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#121 Unread post by GixxerKid » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:59 pm

My truck does it in about 3.9-4.3. And top speed isnt that high because of the motor I have in it. Because the motor I have in it now I only like turning it to 5 Grand which is about 140, and when I put the 383 Stroker in it I can turn it 8000 which is about 180+. No way in hell I would take the truck to that speed but with the gear in it, its capable of doing it. And I know bikes are fast I ran a 600 the other day.
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#122 Unread post by warrick » Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:13 am

I am a noob. I took the MSF course in June and just got my first street bike about 10 days ago (09 HD Iron 883). I could not imagine starting out on something like that. I think those bikes have 2x the HP as my bike.

First, if you have not taken the MSF course, it really is a must (should be a requirement), as most people that do not ride do not understand how to turn a bike properly.

I also rode dirt bikes a s a kid and owned an Enduro for a few years. Riding on the street is a whole different beast. you literally have to expect people to not see you. I have loud "O Ring" pipes, and still have come upon situations where they did not hear or see me. I have been riding for 10 days on the road and have encountered several situations already, and I do not speed on my bike, never been over 70 mph. You have to be prepared at all times and know the capabilities of what you are riding.

I actually spent my first 3-4 days driving around my little town (1200 people) pretending to put myself in ceratian situations (acting as if a car pulled out in front of me, doing a quick controlled stop). You must know the capabilites of your bike ( I am still learning).

Good luck, but take some advice from another new rider, if it has to be a sport bike, try 250 or 500 first. You will enjoy it more. Riding scared is no fun.




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#123 Unread post by GixxerKid » Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:19 am

Ive riden in town and in busy traffic on a cycle. I had a 169cc bike that would hit 55 or 60. And that was with knobby tires and only back brakes so I know about counter steering blah blah clutch an balance. Riding is not hard by any means. Im just gunna stick to 4 wheels, got a new motor going in my truck that should put me in the high 9s or low 10s at around 130 or 40. So I get to go as fast as I would of on a bike an still have the saftey of metal around me. And with the money Im saving on not having to make payments an insurance Ill be able to run 112 Oct.
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#124 Unread post by Fargo360 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:43 am

wtf?
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#125 Unread post by Johnj » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:14 am

I think the kid is giving up motorcycles and going to go drag racing with a truck of some sort. :mrgreen:
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#126 Unread post by Superfly3176 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:27 am

Johnj wrote:I think the kid is giving up motorcycles and going to go drag racing with a truck of some sort. :mrgreen:
Sounds like his mom wouldn't let him buy a motorcycle to me.

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#127 Unread post by PacificShot327 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:29 pm

Sigh... never ceases to amaze me.

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#128 Unread post by Amdonim » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:54 pm

What a terrible paint job.

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#129 Unread post by PacificShot327 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:56 pm

Amdonim wrote:What a terrible paint job.
No joke. Blech.
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#130 Unread post by CanuckSV » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:01 pm

Only time to read some of these posts. Great response.
Riding for over 35 years. Started on the farm on some sort of 80cc trail bike. Ridden just about everything since, now have a SV650S. My sport tourer cause I'm a funny shape (minimal legs and long body) and it fits good.
After this many years I still probably only drive that thing to about 70% of what it is capable of. Still enough for thrills and to scare the crap out of me.
I went to a mini road race club last night and am now considering buying a 125. These experienced adult racers drove those bikes at 100%. Maybe a top speed of only 50mph but they did it everywhere on the track.
Maybe once you can do what these guys did on 125's, you then earn a ride on a rocketship.
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#131 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:48 am

CanuckSV wrote:Only time to read some of these posts. Great response.
Riding for over 35 years. Started on the farm on some sort of 80cc trail bike. Ridden just about everything since, now have a SV650S. My sport tourer cause I'm a funny shape (minimal legs and long body) and it fits good.
After this many years I still probably only drive that thing to about 70% of what it is capable of. Still enough for thrills and to scare the "crumb" out of me.
I went to a mini road race club last night and am now considering buying a 125. These experienced adult racers drove those bikes at 100%. Maybe a top speed of only 50mph but they did it everywhere on the track.
Maybe once you can do what these guys did on 125's, you then earn a ride on a rocketship.
I have a couple of retired racing friends who now race with the AMRA and they are seriously fast. It seems safe but even grown men break their collarbones from time to time on these "kids" bikes (as one found out this year) :shock:

