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General Discussion / Re: New official track
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:55:13 PM »
Given the choices in the poll  ::), I vote for other:

-Assen POST-2006

No second-choice?
Valencia

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General Discussion / Re: New official track
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:18:25 PM »
Given the choices in the poll  ::), I vote for other:

-Assen POST-2006

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General Discussion / Re: New official track
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:32:16 AM »
Donnington gets my vote but A proper and current version of Assen would be a better choice in my opinion

To be honest, I strongly dislike the post-2005 Assen.
In my opinion they destroyed what made the circuit special, to shorten and "normalize" the layout. All purely for monetary reasons  >:(
Does that mean current Assen is a no-option? Like I said in a different thread, in my personal opinion, you should not rule out certain options just because of your personal opinion. Let the community decide. If they also majoritarianly dislike new layout, then discard the option. If not then consider it. I personally like the shortened Assen layout very much.

As for tracks in general: I am a bit torn between classic courses like Mugello, Jerez which would be a great fit, but have already quite good mod versions. So the surplus of having the track as an official track would be moderate. Then there are courses like Assen, Misano, Valencia that have not a very good mod version.

My vote would be for Assen (short version or both?), Valencia, Donington or Sepang. Assen, Donington and Sepang would also be great tracks for WRS, Valencia probably not so much because it would be hard to overtake there.

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Nice! Judged upon the vegatation pictured above, I would say you still have fairly warm weather where you live. So enjoy that babe and always ride safely mate!

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General Discussion / Re: PiBoSo and simracing youtubers
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:58:26 AM »
Thank you everyone for the information.
Very insightful.
Thank you for being open to suggestions. Good (but rare) approach these days.

I don't like the Windows Metro interface at all.
The F1 UI is a huge waste of space.
I know it is your product and it might be hard to accept. But when it comes to things like UI and looks your opinion on what is neat and pretty might not be representative. And what good is a product which the developer things looks nice but the majority of its users and potential users might not?

Trying to fathom in which direction to go when changing UI would be a classic topic for a poll. Then take it as a general direction to go and alter the community-proposed UI according to your product. So if certain details in the proposed UI are not applicable for you, then change it in that respect where it makes sense for you. But you should be open in the general layout according to what your customers want. That's just common sense to me. The UI very much affect the overall feeling and the acceptability of your products, especially for new potential customers who test the demo. The first impression matters as to what attitude a user has to your titles.

I know that your titles are sims and the looks are not the most important selling points. But we all are affected by the overall feeling too, not just the hard facts.

Probably a good idea to change the UI selector sound too? Personally I find it very irritating.... CLUNK, CLUNK.  :P ;D
I agree. The sound is like from a game from the 90's. Make it a more subtle and pleasant sound. I used to have a TV where the menu selection sound was a unpleasant und loud sound. I just started to hate it. The new TV makes a much more pleasant selection sound and I am much more relaxed. Such small details actually do matter.

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D-day (as in decision day) getting closer.
Keep us posted mate. But I assume we will know as soon as your same is changed to TuonoMaX  :P

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General Discussion / Re: PiBoSo and simracing youtubers
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:13:30 PM »

Bottom line is, the youtubers don't seem to be interested in informing their viewers.
They are not trend-setters. It looks quite the opposite actually.
They make videos about what is already popular to harvest views and that's it.

KRP is not popular, hence no videos.
It is true, for youtubers a video is their product and they try to get as many views as possible. But if KRP would be trending on its own among sim-lovers, it would get it's share of love among sim youtubers. From what it looks like, the conclusion is that you cannot rely on youtubers spreading news of your product KRP. Ok, it would make it easier. But don't give up and don't take this as the sole explanation. Keep working mate. Focus on your priorities in terms of finishing your products. In the end, if the sim deserves it, it will get its spotlight sooner or later. Cream always rises to the top ;) But again: make sure your products are 100% stable for online play. It is the most important thing atm imo.

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Suggestions and wishlist / Re: A "Marquez-Button"
« on: November 07, 2018, 03:18:46 PM »
However, I want to stress this is one of the least important things GPB needs at the moment ; )


For the MM Button I would reckon a cooldown time of like 1,5 or 2 sec.
Well in Sepang when MM saved his bike in lap 1 (when Iannone crashed due to MM almost crashing), MM barely lost time and only widened his line a bit. So not sure what the minimum requirements would be. But as said before it is only hypothetically speaking. We don't need this button (at least as long as we have much more important issues in GPB).

