My commute is about 25 miles and I'm usually up around 85 MPH for most of it. It seems very stable at that speed.im wondering whats the fastest you can drive a thruxton without pushing it to hard, (and control issues) for long periods of time.
I don't know if you are actually safer or not, but I do the same thing for the same reason. I feel like I am agressively seeking to avoid cars -- and the easiest way is to open the throttle. They are a herd of wildebeasts and I am a cheetah, you know?I must have been really close to 110 a few times according to my speedo. The wind was brutal and only stayed there for a few seconds. I've cruised anywhere between 80 - high 90's and I'm getting more and more confidence each time out. I'm scared as heck on the freeway at 65 or w/the flow of traffic. I've had one too many close calls at those speeds. Ironically I feel much safer riding faster than the surrounding traffic. Maybe it's because I'm only near a car for just a split second vs. riding side by side and them not seeing me.
Do I have a warped thought or is there some merit to my thinking????? Anyone out there have any thoughts???
Agree with all of this, except I am the wildebeest and the cages are a pack of lions....One of my pet peeves is when I'm going 85 or so and some idiot in a cage thinks I'm trying to race him.
It always amazes me when someone drives in a way that you can tell they don't realize how vulnerable a bike is. I mean, I can understand when someone doesn't SEE me. I wish more people were more mindful, but it goes with the territory. My problem is with people who CAN see me and still are getting really, really close, you know?
I should probably add that there are some serious rain grooves on that freeway, so that was probably the reason for the funkiness with the bars being wobbly. I just thought of that.I'm glad I logged on and saw this thread. Saturday was my first day on the freeway with my Thruxton. I was going 70 on the 405 freeway in Orange County, CA, and felt ok for most of the time. There are portions of that freeway though that make me feel like the handlebars are wobbling and about to go out of control. On my way home I got off the freeway early and took side streets, haha. Better safe than sorry.