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There's a lot of things you know instinctively (such as leaning the bike to turn), things you learn in class (like how to apex), and things so obvious that it doesn't need mention (if you don't put the kickstand down when you get off the bike, it's going to fall over.) But there's a lot of little things that I never thought about until after I started, even though now they're stupidly obvious. Such as:

Just because your wheels are between the lines, doesn't mean your body is. Going around a left turn leaned over means you need to be close to the white line, or else you're getting clothes-lined by a pickup truck. I almost did this one, shat myself, and never did it again.

New tires are fucking slippery.

Don't dump the clutch mid-turn without a slipper. (I did this like the second day I ever rode.)

When your front end comes up, your steering wheel turns into a flaccid noodle. I accidentally wheelied up a hill once; I wouldn't have even noticed it if my handlebars didn't start flopping around like a drunk chick at a rave party.

Every road in America is covered in a quarter inch of dirt, gravel, broken glass, oil, roadkill, grass, leaves, and tarsnakes. I never even noticed any of these things in my car.

Tires are unbelievably amazing things.

one third of America bothers to check their blindspots.

Harley riders are assholes and never wave.

If you take a very small, soft object--such as a common house fly--and accelerate it to a combined speed of 100mph, it's essentially a rock.
 

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No matter what you do, or who you are, on a bike, it is ALWAYS your fault.

People really hate admitting they don't have the right of way when they have to admit they don't have it, cause the bike has it.

Other (normal?) people tend to think their vehicles are fast. We tend to disagree.

You do not know just how much braking the front does, until you try to slow down with just the rear.

and finally:

People think women love bikes. or bikers. But they tend to just love the image of one. the bad boy idea of it. They really hate the bug guts, multiple layers of clothing, wind, rain and other shit that actually happens while riding. don't get a bike to get laid. Get laid because of your bike (if that makes sense. . .)
 
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Harley riders are assholes and never wave.
lol... I don't care, I still wave because it's the nice thing to do.

50% of the time the Harley riders wave back to me. I image it would be less if I was a man.
 
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Counter steering. I didn't know you turn your wheel right, to turn left (for hi speed).

I didn't know a street bike is better than Viagra. :D
 

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curious as to why you had the clutch in in the first place.
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I can't remember exactly, but this was really early in my motorcycle career and I slowed down by clutching in and braking, then went back to accelerating by letting the clutch out. I entered a round-about and downshifted (when I didn't need to.) I let the clutch out and the rear wheel slid out. Almost fell, but didn't.

It didn't help that this was on my Shadow Spirit 1100; that clutch was rough as hell.

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Wet road paint is flippin' SLIPPERY.

RELAX. God, I spent the first year and a half on a bike tense as hell and barely survived through it.
 

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People who are going to pull out in front of you will most likely telegraph their actions. I see things now that I didn't before I started riding.
 

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Opening your visor will clear out a bee in your helmet.
 

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Performance bikes don't stop better than economy cars.

Good tires barely last any longer than oil.

Once it gets hot enough outside, the wind stops cooling you and actually makes you hotter.

I have never seen any type of bike except a sport bike being pulled over by a cop... I get away with murder on my supermoto and cruiser.

Harley riders have loud pjpes because they are deaf. Brain buckets + no ear plugs = hearing loss
 

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That you need a tank bag, backpack or tail pack just to bring the basics to go to the gym, school, work, etc.
 

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Man, it's hard to find any info about 60 - 0 for bikes but I found this -

Mission Viejo-based Motorcycle Consumer News is the only US motorcycle magazine that regularly tests braking performance. Here are their 10 best 60-0 stops from 2009.

motorcycle 60mph-0 stopping distance (ft)
Harley-Davidson XR1200 109.5
Ducati Monster 1100S 112.4
BMW K1300S (ABS) 113.0
Yamaha FZ6R 113.1
Triumph Street Triple R 114.6
Suzuki SFV650 Gladius 115.7
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V 116.3
Triumph Bonneville 117.2
Aprilia Mana 850 117.4
Triumph 1050 Speed Triple 120.0
Almost all of those distances are better than most economy cars.
 
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