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Discussion in 'New Members - G'Day!' started by Bandra, Jul 10, 2013.

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    The courses book out quick, so I got my bike 1st of Feb, but next course was mid March.
    I'm still attending Learner practice sessions for my slow speed stuff, this is a bigger bike than the commuter I had in Qld in the mid 80's.
    Was basically the proverbial bike, down changes aren't as smooth as they used to be, but the grin under my helmet is larger. Having a ball.
     
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    That's why I like the 4 cylinder... half of a V8! :D

    only faster....

    Nice one on gettinig back into bikes.... I'm with Richo... it's a mature decision :thumbup
     
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    Fantastic bike choice, you won't regret it! They can do pretty much anything you throw at 'em.

    Put an arrow exhaust and a tune and you'll be laughing. :)
     
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    Indeed. I think that 5 cylinders confuse *everyone*!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOSIvQcFmt0
     
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    Good to know. Maybe the winter months will be a little less popular.
     
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    A de-baffled arrow exhaust would be the shiznit (as I understand the young folk would say). But you're really not helping me justify this as a "Mature Decision"!
     
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    I'm just a tad older than you, and have after-market exhausts on both my bikes... can be er justified as mature because it makes the things "work" better.... <cough>
     
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    Well it all depends on how far you ride, whether you like to ride with earplugs, whether you like the cops to hear you coming from miles away etc. So many variables to consider. I had loud pipes on my bike but got sick of the drone on long rides and people looking at you like you are an axe murderer when you cruise through the suburbs or small towns. My bike makes more intake noise than exhaust noise. Stealth is good, plus the cops might think you are a responsible rider (except when they look at your tyres LOL). Typically an Arrrow or similar will need the extra expense of a Power Commander and a dyno tune, although it will run better with that done.
     
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    Am I the only one interested in what the dream car was?!

    Oh and welcome haha :cool:
     
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    Thanks JR.

    That would be one of these:

    Mazda-RX7.jpg

    Of course, that was back before the market was flooded with grey imports and before F&F made it the target of ricer boys far and wide. We were a rotary family, and the twin turbo was the pinnacle (and made from unobtanium too... at a price point of $89k-odd).
     

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    Which version did you have? I like RX-7's, far less boy racer than Supra's or Skylines, and still have great lines by todays standards.
     
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    If it is the one in the pic then that's the FD, Bathurst R perhaps?
     
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    Hurr durr it's an FD lol, there where a ton of different versions, Im not sure what ones where locally delivered though.

    Bathurst R would have been mint though :D
     
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    Wat car is gud?
     
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    Yeah, stealth is good. I used to have a Yoshi can on the ZX6. I don't think the neighbours cared much for it (or me).

    The Arrows are manufactured in collusion with Triumph and apparently the dealers already have the ECU maps to slap straight onto the bike along with the new can. Ride in, ride out. Easy.
     
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    Triples go well. I had a 1978 XS750 when I was a teenager, That bike was always on the redline and never missed a beat. Had it for a year or so before I crashed and bent it.
     
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    That would make it a lot cheaper, I take it their maps have good reviews?
     
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    I wouldn't even worry about the de baffling. I have the 3 into 1 lowboy arrow system and think its great. It amplifies the good noise, makes fantastic pops and crackles off throttle but does not drone much on the highway (could just be overcome by the wind noise being a naked) and it doesn't sound too obnoxious tootling around at low speed. Cops have never looked at it twice.

    So just do it. It's an injustice to constrain such a lovely noise.

    If you want loud I can lend you a Remus straight through I have - now that's loud!
     
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    Hi Bandra, good to see another returning rider, there's quite a few around once you get talking. But as far as courses go, ride for a short time to get the feel back and book into the course pretty soon. It's too easy to get into a situation where the Automatic Survival Reactions put you out of action. My hardest thing to get past was thinking I was going too hot into a corner and backing off or braking, glad I listened to some others around here and forced myself to do the right thing, lean the farker and power on smoothly ;). And then there's Track Days at Wakefield, whooo hooo. The best place to get your skills back is on track, good luck. Cheers.
     
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    Word is that the maps are decent. Those that have dyno'd their ride afterwards have found more power, since most "standard" maps (these included) are usually quite conservative. But folk are only gaining 1 or 2 hp after dyno, so most people don't bother.
     
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