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post #1 of 10 Old 01-21-2007, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think I might have brought shame to the V-Strom name

Went riding up to Floral city this afternoon with Wayne (new strommer) and a new friend on a Yam FZ-1....up HWY 39...north of Brooksville. On the way back around 4:00 PM or so we came up on a Harley that pulled out in front of us with 2 guys with matching Rebel Flag leather jackets on (Lovely couple).

(Here is legal disclaimer not to try this at home) :lol:

There were going around 30 mph once they got in front of us....knowing we were approaching at 60 mph (sound familiar). As the three of us nicely passed them on the left....The rider hit the gas hard so we couldn't pass :shock: . Shocked me that his bike had some much poop in it. I figured he was going to go off the road in the first turn.

Now that is funny stuff because the passenger was drinking out of a beer bottle while riding on the back when the rider took off :rolleyes: . My 650 had to fall back behind him through the next series of turns as his bike had more power than I did. This is just the start of much more fun to come.

If you know the road (hwy 39) you can picture how tight and quick those turns come up on you. For the next 4 or 5 corners I got right on his back tire but couldn't pass him :twisted:. Everytime we came out of the turns we both would hit to power and my bike just didn't have enough to pass him (where is that power when you need it). I tried diving hard into the turns thinking that he wouldn't take them very fast with a passenger on the back. Guess what....must of been the beer driving his bike because he was taking the turns as fast as he could and then blasting out of them. The guy on the back never even looked back at us (too occupied trying not to spill his beer). The driver was watching his mirrors at every turn. You had to wipe the smile off my face during this cat and mouse game.

At one point I gave up because we were going way to fast for those roads. Then a few tight turns later we came up on them one more time :twisted: . Since he was back down to cruising at 30 mph....I figured we would pull up along side him and give him the thumbs-up for being able to ride that Harley so well.

Guess what....He saw me...His passenger pointed his beer at me and then he hit the throttle again and gave a hand gesture :-D and it is back up to 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. This was pure entertainment. Andy on the FZ-1 said he was going to downshift and pass everyone but after watching how they were acting....based on the passenger have probably been drinking before they got on the bike....This would probably not be such a great idea to get in front of them. Besides....I can tell the driver has been missing his anger management meetings lately. Never know what they might do when you come to a stop sign.

We played for another few turns and then we realized the road came to a end at some park or something. We were so into chasing these clowns that we missed the turn-off back a couple of miles ago. So we made a U-Turn had some laughs and then headed back over to Demsy Rd to get back to the Hess Station.

So the moral of the story.....I either need to enroll in riding lessons :mad: .... or get 30 extra horse power :lol: .....or....Carry a cooler with extra beer in it for potential road hazards you might come up on :lol: .

Sorry to bring shame to the V-Strom name because this guy is going to tell everyone the story of the rice burner that couldn't pass him until his grandchildren get a chance to hear it.

Thought everyone might get a vicarious thrill from reading this story....
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-21-2007, 10:32 PM
 
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Naa, he won't even remember!

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-21-2007, 11:51 PM
 
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to pass or not to pass

non non monsiuer, far as I can tell you did us all proud by staying within your smart zone. You should give a course on how to wipe off the red mist from one's visor. I was almost exactly in your saddle this summer and chose to ignore two very definite warning flags and basically destroyed my bike and almost me in the process. Six months later and still red faced. You damn well did the right thing. Most everybody I know here in Canada thinks everyone in the States is packing some kind of firearm under thier jacket. Also consider this; how about those two prize a-holes, didnt they just put a feather in thier cap for thier brand, reinforcing a poor sad stereotypical image? Good for you sir.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-22-2007, 02:53 AM
 
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I know you Monties watch the Easy Rider movie way to many times.

Hey, Tom, you need to get rid of your OLD big wind shield & just tuck low & go. Don't worry about their grand childern, after the second generation of riding as close that couple...well...remember the colorful movie Deliverance.
But they will pick the banjo.
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Well Tom, sounds like you were smart at times and not so smart at other times. Dicks that ride like that while drinking are just out to get somebody hurt. Let it be them, while riding up tight might have been fun with another Strommer, (because you know what the Strommer rider is going to do) riding behind the HD rider (because he didn't have a clue at what he was doing) might have gotten you or the wee hurt.

Upgrade to a DL1000 in the future?
Mom wasn't on the back was she?
Be smart, let them dumb a$$es be dumb.

