One of my favorite local roads runs along the eastern base of the Sierra mountains. When riding up in the mountains, I start grinding hard parts at about 60, which is a good velocity limiter for me...some of the roadside cliff drops exceed 1,000 feet
However on that favorite road along the base, I find that to get a good lean angle going, I'm approaching 90 mph. Given our wildlife population, coupled with my desire to have fun with my future grandkids, I find traveling at this velocity to exceed my level of common sense.
I am curious as to your opinions on acceptable sppeds that you will travel on public roads and how do you determine the maximum velocity to travel at.
I've seen some threads in the past wherein folks describe going 130+ on country roads. From my perspective, at that speed hitting a small lizard on the road could likely kill you. At 120 MPH, you are traveling at 175 feet per second and it takes a highly skilled rider .3 of a second to apply brakes, or roughly 53 feet before you actually begin to engage your brakes. Given the stopping distances most sportbikes are capable of (note the bike, not the rider) and it would take a highly skilled rider a minimum of 293' to stop from 120mph...about the length of a football field.
So how fast is too fast? Naturally it depends on where you are and the conditions of the road. Your thoughts?