I was riding on the Lougheed, near Riverview about an hour ago, when I decided it would be a brilliant idea to accelerate rapidly from a light. There was no traffic in sight. I throttled up from first gear, front came up a bit, shifted into 2nd, bike came down okay. When I hit the 2-3 shift, I felt the steering get light, then a violent oscillation occurred.
The bars were going left/right/left/right like crazy, I felt like I was going to be thrown off the bike. It may have only been a scant few seconds, but it felt like a eternity.
Here's what was going through my mind as it happened.
1) I wish I was wearing my riding pants.
2) Am I going to crash my brand new bike?
3) Relax your arms! Relax your goddamn arms!
4) Close the throttle! No wait! Keep it open!
5) Why the fuck aren't I wearing my riding pants?!? I have a perfectly good pair of pants!
6) I need a change of shorts.
I recovered, and as I coasted to the next red light by the Coquitlam center, I realized, that upon the first pull of my front brake lever, that the front brakes were not working properly. I use two fingers on the brake, and the level came back enough to touch my ring finger. I pumped the brakes and then the lever feel was back to normal. Is it possible that the tank slapper was violent enough to push the pads back? It felt like the first time you squeeze the brake after you've changed the pads.
I've been thinking about why this happened. A few observations/questions:
1) I've had the front end up before on this bike, maybe a slight wobble coming down, but nothing even close to this.
2) I had my weight far back on the rear seat while accelerating. I expected the front to come up.
3) My bike does not have a stabilizer.
4) I was riding in the right most lane, in left lane position. This particular section of road has heavy traffic, and there is a little bit of a "rut" or "track" in the road. Is it possible that when the front came down, it tracked left or right and caused this?
5) Or, perhaps I induced it by possibly having the handlebars turned slightly?
6) My arms feel like a gorilla tried to rip them out. Neck is sore too. Hell, my whole body is kinda sore.
7) The machine is a 2013 ZX6R. It has about 1400km on it, it just went through 1st service, I believe it is mechanically sound. I always do a walk around before I ride, I did not detect any oil seeping from the forks.
The obvious solution is to ride in a safe, sane manner on the street. That, I can resign myself to, but what about the track? I have WCSS racer training coming up, and I will be attending track days this season.
Advice? Constructive criticism? Flames? I'm all ears.