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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-08-2018, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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I love to go slow....

When I ride my Bike I feel it is very relaxing to me to go with 70-90 km/h (about 45-57mph) through the Landscape and enjoy the Nature, the Weather, the Wind and so on.... I often realize other Bikers (of Course often with other Bikes, like Racers etc.) that pass me with much more Speed , just to meet them at the next Traffic Light again. I mean,...don't get me wrong. Everyone should do as he likes to, but for me...I could't imagine that this Kind of Racing could be Fun to me. I love to go slow....Am I not normal?

How about you Guys?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-08-2018, 10:53 AM
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You're normal. Best advice I ever got regarding motorcycle riding is, "Don't be in a hurry", that's when accidents are most likely to occur. I ride a lot, but almost always go nowhere when riding.

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I also like to drive slow. 100 km/h is my limit. 80 to 90 km/h is perfect. Luckily, maximum speed in Quebec is 90 km/h except for some highways where the limit is 100 km/h. I have yet to meet another biker who follows the speed limit.

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45 to 60 mph on a 650 with no windshield is a pleasant Cruising speed. The bike seems to be optimized for that range.

At 63 to 68mph the engine has a resonate vibration - not that anything bad is happening, its just buzzing a bit.

Wind force is exponential with speed, the wind blast is double at 75mph from what it is at 50.

I would not consider 45mph to be slow - if you have ever gone 45mph on a bicycle, its scary as hell. But on a 600 lb motorcycle its a great ride.

I normally ride on secondary two lane roads, which takes me through all the little towns and villages. I love to putt thru towns at 30mph in 5th gear, with the engine just nicely putt putt putting over and the stock exhaust as quiet as can be. Then on the other side of town, when the speed limit changes to 55mph, just crank the throttle a bit and let the engine wind out in one continuous long climb up.

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I like slow cruising on hilly winding roads. I like punching the throttle on a straight away. I also like pretty girls in sun dresses, 1/2 lb. hickory burgers and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

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I prefer riding slowly while on the 650 Custom, as I too really enjoy the scenery... there's always lots of icebergs, woodland caribou, bald eagles, humpback whales, scenic little coves/beaches here and there. But every so often I love to hop on my other ride and just go like the wind! I've had the Honda up to about 180 km/h, but that was a one-time deal just to see what it would actually feel like to go that fast on two wheels... and with no windshield. And it really does feel awesome, although I won't ever go that quickly again; too many things that can go wrong, likely with all of them ending badly. (plus our daughter is a cop and she would kick my @ss!) But sometimes I just have to twist that CB500FA's throttle wide open, leaping from a casual crusing speed of about 70 km/h, right up to 130-ish in just a few quick seconds, (Jeez, I sound like I'm seventeen!) then just as quickly return to normal speeds once again.

In contrast, going even just a little over 100 km/h on the 650 Custom seems awfully fast to me, so I prefer to keep this bike in the much more pleasant 65-85 range. Gotta say it's nice to have the choice though!

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I don't race, but I'll cruise at 120km/h (75mph) on the highway to keep up with traffic. The speed limit in NB is 110kmh on the Trans Canada, but they won't bother you unless you get it up over 120 so that's where everyone cruises. It revs a little higher than I prefer but it's not over revving and it's a comfortable speed. I often look down and see I'm passing 80 and it still feels good there.

That being said, I prefer cruising on secondary roads. I usually keep it around 100kmh (60mph) and it just putters at that speed. I find speed limits hard to stick to and that usually only happens in slow traffic, but I don't go overly fast - maybe 60 in a 50 zone, for example. It depends on the road and conditions too.
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something to write on your handlebars - the equation for Kinetic Energy:

Kinetic energy is directly proportional to the mass of the object and to the square of its velocity: K.E. = 1/2 m * V^2

that means if you get thrown off your bike at 40mph, and burn thru your Wrangle jeans as you slide to a stop

at 80 mph you would have to wear 4 pairs of jeans

If you hit something at 80, there is 4 times as much energy to dissipate to stop you and your bike, as there is at 40mph.
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something to write on your handlebars - the equation for Kinetic Energy:

Kinetic energy is directly proportional to the mass of the object and to the square of its velocity: K.E. = 1/2 m * V^2

that means if you get thrown off your bike at 40mph, and burn thru your Wrangle jeans as you slide to a stop

at 80 mph you would have to wear 4 pairs of jeans

If you hit something at 80, there is 4 times as much energy to dissipate to stop you and your bike, as there is at 40mph.
Jeez man, you just took all the fun out of it... now I'll have to switch to Levi's! (and I'm NOT looking forward to wearing 4 pairs of 'em at once!)

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75-90 kmph (approx 45-55 mph) is my comfort zone while riding.
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