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Wow...some of youguys are brave...or,..."other".
How fast is fast?....after further consideration, I came to the conclusion that, that is a question of "relativity". On a bicycle, 30 mph is fast-on the water, 45 mph is fast-in a car, 120-on a motorcycle, 110-maybe in a jet, 500 or so?....but, if you are riding down the pavement on your elbows, palms of your hands, or your nose, 10 mph is way to fast!


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made2care wrote:Now that I am wearing a helmet, I notice that I am more brave in terms of speed, sounds crazy but this is a psychological issue for me.
Actually, that isn't all that uncommon. I remember reading about how when Australia started to mandate helmets for bicyclists, the injury rate for bicyclists went up. Seems that when people put the shell on their heads they thought that they were now "safe", so they were taking risks that they wouldn't have otherwise, and usually they were risks that they weren't able to handle. I would imagine that the same thing would hold for motorcyclists too.

Now I'm not saying that anybody should ride without a helmet so that they won't take the risks, but everybody should understand that the helmet and protective gear is the last line of defence that only comes in to play when everything else has failed. As has been noted in other threads on this forum, you can still get hurt even with all the protective gear, so it's better to keep your bike and your skills in good shape and not take the risks so that you don't have to find out if your gear will be effective or not.

As to how fast I've gone, well the speed limit on the open freeway in Idaho is 85. I have found myself pushing 100 on the Goldwing when I wasn't watching the speedometer (bike rides too dang smooth). I caught myself at 120+ on my old VStar 1100 once. Speedo on that thing was in a bad location and with no cruise control it was easy to let it have it's own way.
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dtrider wrote:As to how fast I've gone, well the speed limit on the open freeway in Idaho is 85. I have found myself pushing 100 on the Goldwing when I wasn't watching the speedometer (bike rides too dang smooth). I caught myself at 120+ on my old VStar 1100 once. Speedo on that thing was in a bad location and with no cruise control it was easy to let it have it's own way.
I had that same problem with my GSX-R750. The thing was SO powerful, and it was SO stable and easy to ride at ridiculous speeds, that if you didn't pay close attention, your speed would regularly creep up far beyond legal limits. I'd look down, realize I was 40 mph over the limit, and slow down to the speed limit. Two minutes later, I'd have to do it again.

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WingAdmin wrote:
dtrider wrote:As to how fast I've gone, well the speed limit on the open freeway in Idaho is 85. I have found myself pushing 100 on the Goldwing when I wasn't watching the speedometer (bike rides too dang smooth). I caught myself at 120+ on my old VStar 1100 once. Speedo on that thing was in a bad location and with no cruise control it was easy to let it have it's own way.
I had that same problem with my GSX-R750. The thing was SO powerful, and it was SO stable and easy to ride at ridiculous speeds, that if you didn't pay close attention, your speed would regularly creep up far beyond legal limits. I'd look down, realize I was 40 mph over the limit, and slow down to the speed limit. Two minutes later, I'd have to do it again.
that's why GOD made "cruse control" :D.

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roadwanderer2 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
dtrider wrote:As to how fast I've gone, well the speed limit on the open freeway in Idaho is 85. I have found myself pushing 100 on the Goldwing when I wasn't watching the speedometer (bike rides too dang smooth). I caught myself at 120+ on my old VStar 1100 once. Speedo on that thing was in a bad location and with no cruise control it was easy to let it have it's own way.
I had that same problem with my GSX-R750. The thing was SO powerful, and it was SO stable and easy to ride at ridiculous speeds, that if you didn't pay close attention, your speed would regularly creep up far beyond legal limits. I'd look down, realize I was 40 mph over the limit, and slow down to the speed limit. Two minutes later, I'd have to do it again.
that's why GOD made "cruse control" :D.

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The GSX-R didn't even have a fuel gauge in order to save weight, no way it was going to have a cruise control. :)

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well, with the power and comfort of riding this 1100, im glad it has cruse control because like you on your GSX-R750, i can be going the speed limit one minute, look at my speedometer and i'll be going 10-15mph over the limit and have to slow down many times.

