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2013-07-14 09:16:43 PM
In the game of speed you win or you die.
 
2013-07-14 09:31:05 PM
Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?
 
2013-07-14 09:49:26 PM
No money shot. Dammit so much. You know they have it.
 
2013-07-14 09:51:09 PM
Damn though, whatta ride.
 
2013-07-14 10:13:21 PM

staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?


No,
 
2013-07-14 10:42:18 PM
Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed
 
2013-07-14 10:42:25 PM
yay progress bars that don't track any actual progress
 
2013-07-14 10:42:28 PM
Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:21 PM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Probably like your brain is coming out of your arse.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:41 PM
What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:47 PM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Wimp.  I've pinned the speedo on my '99 FXDWG a few times.  Yeah, it gets there...eventually.  But it gets there.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:57 PM
At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.
 
2013-07-14 10:48:26 PM
Speed is just a question of money, how fast can you go?
 
2013-07-14 10:48:27 PM
Bim Bim

Sim Sim

RRim RRim

l-lim l-im

sim...sim
 
2013-07-14 10:48:40 PM
At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.
 
2013-07-14 10:48:45 PM

quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.


In the world of kung-fu, speed defines the winner.
 
2013-07-14 10:49:03 PM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.
 
2013-07-14 10:50:17 PM
I don't want a pickle . . .
 
2013-07-14 10:50:40 PM
FTA:  The Limestone Police Department and Maine State Police were investigation the crash.

*facepalm*
 
2013-07-14 10:50:52 PM

PsychoPhil: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Wimp.  I've pinned the speedo on my '99 FXDWG a few times.  Yeah, it gets there...eventually.  But it gets there.



Yeah, I guess. I just have no desire to do that. I love riding my FLHX and... arriving home to bang my wife. You can keep your pinned speedo.
 
2013-07-14 10:52:29 PM

Superjew: At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.


Don't be so negative. At 285 I doubt there was much of a smear there.
 
2013-07-14 10:54:27 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Superjew: At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.

Don't be so negative. At 285 I doubt there was much of a smear there.


He probably just skipped for a couple miles
 
2013-07-14 10:55:46 PM
I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.
 
2013-07-14 10:55:46 PM
My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph on a 2 lane backroad outside of Amarillo, Texas. I was on a ZX-14r with saddlebags, tailbag, and a tankbag; so I couldn't tuck behind the windscreen. I clicked into 6th, looked down, and looked up to see I had travelled so far that I had to chop the throttle and give up.

156mph, and I barely touched 6th gear. Unreal.

/switched to Harleys to slow down
//anyone who uses their speedo on a bike to say how fast they've gone is full of it
///thinking of going back to faster bikes
 
2013-07-14 10:57:11 PM
No Joe Walsh related headline? For shame...

fc08.deviantart.net
 
2013-07-14 10:57:46 PM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-14 10:58:45 PM
The fastest I ever went was a little bit over 150 and I thought, "oh shiat I'm going to die" and backed it off.  And that was in a car.  I can't imagine going that fast on a motorcycle, and I've been riding longer than I've been driving.
 
2013-07-14 10:59:35 PM

baka-san: staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?

No,


www.swapmeetmodels.co.uk

They seem to be quite the enigma.  I read a few forums and rear wings seem to be considered totally ineffective because the turbulence coming off the rider would make them ineffective.  Front canards like above are supposedly used to keep the bike from front wheelies or tracks with a lot of undulation.

I guess they can't do something like this:
i85.photobucket.com
For a top speed bike run.
 
2013-07-14 11:00:12 PM

Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph


How loud is that?  Like, if you lift your head up, do your ears explode?
 
2013-07-14 11:00:13 PM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?
 
2013-07-14 11:01:41 PM

GuidoDelConfuso: Anyway, 290 is pretty fast


You don't say?
 
2013-07-14 11:02:14 PM
Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou

Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.
 
2013-07-14 11:02:49 PM
I have a Vincent that was supposed to be able to go 183. But anything over 155 and the back tire would flatten out a little and you couldn't keep it on the road. It was like going around a corner in hydroplane conditions. So I cut it into pieces and made a salad bar out of it. It looks real nice next to the pumpjack.
 
2013-07-14 11:02:57 PM
Live Fast, Die.
-GG
 
2013-07-14 11:06:09 PM

GuidoDelConfuso: what's the ... difference between 200 and 290?


90.

You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.
 
2013-07-14 11:06:16 PM

Durboloid: I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.


What does a colita even smell like?
 
2013-07-14 11:06:46 PM
is there any video of this?

/not that I enjoy snuff films, just never seen someone do a 300 mph cartwheel before.
 
2013-07-14 11:06:58 PM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


I went down at JUST 50 with nothing protecting my legs arms and hands...still feel it today. Nothing can explain the pain of road rash, essentially the worst burn you can get...a burn any more severe will kill the nerves. Worst experience of my life.
 
2013-07-14 11:07:23 PM
cdn.sheknows.com
 
2013-07-14 11:07:25 PM

misanthropicsob: FTA:  The Limestone Police Department and Maine State Police were investigation the crash.

*facepalm*


Glad I'm not the only one who saw that. Proof reading is hard for some journalists, you'd think they would investigation their own stories more.
 
2013-07-14 11:08:10 PM
That's about 60 mph faster than the top speed nerve impulses travel in your body.
 
2013-07-14 11:09:14 PM

staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.


Yeah I always found it funny that cops tried to really crack down on riders with headphones...above 65 I could hear shiat anyway. Above 140 your hearing practically shuts down because your sight is taking so much in so quickly it can't process sounds as well
 
2013-07-14 11:09:37 PM
It's amazing what a human can survive. And screw the haters, racers know it's dangerous. Just because what motivates them is different than what motivates you or I doesn't mean they are idiots.

Most of the Isle of Man footage is amazing.
 
2013-07-14 11:10:50 PM

scottydoesntknow: Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou

Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.


I'm sure there was another race car driver that did the same thing recently.  Can't think of who just now though.
 
2013-07-14 11:11:17 PM

Repo Man: It's amazing what a human can survive. And screw the haters, racers know it's dangerous. Just because what motivates them is different than what motivates you or I doesn't mean they are idiots.

Most of the Isle of Man footage is amazing.


The Isle of Man stuff is crazy...balls of steel
 
2013-07-14 11:11:24 PM

Satanic_Hamster: quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.

In the world of kung-fu, speed defines the winner.


So... a lot like long distance trucking then?
 
2013-07-14 11:12:47 PM
What is the Florida connection that people are talking about? It happened at the former Loring AFB in Maine.
 
2013-07-14 11:13:34 PM

Oldiron_79: Speed is just a question of money, how fast can you go?




I've never been charged for a test drive. Looks like a question of balls.

How big are they?
 
2013-07-14 11:15:09 PM
Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement...This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement, and he'd made several passes before the one in which he crashed, Kelly said.
 Totally worth it.
 
2013-07-14 11:15:32 PM
It's clearly a case of 285 mph standing the ground. If you disagree you are a frigging racer.
 
2013-07-14 11:15:38 PM

DanTheMan1024: staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.

Yeah I always found it funny that cops tried to really crack down on riders with headphones...above 65 I could hear shiat anyway. Above 140 your hearing practically shuts down because your sight is taking so much in so quickly it can't process sounds as well


I wear ear plugs under my full face helmet. Every time I ride. All of the miles I put in not knowing I should have been wearing hearing protection may be why I have mild tinnitus in my left ear.

Matzen explains that the sound pressure level at the ear for helmetless riders is 20 dB more than with a full or partial coverage (ears covered) helmet. So much for hearing "better" without a helmet. Once past approximately 40 mph, it just isn't so despite intuitive beliefs. Every helmet tested in these studies-full-face or open-face, expensive or cheap-allowed over 100 dB inside at 70 mph.
 
2013-07-14 11:16:09 PM
So my fathers out there and witnessed it, said the guy was pretty focused before his second run not talking to anyone. First run he ran into problems when the wheel started to lift around 267 MPH but he has no clue if that was the same issue.

He got vid of the guy sitting on the bike and prepping to go as well as him taking off for run #2, kind of creepy knowing what was coming from it.

I'm no fan of the sport but the guy has to have been pretty brave to go again after his first run had a problem like that.
 
