The obsession with low revs on the highway

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by iamcanjim, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    When I lived in TX I loaded up my bike in the truck and drove to AR every other w/e. What's the big deal? Besides, if I rode up to AR, I'd already be on cord before I got halfway back. It's as much a matter of safety as it was comfort.
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I truly love riding and because of that I don't compromise. :dunno
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    Not a major city but serious urban sprawl. I was a bit shocked when I moved here. I figured it would be more like the NW AR area, but it feels like there's 10 times the population. :eek1 Oh, and the interstates by me don't take you anywhere there's good riding. :lol3
  4. Kommando

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    If you can't get over 2K miles out of tires, you're doing it wrong. It seems stupid to use tires that blow through rubber like that. The fuel costs must have been ridiculous too.

    Did you drive backroads all the way up there? Droning away in a truck on slab is boring. Why didn't you drive up in a sporty car on twisty backroads, pulling a trailer, and get better mileage? Droning slab in a truck is no adventure. It seems stupid too, and it's not exactly how I would do it, so you must be doing it wrong.

    :lol3
  5. Kommando

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    So...They don't connect to any other interstates that go somewhere with good riding. 'Got it.

    :huh

    Living someplace like that seems stupid. You must be doing it wrong.
  6. Albie

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    LOL, riding like a little girl ain't fun and it's a compromise. It may be OK for you, but not my cup of tea. I get 1200 - 1300 miles out of a sport compound tire and usually less then 1K out of a real knobbie.

    There are no sporty backroads between AR and TX. :rofl Cars are useless, trucks serve a purpose. Gas is a consumable item, I don't care about milage.
  7. Kommando

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    Excuses, excuses.

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  8. randyo

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    as I said, i works for you

    your not "most" people

    ever heard the term "you'll never use all that power" maybe you do, most people don't
  9. rivercreep

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    HAH! Try it on a 16hp 250 and get back to me.
    Using the vehicles around you as blocks to keep from getting run over from behind and drafting larger vehicles close enough to do 85 is an adventure, all its own.
    "Droning" (even if that's the word I used ) isn't quite the word one would use to describe having to be 100% on your game and on edge to stay alive when going from point A to B.

    ...it's downright exhilarating and sphincter clenching which, can either be completely exhausting or entertaining, depending on how you decide to relate to the environment.
    I guess perspective, is what makes every riders ride, their own.
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    That's YOUR most.:norton
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    Hi Randyo,
    Couldn't help but notice you own both a V-strom and an SV650. Question: Have all the V-Strom and SV650 owners who feel the front suspension on both these bikes is not up to standard and modify them with say heavier weight springs and cartridge emulators:

    a) "decreased the usability for most riders and most uses" of the now modified bike, or

    b) corrected a major and potentially deadly shortcoming in the front suspension caused by the factory using an antiquated front suspension design for cost saving reasons.

    Greatly appreciate your thoughts.

    Regards,
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    :topes

    Not all Super Slabs are created equal and some are the quickest and safest way to get to the fun roads when you are limited on time. :ricky

    If you own a motorcycle and take the truck (unless you are picking up something VERY large) you're doing it WRONG.:deal
  13. Andrew

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    Hardly... the amount of such wailing pales in comparison to the release rate of new motos.

    But I took an opposite approach, and put a taller gear on my GS - it revs higher in a given gear, at a given speed, than when stock. The benefit, of course, is it gets going and out of its own way with much less drama and effort. And revving high? My GS sings a happy tune at 6k, and even sweeter at 7k.
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    Owners of diesel trucks often consider their body lifts and bed stacks to be non negotiable and obvious mods.....
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    ALL super-slab is equally boring. Quickest is not the best way any time. Nope, it's obvious you're it wrong.
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    I can't speak for RandyO, but for myself.

    I have a SV650 with 30,000 miles on it, all stock except for the pipe and seat. I am probably not a good enough rider to feel the need for upgrades to the suspension.
    Maybe I don't know what I am missing, but I live in the foothills and have done 700 mile days in comfort. :dunno

    Could be that I weigh 165 pounds.
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    I drove to NYC from Barre,Vermont via Northway and New York Thruway on a 9.5 hp scooter. Fun all the way down. Rainy on the way back. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29821169@N06/8236750248/
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    135,000+ miles on my SV, stock suspension, for my use, if I wanted a better suspension, I woulda bought a different bike, I note that most SVers "improve"the suspension by hacking a used shock someone threw away cause it was too shitty for their supersport bike, a shitty oem shock is still a shitty shock, to me, improving the suspension meant getting a real shock like a penske/ohlins/WP etc more money than was prudent to spend on a budget bike

    with my V-strom, my goals are different, my project is to specialize the bike for winter and long distance riding, I have made some radical changes starting with going to the darkside, studded tires, WP suspension, expanded fuel tank, even have an external alternator in the works,


    almost all of my mods make the bike less useful for anything but the specific purposes
  19. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Yeah that helps

    I'm about 200 all geared, I bottom the forks constantly at even a moderate pace.
  20. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    No he isn't, run the west end of the PA Turnpike, 85mph traffic, hills sweepers and g outs. Likewise I-8 into San Diego is crazy curvy.

    I haven't got to run back across the 8 yet with a bike, that ids my plan for tomorrow morning.