Join Date: Mar 2015
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Today was the first time I wished I had a bigger bike
Just minding my own business on the highway. Doing about 72 mph in the right-hand lane.
I'm coming up on a Civic a few dozen yards ahead of me, and it's probably doing about 68 mph.
I get a little closer, throw on my left signal, do a shoulder check and dip into the other lane.
I'm slowly overtaking this Honda Civic, just about up to the driver-side window, when I see him start to cross the center line.
My heart skips a beat as I fumble for a second and then brake moderately hard and lay on the horn as the driver cuts in.
He gives me the SMIDSY one-hand wave in the rear-view mirror while I was still catching my breath.
After 3,500+ miles on my CBR, that was the first time I wished I was riding a 600 or a liter bike. A little harder twist on the throttle and I'm out of there.
My 250 is out of breath at such speeds.
I fumbled because I tried to decide between accelerating, honking and breaking.
1.) Accelerate - I would have no chance of speeding up enough before he switched lanes. I might've been lucky enough to be seen by the driver, but probably not. Result: Dead.
2.) Honk - No guarantee he wouldn't continue to my lane. Result: Dead.
3.) Break - It worked, but it was still way too close of a call. Result: Still breathing.
Anyone had any similar experiences riding a 250?
I love my bike, but I think it would be nice to have some extra power available.
I may be in the market again soon...
1983 Yamaha XS400