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« Reply #360 on: September 11, 2012, 09:05:06 pm »


So I'm starting to garner that for how quiet and reserved Smoker is, he's a dangerous sumbitch to ride with.


My riding style weeds out the posers and squids. Bigsmile

Also, if you think I'm fast, try riding with JamminJere sometime.
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« Reply #361 on: September 11, 2012, 09:36:49 pm »




My riding style weeds out the posers and squids. Bigsmile

Also, if you think I'm fast, try riding with JamminJere sometime.

Amen to that Smile
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« Reply #362 on: September 11, 2012, 09:38:20 pm »




My riding style weeds out the posers and squids. Bigsmile

Also, if you think I'm fast, try riding with JamminJere sometime.


Amen to that Smile


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« Reply #363 on: September 12, 2012, 02:03:41 pm »




My riding style weeds out the posers and squids. Bigsmile

Also, if you think I'm fast, try riding with JamminJere sometime.



It's kind of disturbing for me because I always thought myself a "decent" rider and I'm not exactly wet behind the ears with bikes and saddle time over the years.

I really would like to get my hands on a decent performing bike with a nice confidence-inspiring suspension and powertrain someday.

I've been on group rides with some riders on C-14's, BMW K-1200's of various models, Sprint ST's and I've chased SLK50 and ChrisZREX on their FJR and ZRX1200.

Couldn't keep up with any of them to save my life. I rode within my limits, as always. And as always, sofar the riders I've ridden with here and outside STN have been gracious enough to accept my
limitations as a rider, ride their own ride, and wait up down the road and not get all huffy about it.

I test drove a BMW K1300GT once and I felt like the bike was on rails and I could do no wrong. I got back on the old Connie and it felt very prehistoric in nearly all aspects in fresh comparison to the BMW.

I really feel sometimes my bike limits me as a rider, it's not a bike I feel like I can push to the limits because I'm not quite sure what it's limits are and how it will behave.
Nor am I quite sure exactly what my limits are as a rider. But I'd sure like to get my paws on something notoriously fine handling to indeed see if it's me solely that's limiting myself, or if the bike's charachteristics
are hindering me in a way.

To clarify, my comment about Smoker being "a dangerous sumbitch" was not so much about his reputed fast-paced riding style, as many others here on STN also share from what I gather,
but rather that my attempting to keep up such a pace on my current equipment and at my current riding skill level would be dangerous for me personally.
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« Reply #364 on: September 12, 2012, 02:18:46 pm »

Some very few $$$ into the suspension, and a Lee Parks class and you'd be surprised what you could accomplish on that dinosaur. Trust me. I could help you out, bike and some learnin', prep you for a class.

Seriously.
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« Reply #365 on: September 12, 2012, 02:33:11 pm »



I really feel sometimes my bike limits me as a rider,



DITTO - but I Inlove my Wee anyway.  It suits my abilities and riding style.

STN is a really diverse group.  That's one thing I really like about it.  The nice thing about most of those guys, Smoker included, is that they will adjust their pace on a ride to allow you me to keep up.  JamminJere does that for folks all the time.  

All that being said, Smoker is still "a dangerous sumbitch" Twofinger  You ought to ride with him sometime.
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« Reply #366 on: September 12, 2012, 02:36:15 pm »





Couldn't keep up with any of them to save my life. I rode within my limits, as always. And as always, sofar the riders I've ridden with here and outside STN have been gracious enough to accept my
limitations as a rider, ride their own ride, and wait up down the road and not get all huffy about it.


but rather that my attempting to keep up such a pace on my current equipment and at my current riding skill level would be dangerous for me personally.


Key points here.  You should always be riding within your limits.  Nobody is going to get left behind.  If we are getting off the road we are on we always wait for the guy behind.  Nothing worse on a group ride than somebody wrecking trying to keep up.  That will spoil EVERYONE'S day.

I find myself riding much slower when 2-up.  That's not to say that some will find that pace a little too quick for them.  No biggie.  Like I said ride your own ride.
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« Reply #367 on: September 12, 2012, 02:37:57 pm »


Some very few $$$ into the suspension, and a Lee Parks class and you'd be surprised what you could accomplish on that dinosaur. Trust me. I could help you out, bike and some learnin', prep you for a class.

Seriously.



This is a 10 page thread waiting to happen.  Why don't you (Tim) start it and we'll jump on instead of hogging this one up.
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« Reply #368 on: September 12, 2012, 02:40:54 pm »




This is a 10 page thread waiting to happen.  Why don't you start it and we'll jump on instead of hogging this one up.


No. I don't want to get into pissing contests with people. I'm not professing I can turn people into rock stars and track pros.

I know what works for the bikes, and I know what has worked for me in terms of riding skills. I can help him out, help tune his bike, and assess his riding.

I leave it to the rock stars and penis-size comparors to argue over it all.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #369 on: September 12, 2012, 02:42:17 pm »

He's in PA.

Go take the MSF-ARC class, it's free.  It will give you a good baseline on bike handling and body position.
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« Reply #370 on: September 12, 2012, 02:46:32 pm »


I find myself riding much slower when 2-up.  That's not to say that some will find that pace a little too quick for them.  No biggie.  Like I said ride your own ride.


On topic (ESTN), we kept up with the Smokers on the Snake while two-up!  "Much slower" is so subjective. Bigsmile

I still can't believe we didn't set foot (or tire) on the BRP all weekend!  EEK!
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« Reply #371 on: September 12, 2012, 03:07:43 pm »




This is a 10 page thread waiting to happen.  Why don't you (Tim) start it and we'll jump on instead of hogging this one up.


Agree and done. Makes sense rather than pollute the intention of this one.
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« Reply #372 on: September 12, 2012, 03:33:58 pm »



On topic (ESTN), we kept up with the Smokers on the Snake while two-up!  "Much slower" is so subjective. Bigsmile



That explains the crazy-short tire life. The First-gen FJR is much lighter than the C14, and Shane was 1-up?
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« Reply #373 on: September 12, 2012, 03:41:41 pm »


That explains the crazy-short tire life. The First-gen FJR is much lighter than the C14, and Shane was 1-up?


Nope, he was two-up, too. They came down Thursday night and surprised me...it was awesome!!!  Bigsmile
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« Reply #374 on: September 12, 2012, 04:37:09 pm »

Nice!
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« Reply #375 on: September 12, 2012, 10:18:25 pm »




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Dam that guy is handsome!!  That would make a great calendar shot.   Lol

Thanks for posting that Jack, I didnt even know you took that. I was too busy searching for the nearest gas station instead of enjoying the view.  
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« Reply #376 on: September 15, 2012, 04:22:54 pm »

I finally made it home today. 3500 miles later.


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« Reply #377 on: September 15, 2012, 06:07:16 pm »

Awesome! Now that is a good way to spend your time.
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« Reply #378 on: September 15, 2012, 07:08:45 pm »

3500 Miles R/T Cape Cod Headscratch Must have been a lot of twisties in-between Chili Way to go Beerchug
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« Reply #379 on: September 24, 2012, 06:48:29 am »


 Jack, thanks for showing me my new favorite road 226A.

Hi Gary,
Just ran it yesterday.  Weather was "Awesome" and no traffic at all.  Then ran the Devil's Whip three times.  What's the Devil's Whip, actually NC80 East of the BRP, another "Awesome" road.  Between N.Ga and into Va, there are AT LEAST fifteen roads like 226A, some better and some a bit milder. Wish they would stop naming these roads, it causes a cruiser feeding frenzy  Lol
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