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Old 12-18-2008, 05:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The sportster used to get well above 60 by the end of the width of a divided highway... There's an underpass I used to go through daily and if you got a good jump on green, then you could get straight through the light on the other side just as it turned yellow. The softail isn't nearly that quick (keep getting caught at the light).
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The sportster used to get well above 60 by the end of the width of a divided highway... There's an underpass I used to go through daily and if you got a good jump on green, then you could get straight through the light on the other side just as it turned yellow. The softail isn't nearly that quick (keep getting caught at the light).
i just wheelie through those intersections. then its time to hit third at 72 mph.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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i just wheelie through those intersections. then its time to hit third at 72 mph.
Is that the trick where you're facing backwards and watching the tach with a mirror???
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Seriously, I doubt many people try to measure 0-60, and I think it would be difficult to do accurately - unless maybe a GPS could do it.

Some folks here might be able to post time tix from the strip. Those would show accurate times at different points and you might be able to extrapolate for a sense of 0-60 times. Or, you might just settle for 1/8 mile times and mph, discounting for differences in tracks, temperature, rider skill and other things - that might provide the most accurate info for you.

Only other thing might be to search through different magazine tests and see if any of them do 0-60 comparisons. Maybe google "motorcycle reviews" or some such.

Good luck!
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:27 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Seriously, I doubt many people try to measure 0-60, and I think it would be difficult to do accurately - unless maybe a GPS could do it.

Some folks here might be able to post time tix from the strip. Those would show accurate times at different points and you might be able to extrapolate for a sense of 0-60 times. Or, you might just settle for 1/8 mile times and mph, discounting for differences in tracks, temperature, rider skill and other things - that might provide the most accurate info for you.

Only other thing might be to search through different magazine tests and see if any of them do 0-60 comparisons. Maybe google "motorcycle reviews" or some such.

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Old 12-18-2008, 08:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Sometimes I'm just clicking into 5th but if I'm getting on it then I'm still in second and accelorating way too fast to count!
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:07 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Is that the trick where you're facing backwards and watching the tach with a mirror???
nah, the mirror is for shooting baloons over the shoulder. the hard part is featering the rear brake with your left heel.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:54 AM   #24 (permalink)
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You'd think. But it's tough to find boards that worry more about hp and tq than these ones! If it's only for the numbers, then we admit it's bar stool. If it's about performance, then 0-60 and 1/4-mile times, while not exhaustive, are relevant.
in theory you are correct...i think that in real life though the numbers are a justification for and proof that the upgrades actually resulted in marked improvements in performance...in most cases everyone is just after a better seat of the pants rush form a bike that in stock form isnt much of a thriller....
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:28 AM   #25 (permalink)
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in theory you are correct...i think that in real life though the numbers are a justification for and proof that the upgrades actually resulted in marked improvements in performance...in most cases everyone is just after a better seat of the pants rush form a bike that in stock form isnt much of a thriller....
The O to 60 times is a good indication of how hard a machine is leaving a dead stop.For a drag racer it is an important number to monitior.For the street drag racer it is still a good bit of information.No doubt a lot of you could care less,but we hot rodder/ex drag racers are still curious.My short numbers are now measured by the seat of the pants,and the occasional throttle jockey I meet out on the asphalt,which by the way is a lot of fun for we adrinaline junkies! I plan on feeling as much like an 18 yr old as long as I can,so you that are just cruisers, bear with us that are not ready to give it up.I love to cruise as muuch as the next guy,but if you want to play you can bet I am always ready.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:46 PM   #26 (permalink)
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True that, 0-60(mph) times are the indicator most publications use as the standard as to how hard a vehicle accelerates. Not to be confused with 60'(foot) times, which is used in drag racing to evaluate how hard a vehicle launches, and if it is indeed 'hooked up'. Kinda the same, but different...
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:23 PM   #28 (permalink)
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It can be done with a SE Race Tuner in "Data Mode".



Wow! Didn't know that, but it's a cool thing to build-in. I'm a carb guy.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:51 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Wow! Didn't know that, but it's a cool thing to build-in. I'm a carb guy.

Another neat thing about this feature is to compare before and after changes that you have made to your bike. When using this feature, it's better to make a run in second or third gear depending on the highway's speed limit. Run the bike as if you are on a dynamometer. Go WOT just before 2,000 RPMs and run it up to red line. Of course you can do a 0-60 mph but you have to take into account for wheel spin.

This particular picture is of a 2003 Softail Heritage that I was comparing 20w-50 HD oil to 15w-40 AMS Oil. Both runs were compared at a starting speed of approx. 20 mph and an ending speed of 65, both in the same gear.
The run when using 15w-40 had an decreased time difference of
.336 seconds and a decrease distance in feet of 26 feet. It also had an increase "G" force of .032.

I guess that you just found out how to increase power by just doing an oil change. Interesting isn't it?:


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Old 12-20-2008, 06:19 PM   #30 (permalink)
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One run was 26 feet longer than the other. And it covered an additional MPH of acceleration. Is this supposed to be apples to apples?
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