The Thing About a Liter Bike ...

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

  1. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Indeed. I've ridden an R1, and a 954rr and yes, they're amazingly fast.

    But my ktm 950sm? Something about silly torque on tap anywhere in the rev range makes playing in traffic unreal. Corner exits too. It's not really in the same category as the bikes you guys are talking about, only topping out in sixth gear at 135, but it sure gets there quick!
    And yesterday, I'm going about 10 mph faster than the next lane to my left and come up on a pickup with a giant FMF sticker in the back window...as I pass by him he guns it and matches my speed. I look over at him and he has his window down and his ear out in the wind and the biggest grin ever. These unbaffled Leo Vinces make the most beautiful music to a motor head. Inline fours don't give me that feeling.
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  2. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Isn't that what Keith Code is running at his California Superbike School?
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  3. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    yup. wanna let me borrow a few grand?

    :ear
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  4. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 3

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    I've twisted the throttle a time or two on this one......

    [​IMG]
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  5. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    jeebus. thats a pretty good one to have sampled.....

    :tb

    nutshell review please

    :ear
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  6. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 3

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    On the model in the picture you've got to have the wheels turning faster than 80 mph to keep the exhaust from heating up your backside. I had it in Dallas city traffic and it was brutal. Once on the freeway I let the big dog eat and it's unreal...definitely not a motorcycle for the unskilled or timid. The noise that thing makes when you're on the gas is pure sex.

    I was ripping along with it and a small voice inside my head was telling me "you do know you're on a $72,000 motorcycle..." (I've seen them at $49,000 since the picture was taken). The owner of this bike is a very close friend and he's got two of them..one being a later model with the exhaust re-routed to address the seat heating issue.

    I'm trying to talk him into taking both bikes to the Texas Mile and trying to break the sound barrier.
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    ya having one at the track would be something else..... keep that wheel greased!!!

    :thumb


    .....and invite me
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Yeah, I love the sound of an uncorked v-twin. I'm always scrambling to roll down my window to hear some kind of motor.

    Yesterday, I got to watch a guy who was about 5'2" tall kick start a 50s Harley of some sort. It didn't sound good (potato, potato, potato), but the guy had no problem getting it started using 110% of his weight. :lol3 He was a gnarly looking dude, too.
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  9. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    last night i had a dream i was riding a liter bike

    true story, 'bro :jive
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  10. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    One of the Motor Maids founders, Dot Robinson, a small woman, always rode big twins and had no trouble starting them. She and her husband Earl owned the Detroit H-D dealership for many years.
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  11. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    Anyone gotten to ride a really fast Aprillia?

    I did get to ride a Aprilia Tuono 1000 R, it looks the part but at 123hp. it waz disapointing :cry
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  12. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

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    On the topic of Liter bikes and turbo, who here thinks that Turbo-Charging one of these thing would be a good idea? Thing is already making 192hp with that Akropovic Exhaust, and weighs a little bit under 190kg, so it already has a 1:1 power to weight ratio. I think a turbo would be great idea, or a terrible one, or both.:evil
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  13. dwoodward

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    The first year they brought an RSV-4 to Laguna Seca, it was set up in the pits, we were drooling over it, then some random Aprilia dude got on, started it up, and was motoring away; this would be in the market place, on the road that parallels the straight between T2 & T3.

    And there goes my friend, on the phone to her husband who couldn't make it that year- "HONEY- LISTEN! and is trying to run behind the bike while holding the phone next to the exhaust..." :lol3

    Hm. I think that was the year I got kicked out of someone's booth for feeling up the mannequins. Stupid vendors take themselves way too seriously sometimes. I mean, experience has taught me to expect to get asked to leave Macy's for that, but a vendor booth at a racetrack? Sheesh.
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    I know a guy who has an RSV4R. he said it's absolutely unmanageable in the city unless you have every rider aid set to maximum, and on the highway, he can hit 100 in 1st. he's selling it because it scares the shit out of him, actually. he's not a new rider, by any means, either.
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  15. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    oh, and i really, REALLY want one. :dllama
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  16. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah... Sorry I pissed in your Cherrios... :dunno

    After reading your comment you are right... i. So I am nuking my comment... :kboom
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  17. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  18. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    At least mine aren't dragging the ground like yours...

    you kind of remind me of Scott Farcas' toady in Christmas Story or the yippy dog jumping around the bull dog in the Bugs Bunny cartoon... jump in and bounce around with a cheesy comment. :lol3:lol3
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  19. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    Fight!!!! :lurk
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  20. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    Why would you design that bike with a rear seat and passenger foot pegs.
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