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Offline Dirty Dave

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Glenn Curtiss
on: October 15, 2020, 11:01:07 PM
set a world record of 139 mph (219 km/h) a hundred and thirteen years ago (1907)
on a motorcycle he built himself from scratch, including the engine.

So how come I feel like a hero when I'm doing 200 km/h on a modern safe 2018 machine
someone else made.........

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Offline Otown

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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #1 on: October 16, 2020, 01:56:48 PM
[quote

So how come I feel like a hero when I'm doing 200 km/h on a modern safe 2018 machine
someone else made.........

 :187:
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The roads were probably still better than the quebec blacktop of today  :745:  you are a hero to navigate that stuff

Offline Notsoaverageguy

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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 06:06:04 PM
Funny you should ask that question "seriously". I think its down to this. It's what your used to. I remember the very first time opening the throttle on my ZX10R in 3rd gear and the bike hit 8K it literally scared the living daylights out of me  :005: The bike hit about 130mph and was trying to get out from underneath me it pulled THAT hard :087: I had never felt anything like that and my brain involuntarily shut my throttle because it feared for my life. REALLY  :169:  But by the time I sold "Butch" running it up to the red line in 6th gear definitely was NOT boring  :110: but I was able to control my throttle hand on my own  :007: I find when I feel I am really scooting along on my RS I look down and am surprised I am not going faster than it feels :027: But thats a good thing. I bought Mona just for that reason, I do need to ride more sanely.  :305: But my former ZX10R is in my shop today. Its on it's second owner since I sold it. And I cant wait to test ride it when I am done  :164: I do know that I wont be hitting any redlines in any gear (except maybe 1st)  :007:  But it will feel good to ride an old friend. At least I still have a set of full leathers!  :047: 
Last Edit: October 16, 2020, 06:07:12 PM by Notsoaverageguy
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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 06:49:37 PM
few years back hit a 144 mph on my fjr1300 in death valley. still climbing in speed when the thought ran thru my mind.....hit a rabbit running across the road and die.backed off the throttle.lol

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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 09:22:27 PM
Back in 2012 I took my ZX14 to Loring Maine to land speed race it.  2.5 mile runway, timing traps at 1 mile and 1.5 miles with another mile to slow down.  As a rookie, I had to do a runs at specific speeds (125, 150, 175 MPH) before I could run all out.  I can say it's a whole different world above 150 MHP on a bike.  Ultimately I hit 188MPH, while my bike hit 194MPH (another rider).

Unfortunately, we'll never see speeds near that on the Z900RS.

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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 04:56:26 AM
*Originally Posted by KMM0000 [+]
Unfortunately, we'll never see speeds near that on the Z900RS.

And that is a good thing.  I wouldn't want to go real fast on my Z900RS.  It doesn't inspire confidence nor aero-stability at high speed.  I'm more afraid at 120 mph on my Z than at 160 in my vette.  The fastest I've ever gone was passengering in "the Chiffon" - an insane Porsche that felt about the same acceleration from 150 mph as a 500 hp vette does from a stand still, doh, a true death wish machine.

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Re: Glenn Curtiss
Reply #6 on: Today at 02:14:07 AM
If you are ever in the Finger Lakes region of New York (Hammondsport to be precise), check out the Glenn Curtiss Museum.

Some interesting history and vehicles he built, rode, drove, and flew in his lifetime.