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Goal: invisible bike

The theory goes that you're completely at one with your bike once it disappears while you're riding it. Getting to that point with the Valkyrie is taking longer than I thought. After 12 months and 30,000km I'd say I'm only halfway there. Others?
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The theory goes that you're completely at one with your bike once it disappears while you're riding it. I'm only halfway there.?
geeps, you are getting a might bit too friendly with that chunk of alum n plastic.. if you spent more time riding it FAR to new destinations, your MENTAL time will be spent on a zillion other things other than that chuck of alum n plastic 'tween your legs. ONLY then will you forget about it and enjoy the ride for what it is... or just sit in your chair and imagine riding to distant places and make vroom vroom noises while you pretend to crack the throttle.. ps. if you do this nekid, do NOT post any pics!
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I’m riding plenty far. You’ve missed my point.
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I've had mine 15 months (12,000 miles) and have noticed feeling that comfort level in the last two months or so.
Its the point where I don't have a thought about the weight or length when taking a right from a stop sign, it just feels natural and is more akin to muscle memory. I've cornered and am off running in third before it occurs to me that I'm still on the bike - everything is just fluid and second nature.
Hmpf, sounding a bit Zen, didn't mean to! I just understand what you are saying about it disappearing under you.
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I’m riding plenty far. You’ve missed my point.
I read you ride it plenty much.. it being bone stock, you aint going far in that set up.. from your post, you seem to be fixated on this machine, soley, so much so, that you are missing the RIDE aka FLYING w/o leaving the ground..
If all you do is think about the bike beneath you, you are missing ALL the good points of its deliverables.. The Scenery alone certainly should be all up in your face and consuming your thoughts. Changing temps (not the CC crap), Humidity, Smells - good and bad, Speed and Road condition feedback all are part of Sensory Overload is what most all/any bike delivers. Who has got time to be consumed with just the machine that is providing this venue?
that is why I tell you to pack up your mule and head out into the boonies and experience travel life on two wheels. this may be a fine race horse, but it is not the only pack horse than can get the job done and haul your arse around that little island of yours.. tell shrubbo, poncho is gonna hafta come down there and show you how to get it done.

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I read you ride it plenty much.. it being bone stock, you aint going far in that set up.. from your post, you seem to be fixated on this machine, soley, so much so, that you are missing the RIDE aka FLYING w/o leaving the ground..
If all you do is think about the bike beneath you, you are missing ALL the good points of its deliverables.. The Scenery alone certainly should be all up in your face and consuming your thoughts. Changing temps (not the CC crap), Humidity, Smells - good and bad, Speed and Road condition feedback all are part of Sensory Overload is what most all/any bike delivers. Who has got time to be consumed with just the machine that is providing this venue?
that is why I tell you to pack up your mule and head out into the boonies and experience travel life on two wheels. this may be a fine race horse, but it is not the only pack horse than can get the job done and haul your arse around that little island of yours.. tell shrubbo, poncho is gonna hafta come down there and show you how to get it done.
Still not getting it, eh? Read what bparish says. He gets it.

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Still not getting it, eh? Read what bparish says. He gets it.
I get it plenty.. you wrote "Goal - Invisible Bike".. I am telling you point blank is that you spend too much time and energy thinking about this particular Bike and not the Ride. if you did, it would be in your words that you write. the Ride is the Experience Adventure, the bike is just the means that provides it. It is the same as being Fixated on the Airplane and not on the Flying.. when you get past your amore for your Flyer, only then will you experience the Flying and the bike will disappear.. your stated Goal for it to be Invisible. I am telling you how. but if you don't want to hear it? horse / water. you know the story. poncho
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Having the bike "disappear" is nothing to do with riding long haul. ANY bike disappears after an hour out on the highway. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about around town in everyday use. There comes a point where all the starting, stopping, turning etc becomes completely comfortable and you're not conscious of the bike. THAT's the state I'm looking for. Nothing to do with long trips. In fact, in my experience, the fastest way to this state is to put more time in to slow-speed maneuvers - ie parking lot practice. Will probably double down on that actually. No shortcuts unfortunately.
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