ninja400riders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=273&d=1519412569" border="0" alt="" title="Clap" class="inlineimg" />
This is my 3rd track day on the 400. I think if I was able to get my outer leg more planted I'd feel more confident getting my upper body off the bike more, it is always a work in progress as you say. My instructor suggested I move up to B group, hard to get clean laps as we were running way faster than the rest of C group.
After a year and a half of constantly practicing and studying... It feels really good to have made real gains in my technique, and that instructors are suggesting I move up a group.
Starting on a smaller bike was a really smart decision. The foundation and confidence I have in bike control would have probably been a lot slower on a bigger bike.
Being able to consistently drag knee is one of the best feelings in the world. I feel like I'm finally in a position to start building off of everything I've learned to become a safer and faster rider.
I'm planning on looking into completing the total control clinic and doing superbike or Yamaha championship school.
 

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Being able to consistently drag knee is one of the best feelings in the world. I feel like I'm finally in a position to start building off of everything I've learned to become a safer and faster rider.
Yes this was a big turning point for me too. Other than the woohoo factor you now have a reference point for whether you are on the pace or not and how close to the edge of your grip you are. Also you now have the ability to save a slow front end slide. This isn't just the domain of Marc Marquez!
 

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Been busy contemplating whether I want to actually start racing or not... the answer is yes. I've been building a guide that covers the absolute minimum to pass tech for WERA and CVMA. I plan on doing a safety wire write up... I was looking up videos on youtube and the amount of people doing it wrong is astounding.

I've also ordered spears racing clutch springs and clutch detent spring. Hopefully I haven't glazed the clutch. The spears racing clutch return spring definitely helps but if you are really banging through the gears it isn't enough. Here is a short clip of the slippage I was experiencing
 

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Been busy contemplating whether I want to actually start racing or not... the answer is yes. I've been building a guide that covers the absolute minimum to pass tech for WERA and CVMA. I plan on doing a safety wire write up... I was looking up videos on youtube and the amount of people doing it wrong is astounding.

I've also ordered spears racing clutch springs and clutch detent spring. Hopefully I haven't glazed the clutch. The spears racing clutch return spring definitely helps but if you are really banging through the gears it isn't enough. Here is a short clip of the slippage I was experiencing
Ok, I have finally read all through this, good stuff!
Sucks about the whole tuning experiences...
It makes so much sense now, your responses, wording, etc.
Your process and workmanship.
Aerospace and crew chief :wink:

This also explains your safety wire....you know working in Aerospace you could commute to work one Friday on the bike, take a half day vacation and spend the rest of that day "off" using the cable gun and safety wire that puppy up :grin:

I love where I live in TN, but the one thing I wish we had were all the tracks like Cali, I mean even Cali has two Kart tracks you can run mini's or supermoto's on every street corner(one on each side of the street, lol) ...well I guess except the streets in Beverly Hills, but then everyone has one in their yard instead...

You really like those Q3's?

I thought about running the Metzeler M7 RR's on the 400, ran then on the SV(street and one track day, had the SC2's for other track days) and on a few other bikes and really liked them.

On the SV if I did a track day with them they seemed to wear out much faster than hard riding on the street.

I might look into the Q3's.......how they holding up on the street?
 

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I've also ordered spears racing clutch springs and clutch detent spring. Hopefully I haven't glazed the clutch. The spears racing clutch return spring definitely helps but if you are really banging through the gears it isn't enough. Here is a short clip of the slippage I was experiencing
Yeah I think that if you identified it and changed your riding to avoid slippage you should be fine.
My steel plates looked brand new and I had some slippage riding it back home when I bought it, but I did adjust my cable at the lever so I could grab the cable and wiggle it at the lever.

I like it loose as anything because of past experiences with slipping clutches by over adjusting them in younger days, so I try to adjust it that with the lever fully pulled is it actually engaging and probably just barely enough to grab the next gear.
Heck on the SV, as Kiwi probably knows, you can open the front sprocket guard and even adjust it there as well with a set screw and adjusting screw, I adjusted mine that each gear really engages and with the clutch lever pulled in and you shift into 1st you can feel it engage and want to pull the bike forward a bit. It never takes off and rolls on its own power even with off the brakes but it does feel like it wants to pull some. Might not be the best thing in the world and as much as I change my oil it should be fine, but its definitely "not" slipping the clutch, ever. Lol
 

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I adjusted mine the same but still at high rpm shifting from 4 to 5 or 5 to 6. It will sometimes slip pretty badly. Keep in mind this only happens at the track when I'm shifting as fast as I possibly can.
 