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#132 Unread post by GixxerKid » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:34 pm

Just as a heads up Im picking up a 1998 GSX-R 600 tomarrow. It was laid down on a gravel road at 35. Cracked some fairings, and broke the shifter lever. It is mechanically fine, it actually cold started last night when it was 30 degrees out side! It has a clear title and Im getting it for $300 cant beat it. And my truck ran a 11.13 at 128.73 with a 2.16 60" Spinning all the way threw second (3 Speed TH-350). But back to the bike, the only reasons I am getting it is because the price for one. Another reson is so I can gain a better understanding of bikes since I will be mildly rebuilding this one and last but not least is the size. This bike in my opion is much larger than the 600s of today. And since Im not excatly small I would like to be comfortable while Im riding. While I was over there I practiced letting out the clutch while I was walking the bike and got to the point where I was turning with out putting my feet out. I honestly believe that a 600 will suit me just fine and wont be to much for me. Although the motor has internal work aswell as external work and the owner before me said that he has had the needle burried with virtually no effort it still behaves calm under normal driving. Say what you want, type what you wanna type. I have 2 part time jobs working 40 hours a week and Im still in high school. Ive done everything Ive set my mind to.
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#133 Unread post by CanuckSV » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:52 pm

Good price on the bike, but...
"Don't have to put your feet down" ... That's a little scary.
Do you ever watch Superbikes? Jason rides a 600.
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#134 Unread post by PacificShot327 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:30 pm

$300, eh?

I think you might be in for more of a headache than you realize.

/shrug

Grats on the bike, I guess. Broken bike is better than no bike, for sure.
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#135 Unread post by Fargo360 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:35 pm

PacificShot327 wrote:$300, eh?

I think you might be in for more of a headache than you realize.

/shrug

Grats on the bike, I guess. Broken bike is better than no bike, for sure.
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#136 Unread post by theFancyDandy » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:21 am

First of all thanks for this thread (hilarious in parts esp. the bit where the high school kid is going to buy a 1litre bike as his first bike. I know I had some foolish tendencies at that age but I don't recall them going that far)

Anyway, I have been riding for a while (rode in my 20s for 5-6years and have recently taken it up again and been riding a Suzuki c50/Volusia for the past year). I feel pretty comfortable on a bike and I am reasonably responsible. I am not stupid enough to think I am a great rider but consider myself to be ok.

As such I am not considering buying a sportsbike of any kind. I think they look great but in my opinion are just too dangerous unless you're on the motogp circuit.

However I am thinking of buying something like the Ducati Monster 695 or 1100. I am 6'4" and around 100kg. My main reason I want to sell the C50 is (besides always wanting a Ducati) is to have something that handles/corners a bit better. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of riding a bike for me. I do not need huuuuuuge amounts of speed but would like some there for the occasional open straight and wouldn't like to be restricted for the occasional....but what I am concerned about is the acceleration of these compared to sportsbikes. Anyone got any advice for me?

I know most of you are thinking 'go and try it out' and yes I will but I'd like to hear from you....do they perform like or similarly to sportsbikes? or are they a little slower to accelerate? any experiences ? thanks

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#137 Unread post by ceemes » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:20 pm

theFancyDandy wrote:First of all thanks for this thread (hilarious in parts esp. the bit where the high school kid is going to buy a 1litre bike as his first bike. I know I had some foolish tendencies at that age but I don't recall them going that far)

Anyway, I have been riding for a while (rode in my 20s for 5-6years and have recently taken it up again and been riding a Suzuki c50/Volusia for the past year). I feel pretty comfortable on a bike and I am reasonably responsible. I am not stupid enough to think I am a great rider but consider myself to be ok.

As such I am not considering buying a sportsbike of any kind. I think they look great but in my opinion are just too dangerous unless you're on the motogp circuit.

However I am thinking of buying something like the Ducati Monster 695 or 1100. I am 6'4" and around 100kg. My main reason I want to sell the C50 is (besides always wanting a Ducati) is to have something that handles/corners a bit better. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of riding a bike for me. I do not need huuuuuuge amounts of speed but would like some there for the occasional open straight and wouldn't like to be restricted for the occasional....but what I am concerned about is the acceleration of these compared to sportsbikes. Anyone got any advice for me?

