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Hey everyone im new to the threads and to the sportbike world i recently purchased a blue 04 cbr 600 rr and noticed that the front brake grabs so hard when i barely squeeze it im use to having a little bit more travel on it is there a way i can adjust it? and im not talking about the little turn dial that just pushes the lever out a little farther i mean the actual tension of the brakes some how
 

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Welcome to REAL stopping power - hehe

Assuming everything is working correctly, no there is no adjustment other than adjusting hte wiring between the ears to something designed to stop a 150mph missle in very little space
 
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welcome to supersports. this is one of the many reasons we experienced riders say to buy a beginner bike before jumping on the first SS you see. the brakes are ridiculously powerful, and if you're not careful and deliberate, it will bite you on the ass...
 

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yeah ive lowsided on it already im learning that thanks for the input tho im gonna take it to an empty parking lot and get use to it before i take it on the road
 
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yeah ive lowsided on it already im learning that thanks for the input tho im gonna take it to an empty parking lot and get use to it before i take it on the road
...you're going to trailer the bike to a parking lot?

save it. trailer it to your local track and ride it there... you'll learn a hundred fold more at the track than you will on your own (which just a bad idea anyway) in a dirty parking lot.
 

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Slugger is dissing the MSF parking lot drills now :cool:p

clean parking lot with no cars isn't a bad way to get used to the brakes - take it up to 30-40 then shift down roll up and on the brakes till you get the feel for them at different stopping rates and for initial bite - after that I'd go Sulgger's way and head to the track, btw Slugger am I gonna see you at BFH next month?
 
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the trouble with doing it yourself (and effectively teaching yourself) is that you might be doing it wrong, or leaving a part of it out... and not know it.
 

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well i have taken the msf class im just trying to get use to my bikes brakes because they are a lot different then the ones i learned on i could grab the brakes on the older bike i learned on but i can hardly touch these ones
 
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which is why you should have started on a bike less capable... you're not used to how the brakes, and by extension the suspension and the rest of the bike's framework, co-operate. this is a fine example of one of the many reasons we flame the hell out of riders who choose Supersport bikes for their first bikes, MSF or not.
 

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i couldnt pass up the deal i got on this bike so i went with it and im determined to learn how to ride it safe i havent taken this bike out of my apartments parking lot yet im not tempted to ride it stupidi mainly got it because of gas prices
 
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You haven't taken it out of your apartment's parking complex, yet you have already lowsided it? No matter how good of a deal you could have gotten on the bike, it would be well worth passing up. Either keep the bike and buy a smaller one to start on, sell it and buy a smaller one to start on, or hit up track schools, although without knowing how to brake skillfully, I doubt they'd let you on the track with others since it would be even more of a hazard then normal.

Hate to be mean, but it's just the truth. These bikes aren't meant for anyone to learn how to ride. They're made for people who know how to ride just because of the nature of how they're made.

Maybe go take the ERC course since you already took the MSF course.
 

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I do tend to agree with the above on this - sane and survival does not generally include throwing a leg over what is basically a race bike for a first ride - that said however survival is possible - make a deal with yourself, first 3 months nothing over quarter throttle, regular braking practice and the panic stop drills after that (and to slugger's point get someone to watch you that does know what they are doing), at 6 months increase the throttle usage a bit, then in a year or so take a novice course at a track if you feel comfortable with the brakes, lean angles and throttle control - whatever you do, take your time
 

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haha wait til u start messin around with it and learn to fishtail/powerslide IN----CREDIBLE!
 

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thanks twilkinson sounds good i found some good parking lot practice stuff online as well from a friend of mine whats the erc course
 

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:happy1:

I'm waiting to see in the crash section "... was going around a turn, target fixating and then panic braking..."
 

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ERC = Experienced Rider Course, think MSF Basic but you ride your own bike, in your case likely worth the cash, paid practice time is way cheaper than street plastics
 

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lol i agree i was planning on taking that course next spring its not offered here till then i just didnt know it was called that
 
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