Dont know if this is a repost but thought it was way too good to not post-
Raced a Harley today!
I raced a Harley today and after some really hard riding I managed to
PASS the guy. I was riding on one of those really, really twisting
sections of country road with no straight sections to speak of and where
most of the curves have warning signs that say "15 MPH". I knew if I was
going to pass one of those monsters with those big-cubic-inch motors, it
would have to be a place like this where handling and rider skill are
more important than horsepower alone. I saw the guy up ahead as I exited
one of the turns and knew I could catch him, but it wouldn't be easy. I
concentrated on my braking and cornering. three corners later, I was on
his fender. Catching him was one thing; passing him would prove to be
another. Two corners later, I pulled up next to him as we sailed down
the mountain. I think he was shocked to see me next to him, as I nearly
got by him before he could recover. Next corner, same thing. I'd manage
to pull up next to him as we started to enter the corners but when we
came out he'd get on the throttle and outpower me. His horsepower was
almost too much to overcome, but this only made me more determined than
ever. My only hope was to outbrake him. I held off squeezing the lever
until the last instant. I kept my nerve while he lost his. In an instant
I was by him. Corner after corner, I could hear the roar of his engine
as he struggled to keep up. Three more miles to go before the road
straightens out and he would pass me for good.
But now I was in the lead and he would no longer hold me back. I
stretched out my lead and by the time we reached the bottom of the
canyon, he was more than a full corner behind. I could no longer see him
in my rear-view mirror.
Once the road did straighten out, it seemed like it took miles before he
passed me, but it was probably just a few hundred yards. I was no match
for that kind of horsepower, but it was done. In the tightest section of
road, where bravery and skill count for more than horsepower and deep
pockets, I had passed him. though it was not easy, I had won the race to
the bottom of the valley and I had preserved the proud tradition of
another of America's best bikes.
I will always remember that moment. I don't think I've ever pedaled so
hard in my life. And some of the credit must go to Trek as well. They
really make a great bicycle...