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Every time I ride, I feel like I am fighting against the part of myself that wants to go faster, harder. I spend most of my time riding, it seems like, talking myself out of riding faster than my better judgement considers safe.

I commute every day, and most of the roads are wide open, middle-of-nowhere kind of roads--no hidden drives, no intersections, just cow pastures without much traffic. I try to keep it just over the speed limit, like maybe 5 or 7, but usually get this craving to push it harder.

Anyone else feel this way? Does it go away after awhile?
 

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ESanders2 said:


Anyone else feel this way? Does it go away after awhile?
It's self-discipline, and if it ever does go away, you'll go away, too.....

Try going over to Cherry Glen Rd. Take the road to Lake Berryessa. You won't be able to speed much, but the road has some nice curves which will keep you from getting bored.....
 

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I get it all the time, I can't do nothing about it so I restrain myself for the first for the first 5 miles, then I up it, I'm a fool but I can't help it......I need a race track, god help me when I get a big bike.
"HOWEVER I ONLY RIDE AS THE ROAD CONDITION ALLOW"......to many cars..SLOW DOWN.....unfamiliar roads....SLOW DOWN...ect.
Just ride within your limits and conditions allow and watch out for cagers(or cows).
Safe Riding.:thumb:
 

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Have you had a get off yet? Thats one good way of reinforcing a self preservation instinct. I would suggest that you listen to that inner voice and to others and ride within your limits.

Only you can decide how fast you should be going depending on conditions, your confidence, your pocket book (tickets can get expensive). My philosophy is to always keep 10 to 20% in reserve at least when pushing it. This allows for "oh sh*t" moments that come up.

Besides that, speed if you dont mind the ticket. My record is clean and I can take defensive driving for anything under 25 over, so I usually run 15 to 20 over the speed limit when just cruising along. Once the DD is used up I will probably slow it down for a year, which will be hard.

Restraint is all about weighing consequences. Fun factor vs ticket. High speed vs death. Just make resonable choices and listen to that little voice inside of your head, its talking to you for a reason.
 

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Appreciate everyone's input. I didnt want to make it sound like I ride like a maniac or anything--truth is i ride really conservatively but sometimes feel like going a little faster. Around traffic I'm always very careful; sometime too careful I find cages tailgating b/c they want me to speed up.
 

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ESanders2 said:
Every time I ride, I feel like I am fighting against the part of myself that wants to go faster, harder. I spend most of my time riding, it seems like, talking myself out of riding faster than my better judgement considers safe.

I commute every day, and most of the roads are wide open, middle-of-nowhere kind of roads--no hidden drives, no intersections, just cow pastures without much traffic. I try to keep it just over the speed limit, like maybe 5 or 7, but usually get this craving to push it harder.

Anyone else feel this way? Does it go away after awhile?
Let me guess, you havent wrecked yet.

The best way to take care of those urges is a race track. Go there, and find out just how fast your mind tells you to go.
 

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There are two reasons to practice restraint. One, the law would prefer you at least try. Two, your family doesn't feel like getting rid of you yet. I try not to worry about reason one much. That really takes the fun out of riding. Who wants to go 15 and 30 in the canyons. And yes, my license is always at the max for points and my insurance sucks, but you got to pay to play. Focus on #2, self preservation is a main objective. I ride a couple of notches below my limit, and never attempt anything on the road that I haven't practiced on an extremely dangerous canyon road with no guard rails.;)
 

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Have not wrecked-

How expensive is time at the track?
Depends on the organization, ussualky $100-$150 a day. First time Is expansive becouse chances are you dont have to proper gear.
 

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Hi ESanders2-

You'll find that you will also have a bit more restraint with nonstop chronological age. Increasing responsibilities to family (either significant others, spouses, children, or aging parents), work, and friends will stop one from taking truly absurd chances out on the road.

~ Blue Jays ~
 

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Hi ESanders2-

You'll find that you will also have a bit more restraint with nonstop chronological age. Increasing responsibilities to family (either significant others, spouses, children, or aging parents), work, and friends will stop one from taking truly absurd chances out on the road.

~ Blue Jays ~
However inlaws have the opposite effect.
 

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So I hear anyway.....




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Being an old fart of 75 yrs of age & with 59 yrs of riding I have no wife, kids, or even relatives. Fact is my will is made out to a fellow h/gun shooting friend so is my life insurance.

So yes the itch is always there, yes if have pranged many a time, especially while practing for competition & at competitions plus a hwy thing or two & yes I have received speeding tickets & keep on getting them.
 

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Being an old fart of 75 yrs of age & with 59 yrs of riding I have no wife, kids, or even relatives. Fact is my will is made out to a fellow h/gun shooting friend so is my life insurance.

So yes the itch is always there, yes if have pranged many a time, especially while practing for competition & at competitions plus a hwy thing or two & yes I have received speeding tickets & keep on getting them.

smitty, I think we might be related.:laughing: :laughing:
 
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