2013-07-14 11:16:43 PM

LrdPhoenix: That's about 60 mph faster than the top speed nerve impulses travel in your body.


So he could have hit the ground and actually not felt anything for up to the first ~90 feet of travel.  That's nuts.
 
2013-07-14 11:17:12 PM

quatchi: So... a lot like long distance trucking then?


We should have a Desert Truck off.
 
2013-07-14 11:19:09 PM

traylor: It's clearly a case of 285 mph standing the ground. If you disagree you are a frigging racer.


See, this is what happens when 285 bashes your head into the ground and you DON'T have a gun.  And don't start with your 'he went after 285'...point is when he got there, 2thugty5 assaulted him.
 
2013-07-14 11:20:21 PM
 
2013-07-14 11:22:41 PM
I'm waiting for the day that arcade driving gets realistic enough that it really feels like you're driving. I'll buy one of those booths for $10k, put it in my room and race to my hearts content. Not doing it irl though. Unless...maybe if I decide to kill myself I'll go out in a car chase.
 
2013-07-14 11:22:50 PM

bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed


I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."
 
2013-07-14 11:24:32 PM

Repo Man: DanTheMan1024: staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.

Yeah I always found it funny that cops tried to really crack down on riders with headphones...above 65 I could hear shiat anyway. Above 140 your hearing practically shuts down because your sight is taking so much in so quickly it can't process sounds as well

I wear ear plugs under my full face helmet. Every time I ride. All of the miles I put in not knowing I should have been wearing hearing protection may be why I have mild tinnitus in my left ear.

Matzen explains that the sound pressure level at the ear for helmetless riders is 20 dB more than with a full or partial coverage (ears covered) helmet. So much for hearing "better" without a helmet. Once past approximately 40 mph, it just isn't so despite intuitive beliefs. Every helmet tested in these studies-full-face or open-face, expensive or cheap-allowed over 100 dB inside at 70 mph.


Thanks. Maybe something I should
Look
Into. So much about riding I have learned much later than I wish I would had.
 
2013-07-14 11:28:34 PM
www.demotivationalposters.org
 
2013-07-14 11:28:37 PM

Durboloid: It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.


Pretty much the perfect way to describe doing 150+ on a bike. Once was enough for me, thanks.
 
2013-07-14 11:29:25 PM
So... He was talking when loaded into the ambulance? That's generally a good sign.

/Doctors have traditionally gotten to bury their mistakes.
 
2013-07-14 11:29:28 PM

Abox: See, this is what happens when 285 bashes your head into the ground and you DON'T have a gun. And don't start with your 'he went after 285'...point is when he got there, 2thugty5 assaulted him.


This is all insane. Nobody would even be talking about this if the runway were asphalt, instead of concrete.
 
2013-07-14 11:30:34 PM

staplermofo: Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph

How loud is that?  Like, if you lift your head up, do your ears explode?


I had earplugs in and the wind noise was still crazy loud...my head was up the whole time because fo the tankbag and the buffeting (buffetting?) was ridiculous

Everything on the bike was stock except for bar risers and luggage.

Man, was it really 2007 when I took that trip? Wow.

beaupeep.smugmug.com
 
2013-07-14 11:32:22 PM
farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-14 11:35:54 PM
GuidoDelConfuso: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.
Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.
Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track,
and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?


like the difference between being shot to death with a .22 or a .45
Dead's dead
 
2013-07-14 11:36:17 PM
Motorcycle thread???

farm9.staticflickr.com

My baby.
 
2013-07-14 11:36:32 PM

Satanic_Hamster: quatchi: So... a lot like long distance trucking then?

We should have a Desert Truck off.


Would it resemble Cannonball Run only with the more trucks and kung fu? Cos I could get behind that.
 
2013-07-14 11:37:50 PM

GuidoDelConfuso: Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?


About 4x the horsepower, and air that doesn't wanna get out of your way.
 
2013-07-14 11:38:13 PM

Glitchwerks: baka-san: staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?

No,

[www.swapmeetmodels.co.uk image 422x273]

They seem to be quite the enigma.  I read a few forums and rear wings seem to be considered totally ineffective because the turbulence coming off the rider would make them ineffective.  Front canards like above are supposedly used to keep the bike from front wheelies or tracks with a lot of undulation.

I guess they can't do something like this:
[i85.photobucket.com image 550x413]
For a top speed bike run.


Eh, thats not why the desmosedici had the winglets (which are no longer on the bike).  Besides, a bike does not grip in the same way that a car does.
 
2013-07-14 11:39:56 PM

GuidoDelConfuso: what's the real difference between 200 and 290?


Over twice the kinetic energy, which is what matters.
 
2013-07-14 11:40:18 PM

quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.


Don't be so dramatic. Physics isn't.
 
2013-07-14 11:42:30 PM

quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.


27.media.tumblr.com


I beg your pardon?
 
2013-07-14 11:44:04 PM
FTA : Bill Warner was clocked...

I read that as, "Bill Warner was collected"
 
2013-07-14 11:44:58 PM

Satanic_Hamster: quatchi: So... a lot like long distance trucking then?

We should have a Desert Truck off.


I like desert race trucks. If not for them my engine would not have 1/2 the aftermarket support it does.

/Renesis Rotary
 
2013-07-14 11:45:39 PM
media.smithsonianmag.com
 
2013-07-14 11:46:37 PM
My Glide...
 
2013-07-14 11:48:11 PM
And I don't want to die....Just want to ride on my motorcy.........cle.
 
2013-07-14 11:48:25 PM

Valiente: quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.

Don't be so dramatic. Physics isn't.


I was gonna go with a Freak Brothers reference initially.

Keed Spills!

~Fat Freddy.

But that was another type of speed reference entirely so I eventually went GoT.
 
2013-07-14 11:50:43 PM

Rindred: What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.


Really just need a Darwin tag
 
2013-07-14 11:52:09 PM
Did anyone watch the video? That Amanda Hill broad is kinda cute.
 
2013-07-14 11:55:41 PM

Eshy: farm9.staticflickr.com

My baby.


i201.photobucket.com

Remember, doggie ears make you go faster.
 
2013-07-14 11:56:50 PM
Thanks, mods, for doing your duty in this thread. Unfortunately, I can't unsee what I saw here, so whichever Farker posted that: You're a jerk. That was so NOT cool.
 
2013-07-14 11:57:21 PM

puffy999: bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed

I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."


You must be fun at parties!
 
2013-07-14 11:59:41 PM

Repo Man: 1ceTr0n: Likely end results similiar to this

[www.documentingreality.com image 675x505]

Posting snuff photos, much less gory stuff like that, will get you a vacation. This post will also disappear once the mods clean the thread, as it refers to deleted images.


On the otherhand he could just submit a snuff story about a lethal motorcycle stunt (with Video no less) and get it greenlit with no party foul.
 
2013-07-15 12:01:38 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: GuidoDelConfuso: what's the ... difference between 200 and 290?

90.

You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.




lol. Nice.
 
2013-07-15 12:01:55 AM

baorao: Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement...This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement, and he'd made several passes before the one in which he crashed, Kelly said.
 Totally worth it.


Next time he was going to try it using only a half mile of pavement.
 
2013-07-15 12:04:42 AM

staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?


Actually, no but you can give them downforce other ways... but it's probably not downforce that is the issue here.  It's usually harmonics that (baring catastrophic mechanical failure) that cause a crash in a straightaway.

wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble
 
2013-07-15 12:05:10 AM

baka-san: Eshy: farm9.staticflickr.com

My baby.

[i201.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Remember, doggie ears make you go faster.


No! You do not get to post yourself sitting on top of your junker in the driveway with a high visibility jacket, and get to become part of the cool club in the non motorcycle thread. ;p
 
2013-07-15 12:06:27 AM

Dear Jerk: Durboloid: I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.

What does a colita even smell like?


Like weed, man. Like real good weed.
 
2013-07-15 12:07:30 AM
Rindred: What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.

TFA: LIMESTONE, Maine

No Florida tag. Success.
 
2013-07-15 12:08:40 AM

ZeroCorpse: Thanks, mods, for doing your duty in this thread. Unfortunately, I can't unsee what I saw here, so whichever Farker posted that: You're a jerk. That was so NOT cool.


