Cagers wanting to race a 250?
June 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm #2999SafetyFirstParticipant
Has anyone else encountered this riding down the ‘main drag’ after rush-hour clears?
I was smoked by a Corvette at a light, and a Cobalt decided they were going to try to race me at another light. I took no part in it, 6 point racing citation isn’t my thing, just continued on as normal to the speed limit, but it got me thinkin’…
What gives? Do cagers really think the EX250F is fast?June 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm #19663EliasParticipant
They don’t see displacement. They are thinking “this guy’s got a bike. people who ride bikes think they are faster than cars. I bet I can prove him wrong…” You could be on a 125 and they will rev at you and display their obvious dominance by flooring it…all the way to the next red light. Good job keeping your head on right, ignore the tools…June 13, 2009 at 1:02 am #19667
As Elias said, it’s unlikely that they understand the difference between your Ninja 250 and another guy’s Hayabusa 1300. I guarantee that my Ninja 650 could beat almost any car that I come across, but I have no need to prove that.
One guy tried to race me, and I just accelerated my normal speed while he took off. About a mile down the road, we both pulled into a gas station. I pumped my 3.5 gallons, paid for it and left while he was still pumping his probably 14 gallons. I waved goodbye as I left and that was satisfying enough.June 13, 2009 at 1:23 am #19669eternal05Participant
That’s what the dude/lady in the driver’s seat of a car tends to be. Only the fastest cars are faster than bikes in a straight line, and you’re unlikely to run into those on the road (considering that even cars like the Lambo Gallardo might still lose to a well-launched SV650…especially with a midlife-crisis business exec driving the car). Yet not too many non-motorcycle-fan drivers know this, and while thus offer foolish challenges on the road.
The truth is, all but the fastest street cars are slower than your bike too. The Ninja 250R is pretty zippy. Especially with a jet kit and a few performance modifications, you won’t lose to anything slower than a Subaru WRX-type car. Then again, if you’re street racing, you probably aren’t on this forum, so I don’t know why I’m even validating the idea.June 13, 2009 at 2:03 am #19670MunchParticipant
eh , can’t say I have been that mature. Every now and again I get a hopped up rice burner with a juvenile behind the wheel next to me. They look at me and see an older guy on a bagger. Usually pay them no mind until they start getting stupid. So I nod my head and smile, give it a go and wait for them to catch up to me while I stay at speed limit or 5+ and they finally catch up. I don’t have to full on race them… getting them well off the light til I am up to speed makes my point.
*****Disclaimer:kids (and adults) don’t do this at home*****June 13, 2009 at 2:38 am #19676JimParticipant
LOL same thing has happened to me on my 250. It must be the engine that sounds like a sewing machine on steroids.June 13, 2009 at 2:41 am #19678MunchParticipant
Oh yea forgot to mention another tactic I have been known to pull… Get the guy rearin to go … rev a few times if you must….keep the excitement all the way up to the green light… then dart over to the side of the road and report the “DA” kid to the local LEO as a wreckless driver. Make sure to get make and model as best you can along with paint and tags. Funny to see their faces as you cruise on by with a wave. Oh yea…. not to mention you won the raceJune 13, 2009 at 2:58 am #19681EliasParticipant
Haha, don’t know why, but that reminded me of Back to the Future, where instead of gunning it forward against his competitor, McFly goes reverse. lolJune 13, 2009 at 3:12 am #19684briderdtParticipant
…that cars have tried to race me. One was a tuned ‘Vette, and it was no contest (not that I was even participating). The other was a big deisel 4×4, and again, it was no contest (the truck didn’t stand a chance). But I don’t race. I’ll often take it off the line fast just to get out of the mess of traffic.June 13, 2009 at 4:19 am #19685
Ha, good idea. Or even just rev it, get him ready to go, and then just slowly pull away from the line, nice and relaxed while he takes off down the road.June 13, 2009 at 6:59 am #19686MadCowParticipant
seriously! Who are these freaking idiots?
I ride a Ninja 250 also. I only live 5 miles from work, and one time no less than 5 different people all tried to race me. Mind you, I lane split up the front, but I don’t race. Period.
Guy number one (in a huge raised up truck) takes off at full speed with tires screeching and everything, but he failed to realize that there was another red light only 40 yards up the street. He had to swerve across three lanes to avoid cars waiting at the light.
Pretty much the same stupid crap from guys/ girls two through four. But guy number five actually took off, and drove down the street looking over his shoulder the whole way to make sure that he blocked me from passing him. A car could have pulled out in front of him and he’d have never seen it coming.
The funny thing is that after all that, I lane split up to the last light… right next to a Ferrari. I’m sitting there thinking, “great now this idiot’s gonna try to race me too”. But nothing. He just drove along like normal.
The guy in the huge truck, the business lady in the BMW, the businessman in the Hyundai… they all wanted to race me, but the guy in the Ferrari couldn’t have cared less. Ha ha.
Maybe it’s an insecurity thing. Or maybe they’re pissed off because they feel like lane splitting is “cutting” in line. I dunno. But I figure that with all the stupid squids on bikes out there, there are probably just as many stupid squids in cars.
It makes me really appreciate all the decent, normal people who frequent this website.
P.S. Sorry about the rant. I’m a very angry person.June 13, 2009 at 7:06 am #19687MadCowParticipant
It’s kinda stupid, and probably a bit unsafe, but I gotta say that it’s freaking hilarious.
The guys revs his engine and looks at you… you rev back and give him the nod… you see everyone around your roll their eyes in unison.
When the other guy takes off like a rocket and you pull away nice and mellow, everybody gets a good laugh out of it.
I probably won’t do it again, but damn was it funny.June 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm #19692
If I were to lane split to get to the front of a light, I would make sure to accelerate quickly. Just following the logic of “if you’re not in a hurry, why do it?” And it would be annoying to the car in front.June 14, 2009 at 12:40 am #19700eternal05Participant
I’ve DEFINITELY done that. Often. Like you said, it’s just waaaaay too entertaining. I mean, seriously, the types that would challenge me back in the day were such schmucks! I was driving a JETTA…who gets all testosterone-crazed over a Jetta? I was doing my undergrad at the time, meaning that I’d get all sorts of ’91 Civics and ’94 Preludes with Folger’s coffee cans for mufflers and crappy spoilers stapled to their trunks barking up all the wrong trees.
And that’s exactly what I’d do.
1) Make eye contact. Nod.
2) Rev until green.
3) Slowly apply throttle while releasing clutch.
4) Enjoy as rice rocket racer guns it, launches off the line, and then immediately slams on the brakes when the next light turns red.
5) Roll up again. Make eye contact. Laugh.
6) Watch in horror as said rice rocket racer whips out a sawed-off and puts red misty air where your head used to be.
Still worth it.June 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm #19708megaspazParticipant
race ’em or don’t race ’em… the choice is yours… but fyi, even on your little 250 you should be able to blow most cagers at the start of the intersection, even high powered sports/muscle cars… Most of those people don’t know how to fast start with those cars anyway. Just sayin…
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