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80 the sweet spot

I’ve been out of town several days. Fired the valky up and hit the interstate. Smooth as ever and I realized I’ll never be able to ride it @ 70 mph.

80 seems to be where we are both happiest. Even at 80, I still get passed and that’s ok.

I talked to a fella that has a vmax today. I like them but I’d get killed. They look like they need to be ridden really fast. Don’t need that temptation.
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a buddy, a fellow rider more than once asked the same question about each new bike I would get most every year; " what speed does the bike like best?".. at first I would respond that it likes 70 or whatever speed it was that I was riding at the time.. after awhile, the question not only became tiring but also annoying because its not the bike that has any speed that it is most comfortable, but rather it is what speed am I the most comfortable with on that sled..
some bikes I like to go faster on, some not so much. they all will do more than I care for. its just that I am more attentive to my comfort zone than the dam bike. it serves me, not me it. This here new Porsche on 2 wheels is probably capable of speeds that I don't ever care to see in my life on two wheels.. again! I am in my element between 40-60. and I do love the benders. most special in the mountains. plenty to keep my attention, but not so busy as to miss all the ambiance. is why I ride. therapy. poncho
high speed straight lining (aka IBC) you might just as well be in a car.

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...high speed straight lining (aka IBC) you might just as well be in a car.
Was talking to Ox about this on the weekend. Despite what the man in the street might think, I said in a way it's easier to ride a motorcycle long distances than drive a car. There's no way I could drive a car across Australia in two days for example. The boredom would kill me. But a bike? Yes, I can imagine that. Because you're always working on a bike. Physically and mentally. Even straight-lining, you're working.

Or should be.

(Dam, I thought I was gonna give the forum a rest? )
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I said in a way it's easier to ride a motorcycle long distances than drive a car. But a bike? Yes, I can imagine that. Because you're always working on a bike. Physically and mentally. Even straight-lining, you're working.
Gp, I mite think your intentions are meant well. we all need to have a dream. my question to you is "have you ever done it?". ride a bike non stop for even 1 whole day? NON STOP. HOURS on end sitting in one position. All your joints will be Screaming at you for a break. just Gas and Pee and then climb right back on it and ride for more hours on end. Pushing yourself and your bike Way Beyond common sense to get off it and quit for the day? let alone 2 days, back to back?


I have multiple times. No. I never did that IBC thing. personally I think its stupid. I have ridden 875 mile days more than dozen times in my life. They are GRUESOME! there is nothing EZ about it and the most they take out of your body besides pain is FATIGUE. it wears you down mentally. IF you find yourself either in traffic or dodging Roos and Trains, you will be working behind the curve of decision making. It is plainass dangerous. One small misjudgement and its all over. back to back days is just 2xStupid. There is NO fun in riding straight and fast. to say you did it or get a badge or have bragging rights. 3xstupid.


many times in my life I have driven trucks across country by myself. back to back days of steady rolling. the upside is you can pull over almost anywhere (safe) and catch a few hours sleep. you have locked doors and a hand heater or boom stick. stateside we call them guns. Driving behind a windshield with a/c, with plenty of liquids and snacks, music and phone. Anybody can drive coast to coast in 2 days. even your grandma.

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... to say you did it or get a badge or have bragging rights. 3xstupid
What about the guy who walks across Antarctica? Or swims the English Channel? Or climbs Everest? Or...
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What about the guy who walks across Antarctica? Or swims the English Channel? Or climbs Everest? Or...
well you did enumerate them, so yes that is 3xstupid. at the moment there is a traffic jam of Darwin is handing out trophies on mt Everest. doing something extreme, just to do it, whether your the first or just because so many others have done it, doesn't make it any less.. stupid. how about all those kids that are now free climbing w/o ropes rock walls? sure it is adrenaline rush. so is that big splat at the bottom. but hey, if that is what pushes your buttons, go for it. just don't make the rest of us have to pay to clean up your mess.
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What about the guy who walks across Antarctica? Or swims the English Channel? Or climbs Everest? Or...
Poncho would just ride his bike in those three situations.
In any case those accomplishments are noteworthy only when done for the first time ever. Beyond that it is just a sense of personal accomplishment and some bragging rights. Poncho wrong for imposing his personal opinion on other's behavior especially when it's nunyabizness.
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Poncho would just ride his bike in those three situations.In any case those accomplishments are noteworthy only when done for the first time ever. Beyond that it is just a sense of personal accomplishment and some bragging rights. Poncho wrong for imposing his personal opinion on other's behavior especially when it's nunyabizness.
finally! I stepped on some ones toes. knew there had to be some body else here. this place cant be all empty. or is it? I have ridden plenty of winters in Michigan in foots of snow and on ice. some even put sheet metal screws in knobby tires for traction. it too was stupid. fun. but stupid. I have experienced frost bite on bikes more times than I care. and have ridden in torrents or rain might as well have ridden across the channel. mt Evans Co. 14926 is the highest I've been on two wheels. its crazy I have vertigo issues. pilot license Cessna 172 and skydived once. it was enough. so I am very familiar with doing stupid stuff. yeah I have pushed bikes well into triple digits. stupid. not everybody lives to tell their stories. that's not bragging so much as confession. I don't need to keep doing it. there are plenty of other stupid things I can be doing to expand my experiences and have more better stories to tell my grandkids. but hey, you have got to survive these episodes if you are going to tell the tale. and my opinion is just as valid as any other, it is my bid'nes. poncho
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Back to why 80...

I'm thinking that no other machine I've owned has been as smooth and eazy at that speed. Pretty sure this thing would be very fast if it didn't have a limiter.

Fast is not my goal though, riding a lot is!
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Back to why 80...I'm thinking that no other machine I've owned has been as smooth and eazy at that speed. Fast is not my goal though, riding a lot is!
dp, 80 is your happy zone. it works for you. it is not the bike, it is you.. this bike is happy everywhere. and yes it is smooth like a 'lectric.
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