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slartidbartfast 12-19-2011 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Beto (Post 17547225)

Very funny :clap Would be even better if it was a chromed-out Hog pulling a truck on a trailer.

ErikY. 12-19-2011 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by mrt10x (Post 17547742)
The lack of new photos can probably be attributed to this...

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Lame excuse.
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Beto 12-19-2011 08:50 AM

Nice form ladies :clap:clap:clap

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BUBB 12-19-2011 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by klaviator (Post 17546866)
Have you actually ridden a GS on a tight twisty road? It's much easier to ride fast on a tight road on a GS than a Sport bike. Of course, a light weight DS or SM is even easier.

To tell the truth, I have never "paced" a lightweight DS or SM on the Gap.
However, I have run with sport bikes on the GAP. I am a good rider and seem to have a knack for picking lines through multiple curves but I am in no way a great rider.

This is only my opinion: On the GAP and on the GAP only I feel a good rider on a GS has an advantage over a similarly skilled rider of any other bike (with the possible exceptions of a SM). These are the reasons:
  • Braking into the corner - allows you a split second more time before grabbing a handful of the linked brakes - that and the telelever suspension make it easier to get slowed down and pointed towards the apex.
  • Accelerating out of the corner - I have never worried about wheel spin.
  • Suspension - forgiving - allows you to dig-in and squash the suspension down and keeps the wheels connected when the pavement sinks. Plus the telelever suspension keeps the balance of the bike predictable.
  • Pushability - the wide handle bars allow you to quickly flip that big bike from one side to the other without a lot of effort.
  • Engine - not a lot of gear shifting needed due to the torque range. - This is where I think the GS would have some advantage over a smaller displaced DS - SM.

When I was a new rider a pretty big sport bike passed me on the GAP. I went after him and was amazed at how easy it was to keep up with him. He noticed me behind him and started riding recklessly to shake me. I let him go.

Next time I was up I chased a big well-ridden bike. It was easy enough to keep up with him - but I was riding at about 95% of my skill level. I doubt he was putting that much effort into it.

A year or so later I was riding 2 - up and went after a couple of well-ridden big Honda's. I was probably riding about 99% of my skill level when my passenger decided to help me pilot the bike by shifting his weight a little more. I blew a corner, stood the bike up and braked. Still it was possible to hang with them.

I have sworn off taunting/pacing sport bikes on the GAP. The last time there were 4 sport bikes whose riders were hanging off and touching down with knees and all. It was very very easy to stay with them. Even after they noticed me and when they started crossing the yellow lines to shake me, it was easy to pace them while I stayed in my own lane.

I had an epiphany - they were going to kill themselves or someone else and I was going to be a part of it. I let them go and retired from contributing to the recklessness that the GAP brings out in folks.

Having said all that - if it were tighter maybe the GS wouldn't be the ideal bike for the GAP. If it were more open, certainly not. No way a cruiser (maybe that Yellow Gold Wing guy that used to run up there who I understand has since had a serious accident) can hang with the same-skilled GS rider up there.

If you are very good or excellent on a SM or sport bike, all bets are off.

Again - I've given it up. I have always been against crossing the yellow line just to straighten out a curve for more speed. I've been lucky that I haven't chased someone into the rocks or trees.

frontiercat 12-19-2011 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Beto (Post 17547848)

I love ladies in leather...:evil
There is enough room for me on the seat of the first bike if she'd let me hold on correctly...:lol3

Beto 12-19-2011 09:33 AM

Not hanging off... fail!

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Beto 12-19-2011 09:35 AM

Hanging off... fail!

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Beto 12-19-2011 09:36 AM

Good form... fail :lol3

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Beto 12-19-2011 09:38 AM

Gun show... awesome! :clap

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IheartmyNx 12-19-2011 09:42 AM

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Posting pics,,, _____!

slartidbartfast 12-19-2011 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Beto (Post 17548219)
Gun show... awesome! :clap

Yeah but what about the flip-flops?

scooteraug02 12-19-2011 10:01 AM

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kpt4321 12-19-2011 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by klaviator (Post 17546866)
Have you actually ridden a GS on a tight twisty road? It's much easier to ride fast on a tight road on a GS than a Sport bike. Of course, a light weight DS or SM is even easier.

He said "faster than any bike." Anybody who thinks that a GS is faster than any other bike in ANY type of terrain is insane. A GS is NEVER the fastest type of bike under ANY conditions. That's not the point of a GS.

You, or he, is welcome to come to a track day on a kart track (tight corners) on your GS and show all the guys there that you have the fastest bike.

JimVonBaden 12-19-2011 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by IheartmyNx (Post 17548779)
:thumb thought so...

Isn't there an SUV you can rearend somewhere?:deal

Jim :brow

PS Keep playing the fool, or being yourself, same thing!

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cliffy109 12-19-2011 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by kpt4321 (Post 17548404)
He said "faster than any bike." Anybody who thinks that a GS is faster than any other bike in ANY type of terrain is insane. A GS is NEVER the fastest type of bike under ANY conditions. That's not the point of a GS.

You, or he, is welcome to come to a track day on a kart track (tight corners) on your GS and show all the guys there that you have the fastest bike.

OK... I certainly wasn't the fastest that day but they did have to move me up to the A group because the B and C groups were nothing but road blocks. Guys on the sport bikes would blow by me in the straight but wouldn't push their bikes in the corners. Eventually, the instructors moved me up where I at least gave a good accounting of myself, even if well outclasses and outridden.

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