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Forgive me, for I have sinned

Posted By: beemerman2k

Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/13/17 10:34 PM

True confession: and I feel guilty (seriously), but I was late for an appointment and rode that K1300GT wicked fast and grossly irresponsibly. If any car made any unexpected move—intentionally or otherwise—that would have been curtains for me.

Of course, the bike will do nothing to discourage such behavior; the engine comes alive and only encourages you to push it further. If the bike wasn’t so well engineered, I’d probably be dead now. Handling, stability in every condition, and superior brakes saved my bacon.

I cannot ride like this again ever. I feel like I perverted motorcycling by putting forth a reinforcing image that motorcycling is irresponsible. Terrible. At 57 years of age I know better, or I should, anyhow.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/13/17 11:47 PM

I bet you were still grinning as you wrote this.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/14/17 12:17 AM

Ok James, one Our Father and three Hail Marys should do it. wink Now get out there and twist that grip but just remember, the badging on the side does say GT! revit grin
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Pat
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/14/17 12:26 AM

Watching the movie, “Faster” right now. What’s amazing to me is modern day sport bikes will give these moto-go bikes of 15 years ago a good run around the track. The BMW S1000R or a top of the line Ducati or an R1, it’s be interesting to see.
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/14/17 01:00 PM

Seeing all these motorcycle road race crashes is sobering. I certainly cannot afford to experience that in my life. So I need to slow down!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/14/17 02:54 PM

Ten years away from the sport may have changed the enjoyment level you once received from it. FYI, there's nothing to be ashamed of in that. It sounds like you're questioning yourself, big-time. dontknow

Pat
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/15/17 12:08 PM

Your still alive so you have been forgiven but don't use up all your forgivens foolishly.
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/15/17 10:26 PM

Originally Posted by TEWKS
Ten years away from the sport may have changed the enjoyment level you once received from it. FYI, there's nothing to be ashamed of in that. It sounds like you're questioning yourself, big-time. dontknow

Pat


My skills have hugely deteriorated over the past decade. I find I often have to verbally remind myself to countersteer whereas it used to come naturally. I feel terribly guilty when I know I have ridden over my head as I have people who depend on me to exercise good sense to stay alive. I cannot allow myself to let them down. Slowly, ride by ride, my skills are coming back.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/15/17 11:47 PM

Yes, your skill set will sharpen with every ride. thumbsup By now it's pretty obvious you have re-entered a sport that has become more dangerous than it was ten years ago, IMO anyway. With all the added distractions drivers are tempted with and on top of that, the ones that just CDFS, smirk you need to be on your game 100%, all the time. It's a big judgment call on whether the risk is worth the reward. It's an even tougher call to make when people absolutely depend on you.

Pat
Posted By: Green RT

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/16/17 02:37 AM

Originally Posted by beemerman2k
Originally Posted by TEWKS
Ten years away from the sport may have changed the enjoyment level you once received from it. FYI, there's nothing to be ashamed of in that. It sounds like you're questioning yourself, big-time. dontknow

Pat


My skills have hugely deteriorated over the past decade. I find I often have to verbally remind myself to countersteer whereas it used to come naturally. I feel terribly guilty when I know I have ridden over my head as I have people who depend on me to exercise good sense to stay alive. I cannot allow myself to let them down. Slowly, ride by ride, my skills are coming back.

Interesting. I too spent 10 years away from riding. I had about 50 years experience on two wheels when, in 2007, I stopped riding because a job assignment prevented it. Last year, I took up riding again. I am not aware of any loss of ability. In fact, if anything I may be a better rider now than when I stopped 10 years ago. I spend more time now consciously working on my skills, whereas before, riding was more a matter of transportation.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/16/17 06:53 PM

The performance differences alone between your old bike and the new is enough to require some retraining and rethinking.

I just jumped from an 04 RT to a 16 RT and can't believe the difference in acceleration, things started happening quicker, all of a sudden. Cruise Control on the highway has already saved me from a couple of performance awards
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/17/17 10:53 PM

This is very true. My K1300GT is worlds more powerful than my 2000 R1100RT ever was. It's a lot of bike to manage given how rusty my skill set is.
Posted By: Sonor

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/18/17 11:29 AM

Hey Beemerman - we all have done things that afterwards say to ourselves, "Man that was stupid," or "Thank God I lived through that." So what you are experiencing is normal and yet a great learning experience to assist you in preventing it from happening again.
Just glad you are okay.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 10/20/17 12:06 AM

Originally Posted by beemerman2k
I feel terribly guilty when I know I have ridden over my head as I have people who depend on me to exercise good sense to stay alive. I cannot allow myself to let them down.


I too have had to make adjustment with my ridding because of recent changes to responsibilities that have been thrust upon me. I have recently become the Trustee of a very time consuming Trust with considerable assets and will soon be the Trustee of 3 or 4 soon to be drawn up Trusts. My wife recently asked me to not ride the bike before completing the Trust actions necessary to distribute the assets to beneficiaries. frown Lot's to think about!
Posted By: Heck

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned - 11/04/17 06:15 AM

Originally Posted by Sonor
Hey Beemerman - we all have done things that afterwards say to ourselves, "Man that was stupid," or "Thank God I lived through that." So what you are experiencing is normal and yet a great learning experience to assist you in preventing it from happening again.
Just glad you are okay.


Yeah James but does it wheelie?? bike bike revit
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