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I installed a -1 front sprocket and been launching from 2nd gear lately since 1st gear is so short now. Is it ok to launch at 2nd gear from a stop?
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I'll do it from time to time in order to eliminate one up shift. Like splitting up to the front at a red light and when the light turns green you can clear the intersection before the first up shift. And that's with normal gearing.

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Went to the tire guy in the industrial center today. Crashed at Rye Canyon and Stanford with no brakes. Guys a fucking flake, says they were fine when I left hes full of ****. Came to the intersection and brake lever just went to the grip almost. Ouch I am beat up good.

Bike got flogged but is repairable. Jackets thrashed. Elbow is huge and tore up. Hip, ankle, foot, yada yada.

Sending the info to my lawyer and just letting him know he f'd me. He denied any understanding of how I had no brakes on a bike that was 12 days old with 600 miles on it.

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Went to the tire guy in the industrial center today. Crashed at Rye Canyon and Stanford with no brakes. Guys a fucking flake, says they were fine when I left hes full of ****. Came to the intersection and brake lever just went to the grip almost. Ouch I am beat up good.

Bike got flogged but is repairable. Jackets thrashed. Elbow is huge and tore up. Hip, ankle, foot, yada yada.

Sending the info to my lawyer and just letting him know he f'd me. He denied any understanding of how I had no brakes on a bike that was 12 days old with 600 miles on it.
I am betting he spread the pads apart in order to get the caliper back on the rotor. He then forgot to pump the brake to get the pads in the correct position so it was ready to brake again.
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I am betting he spread the pads apart in order to get the caliper back on the rotor. He then forgot to pump the brake to get the pads in the correct position so it was ready to brake again.
This ^^^^^^

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I installed a -1 front sprocket and been launching from 2nd gear lately since 1st gear is so short now. Is it ok to launch at 2nd gear from a stop?
2nd gear seems unusually close to 1st gear on the R3 imo. I think you can use 2nd even with stock sprockets.

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Went to the tire guy in the industrial center today. Crashed at Rye Canyon and Stanford with no brakes. Guys a fucking flake, says they were fine when I left hes full of ****. Came to the intersection and brake lever just went to the grip almost. Ouch I am beat up good.

Bike got flogged but is repairable. Jackets thrashed. Elbow is huge and tore up. Hip, ankle, foot, yada yada.

Sending the info to my lawyer and just letting him know he f'd me. He denied any understanding of how I had no brakes on a bike that was 12 days old with 600 miles on it.

Kind of a random post in this thread but ****, glad you're OK. I agree with the brake pad spreading possibility.
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I don't see any problem starting in 2nd especially if you've re-geared.
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Kind of a random post in this thread but ****, glad you're OK. I agree with the brake pad spreading possibility.
Yeah I was talking at Hory should have qualified that. He knows the guy. Sorry wasnt trying to thread jack him. Was just all pissed from crashing.
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Went to the tire guy in the industrial center today. Crashed at Rye Canyon and Stanford with no brakes. Guys a fucking flake, says they were fine when I left hes full of ****. Came to the intersection and brake lever just went to the grip almost.
Not to be a dick or anything.... but it's your responsibility to test your bike before you take-off on a ride.
I do a walk-around, checking all the important stuff, then I get on the bike and play with all the controls.

The tire guy spread your brake pads when he re-installed the wheel.
A couple of pulls on the lever would have prevented your accident.

This is another reason why I work on my own bikes.
I take the wheel off... I put the wheel on. I torque everything. I double-check everything.

I'm not comfortable letting other people work on my machines.
Too many hacks out there, making minimum wage, employers treating them like $hit.

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