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Twolanerider

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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2021, 02:37:03 PM »

Don, I have a similar story.  I bought my '76 FLH Shovelhead from a good friend and it was my first bike after a dry spell.  Actually it was my first truly road worthy Harley.  He had upgraded to an '03 CVO Deuce and loved it.  We were coming back from IL, just the two of us and on the way across on the ferry we decided to swap bikes so he could get the feel of his old FLH rejuvenated so to speak.  When we left the landing ramp he took off and I followed.  I had passed him and we were coming to the first stop sign.  I ran up quite quickly and broke hard.  I looked behind me and he was coming on strong, but didn't seem to be slowing down much.  He blew right through the stop sign and finally slowed to a stop.  The brakes on the Deuce were very good, but the brakes on the FLH were only as good as they were new.... which meant they couldn't stop you from 20 mph in 20 feet.

He as shaken up a bit and felt lucky that there wasn't any traffic ahead of us.  I could lock up the FLH brakes, but I knew exactly how hard to pull and press to get the beast to slow down.  Oh what technology has done for us and our toys!


Kind of like what it would be for those of us old enough to remember driving on bias ply tires.  Then the change to glass belts and on to radials....

Still remember vividly the day I took a set of worn out (and bought used) set of bias ply tires off my old 66 El Camino and put on a moderately decent set of used Michelin radials had picked up the junk yard the day before.  Holy chit what a difference!.
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2021, 01:10:52 AM »

Kind of like what it would be for those of us old enough to remember driving on bias ply tires. 

Or drum brakes operated by a cable or lever.  Yes, the "nostalgia" is always nice to look back on, but I'll stick with what I have now.  And being a 2006 CVO Ultra, I know it's archaic compared to what is out there today.
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2021, 08:37:01 AM »

Trying to beat the rain home from Virginia I rode 90 most of the way. Highway with lite trafic. Troopers just let me pass.  but  I like to ride the curves more than seeing over 100 mph.

I have done long stretches of 90 or a bit more out west.  Normally happy at 80 on the interstate.  I too prefer the curves to over 100 mph.

That said, I do like to run up to 100 real quick and then back down to more reasonable speeds.

Easy to go fast in a straight line.
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2021, 09:09:52 AM »

Usually on a new bike, I like to see what it will do, at least once.  Ok, maybe twice.  My current bike has a speed limiter.  S'ok. I find a remote stretch of road - usually check the area by riding it first & then return to air it out.  Am less inclined to ride at those speeds for distances because when bad happens, it happens very fast over 100 mph.  Ride @ 80 for stretches?  Sure, especially out west in some states where 75 is the posted speed. The older I get the less I go real fast, because I have been lucky & blessed to have lived through other times when going fast could have ended badly, but did not.  Other riding buds have been less fortunate, and that has made a difference.  Younger days - 1 wheel - very fast riding - sure. 
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2021, 06:30:47 PM »

I used to ride pan heads with no front brake, lol, and some times the grease would get on the back brake from chain and hub, never thought we needed much brakes  :huepfenlol2:
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2021, 06:41:23 PM »

I get over a 100 on more occasions then I really should. Traffic here can be a bear and sometimes on the Loops and Interstate it takes that and more to be able to make a needed lane change. My 13 is already older in the tech department, but it is the best Harley I have ever owned. Granted I did completely rework the engine and it runs really well, for me...plus the brakes are great.

All that said I realize I am becoming more and more the limiting factor. A 100 on the newer bikes that are well maintained isn't all that much, from 80 to 100 when you hit that concrete I don't even think you will notice the speed difference. 
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2021, 10:27:24 PM »

I used to ride pan heads with no front brake, lol, and some times the grease would get on the back brake from chain and hub, never thought we needed much brakes  :huepfenlol2:

I can relate to that, but back then there wasn't as much traffic as now!  I still like to twist it, but just don't as much as before.  However, when me and Unbalanced get together, I'll twist it till that D&D Borzilla changes tunes.....and been known to blow it apart as opposed to lettin' off.  I guess I'll retire the first loser on a Twin-Cam, cause I'm gonna' get me a Trike no later than next year.  Time to slow down a little!  Lol.  Later--HUBBARD
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2021, 09:10:45 PM »

I can relate to that, but back then there wasn't as much traffic as now!  I still like to twist it, but just don't as much as before.  However, when me and Unbalanced get together, I'll twist it till that D&D Borzilla changes tunes.....and been known to blow it apart as opposed to lettin' off.  I guess I'll retire the first loser on a Twin-Cam, cause I'm gonna' get me a Trike no later than next year.  Time to slow down a little!  Lol.  Later--HUBBARD
  I here ya , I need to slow up some ,ever time I ride I hit 3 digits, got  to here that borzilla :bananarock:i try to stay under 120 in a fifty  :huepfenlol2:
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2021, 08:45:55 AM »

  I here ya , I need to slow up some ,ever time I ride I hit 3 digits, got  to here that borzilla :bananarock:i try to stay under 120 in a fifty  :huepfenlol2:

Yep.....it does "beller", especially around the 6K mark!!!!  Music to my ears!!!!  Twist it!!!!  Later--HUBBARD
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2021, 02:04:33 PM »

Yep.....it does "beller", especially around the 6K mark!!!!  Music to my ears!!!!  Twist it!!!!  Later--HUBBARD


You can still hear?  :huepfenlol2:
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2021, 04:13:21 AM »

I grew up on cafe racers in the 70’s and 80’s. 100 mph would be 3 rd gear, just saying! Don’t really push a Harley Davidson tourer to see how fast it would go. I do ride fast both in the twisties and the highways, typically 85 to 90 if I’m riding to cover distance on the interstate. But that seems like no big deal as those of you that do ride long distance can attest. On any trip, I can be going 85 mph and car after car will pass me going 10 to 15 mph faster than me, lol!
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2021, 04:18:46 AM »

"Don't really push a Harley Davidson tourer to see how fast it would go. I do ride fast both in the twisties and the highways, typically 85 to 90 if I’m riding to cover distance on the interstate. But that seems like no big deal as those of you that do ride long distance can attest. On any trip, I can be going 85 mph and car after car will pass me going 10 to 15 mph faster than me, lol!"

Exactly, my view on this topic.
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2021, 07:05:27 AM »


You can still hear?  :huepfenlol2:

"Huh?  What'd you say?  Do what now?  Can't hear a phuckin' thing you're sayin'!!!"  You nailed it, 2Lane!!!  Can't hear myself fart!!!  LMAO!!!  Later--HUBBARD
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2021, 10:37:01 AM »

I just like to cruise and ride in a safe and sane manner.  :bananarock:
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Re: riding and speeding
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2021, 12:20:18 PM »

I just like to cruise and ride in a safe and sane manner.  :bananarock:

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