uh... I need a runway, really... let me explain...


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Nov29-10, 08:11 PM
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This isn't about bikes, but the video is superb:

Highspeed Race - Bugatti Veyron vs Eurofighter Typhoon

Specs on the Veyron , in case you are interested.

Enjoy...

Rhody...

P.S. You need a special driving license to use the full 1001 hp and 405 Km/hour, see: 00:30 in the video.
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I wouldn't want to try to own or maintain one, but I'd love for someone to give me a chance to drive one. What a beast!
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I stumbled on this, I thought Ghost Rider had dibs on insanity, well this clown gives that word a whole new meaning.

I winced trying to watch it, stopped it before it finished. If and when he does crash, I hope he takes himself out and no one else.

Unbelievable... really...

Rhody...

P.S. I noticed he has more video's, let's hope for the public's sake, not too many more. Can you say INS ?
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It looks faked to me. I have done enough lane-splitting and stupid crap to kill us both, but the "sound-track" and video don't look right.
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It looks faked to me. I have done enough lane-splitting and stupid crap to kill us both, but the "sound-track" and video don't look right.
Turbo,

OK, I will bite, how did he fake it and second, why ? Could it be a wide angle lens on his camera making everything look distorted ?

Rhody...
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Turbo,

OK, I will bite, how did he fake it and second, why ? Could it be a wide angle lens on his camera making everything look distorted ?

Rhody...
The lens could be fairly normal. The occasional wheelies and motor sounds could be faked to make it look like he was blasting through traffic. I don't know WHY someone would have faked it, but it is best to take a conservative view, IMO. We have both probably have done enough stupid crap to get a couple of dozen newbies killed, but videos like this raise my BS filter.
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The reason I need a runway, preferably a privately owned one is obvious. I am serious, after break-in period, 600 miles, the dealer sets the maximum revs to over 14K. Too many customers were doing damage to the engine, this is BMW's fix for it.
I am also interested in people who own their own secondary twisty roads in remote areas, for obvious reasons within a 250 mile radius of RI, where I live.
Oh, heavens! Just ship it to ... and I'll be more than happy to baby each and every model throughout its break-in period as per BMW's specifications! We not only have lots of twisty roads in remote areas here in Colorado, but I have access to unfettered 2-mile straight-a-ways.
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Oh, heavens! Just ship it to ... and I'll be more than happy to baby each and every model throughout its break-in period as per BMW's specifications! We not only have lots of twisty roads in remote areas here in Colorado, but I have access to unfettered 2-mile straight-a-ways.
mug, FYI turbo,

HeHe, Get in-line behind turbo, he lives somewhat close by and if (and this is still a big if) I get a nice used enclosed trailer, I could skip up north with both bikes and we could find some twisties in upper VT, NH to ride. To be quite honest, top speed in a straight line is rather boring, the acceleration you get out of 1st, and 2nd gear does it for me, that and being at angle fighting for traction at the same time is really what I prefer.

Here is a short list of some of the things that HAVE occurred at high speed or near high speed over the years:
  • Bumblebee off adam's apple
  • Hitting a bird with the top of my helmet
  • Coming out of a protected area (high speed), and having wind gust almost blow me off the road (scary)
  • Coming through a gulley in Arizona about 2 seconds after a band of wild horses crossed (in a small car, but it would not have helped much)
  • Having a hawk hit the top of my windshield with prey in tow while exiting a freeway toll booth (same trip as horses incident) you could see his talons from inside the car, he tumbled, not sure if he let go of the prey or not it was dark
  • Hitting a swarm of bugs the size of June bugs, slowed real quick on that one
  • Many close calls with furry four legged types, but no direct hits that caused loss of control.

Rhody...
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mug, FYI turbo,

HeHe, Get in-line behind turbo, he lives somewhat close by and if (and this is still a big if) I get a nice used enclosed trailer, I could skip up north with both bikes and we could find some twisties in upper VT, NH to ride.
I haven't straddled a sport bike in ages - you might not want to waste time with me while I get back up to speed. Since 1985, it has been Harleys only. Though this one was tweaked and very quick.

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Hehe, I was thinking FJR in the morning (you riding) , just to get you accustomed to more power and better handling, then switch in the afternoon to the err... a rocket, I mean BMW. I am making a few more additions, radiator, oil cooler guards, replacing stock mirrors with bar ends, block pads for the mirror stubs, and finally eventually getting rid of the turn signals, this spring, that way, the err... a rocket will be as slippery as possible.

I am planning a track day in June in NH as well, maybe you might like to come for a peek. Will let you know details when I talk to the coordinator next week.

Rhody...
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The last few posts has been about INH riders, how about some skilled road racers on track,
like Gary McCoy, known for his ability to slide a 500CC two stroke bike, a near impossibility because of its narrow ferocious power band.
The green Kawi is four stroke, however, the second link is on the two stroke.

Powersliding a Kawi


Powersliding a 500CC two stroke MotoGo bike

He makes it sound matter of fact, it isn't, no one else can do this repeatedly without high or low siding it on a two stroke.

Aarin Yates on a four stroke


Rossi getting away with extreme slide without high side

Ben Spies, lifting the rear wheel, powerslide, then laying a darkie on the track

Moto Gp BRNO 2008 (powerslide in wet practice)


Slide Moto with one handed power slide at 1:00 amazing, Colin Edwards, one legged save at 2:05

Stoner and Rossi sliding

Enjoy...

Rhody...

