Has it been that long already? damn....
and I'm still alive..... thankfully... I think I need some congratulations here!!!
So recently I got a private msg asking for an update regarding my first thread about "Surviving a R1" three years ago and I thought it would be nice to post a much less controversial update thread (but of course you never know in what direction my threads usually goes; damn trolls).
So here are some quick questions that were tossed at me and my answers:
Q. Do you regret buying a R1?
A. I've never regretted my purchase and I still have the biggest grin on my face everytime I get on my bike. I know that a slight twist of my throttle is an immediate satisfaction of speed and an immediately dissatisfaction of a ticket.
Gone is the adrenaline rush that I got in the first 6 months of just sitting on the bike. Now it is really just another transportation vehicle, but a damn fun one at that.
Q. I'm noob or 100 years of experience or age 80 and thinking of buying a R1?
As everyone said back then, the learning cruve is very steep if you are a noob.
If you are just starting out on a R1, you will miss 90% of the fun when everyone is carving out the curves, you are basically hanging on to your bike as it drags you through. Yes you can probably do everything that everone does, looking like a great rider, but through out every moment you are fighting with the hair pin throttle as you can probably do a wheelie in the middle of a turn, touchy 1st gear that jerks you back and forth as you accelerate and decelerate. You can never relax on a R1, as I did one time, letting my arm drop slightly which of course turned the throttle and making me ride on the passenger seat
In the first year when I thought keeping my bike at 15,000 rpm was the thing to do, I was sweeping (correction hanging on) corners at 190km/hour in first gear and hitting the rev limiter as I couldn't accelerate. When you have this much power, you have no chance to learn to shift gears.
Even today, in city riding, I rarely get out of first gear making my R1 pretty much like a scooter.
Q. I'm responsible i.e. age 80, can I survive a R1?
The difference between a young and old?
At age 80 (no I'm not 80), you can still be pretty reckless. In my first year of riding, I was suspended for street racing and high sided at high speeds and survived (miracously, no major damage to either bike or myself).
The problem is that you feel that there is no limit. In my 3 years of riding, I've only pinned (hitting the end of) my throttle 3 times and that was
1. carving out a curve in first gear hitting the rev limiter
2. hitting 280 on harrison probably in 4th or 5th gear and simply afraid of changing gears at that speed.
3. going around the curve on the small harrison hill, coming out of the turn, which probably caused my high side.
You command so much raw power that a flick of the wrist can take you from 180 to 240 in seconds. You forget that you don't have that power when you are back in a car (in my case, the family van).
Your decision on passing, changing lanes, split second decisions are all based on power. As you get use to this much power, you take greater risks on passing and carving out the turns. Thus responsibility goes out the door when you become invincible. Pretty heedy stuff....
Q. I've years of experience, am I ready?
A. Of course you are ready I was thinking of picking up a sport plane and posting up on "BCSportPlane" "surviving my first plane - noob flyer".
Seriously, only you will know whether you are ready or not. If you are occasional noob rider, I wouldn't reccomend it as you will never get use to the power and probably become jaded with riding.
I put in close to 50,000 in my first year and half of riding and it wasn't until I had covered 20,000 km that I started to feel comfortable; and then I was too comfortable.
You don't start out responsible because you don't understand what you are responsible for, but you become responsible with experience. You learn when to use that power and when not to
The fun, as I now know, is the big grin on your face when you wring every ounce of power out of your 600cc bike just to keep up with that R1 (mine ).
but these days, I'll let you pass and collect -$200 as you pass GO
Damn that R2 sure looks good.... do you think I'm ready?