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buzz

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Post your GP8 times
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:32:59 AM »
Started this year at 43.xx

Last run was a 36.1.

My goal is to get down to 29.99


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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 10:31:56 AM »
Well done on the GP8 time. Cutting it from a 43 to a 36 is no mean feat as we find that on average most new riders take around a minute to complete a GP8, so you are already well ahead of the game.
 

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 03:10:44 PM »
Really need to get timing device so I can report here...
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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 12:35:04 AM »
when will the next GP8 be in birmingham?

the first one we did, i had a 43 but i didn't make the last event.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 09:22:36 AM »
53.  I haven't broken 53 yet! But I'm consistent.  Every run is somewhere in the 53 to 54 second range. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 12:13:41 AM »
53.  I haven't broken 53 yet! But I'm consistent.  Every run is somewhere in the 53 to 54 second range.
 


and might i add, smooth as silk
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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2012, 12:12:51 PM »
53.  I haven't broken 53 yet! But I'm consistent.  Every run is somewhere in the 53 to 54 second range.
 


and might i add, smooth as silk

I think I love you.

But seriously, I obviously need to figure out some technique. 
"I plan to keep this one long enough to determine the approximate plum-wore-out coefficient."  -- KD Trull

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 07:27:25 PM »
37

( yeah I'm bragging )   ;D   8)

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 05:35:11 PM »
I have no times on my Nighthawk which I have pretty much all my Gymkhana experience on and am very comfortable and fast(IMO) on, but my best 8's time today that I timed was 82 seconds. Using my new SV650, mostly unfamiliar with  the response of everything at these low speeds. Wasn't really aiming for a fast time, but more to try and figure out how everything felt.

But, I'm not embarrassed to say that my first run out with my new bike was 82 seconds. Time to work on cutting that in half. :)

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2012, 09:54:56 AM »
Practice is the way! Keep at it.

Got down to 35.0

I got 5 seconds till my goal. That is one second per lap.

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2012, 04:45:01 PM »
 :) 30.9 on the Ninja "Turd" 500

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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2012, 05:34:43 AM »
Better do some more practice as our friends in Thailand are getting some decent times in. :)



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Re: Post your GP8 times
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2012, 08:12:46 AM »
I'm stuck in the high 50's.  I know that it's not supposed to be about the bike, and I know that I need to practice more, but I have to wonder about the throttle response on a Vstrom 650 with fuel injection.  It's so very touchy and the torque of the Vtwin has a big hit when the fuel injection kicks in.  I hope to adjust the throttle position sensors this winter to smooth that response out as much as possible but I have been lusting after a inline four cylinder like a ninja or something else that may be more suited.  Problem for me is that I can only afford to have one bike and I have my Vstrom sorted out to fit me physically.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2012, 11:43:01 AM »
Big, punchy V Twins like the Strom can be a bit of a nightmare to control at low speeds especially if they are fuel injected as the delivery is either ON or OFF with nothing inbetween. The trick is to find out how slow the bike will go with the throttle slightly open against the brakes. Do this exercise in a straight lline so that you don't have to think too much about other stuff. Use varying amounts of throttle and brake until you reach a speed where the bike is pulling but not snatching at the transmission. If you release the brake at this speed the bike should surge forward without need for any additional throttle.

If however, you find that the speed at which the transmission is snatching is too high then you will have to start using the clutch to tame the power delivery. This gives you three things to think about, but it is a lot cheaper than buying another bike:)

 

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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2012, 01:21:24 PM »
Motogymkhanaman:  I don't know many riders who wouldn't like to have another bike.  I sure would, but I just can't manage that extravagance.  I have been practicing exactly what you describe with limited results, and I will continue to use that technique.  However, this engine from Suzuki has been known for this characteristic for years.  There are multiple threads about adjusting the Throttle Position Sensor to smooth out the throttle surge at low speed.  I'm planning on doing this adjustment this winter when I find myself "snow bound" or prevented from riding for an extended period.  Until then, RIDE ON!  Thanks again for the advice and encouragement.
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