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Funny thing is, with all my miles of running triple digits speeds on sportbikes etc. the only thing I ever got a speeding ticket on was a big ole GL 1800 touring bike. :?

Makes no sense,
as I get older I am slowing down, at least around town. Also not owning anything now that's very fast helps.
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[quote="maintainer"]

as I get older I am slowing down, at least around town. Also not owning anything now that's very fast helps.


im the same way, i know im getting older,(61 last month), but i don't feel old, in my mind anyway lol.

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Cruise control doesn't always help. Even with it on I find myself still running over the set speed and having to slow down all the time.

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dingdong wrote:Cruise control doesn't always help. Even with it on I find myself still running over the set speed and having to slow down all the time.

Tom
i have a problem with my cruise control, i can set it for the speed i want to stay at, but it keeps slowing down and i have to constantly keep readjusting the throttle to get back to the speed i wanted to stay at. I've tried to tighten the adjustment screw on the "thumb lock", but it doesn't help. maybe its worn out to the point where i should think about replacing it.

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roadwanderer2 wrote:
dingdong wrote:Cruise control doesn't always help. Even with it on I find myself still running over the set speed and having to slow down all the time.

Tom
i have a problem with my cruise control, i can set it for the speed i want to stay at, but it keeps slowing down and i have to constantly keep readjusting the throttle to get back to the speed i wanted to stay at. I've tried to tighten the adjustment screw on the "thumb lock", but it doesn't help. maybe its worn out to the point where i should think about replacing it.

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Stuart, We are referring to a true cruise control not a throttle lock. My wrist is the problem with mine. ;)

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dingdong wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:
dingdong wrote:Cruise control doesn't always help. Even with it on I find myself still running over the set speed and having to slow down all the time.

Tom
i have a problem with my cruise control, i can set it for the speed i want to stay at, but it keeps slowing down and i have to constantly keep readjusting the throttle to get back to the speed i wanted to stay at. I've tried to tighten the adjustment screw on the "thumb lock", but it doesn't help. maybe its worn out to the point where i should think about replacing it.

stuart.
Stuart, We are referring to a true cruise control not a throttle lock. My wrist is the problem with mine. ;)

Tom
oh ok, i thought the throttle lock was cruise control. your talking about the electrical type of cruise control?

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This is how you know you're going fast. :D


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NVSB4 wrote:This is how you know you're going fast. :D
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ROFLMAO.......now THATS funny. good one.

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Back in my younger days, With m brand new 75 GL1000, I opened it up on a trip from CA to TX....hit 125 and felt the front wheel starting to rise, chickened out but it was still pulling. Had not gone much over speed limit for a lot of years after that. Did run my 84 aspy up to 95 a couple times following a crazy friend, finely realized he wasn't going to drive slower as long as I tried to stay with his BMW. So I quit and let him run and I would bring up the rear.
I very seldom ever brake the speed limit any more except when maybe passing someone who wants to run at 60 in a 65 or 70 and just block traffic. Or, when cross country in Texas, where speed limit is 80, I bump it to 85 and set cruise control. It really isn't noticeable on the 1500's that much. Like others though, I love to run the gears, and will reach speed limit very quickly, seems like only a few seconds.

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On my GL1200 Aspy (from 1985) I have managed to reach a speed of 120 mph including passenger and luggage (full load for two) on a European highway. It felt not secure – no vision in mirrors because of too much shaking. My experience is that my bike is immense comfortable and secure at a speed of about 80 mph (which is maximum on most European highways) at about 3500 rpm in overdrive.

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f1xrupr wrote:Wow...some of youguys are brave...or,..."other".
How fast is fast?....after further consideration, I came to the conclusion that, that is a question of "relativity". On a bicycle, 30 mph is fast-on the water, 45 mph is fast-in a car, 120-on a motorcycle, 110-maybe in a jet, 500 or so?....but, if you are riding down the pavement on your elbows, palms of your hands, or your nose, 10 mph is way to fast!
Back in the 60's at the age of 14 when I was Superman I received a ticket for 60 in a 25 mph zone on a John Deere 10 speed Racing Bike. Only weighed 18 pounds and it was ridden as hard as my dirt bikes. Bet was to blast through past police on Main St without being caught. Had no idea he could clock a bicycle, but it held up in court. That $200 worth of bragging rights carried all through high school. Bike dealer bragged about it could go 63 mph and offered to pay my court fine, said he never expected someone to try and do it.

