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View Poll Results: do you ride your bike hard or easy? what bike?
i ride a vee and i ride it hard 31 15.90%
i ride a wee and i ride it hard 49 25.13%
i ride a vee and take it easy 35 17.95%
i ride a wee and take it easy 80 41.03%
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post #1 of 67 Old 04-10-2008, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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how many of you ride hard?

i just got curious about something, and i wanted to know.
i just rode a wee for a day and i rode it pretty hard (ok, i drove the snot out of it).

i was wondering if most of the stromtroopers ride easy or hard. i'd also be curious to see if the vees are driven harder than the wees or vice versa.

i describe myself as a conservative rider, but that's compared to my friends who are real nutjobs. maybe i am a bit on the aggressive side in my riding style.

is it more fun to ride the wee hard or the vee?

i'm guessing the more powerful engien wont be driven as hard as the wee, but i'm not sure. can we have a poll?

here's how i define riding hard:
- you either accelerate or you brake, when you accelerate it's always full throttle unless in a corner
- you refuse to shift at a "conservative" 8,000 rpm and often run into the rev limiter
- you know damn well your bike starts making some real power at 9,500rpm
- highways need to be eaten up as fast as possible, there's no pleasure in them, except they get you from a to b real fast which is why you know your top speed, not becasue you read about it in some magasine
- you're regularly above 100 km/h by the time you think of shifting into third gear
- your rear brake is mostly ineffective as your rear tire has almost no weight on it when you brake, because you have to brake that hard to slow enough for the turns
- scenery? what scenery? all my attention was on the road

here's how i define taking it easy:
- you have never reached your bike's top speed or reached the rev limiter, or only once just to try it out.
- you cruise within 15-20 km/h of the speed limit on the highway
- you shift in the lower half of your rpm range
- you rarely accelerate at full throttle

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post #2 of 67 Old 04-10-2008, 03:45 AM
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I vote Vee and i ride it hard not because I ride hard by "your" definition but I take it off road to places it wasn't designed to go :rolleyes1:

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I ride a wee and by your definition I take it easy - having said that, I use up all the tread on my tyres.... especially the edges....
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I ride a Vee and take it easy.

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I guess I ride easy too...every now in then I get a little crazy
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My last street bike was a Yamaha Vmax, so I definitely have to ride my 650 hard, just to make sure it's actually running.

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You should probably add...

"Do you scrape the pegs?" To the list list of hard riding traits. If something doesn't touch down once in awhile, your not really riding it hard.

But I'm not sure what any of this stuff in the second part of the list has to do with 'riding hard'. You can ride hard and still not be a complete idiot. There's lots of scenery to enjoy, inbetween the twisty sections. And if you don't know how to properly use your rear brake in turns, your going to crash if you do try riding hard!

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becasue you read about it in some magasine
- you're regularly above 100 km/h by the time you think of shifting into third gear
- your rear brake is mostly ineffective as your rear tire has almost no weight on it when you brake, because you have to brake that hard to slow enough for the turns
- scenery? what scenery? all my attention was on the road

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Darn, I thought this was going to be about riding too soon after taking Viagra. My Bad.......

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Riding a wee for 2 years and 17000 miles like I freakin stole it. Scraped pegs, boots, cntr stand down once whe I hit a mud rut at 40mph. Every shift is almost red line, run on highway at 8k rpm and burn oil like a pig.
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I am currently riding circles around BadTrainDriver's DL1000 like it is sitting still. As a matter of fact it is sitting still in several pieces.

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Wee rider here. I ride it hard whenever I can.

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