When did you realize you didn't care how fast you went?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 2whl-hoop, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    Call it getting old, but I really don't give a rip about going fast. I like carving nice arcs like on a board, but I could care less about times....
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  2. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    I haven't had that realization yet. :lol3
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  3. Prettyboy

    Prettyboy BFLB

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    About the time I learned to drive, and realized that the little Jetta I had was more fun to drive than my dad's 740. The 525 we found was more fun than both though. The conclusion? Fun is in the corners.
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  4. Import

    Import Been here awhile

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    Ohhhhhh yeaaaaaa, done with straight line speed.... But the corners!!!!! Can't beat the rhythm of a great set of twisties..... We all know a few favourite spots where the red mist closes in, and you're lost to the gods of 'g' force...... Be safe, but enjoy......
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  5. Rucksta

    Rucksta SS Blowhard

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    About a year ago when I discoverd my bike wouldn't pull cleanly in top above 5500rpm.
    I eventually tracked the problem down to a change I'd made to the carbs about 18months previous.
    I've run it to redline in top since the fix but now I realise I don't really care if my dirt bike can pull 200kph + or not.
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  6. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    I'm not interested in attempting a top speed run (where I ride, that would be suicidal), but where it is safe to do so, I like to see if I can increase how much speed I can carry through the corners. I am nowhere near pushing my bike's limits but I feel like I need to push mine a little each time to improve my own capabilities.

    Of course, the opposite needs to be true also, and I need to practice more how fast I can slow down. :eek1
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  7. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    You just need a different bike. The one you have is a great bike but it is like really good Vanilla Ice Cream. Get something with more flavor and the spark will return. Try a Triumph Triple or perhaps one of the new Yamaha Triples that will be out soon. :1drink
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  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I don`t give a rip about how fast I`m going but apparently the Damn cops do! :lol2
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  9. Krono

    Krono Perfect Liner

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    Now at 54 years old, I tend to favor acceleration and cornering vs speed.
    Love my SMR, but never had so many crashes though (like 2 in 6 months ...)
    Risks are still there :evil

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  10. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    I connected the dots sometime during my first pay period as a traveling maintenance mechanic. One day, while stuck in traffic, it occured to me.....I'm being paid for sitting on my ass and listening to the radio :rofl
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  11. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    Going fast is fun. If it wasn't, I'd sell the bikes and walk around the neighborhood making 'vroom vroom' noises with my mouth.
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  12. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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  13. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    Fast is getting old,corners are the fun part.
    Thinking about a cbr250r for the near by canyon runs.
    Be fun to have something i could wind up,and corner.
    Instead of rideing through in 3rd gear all the way.
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  14. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    Corners and accelerating is where its at. This is only.my 3rd season of riding.
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  15. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    when i bought a 1000 cc bike that had only 60 hp
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  16. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    About 20 years ago, the speeding tickets started to taper off. These days, I sometimes find myself startled to realize I'm actually puttering through towns at less than the posted speed limit (gasp!).

    It's not that I absolutely don't care about going fast, but I'm not obsessed with going fast all the time. Certainly on the track I want to go as fast as possible. I like winning. I may not win often, but I like the heck out of it when I do. But I've also thoroughly enjoyed puttering around on motorcycles enjoying the scenery. I'd rather slog along over a beautiful mountain pass, head swiveling to take in the scenery, than screaming through it focused on the roadway only. Generally speaking.
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  17. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    When I heard the clatter from a loose valve seat. :lol3
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  18. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Sometime after I started regularly tracking.
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  19. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The number means nothing to me, its the FEEL of speed that turns me on.
    I really enjoy a bike that feels really fast at lower speeds, and one I can abuse and get every last bit of performance out of, drafting, tucking in, working the shifter, planning ahead.

    Small bikes rule for fun!
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  20. Lorretto

    Lorretto City Dweller Crushperado

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    Mine comes and goes - license and registration please.
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