Seconded. [cannotbeunseen] but way to react in a timely fashion there, Modmins.

So not cool, Faces-of-death-luffin' Ghoulposter.
 
2013-07-15 12:09:01 AM

bmihura: puffy999: bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed

I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."

You must be fun at parties!


I'd like to know why "being fun at parties" is a desirable trait. This must be an extrovert's idea of a positive trait. Maybe I don't WANT to be fun at parties. Maybe I don't even like parties... Did you ever think of that, huh? Parties kinda suck, after all: They're loud, they're full of stupid, drunk people all shouting "Woooo!", and they end up making a terrible mess in the host's home. Parties are for people who can't stand quiet reflection, intimate personal relationships with a few trusted friends, and decent conversations that don't require shouting over the "Oontz Oontz Oontz Oontz Oontz" music that blasts in every room.

Perhaps I'm the ANTI-party type, huh? Perhaps I'm the guy who calls the cops when other people have loud, obnoxious parties so I can go back to reading a book, writing, watching a movie, or making love with my woman. Perhaps I have absolutely NO intention of being "fun" at parties, and would much rather be a MENACE to parties.

Being fun at parties usually just means you're the king dipshiat in a room full of other drunken dipshiats. No thanks. Tell me "You must be fun at parties" with that ironic tone, and I'll tell you that being accused of being the bane of parties is a GOOD thing in my book.

Stick that in your funny hat and smoke it.

/Been to plenty of parties. Was lots of fun.
//My definition of "fun" involves either good conversation, or nudity (or both).
 
2013-07-15 12:09:59 AM

GuidoDelConfuso: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?


I just (a week ago) got my first bike. A ninja 500. I was at 80 before I knew it. It is funny how easy it is to creep up to a speed like that without noticing.
 
2013-07-15 12:11:05 AM

Elzar: Repo Man: 1ceTr0n: Likely end results similiar to this

[www.documentingreality.com image 675x505]

Posting snuff photos, much less gory stuff like that, will get you a vacation. This post will also disappear once the mods clean the thread, as it refers to deleted images.

On the otherhand he could just submit a snuff story about a lethal motorcycle stunt (with Video no less) and get it greenlit with no party foul.




So long as the actual death isn't shown, yes.

I broke the rule once, because it never occurred to me that it would apply to the image I posted. If you Google Evelyn McHale, you'll find a photo that was published in Life magazine in the late 1940s. She jumped from the Empire State building, and landed on a car. Though the car's roof is crushed in, she looks as though she's peacefully sleeping. But rules are rules, and she was quite dead. I don't see how anyone could think images of blood and guts on the road were going to fly here though.
 
2013-07-15 12:23:14 AM

Nothing To See Here: I don't want a pickle . . .

Busted up over that one.

I've hit 115 with some jackass cager trying to run me off the road.  That's a hell of an incentive to go as fast as possible.  Next time I go that fast will be because I want to, not that I need to.
 
2013-07-15 12:23:38 AM
If he was determined to break 300mph or die trying, does this count as success?
 
2013-07-15 12:24:15 AM

Hector Remarkable: Dear Jerk: Durboloid: I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.

What does a colita even smell like?

Like weed, man. Like real good weed.


Ha! I got it in my mind that they sing "warm smell of bilillos..." because I go into the abierto here and the bolillos smell real good.
 
2013-07-15 12:25:55 AM

baka-san: Eshy: farm9.staticflickr.com

My baby.

[i201.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Remember, doggie ears make you go faster.


IS that a Nighthawk 750 with an old BMW fairing on it?
 
2013-07-15 12:27:12 AM

ZeroCorpse: Thanks, mods, for doing your duty in this thread. Unfortunately, I can't unsee what I saw here, so whichever Farker posted that: You're a jerk. That was so NOT cool.


What did I miss? Was it the missing face guy from rotten?
 
2013-07-15 12:27:34 AM
meat crayon
 
2013-07-15 12:28:20 AM

VTGremlin: Durboloid: It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.

Pretty much the perfect way to describe doing 150+ on a bike. Once was enough for me, thanks.


You acclimate.  Once you get used to riding at high speed, it's really not as big a deal.  There have been a few times when I've ridden to and from the track instead of having my bike trailered, and going 90 on the highway home felt like I could have gotten off and walked faster.

DanTheMan1024: Yeah I always found it funny that cops tried to really crack down on riders with headphones...above 65 I could hear shiat anyway. Above 140 your hearing practically shuts down because your sight is taking so much in so quickly it can't process sounds as well


I wear really good Etymotic earplug headphones, and if I get tucked just right I can not only hear music at normal listening volume at over 100mph, but I can hear the valves of my ZX10 clicking behind that.
 
2013-07-15 12:28:25 AM
It's funny how quickly you can get used to high speeds though.   Back when Montana had the "Reasonable and Prudent" law we (my irresponsible friends and myself) used to routinely drive over 100 mph.   Up until the point you hit the Idaho border, and the road construction limit of 45 mph.   100+ to 45 is quite the buzzkill.   Feels like you could walk faster.
 
2013-07-15 12:30:06 AM
Get out of my head Z-Clipped, get out of my head.
 
2013-07-15 12:31:09 AM
Racer dies at 285, blah blah, world speed record holder, yadda yadda, well respected in the field, yeah that happens, previously did 311mph in a mile.5 and trying to break 300 in only 1 mile.......

Holy gorram BALLS!!!!!

That, sir, is moving right the fark out, right the fark NOW. Respect.
 
2013-07-15 12:32:01 AM

jst3p: GuidoDelConfuso: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?

I just (a week ago) got my first bike. A ninja 500. I was at 80 before I knew it. It is funny how easy it is to creep up to a speed like that without noticing.


Wow, you prove my point even moreso! Keep yammering.
 
2013-07-15 12:32:01 AM

Satanic_Hamster: quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.

In the world of kung-fu, speed defines the winner.



i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-07-15 12:33:59 AM

Durboloid: It's funny how quickly you can get used to high speeds though.   Back when Montana had the "Reasonable and Prudent" law we (my irresponsible friends and myself) used to routinely drive over 100 mph.   Up until the point you hit the Idaho border, and the road construction limit of 45 mph.   100+ to 45 is quite the buzzkill.   Feels like you could walk faster.


I can attest to that. Cruising 85mph for an hour scouting, waiting for the right moment, then 160 for a minute or two... 85 then felt like there was nothing more boring on the planet.
 
2013-07-15 12:35:54 AM

Shadow Blasko: GuidoDelConfuso: Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?

About 4x the horsepower, and air that doesn't wanna get out of your way.


F = cv^2

The laws of physics are immutable, and not subject to appeal.
 
2013-07-15 12:36:22 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: GuidoDelConfuso: what's the ... difference between 200 and 290?

90.

You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.


One of the best smartass responses I have ever heard.
 
2013-07-15 12:37:24 AM

Repo Man: It's amazing what a human can survive. And screw the haters, racers know it's dangerous. Just because what motivates them is different than what motivates you or I doesn't mean they are idiots.

Most of the Isle of Man footage is amazing.


what if an animal wandered on to the road? That could end his journey real quick now, couldn't it?
I liked the sound.
 
2013-07-15 12:40:39 AM

Durboloid: It's funny how quickly you can get used to high speeds though.   Back when Montana had the "Reasonable and Prudent" law we (my irresponsible friends and myself) used to routinely drive over 100 mph.   Up until the point you hit the Idaho border, and the road construction limit of 45 mph.   100+ to 45 is quite the buzzkill.   Feels like you could walk faster.


I've been leaned waaaaay over at 100+ on highway 2 between Idaho and Glacier, passed cops going the other way, and didn't even get a blink.

Reasonable and Prudent may no longer be the law, but it's still the attitude in a lot of places.

/ I heart Montana
 
2013-07-15 12:43:05 AM

ZeroCorpse: bmihura: puffy999: bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed

I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."

You must be fun at parties!

I'd like to know why "being fun at parties" is a desirable trait. This must be an extrovert's idea of a positive trait. Maybe I don't WANT to be fun at parties. Maybe I don't even like parties... Did you ever think of that, huh? Parties kinda suck, after all: They're loud, they're full of stupid, drunk people all shouting "Woooo!", and they end up making a terrible mess in the host's home. Parties are for people who can't stand quiet reflection, intimate personal relationships with a few trusted friends, and decent conversations that don't require shouting over the "Oontz Oontz Oontz Oontz Oontz" music that blasts in every room.

