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I went from a 750 shadow to a Vee. I wanted to upgrade and was afraid the Wee would be too much like my cruiser in terms of performance, even though it does have higher HP.

Now i find myself speeding all the time. I tell myself i can drive the speed limit with this bike too, like i did with the shadow, but that throttle sitting there, and all the power is just too much for my puny brain and i end up cranking it.

I need some tips on how to stop doing this. I'm sure everyone here has that same issue right?

Street racing fines are huge here and they will take the vehicle too, so i need to stop doing this fast.

Should i sell it and get a 650?

Help!!
 

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My Concours 1400 will make your 1000 Strom feel like a snail.......trust me.
 

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Well, here's a try:

1. Don't bother slowing down. After you get enough points against your license and are on the verge of losing it, you will invariably slow down. This is the method I used in my 20's.

2. Ride a Suzuki 80 cc from the 60's. Though some consider the power of the DL650 to be on par with this bike, it isn't, and you can still easily go too fast. Realize this. I have experience with both, and luckly have had tickets with neither.

3. Drive large highway trucks responsibly for six years and have a look at what the other idiot truck and car drivers and motorbike riders are doing. If you do lots of miles, you'll see a bad accident per week. That might slow you down.

4. Have children and grand-children. Not only will they give you an appreciation for life and safety, they'll tire you out which may slow you down. At least in residential areas.

5. Be selective. Don't pop wheelies or smoke the Corvette on Main Street (where the cops are). That's what back roads are for (where they *may* not be).

6. I hate to say this, but crash a bike and injure yourself (not a joke). This may well slow you down. For a while anyway. Not a pleasant option.

7. Grow old, but you only really do that when you stop biking. Nothing to gain there.

I've tried the first 6 of these, not ready for number 7.

But you know, I still speed now and then. I'd be less sharp and maybe more dangerous if I didn't. Honest, officer!

Marc
 

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Yeah, that nice torquey engine tends to mean that the answer to every traffic problem is to go faster. Since I have an '02 with the OEM windscreen, the wind pressure tends to at least alert me when I'm twisting the throttle a bit much. Of course, the speedo is wildly optimistic, so maybe you're not speeding as much as you think. I generally ride with a GPS set to show actual speed, and that seems to help a little.
 

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Bug... turn throttle forward to reduce speeding problem.

If this doesn't work, consider discussing the matter with your insurance agent, he or she should be able to be quite persuasive.
 

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To protect your licence...I'll do you a favour! Give your bike to me at once. :thumbup:
 

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I've got an 09 1K and have the same problem myself. Find a custom sproket maker and install a 9 tooth front and 70 tooth rear...........That'll slow ya down :biggrinjester: Take Care........Mark

I went from a 750 shadow to a Vee. I wanted to upgrade and was afraid the Wee would be too much like my cruiser in terms of performance, even though it does have higher HP.

Now i find myself speeding all the time. I tell myself i can drive the speed limit with this bike too, like i did with the shadow, but that throttle sitting there, and all the power is just too much for my puny brain and i end up cranking it.

I need some tips on how to stop doing this. I'm sure everyone here has that same issue right?

Street racing fines are huge here and they will take the vehicle too, so i need to stop doing this fast.

Should i sell it and get a 650?

Help!!
 

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Remove the front spark plug.
 

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First speeding is not a sin

Speed limits are an invention of the "Legal Business" and for the most part have NO relationship to reality or safety or anything other than to fill the coffers of the government.

So spend the money for a GOOD radar detector and screamer or hard. I would recommend either an Escort 9500, their new GPS thing or the Valetine 1
Blah blah POP laser etc if you are in hilly or curvy roads they almost always will have to keep the radars on as they cruise.

The LEO's spend most of their time either on expressways or "in a town". If you use your Strom you can ride all day on 2 lanes and secondary roads and never see one of these armed roving tax collectors.

The LEOs do good in against real bad guys but the ticket business is almost totally bogus.
 

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Downshift one gear.
 

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I had a 2003 SV1000S until last year.........received my first "award" in 32 years (it was deserved). From then on, I had a different mindset about riding. I bought a used 2008 Wee and sold the SV1000. On the SV1000, I was always thinking about going fast, getting a "rush", how I looked to other bikers, etc........on the Wee, I think about enjoying the ride, looking at the scenery (at a much slower speed......you'd be suprised on what you have been missing by going 10-30 mph over the limit), no worries about the PoPo.....kinda like the Tortoise and the Hare. Guess who won that one?? :mrgreen:
 

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My Turbo Hayabusa will eat your ZX14 for breakfast. And I bet that a 18 year old runs faster than a 3 year old!
Well....first off I don't have a ZX14....secondly I have Concours 1400 "sport touring".....thirdly my penis is still bigger than yours.
 

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Read it, read it again, learn it, live it, love it:



I'm dead serious -- this book literally changed my life. My driving record has been squeaky-clean for many years.

It was written by a retired NY state cop, James Eagen, and goes through EVERYTHING you need to know about cop psychology, speeder psychology, radar, and the science, art, and zen of safe, rapid transit. You'll become a far safer driver and rider, and as a nice side effect, you'll be able to avoid getting so many roadside performance awards.

His writing is awkward and labored at times, but still very clear, with simple, logical explanations of everything you need to know.

You'll understand how and when to speed, when not to speed, how to not get pulled over, how to pull over (yes, there's a right way to pull over -- most people do it completely wrong), what to say and what not to say, and how to behave in the presence of a police officer.

Amazon.com: A Speeder's Guide to Avoiding Tickets: James M. Eagen: Books

There are many other terrible books in the same general genre full of crappy advice that will likely get you arrested. There are many more full of utterly laughable "legal" advice.

But this book... this book is the one every Vee owner needs.

I mean, the damn bike isn't happy in top gear unless you're doing 80mph. They should issue a copy of this book along with every Vee owners manual.
 

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One thing you can do is adjust your throttle so you have more "play" before you actually can "give it any gas". I know I have a little more play in my throttle compared to some of my friends but I go with what I learned in my MSF course, you shouldn't be able to open her up without really trying.
I am a newbie but it could be just getting use to the bike. I have a 650 and dropping to one won’t keep you from speeding. I hit the throttle once to get around a center lane driver and hit 80 with a lot more room to push it.
 

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coming from a cruiser to these bikes I know exactly how you feel. First just get use to it, but what I found that helped condition me was that I would only shift up if I was at 5.5k; what this did was force me to look at the cluster and notice my speed at every gear change until you get use to the sound and the feel. Also you will notice that you stay out of 6th unless you are speeding. So their you have it, it took me almost a year to get the speed under control does it work all the time, no, but at least you make the conscious effort to speed now. You could also put a 16/43 sprocket set on and that will slow the bike down some and bring 6th back into play but it will have a ton more torque than you are familiar with compared to the 750.
 

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I think you might be more likely to get tickets on a slower vehicle than on a faster vehicle. With the DL1000 there is so much power that you don't need to wind it out, but on a slower bike you tend to wind it out more and the result is that you are going much faster than the limit and subject to speeding fines. I don't find my friends with DL1000's ride any faster than I do with my DL650.

Ultimately it isn't the bike that's the issue; you will have to learn restraint.

..Tom
 
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