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Offline accton

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Road bikes vs. D Sports in the traffic
« on: January 27, 2006, 08:34:07 am »
This morning on my way to work I get this dude on a Suzuki screaming past me at atleast 170 Km, I was doing about 160 km on the N2 from Somerset west. Dam but those bikes are fast on the straight open road, but then we hit a little bit of traffic and I was stuck behind this dude that seems to not be able control his throttle properly, there is huge gaps between the cars some even move out of the way for the Dude, but no he sits and waits that the gap open up to the size of Kimberly se Gat before he goes screaming past the by now single car and no other traffic, this happens a few times, with me having to sit behind him wanting to pass. What is it with these road bikes, wait let me rather say what is it with it seems most Suzuki road bike riders, thy like blits on the open road, but seem to fold when there is a little traffic around them.

After about 10 min of heavy traffic he got the message that I want to pass and he moved over HooooHaaaa eventually I can get to work.

The moral of the story, DUAL SPORT BIKES RULE IN THE TRAFFIC
LONG LIVE DUAL SPORT BIKES.
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Re: Road bikes vs. D Sports in the traffic
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2006, 08:41:41 am »
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The moral of the story, DUAL SPORT BIKES RULE IN THE TRAFFIC
LONG LIVE DUAL SPORT BIKES.

I think there may have been something technically wrong with the bike or perhaps the rider was a n00b.
Superbikers are a lot easier to ride through traffic than my 12GS - the thing it simply too big to lane split sometimes.
...of course, the GS is comfy enough to spend entire weeks in traffic without complaint whereas your wrists get chowed on a SB
 

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2006, 09:06:30 am »
Most probably a nOOb. Being one myself, I also wait for Kimberley's Gat to appear before going. :oops:
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Re: Road bikes vs. D Sports in the traffic
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 09:50:49 am »
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I was doing about 160 km on the N2 from Somerset west.


Jou jaag duiwel  :twisted:  :twisted:

But I think that all can go fast in a straight line, but in traffic & twisites, the real experience tells. Thus I conclude that maybe he is still learning :roll:  :wink:

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 10:01:39 am »
and on a dual sport you can see further ahead because you are higher.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006, 10:26:03 am »
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and on a dual sport you can see further ahead because you are higher.


Agreed, I think a ds gives you more confidence in traffic as you can see a lot further,  there's torque across the rev range (you don't have to wind it up to slip into a gap), balance is usually good and (apart from LS's wide monster) theyre usually thinner with the bars passing over the mirrors of most cars. (Two 4x4's running in parallel lanes can be a bliksem though. Somewhere, someone has decreed that their mirrors should be on the exact same level as those of the KLR)

I would not like to sit in a low boy racer or Harley style reclining position in traffic.
 

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2006, 10:33:00 am »
I find the bars and mirrors clear cars easily, but hit SUV mirrors directly on.

In traffic I can probably balance the bike for one whole cycle of a traffic light, try do that on a superbike.
 

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2006, 10:59:56 am »
LS is it the bike or is it you that is too wide. :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol

I think the dude was a little bit of a noob.
His jacket looked used, like he fell allot
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2006, 01:19:31 pm »
Agreed, the guy was probably a n00b. Having said that, I did find it easier to lane split on my TDM than on the AT, although the TDM isn't exactly an R6. Mostly it's down to the rider me finks.
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2006, 01:55:17 pm »
Shark, you can balance your bike at pure standstill for a full traffic light cycle? without feet on the ground obviously? :shock:
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2006, 12:42:17 pm »
Personally it's the rider, lane splitting in London is more common than actually riding in your lane with a bike. I never had problem with either my GS or Africa Twin in the traffic and normally bargain on the theory if the handlebars made it I am ok :lol:

What really pisses me off is guys on RT's, Pan Europeans etc that hog the freakin centre where you want to go through. Now I know as good as the next person a RT can probably do better lane splitting than my Africa Twin.

A few months ago thought I got stuck behind a dude on his harley. The moment he realised I was behind him he opened up and could not catch the guy again :shock: I give him credit he sure knew how to ride a harley 8)
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2006, 08:52:02 pm »
I will do it, as long as I have a meter or two to use, total standstill is impossible, but if I can edge forward when I lose balance I can do it over a minute. Did it at Jean Avenue the other day, must go time that robot ;)
 

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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2006, 11:40:38 am »
No problem with my 1200GS during lane splitting. Have got handle bar raisers on and it makes life much easier.
 

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2006, 02:42:20 pm »
I find it difficult to lane split between GSs with my Toyota  :roll:  :lol:

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