Never noticed any delay on 'bite' with the sintered pads. I apply gentle gentle pressure first then increase it as the forks start compressing. This really to stop any 'shaking' starting.Good to hear, that will be me in 14 yrs time. Can't see me backing off the throttle any time soon.
Yep, sintered pads are the bomb all right. They say they take more time to warm up before they bite fully but i can't say I've noticed.
Interesting to hear some of your observations about riding in Thailand. I rode my Yamaha XT350 trail bike there as part of my across Asia tour quite a few years back. I remember the fearless young lads on scooters and the crazies on the wrong side of the road. Some guy in an old Mercedes just veered straight across the road in front of me as he wanted to get to a stall on my side of the road. I had no option but to lay the bike on its side and use it as a buffer between us. My soft panniers took most of the damage apart from a broken clutch lever. The police arrived but I was on a hiding to nothing as I don't speak Thai and he was a wealthy guy so I didnt pursue any justice and just carried on.
Loved the food tho, still do.
Do you have a preference out of the R3 and the CBR?
Regards your incident with the mercedes, I have had a few problems with Thai cars and bikes. I can speak passable Thai, but with 'class 1' insurance I call them and let them sort it out. Also I hand my phone to any policeman so they can talk with my Thai wife, that is after I have told her what happened.
Once the police can see I have done nothing wrong, my visa is correct and I am being calm and polite, they usually stay until the insurance assessor turns up, then they go.
CBR or R3, both are good in their own ways.
There are a few Thai guys that I let borrow one of my bikes so we go out for a run. When I do that I take the CBR because it handles better than the R3, also I can slide off the seat easily whereas I cannot do that on the R3. The CBR has Pirellis fitted which gives superior grip to the R3 Michelin road runners.
One thing I have noticed is that the young Thai guys all ride the same. i.e. keep to the inside when going around a bend, they think I am crazy going wide then cutting in sharply and cutting the edge off the corner as I apply the full open throttle. They enter the corner slow and exit even slower. Tried teaching them and they agree on what I say. Told them loads of times not to stay a 6'o clock behind me get into 5 or 7, that way they can see what I see, not run into the back of me if I brake.
Basic roadcraft, but there is zero training out here.