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Urban Assaulting

2648 Views 35 Replies 15 Participants Last post by  dogbreath
I've had a few of these types of bikes over the years. DR350S (dual sport, where it all started), CBR F2 'fighter, 900RR 'fighter, CR500 motocrosser street-legalized (insane), KTM 640 Duke II 'tard, and now the 1000RR naked bike. I had a few normal plastic sportbikes in there too, but most of my street miles have been on this sort of upright bike. As such, my riding style has remained in my roots, I feel like I"m on a motocrosser at all times. Elbows up, chin over the bars, 'fighter stance. I split cars, if traffic's bad I take the sidewalk, I jump curbs, cut through 'lots, launch over railroad tracks and enjoy riding sportbikes offroad (gravel's fun). Am I the only whack job urban assaulter here? I hope not, I need some sort of rationalization for my behavior.

I realized i might have a problem when I found myself jumping my last bike (a fully faired Ducati 749) over this sweet little set of sidewalk ramp "doubles" I found in a K-Mart parking lot. If I hit it just right I could clear the gap and land smoothly on the downside of the second handicap ramp. The 1000RR is much better for this sort of thing, btw. It doesn't make any scary crunching noises.
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+1 to that, where you from man?! I'm telling ya, us Canucks are takin' over the joint. Welcome aboard man.

Back on topic--->
Truthfully, I RARELY lane split, unless it's warranted (ie. it's fuckin 45 degrees celsius outside and I'm in full gear). Most of the time I simply don't need to. The first time I did it, I was 15 cars back or so at a stop light, and my buddy (who I was riding with, I only had a permit) was at the front. I snuck up the middle to get beside him. I've never seen so many middle fingers and heard so many horns. People can be really uptight. Lane splitting, if done right, is harmless. The problem with Calgary would be changing the habits and opinions of people. I saw a guy swerve at a bike that was splitting on the highway...he no longer has a mirror on his volvo...
What's a fasttag?
ah, I see. I saw that one a new gixxer a while back, a guy from Groundpilots. It's a good idea in my books!
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