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Old 04-04-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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Question Critique My Riding (Best You Can See) - 4 Vids

This Hawk is my 3rd bike. The previous two were not ridden more than 20 hours, 200 miles total while I had them. I've put approx 200 miles on the Hawk since I purchased it a couple weeks ago (Weather has been crappy). I was out today for a good 5 hours again. This is probably the 5th day I've been on the Hawk since I purchased it. It was 55*, winds sustained at 25-35 MPH. with gusts up to 50 (not fun!!!).

So from what you can see with my shift points, cruising RPM's, lines into/out of turns, etc., what is good, what needs improving, or any other comments/critique. Thanks so much, here are the vids (Make sure vid volume is up full, and your comp volume high as well):

Video 1 (Make sure to click HQ to watch in High Quality!):
YouTube - Part 1 of (4): Honda NT650 Hawk GT Ride in Pennsylvania - Go Pro Hero Cam

Video 2 (Make sure to click HQ to watch in High Quality!):
YouTube - Part 2 of (4): Honda NT650 Hawk GT Ride in Pennsylvania - Go Pro Hero Cam

Video 3 (Make sure to click HQ to watch in High Quality!):
YouTube - Part 3 of (4): Honda NT650 Hawk GT Ride in Pennsylvania - Go Pro Hero Cam

Video 4 (Make sure to click HQ to watch in High Quality!):
YouTube - Part 4 of (4): Honda NT650 Hawk GT Ride in Pennsylvania - Go Pro Hero Cam
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:21 AM   #2
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I'd take it a bit easy while passing homes where the driveways are obscured.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:21 AM   #3
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Is this serious?
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:23 AM   #4
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Is this serious?
Yes, he is serious. This is the same guy that was aking for advice about what kind of bike to get. Take a look at the vids, and let us know what you think.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:42 AM   #5
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I'd take it a bit easy while passing homes where the driveways are obscured.
Thanks for the tip. I wasn't exceeding the speed limit by the houses by more than 5-10 MPH (according to my speedo which I've found is off a bit).



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Why wouldn't this be serious? Is there a problem with me asking for advice to help better my skill? I don't know you, but you should look at the quotes on your sig. I'm here to learn as much as I can, and not just go out thinking I'm an amazing rider.



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Yes, he is serious. This is the same guy that was aking for advice about what kind of bike to get. Take a look at the vids, and let us know what you think.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip. I wasn't exceeding the speed limit by the houses by more than 5-10 MPH (according to my speedo which I've found is off a bit).
Yeah, you learn to cope with that. It's pretty typical for just about every bike Big Red made up through the early 2000's (and some they make today - like the cruisers). Why the OTHER Japanese mfgrs can make a relatively-accurate speedo (within ~5%) is beyond me. Must have something to do with all that "Honda Quality".

The Hawk speedo is pretty-close up to about 20-25mph, then it gets progressively further off the faster you go. With stock-size front tires (110/80-17) it's roughly 10% off @ 55; with the typical 110/70-17 replacement front, it's closer to 15%. I usually ride by the tach - keep it just-under 4000rpm(with stock gearing) for 55mph.......

As they're sealed units, it's hard to recalibrate them. But it HAS been done, just don't expect it to be a "weekend job".
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #7
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Yeah, you learn to cope with that. It's pretty typical for just about every bike Big Red made up through the early 2000's (and some they make today - like the cruisers). Why the OTHER Japanese mfgrs can make a relatively-accurate speedo (within ~5%) is beyond me. Must have something to do with all that "Honda Quality".

The Hawk speedo is pretty-close up to about 20-25mph, then it gets progressively further off the faster you go. With stock-size front tires (110/80-17) it's roughly 10% off @ 55; with the typical 110/70-17 replacement front, it's closer to 15%. I usually ride by the tach - keep it just-under 4000rpm(with stock gearing) for 55mph.......

As they're sealed units, it's hard to recalibrate them. But it HAS been done, just don't expect it to be a "weekend job".
It's easy to check a speedo. Just mark off a couple miles of road. Then ride that course at an even speed, say 60mph, while timing yourself. Take the total seconds and divide if by the miles and you get seconds per mile. Then divide 3600 by the number of seconds per mile and you get your speed. If it took 55 seconds to cover a mile you are doing 65 mph.

My speedo on my Zrex is way off, reads 80 when you're doing 70. It gets worse the faster you go. However my '80 GW has an 85mph speedo and it is just about exact. My old Suzuki GSX1100G also read 80 while doing 70.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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Why wouldn't this be serious? Is there a problem with me asking for advice to help better my skill? I don't know you, but you should look at the quotes on your sig. I'm here to learn as much as I can, and not just go out thinking I'm an amazing rider.





Woe, woe easy there buddy, just asking? The reason I asked is because its kind of hard to critique someone's riding thouroghly from a video? Dont you think. Do you have any other friends that might be more experienced, that you can ride with?
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #10
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Critiquing a rider's style from a video is done regularly in controlled environments like the track schools. Out on the street, riding around...a different matter altogether.

It's an intesting idea though.
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