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    Thumbs up Noob saying Hi and wanting some pointers...................

    Hi folks, My name is Andy and I have recently got me a 2003 RSV, I've been riding for near a decade but have only recently (apr2013) passed my DAS, was a Lunatic Plate Limpit until then, I have had 3 RS125's and after passing my test I got myself a 95 Blade, loved the blade until her head gasket went so I decided to sell her (missed like a limb) as costs for repair were pretty much as near as what she cost to buy, so after suffering severe depression for 3 days I hit the for sale ads and have lined up a very clean, low mileage 2003 RSV (the old boy had one of the first factory 2004's and I've wanted one since).

    now I was by no means frightened by the jump from the 125 to the blade, but I am feeling rather apprehensive about the RSV, I understand the differences in power delivery between the IL4's and the Twins, and was wondering if the more experienced on here could give me some pointers in what to watch for, some do's and don't..............basically some tips for bedding myself into the bike, as I have a 350 mile trip back home after picking her up LOL

    I'm getting the RSV from a well known and reputable dealer (although they are more known for their Yams) so she will be coming with Full MOT, 3 months warranty and brand spanking new rubber (I opted to have Michelin Pilot Power put on as I had these on the blade and really liked them) has a full service history, and has only done 13K.............................so on the mechanical and condition side she is near mint, it's the actual riding that has me a bit nervy.

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    The only thing I peronally think you should think a little about in the beginning is that the Vtwin has more enginebrake than a IL4 engine does.
    Otherwise just ride and have a great time

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    yeah, I've had experience of the engine braking on a twin, was on ER650's for the DAS, took a bit of getting used to, I've been reading that the rear can lock up on the RSV on the downshift due to the engine braking, had that with the blade but generally when going into 1st, I have no idea what blipping the throttle (as I never had to do it on the Blade) is but I understand that helps reduce the chance of a lock up?

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    You rev up the engine a litte during downshifting.
    Clutch in, downshift, rev up a little (fast), clutch out.
    Easier then it sounds but it needs a bit of practice to feel good so to speek, I dont do it verry often.

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    cool, I was under the impression that the design of the clutch allowed it to act like a slipper but on the closed throttle so you would drop the throttle and downshift having the system activate and allow it to slip a little easier and reduce the torque helping reduce lock up........................is this correct

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    I dont know, but someone else maybe does

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    If you do not "blip" on the downshift the "slipper" will work,but it sounds soooo much better giving her a wee blip.enjoy and welcome....

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    Thanks...............
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    tidy.

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    Thanks...........wonder what the cans sound like, my neighbour hated the blade..................so shes' really going to love this lol

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    That bike looks really nice and I think ita gonna stund awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy77 View Post
    Thanks...........wonder what the cans sound like, my neighbour hated the blade..................so shes' really going to love this lol
    buy her ear plugs,cos she's gonna love you,lol

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    ach if she protests too much i'll just have to get her to sit on it and give her face the smile it's been missing for decades ol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy77 View Post
    ach if she protests too much i'll just have to get her to sit on it and give her face the smile it's been missing for decades ol
    Thumbs up

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    Ha ha ive got old bitch up the street that doesnt like my bike either
    Where bouts in scotland r u ? Dont seem to see alot of mille's on the road as there used to be.

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    nice bike but you'll hate the pilot powers... they're good for heavier bikes, not for the rsv... in 2009 i had a suzuki rf and a friend of mine had the rsv that i now own. we both bought pilot powers 2ct (the shipment was cheaper for two sets and we needed to change tires anyway). i loved them on the rf (~235 kg), 3 weeks later and ~3000 km down the road i bought the rsv from my friend. they were awful. sliding all over the place when ridden hard(ish). dumped them and bought qualifier rr's. loved them. i now run sportsmarts on the road, great tires! the pilot power's aren't grippy enough for a light(er) bike...

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    well my 95 fireblade had the powers on, and the rsv is pretty much the same weight as that, and I found them to be great, plenty of grip even when cold, only spun once and that was on brand new tarmac that was freshly laid and it had rained so it was very greasy, wouldnt go Dunlop due to price, I won't be throttling the life out her anyway, have to get used to the beast, and by then I'll be looking at new rubber anyway, so they will do for breaking in, but thanks for your input, id probably go bridgrstone or pirelli after these

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    basically the same weight but light-years frame-wise, not to mention the torque! between pirelli diablo corsa and bridgestone s20 i liked the s20's better!

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    well I had a few RS125's, amazing little machines, frame was only 10kg in weight, agile as hell, nice 150 rear tyre, had that knee down plenty of times lol, hoping big brother handles in a similar manner, just put your weight on the pegs and she leans in, but will be a slow steady induction on the beast, not long now, brimming with anticipation, have a few days down south on the country roads planned so I can scrub in the new rubber before heading home..............

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    the big brother is said to be derived from the 250. anyway, once you've setup the suspension it's a dream in the twisties!

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