Cagers wanting to race a 250?
June 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm #19729Clay DowlingParticipant
Man, not even gonna bother. Anything less than a corvette isn’t going to touch it when I ride it normally, anything more than a corvette and I’ll have a fine view of their tail lights.
Around here, the corvette or the mustang are about the fastest cars we’re gonna see. There is one dealer for the expensive European sports cars, and the guys who buy those don’t need to prove anything. Also, we have a minimal youth population in the Flint area. Either they’ve wised up and moved to someplace with jobs, or they’re too dumb to hold a job and the only car they drive they stole.
Might be amusing to cruise down the main strip on a Saturday night though and see if there are any dolts wanting to try it. But not really gonna bother to race them. There’s noplace to go.June 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm #19738bigguybbrParticipant
This reminds me of my ride the other day. On my ride home there is a spot where the right lane is a turn only lane and the left is to go straight only. Well what happens all the time is someone pulls into the right hand lane because they don’t feel like waiting in line to go straight, then they gun it and try and cut infront of everyone else. On the particular day in question that someone happened to be in a 99 Mustang GT Cobra, and I happened to be in the particular mood to oblige their bad behavior.
So when the lady behind the wheel tried to launch cut everyone off, I was easily keeping pace with her and not allowing her to cut over (although I did had escape routes planned out the whole time just incase she tried to run me off the road). The best was that I could see her angry and cursing as she was forced to turn down a street she wasn’t intending.
So was this dangerous and unadvisable, of course it was, and I wouldn’t advise anyone to do the same. What got me that day was I know that a bike is faster than most cars out there, but I just had no idea how much faster. To be truthful, I was a little suprised how slow the car was, or at least seemed.June 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm #19739MaxDadAKParticipant
As a new rider (4 months and 1300 miles) I was amazed by this apparently world wide arc of simpletons. My first and only ride is a 09 V-Star 250. She’s gorgeous handles well and doesn’t look like a small bike. However she’s not geared for fast take-offs which I learned the first and only time I tried to race from light to light. I get this everyday no matter where I go. I’ve got nothing to prove and I try hard every day to ride that way. I’ve had everything from a vw bug to a full size diesel rev up and lay rubber before the light has gone totally green. I like the idea of letting them race themselves to the light come to a stop and you pull up to the light and laugh at em. I know it’ll probably bite me in the ass later but for now it’s funny. I think the only time people just leave you alone is when it’s another biker. The difference is an amazing breath of fresh air. They pull up lift the visor and it’s a 40 sec conversation between two people experiencing a moment of zen, momentarily blocking out the world around them. Just talking about each others bikes, riding conditions, where each of you is going etc. Hell sometimes it ends up as an impromptu group ride. Maybe if everyone rode they’d understand and be a little less of an asshole in their cage.June 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm #19741Clay DowlingParticipant
“Maybe if everyone rode they’d understand and be a little less of an asshole in their cage.”
Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s the result we’d get. Some people are hard-wired to be jerks. The sort of people likely to choose to ride a bike are also likely to recognize that there are more important things than being first off the line and taking that very important cell phone call from your boss. Among other things, there is that very important act of not taking the call from your boss.June 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm #19746zeppelinfromledParticipant
Man, I’ve pulled up next to a Ferrari twice on my motorcycle. I was too busy picking my jaw up off the ground to race, even if they had wanted to (they barely even glanced in my direction).June 16, 2009 at 3:38 am #19759MaxDadAKParticipant
I can’t argue that logic. I just like the idea that motorcycling has such a calming and relaxing effect that it could sway even the hard-wired jerks to calm down. Buuuuuut… I already know what’ll happen if I wish in one hand a shit in the other. I’ll just keep my head down and keep my cool. More important things to pay attention to out there than someone with something to prove.June 16, 2009 at 4:38 am #19762MunchParticipant
like the hot girl beside him that just realized what an ass she’s riding with………
I didn’t just say thatJune 16, 2009 at 5:11 am #19763IanCParticipant
I thought it was just with me. When I had my Rebel I couldn’t beat anything, 0-60 in 11.83 sec just doesn’t cut it which is why I never lane split to the front on it. Now I have my VStrom 650 I haven’t se en anything which could beat me, 0-60 in 3.98 sec (not that I’ve done that). The first time I lane split up to the front a kid who thought he was in fast and furious, started revving his engine next to me. When the light turned green I accelerated a little faster (but certainly not pegged) than normal got up to the speed limit, looked behind me, no one was there, a new experience. I held it at the speed limit and the kid goes flying past me a few second later. I laughed all the way to work, told one of my co-workers, he told me I’d gone over to the dark side.June 16, 2009 at 7:47 am #19770BenParticipant
the 250’s can be pretty quick off the line if you rev em enough. I’ve only had 3 people try to race me on my zx6r, after I realized how much faster I was with the first guy I didn’t even bother racing the others. Going fast in a straight line is easy, going fast in the curves is HARD.
BenJune 16, 2009 at 9:02 am #19780RedFireBirdParticipant
i had a kid in a Spec V Sentra blow past me a while back. now i wouldn’t normally engage in such squidly behavior, but the sorry bastard came within a couple feet of me, so i felt inclined to put him in his place, thinking he looked so cool with his hat cocked to the side, thinking he can overtake a bike in a two lane 25 mph zone college campus road.
as much respect for the law as i have, if you come that close to me, i will chase your ass down, yell scream and flip you off. you. do. not. endanger. my. life. simple as that.
so i waited until we were in a 55 zone on the local bypass, got right next to him, flipped him off right next to his car and blasted past him.
never do this. in hindsight, i shouldn’t have, and it wouldn’t have been worth the ticket or worth him slamming into me. whenever i have issues like this nowadays i usually just let it go. if possible, i may follow them and have a nice conversation while not at speed, but i don’t exactly enjoy cussing out random people that wrong me on the road.June 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm #19797megaspazParticipant
C’mon, you mean it doesn’t put a smile on your face to dust that melonoma in his audi r8/tt, bmw m3/m5/z4, corvette, monster truck, mercedes suv, vw bug/jetta, porsche 911, covertte, etc…? Not that i’d personally know what that feels like to race these cars off the line… srsly… *whistles*June 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm #19804SantaCruzRiderParticipant
I never have anyone try to race me — but I do have lots of cars pull into the slow lane when I’m behind them and 1/3 of the cars in the carpool lane (those who only have 1 person in the car) pull out of the lane when I get on the freeway — so I’m guessing I look like the law in the rear view.
Personally, I did plenty of blvd dragging when I was a teenager, so it no longer holds an attraction.
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