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Hellllllo fellow R7'ers! Took a little longer than expected to get this far, but finally got set up as a vendor on here. Didn't want to post in this capacity until the account was activated...so here we are! We're going to use this thread as a place to capture or development work and general thoughts on the bike as we move forward.

For those who you who aren't familiar with our company, we're a small family-run organization that has been specializing in niche models for the past 10 years. We started off making a simple American-made fender eliminator for the Buell 1125 models, and as they say, the rest is history. Rather than try to survive in a highly competitive retail space like Revzilla (or others), we don't manage an uber ecommerce site with everything under the sun for all models. Rather, we focus in on niche models. Most typically, we purchase the bikes we develop parts for, but we also tap into bikes of friends, family, or established customers. In addition to the R7, we're also finishing up some products for the Yamaha Tenere 700 and are getting started on some goodies for the 'new' Kawasaki KLX300 models (D/S, R, SM).

Our philosophy is simple: address the weak spots on the bike first and work from there. While the majority of our focus has been on suspension over the years (more on that later), we also co-develop products with our suppliers and partners (more on this, too). In general, the the products you find on our site are either our own concoction or the result of collaboration with our suppliers. If we haven't developed or used the components, we won't sell them. Period.

Please feel free to chime in here, ask questions, and make suggestions. Not only does this help us understand what our customers are looking for, but it also lets us know that our time isn't wasted when posting on these forums (don't get us started on Facebook!).

We'll be catching up on our work here over the next few days - we've received the first bike on the east coast back in June. But for now, have a look/listen at what we've been doing:

 

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The video above does a good job describing initial takeaways, so I won't rehash my thoughts here. BUT...it's a load of fun on the street - more bike that most of us need on public roads, if we're being honest!

So with about 40 miles on the odometer, we topped off the fuel and threw the bike on the scale to verify (or debunk) Yamaha's claims. Drum roll please!

Front: 209.6 lbs
Rear: 203.8 lbs
Total: 413.4 lbs

Good on you, Yamaha! We all know of other manufacturers who lie through their teeth. But for what it's worth, Yamaha has been honest with the weights on all the bikes we've weighed over the past ten years. So, not terribly surprising.

With the baseline weight behind us, we headed off the race track with a BONE STOCK BIKE. I guess that isn't technically true - we did have some crash protection. But chassis and engine were stock.

And, again....if it's late and you're exhausted from work and the screaming kids, have a watch:

 

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How did you weigh it? Put the scale under one wheel and shim the other to the same height or was the wheel without the scale sitting lower than the wheel on the scale? The first way would give higher but correct readings and the second way would give lower, false readings. Using two scales of the same height would also be accurate.
 

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How did you weigh it? Put the scale under one wheel and shim the other to the same height or was the wheel without the scale sitting lower than the wheel on the scale? The first way would give higher but correct readings and the second way would give lower, false readings. Using two scales of the same height would also be accurate.
Good question. We use a block of the same thickness as the scale on the opposite wheel.
 

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Going to play catch up today (and the next few days) covering a slew of things we've been working on.

First up, are the Tech Specs tank grips. We've been a fan of these for years and use them on all of our personal bikes. They do a great job of providing extra grip between the rider's knees and the bike during hard braking and while leaned over hanging off the bike. This is a huge help at the track or the canyons where your lower body can stabilize your upper body a bit more to save energy in your core. As another perk, they protect the paint from scratches at the touch points. Lastly, although they are grippy, they aren't too grippy - think Stomp grips. Some of the competition has been known to wear leathers and textile suits. Not the case here.





Given our love for these products, we're running our first group buy preorder for this forum. If interested, check out the limited-time deal here: Yamaha YZF-R7 Tech Specs Group Buy / Preorder
 
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