Spanked by a DL-1000 - SV1000 Portal
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
Hardcore Biker
 
WWiddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
 ♂ France
Mountain View, CA
Posts: 920
Icon15 Spanked by a DL-1000

I woke up nice and early to ride my local back roads with my buddies. For those in the bay area it was the traditional Mines Rd to Patterson and back over Mt. Hamilton.

Mines is a narrow, treacherous, bumpy road - but it's still a ton of fun. However, the road to Patterson is where I really enjoy my SV when the road gets somewhat smoother. Among my buddies this is the road where I'm the "master" - it's not easy to keep up with me, especially after I learned a lot at the racetrack running in the A group.

Anyway, at the Junction we stop for a breather and we see a DL-1000 Strom pull in. The man, in relatively used leathers that may have seen asphalt, takes off his helmet to reveal a 40ish year old face and balding head. He's a big guy... anyway, I take a look at his tires (one my my visual cues to someone's riding ability), and I see no chicken strips anywhere, front or rear. I can't remember what tires they were, but I swear the fronts looked just like Michelin Macadam A50 tires.

Off I go with my buddies to Patterson, leaving the Strom parked at the junction. We have a good pace... I'm at about 75% of my top speed. Halfway to Patterson we're buzzed by a motorcycle - I almost jumped out of my seat it was so unexpected. It was the DL-1000, a complete missile. The rider gives us the peace sign and buggers on.

I give chase, upping to 95% of my top speed. Adrenaline just spiked sky high and the race is on . No way will I, the "master", be buggered by a freaking enduro-bike on my road!! I'm on his tail, full concentration on not crashing while dealing with the many bumps and holes on this road. One one particularly bumpy corner between two very close left->right handers the Strommer pulls up into a full stand-up wheelie before dropping it down just in time to sweep full speed into the corner.

That sight did me in ... I realized the strommer was just on his weekend stroll, while I was racing to within the edges of my abilities. I stayed with him for a few more turns at which point he zinged past a car and I called it quits for safety's sake...

What did that leave me with? Actually, it left me quite happy. Happy to be rightfully placed back onto an enjoyable weekend ride, out not to kill myself, and to realize that I have years more of learning to get better, possibly faster, on a bike... on any bike, even a freaking wobbly, heavy enduro with crap touring tires on. It really is the rider that makes the ride.

Sometimes it's good to get a good



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
WWiddy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 05:18 AM
It's 5:00 somewhere.....
 
Flying Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
 ♂ United States
Nashville
Posts: 1,614
Good story!! And good on you to not get yourself in over your head.
Flying Dave is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 05:29 AM
Forum whore
 
oldfart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
 ♂ United States
Posts: 3,425
I've been in the same situation and you made the right choice. I've spanked many a super bikes and been laid low by a guy on a seca that could use it to it's full ability. Street riding we should never be more than 60 percent of our ability. Sometimes we get stupid and push it,hopefully we live through it.

If you love your bike let it go ,if it comes back you highsided.
oldfart is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 06:48 AM
Low down dirty whore
 
tacp_daddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
 ♂ Germany
St Leon, GE
Posts: 2,332
that dude on the seca was probably my dad or his friend. I remember when I was still learning, a bmw M3 passed my in some twisties out of nowhere. Then my dad on his seca made him look silly :|

ability on a 40 hp bike can outperform a "new" guy on a 180hp gixxer :|

1990 CR 125 - blow'd up
2005 SV1000s - sold
2012 ZX-10R w/go fast stickers
WTB 400-500 2-stroke track bike
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
tacp_daddy is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 07:20 AM
rjk
I STILL love twins!
 
rjk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
 ♂ United States
Mukilteo....for a little while longer
Posts: 13,004
Oh yes....we feel fast....then we feel a bit emasculated but maturity (if we're lucky) kicks in and we just enjoy our OWN ride.

