The Thing About a Liter Bike ...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Jim Moore, May 7, 2014.

  1. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    The thing about a liter bike is this. It's like a transporter from Star Trek. It enables you to bend and manipulate the commonly understood properties of time and space, traffic-wise.

    Example, you're merging onto the interstate. In your car, you think to yourself, "If I speed up I can get to that gap ahead of the car next to me." With a normal bike, you start to think three, maybe four cars ahead. With a liter you are suddenly thinking to yourself, "Hey, I can make that gap fifteen cars ahead!" And off you go. Opportunities appear that you would never even consider on a typical bike, much less a car. Like someone said about lane-splitting, "It's like time travel, only it's real."
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  2. catweasel67

    catweasel67 RD04

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    Power enables. And more power enables even quicker.

    Just what it enables is entirely up to you.
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  3. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I rode a turbo Hayabusa for a while... it made things on the horizon become things in your mirrors at a pace that was quicker than your mind could process... I stopped looking for gaps in traffic and started noticing park benches where I could sit and calm my nerves:lol3
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  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    Time travel might be possible with a liter bike, but somehow I still can't outrun the Motorola.... :deal
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  5. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Yes you can, the question is should you?
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  6. Rgconner

    Rgconner Long timer

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    That is the thing about liter bikes....

    500cc are taken from your brain pan.
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  7. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I know what you mean. Last Friday night, around midnight, I met a couple of friends to eat and talk BS. By the time we left it was just after 2am and decided to take the interstate home, it's about an 8 mile stretch and it's three lanes wide with just a couple of big rigs as traffic. I look down and I'm doing 120mph and decide I should slow down......screw it, I maintain my velocity to my exit and I feel refreshed. It's not every day I get to rocket down the interstate with no traffic.
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  8. devo2002

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    Way to aim high :lol3
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  9. Albie

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    Yer doing it wrong, trust me. :evil
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    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nah, the question is, "what am I gonna have for dinner tonight." :lol3
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    "I'm at the apex already ?! That was quick..."

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  12. Jim Moore

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    Of course you should, silly. I mean, really.
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  13. joexr

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    Sometimes you have to choose your battles. Time and place. :deal
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    Not with that attitude.
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  15. cccolin

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    I feel you. the first day I rode my liter bike, I learned what it actually feels like to go through one of those warp speed tunnel visualizations in scifi movies. and goddammit, it sure is hard to watch the traffic periphery when everything in your vision goes timebent :eek1
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  16. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    There are days I miss having a fast bike.
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  17. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    And having that fast bike may make you miss some days.
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  18. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    its a like having a superpower..... this is why these dammed things are so addicting; you get a different kind of superpower with each one. Because my "superpowers" on my 525 are way different than my "superpowers" on the Speed Triple
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  19. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Is a big ass grin a super power? Because other than that ,all of the powers bestowed upon me by my Sportsters have been Robin-esque :lol3
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  20. erkmania

    erkmania Last of the red hot left pipers

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    My first truly time-warp experience was on an acquaintance's '84 FJ 1100. I had ridden quite a lot by then (my story to me and the key holder of the FJ) and had convinced him that I was competent enough to tame HIS beast.

    Both of us were just barely right about the sufficiency of my skills.

    Bike between legs, I rode along a very familiar route near Crown Point in San Diego. I'd taken many cars down that route, including a BMW 635i which, at the time, was considered quite fast. Heck, I considered myself fast and able to tame the wildest speed machine.

    The bike proved my skills otherwise. I remember accelerating like hell from the first mandated stop, thinking I was in control, and found myself begging for grace when I approached the next governed sign. This scenario played out a couple more times until I returned to the shop and gave the keys back to the owner.

    "Nice bike!!!" :knary

    I came back in one piece, but I have not, yet, forgotten my first time-warp!
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