PS: sounds like some of the HD riders I ride with, but only on the HD.

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Now that is funny stuff because the passenger was drinking out of a beer bottle while riding on the back when the rider took off :rolleyes: . My 650 had to fall back behind him through the next series of turns as his bike had more power than I did. This is just the start of much more fun to come. .
Tom,

I thought the next line would be:"as I write this from my hospital bed"

I am so glad that is not how the story ended. I'm thinking a smarter move would have been to make your turn and let them think what they want to think. Descending to their level would not have been my choice even if I were a skilled enough rider to try it. I'm glad you are OK. I hope that Becky chewed you out when you told her the story and I hope you resolve not to play that type of game again. I would sure hate to lose you as a new friend.

As for HD riders I have plenty of proof that they are not all like that. Right Charlie?

Please everyone ride safe.

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Winnie, you are soooo correct. There are good and bad riders in all areas of the motorcycle. It's tough enough on the streets with out us being stupid.

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You did it right Tom,

Well sure, you could always sharpen your "go fast" riding skills or add an extra horsepower or two so that YOU could go faster, but think of this. That guy was probably riding right at, and past, the very edge of his riding skills but you were just following waiting for the chance to pass if you could get it.

Like said before, you were right to ride within your own comfort area. It's better that you are telling us this story rather than someone else typing us a story about you recovering from personal injury.

If your FZ-1 buddy would have jumped ahead of that dude just before a turn the idiot would have added so much speed just to get back in front he would have probably rocketed right off one of those turns.

Having had many a year riding fast I can say that one of the best basic rules is never ride track speeds on a road you haven't made a prior pass on first. You might come across a corner that has sand, oil, or minor construction on it that wasn't there the last time you rode it. Several times I've come upon just that "sand, oil, pothole construction" and every time it was very scary stuff. Only myself and my cleaners knew how scary it was, and it was also only by the grace of God that I was able to come to a stop. Which brings up another rule, or uh.. another saying. Pilots have the one of, "Any landing you can walk away from is a GOOD landing". Thru my personal experience I can say "Any motorcycle event which allows you to come to a stop still up on two wheels is a GOOD one", and I've had more than a couple.

Ya did good Tom,


Jim

P.S. Yeah, before I fixed it I did have Winnie's name there becasue I'm 44 now and had a senior moment! LOL

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-22-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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....Sorry to bring shame to the V-Strom name because this guy is going to tell everyone the story of the rice burner that couldn't pass him until his grandchildren get a chance to hear it.
Hey Tom, some guy emailed me about this. All these people coming on and telling you how you did the right thing.... I told you last Monday that you pass too slow. Is that Oldschooler calling you Winnie?.... You should've done what I did once.... put the guy right through a stop sign and I don't mean as in he didn't stop, I mean as in it took two minutes for that sign to stop vibrating and his bike was in too many pieces for his friends to carry.... right on 39.


You know I'm funning with you except that the guy in the stop sign could've been you. True Story: I had a group of about 5 going on 39 and we were zipping right along but 3 real aggressive sport bikes came up on us and we saw them coming and got to the right. They came tearing by us using the centerline, hitting it hard to show off, and it was that corner if you're coming from 48 to 476 where a lesser quality road goes straight and the good road goes hard left and a stop sign has its back to you right in the middle of a grass triangle. The first guy made a racing quality turn, the second guy got fooled that the road goes straight like it can look and went straight hitting his brakes hard and the third guy lost it, separated from the bike and looked like he might get away with it and then his bike started flopping and took the stop sign about 4 feet in the air, then the biker started flopping and missed the sign by inches but had no seat or knees in his blue jeans, right through the underwear. His helmet and jacket did pretty good and somehow he was walking around.

I think you could've set the Harley up for that type of event....if he didn't end up setting you up. Glad you're ok. You did right, you know when you can pass and when you can't.

Ride fun.
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Hey Tom, I told you last Monday that you pass too slow. Is that Oldschooler calling you Winnie ?
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Roy....Now that's funny stuff. You don't like passing at a speed where you can talk to the person you're passing?

BTW...Winnie...Becky wasn't on the back yesterday. If she was...I would be living under I-75 and exit 285 overpass. Anybody relate to that?

PonchV...There are parts of that road that could have been used for the filming of Deliverance.

Thanks everyone for sharing....Life is filled with experiences. File this one under "lane changes and rider ediquet"
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