Airhead performance.

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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by Zombie Master » Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:44 pm

The have bikes set up for smooth race track and some shmuck on an old airhead gets around them, and they are incredulous. Wrong tool for the job says the shmuck!
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by Sibbo » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:19 pm

I've got a magic mile of very twisty uphill on the way home to my place, no driveways, good corners and I haven't been able to crack 105 km on it ..... try as I might!
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by bbelk » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:21 pm

My first thought was oxymoron
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by ME 109 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:25 pm

Zombie Master wrote:The have bikes set up for smooth race track and some shmuck on an old airhead gets around them, and they are incredulous. Wrong tool for the job says the shmuck!
My bike is set up for carrying more than a camel can. Actually, it's basically stock suspension.
Don't sports bikes have knobs and stuff to adjust for where they are riding?
They should have a country mile over my suspension.

My point is that an old airhead ridden by a schmuck is a very capable and competitive bike in the right places. Which are numerous actually.
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by Zombie Master » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:37 am

ME 109 wrote:
Zombie Master wrote:The have bikes set up for smooth race track and some shmuck on an old airhead gets around them, and they are incredulous. Wrong tool for the job says the shmuck!
My bike is set up for carrying more than a camel can. Actually, it's basically stock suspension.
Don't sports bikes have knobs and stuff to adjust for where they are riding?
They should have a country mile over my suspension.

My point is that an old airhead ridden by a schmuck is a very capable and competitive bike in the right places. Which are numerous actually.
Gentlemen are appalled at airheads being revved much over idle.
Some new bike do have adjustable suspension, but sport bikes have limited travel. Our old long travel forks can really suck it up. Low CG gives confidence. Plus we know our own bike so well that we are comfortable with their limits. Practice makes perfect! :D
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by dougie » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:10 am

A fast rider on a slow bike will be quicker than a slow rider on a fast bike.
And Jeff, speaking as a "gentleman" ;) , I used to rev the piss out of my R100 and all it did was get smoother.
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by Sibbo » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:36 pm

I watched the whole vid waiting for the R100 to come past on the right.... where was it ? ;)
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by enigmaT120 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:09 pm

So how would Rob's CBR250 fair against an airhead there?
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by Major Softie » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:30 pm

enigmaT120 wrote:So how would Rob's CBR250 fair against an airhead there?
From what's been described, I doubt if its better brakes could make up for the lower power. On a consistent winding road where acceleration isn't important but it's all about maintaining speed through corners, the 250 should win - and on a long tight winding downhill, the 250 should be way faster due to FAR superior brakes.
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Re: Airhead performance.

Post by ME 109 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:51 pm

dougie wrote:A fast rider on a slow bike will be quicker than a slow rider on a fast bike.
And Jeff, speaking as a "gentleman" ;) , I used to rev the piss out of my R100 and all it did was get smoother.
I've only ever considered you to be a Gentleman, Doug. A rebel rev head gentleman by the sound of it.
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