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Just wanna say hello to everyone here,

I am enjoying this forum for some time now, sometimes nice bullsh.t and occasionally nice constructive topics :-D

I've had my black S3 for about 18 months now, did 12000km on it and it still puts a grin on my face every time i've been riding it.
I've taken speedy to:
the Isle of man TT 2006 (no speedlimit on the whole island except villages :-D )
2000km in the alps
the czech republic
All places with al lot of B roads, twisties and hardly cops around, better then where I live in Holland.

Question: I haven't seen a lot af posts about high speed cornering. I find that on lets say 100MPH+ corners the bike gets a bit nervous in the front..adapting riding position and changing airflow helps but it's keeps nervous.. anybody ideas to reduce this lack of streamline effect?

Another question: i've got mine up to 158 MPH.. i've seen some faster numbers, but has anyone got an idea what the theoretical top speed is for a black one whith standard gearing and rev limiter?
 

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opps almost forgot!

I think that the S3 is prone to a little twitchiness at speed... I have seen a few steering dampers, one under the head, the other mounted on the right hand side engine mounting to fork. Maybe someone knows of a damper which fits on the upper tank mounting / steering head?
 

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To my best knowledge a steering damper helps against tank slappers etc..so real "high speed" direction changes with a lot of amplitude..
Does it help for a rather slowly "whobbeling" front end,a little shaking of the head as well?
 

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yeah Buster, that's IMO, that's mainly what a steering dampner is for, the high speed stuff. :hammer: You would prolly be amazed at the difference, I don't have one on speedy, but I have ridden many bikes with them. And welcome to the crazy house, do you really expect me to believe that a black S3 can run 158 mph? :hammer: :wink: :-D
 

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With the rapid deterioration of our roads here in South Africa, and ever growing potholes and the like a steering damper is often a life saver... hence my Fireblade's electronic system is an excellent system, sadly as yet unavailable as an extra elsewhere...
 

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I found my front end a lot more stable with a more "rounded" profile front tire, something like the conti road attack. I still use the Road Attack front tire no matter what I got on the rear.

Welcome to the nut house. :-D
 

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I have had an indicated 250kph (155 mph) on mine, although knowing what most speedos are like, that`s probably a real world 230kph. It wouldn`t go any faster but I`ve only done 1200km`s and haven`t run it in yet. Once the motor loosens up it should be a bit better. POME1050 has had 255 on his, I saw the 'telltale' on the speedo afterwards.

The most likely reason you`re getting a cornering wobble at that speed is that you`re pulling on the bars. Even the most experienced riders do it on naked bikes. Instead of relaxing your elbows and steering, you`re just trying to hang onto the thing. You need big nads to relax your grip at that speed!



I took the Daytona 675 demo out the other day, here`s the 'telltale' after the trip showing 238kph (147 mph). Because it`s faired there`s no need to hang on so tight. I found it easier than my s3 on the 100mph+ corners, for just that reason.

[ This message was edited by: welshrob on 2006-12-14 14:51 ]
 

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On 2006-12-14 06:15, Buster wrote:
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Question: I haven't seen a lot af posts about high speed cornering. I find that on lets say 100MPH+ corners the bike gets a bit nervous in the front..adapting riding position and changing airflow helps but it's keeps nervous.. anybody ideas to reduce this lack of streamline effect?
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Goeie naaf, hoe meer hollanders hoe beter.

High speed cornering? Not that brave...... :-D



I haven't noticed any twiching at the front but @ Zandvoort the cornering speeds aren't very high.

[ This message was edited by: 203MPH on 2006-12-14 15:57 ]
 

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203MPH, where did you get that leather suit at? I'm guessing probably a Triumph dealer or something but that would be sweet!
 

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On 2006-12-14 16:00, mnrider wrote:
203MPH, where did you get that leather suit at? I'm guessing probably a Triumph dealer or something but that would be sweet!
It's the Decima 2 piece suit from Triumph bought it at the dealer.
 

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Sounds funny, but if you add some grip to your tank for your knees to hold onto, you will be amazed at the difference it can make on a naked bike. It is true that a lot of the high speed problems are due to the wind making you shake the bars, if you can grip with your knees you can relax a lot more and it smoothes out. Night and day difference for me. I do a lot of high speed corners, and don't have a damper. There is a nice set of esses about ten miles from my house and these are taken at about 120 mph, no problem!
 

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Yes cheap black is faster but it does have a tendency to go down harder when you are at a dead stop!sean..
 
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