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Old 01-10-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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I work from home as a technical support type for a software company based in New Jersey. Since I'm the only rep on the West Coast, I cover a lot of ground when things go wrong with our client's computer systems.

One afternoon in September of 2006, one of our accounts at LAX had their system crash in the early afternoon, and I had to get there pronto to fix things, before the end of working hours. The logical choice for speedy service was of course, my XB9SX City X. So I bunjied the laptop to the back of the Buell and proceeded to make my way to LAX from Burbank through Los Angeles' Friday afternoon traffic, not for the faint at heart, let me lell you.

When I made it to the 405 South things had come to a complete stop. I split lanes all the way to the front of the stopped traffic, and the CHB had closed down all southboud lanes of the 405 from Sepulveda Blvd. to Sunset Blvd, the whole length of the Sepulveda pass.

Directly in front of me, in the split lane was a guy on a new Ducati Desmodici or something similar, all decked out in full race leathers, looking like he just got off the track. The Duck rider held his hand up in the "Stop" signal to me, since I was about to go around him, to get to the head of the traffic mess, when the CHP finally gave us the OK to go again, it was like someone dropped the banner at the start line.

Now you have to understand what 5 miles of open four lane freeway deviod of all traffic looks like to someone on a street bike in a hurry. Yes, it was race time. The Duck got in front of me going up the hill, and when we crested the Sepulveda pass we were doing about 115 mph, I was about 1 bike length behind the Ducati, and when we started going down the other side into West LA. The big sweepers of the San Diego freeway suddenly got pretty damn tight at 120 mph. Right before Getty Center Drive the freeway makes a jog to the right, then left for about 200 yards, before straightening out down to Sunset Blvd.

When we hit that first right hander into the dog-leg, the Duck rider slowed down a little, which allowed me to cut inside of him, and I gassed the City X for all it was worth. This was at well over 100 mph, and when the Buell straightened up, the front wheel got light, and skipped across the rain grooved cemented freeway like a big dirtbike. The left hander came up quick, and the Buell acted the same way, like it was on rails. We were going well over 120 mph at that point, and I was still in front, but let the Ducati go past me by the time we hit the Sunset off ramp, since he had me on top.

The Ducati rider was pi$$ed, and gave me the one finger salute when he went by, high praise in my book. I followed him at speed through the heavy traffic, splitting lanes at stupid fast speeds before common sense cut in, and I cooled it down to 65 of so, and made my appointment at La Cienega and Manchester in record time.

My account asked why I was so "jumpy" when I got there, talking at light speed, and shaking like a leaf when I took the cover off the main server.

Just told him I got stuck in traffic, and it always made me kind of jumpy.

Ah, memories...
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:59 PM   #2
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What's with these guys who flip the bird when they get beaten? They should be hanging their heads in shame. At least show some grace. Putzes.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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Yeah, his eyetalyin masterpiece got beaten by something with a Harley V twin in it, hahahhah. Bet he sold everything after that and got a Pirus.

Even with all the "issues" that Citx Cross was one neat motorcycle. No street bike I ever rode handled like it. Near perfect for me.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #4
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Thanks, Cuddy. That was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #5
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I can picture the whole scene; it sounds like a great time!

Now folks, don't go trying this at home. Matt is a trained professional.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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Sounds about right, when I had my KLR it was amazing how pissed the squids would be in the twisties when a 300lb monster on a KLR left them for dead on 1/4 to 1/8 the HP. Most of the Duc riders were the worst, well young Duc riders (squids think more money makes them go faster). I need another thumper...
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:32 AM   #7
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Excellent Matt! the only thing better would have been if you were wearing a suit and tie and some Moreschi Savona crocodile penny loafers....
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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Cudd, you don't have to impress us with tall tales. We have all been told that the old Buells didn't have "real" motors in them. You were not doing "well north of" 120mph. It's got a Sportster engine in it. At most you were doing 68...maybe 70. If you were going down hill. With the wind gusting from behind.

I can send you a link to this blog I've read that will help educate you to all things motorcycle.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:06 PM   #9
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Makes me want to take a bike to the 110; that'd be even more fun than the 405. Too bad I'm over 2000 miles away right now.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:06 PM   #10
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Excellent Matt! the only thing better would have been if you were wearing a suit and tie and some Moreschi Savona crocodile penny loafers....
Does Dockers Khakis and el-cheepo Big-5 boots make it any better? Cuffed of course.
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