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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-03-2009, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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How BIG is your Chicken Strip?

After reading both of the Twist of the Wrist books, and seeing the new Twist of the Wrist 2 DVD, I still cant get my Chicken Strip off the tires, it is indeed smaller, 1/3 of an inch to be exact, but I chicken out at the last second, It just feels like I'm about to fall, LOL. I will keep trying, I have been riding bikes since 2006, hope this issue will be solved soon. Now, How big, or small is your Chicken Strip?

My V has 2,300 miles and is on stock tires, my first bike was a KLR 06 and it had 17,000 miles before I sold it to get the V. So in my defense ( I hope ) I've only ridden bikes for 19,300 miles.

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Around 0,5 cm so that in inches should be about 0,2.

Never been on track.
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None of my other bikes have had them but for some reason on the V I still do. Keep in mind I don't like the stock tires and I've only 2000 miles on the V, but I have pushed it hard in tight corners and was suprised they were still there. The V is tall mind you, well, maybe I wasn't pushing it that hard after all. Patience young Kallkrish.
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I too push it hard, but the strips don't go away, I've never been a speed freak anyway.
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I have Speedy’s lowering kit and foot peg lowers installed. After going to the dragon this year I discovered that maybe that wasn’t such a great idea for that road but I did increase the shock preload to 1 click from max. I too still have about 5/16 to 3/8 inch of chicken strips left. My left foot peg feeler is ground WAY down…the right not as much. I have always been better on left turns for some reason. At least the noise and sparks let me know in advance where the chassis limits were. By the way, my wife was riding with me the whole time, she is great…never a complaint…just an occasional thumbs up.
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Lee Park's Total Control level one class is excellent. He teaches you how to corner in a large parking lot. You're right there with your instructor just a few feet away. You drag your knee in one day and learn the proper way to set up for cornering, braking and leaning off the bike. Less than 300 bucks. Get rid of your chicken strips for less than the cost of new plastics. Plus.. you get a diploma! (I've got two)
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Lee Park's Total Control level one class is excellent. He teaches you how to corner in a large parking lot. You're right there with your instructor just a few feet away. You drag your knee in one day and learn the proper way to set up for cornering, braking and leaning off the bike. Less than 300 bucks. Get rid of your chicken strips for less than the cost of new plastics. Plus.. you get a diploma! (I've got two)
Where do I find said class? I've got a little chicken strip to kill myself


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I got rid of mine trying to stay in front of a Duc 998. It's ok cause we were riding together. He couldn't stay with me in the -35 corners and I couldn't stay with him in anything above 35 posted.
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Hey Hipshot, u got stock tires?
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I'm running stock on the front and a Storm on the rear.
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Where do I find said class? I've got a little chicken strip to kill myself
You'll have to Google it.'Total Control'. Lee Parks is an ex-racer so, (and make sure he is instructing), to spend time with a guy like that and learn from him is invaluable. He is based in Ca.
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If you are rubbing hard parts you have used all of the tire available to you. I scraped the pegs the first time on the Versys during my MSF Experienced rider class. The instructors were cool and allowed the the faster bikes to play on the race track portion alone. There was one bike that ran faster times than mine, it was a liter Yamaha. That girl can ride.

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I am down to about 1/8"...working on the rest. It is easier on the Roadsmarts that it was on the stock rubber.

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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I got rid of mine trying to stay in front of a Duc 998.
I will vouch Mr. Hipshot has 0.0 inch chicken strips. I rode with him for a day.

Let me rephrase. I rode behind him all day. He is a very confident rider on a very capable bike. Twas all I could do to keep up to him. My bike is lowered and I did have all my camping gear and clothes with me-- but dude? That man can ride.

Man I miss those mountain roads. argggggggggggg
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I am down to about 1/8"...working on the rest. It is easier on the Roadsmarts that it was on the stock rubber.
How are you liking the Roadsmarts?

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So far I like them a lot. They seem to stick really well and so far have worn well. They don't follow highway grooves the way the stock Dunlops did. I ran Diablo Stradas for a while, but I think I like these even better.

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Where do I find said class? I've got a little chicken strip to kill myself
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I 'did' the course in Gilbert (Jan or Feb). Might take it again - it's GREAT!

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I don't have pics of all the tires, but since this has come up before, I have a couple I took when talking about this with respect to the original tires.

OEM tires -

Front:


Rear:


My friend Lu Fei took this one of the RoadSmart's I have now after a run to Windy Ridge:



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Hi everybody,

I think this whole chicken-strip discussion is a mute point. The thing what counts is, have fun and don't ride faster than you guardian angel flies! What I am trying to say is, ride within you limits and don't try to impress someone else. Had to get this of my chest.

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I totally agree, but it is fun trying to get rid of it!

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