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Old 02-20-2015, 12:02 AM   #76
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I don't, obviously, have Brembo brakes... what would you suggest as a good street pad?
EBC Double-H Sintered pads

Carbon Lorraine Street/Sport pad

either or, I know ebc provide great initial bite

both are civilized enough for street use and at the same time hold up against the abuse of club racing.

One thing though, they will be more demanding on your rotors than your stock pads. So under track use they can wear your rotors quicker.
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haha those gloves look pretty haggard haha
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awesome to see youre out riding again now!
I re-insured back in January!! So ready for the Spring meat, 2015 baby!!

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haha those gloves look pretty haggard haha
Street Cred brah haha! No they come out of the packaging like that. No joke I love them, and I'm not just saying that cause I dropped a pretty dime on them..or am I? (You'll never know )
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Wow, ok. So 2015 brings some major life changes. So last week marks the last time I wear a pair of contact lenses. I didn't get the procedure done solely for biking per say, but it was more so for my future prospects for work.

After a consultation in early February, I went back to London Eye Center in New West last Wednesday and got my corrective eye surgery done . The procedure I got was PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) which is the no touch laser method. Essentially what they do is reshape your cornea using a laser. The laser itself burns cool and it vaporizes a minute amount of tissue in certain areas of your eye they have premapped out to correct your near/farsightedness and stigmatism. It's different from the LASIK procedure as LASIK require a small incision be made to the cornea.

It's super bizzare though, you're awake for the procedure and as the laser goes to work your vision slowly clears. It gets blurry again before they clean your eye with out saline. Then everything you see is super crisp but light sensitive. You are in and out in an hour, the surgery itself takes 5 minutes but its the prep work that takes up the majority of the time.

Following the first few days your eyes are just itchy, gritty and dry. Sensitivity to light is going to be noticeable, but will have mostly subsided by the 5th day



Anyways, I actually got around to wrenching on my bike today. Had to book a week off work and decided to use my last day off to throw on my brake pads. Come to papa baby.



Remember to loosen the pins that hold the pad in first, then proceed to remove the caliper bolts


Look at all that brake dust caked on. Dirty as hell, and definitely require a cleaning. You don't want to press the pistons back in to the caliper in this condition. Give them a thorough clean because if not you're pushing dirt and debris back into the lines and space between the caliper and piston itself. That could hinder its performance.


Dirty ass pistons, shieeeee. No bueno senor.


The wonders of brake cleaner, grab a toothbrush and git scrubbin'. You'll learn to love the smell.


BAM! A before and after for y'all. Look at that, squeaky clean. (Still wouldn't eat off it doe).


Remember, before you start pushing the pistons back in remove the top cap of the reservoir lol.


And press press press


Out with the old, in with the new. Side by side Comparison of the oem pads with the new ebc double H sintered brake pads. Gimme that aggressive inital bite pl0x.


1 pair in, 3 pairs to go. This is just the design of Kawi's Nissin calipers, they decided to go with a dual pad set up for their 4 piston caliper. Reason? It's supposed to serve better functionality for heat dissipation compared to a mono pad set up. Back all cleaned, remember to do the clips and pins as well.


Finished product, ready for remounting!


Remounted! REMEMBER to pump the brake master until the pistons are pushed back out and pads are set back against the rotor. If you forget to do this prior to taking the bike back out, you could have a really bad day.
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Was following your brake upgrades on IG earlier.
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Today was a good day, I simply love this machine out of all the one's I've owned .


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Time for another update! Of course with plenty of eye candy

After much anticipation (and waiting of course) my cartridge kit is in . Original gold baby! It's the Ohlins 30mm aka. nix30 kit for the green machine. Stoked cause my front end setup will finally compliment the rear. Since I've changed our the factory shock for the Penkse 3-way, the front end seem to unsettle easily and just wasn't really confidence inspiring down at the track.


Remember even if you're pushing a stock set up, its important to run the proper spring rates. Measurement is always rider weight + full gear.


Beautifully machined top caps


Of course, decals for the ricer inside me. I mean, how else will people know LOL, amirite?


Riding to work as much as I can, so glad to see it's finally getting warmer out. Summer nights come soon please!


Photo's complimentary of my friend, shots of his Raven R6 with my Green Machine.


No, I'm not taking a selfie. Yes, that's me in the background lol.
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Do the cartridge kits make that much of a difference? Easy to install?
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It increases adjustabililty, reduce brake dive in the front end and makes the bike feel like its planted on rails when cornering. I'll be reporting in when some feedback once I get these bad boys in. It's also supposed to increase the smoothness of the ride over bumps so the bike doesn't unsettle easily.

Installation will require removal of the forks and internals, then replacing the factory cartridges & springs with aftermarket. Also need new oil seals and dust seals as well as fresh oil. Measurements of the oil level will differ to for the new set up!

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Out with the old, in with the new! New suit next to (whats left of) my old one Decided to go with a different color suit to match up my helmet and gloves . Like my last suit it's a Laguna Seca Pro Estiva (estiva for summer = perforated) by Dainese. This one is actually one size SMALLER, surprisingly fits me better gym time paid off heh!

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The installation process begins


NIX30 All laid out and purdy


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Looking great, man! I hear your Kawi is sharing shop space with a red Daytona now?
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Looking great, man! I hear your Kawi is sharing shop space with a red Daytona now?
Hell yea bro, Patrick picked up a Daytona 675!

Anyways, the forks are in. Front end feels much more planted and unsettles less over bumps. I'll have a real chance to test it out at the end of this month at my first track day of the year. The front end is firm but plush, it's really an out of this world feeling as the bike doesn't pogo stick anymore over uneven pavement.


Gotta have the swag on of course. Also a fork tube travel indicator was inserted around the fork tube as well during disassembly/reassembly.
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Race tires back on, registered at the Ridge Motorsports Park for this Sunday. First time back out since my crash, lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous. It's a mixture of excitement too though.

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Time for some photo updates from my trip! To my surprise, wrist didn't give me any major problems, I mean, granted a few cramps and a smidge sore but I mean range is completely adequate. FUCK YEA! Nervous wreck during the first few morning sessions and witnessed a 5 bike pile up, which was a bit nerve racking but by the afternoon I was back and the rust was shaken off. I didn't want to go bonkers as I wasn't sure what my wrist could handle so I registered one group lower.

Time of departure, team Green all the way!


Chilling in the pits in the morning waiting for registration, tech inspection and tires to warm




CharlieH and I trying to look like we know wtf we're doing



Good friend of ours that just started joining us, for the record this is not how you sit in a chair


Hopefully I'll post up some action shots later if the photographer at the track snapped some good ones of me, but for now this will have to do.

The cartridge kits WOW they work amazing with the rear shock bike is just planted.
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Interesting. There appears to be some extra space in that trailer. I wonder if a tiny little KTM390 would fit
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Have u ridden one yet?? I'm purposely not riding a duke 390 just in case I fall in love. Gonna wait til I can save up first. Seems like a good commuter/city bike
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Have u ridden one yet?? I'm purposely not riding a duke 390 just in case I fall in love. Gonna wait til I can save up first. Seems like a good commuter/city bike
Negative, same issue. But I want for track learner.

Back on topic: Bike looks sick!!!!!!!
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Interesting. There appears to be some extra space in that trailer. I wonder if a tiny little KTM390 would fit
Hell yeah get one and come dude.
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Feels so good to be back, round the carousel we go. Turn 6 at the ridge

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