First time to Laguna on my SV (2004) our group met up with a few guys we met off this site. They are no longer on here(on the site...not planet). Anyway, they were older dudes...one around 50ish and the other in his 60's. We thought we'd have to take it easy on these guys.....but uh, they basically SPANKED us. One of our guys was on a CBR929 and a very good rider and he was in awe.

A great rider on a decent bike will always be faster in the twists than a mediocre rider on a Ducati 1098.

Speaking of Seca. When I rode that on Angeles Crest late 80's I was schooled by a 1200 Sportster!!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
rjk is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 03:27 PM
DVS
Twins Banger @ Full Lean
 
DVS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
 ♂ Canada
Mississauga
Posts: 3,368
You know, this thread just reminds me of the type of members that we have here on this site. Mature (in emotions, not necessarily age), sensible riders in general.

Typically, on other forums, a thread like this one would never emerge. Everyone would feel completely ensconced in knowing the they are untouchable on their bikes. They could blow anything away either with the raw power of their modified machines or knowing that they're destined to fill Rossi's shoes, they can straighten out the twistiest of roads faster than anyone on this planet, other than Rossi of course.

I would like to admit that I was enjoying a cruise up through a favourite stretch of twisties when I see a behemoth in my mirrors. It's a two lane road so I figure I'll better wick up the pace to keep him from riding my ass. It shouldn't be a problem as it a big lug of a machine, it filled up the mirrors completely! I think it was either a Goldwing (coulda been a FJR or ST) so I should be able to easily open up a gap.

Freaking guy was as large in my mirrors as before, so I step it up a bit but nada, he just wouldn't go away for Chrissakes!!

Finally, I admitted defeat and pulled over so he could pass and enjoy his ride and I could enjoy mine without this looming presence behind me.

DVS in name.... DVS in nature....
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
DVS is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 03:39 PM
Hardcore Biker
 
vector18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
 ♂ United States
Queens, NY
Posts: 357
Good on you to be mature enough not to push the bike past your riding
limits just not to get shamed by a 40 year old bald guy. I am almost
40 myself and used to ride a monster cruiser so I used to be that guy
that put young kids to shame on sport bikes, but when I went to the
Deals Gap Dragon, I was amazed how well some guys were just blowing
past me. I was still able to pass every single cruiser, but most of the sport
bikers were passing me pretty bad. Like yourself, I didn't try to go past
my limit and was able to go home in one piece.

For pics of my previous bike goto
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
vector18 is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 04:39 PM
Gone Surfing
 
norcal-hydroguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
 ♂ United States
Dillon Beach,CA
Posts: 1,229
great story

and good for you to know your limit

I have found myself in similar situations and unded up scaring the shit out of myself before I backed down....

Jeff......Gearhead, land & Sea.

With No Definite Future (And No Purpose Other Than To Prevail Somehow...)
norcal-hydroguy is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 06:46 PM
MJJ
Back to nOrMaL!
 
MJJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
 ♂ United States
Fresno, California
Posts: 3,991
Just to put some perspective on the story, I've seen Wwiddy ride the track in A group, and he is fast. I have no doubt it would turn out this guy on the strom was a pro.

Nae man can tether time or tide;

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

The hour approaches, Tam maun ride.

Y'all have a nice day now!
MJJ is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 6th April 2008, 06:52 PM
Don't Taze Me, Bro!
 
Frisco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
 ♂ United States
El Cerrito, CA
Posts: 1,694
Quote:
Originally Posted by norcal-hydroguy View Post
and good for you to know your limit

I have found myself in similar situations and unded up scaring the shit out of myself before I backed down....
Agreed, excellent post. There is always someone faster.

Just ride your ride and have a good time!