I know most of you are thinking 'go and try it out' and yes I will but I'd like to hear from you....do they perform like or similarly to sportsbikes? or are they a little slower to accelerate? any experiences ? thanks
If I am not mistaken, and I often am, the duc monsters would fall under the pure sport bike category. Have you considered either the Triumph Sprint ST's or older RS models or the Honda VFR's? They are Sport Touring machines that lean more towards the Sport side of the ST world.
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#138 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:36 am

theFancyDandy wrote:First of all thanks for this thread (hilarious in parts esp. the bit where the high school kid is going to buy a 1litre bike as his first bike. I know I had some foolish tendencies at that age but I don't recall them going that far)

Anyway, I have been riding for a while (rode in my 20s for 5-6years and have recently taken it up again and been riding a Suzuki c50/Volusia for the past year). I feel pretty comfortable on a bike and I am reasonably responsible. I am not stupid enough to think I am a great rider but consider myself to be ok.

As such I am not considering buying a sportsbike of any kind. I think they look great but in my opinion are just too dangerous unless you're on the motogp circuit.

However I am thinking of buying something like the Ducati Monster 695 or 1100. I am 6'4" and around 100kg. My main reason I want to sell the C50 is (besides always wanting a Ducati) is to have something that handles/corners a bit better. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of riding a bike for me. I do not need huuuuuuge amounts of speed but would like some there for the occasional open straight and wouldn't like to be restricted for the occasional....but what I am concerned about is the acceleration of these compared to sportsbikes. Anyone got any advice for me?

I know most of you are thinking 'go and try it out' and yes I will but I'd like to hear from you....do they perform like or similarly to sportsbikes? or are they a little slower to accelerate? any experiences ? thanks
My wife rides an '05 S2R800 Monster and it is a comfortable sportbike with decent, although not mind-blowing power. The acceleration is quite a bit better than your current bike although not ballistic like a 120+hp bike is on the straights. The key with the Monsters is that they are momentum bikes. They handle quite well and have a much wider powerband than a lot of sportbikes and are therefore easier to ride smoothly. It is surprising how easily a well ridden Monster can keep up with or even leave behind a much higher powered bike on a twisty road.

So I say go for it. The new 696 and 1100 are significantly better bikes than the older ones like our S2R. To top it off the 696 is cheap to buy and seems to hold it's value very well.

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#139 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:13 am

theFancyDandy wrote:Anyway, I have been riding for a while (rode in my 20s for 5-6years and have recently taken it up again and been riding a Suzuki c50/Volusia for the past year). I feel pretty comfortable on a bike and I am reasonably responsible. I am not stupid enough to think I am a great rider but consider myself to be ok.

As such I am not considering buying a sportsbike of any kind. I think they look great but in my opinion are just too dangerous unless you're on the motogp circuit.

However I am thinking of buying something like the Ducati Monster 695 or 1100. I am 6'4" and around 100kg. My main reason I want to sell the C50 is (besides always wanting a Ducati) is to have something that handles/corners a bit better. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of riding a bike for me. I do not need huuuuuuge amounts of speed but would like some there for the occasional open straight and wouldn't like to be restricted for the occasional....but what I am concerned about is the acceleration of these compared to sportsbikes. Anyone got any advice for me?

I know most of you are thinking 'go and try it out' and yes I will but I'd like to hear from you....do they perform like or similarly to sportsbikes? or are they a little slower to accelerate? any experiences ? thanks
I'm the same height as you, 6'4" tall and I don't fit at all on the Ducati's, just too small... but it could also be my 34" inseam too (what is your inseam?). If you are looking for a Ducati, try their Hypermotard or Multistrada line, it will be much more comfortable for you. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2 ... Ducati.htm

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The L-Twin (like a V-Twin but 90°) of the Ducati motor will give you lower down torque than an inline-4 of a sportbike, but you won't get the high-end rush of an Inline-4. (not bad, just different)

If you are looking to go out and try a bike, I'd suggest the Suzuki V-Strom 650 or a bike with room on it like the Triumph Bonneville or H-D Dyna/Fat Bob or even a Bandit 1200/1250. Any "standard" type of bike will work well for you too.

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