Perhaps I'm the ANTI-party type, huh? Perhaps I'm the guy who calls the cops when other people have loud, obnoxious parties so I can go back to reading a book, writing, watching a movie, or making love with my woman. Perhaps I have absolutely NO intention of being "fun" at parties, and would much rather be a MENACE to parties.

Being fun at parties usually just means you're the king dipshiat in a room full of other drunken dipshiats. No thanks. Tell me "You must be fun at parties" with that ironic tone, and I'll tell you that being accused of being the bane of parties is a GOOD thing in my book.

Stick that in your funny hat and smoke it.

/Been to plenty of parties. Was lots of fun.
//My definition of "fun" involves either good conversation, or nudity (or both).


fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net
 
2013-07-15 12:45:04 AM
MY headline was MUCH funnier


/apparently not
 
2013-07-15 12:46:20 AM

Outlawtsar: No Joe Walsh related headline? For shame...

[fc08.deviantart.net image 850x574]


My race bike goes 285.
I veered of the track and now I must die.
 
2013-07-15 12:48:25 AM

scottydoesntknow: Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou

Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.


Hmm Mythbusters is running an episode tonight about whether bubblewrap will save you if you fall off a building

Maybe he didn't have enough on
 
2013-07-15 12:56:11 AM
This is what my bike could do - on a track, with a better rider than me on it. I've very briefly had it up to an indicated 128. Crazy, but fun.
 
2013-07-15 12:59:33 AM

Rent Party: I've been leaned waaaaay over at 100+ on highway 2 between Idaho and Glacier, passed cops going the other way, and didn't even get a blink.


That's because by the time they slow down, stop, turn around, and get moving in the other direction, you're already too far gone.  In fact, most cops won't bother chasing sport bikes at all, because they know they generally can't catch you if you don't want to be caught.  I blow by cops all the time... as long as you're going sufficiently fast (120+), they usually don't even bother turning their lights on.
 
2013-07-15 01:02:44 AM

bmihura: jst3p: GuidoDelConfuso: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?

I just (a week ago) got my first bike. A ninja 500. I was at 80 before I knew it. It is funny how easy it is to creep up to a speed like that without noticing.

Wow, you prove my point even moreso! Keep yammering.


Your point being what?
 
2013-07-15 01:05:07 AM
Scariest bike Ive been on was an old Kawasaki Triple. Old cafe frame and manual drum brakes with an engine thats faster than most modern crotch rockets.
 
2013-07-15 01:05:42 AM

Z-clipped: Rent Party: I've been leaned waaaaay over at 100+ on highway 2 between Idaho and Glacier, passed cops going the other way, and didn't even get a blink.

That's because by the time they slow down, stop, turn around, and get moving in the other direction, you're already too far gone.  In fact, most cops won't bother chasing sport bikes at all, because they know they generally can't catch you if you don't want to be caught.  I blow by cops all the time... as long as you're going sufficiently fast (120+), they usually don't even bother turning their lights on.


I can tell you, as a racer for almost three decades, you are a complete and udder asshole.  Sorry.  It's got nothing to do with your talent or the condition of your bike.  It has nothing to do with the fact that you are bad-ass and can handle it.

Guys like you playing Rossi-on-the-road kill other people.  A 'dumbass' who changes lanes into you, or loses a part of their poorly secured load, or a piece of road kill that wasnt there 20 minutes ago can - and does - throw bikes at people in cars and vans and suv's and kills them.

You clearly dont give a shiat about yourself, but we all give a shiat about other people.
 
2013-07-15 01:06:04 AM

GuidoDelConfuso: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?


I've had the speedo on my Ultra Glide hovering around the 150-160km/h mark for hours on end.  At that speed, it feels completely solid, relaxed, and firmly planted on the road. It is a surprisingly capable high speed tourer. So was my old Kawasaki Concours (the old GTR1000 version), it was quite comfortable at those speeds, but the front end would start moving around at anything much higher than that. Kind of like my DR650 does at speeds above 120km/h.  Heck, even my old CB400F felt fine at 90mp/h (it had the old imperial speedo).

I would never ride a hardtail of any type at highway speeds. I wouldn't even want to ride one at anything above a fast walking  speed. A friend of a friend is currently in a long recovery from brain injuries sustained when he hit a pothole at moderate speeds on his ancient TRW500. That was an old army bike dating from when truly functional rear suspension was only beginning to appear, but that anybody would choose to build a hardtail today is beyond me. They are a stupid idea at any speed.

Regarding the poor guy in TFA:  dustbin fairings are another bad idea. They do help with penetrating the wind at very high speeds, but they turn deadly in the presence of even the slightest crosswind. Over the years they have been responsible for the death of many record attemptees,
 
2013-07-15 01:06:25 AM

baka-san: Eshy: farm9.staticflickr.com

My baby.

[i201.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Remember, doggie ears make you go faster.


Oh man, that was my first bike when i got my license 10 years ago. This one is built like a tank. Got rid of it earlier this year. Now, I ride a Yamaha XJR 1200, which is basically the same bike, but with 1200CC engine.
 
2013-07-15 01:07:10 AM

mizchief: Outlawtsar: No Joe Walsh related headline? For shame...

[fc08.deviantart.net image 850x574]

My race bike goes 285.
I veered of the track and now I must die.


It's tough to handle this gravel and pain.
 
2013-07-15 01:10:05 AM

Repo Man: This is what my bike could do - on a track, with a better rider than me on it. I've very briefly had it up to an indicated 128. Crazy, but fun.


You own a brand new 'Blade, and you've never been out of 3rd gear?  You need to get your ass to the track, son!
 
2013-07-15 01:14:28 AM
Now I'm going to have to watch The World's Fastest Indian again. It had a happy ending, unlike this story.
 
2013-07-15 01:15:10 AM

Oldiron_79: Scariest bike Ive been on was an old Kawasaki Triple. Old cafe frame and manual drum brakes with an engine thats faster than most modern crotch rockets.


Yup. I rode a later H1 500. The heart of a lion in a frame made of wet noodles.
At least, by then Kawasaki had fitted these with a hydraulic front disk.

/it only felt faster than modern bikes because it provided more opportunities for disaster per mile ridden.
 
2013-07-15 01:24:29 AM

Z-clipped: Repo Man: This is what my bike could do - on a track, with a better rider than me on it. I've very briefly had it up to an indicated 128. Crazy, but fun.

You own a brand new 'Blade, and you've never been out of 3rd gear?  You need to get your ass to the track, son!


You know, that thing is so powerful, I really can't see hitting redline anywhere other than a track. I have noticed that the same old issue of peak horsepower vs. low RPM torque is noticeable compared to my old 2001 Bandit 1200. On really twisty back roads, the Bandit, with its larger displacement, and significantly less total horsepower, is easier to ride fast. The low RPM torque just pulls you through the corner, and makes it easy. But that's the only thing I like better about my old Bandit. The CBR feels as light as a 600 class, but once you rev that engine up, it's very clear that you are not on a 600. The light weight, the brakes, the suspension, it's all amazing. I have fun with it, but I'm old enough to be very wary of riding over my head.
 
2013-07-15 01:24:35 AM
I thought the theory of relativity stated that the faster you go, the LONGER you live...
 
2013-07-15 01:36:27 AM

scottydoesntknow: Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.


And he was talking, so they say. I wonder if, by the time the crash became a crash, he wasn't going much slower than 285. I'd think if he actually hit the ground with a forward velocity of 285mph, the torque of the roll he'd go into would be enough to kill him all by itself.
 
2013-07-15 01:39:35 AM
FTFA: Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou.

He was complaining because the cold air was blowing into his shirt. His buddy had told him to turn his jacket around, so that the collar of the jacket would be at his neck. That way no air could get into his shirt. So that is what he did.

When the police arrived, they were doing a report. The police asked one of the witnesses if the man was deceased when they got to the scene. The witness replied, "He was still alive, but by the time we got his head turned around to where it was supposed to be, he was dead!
 
2013-07-15 01:40:22 AM

TheBlackFlag: udder


Moooooo.

TheBlackFlag: You clearly dont give a shiat about yourself, but we all give a shiat about other people.


