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do you ride your bike hard or easy? what bike?

  • i ride a vee and i ride it hard

    Votes: 30 15.5%
  • i ride a wee and i ride it hard

    Votes: 49 25.3%
  • i ride a vee and take it easy

    Votes: 35 18.0%
  • i ride a wee and take it easy

    Votes: 80 41.2%

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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
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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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 guess I ride easy too...every now in then I get a little crazy
My age I guess
:mod2_wheelchair:

Fred
 

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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.

:mrgreen:

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!

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....... :p
 

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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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In my case I think age has a lot to do with how I ride. In my younger days I was much more aggressive but at 48 I have mellowed considerably and think in terms of what is safe.
 

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I'm not sure that I ride my wee particularly "hard" but I voted hard because not a day goes by that I don't exceed the posted speed limit for 85 percent of my strom trip. Just when I think I'm pretty cool zipping down the hwy. On it in 5th @ about 95, some sportbike will scream by and my reasonable side says I'll just shift to 6th to rev it down a bit, and let the sportbike guy run blocker for me and he can get the ticket. Also, I don't care for the trailwing tires much. Cornering could be better w/ diff tires, I'm sure. So for me, the scale is tipping toward the hard side the more familiar I am with the bike and the road I'm on. I guess I'm of the belief you can go fast w/ out abusing the machine too much.
 

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I'm too lazy to ride hard. When I ride with the occasional sport rider, I notice that I tend to enter the corner faster but don't accelerate hard in it. so generally I end up running up on them early in the corner but get left behind on the exit. All that braking and throttling get tiring.:cool:

That being said I've had to start moving off the seat some in corners in order to save my peg feelers.:D
 

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LOL.. I never ride hard...:rolleyes1:

Usually my daily commute sees me get up to around 115'ish mph, I see a couple full throttle accels from 0-100'ish, I try not to hit the limiter mainly because it slows me down a little, I've crashed the thing 6-7 times in the past year, every lever on it is either bent or broken in some way, both sides of the Givi's are bent in and scraped up, the sub-frame is tweaked, the Touratech boxes are beat to hell, and the peg feelers are gone.

Nah, I never ride the thing hard. Oh yeah, and that was only in 10 months of ownership. 10 months and 25k miles later.
 

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Besides really liking the bike, I got the Wee to get out of riding hard.

I had two bikes that encouraged hard riding and I had my moments of extremely poor judgement. It was a quest for fun but it was just stupid. And it was too serious. Increased possiblilites of crashing, tickets and being socially irresponsible for a lot of my riding time created a certain pressure that was not fun.

The Wee is very conducive to taking it easy. That is probably the main reason I didn't get a Vee. The Vee has enough torque that I'm not sure I'd be in take it easy mode if I owned one, and I want to be in take it easy mode.

The most enjoyable riding for me is taking it easy. That's not manly to admit I know, but it is true.
 

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I don't know how to answer.. much of my riding is an easy commute of about 60 km one way where there just isn't any point in pushing things. On occasion I might get on it but usually I don't.

On the other hand, when it is time to play I like using the motor's cababilities and will often use it hard. On a ride with friends I'll cruise when appropriate and then when I find some nice roads to go on I will push myself and have a lot of fun. I like to play!

I guess I am kind of like a Jeckel and Hyde (sp?) on the Strom.

..Tom
 

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hah! mostly the vee riders ride hard. interesting, it's the opposite of what i would have expected...

the reason i'm not including any scraped pegs in my description is you can lean a bike way over without riding hard.

i'm interested in an engine comparo really, to see which is more conducive to hard riding...

so far the results are very strange. i think i ride the wee way harder than the vee. like the vmax owner sez: "i ride the wee hard just to make sure it still works"...

too early to tell for the poll though, not enough replies yet. i guess all the wee riders are still sleeping torecover from their hard rides.

could also be that the wee appeals to a different crowd and that i really should be more attracted to the vee. i'll definitely take one out for a spin again...
 

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Maybe the 1000 riders "think" they are riding hard? I know that when I ride with "The Sheppard" and "Heavy" I am always backing off so as not to make them feel inadequate ;-)

..Tom


hah! mostly the vee riders ride hard. interesting, it's the opposite of what i would have expected...

the reason i'm not including any scraped pegs in my description is you can lean a bike way over without riding hard.

i'm interested in an engine comparo really, to see which is more conducive to hard riding...

so far the results are very strange. i think i ride the wee way harder than the vee. like the vmax owner sez: "i ride the wee hard just to make sure it still works"...

too early to tell for the poll though, not enough replies yet. i guess all the wee riders are still sleeping torecover from their hard rides.

could also be that the wee appeals to a different crowd and that i really should be more attracted to the vee. i'll definitely take one out for a spin again...
 
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