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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.
I sell those sewing machines.
Cool, didn't know that.
This one is making muskets now:
The Husqvarna logo is actually rifle sights, as seen from looking over the barrel.
From their website (second logo omitted):
The Husqvarna logotype
The symbol being the Husqvarna logo refers to our gunsmithing history. To the right you see the oldest form as the hallmark of a passed musket, symbolizing the sight over the barrel. You see also the modern version indicating that Husqvarna is still keeping the future in sight.
I always get asked "How fast will it go?". And this was on my '05 KLR and now on my '12 DR 650. Neither bike looks fast to me. I don't know what people are thinking.
Privates, adorable huh? ;
Forgive me if this was already covered but a couple of times i've gotten "Wow, when did they start making motorcycles, I thought they just made chainsaws and mowers!"
I usually reply with,"shortly after they started making rifles"
You're assuming they are. Stop, and all will become perfectly clear.
I'm starting to believe this question of 'how fast' is a squid test. If we answer some number that the bike really doesn't go, then we're probably not worth talking to.
That's the best I can come up with. But then half the riders I meet down here lie about their deeds, skills or how much they actually ride anyhow.
I think it could be a different form of test, where it is the aforementioned cephalopod or other general vehicular douche administering the quiz. Thus, when answer=[bike's top speed]< [asker's vehicle top speed], then bike's inferiority is proven.
Today at the fire station. We were stood down from a search and rescue for a little boy (found alive), and were back at the station unpacking and shooting the shit.
A group of the young guys were standing around the VFR800 having a look and I got asked how fast does it go?
Me: about 250 (km/h)
them: Well why does the speedo say 280?
me: just laughs
them: how fast have you had it?
them: Holy shit, where was that? How did that feel?
me: it was at a drag strip, felt pretty good.
Them: Was it stable?
me: yeah, stable enough at that speed. Although it was comfortable at that speed, it was most comfortable cruising at about 170.
Them: Why would you cruise at a drag strip??
Me: No, out between Thredbo and Tumbarumba.
Them: WTF? I thought you said you said it was at a drag strip?
I realised that I had slipped up a bit. Being an older member of the brigade, I guess I'm meant to be a more mature, law abiding member. I look at the deputy captain, and he is shaking his head, but with a grin on his face.
So, I replied: Yeah, thats what I meant. At the drag strip. Then I gave them all tasks to do and said I need them done right fucking now
They all had a laugh at my slip up and got on with it.
My new favorite as of yesterday... To get the full affect try to imagine a slightly more white trash version of Kid Rock's character from Joe Dirt in a clapped out Mitsu convertible with his equally WT bitch sitting next to him...
"Give ya five doller if you let me ride it up the street and back"
Similar thing happened to me. Got pulled over for speeding on my zx-14 ninja. I was in full gear, stock exhaust, and had luggage with camping gear. Cop basically saw that I wasn't a dumb kid and was letting me off, then was asking about the bike, it's speed, handling, etc.
I said something like 'I've heard that it's very smooth at 180mph, but that's illegal so I'm not sure'. He knew. Pretty cool guy, he had me dead to rights going 20 over just past the biggest speed limit sign I've ever seen. This thing was probably 3'x5'.
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Been riding for a year now and this past weekend while I was taking a break in a little town with the other guys I was riding with, one of the older men from the pub came out to see our bike and comes to me and looks at my helmet an says " Is that one of those helmets that comes with AC ?".... I was :huh.. mind you that it was a DS helmet with my contour camera on it. and I said " oohh no, is just a camera on a REALLY cool helmet jaja..
"I'll give ya a nickle if you let me ride yer bitch..."
I had a similar experience. I was on the highway with no traffic around. I was running about 130 mph as I was trying to make time. Much to my surprise, two state troopers were parked in a turn around chatting, but neither was running radar. I didn't even see them till I was going by so I went by at the full 130-ish mph. I let off the throttle and slowed to about 75mph. Of course, one of the troopers pulled out behind me and stopped me.
He asked how fast I was going. I replied, "No more than 80, sir" with a big smile. He laughed at me and said be careful and told me to ride safe. Never even asked me for drivers license or anything.
With that being said, I'm actually a police officer myself and I've found that most bikes decide its best to try to run from police so when one does stop it's refreshing and worthy of a warning unless they were really being a dumbass.
Stopped doing 79 in a 65 about two years ago. I might have been doing more than that.
After running everything, I get let off with a warning and the officer said "I didn't think a dirt bike could go that fast."
The correct response is "Well, I had it going 180 down at ButtonWillow (replace with whatever your local track is) and thought it was pretty smooth".....
Nothing illegal about hauling ass if you're not on the road.
Not if he paid ME... Lets just say she was the poster child for not doing meth.
"Is that street legal?" Normally this is asked in town at a gas station , maybe I need a bigger bike .Nah
I'm gearing up after gassing up yesterday afternoon. Bike is off.
Guy pulling up behind me keeps creeping closer and closer while I'm adjusting my helmet strap and gloves and go to get on when he rolls the window down and shouts, "Damn you're gonna get rear-ended if you don't make more noise - I can't even hear your pipes!"
I hold up the key and shouted back, "Um... its OFF"
No reply - just window rolls back up.
"Is that thing even street legal?"
Me: ::Looks towards the rear of his motorcycle @ his license plate and shrugs::