Really?  Then why are the majority of drivers I pass looking down at their smartphones instead of at the road?

Look, you're welcome to call me names if you want.  You're certainly not the first to do so, and I understand your motivation.  We all have our faults.  Mine happens to be that after 15 years of riding "safely" and putting my life into the hands of a bunch of nitwit drivers who couldn't care less whether I live or die, I finally got fed up and decided to take the initiative. 

At least now that I'm the fastest thing on the road, I only have to worry about the stupid shiat that happens in front of me.  Frankly, I feel much safer cutting traffic than trying in vain to carve out a place for myself in it among jerks who will never bother to notice me because they're safe behind steel and airbags.  Call me an asshole if you want, but don't try to pretend that anyone but a small minority really cares about what happens to motorcyclists once they get behind the wheel.
 
2013-07-15 01:49:17 AM

Z-clipped: Mine happens to be that after 15 years of riding "safely" and putting my life into the hands of a bunch of nitwit drivers who couldn't care less whether I live or die, I finally got fed up and decided to take the initiative.


For a guy with "clipped" in his name, you sure are ballsy.
 
2013-07-15 01:49:38 AM
"No one will touch Bill's achievements"

I hardly think dying should be considered an "Achievement" -Much smarter people do it with less effort everyday.
 
2013-07-15 01:55:21 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-15 01:57:57 AM

ransack.: What did I miss?


Driver's Ed scare gross-out pic.
 
2013-07-15 02:04:23 AM

staplermofo: For a guy with "clipped" in his name, you sure are ballsy.


I know, I know-  [we'vegotabaddassoverhere.jpg]

/my balls are kept safe in a jar on my wife's dresser
 
2013-07-15 02:20:25 AM
The motorcycle:

bdnpull.bangorpublishing.netdna-cdn.com

media.onlinesentinel.com

Video of him hitting 290 in a mile last year (oddly underwhelming to me; it all seems the same above 100mph):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgHX1r2bcc&feature=player_embedded

He hit 311 mph on a 1.5 mile course in 2011.  He was attempting to exceed 300 in a mile in the fatal crash.
 
2013-07-15 02:24:41 AM
Get busy living or get busy daying
Guess he did both.

www.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-07-15 02:29:20 AM

bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed


i believe ted kennedy started that one...

"the car drove off the bridge"
 
2013-07-15 02:38:52 AM

Oldiron_79: Scariest bike Ive been on was an old Kawasaki Triple. Old cafe frame and manual drum brakes with an engine thats faster than most modern crotch rockets.


YES! My frame had to have gussets welded to the frame after I installed Dunstal reed valves, tune pipes, clutch, 34mm Mikunis, Wiesco pistons and bent a couple of drive sprockets. It would raise up at 5200rpms in 4th gear. Scary bike, but a lot of fun.
 
2013-07-15 02:43:28 AM

Z-clipped: At least now that I'm the fastest thing on the road, I only have to worry about the stupid shiat that happens in front of me.  Frankly, I feel much safer cutting traffic than trying in vain to carve out a place for myself in it among jerks who will never bother to notice me because they're safe behind steel and airbags.  Call me an asshole if you want, but don't try to pretend that anyone but a small minority really cares about what happens to motorcyclists once they get behind the wheel.


I feel the same. 10 years I've had my license. I am a yellow-bellied coward on my bikes. I don't drive fast. I don't take unnecessary risks. But I lane-split like a mofo, and I do everything to not get in front or behind a car. And you know why ? Because every time I had an accident (small ones, no one hurt), it was because a car rear-ended me, or even once, backed down on me ! Cars don't see us, so the safest place is where they are not going. So that means, lane-splitting in heavy traffic, and getting the hell out of their reach everywhere else.

Anyway, I'm on my third bike now. My first was a Honda Seven-Fifty (75 HP). Built like a tank. A great everyday-rider. The second one (until it was stolen) was a VFR 750. This is by far the best bike I ever rode, and it had 95HP. My current one, the Yamaha XJR 1200 (yeah, I couldn't afford something more recent) is 98HP. And 98HP is more than I can handle.
I'd love to get my hand on a current VFR 1200, but then I learn that it has 170 horse powers, and I wonder, what's the point ? It's more than I can handle, and far, far more than is reasonnable on open roads. Frankly, I find the arm-race in power disconcerting. Can anybody really handle to the fullest, the 200-HP of the new VMax ? Or the 175 HP of an MV Agusta ?
 
2013-07-15 03:28:06 AM
Farrrrkkkk yoouuuuu self playing videos.

/At least this one didn't start with an ad
//And there was a written article underneath
 
2013-07-15 03:31:54 AM

padraig: The second one (until it was stolen) was a VFR 750.


Bro-fist! My old VFR, with custom exhaust moved to the left side to show off the pretty swingarm:

img521.imageshack.us

padraig: I wonder, what's the point ?


It's fun to go fast?  Modern tech is making the newer bikes more powerful, but it's also making them easier to ride, and safer as well.  Traction control, ABS, wheelie control, electronic steering dampers, multi-setting ignition profiles, and the tire compounds... oh, man... high tech shiat. The computers are so fast and smart these days, you can toss the new BMWS100R over into an off-camber carousel and practically snap the throttle wide open without any danger of high-siding.  If I had $15K to burn, I'd get myself one tomorrow.
 
2013-07-15 03:38:31 AM

Z-clipped: TheBlackFlag: udder

Moooooo.

TheBlackFlag: You clearly dont give a shiat about yourself, but we all give a shiat about other people.

Really?  Then why are the majority of drivers I pass looking down at their smartphones instead of at the road?

Look, you're welcome to call me names if you want.  You're certainly not the first to do so, and I understand your motivation.  We all have our faults.  Mine happens to be that after 15 years of riding "safely" and putting my life into the hands of a bunch of nitwit drivers who couldn't care less whether I live or die, I finally got fed up and decided to take the initiative. 

At least now that I'm the fastest thing on the road, I only have to worry about the stupid shiat that happens in front of me.  Frankly, I feel much safer cutting traffic than trying in vain to carve out a place for myself in it among jerks who will never bother to notice me because they're safe behind steel and airbags.  Call me an asshole if you want, but don't try to pretend that anyone but a small minority really cares about what happens to motorcyclists once they get behind the wheel.


You got the cow reference.   Which means you read it.

You must know that everything you said about your riding is rationalizing your behaviour.

You also know that you are not in control of your environment, and you acknowledge that most drivers out there are worst awful and at best distracted.

When that unattentive asshole that is texting his girlfriend while driving the wife and kids to Disneyland that is not expecting you to come up on him, and isnt looking for you anyway, changes lanes into you well past your ability to do anything about it and you or your bike gets thrown throw the windshield of an oncoming car, and you under it, a lot of people will be left to deal with consequences of your actions.

Riding like you know better and deserve to because the other people are worse than you is just selfish.

I have been a professional race car driver and have been for almost three decades.  I dont drive a fast car on the street anymore, and haven't for 15 years.

You are not in control of your situation and to think you are is delusional.   And selfish.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2013-07-15 03:43:52 AM
If riding bikes is your thing, good on ya. Just like anything else in life, don't be stupid about it.

There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
 
2013-07-15 03:48:52 AM

Z-clipped: padraig: The second one (until it was stolen) was a VFR 750.

Bro-fist! My old VFR, with custom exhaust moved to the left side to show off the pretty swingarm:


***bro-fist***

Man, I'm missing my VFR... and putting the exhaust on the left truly is genious. But it was beginning to be costly to maintain, seeing as spart parts became very hard to come by (mine was probably stolen for parts). "Honda" probably means "hightway robbery" in Japanese. I was  quoted 1500 euros for a collector box.
 
2013-07-15 03:56:00 AM
I wonder just what caused him to veer like he did, at any substantial speed motorcycle wheels start acting like gyroscopes, the attitude they're in is the one they want to stay in. At that point the motorcycle is basically balancing itself. It doesn't mention any wobbling, like there's been in other high speed run motorcycle crashes, where either something in the engine or drive train cause things to start to shake or the back wheeling sliding a bit under power caused the whole bike to wobble. And given the bike isn't going to have much in the way of steering, after all not like it needs to take a turn, doesn't seem likely it was steering related either.
 
