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Question: What is your average pace while riding alone?
Under the speed limit/bird watching - 1 (0.4%)
Speed limit to 10 mph over - 88 (36.5%)
10-20 mph over - 123 (51%)
20-30 mph over - 23 (9.5%)
Death wish - 6 (2.5%)
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« on: June 23, 2008, 09:11:04 pm »

The riding alone versus in groups thread got me wondering how fast you guys really ride. Discounting gas/food stops, traffic problems, delays, etc. When you're out there on the highway or in the twisties, what is generally your pace?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 09:14:41 pm »

 On most of the roads I ride it's 10-20 over if you want to keep up with the normal flow of traffic.

 It all depends on the road/traffic conditions though.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008, 09:31:41 pm »

10-20 for me,

but i must admit, when it gets twisty, or flat open and deserted, i have no qualms visiting "please impound my bike" speeds.

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008, 09:56:22 pm »

Hard to vote on this one because I rarely twist it hard on the highway (except for a ride on Larry's bike), and my pace varies a lot.

In the twisties there are times I'm out for a scenery ride, and I'll barely break the limit. Other times I could be accused of the death wish pace.

However, I rarely go stupid fast on straights because that's when you end up in jail.

Can you add "all of the above" to the poll? I'd vote for that one...
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008, 10:33:14 pm »


Hard to vote on this one because I rarely twist it hard on the highway (except for a ride on Larry's bike), and my pace varies a lot.

In the twisties there are times I'm out for a scenery ride, and I'll barely break the limit. Other times I could be accused of the death wish pace.

However, I rarely go stupid fast on straights because that's when you end up in jail.

Can you add "all of the above" to the poll? I'd vote for that one...


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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2008, 11:04:30 pm »

WHen I'm out and about in the local mountains of San Diego County my speeds are typically somewhat elevated.  I chose the option above 20-30, but "death wish" isn't really an accurate description...
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2008, 11:17:47 pm »


Hard to vote on this one because I rarely twist it hard on the highway (except for a ride on Larry's bike), and my pace varies a lot.

In the twisties there are times I'm out for a scenery ride, and I'll barely break the limit. Other times I could be accused of the death wish pace.

However, I rarely go stupid fast on straights because that's when you end up in jail.

Can you add "all of the above" to the poll? I'd vote for that one...


+2.

Death wish isn't really accurate either. I never feel out of control (except when I am trying to keep up with either Steve or Miles... Crazy )

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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2008, 11:31:04 pm »

Most of the time I'm at the speed limit to 10 over for the straight parts... a bit quicker for the corners. Bigok
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2008, 11:41:56 pm »


 I chose the option above 20-30, but "death wish" isn't really an accurate description...


i didn't mean that literally. i was just funnin with the fast guys. i realize that most of you who can ride that pace, do it with skill, not stupidity.
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2008, 12:47:14 am »

Up to 20 over on my commute which is where I do most of my riding. If I'm out in the twisties for fun it depends on road condition, traffic and how well I know the road but I can easily creep in to the Speed Limit +30 (or more) range.

I do not hammer it on the highway. It's too easy to draw the wrong kind of attention and going that fast in a straight line isn't all that much fun.
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2008, 05:57:16 am »

Assuming we're talking actual speed, not indicated, I'm a 10-20 over rider. Lots of it depends on which state I'm in. In PA, many country roads have 45 MPH speed limits that would be 55 in WV or OH. So in PA I'll be a lot closer to 20-25 over and more like 10-15 over in WV or OH.

I'm a 5-10 over rider on major highways and near civilization though. No desire to get a ticket, especially on a crappy road.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2008, 07:07:48 am »

I try to keep it 10-over or less near towns, but I'm often in the 20-30 range on backroads or even highways.  Rule of thumb is to keep it under double the posted limit if I'm 'giving it the berries'.  
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2008, 09:38:49 am »

Most speed limits were designed for 1950's cars with 1950's suspensions and tires as safe speeds even in the rain.  Unless the housing density requires caution for pedestrians, the posted speeds are utterly irrelevant for safety purposes.

They persist because they are such an effective mechanism for tax collection. With the state budget deficits, expect speed enforcement to become more draconian.

Here in RI, the legislature just enacted a red-light camera law specifically as a revenue plan and included projected collections in the state budget.
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2008, 10:13:26 am »

Didn't see the "5-50 over, depending on LEO presence" option. Lol

I'll do the speed limit in town, but normal traffic flow is 5-15 over everywhere else, and I've been known to open it up to get from A-B on the (empty) slab so I can get to more interesting roads.  Normal sporting pace is 15-25 over.
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2008, 11:47:44 am »


When you're out there on the highway or in the twisties, what is generally your pace?

When on the straight roads where it is easier to get busted by radar, I'm keeping it less than 10 over, typically. In the mountains twisties, though, I'm looking at 20-30 mph over......with short bursts on occasion of 100+ over depending on where we are, weather, roads, etc....Since the bulk of my riding is in the mountains, I voted 20-30 over.
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2008, 06:47:21 pm »

Actually, 5-15 over.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2008, 01:43:08 am »


Didn't see the "5-50 over, depending on LEO presence" option. Lol
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I usually like to keep the speed limit within sight most of the time.  It keeps the insurance rates low on the fleet.  I figure that the longer you are above the limit, the higher probability of getting tagged.
I may choose to ignore that on the desolate or twisty sections if the conditions are right.   Wink  I also consider the speed limit to be somewhat optional when passing as I feel it's safer to get the heck out of the other lane sooner rather than later.

