Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I went for a ride. The 16 tooth stays
Yesterday, I went for a ride with a few friends on various bikes. I never intended or wanted it be be a race or even a fast blast, but some ways down the road, I got stuck behind a guy in a VTwin 1000cc, no names or brands just incase, but it had different exhaust from standard... The guy was admittedly a little larger than me and was fast in a straight line but with me stuck in line behind him, we were dropping back from the rest of the guys each time a tight'ish corner jumped out infront of us. I watched his style, having never ridden with him before and when the moment came I rode right around the outside of him while apexing a corner. It wasn't overly tight and I only chopped down into 5th making the overtaking a dignified exercise but the corner was quite long and really opened up onto a nice straight and when the guy saw me passing him he tried to speed up on the exit, but I had the momentum though the corner and knew he couldn't do it. Once we exitied the corner proper, I flicked it back up into top and he opened his throttle and I could hear his engine starting to really rev as he changed up. He must have been in about 3rd or 4th gear. I merely wacked opened the throttle in top and no matter how hard he tried, I pulled away from him with what I called comfortable ease. I got up to about 170 kph (about 105mph) before I looked back in the mirror and saw him maybe 10 to 15 bike lengths back and still trying. By this time the rest of the gang were right infront of me so I let go the throttle and settled back into formation...
Guys, this was the first time I had had chance to varify the huge pulling power of the 919 against another bike in the same league. I am drop jawed (is that what ya call it?) at how much this bike can pull in top gear. I owned a VTR-1000 before this and when I first got on the 919 and rolled it on even from brand new, I knew the VTR was no match for top gear roll-on. I just never expected to own a 4 cyl bike with only 100 plus hp that could perform like this bike. Of course the VTwin I matched against yesterday was not a VTR, but it too just couldn't match the 919 and had a reputation for being a bit faster then a VTR. I absolutely love this bike.
That was the plus side of the ride. The minus side was the tyres...
As I said, I didn't want a race,, and,, I didn't get one but we did scoot along at some reasonable speeds though thum thur hills. I have the standard Bridgestone BT56's on and found out just how far they can be pushed.
While the 56's offer good bite on friendly riding, both my brother and especially me, found that they have their limits. On 2 ocassions I got the front tyre to drift exiting tight corners and once entering a corner. This was quite scary given the speed we we going at and the fact that the 919 was quite well leaned over at the time. The drift when I came into the corner was more or less terrifying as I was pretty near my limt and I simply took a deep breath in. The handebars felt like they wanted to fold up on my here, but a quick flick of the brakes luckliy fixed things. Once or twice too, I found the rear ryre wanted to try to step out from under me mid corner, once again at good speed and lean angle. I didn't crap myself as it was a predictable movement but I was still not amused. The single scariest moment was going through a wet patch on a corner. I saw it, straightened up, went through, and re opened the throttle and the bike went a little sideways then bit again. CAREFUL as she goes...!!!
Now I know how far to go... Afterall, I only wanted a scoot over the hill and back...