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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
I've never had mine over 205kph. Of course, it doesn't even make that.....
This time of year I get a lot of the same 'How do you stay warm in this weather' type of stuff.
I usually just point to the Gerbings controller clipped ot my jacket and say 'works just like your car heater'.
funny shit right there
Just yesterday a lady asked what was holding my Speed Triple's wheel on....
That's actually not a bad question. She noticed your bike, noticed the single-sided swingarm, realized it was different, and asked a question about it. I'd say she's alert, observant, and a motorcycle enthusiast.
That could have been comedy gold. "The same thing that holds onto the handlebar, a nut!"
I remember when airhead BMWs first started growing single sided swingarms and being vaguely horrified until I realised that the back of my car had two (mirror image) single sided swing arms, aka trailing arms, and the wheels didn't fall off that. very often. and that was a front wheel anyway. it was quite exciting. and entertaining for the guy mowing his lawn 20 feet away.
at work... "You aren't going to wear that ugly yellow vest, are you?"
"You are SUCH a BMW rider....."
I'll answer, because I know that's the ass end of a Mini (the proper one, not the BMW replica). Just sold mine last month.
2CV indeed! hah! They're hung on springs and wires, not bits of rubber and levers.
Mine was a Moke and actually looked completely different in almost every respect to that car, different body, longer trailing arm, different (spaced) brake drum, but it had the same after market adjustable length link to the rubber cone to alter the ride height. I tore the centre out of the front left wheel (fatigue not fanging!) on a 90deg right turn (no intersection) in suburbia, so we calmly stopped and jacked it up and put the spare on and continued on our way, to the amusement of the guy mowing the nature strip next to us. He never said a word to us.
Two this summer:
1st, in Scranton: I'm sitting next to the bike, in the shade, having a sip of water. Guy walks up to me and says, "Can you fix the air conditioning on my car?" :huh
2nd, in Louisiana someplace (I'm from New York): Guy looks at my plate while I'm gassing up and says, "You ride that thing here?"
Had a great ride today. Long boring highway ride, saw a fast moving bike ~1/2 mile ahead. Went WFO right up to ~150/240 for a short ways, other bike took the exit I needed.
Caught him as we neared the red light at the exit end, was a state trooper. Didn't even look over at me.
I had a similar experience, I was riding my 79 KZ 650 flat out on Route 83 I realized I couldn't see my brother in my mirrors, and wondered where he went. I then realized that I was at my exit so I slid over and down the ramp. Just as I was going down the ramp I saw the state trooper go blowing past the exit! Lucky me that day!!
"Is that a KTM?"
Kawasaki Z1000 by Southwade, on Flickr
I usually find that people that ask that question are the same ones that ride snowmobiles. WTF??:huh
Speaking of snowmobiles, a couple of years ago a friend and I were in a country town 200km north of Melbourne to look at what turned out to be my new (2nd hand) Kawasaki Sherpa, and one of the bike shops in town was having a demo day for the Can-Am Spyders. Well, we both had our helmets and gear, so we signed up and had a ride.
They were very peculiar.
They were as wide as a car and as exposed as a bike. They were the price of a respectable second hand MX5/Miata.
The ride started with several km of dead straight two lane rural highway due east of town (Shepparton for the Aussies) in a blustery southerly wind and we were being blown about quite a bit. And the thing was, our natural instinct to counter steer very slightly into the gusts had exactly the opposite of the desired effect, leading to weaving down the road feeling certain you were going to spear off the road due to a software incompatibility in your head. A bit like a motorcyclist trying to use an outboard motor with a tiller mounted throttle which rotates the opposite direction.
Towards the end of our test ride we were both beginning to come to terms with them, and they were kind of interesting to ride, but we couldn't really see the point as an alternative to either a big bike or a small open sports car. (We have a friend who rides and also drives an MX5; it's a really nice car)
We were discussing our experiences afterwards when it finally dawned on us what market they are aimed at.
They're a fair weather snowmobile.
So if you're filling up your Spyder one day at a petrol station in Melbourne and some twit on a Sherpa comes over and asks you how you like your snowmobile, now you'll know why I asked such a stupid question.
Of course they are: on-pavement snowmobiles. Just consider who makes them and where most of the users are.
In snowmobile country (Quebec), the roads are full of them.
Not my cup of tea, but sure look like fun.
Come to think of it, anything that has a motor and is designed for entertainment has to be fun!
I was waiting at a light when a man in a restaurant's parking lot to my right yelled "this is the first time that I have seen one that small".
No, he wasn't talking about my manhood, I was wearing pants. He was referring to my Kawasaki Versys with a "Hardley Davidson" decal on the tank.
And crash bars mounted. And a skid plate. Indeed, Hardley.