2013-07-15 04:13:11 AM

TheBlackFlag: Riding like you know better and deserve to because the other people are worse than you is just selfish.


It's not about "deserving".  It's about riding in the way I feel is safest for me.  Doing so means I happen to disregard traffic laws on occasion.  Don't pretend that there aren't laws you would happily violate if you could do so with impunity.  I have my reasons for riding the way I ride.  I understand that you don't like them.  I'm OK with that.  Your objection is noted.

TheBlackFlag: I have been a professional race car driver and have been for almost three decades. I dont drive a fast car on the street anymore, and haven't for 15 years.


Good for you.  When you ditch the roof, chassis, doors, seatbelts, airbags, and two of the wheels, you can lecture me with a little more credibility.  Maybe one day you'll read about me smeared all over the highway because I hit a dead squirrel at 170mph, and feel even more self-satisifed than you do today.  Or maybe, you'll read that I was putt-putting along at 55mph in the far right lane, and I got rear-ended and killed by some soccer-mom in an SUV who was texting her BFF Jill.  If you were me, which one of these would you prefer?

TheBlackFlag: You are not in control of your situation and to think you are is delusional. And selfish.


I'm about done with this conversation, because nobody else really wants to read this crap in a Fark thread, but I'll say one more thing:

I understand the factors involved in riding a motorcycle on the street, and I manage my own risk. I present far less of a danger to other drivers speeding and cutting traffic than they do to me (and each other) when they drive inattentively.  My bike at 170mph has roughly the same kinetic energy as the average car does at 60mph.  Am I being selfish?  Perhaps, but no more than most anyone else on the road.  The difference is, at least I'm paying attention to what I'm doing.

Have a nice day.
 
2013-07-15 04:26:41 AM

Z-clipped: nobody else really wants to read this crap in a Fark thread,


Hey man, I want to read it.
*eye contact*
 
2013-07-15 04:49:21 AM
My bike will only get to about 95. Downhill. With a tailwind.

And I like it that way. I recognize that I probably don't have enough self-control to own a supersport or a superbike and that if I had the capability to go 180 MPH I'd probably do it (and it would definitely scare the piss outta me). And it would be incredibly stupid. I'd like to live, oh, maybe 15 or 20 more years, at least. >.>

This guy died doing an extremely inadvisable stunt. Eh. Can't drum up a whole lot of sympathy, but it sucks for the people he left behind.
 
2013-07-15 04:52:44 AM
Mine....

http://imageshack.us


...and I've hit 145 with the bags on.
 
2013-07-15 05:39:20 AM

NowImNothing: Mine....

http://[imageshack.us image 800x600]


...and I've hit 145 with the bags on.


I once did 150 on my VFR, on the German autobahn. This was a the same time one of the great rushes of my life, and something that felt very safe. Man, is that motorcycle built for high speed.
My girlfriend, on her Yamaha FZ6, had to push to keep her feet on the foot rests, because of the wind.
 
2013-07-15 06:30:34 AM

traylor: It's clearly a case of 285 mph standing the ground. If you disagree you are a frigging racer.




Nice.
 
2013-07-15 06:39:09 AM

staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.


I've gotten my bike to 150mph before. It's probably loud but you really don't pay much attention to that. You're more interested in seeing what's in front of you and not crashing!
 
2013-07-15 07:01:55 AM

staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.


Not with the kind of fairing he had. The wind swept over his head.
 
hej
2013-07-15 07:22:39 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-15 07:26:41 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-15 07:30:46 AM

evilsofa: Video of him hitting 290 in a mile last year (oddly underwhelming to me; it all seems the same above 100mph):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgHX1r2bcc&feature=player_embedded

He hit 311 mph on a 1.5 mile course in 2011. He was attempting to exceed 300 in a mile in the fatal crash.


That 'busa really started biatching at 14k revs.
 
2013-07-15 07:53:32 AM

staplermofo: Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph

How loud is that?  Like, if you lift your head up, do your ears explode?



I did 160 on a Kawi ZX-6 on a long flat highway in KS.  You can't lift your head up.  Your chin is buried on the tank.

Did it once.  Never again.  it was the bike's max speed.
 
2013-07-15 08:05:32 AM
I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-15 08:06:11 AM

JohnnyRebel88: Live Fast, Die.
-GG


Bite it, you scum!
 
2013-07-15 08:08:41 AM

Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 300x236]




Wife won't let you get a bike, eh.
 
2013-07-15 08:39:31 AM
Has anyone said, "He died doing what he loved doing best." yet?
 
2013-07-15 08:50:55 AM

quatchi: ZeroCorpse: Thanks, mods, for doing your duty in this thread. Unfortunately, I can't unsee what I saw here, so whichever Farker posted that: You're a jerk. That was so NOT cool.

Seconded. [cannotbeunseen] but way to react in a timely fashion there, Modmins.

So not cool, Faces-of-death-luffin' Ghoulposter.


Didn't get to the thread in time to see the picture, but I'm going to assume that all the people saying it's not idiotic to ride a bike at stupid speeds extend their sentiment to the picture's subject.
 
2013-07-15 08:56:16 AM

ZeroCorpse: I'd like to know why "being fun at parties" is a desirable trait


because having friends is fun and can be very advantageous. you might even get laid

I'd like to know why being an anal-retentive social outcast is a desirable trait
 
2013-07-15 09:10:24 AM
There is no reason to exceed the posted limit in any vehicle.
Doing so is being a dick.
 
2013-07-15 09:11:19 AM

Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 300x236]


That's just it- no one driving a car/truck/etc should be startled by ANYTHING on the road. Your attention should be total and complete. But alas, I watch people weave all over the road like they've been on a bender all afternoon and when I pass them- yep- texting.

When  I ride, I assume every single car, truck, pedestrian, animal, motorcycle, bicycle, etc is actively out to END MY LIFE and I ride accordingly.
 
2013-07-15 09:16:32 AM
I've gotten up to 125 before and that was almost too much for me.

/straight road, no traffic, good lighting, ATGATT
 
2013-07-15 09:19:11 AM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


I had a VTX 1800 that I got up to about 125 and it still had more in it. It was a hoot.

I traded it in on an FLTRI because it was just too easy to get into "get arrested" speeds. The FLTRI will break 100 but I have to really push it to get that fast. The VTX would break 100 without even thinking about it.
 
2013-07-15 09:20:01 AM
80-90mph is standard cruising speed on a bike in the UK.

I'm jus' sayin'...
 
2013-07-15 09:32:46 AM

PsychoPhil: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Wimp.  I've pinned the speedo on my '99 FXDWG a few times.  Yeah, it gets there...eventually.  But it gets there.


110 on my FXDWG.  70 is nothing
 
2013-07-15 09:34:54 AM

puffy999: bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed

I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."


No, I've noticed the same trend. This is especially prevalent when and SUV is involved. You never read, "The VW Beetle jumped the curb and killed a mother of three..."
 
2013-07-15 09:43:05 AM

vudukungfu: There is no reason to exceed the posted limit in any vehicle.
Doing so is being a dick.




Ever live in a major metropolitan area? You don't have much of a choice sometimes.

But I know what you mean and agree.
 
2013-07-15 09:43:22 AM

realmolo: At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.


If he were on a roadway open to the public, yes.
 
2013-07-15 09:51:15 AM

ThatDarkFellow: Superjew: At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.

Don't be so negative. At 285 I doubt there was much of a smear there.


dude was awake and talking after.  he died over an hour later.  Trust me, as a Mainer, you do NOT want to be suffering life threatening injuries in Caribou.  Those hills have eyes.  I bet the doctors killed him.
 
2013-07-15 09:52:07 AM
We need a darwin tag
 
2013-07-15 10:04:44 AM

OhioUGrad: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Probably like your brain is coming out of your arse.


Going that fast, you wouldn't have had a brain to begin with.
 
2013-07-15 10:12:38 AM
Louder pipes would have easily prevented this tragedy.
 
2013-07-15 10:14:08 AM

Eshy: Motorcycle thread???

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 606x610]

My baby.



Tell me more...
 
2013-07-15 10:15:15 AM

Uncle Pooky: Fuggin Bizzy: GuidoDelConfuso: what's the ... difference between 200 and 290?

90.

You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.

One of the best smartass responses I have ever heard.


"Actually (pushing glasses back up) the difference between 200 and 290 is  negative 90.

