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How hard are you on your bike?
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:11:16 PM »
Yesterday I took a nice ride through the city (NYC) with my buddy in near spring like temps (see pics below). During which, he mentioned twice that I ride the bike much harder than what it's designed for. Yes, this is not a bike built for speed. However, I do enjoy riding out the gears now and then, especially with the new exhaust. There are times when on the BQE (major expressway) I will hold the bike pinned for long runs at a time in 5th, but only to avoid being mowed down. My question is, can I drive this bike the way I see fit, or am I just going to kill the thing prematurely.
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 04:14:04 PM »
Above is a pic from Indian Larry's shop In BK.  Local legend.
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 04:17:29 PM »
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 05:02:43 PM »
As long as it was broken in properly and you keep up with the usual maintenance, there is nothing to fear! Have fun and stay safe.

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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 05:03:53 PM »
I wouldn't worry about hurtin the bike, if you're not hittin the rev limiter (too often) you're okay.

Just don't hammer it for long periods of time. Wide Open Throttle

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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013, 05:06:37 PM »
I would say, this bike was built to be ridden long distance, but within its limits. It has a sweet spot, and it likes to be driven there. Though you can have occassional fun with it, but its not a Japanese pocket rocket !

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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2013, 05:25:36 PM »
it looks like you can defy gravity.  ;)
me i don't ride too hard as i am almost never in a hurry to get anywhere
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2013, 05:43:41 PM »
Let me know if you want to climb up out of the city, we can do some hudson valley northern westchester rides.

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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2013, 06:46:58 PM »
he mentioned twice that I ride the bike much harder than what it's designed for.

The Bullet has been around a long time and in its few forms, from Iron to AVL to UCE, it's been ridden hard by plenty of people.  I think you would feel it if it didn't like the way you were pushing it.  I say ride it like you want and don't worry about your friend being upset that you are making his 500 pound Triumph look bad  ;)
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2013, 07:38:02 PM »
I would say it depends on how long you consider "long time periods with the throttle pinned in top gear".

No consumer road vehicle is designed to be continuously operated at maximum speed.
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2013, 10:56:23 PM »
Ride it like you stole it. It's got a two year warranty. If it blows up, you'll know better than that to ride it that hard the next time around! Of course, if it blows up after 25 months..Well....
On the other hand, if you want to save a lot of money on gas...slow down!
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2013, 11:21:57 PM »
Above is a pic from Indian Larry's shop In BK.  Local legend.


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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2013, 11:56:30 PM »
.............I will hold the bike pinned for long runs at a time in 5th, but only to avoid being mowed down. My question is, can I drive this bike the way I see fit, or am I just going to kill the thing prematurely.

I commute 20 miles each way on the expressway with the throttle near the top.

Have been doing it since the 600 mile mark.   3700 miles on it now.  smooth as silk.
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2013, 02:12:07 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback. I knew this question was subjective when I posed it, in that what's really considered a "hard" or "normal" way of riding. I'll stick with Bare's advice of riding it like it's stolen. @tooseevee, his shop is a must see for a fan such as yourself. From the "gift shop" area, you can watch them work on the bikes in the garage.
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Re: How hard are you on your bike?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2013, 02:39:32 PM »
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