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Old 03-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #41
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Allow me to provide a visual aid. Imagine 7,000 feet of elevation (which sucks up power) and of course a stiff headwind.

This place is about 10 miles from my house. I actually think I need 150 hp on tap to make it interesting when I go there

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Old 03-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #42
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Allow me to provide a visual aid. Imagine 7,000 feet of elevation (which sucks up power) and of course a stiff headwind.

This place is about 10 miles from my house. I actually think I need 150 hp on tap to make it interesting when I go there
Wait. Isn't that a lidar equipped CHP cruiser around that bend?
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:32 PM   #43
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That looks like Eastern Washington, plenty of room to haul ass there however this side is a little slower.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:33 PM   #44
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Funny you should mention that. I do carry a Passport Escort radar detector. It is hit or miss detecting laser while in the car, but 100% when on the bike. I think the smaller frontal area of the bike and it's proximity to the headlight (mounted to the bar) helps. Laser needs a reflective surface to work best.

I always sweep a stretch before I "run" it. Hooligans 101 you know...
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Honestly around here there just aren't that many roads where you can really stretch a bike unless you go to Eastern Wa. On this side of the hills it's mostly sweepers and compact twisties where torque is your friend and forest critters wandering around to keep you awake, high horsepower and 100 plus mph is just going to get you in over your head, but hey don't let me spoil your fun..
Same here in New England. Even a 600 is overkill.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:21 PM   #46
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That looks like Eastern Washington, plenty of room to haul ass there however this side is a little slower.
That's what I love about riding out here as well. I'm just a mountain road away from a desert.
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I guess with age comes wisdom, I find the 110 or so ponies my GS puts out to be plenty for getting my ya ya's out. Honestly around here there just aren't that many roads where you can really stretch a bike unless you go to Eastern Wa. On this side of the hills it's mostly sweepers and compact twisties where torque is your friend and forest critters wandering around to keep you awake, high horsepower and 100 plus mph is just going to get you in over your head, but hey don't let me spoil your fun..
I fully support your sentiment. Hell, I could be happy on an SV650 with suspension mods and a pipe. But America is a big place with thousands of miles of straight roads, and I appreciate having the choice of big power. Think about living in France where they have a 100-hp limit.
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Think about living in France where they have a 100-hp limit.

Yeah but you could have garlic encrusted snails for breakfast lunch and dinner....I mean it wouldn't be ALL bad!
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I guess this is not gonna happen in HP limited France, especially at 6,500 feet of elevation. It does happen here in Colorado though. Front end aloft screen shot from the Contour HD helmet cam. Love how the video feed is sharp enough that a simple capture lets you read the instruments. These cameras are amazing. So is the top end pull on the FZ1

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I guess with age comes wisdom, I find the 110 or so ponies my GS puts out to be plenty for getting my ya ya's out. Honestly around here there just aren't that many roads where you can really stretch a bike unless you go to Eastern Wa. On this side of the hills it's mostly sweepers and compact twisties where torque is your friend and forest critters wandering around to keep you awake, high horsepower and 100 plus mph is just going to get you in over your head, but hey don't let me spoil your fun..
Look, just admit that you are old now.
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