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« on: November 15, 2020, 11:49:39 am »

 Lol

I raced a Harley today.

I was riding through the twisting sections of a back country road with no straight sections to speak of and where most of the bends have warning signs that say "40 ARAF". I knew if I was going to pass him, it would have to be a place where handling and rider skill are more important than horsepower alone.

I saw the guy up ahead as I exited one of the turns and knew I could catch him. I concentrated on my braking and cornering. A few corners later, I was on his rear wheel. Catching him was one thing; passing him would prove to be another.

Two corners later, I pulled up next to him as we sailed down a hill. I think he was shocked to see me next to him. I almost got by him before he could recover. Next corner, same thing. I'd manage to pull up next to him as we started to enter the corners but when we came out he'd get on the throttle and outpower me.

My only hope was to outbrake him. I held off squeezing the lever until the last instant. I kept my nerve while he lost his. In an instant I was by him. Corner after corner, I could hear the roar of his engine as he struggled to keep up.

Three more miles to go before the road straightens out and he would pass me for good.

But now I was in the lead and he would no longer hold me back. I stretched out my lead and by the time we reached the end of the twisties, he was more than a full corner behind. I could no longer see him in my rear-view mirror.

Once the road did straighten out, it seemed like it took miles before he passed me, but it was probably just a few hundred yards. I was no match for that kind of horsepower, but it was done. In the tightest section of road, where bravery and skill count for more than horsepower and deep pockets, I had passed him. I will always remember that moment.....

Cos I don't think I've ever pedaled so hard in my life........
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 08:49:14 am »

Since we are so slow here a story related to a rabbit and hare race would not be off topic.

Several years ago when I lived in Southern California my favorite motorcycle road was the back way from the McDonalds at I-15 up to Crestline on top of the hill on the way to Big Bear. That is the kind of road I really like. Twenty to thirty MPH curves!! Never get to fourth gear!! Well, I'm cruising along on my 1250 Bandit and pass two "squids" on 600s. They were waiting to pull out from the stop sign down the hill before the fun part. I kept watching my mirror and they weren't coming. Oh, oh, here they come.      LOUD pipes, no mirrors, stripped down and engines going 10 bazillion RPMs.    We get to a family in a car and they blast pass over the double yellow line.  We have about four more miles until the fun part.  I pass the car when appropriate and gas it up to the fun part of the ride. I pay attention and am going about as fast as I can/want to. After about 80% of the fun part I see them up ahead. They don't even know I'm coming. They're doing their Marq Marquez as best they can. Knees out, engines whizzing away. I'm on their can and know the corners like the back of my hand. We come out of a slower left hand corner and the 1250 is right in the torque band. I skid the tire a bit as I pass them at full throttle. I out brake them for the next right hand corner and away I go. Several miles later I am waiting at the stop sign in Crestline for a break in traffic and they wait many feet behind me looking all around but not at me.   BINGO!              Bigsmile
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2020, 01:06:19 pm »

Once Lisa and I were riding two-up. We were heading for a short but fun section of local curves, about three miles in length. Before the first curve is a long, wide, straight four lane. We were riding along the straight part and suddenly a Harley blasted by us in the left lane with ungodly loud pipes. I hadn't seen him coming and it nearly gave me a heart attack. I thought we were getting run over by a semi. When we got to the curves, he was about a quarter mile ahead. We caught him in less than a mile.

We were two-up her on 250 Ninja.  Lol
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 06:23:52 pm »


Once Lisa and I were riding two-up. We were heading for a short but fun section of local curves, about three miles in length. Before the first curve is a long, wide, straight four lane. We were riding along the straight part and suddenly a Harley blasted by us in the left lane with ungodly loud pipes. I hadn't seen him coming and it nearly gave me a heart attack. I thought we were getting run over by a semi. When we got to the curves, he was about a quarter mile ahead. We caught him in less than a mile.

We were two-up her on 250 Ninja.  Lol


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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2020, 08:45:07 am »

One more rabbit and hare story:

Back when I was a skinny, little wild man I had a Kawasaki H2 750 two stroke. Had 95 hp Denco porting, Denco expansion chambers, 34 mm carbs and the bike was lightened and set-up correctly. Did 124 mph in the quarter!! In the 1970s!! I used to street race at night. We would go all over Southern California looking for money to be had. One night we were on the coast, Hermosa Beach?, I can't remember. I was relaxing and my buddies were going around trying to line up a race for me. There was a very good rider cruising up and down doing great wheelies on his 750(?) Triumph. My buddies bring him over and he asks me if I wanted to race? He can't be serious.  Nuts  I say sure. We all bet somewhere around $100. Back then that was MONEY! So we go to the straight, marked, race road. Get the people set-up to watch/judge. I didn't have to full throttle my bike and still embarrassed him. BAD!

Found out he was a marine stationed nearby and didn't know much about types of motorcycles. That was for sure. Good rider though.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 06:42:15 am »

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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 09:27:46 am »

             


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