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Old 09-13-2009, 06:29 AM   #111 (permalink)
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isnt regearing illegal due to rider safety at freeway speeds?...
I've never heard of anything like that in my entire life. I cannot for the life of me make any reasonable association between gearing and safety on the hiway such that the legislature would need to get involved.

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Old 09-14-2009, 02:39 PM   #112 (permalink)
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isnt regearing illegal due to rider safety at freeway speeds? im all for it though, i like what youve done here. have you done anything to lighten the bike? not that theres much to remove...
Im not sure I understand what you mean. There is no law against regearing.

Highway driving is absolutely safer than city driving in many respects. Regearing does not make a vehicle any less safe at highway speeds.
Speed limits are there for a reason.... THEY ARE LIMITS = DO NOT EXCEED.
The problem is everyone thinks the posted speed is a "suggestion". I have yet to be in a situation where i needed to "power out" of it.

I have not done anything to lighten the bike because it is pretty light already. I think it would be a waste of time trying to lighten the bike to gain fuel efficiency, as the gains will be < 1mpg if anything. I'd rather spend the time improving the aerodynamics of the bike + me, which i plan to do in the near future.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:46 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Just wanted to show everyone how i carry luggage and why i dont need to drive a car or truck .

Went up to visit the girlfriend at her college. Heres a soccer bag with a 30pack of beer plus my motorcycle cover in it, and a bookbag with clothes, toiletries, an iron, etc in it. Took this picture a couple months ago.



And this is a picture i took today. I had to get a drawing book for a silly art class that the college requires me to take (im a biology major). Its a 18" x 24" book. So i strapped it on the front of my bike and it doubled as a nice touring windscreen for the 10 mile trip back to school. I might have to make a windshield like this.

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Old 09-18-2009, 04:58 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Hell For Leather Magazine did an article on my bike..... i just think some of the comments are funny

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Old 09-18-2009, 07:48 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Riding 5 miles under would drive me frakkin' crazy
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I have a really hard time understanding why you need to go crazy and ride under the limit searching for 100mpg
These people have the mind set of my sister. "If there is a limit, I meet it. I don't go under it or above it." She will drive EXACTLY the speed limit, no matter if traffic is slower. She will drive a tad faster if traffic is faster but for the most part she drives the EXACT speed limit. I've always told her that it is a "cap" for speed. You don't have to go that speed.


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not sure if someone replied yet but the reason ur bike was pinging is cause that gas should not be in your bike, all bikes that i know of, and my sister has that bike, run on premium gas... it may cost 20 cents more butto use 87 u loose fuel economy and performance as well as risk damaging the engine.. figured i share some info on the small amount i know. u might read somewhere that it can take 87 or should.. from my experience that is nothing but bad news

if it wasn't the gas .. the only other reason it would be pinging is sometimes the engine is cold

premium is also much cleaner and on a carburated bike.. that means taking care of the bike much less, cleaning the jets less, and make the spark plugs and valves last just that little bit longer
Premium fuel is not universally cleaner, certain brands add the same detergents to all the grades they sell, so there's no difference in how "clean" the fuels are.

And the Ninja 250 is designed to run on 87. That being said, I've never driven my Ninja for economy, though that is going to change here soon, as the Burgman has a lot of issues that are going to require grounding to correct. I don't doubt that the engine will ping at WOT at low revs, and IIRC, Bryan is tuned a little on the lean side, which makes it easier to ping regardless of the grade.
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isnt regearing illegal due to rider safety at freeway speeds? im all for it though, i like what youve done here. have you done anything to lighten the bike? not that theres much to remove...
Aside from the fairings, there really isn't anything to remove. Plenty of things that can be lightened by exotic materials, but with a starting point of only 305lbs dry, there's not much room to improve.

And the assumption that re-gearing would endanger the rider is based on the false premise that you always need to have accelerating power a throttle-turn away, even on a highway where the chances of that are already slim. Fortunately, all NHTSA studies have shown that to be false, so we are free to gear our bikes to any ridiculous ratio we please, so long as it works for us.
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dont drive motorcycle for economy ... drive motorcycle for fun .

My fun is full trothle when accelerating
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