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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2008, 01:00:59 pm »

I voted 10-20 over but that doesn't include the slab.  When I live in PA the only place you'll ever see a cop is on the interstate, so maybe 5-10 over max.

Once off the interstate I like a pace where I never have to touch my brakes
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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2008, 01:05:58 pm »

I keep it under 20 over most of the time. I also try and look slow. By that I mean smooth, relaxed and not all fidgitty and tense. Body language of riders says a lot.
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« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2008, 01:16:51 pm »

Speed limit to 10 over (sometimes more but we're talking "average" here).

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« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2008, 03:36:13 pm »

About 30mph less than Heinee and GTS rider (and 'dats in the corners Smile)
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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2008, 04:07:53 pm »

I'm pretty much a 70-90mph rider. If the limit is 75 it's not to bad, but may favorite road is 35 Rolleyes So, if I ever get caught it's gonna be bad EEK!
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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2008, 09:03:14 pm »

10-20 over on the roads I know.

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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2008, 04:14:37 pm »



Mr.RC45 blows speed limits like bubbles... I'm doing good just staying under the ton...
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Mr.RC45 blows speed limits like bubbles... I'm doing good just staying under the ton...

 Lol Got that feeling today on the way home.  Some cager drifting into my lane, and I eased into the throttle.  Look down and I'm over...whoops.  And the 650R isn't exactly an all star.  Just minding my own business staying slightly ahead of traffic.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2008, 09:08:07 am »

I voted 20-30 over, but on the slab I keep it to 20 over.  But this is Mendocino county, we don't have any slab.  Hwy 128, Comptche Rd, Hwy 1 to Legget, etc.  Yep, 20-30 over. Or more...
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« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2008, 09:09:49 am »


But this is Mendocino county, we don't have any slab.  Hwy 128, Comptche Rd, Hwy 1 to Legget, etc.  Yep, 20-30 over. Or more...


Hey, stop bragging about the beautiful place you live.

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« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2008, 11:07:03 am »

I said 10 over. It used to be 10-20, but I've slowed down a little this year, with the new hip and all. Who knows maybe with a little more saddle time, the confidence & the speed will pick up a little...
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« Reply #28 on: July 01, 2008, 04:33:28 pm »

20-30 over, as an average, for the twisties. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Like the others here, I don't speed much on the highways, as that's where the troopers like to hang out.

If I'm on the Blue Ridge Parkway, though, special rules apply. 10-15 over, max. That place is special and deserves a certain amount of respect and deference. God forbid anything takes that road away from us or limits our access to it.
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« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2008, 04:52:35 pm »

I'm usually good for about 5-10 over on the highway, just staying with traffic for the most part.  On the twisty bits, well that goes out the window depending on my mood.  I'm usually good to enter around 15-20 over the signs.  



 I also consider the speed limit to be somewhat optional when passing as I feel it's safer to get the heck out of the other lane sooner rather than later.




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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2008, 06:56:01 am »

all of the above
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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2008, 02:34:30 pm »

Maybe I'm just old, but anything above 15 over and the enjoyment leaks out, because I'm too paranoid thinking about the phantom cop around the bend, and I end up riding tense, which is no place to be. This is on country roads. In city/interstate traffic, I follow the golden rule: Go faster than the slowest, but slower than the fastest. Smile  
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« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2008, 10:30:37 am »


Maybe I'm just old, but anything above 15 over and the enjoyment leaks out, because I'm too paranoid thinking about the phantom cop around the bend, and I end up riding tense, which is no place to be. This is on country roads. In city/interstate traffic, I follow the golden rule: Go faster than the slowest, but slower than the fastest. Smile  


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« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2008, 06:02:01 pm »

on the slab, pretty much the 5 over dealio. but in the Hills, back roads,  i'm pretty much a 60-90 kinda guy. and usually at the back of the pack. for numerous reasons...(1) i like to make sure everyone made it thru, (2) if the fast guys wanna go fast, i'm not slowing em down, (3) i can go my pace and enjoy the ride without worrying about the people behind me. i'm kind of a safety conscious person around other people. i don't push it on em, but i like to help em if possible. if they want it.
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« Reply #34 on: July 11, 2008, 12:17:04 pm »


I voted 20-30 over, but on the slab I keep it to 20 over.  But this is Mendocino county, we don't have any slab.  Hwy 128, Comptche Rd, Hwy 1 to Legget, etc.  Yep, 20-30 over. Or more...


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« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2008, 12:41:06 pm »

I love to pick a pace about 10mph over the posted and just stick to that speed regardless. It really gets me in the 'zone' and it rarely ends with anyone (including mr. popo) pissed at me.
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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2008, 05:00:59 pm »


The riding alone versus in groups thread got me wondering how fast you guys really ride. Discounting gas/food stops, traffic problems, delays, etc. When you're out there on the highway or in the twisties, what is generally your pace?



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