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Old 08-02-2008, 03:17 AM   #1
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Question Low Speed parade riding 3-5 mph

Greetings! Does anyone have any experience with low speed riding like in parades? What are the things to watch out for and what's the minimum speed for how long if it's a normal hot summer day? This would be for all types of street bikes.

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Old 08-02-2008, 05:50 AM   #2
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Minimum speed is just before you fall over.

If the engine starts to die it's overheated... or on a watercooled bike the warning light will come on.

No one keeps any sort of record of how slow for how long various bikes can run. Maybe you could find some Shriners?
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:20 AM   #3
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I frequently ride in the San Diego and Palm Springs gay pride parades, which typically are 5 mph stop and go events. I have a water-cooled Honda, which does ok if the temp isn't too high. I've gone really really close to the red zone when it's hot though.

As for the air-cooled bikes, they occasionally have issues. I've heard that a couple folks have had to pull out when their bikes overheated.

What are you planning to ride and in what environment?
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:15 AM   #4
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Find yourself a Cushman Eagle, forced air cooling and gaudy paint combos have made it the staple mount of Shriners the world over. Don't forget the fez!
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:03 AM   #5
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I've escorted bicycle events quite a bit. What you need to watch out for is nearly everything. When you're going super slow people tend to assume you can stop, go and get out of their way like you were on a bicycle, which at 5 mph in traffic on a heavy bike may not be true. Heat can be an issue as well as Sachi says.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:22 AM   #6
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Find yourself a Cushman Eagle, forced air cooling and gaudy paint combos have made it the staple mount of Shriners the world over. Don't forget the fez!
A Harley Servi-car would fill the bill quite nicely.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:50 PM   #7
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slow speeds with frequency or over a long period I would think a sportsbike or standard bike that isn't as heavy as a big vtwin cruiser would be better at stop and go type travel..
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