CJ
Frisco is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 7th April 2008, 03:48 AM
Fast Old Guy
 
Gschris's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
 ♂ United States
OH USA
Posts: 696
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJJ View Post
Just to put some perspective on the story, I've seen Wwiddy ride the track in A group, and he is fast. I have no doubt it would turn out this guy on the strom was a pro.
Never discount a rider on a dual sport, those things handle effortlessly. I've embarrassed many a sport bike (not claiming to be the best, mind you) on my BMW R1100GS, a 550 lb tank w/ 80 hp at the crank w/ 70k showing on it,
And I'm 48 now.
Experience beats horsepower on a twisty road.

"If you want to have what most people will never have, you've got to do what most people will never do."
Gschris is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 7th April 2008, 04:13 AM
Silent Jay
 
JSC_SLP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
 ♂ United States
League City, TX
Posts: 2,834
Quote:
Originally Posted by DVS View Post
You know, this thread just reminds me of the type of members that we have here on this site. Mature (in emotions, not necessarily age), sensible riders in general.

Typically, on other forums, a thread like this one would never emerge. Everyone would feel completely ensconced in knowing the they are untouchable on their bikes. They could blow anything away either with the raw power of their modified machines or knowing that they're destined to fill Rossi's shoes, they can straighten out the twistiest of roads faster than anyone on this planet, other than Rossi of course.

I would like to admit that I was enjoying a cruise up through a favourite stretch of twisties when I see a behemoth in my mirrors. It's a two lane road so I figure I'll better wick up the pace to keep him from riding my ass. It shouldn't be a problem as it a big lug of a machine, it filled up the mirrors completely! I think it was either a Goldwing (coulda been a FJR or ST) so I should be able to easily open up a gap.

Freaking guy was as large in my mirrors as before, so I step it up a bit but nada, he just wouldn't go away for Chrissakes!!

Finally, I admitted defeat and pulled over so he could pass and enjoy his ride and I could enjoy mine without this looming presence behind me.
I had this very thing happen to me today. A Goldwing with a pilot in shorts and a T-Shirt railing that thing around 90MPH in the corners. I waved him on as I felt like I left him and looked back and he was still on my butt. JSC humbly admitting defeat...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
JSC_SLP is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 7th April 2008, 10:05 AM
Hardcore Biker
 
Russells Ride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
 ♂ England
cheshunt
Posts: 781
well guys im 50, the proud owner of the vstrom1000, and my 03 svs,both brilliant bikes but on bumpy roads with potholes to avoid i would take the vstrom to beat the sv any day the softer longer travel suspension,upright riding position,and extra weight just give it a real planted feel on those type of roads,im using metzeler tourance tires at the moment but standard it comes with bridgestone trailwings,both excellent grip tires with 8 to 10k tire life as well,on my sv i fitted recently dunlop d208rr as they were going cheap but i dont like them at all and i lost a bit of confidence on them after a little off i had recently on a small roundabout i dont think they work so good in cold conditions,so i will take it easy on the sv till i can get back on the pirellis,
steve
Russells Ride is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 7th April 2008, 10:26 AM
Forum whore
 
action's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
 ♂ Scotland
Ecosse
Posts: 1,392
Good man WWiddy!Its a better man that knows his limits! However, nothing wrong in stretching them now and again! Its how we learn!
action is offline  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 7th April 2008, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
Hardcore Biker
 
WWiddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
 ♂ France
Mountain View, CA
Posts: 920
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJJ View Post
Just to put some perspective on the story, I've seen Wwiddy ride the track in A group, and he is fast. I have no doubt it would turn out this guy on the strom was a pro.
Thanks Mark - I know you'll always have my back!

I loved the stories with all the Secas - that was my first bike, and I binned it on my fifth time out ever trying to follow some seasoned riders - nothing serious, but the first of many lessons that I sometimes took a little too long to learn . After 7 months of riding it I flexed the frame so much through corners that one of the engine mount bolts exploded! It was after that that my friend introduced me to the SV650 .

May we all keep growing and learning, but mostly enjoy our rides


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
WWiddy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SV1000 Portal forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome