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    Harleys: is it the bike or the rider?

    I'm slow and gosh darn it, I've earned that reputation.
    Went to Leesburg this weekend and holy sweet hell were t he Harley riders slow! Granted my Rocket 3 will devour them off the line without breaking a sweat, but after a while they should have caught up but they kept getting smaller.
    So I wondered; is it the bikes? is it that having no helmet on changes the perception of speed? At a comfortable pace I left them WAY in the dust.
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    I just think its the rider. They seem to be more to cruise at a leisure pace.
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    I imagine riding with no helmet and sunglasses would contribute to this. Probably cannot see after a certain speed and a bug to the face at 70 mph probably does not feel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlynScotsman View Post
    I imagine riding with no helmet and sunglasses would contribute to this. Probably cannot see after a certain speed and a bug to the face at 70 mph probably does not feel good.
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    Pic is too cute Steve.
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    can't speak for an actual harley, but from a cruiser perspective, I can say that the sense of speed is way way different.
    I rode an 1100 virago for over a year everyday and it always felt like it pulled hard. but it too some work to get up in speeds. Felt like I could get to 30 super fast, but much over 60 and the "umph" just wasn't there.
    Same with the corners. It felt like I was tearing through them, but I really wasn't. Not compared to any sport bike I've ever been on. The stance and the weight and all of that just makes you feel fast.


    I know a lot of "full dressed" harley's can get up into the 800+ pound range real quick. Add on a bunch of bells and whistles and you are tipping closer to 1,000
    Don't care how much torque your V twin makes, that's a lot of weight to move around.


    Mix in the general mentality of not needing to go 100 MPH, 50 is good enough and you end up with a slow moving heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by echoraven View Post
    Pic is too cute Steve.
    thanx brutha, it was a great weekend trip
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