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PostSubject: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeSun 1 May - 1:08

I want to know if anyone knows if haveing a biger bike helps when rideing on the motoway? I travelled to Oxford southampton way on saturday and was really windy and found it alittle hardwork Mad i just stuck at 75 80 most of the way. I saw bigger bikes they looked fine going past dose it make a diffrence? Question
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeSun 1 May - 1:32

Hi Bas, in answer to your question, yes bigger bikes are better able to cope with the demands of motorway cruising. Generally the larger bikes are designed to deliver the power at lower revs and are therefore more economical at motorway speeds with the added advantage of more power if the need arises to get you out of trouble without over stressing the engine.

Bigger bikes also tend to be heavier with a lower centre of gravity which makes them more stable. Depending on thet type of machine you choose, the riding position is also improved. If you opt for a tourer, distance riding is more comfortable than if you had gone for a sports bike.

All bikes are subject to the effects of side winds and buffeting, however a bike with a fairing will help to deflect these forces around the rider whereas an unfaired or 'naked' bike will subject the rider to the full force of the airflow and at higher speeds, this can be considerable.

The best advice would be to arrange a test ride with a bigger bike if your licence will allow it (some new riders are restricted to 66bhp). Having tried a few differnt types of bike, decide which one best suits your needs and riding style.

I hope this information helps bigger bikes? 720760
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeSun 1 May - 7:35

Many thanks sheep inwolfs clothing I found that infomation usefull, At presently I cant afford to upgrade my beast but all this info as made me think about it even more. cheers. I did try yesturday lowering my head nearer to the dash and screen I think that helped alot. I was just hanging on for dear life. lol

Plus I collected most of dorsets flying bug population on my helmet screen Mad
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeSun 1 May - 13:36

Flyscreen? They make a big difference.

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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeSun 1 May - 23:56

Yeah I got one I think they do help. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeMon 2 May - 0:18

Hi Bas, I was a little concerened by your comment "hanging on for dear life", bike riding should be a pleasurable experience and not a dice with death.

If you find you are uncomfortable in any given riding situation, the best advice would be to simply slow down to a speed at which you are comfortable and in full control of your machine. On motorways it is not necessary to travel at top speed, or even keep up with other traffic (if they wish to go faster, it's up to them to overtake you safely).

If you are travelling at a speed where you feel threatened (hanging on for dear life), what happens if you attempt to pass a large truck and are struck by the deflected airflow (slamming), you may loose control with devastating consequences.

This is not intended as a lecture or to ctritisize your abilities but mearly as a point of concern.

Take care and ride safe bigger bikes? 720760

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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeTue 3 May - 0:50

Thanks for your concern, I have tacken it on bord. To be honest the journey wasnt a very comfortable one anyway as I was trying to be blown off.

How was your ride to West Bay? It was pretty damp and dull in Crossways yesterday.
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeTue 3 May - 10:44

Cable ties! This should help keep you on the bike! bigger bikes? 720760
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PostSubject: Re: bigger bikes?   bigger bikes? Icon_minitimeWed 4 May - 0:45


I better just put a few more pounds. lol!
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