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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 11:02 am Thread Starter
 
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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 a canyon 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 canyon and I had preserved the proud tradition of one of the best bits of britiron.

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 Raleigh cycles, as well. They really make a great bicycle...







Yes it's a repost from another site, but a good laugh.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 11:24 am
 
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Thanks for that post. My wife and I both laughed out loud.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 11:26 am
 
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Nice story and probably very realistic. Seen those crazy downhill races in tour the France. No way I could keep up with these guys, no matter the horsepowers
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 11:28 am
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Shamelessly stolen! roflmao!
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 1:17 pm
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Hey! I could swear when I read it was a Schwinn...

Funny thing is this is the third board I frequent that this has popped up on in the last four days. And, no, I don't go to any Harley boards...



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Hysterical! SWMBO and I howlled

I have shamelessly stolen it and posted it to yet another board. Gotta keep a good thing going.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 4:08 pm
 
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You totally sucked me in with that one. My wife and I are still laughing
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 8:40 pm
 
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Harley Schmarley........

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Originally Posted by mikeodial
I raced a Harley today and after some really hard riding I managed to PASS the guy. 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.





Yes it's a repost from another site, but a good laugh.
I'm glad I was intelligent enough to come back to this post......been bugging me all day.
It was a good laugh after I read it thouroughly, as my high school English teacher would say. I was really upset. My buddy has a V-Rod (and I outweigh him by 200 lbs. !!) and he actually thinks he can pull away from me. This past summer two new friends that have the 1150 GS's ??, told my old friend when I was not present (they are his cousins), Quote: "they never knew how fast and powerful a K12GT was until that fat-ass blew by us at 100" .
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Quote: "they never knew how fast and powerful a K12GT was " .
But not near as powerful as aYamahaha FJR of course.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2006, 10:21 pm
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cut and pasted this to another board I frequent, couldnt help but bring back one of the replies so:


This it total bullony....

#1 This event appears to have taken place over a period of miles. Totally bogus..Hardleys can not cover a period of miles in a single day.

#2 He states that he came up behind one and managed to pull even. Totally bogus....the oil slick behind a Hardley would have been too great an obstacle to overcome.

#3 He claims to have pedalled furiously to end up in front. He could have walked his bike and won....Hardley would have been on the side of the road within sight of the starting line.

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