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We have a quarter-mile track near my home called "Mo-Kan Speedway" because it is on the Kansas-Missouri border.
Anyway...I was hitting 125 MPH easily on my 750 Kawasaki and doing it in 8.8 secs.in the quarter mile. Sure was difficult to stop though..lol
On my 1200 Aspencade...maybe 80 to 85 while passing other vehicles but it is nice to know it is capable of much higher speeds. :)
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Good one NVSB4 !! ROFL!!
Reminds me though...



Geesh.. I used to wish my x-wife would get off my back.. :roll:


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Well you guys got me thinking and remembering....
When I first got my license, I had a series of sports cars. Had to try each one out to see
how fast it would go.
67 Karmann Ghia, 87 mph wide open.
60 Triumph TR-3, about 100 wide open.
70 MGB, about 105 wide open.
On bikes, I had my 74 BMW R90/6 up to 110 on Rt 84 near Middletown NY....once.
My 76 Goldwing cruises smooth as you please at 85.
Recently ran a long ride with some friends on my GL-1500 at a steady 85
with bursts to 90, again on Rt 84. Interesting and exciting, but not
something I'm likely to do again soon. At 66 years old, I'd like to think I've
developed a little more good judgement and common sense. (yeah, right!)
And finally,....
On my 77 Honda Trail 90, (the orange bike in my avatar)
which weighs 185 pounds and has a whopping
SEVEN horsepower engine, I've seen 53 mph, with the engine
screaming on the highway near my house!
(Hey, the book says it will go 55, so I had to find out. Pretty close!! LOL!! )
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81 honda GL500i silvering interstate......93mph

83 honda GL1100A aspencade..........105mph

86 honda GL1200 aspencade SEi......115mph (fast enough)

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1975 GL1000 - indicated 128 MPH

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offcenter wrote:Well you guys got me thinking and remembering....
When I first got my license, I had a series of sports cars. Had to try each one out to see how fast it would go.
When I was younger and dumber, I did the same thing.
In '79 I had a '77 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera that I got up to 159 mph one night.
I zipped past a cop on the side of the road, tried to take an exit a couple of miles down the road, but didn't quite make it.
Luckily the only damage was a bent frame (which couldn't be fixed back then) and many $$$ in legal fees.

Did I learn a lesson? Not really. I still love to go fast, but will keep everything over 100 on a track.
For my 50th, my wife got me lessons from Mario Andretti and was able to drive a Formula 1 car 189 mph.
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NVSB4 wrote:
offcenter wrote:Well you guys got me thinking and remembering....
When I first got my license, I had a series of sports cars. Had to try each one out to see how fast it would go.
When I was younger and dumber, I did the same thing.
In '79 I had a '77 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera that I got up to 159 mph one night.
I zipped past a cop on the side of the road, tried to take an exit a couple of miles down the road, but didn't quite make it.
Luckily the only damage was a bent frame (which couldn't be fixed back then) and many $$$ in legal fees.

Did I learn a lesson? Not really. I still love to go fast, but will keep everything over 100 on a track.
For my 50th, my wife got me lessons from Mario Andretti and was able to drive a Formula 1 car 189 mph.
while i was "younger and stupider" i would tear up the streets in my cars, especially my 1962 corvette red Chevy impala SS convertible with its 68 396/465 hp bored 60 over/ balanced/blue printed motor, then when i got older and met my biological father, i found out where i got my "need for speed". turns out he was a stock car racer back in the early 50's. now that im older and somewhat wiser and knowing what the consequences are, i've put that "need" of driving fast behind me other than testing myself and my bike's limitations. trust me, going 115 mph on a motorcycle is not very smart. i think i'll leave that up to the professionals lol. what i WOULD like to do is take my 1200 SEi to a track and see what it can do in a 1/8th mile from a standing start.

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