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Pics will be coming soon - picking it up tomorrow afternoon!



Looks like Lindemann did pass away, judging by their website "about us" section:
About Lindemann Engineering |
but it looks like the business is still operating.

-Ryan
That's good to hear. I didn't know of there was anyone who could take over running the business. I know their staff is supposed to be excellent.

Again, congrats on the bike!!!!
 

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I'll post this in here because Tony, Pete, and Jeff have already posted.

I'm looking to do my 1st track day this year. My plan is to take the RSV-R. From what I understand track days are NOT racing and in fact aggressive "racing" type behavior is frowned upon. From the people that I talked to that have done a few track days, the aprilia is more then fine for a track day. I can ride at speed. Some of you know me and those comments in my signature aren't made up, ;) so I'm not worried about keeping up. I want to try it out and see what it's all about. I really am not looking to buy another bike to ride at 1 or 2 track days a year. Any flaws in this line of thinking?
 

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I'll post this in here because Tony, Pete, and Jeff have already posted.

I'm looking to do my 1st track day this year. My plan is to take the RSV-R. From what I understand track days are NOT racing and in fact aggressive "racing" type behavior is frowned upon. From the people that I talked to that have done a few track days, the aprilia is more then fine for a track day. I can ride at speed. Some of you know me and those comments in my signature aren't made up, ;) so I'm not worried about keeping up. I want to try it out and see what it's all about. I really am not looking to buy another bike to ride at 1 or 2 track days a year. Any flaws in this line of thinking?
No. Bikes I've brought to (or ridden friend's bikes at) trackdays:

K1200RS
ZX-14
CBR600F4
Sprint 955
Speed Triple 955
S1000RR
Buell 1125CR
Buell 1125R
Buell XB-whatever
R1200S
R1200GS
Husky Supermoto something or other
VFR800
GSX-R1000

Some event organizers won't allow full-on cruisers because of limited ground clearance, that's about it.

The only thing I would strongly recommend apart from the track prep is that you have at least a baseline preload suspension setting done on your bike (can typically be done by a vendor there for $20-ish). The reason I say that is that if you are bottoming the front end Bad Things Can Happen.

KeS
 

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Thanks Kevin.

I had the suspension professionally set up last year. What a difference that made. :)
 

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What Kevin said, except, I would consider safety wiring your drain plug as well. It might be worth buying a pre-drilled one of it's like the plug that was on my Ducati (used a 6mm Allen).

There's no spin-on filter with the RSV, just the element, right? If I'm wrong, I would hose clamp and wire the filter as well.

If my memory isn't shot (well, any more shot), I think they come with Silkolene anti-freeze which I think is legal with most clubs (check NESBA).
 

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What Kevin said, except, I would consider safety wiring your drain plug as well. It might be worth buying a pre-drilled one of it's like the plug that was on my Ducati (used a 6mm Allen).

There's no spin-on filter with the RSV, just the element, right? If I'm wrong, I would hose clamp and wire the filter as well.

If my memory isn't shot (well, any more shot), I think they come with Silkolene anti-freeze which I think is legal with most clubs (check NESBA).
She was a track bike when I bought her so it had everything already safety wired which has been removed over time. The filter is internal. I read the pre-track section on Tony's Track Days site and it said just ensure the bolt is tightened to spec.

It had water wetter when I got it. It has Maxima Coolenol in it now for coolant.
 

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Pics as promised. Quality is shittay but I just got home with it and iPhone doesn't do well in low light. You get the idea though.







 

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Sweet! Does it do wheelies? Wait no I always get in trouble for that
 

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Hi everybody,

I was looking at this forum for inspiration, and I bumped into this old thread. Lots of different ideas here guys, thanks!

Still, here's my dilemma.

Well, I'm looking for a sort of beginner-non-beginner bike. I am a currently riding a Honda NX650 Dominator, a bike I'm very fond of and that I intend to keep. In town it behaves like a scooter, outside town it can take me everywhere.

But I'd also like to have something completely different as a second bike: a sportbike for canyons, twisty roads and possibly a couple of track days.
So I'm looking at sportbikes with 60-80 hp output. I don't care about the type of engine. Being used to a big, nervous mono, I do not fear a twin. And having taken my licence on a Kawa ZR-7, a fairly heavy bike with a grunty I4, I don't panic when I see a four-cylinder. What I know is that I don't need more than I can handle, I do not need a newer racing replica. But I'd like something that handles well, and has a tight feeling on the road. Something fun, and not too costly. As much as I can love my Honda, it's still a bit too bouncy on tarmac - and I wouldn't definitely take it to a track.
Cost needs to be low as well, not exceeding 3500$, so nothing really new. And I kind of like the funky look of old bikes from the nineties and the early '00s.

I've seen a Yamaha TRX850 (half faired, TDM engine, 80hp), and I liked it. Its problem is that it is as rare as it gets, and that could be a setback if I need parts. I am also fond of the Yamaha SRX600 and SZR660 (classic looks, XT engine, 45hp), but I don't think I should get a second mono. My friends are split. Two say "go get an SV650", but I'm a bit cold on it. I saw a 2.gen (didn’t try it though, it was not insured) and I found it lacking personality, and it has the opposite problem of the TRiXi: it’s just very common and average. And there are not many 2. and 3. generation for sale currently, just funky 1.generation bikes. I reckon it is an amazing ride, but it just didn’t click on me. Another friend says "go get a VFR750", but I fear it'd be too heavy and bulky for my use. In the next days I’ll go check on a 1993 CBR 600 f2, an all-stock bike with a big advantage: it ticks all the boxes, it’s cheap, and is registered as a historic vehicle, meaning that insurance costs are about 200$ /year, whereas the others fare well above 600.
Finally, I live in Italy, the reign of Ducatis. I could easily pick up a 748 (still THE most charming bike around, imho, so heart says go!go!go!) in good condition for 3000€ (3500$), but I'm afraid of running and insurance costs and its harsh power delivery. A Monster? Well, I wouldn't recognize mine in the parking lot, as many as there are here in town.

Any good idea on a cheap, fun, not too powerful sportbike with personality, one that can be thrown into twisty roads and track days? TRX? SV? CBR f2?

Thank you a lot for your advice!
Raffaele
 
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