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Ok, I have finally read all through this, good stuff!
Sucks about the whole tuning experiences...
It makes so much sense now, your responses, wording, etc.
Your process and workmanship.
Aerospace and crew chief :wink:

This also explains your safety wire....you know working in Aerospace you could commute to work one Friday on the bike, take a half day vacation and spend the rest of that day "off" using the cable gun and safety wire that puppy up :grin:

I love where I live in TN, but the one thing I wish we had were all the tracks like Cali, I mean even Cali has two Kart tracks you can run mini's or supermoto's on every street corner(one on each side of the street, lol) ...well I guess except the streets in Beverly Hills, but then everyone has one in their yard instead...

You really like those Q3's?

I thought about running the Metzeler M7 RR's on the 400, ran then on the SV(street and one track day, had the SC2's for other track days) and on a few other bikes and really liked them.

On the SV if I did a track day with them they seemed to wear out much faster than hard riding on the street.

I might look into the Q3's.......how they holding up on the street?
I really do like the Q3s. They seem to hold up pretty decently on the street. However my commute contains no turns so they started getting a flat spot after just 800 miles. I need to try some metzelers, never ridden on them before. I recently got a Honda Magna for commuting though. I hate riding the Ninja in a straight line for miles and miles. Cali is honestly the best place, probably in the world, for track and roads to go ride. Sadly it is so **** expensive it is ridiculous. Now that I've moved to Arizona, I realized it was possible to fund myself for a racing season.

Also don't put that crew chief evil on me sir. Backshops for me, used to work on T700-701 and T55s. Turbine Surgeon lol.
 

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trying to get my Woodcraft superbike seat installed. I'm planning on Plastidipping it black. I don't want to have to pull off the locking tab on my stock seat to run the woodcraft seat. Sadly Kawasaki has the entire seat assembly as one part number, I'm going to contact kawasaki to see if it is possible to order this part. If not I may just make a CAD model of it, either make some myself or have a machinist make me some.

Good news, I've got seat brackets. I just took measurements of the stock one and made it up in CAD. Had some 3D printed out of Polyamide-Carbon Fiber. I have yet to ride with it installed but I don't see it failing. My wife demanded to break one, after much strain she managed to fold the tab completely flat and it snapped. This material can be bent decently far with no damage, and it springs right back. PA-CF filament will not start to deform until it reaches 120C or 248F. Has me thinking it could be possible to design and make intake snorkels, possibly some other things. @Kiwi Rider I got your grams of weight savings right here buddy. I've got 9 I don't need and am willing to sell off, can DM me if interested. However if you have a 3D printer, or want to order some yourself. The files are posted on thingiverse

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Nice work! I must admit it was an area I had over-looked in the weight saving dept.. Thanks for the offer but I dont think I will get into an international mail order over 9 grams Lol.

Do you know how that stuff compares weight per mass wise to aluminium?
Well the 3D files are up for grabs so you can print one yourself or order one from a local printer through thingiverse. I do not know the weight difference. However it is obviously lighter, I'd guess about half the weight per mass of aluminum. I'll see if I can weigh them at work on a nice calibrated scale.
 

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The Yoshimura rearset brackets were not doing it for me. Not high enough and not far back enough. So I put some vortex rearsets on them. Super happy with my setup, but forewarning if you want to do this. You have to cut a bit of the shifter side bracket to get the rearset to seat properly, some plastic has to be trimmed on the brake side. Shorter bolts are needed for the shift side. Otherwise they will rub on the swingarm. Felt great at the track this weekend, finally felt like I could grip the tank with my knees.






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Got some photos from the trackday out at Inde Motorsports Ranch last weekend. Bike is looking and feeling really good. I've been making slow improvement to my upper body position but it is clear I still need some work. It's funny how you can feel like you are hanging off so far you think you are going to fall off, yet the photo proves that you are barely hanging at all. Thinking it is about time for me to finally do clip-ons to help with the ergo's.

Hopefully I will be start rebuilding my YZ125 soon. Decided I'm going to turn it into a supermoto bike. Lot cheaper to do supermoto than trackdays for practice. Motorcycling is a **** of a drug.






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