Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wellington, CO 80549
Frustration as I'm sucked into others' tailpipes
Well, for six years now I've had the fastest bike in the group of riders I ride with. Not any longer.
A friend of mine bought an Aprilia Falco 1000, and his friend has a Hayabusa. I just returned from a couple of days of riding through Colorado's mountains with them. I do fine in the corners, as the 'Busa guy doesn't push it, the Aprilia guy rides faster than he did on the Buell he had last year but I can keep up just fine. On the straights I'm history.
When I bought my bike five years back, on the ride home I wondered if I could ever master the excessive power it had. On Tuesday I got to ride the 'Busa and jeez. What a monster. And it even handles better than my bike. A person could get himself in over his head on that machine.
So, I'm on my VF1000R cruising at 90 with a long straight ahead, shift down a couple of gears, whack the throttle wide open, shift up at redline, pass 135 on the way to 140 and beyond at full throttle. All this at about 7000 ft. in Colorado. What a feeling. And here comes the Aprilia, just motoring by, followed by the Hayabusa as he waves goodbye to me, while I am holding my throttle wide open against the stop, gritting my teeth in frustration. Dirty guys.
Well, I'm too cheap to go buy a faster bike, and will live with my VF until my kids are gone and I have the cash. I can still do 100 in less than 8 seconds. I just don't like having to pull myself out of those Hayabusa tailpipes...
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Last edited by KenVF1000R; 06-21-2001 at 09:23 AM.