Okay, so I found out something interesting yesterday afternoon. First, I know that exceeding the speed limit is illegal and potentially dangerous but...
I attend class with an older fella who rides a 2011 Victory Cross Country and we usually leave campus together. Being as that I recently purchased my Star and this fella being curious about it's capabilities I was expecting that at some point he would want to see what it could do. We happened to stop at the front of the line at a light and while he didn't look over and say, "Hey, wanna race?", I sorta figured he would juice it and hope I did too.
So, as we start pulling away from the light he gets to where his rear wheel is just in front of my front and hammers it. I suspected he would so I was ready to roll-on hard as well. We were in first gear and moving about 5 miles an hour when the "race" began. We both worked up to 4th gear before we had to start slowing down for the next light but.....
To my surprise, this fella and his Victory never pulled more than a bike & 1/2's length ahead of me. Judging by the sound of his exhaust and the time between shifts I surmise he was giving it all he had, as was I. He didn't say anything when we stopped again but I can't imagine he wasn't surprised at how quick a bike with half the engine displacement and power of his could keep up with him.
We are both somewhat large people, I'm 5'9" and 230lbs and he's about the same height but maybe 20lbs lighter. His Victory has the infamous 106ci Freedom V-twin but his bike is about 800 or so pounds whereas my 950 is about 650lbs. It was rather surprising to me that the extra weight could make that much of a difference in acceleration.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share my little story of immaturity and recklessness. Oh, and my good time in being those things.
Comments or criticisms are welcome, I suppose.