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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2010, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hello I'm James.,I posted before asking if I should keep the bike or sale it. I decided to keep the bike instead of trying to profit from it. I got all the paperwork done and took it out for 50 miles yesterday. Bike ran great! It's going to be a fun bike to ride. I have been riding for a long time now and consider myself a pretty good rider. But still keep having this thought of my front tire washing out on me in a corner. I don't ride it like I rode my GSXR750 back in the days. I used to get washed out with my CRF450R dirtbike. But when I bought a RG3 20 MM triple clamps it cured that. Once on a cold day with my GSXR. I was still a bit new...didn't know that cold tires don't stick. And once with a rebel 250....leaning in a corner like it was my GSXR. So that was a lack of knowlege too. All those spills have been so long ago and I have had many bikes since then. But the washout thoughts are still there. The bike seems like it will hold a turn pretty good. Any thoughts? It's funny I don't know a speed limit with my dirtbike...I respect the street riding.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 09:47 AM
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Welcome, James. The only time my bike has gotten a little squirrely was riding into the sun and not seeing the sand washed onto the road in the curve. But then I probably don't ride as aggressively as others.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Welcome to the Vulcan forum James. It was a fear of the front tire sliding on dirt and sand on an exit ramp, that prevented me from "pushing right to go right" to lean the bike over to make the curve, and caused my accident almost 2 years ago. I had a mc license for 41 years and bought my first bike at age 55. 41 days later I got too close to the guardrail on an exit ramp, and dragged my leg for ~50 feet before flying ~20 or 30 feet across a ditch. I am still on disability, but hope to be back to work in the next few months, and back on my bike too.

I am not sure why you have the fear of washing out with all the riding experience you have. I know there are vn750 riders who regularly drag pegs in the twisties. Several vn750 riders have installed a Super Brace on the forks to improve handling with more aggressive riding. If you are interested, here is a link to the first supplier in the search. You might be able to find a lower price with a little digging.


You might find a few helpful tips in the link below too. If you are not already wearing ATGATT on the street, you might want to consider wearing the best armored crash gear you have, while you go out and practice some tight turns on an empty parking lot or little used back roads. As Dirty Harry said, "A man has to know his limits". It is best to find them somewhere other than on a busy highway.

Enjoy the ride, but stay safe out there.


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Welcome to the forum James. Where are you here in Texas?

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Welcome James, from another texas james.

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There is a saying:- "Nobody ever lost the front under power."

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Welcome to the club James. You made a good joice to keep the bike. Many here will say the same thing. Just take it easy on the turns at least the sharp ones, and have some fun.

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Thanks, Texas rider here in Keller.
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