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Went for a great ride with weekend with a Ducati 749, Ducati 848, and a Triumph Speed Triple 1050. I never had any hope keeping up with them on the straighter sections but tooling around the two lane twisties I was able to hold my own.

Started by heading out through NYC to Far Rockaway to see the beach. It was deserted and chilly, but a good first stop. Then we headed out Hastings on the Hudson in search of better roads. Light traffic and warm (mid 60's) weather made things very nice. Ate a great lunch at a local bar and headed back.

Riding with a small group of much more experienced riders let me take small steps outside my comfort zone. To the point where I feel like I made legitimate progress in my skills and confidence. For sure looking forward to Bear Mountain once it gets a little warmer.
 

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Nice story. The real joy of motorcycling is found away from long straights and highways.... places where a small to mid sized bike is in its element, and close to a match for bigger bikes. Only highly skilled riders can get significant benefit out of larger machinery in the twisties.

Back in New Zealand some years ago I stopped a nights with a cousin in village called National Park, in the middle of the North Island. Heading south the next day on my little scoot, a couple of guys on Harleys came roaring past on one the straights going south to Ratahei. After that it is about 60 km of wonderfully winding road, one of my favourite rides.

85 kg with a stiff frame, the MB100 was in its element, I was having fun, and before long the Harleys were in my sight again. "Should I or shouldn't I..... **** it I will"

I ducked past them at the first corner that offered a clear view ahead, and carried on my way, stopping for coffee at Upokongaro, a little north of Wanganui. I was about to continue when the Harley guys rumbled on past at a reasonable clip again.

My cheery wave was not returned!
 

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Busa squids have been popping out this week because of the nice weather. They can shift gears and gun it from light to light..now they're real riders :rolleyes:

I also get to hear these idiots also doing this at night in the summer. One night last year I swore I heard someone crash while doing this light to light gunning. I could've just been dreaming tho..

I am not sure what they gain out of doing this...
 

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Busa squids have been popping out this week because of the nice weather. They can shift gears and gun it from light to light..now they're real riders :rolleyes:

I also get to hear these idiots also doing this at night in the summer. One night last year I swore I heard someone crash while doing this light to light gunning. I could've just been dreaming tho..

I am not sure what they gain out of doing this...
Its called "Thrilling" (not what they are literally doing, but the effect they get from it). Having power, using it, then stopping it before damage is done probably gives them a rush. Its thrilling!
 

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I rode a ZX-14 at a Kawasaki Demo Day. There was lots of adrenaline(maybe too much). I can't imagine myself actually keeping that under control under normal riding conditions though. People jaywalk a lot here and bicycles run red lights all the time, so I would be very wary of doing that.
 

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BMW S1000RR will bitch slap any Busa into submission. Out accelerate and out corner and dominate it in every way !!! :p :p
 

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I never see the Busa clubs riding on the highway. They prefer over-reving at stoplights and racing mini vans - _ -
 

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Never rode a busa but would love to. Cant help but to love acceleration like that. Dont care for top end speed but love to power through the gears
Agree with you on this one. Top speed... well, yeah cool. The big thrill is powering through the gears.
 
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