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General Discussion / Re: PiBoSo and simracing youtubers
« on: November 07, 2018, 03:01:26 PM »
I agree to some extent with Corrie. KRP per se is a treasure. It is loads of fun. I used to race with some GPB guys (who mostly are noobs on 4 wheels) and still it was a hell lot of fun. Technically, it IS a great sim and objectively THE sim for karting. I do not want to get scientific here, because I bet nobody can definitely say why KRP is not lifting off as expected. I think it is a good mix of very conservative marketing, long development history, netcode issues, partially less-than-optimal atmosphere in the KRP Forum (at least it used to be for some time).

So I think what it lacks, is the great interest to begin with and the lack of active community and regular online races in the process which would help make it grow. If somehow that spark which could (re-)ignite the fire among many simmers, it could still be a great title. Just make sure there are no turn offs like instability issues with this sim. Because this will just make people quit. If there are no people online, there are no races. No races - no fun - no racing streams - no YouTube Videos - no market penetration. Simple as that imo. Don't look for anything magical or even a 'conspiracy'.

People will do start things which SEEM to be fun (Marketing, Reviews, YouTube), but will only continue Things which ARE fun (netcode, stability, people playing online). Get those last things done, and you are good.

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Suggestions and wishlist / Re: A "Marquez-Button"
« on: November 07, 2018, 02:40:33 PM »
If the physics simulation is correct then you shouldn't need a button to save any crashes that are actually savable?  ;D ;)

It's definitely not an important issue, but technically MCF is correct. In GPB, if the virtual rider is involved, you are not completely in charge of the bike (DST is something else). MM is able to save a lot of situations where he is losing the front wheel, due to leaning his body even more to the inside, pushing his knee of the ground and steering to the inside of the corner (standing the bike up). He does all this with admirable reaction time and therefore often enough is able to save the bike from lowsiding. But he does not manage always, because you can only do this when the bike is still on the brink of losing the front and only if the tire can regain traction if lean-angle is reduced rather quickly. But within those Parameters, if a "save" button would do exactly what MM is doing, it might even make sense to have it and would actually be realistic the bike could be saved from time to time. Only gripe I see is that someone might be button mashing "just in case". So the virtual rider would really need to lean to the inside even more, steer to the inside and stand the bike up in a way that would make you run wide. So button mashing would let you run wide and would slow you down considerably. Then it would even make sense.

Speaking of all that. What I am missing in GPB is the real danger of risking low-siders when having lean-angles and/or braking into Corners. In real life most crashes happen this way. In GPB you almost never are in danger of losing the front due to hard cornering and/or braking. The front seems to be on rails most of the time. It used to be way better in previous betas (from what I remember it felt really good until beta4 or beta5). In those early betas one had to brake smoothly into corners and one had to reduce brake force on the front while leaning into corners. Riding a bike in GPB even made me a better rider in real life! In recent betas the front feels too much on rails and I have the feeling that the virtual rider limits the max leaning while braking, so effectively the player does not really run into danger of losing the front. It becomes even more obvious when running in the rain. It used to be one of the greatest feelings for me in the early versions of GPB - to slowly work towards that limit of the tires while braking hard into corners. After all, that is one of the real thrills of riding a bike competitively irl.

If Piboso reads this: Please bring back the dangers of low-siding! It is a simulation after all. I don't need the virtual rider to take that thrill away from me. I might even consider riding in GPB again if this thrill comes back.

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Your opening statement is probably the most revealing;

''The Tuono never really convinced me on the paper, mostly due to its look''

Did you find any new love for it after a ride ? i.e. would you just sit and look at it admiringly,  or is it just the tech/power side that impresses? as that will always be surpassed by the latest offerings.
Good point there h. If one has second thoughts on the looks of a bike, it might not be the one to buy. On the other hand, from what I have heard from others (I personally haven't ridden the latest Tuono models), the Tuono seems to be hell of a bike with great handling, nice breaks and a very nice engine. So, I can imagine that MaX might consider it, even if he does not really like the looks 100%. On the other hand again, the looks are also pretty important. It's like with woman - you have to find the right mix. Perfect looks, but nothing more to her and you will see your admiration dwindle rather quickly. If the woman does have a great personality but lacks in beauty, you can go a good distance, but sooner or later, you will find a woman with a great personality AND good looks.

So, maybe the advice to MaX should be: If you have a great offer for your current bike, sell it. Then take your time until spring to collect yourself and find out which bike you really want. My guess is, that it is neither the Tuono nor the Cb1000R, because you simply are not in love with either one at the moment. Within the next 2 years, I think there will be many new bikes coming out that have a good chance of winning your heart.