See, when discussing operations that are not commutative, such as subtraction or division...

Hey, where are you going? I'm not done explaining..."

/huh, all the girls at this party must be lesbians or something
 
2013-07-15 10:17:23 AM
RIP you crazy SOB.
 
2013-07-15 10:26:52 AM

OhioUGrad: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Probably like your brain is coming out of your arse.


His very well may have.
 
2013-07-15 10:29:24 AM
My motorcyyyyyyyycle does 285
I lost control now I'm not alive
 
2013-07-15 10:30:41 AM
Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. That's considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle....This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement

Dying trying to set a new speed record = tragic/brave.  Dying trying to set a pointless meaningless non-record?  Stupid/waste.
 
2013-07-15 10:38:37 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: realmolo: At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.

If he were on a roadway open to the public, yes.


it's all subjective.

there's a very thin line between bravery and stupidity and it's really hard to define where it is.
most people would say that taking unnecessary risks that could easily kill you is foolish.
thrill seeking. attention whoring. he had a death wish. whatever his reason. imo it wasn't the intelligent thing to do.
 
2013-07-15 10:41:22 AM

cefm: Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. That's considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle....This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement

Dying trying to set a new speed record = tragic/brave.  Dying trying to set a pointless meaningless non-record?  Stupid/waste.


lulz
 
2013-07-15 10:46:38 AM

cefm: Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. That's considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle....This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement

Dying trying to set a new speed record = tragic/brave.  Dying trying to set a pointless meaningless non-record?  Stupid/waste.


I guess it's technically an acceleration record?
 
2013-07-15 10:47:22 AM

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


heh.  that's what i was thinking.  i don't hardly ever go over 70,72.

/vulcan
 
2013-07-15 11:08:05 AM

cbecker333: Eshy: Motorcycle thread???

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 606x610]

My baby.


Tell me more...


1975 Honda CL360. The tank is from a 1966 CL160. Fiberglass seat (the battery is under the hump), custom upholstery, Hagon shocks, Mikuni VM30s blah blah blah.

Basically the only things unchanged on her are the engine and...that's about it. So much bodywork it isn't even funny.
 
2013-07-15 11:08:56 AM
"I feel the need..... the need for sp-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!..." *CRASH*
 
2013-07-15 11:13:39 AM
Probably due to prop-wash from a ladybug taking off on the edge of the strip.
At that speed bad things happen too fast to correct.
 
2013-07-15 11:33:52 AM

mrlewish: staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?

Actually, no but you can give them downforce other ways... but it's probably not downforce that is the issue here.  It's usually harmonics that (baring catastrophic mechanical failure) that cause a crash in a straightaway.

wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble


this^ is a scary farking thing at +140mph
 
2013-07-15 11:56:18 AM

Rindred: What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.


hhmmm because it happened in Maine?
 
2013-07-15 11:59:04 AM

Eshy: Motorcycle thread???

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 606x610]

My baby.


that is vuurrry cool
 
2013-07-15 12:00:01 PM

bmihura: puffy999: bmihura: Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed

I was going to respond in a long-winded way, but I'll just say that it would behoove you to attend an English class. Focus on sentence structure and the definition of the word "blame."

You must be fun at parties!


Says the guy who showed up with an (incorrect) comment on grammar.
 
2013-07-15 12:22:47 PM
"No one will touch Bill's achievements or be the type of racer he was."

Or all of his body parts, incidentally...
 
2013-07-15 12:50:19 PM

SuperNinjaToad: Rindred: What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.

hhmmm because it happened in Maine?


FTFAH: "Fla. motorcycle racer dies after hitting 285 mph"
 
2013-07-15 12:51:44 PM

Random Discord: wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble wobble

this^ is a scary farking thing at +140mph


Yeah, I thank the guys at Ohlins for my damper every time my front wheel touches down.  Watching the front ends wobble as the racers come over the crests in those Isle of Man vids makes my ass pucker every time.

NowImNothing: Mine....

http://[imageshack.us image 800x600]
...and I've hit 145 with the bags on.


Nice.  If I had pics of my old 'Bird I'd post them.  I loved that bike.  It was a straight-up cruise missile, and the engine was smooth like silk.  Not so great in the corners, but it felt more planted and stable at 170 than any other bike I've ever ridden.  If you haven't topped yours out, you should really find a spot and do it.  It's what that bike was made for.
 
2013-07-15 01:05:33 PM

vudukungfu: There is no reason to

exceed the posted limit

answer your cell phone
text your BFF
play with the radio
rummage in your purse for your chapstick
eat
put on makeup
turn around to yell at your kids
let your mind wander

drift from one lane to another without signalling
drive in the left lane when there are open lanes to the right
straddle two lanes half a mile before a merge
constantly tap your brakes in traffic
drive 10 under the limit
screw up the "zipper"

 stop paying attention to the road, even for a second


in any vehicle.
Doing so is being a dick.


Expanded for accuracy.  Almost everyone drives like a dick in one way or another.  That includes you, vudu.
 
2013-07-15 01:07:44 PM
www.hdforums.com
I'll try this again.
My '10 FLHX. Replaced my stolen Night Train. www.hdforums.com
 
2013-07-15 01:15:37 PM

NowImNothing: Mine....

http://[imageshack.us image 800x600]


...and I've hit 145 with the bags on.


'Bird FTW!

Mine:

www.majhost.com

/speedo said a little past 165, but who knows for sure...
 
2013-07-15 01:16:09 PM

darch: Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 300x236]

That's just it- no one driving a car/truck/etc should be startled by ANYTHING on the road. Your attention should be total and complete. But alas, I watch people weave all over the road like they've been on a bender all afternoon and when I pass them- yep- texting.


When  I ride, I assume every single car, truck, pedestrian, animal, motorcycle, bicycle, etc is actively out to END MY LIFE and I ride accordingly.

whole lot of this
but especially the Bolded part - only way to ride

/ride smart & wear your gear
//just surrendered my balls  motorcycle endorsement when I renewed my license.  no more motos for me
///slashy sad face
 
2013-07-15 01:40:03 PM

darch: Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 300x236]

That's just it- no one driving a car/truck/etc should be startled by ANYTHING on the road. Your attention should be total and complete. But alas, I watch people weave all over the road like they've been on a bender all afternoon and when I pass them- yep- texting.

When  I ride, I assume every single car, truck, pedestrian, animal, motorcycle, bicycle, etc is actively out to END MY LIFE and I ride accordingly.


Your ability to see through cars and be aware of loud noises before you hear them astounds me. Please teach me.
 
2013-07-15 01:57:54 PM

Shakin_Haitian: darch: Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 300x236]

That's just it- no one driving a car/truck/etc should be startled by ANYTHING on the road. Your attention should be total and complete. But alas, I watch people weave all over the road like they've been on a bender all afternoon and when I pass them- yep- texting.

When  I ride, I assume every single car, truck, pedestrian, animal, motorcycle, bicycle, etc is actively out to END MY LIFE and I ride accordingly.

Your ability to see through cars and be aware of loud noises before you hear them astounds me. Please teach me.


What are you even talking about?
 
2013-07-15 02:08:24 PM

Shakin_Haitian: Your ability to see through cars and be aware of loud noises before you hear them astounds me. Please teach me.


Loud noises that are happening far away tend to be quiet, and then get gradually louder as they approach you.  That's how you become aware of a loud noise "before you hear it"; you PAY ATTENTION.  You may also find it surprising that objects behind you that are moving faster than you are generally visible in your rearview mirror for a period before they overtake you. Benefiting from this mirror requires you to PAY ATTENTION.  Most people don't know this, but there's actually an app included in every cell phone that can increase your ability to see motorcycles and other vehicles: it's call an OFF BUTTON.  Get it?  Turning your phone off while you drive helps you PAY ATTENTION.
 
2013-07-15 02:11:09 PM

timujin: Mine:


Nice photo, with the appropriate shiat-eating, I-own-a-Blackbird-grin.  I think I can see some bugs in your teeth. : )
 
2013-07-15 02:30:34 PM

Z-clipped: timujin: Mine:

Nice photo, with the appropriate shiat-eating, I-own-a-Blackbird-grin.  I think I can see some bugs in your teeth. : )


I try to not have that grin, but every time I get on the damned thing it just pops out
 
2013-07-15 03:31:08 PM

Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph on a 2 lane backroad outside of Amarillo, Texas. I was on a ZX-14r with saddlebags, tailbag, and a tankbag; so I couldn't tuck behind the windscreen. I clicked into 6th, looked down, and looked up to see I had travelled so far that I had to chop the throttle and give up.