P.S Dirt track riding early in these guys lives made all the difference in the ability to slide and control the bike, at slower speeds of course.
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I haven't straddled a sport bike in ages - you might not want to waste time with me while I get back up to speed. Since 1985, it has been Harleys only. Though this one was tweaked and very quick.

Turbo,

Sorry I didn't comment on your bike, nicely done, I must say if not my style. I just got the carbon fiber rear fender from BMW, got a good deal from the dealer, and I have ordered bar end mirrors, mirror plugs, red radiator and oil cooler guards, and for a finishing touch, I am hunting down fairing and windshield fasteners (from commercial stock), took a count today, I will need about 60 total, and plan to either paint or anodize them a nice blood red color, it will set off the black and dark grey metal flake on the tank and front fender nicely. The last thing will be to do away with the turn signals, and the bike will be a sleek as it possibly can be, and to me, one of a kind that does not exist in kit or part form anywhere else, and I might add, a once in a lifetime dream.

Rhody...

P.S. The invitation still stands, you have until springtime to think about it. The FJR, or the 1000RR, your choice. I know part of you wants to have a go with the BMW.

Rhody...
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Turbo,

Sorry I didn't comment on your bike, nicely done, I must say if not my style. I just got the carbon fiber rear fender from BMW, got a good deal from the dealer, and I have ordered bar end mirrors, mirror plugs, red radiator and oil cooler guards, and for a finishing touch, I am hunting down fairing and windshield fasteners (from commercial stock), took a count today, I will need about 60 total, and plan to either paint or anodize them a nice blood red color, it will set off the black and dark grey metal flake on the tank and front fender nicely. The last thing will be to do away with the turn signals, and the bike will be a sleek as it possibly can be, and to me, one of a kind that does not exist in kit or part form anywhere else, and I might add, a once in a lifetime dream.

Rhody...

P.S. The invitation still stands, you have until springtime to think about it. The FJR, or the 1000RR, your choice. I know part of you wants to have a go with the BMW.

Rhody...
I think you understand my addiction! That bike had head-work by Perewitz, a Super E racing carb, lovingly tweaked by me, a low restriction fuel petcock, a low restriction air filter, and low restriction set of exhaust pipes, steep cams, and too many other things to list. That rascal was really fast on straight-aways, though it would never have competed with hot asian or european bikes. Still, bikers who saw my machine and wanted to test it, always ended up humbled. Paint and chrome done don't tell the story.
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McCoy is a monster. I'd love to meet him.
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I think you understand my addiction! That bike had head-work by Perewitz, a Super E racing carb, lovingly tweaked by me, a low restriction fuel petcock, a low restriction air filter, and low restriction set of exhaust pipes, steep cams, and too many other things to list. That rascal was really fast on straight-aways, though it would never have competed with hot asian or european bikes. Still, bikers who saw my machine and wanted to test it, always ended up humbled. Paint and chrome done don't tell the story.
Turbo,

I understand, a sleeper, whereas a comparison with the BMW isn't in the same league, more like a sledge hammer, in looks and performance, nothing to hide. I didn't like the asymmetrical look of the BMW, however what sold me was weight, and overall performance and creativity in the design, not to mention great attention to detail and more before production testing than any street bike I can ever remember. I admit the asymmetry is somewhat subdued by what I added, it masks it somewhat. You said you sold you bike long ago, but it still holds a place in your soul, a good thing IMHO.

Does something like this work for you ?



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McCoy is a monster. I'd love to meet him.
Sorry Turbo,

I didn't realize you were a Gary McCoy fan, every interview I have ever seen him in, he is a soft spoken kind of guy, but has a special ability that he neither brags or showboats, it is just "his" style. Kenny Robert's senior said he has great bike control, but often rides in Kenny's words, "Over the limit, that is the way he has to ride." McCoy has taken his lumps over the years too, broken legs, etc... I don't know if he still races or not, when I am not too busy I will try to track down what he is up to these days. I have ridden two strokes too, and the power band is so damn narrow it is hard to believe he does what the video's show. Had ones of those fast but small kawasaki triple's, another franken bike suspension too. Compared to what I ride today, current bikes seems so civilized in comparison. I figure if a franken bike suspension couldn't (for the most part with the small incidents I posted earlier) spit me off, then something with a great suspension should be much easier to ride, which has been the case. Knock on wood.

Rhody...

P.S. For those not bike savvy, a franken bike suspension is simply where the power of an engine was mated to a frame and shock system that was woefully short. It would twist, flex and generally misbehave when you began to push it, broken steering heads, and cracked rear wheel bearings, leaking fork seals were common place.
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Rhody, I have been a fan of almost almost anybody who will take a bike to its limits. I'm a nut about danger and risk, and I would pretty much hang with anybody who would push the limits.
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Turbo,

Here is what Gary McCoy has been up to: Garry McCoy Out of WSS and into Moto2?

and this:

WSS: Gary McCoy and Triumph Failed to Reach Agreement, No Ride for McCoy – Official Statement

I wish him well, but from what I have seen from Moto2 races, it is like rolling the dice, they mix in seasoned pros like McCoy with guys with little skill and more ego, a dangerous combination. The races are not exactly exciting, more like the "Dukes of Hazard" on a bad day. Things like a twenty bike pile up (read about it in Sport Rider Magazine recently) on the second or third corner of a race. I winced reading the article and the carnage in the pictures. Moto2 is not on my list of following riders or watching races, that is until they get their act together, someone(s) is/are going to get killed soon, if that happens, and I hope it doesn't, seasoned riders and teams will revolt. I don't know how this happened or came about but, it is not pretty to watch.

Rhody...


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