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So, some of you may remember my first thread where I talked about getting the 02 F4i and how I am "different" and how I "would be responsible". Well, something about having a sportbike that brings out the best. After putting ~1,200+ miles on it without incident - my last day in Hawaii I was running late coming back from the North Shore. On the H2 doing about 70-75 (traffic flow is usually 60-65) - hit the H1 freeway and the car-pool lane and open her up to a bit over 110mph.

I gotta say, it felt great and scared the shit out of me at the same time. After about 2 minutes I actually had to tell myself "Slowdown, dumbass!". Back her down to 65mph and finished cruising home. Just goes to show ya, all you noobs who say you are different and you won't speed - bullshit. There WILL come a point where your bike whispers to you "Come on...let's go fast."

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all you noobs who say you are different and you won't speed - bullshit.
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Agreed. I like the thrill of speed every once in a while. Then I remember the kids and wife at home and slow the hell down. Good thread!
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Am I the only one that, at speeds over about 70mph, starts thinking about your chain; tires; etc. and what would happen if any one of them failed? It's odd, it seems about 65mph is my comfort threshold - any thing above that and my self-preservation module kicks in and I slow myself back down. I was actually kinda kicking myself for even opening it up as much as I did - in the middle of the day (a Saturday) with light traffic on the roads. Then again, I think to myself, it was the last time I will get to ride the bike for 40 days until it gets to Arizona - so I am kinda glad I finally opened her up and had a little fun...

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That's why many people say that once you've been on the track, you tend to not do triple digits on the street. I'm not saying everyone is going to be this way. But for me, it's calmed me down a lot.
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Am I the only one that, at speeds over about 70mph, starts thinking about your chain; tires; etc. and what would happen if any one of them failed? It's odd, it seems about 65mph is my comfort threshold - any thing above that and my self-preservation module kicks in and I slow myself back down.
I sometimes think about those things but then I remember that my maintenance habits would prevent that. Good maintenance = less problems.
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Just goes to show ya, all you noobs who say you are different and you won't speed - bullshit. There WILL come a point where your bike whispers to you "Come on...let's go fast."

hell yea!

i am pretty self disciplined, and on my 250 I hit about 105ish

I had my zx-6r for about 3 months before hitting triple digits..

man oh man, everything up until 120ish feels just fine, but after 130 you really fucking feel the difference LOL

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Am I the only one that, at speeds over about 70mph, starts thinking about your chain; tires; etc. and what would happen if any one of them failed? It's odd, it seems about 65mph is my comfort threshold - any thing above that and my self-preservation module kicks in and I slow myself back down. I was actually kinda kicking myself for even opening it up as much as I did - in the middle of the day (a Saturday) with light traffic on the roads. Then again, I think to myself, it was the last time I will get to ride the bike for 40 days until it gets to Arizona - so I am kinda glad I finally opened her up and had a little fun...
Good topic. We all give in to the temptation eventually and then every once in a while (for me anyway).

When I first started riding, my horror-fantasy was the front wheel falling off. No reason to worry about it, but I did for a while (weeks maybe).

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I think I've gone over 110 mph in everything I've owned, included my Dodge Ram 2500 turbo diesel w/a 6" lift kit and 37" tires
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Am I the only one that, at speeds over about 70mph, starts thinking about your chain; tires; etc. and what would happen if any one of them failed?

Then again, I think to myself, it was the last time I will get to ride the bike for 40 days until it gets to Arizona -..

I think about the same, but then tend to calm my nerves by telling my self there isn't much you can do at that point

Man, you are going from OAHU to land locked arizona???

hell, I traveled to the islands twice and every time i come back to east coast florida I am still kickin my self

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Some good points. I never understand people on here who get an ultra-fast sportbike then claim to ride slowly and responsibly 100% of the time. Opening it up every once in a while is OK, I think. You just have to wait until you have enough experience to handle it, pick the right moments, and know that you are always taking some risk.

If you ride like that all the time, statistics are gonna catch up with you.
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I've been riding for two years and just opened her up a couple weeks ago. I95 3 or 4 am, hadn't seen a car for about 20 minutes and she was begging for it. I got up to 145 on the speedo, saw an red splotchy object inbetween the lanes that was a larger animal and that scared the piss out of me so I slowed down. I felt stupid the whole way home.
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That's why many people say that once you've been on the track, you tend to not do triple digits on the street. I'm not saying everyone is going to be this way. But for me, it's calmed me down a lot.
Interesting...I'm looking to start doing track days here in AZ when my bike gets here. Looks like this is a pretty nice course and from what I hear their classes are great too.

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That's why many people say that once you've been on the track, you tend to not do triple digits on the street. I'm not saying everyone is going to be this way. But for me, it's calmed me down a lot.
Absolutely. It worked great for me. I no longer feel the need to wick it up on the street much.

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When I first started riding, my horror-fantasy was the front wheel falling off. No reason to worry about it, but I did for a while (weeks maybe).
Yeah, that thought would kinda be something that would haunt you a bit.

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I think about the same, but then tend to calm my nerves by telling my self there isn't much you can do at that point

Man, you are going from OAHU to land locked arizona???

hell, I traveled to the islands twice and every time i come back to east coast florida I am still kickin my self
Yeah, that is true...though tire failures and catastrophic drivetrain failures seem to be pretty rare on these machines.

I know, I miss Hawaii already - this is just a temporary business move - I will be going back in about 7 months.

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