156mph, and I barely touched 6th gear. Unreal.

/switched to Harleys to slow down
//anyone who uses their speedo on a bike to say how fast they've gone is full of it
///thinking of going back to faster bikes


Yeah, I would say that I've been 175 on my ZZR if it wasn't for speedo's losing accuracy past 80. It was still really, really farking fast though; lots of vibration and the sound was akin to a tornado.
 
2013-07-15 04:08:58 PM

FuzedBox: Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph on a 2 lane backroad outside of Amarillo, Texas. I was on a ZX-14r with saddlebags, tailbag, and a tankbag; so I couldn't tuck behind the windscreen. I clicked into 6th, looked down, and looked up to see I had travelled so far that I had to chop the throttle and give up.

156mph, and I barely touched 6th gear. Unreal.

/switched to Harleys to slow down
//anyone who uses their speedo on a bike to say how fast they've gone is full of it
///thinking of going back to faster bikes

Yeah, I would say that I've been 175 on my ZZR if it wasn't for speedo's losing accuracy past 80. It was still really, really farking fast though; lots of vibration and the sound was akin to a tornado.


Speedos on modern sportbikes are actually pretty internally accurate.  They're just generally set to read low from the factory by a specific amount (I've noticed that for most Kawi bikes, it's about 11%, other manufacturers sometimes use 8%).  This can be easily fixed by either a SpeedoHealer, or a pocket calculator.  The only time you have problems is when the speedo tops out at 189/300, and you're still accelerating.  Hard to know your true top speed without a GPS.

Consequently, the speedo reading high also means that your mileage is off by the same amount.

Unless you were running with altered gearing or a non-standard tire, if your ZZR read 175mph, you were most likely going ~156.  Which is still plenty fast.
 
2013-07-15 06:07:20 PM
One...  This thread is full of meek cowardly individuals who just jump at the sound of their own farts.  Have fun sitting on the couch, stuffing yourself with fast food, watching American Idol, and calling that 'living'.  You should be happy that there are those of us who might end up killing ourselves doing what you consider stupid shiat.  You know, hang gliding, riding motorcycles, freeclimbing, base jumping, etc...  That's more food and air for you basement dwellers to hork down while playing the Pokemon.

Two...  It also has a few motorcyclists who have never spent a great deal of time on a closed circuit roadcourse on the bleeding edge of control personally experiencing how quickly and unpredictably things can go wrong.  Keep riding like a shiathat on public roads, but in 16 years of riding and racing I've learned three things.  1 ~ Never argue with anything that has more mass than you.  2 ~ Graveyards are full of individuals who insisted they had the right of way.  3 ~ I have yet to see a Volvo with a driver staring down at a smart phone make a sudden left turn in front of me on a race track.

Three...  It is weird how you can acclimate to speed.  The straightaways at Road America and Portland Intl. are huge.  It was easy to wind out the F1 in sixth gear clawing at 200mph.  After a couple practice sessions I'd stop thinking about the speed and was more or less bored while waiting for the brakemarkers to come into view.  Even flying around the long sweeping turn 8 at Willow Springs wide open at 170 mph with the rig hopping and skittering all over the track on the razor edge of a crash got to be routine after a few weekends of practice.
 
2013-07-15 06:31:49 PM

Z-clipped: FuzedBox: Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph on a 2 lane backroad outside of Amarillo, Texas. I was on a ZX-14r with saddlebags, tailbag, and a tankbag; so I couldn't tuck behind the windscreen. I clicked into 6th, looked down, and looked up to see I had travelled so far that I had to chop the throttle and give up.

156mph, and I barely touched 6th gear. Unreal.

/switched to Harleys to slow down
//anyone who uses their speedo on a bike to say how fast they've gone is full of it
///thinking of going back to faster bikes

Yeah, I would say that I've been 175 on my ZZR if it wasn't for speedo's losing accuracy past 80. It was still really, really farking fast though; lots of vibration and the sound was akin to a tornado.

Speedos on modern sportbikes are actually pretty internally accurate.  They're just generally set to read low

high from the factory by a specific amount (I've noticed that for most Kawi bikes, it's about 11%, other manufacturers sometimes use 8%).  This can be easily fixed by either a SpeedoHealer, or a pocket calculator.  The only time you have problems is when the speedo tops out at 189/300, and you're still accelerating.  Hard to know your true top speed without a GPS.

Consequently, the speedo reading high also means that your mileage is off by the same amount.

Unless you were running with altered gearing or a non-standard tire, if your ZZR read 175mph, you were most likely going ~156.  Which is still plenty fast.


FTFY
Speedos almost always err on the side of optimism, the better to make us feel brave and heroic and to protect the manufacturer from lawsuits brought by people who might otherwise get pulled over for doing 83mph while their speedos read 75mph.
 
2013-07-15 06:39:06 PM

darch: [www.hdforums.com image 400x300]
I'll try this again.
My '10 FLHX. Replaced my stolen Night Train. [www.hdforums.com image 850x638]


You're way too young to be riding slow motorcycles.
 
2013-07-15 06:41:08 PM

Z-clipped: Shakin_Haitian: Your ability to see through cars and be aware of loud noises before you hear them astounds me. Please teach me.

Loud noises that are happening far away tend to be quiet, and then get gradually louder as they approach you.  That's how you become aware of a loud noise "before you hear it"; you PAY ATTENTION.  You may also find it surprising that objects behind you that are moving faster than you are generally visible in your rearview mirror for a period before they overtake you. Benefiting from this mirror requires you to PAY ATTENTION.  Most people don't know this, but there's actually an app included in every cell phone that can increase your ability to see motorcycles and other vehicles: it's call an OFF BUTTON.  Get it?  Turning your phone off while you drive helps you PAY ATTENTION.


Herpy derpy doo. I'm sure you're responsible never weaving around in traffic and going wide open on the throttle from just cruising, while passing a semi on the right. I'm sorry I don't have x-ray vision and a head that swirls around on my neck like a radar to constantly watch out for a dot to expand into a bike in three seconds.
 
2013-07-15 10:38:32 PM

Z-clipped: TheBlackFlag: udder

Moooooo.

TheBlackFlag: You clearly dont give a shiat about yourself, but we all give a shiat about other people.

Really?  Then why are the majority of drivers I pass looking down at their smartphones instead of at the road?

Look, you're welcome to call me names if you want.  You're certainly not the first to do so, and I understand your motivation.  We all have our faults.  Mine happens to be that after 15 years of riding "safely" and putting my life into the hands of a bunch of nitwit drivers who couldn't care less whether I live or die, I finally got fed up and decided to take the initiative. 

At least now that I'm the fastest thing on the road, I only have to worry about the stupid shiat that happens in front of me.  Frankly, I feel much safer cutting traffic than trying in vain to carve out a place for myself in it among jerks who will never bother to notice me because they're safe behind steel and airbags.  Call me an asshole if you want, but don't try to pretend that anyone but a small minority really cares about what happens to motorcyclists once they get behind the wheel.


You already admitted you drive like a complete idiot on public roads, so calling other drivers nitwits, etc holds no merit.
 
2013-07-16 04:18:02 AM

Hobodeluxe: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: realmolo: At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.

If he were on a roadway open to the public, yes.

it's all subjective.

there's a very thin line between bravery and stupidity and it's really hard to define where it is.
most people would say that taking unnecessary risks that could easily kill you is foolish.
thrill seeking. attention whoring. he had a death wish. whatever his reason. imo it wasn't the intelligent thing to do.


Some say that riding any at all even in a safe manner is a foolish unnecessary risk.
 
2013-07-16 04:59:14 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Some say that riding any at all even in a safe manner is a foolish unnecessary risk.


It is, but we do  it anyway.

Because it's that awesome.
 
2013-07-16 05:15:28 AM

padraig: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Some say that riding any at all even in a safe manner is a foolish unnecessary risk.

It is, but we do  it anyway.

Because it's that awesome.


Oh yeah, I agree with you there!
 
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