Among current bikes, you should definitely look at the BMW S 1000 R, Speed Triple or even Street Triple. Even if you don't think you would like them, you can never really know unless you haven't ridden them. Riding a bike is something completely different to only seeing it. You can fall in love with the seating position, the sound, the handling etc. Since you do not seem to be in love with either bike, just test them. There is nothing to lose and it is fun to compare. I bet you might fall in love with the smooth thottle and the sound of a Speed Triple. If you do not like the underseat pipes (like me) then you can get aftermarket side pipes.

If you wait a little, BMW might bring a new S 1000 and Suzuki might have an all-new GSX1000 within 2 years. Also HD announced a very good looking power-naked which is reminiscent of the old Buell models. I like the looks very much.
https://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/sites/motorcyclecruiser.com/files/styles/655_1x_/public/images/2018/07/h-d_v-twin-sportbike.jpg?itok=xEBf5XHm&fc=50,50

All I am saying. Test the market. Don't buy something you will be fed up with in 2 years ; ) But if you do, you will most likely be able to sell a Tuono without making much of a loss in 2 years if you find a bike you love. So do whatevery your heart tells you in Spring  ;)

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I've also always liked the Tuono. But the new cb1000r is also a very nice bike. I have had a similar decision to make. For me it was between the Tuono, R nineT and Thruxton R. Imo, in the end the most important questions you have to ask yourself:

1) the looks
Which bike's look do you prefer and most importantly, which look can you imagine yourself to get tired of the least over time? In your case, I would definitely say that the CB1000R has a much more classy and timeless look.

2) Are you the absolute racer or do you also like to take a fun ride every now and then?
If you can live with being out-accelerated by others every now and then, then take the CB1000R. If you need the absolute horsepower then take the Tuono. In terms of riding fast on your favorite roads after work, there is no need to have a Tuono. On curvy public roads, the riding skills decide whether you are fast or not. I can ride with almost anybody on public roads with my Thruxton R. It is funny to see the look on some guys on 200hp bikes not being able to shake me off. It is on racetracks where I am clearly slower due to the lack of horsepower. But even then it is only on tracks with long straights and I rarely go to racetracks (max 1x a year). So ask yourself which type of rider you are. If you hate to be slower than others, then take the Tuono, if you don't care to drag-race with others then take the Honda. Another nice thing of having a less aggressive looking bike: If you are not in the mood for riding fast, nobody will judge you. But if you have a Tuono, everybody expects you to ride fast. I have made the experience that oneself also has the tendency of always trying to live up to the expectations. Having a less aggressive bike makes riding more enjoyable. If I am not in the mood for riding fast or I am riding with my girlfriend, then it feels better on a 'normal' bike.

3) What kind of engine sound do you prefer?
Imo the V4 sound is absolutely sexy. And I hate the sound of inline-4-cylinder engines. Not sure how you think about it. That is something very indivdual. But from my experience, the sound of the engine is crucial for having a long-lasting love for one's bike.

Whichever way you decide, I wish you much fun and always a safe ride!  ;)

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General Discussion / Re: What if?
« on: October 23, 2018, 06:37:25 AM »
This thread is golden. It is a conglomerate of deep thoughts mixed with humerous remarks and wisenhimer comments. The mix has something hilorious to it.  :)

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Off Topic / Re: FIM MotoGP/Moto2/Moto3 2018
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:44:13 AM »
That's because everybody knows MM rides like a 14yrs old fucker on a speed+redbull, putting all the other riders' lives in great danger. Including Moto2 and Moto3 riders riding in separate sessions.

You can ask all the riders with 9 championships in their living room, they will *all* confirm that. And they know better, of course.

:)
Where the hell did that come from?  ??? You really seem to be obsessed... smh

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Off Topic / Re: FIM MotoGP/Moto2/Moto3 2018
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:57:52 PM »
Oh, and for the love of (GOD) what the hell is going on over at Yamaha?

Facts on Yamaha struggles:
  • Weather and track was very similar to last year (asphalt +5C, air +3C)
  • Overall race time difference from last year:
    • Marquez -10,867s
    • Dovizioso -17,674s
    • Iannone -30,240s
    • Rins -40,103s
    • Pedrosa -6,472s
    • A.Espargaro -8,433s
    • Smith -18,342s
    • Rossi -1,550s
    • Vinales +6,334s
    • Zarco +8,476s
So track conditions were similar and the all factories despite Yamaha seem to have made significant progress in terms of performance from last year. Rossi was a bit faster but he was hurt last year (still recuperating, so not really comparable). Yamaha is struggling overall, but especially in hot conditions and on tracks with bad grip.

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