I live in the central part of B.C. Canada so that means in the center of the Canadian Rockies. Fact is of my 60 yrs of riding only 1.5 was on flat land being Winnipeg Manitoba Cdn., along with 5 yrs up in Edmonton, Alberta Cdn of where most of my riding was 50% of the flat, but other 50% being in the Rockies. Since '52 I have lived in the Cdn Rockies.
When I am in town or city I try to travel at the speed limit, to sometimes slower, like around were I live as they are all short street/avenues due to the town is on a valley slope & many are without paved sidewalks so anyone for a walk or walking to another home are walking on the paved roads as are their kids!!
The Hwy 97 leading to the turn off up to the Kootney or going to the west or east & one is often forced to travel through the city, town or another city like Penticton has a Channel Parkway along a channel waterway from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake with a speed of 35mph rather then main city roads of 30 mph & even the main street being 15mph---I am not kidding you----of where I will scoot along at 45 or 50mph & rarely do I pass any vehicles though many cages clock much faster speeds.
Mind you when I hit the mtn roads with all the ups & downs to the continual bends I am usually clocking a bit over Max which can be 50, 55, or 60mph AND often knowing these roads, like the palm of my hand I will scoot up to 85mph though rarely 160KPH being 100mph yet sometimes in passing two or three cages, as I ease off the throttle, I will see the speedo at 185kph--115mph. Though do note there is no cross road or no oncomming road.
True even at the max speed limit speed of 50 or 80kph a deer can come out & ding you in. AND I have some real steep & longer hills where I sometimes take myself up to 220KPH or bit high speeds (like we are talking about 137 or 140 plus mph) though always uphill where police are not watching for speeders AND no oncomming road as these are some of the passes out of this valley terrain.
My record, as of to-date TAP WOOD, of any form of automotive accident with my m/c or my cage is NIL. True the bikes have been hit while parked, & so have my cage, I have accidently or intentially forced off the hwy to in some cases on a bend there is a cage on my lane comming at me, so it is evasive action of where I will pop into an orchard or have to take to the ditch FOR had I NOT even been moving I would have been hit & possibly killed. Yet back in '03 I was riding far, far to fast on some twistice. hit some sand to lose front end for a second, but sort of regained it in the crap off the road. Still made it home, on my own with a damaged bike & self some 51 miles through three towns & one small city---bike looked totalled & wanted to fall to left or right, but it was just the fairing being ripped off plus some other parts easy to replace. Personally I took longer to recover from two ribs fractured along with right shoulder muscles front & back had been toren a bit.
To be honest just 3 days after the above I went to my Honda 929 & realized, with some agony, I could actually drag my leg up & over the bike, so in for protective rideing gear, to start short runs like 1 hr the first day to a month later on I was back to clocking 7 or 8 hrs with injoyment. YES I was lucky.
Last edited by Smitty; 09-04-2007 at 08:46 PM.