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Raced a Harley today
I raced a Harley today and after some really hard riding I managed to PASS the guy. I was riding on one of those really, really twisting sections of canyon road with no straight sections to speak of and where most of the curves have warning signs that say "15 MPH".

I knew if I was going to pass one of those monsters with those big-cubic-inch motors, it would have to be a place like this where handling and rider skill are more important than horsepower alone.

I saw the guy up ahead as I exited one of the turns and knew I could catch him, but it wouldn't be easy. I concentrated on my braking and cornering. three corners later, I was on his fender. Catching him was one thing; passing him would prove to be another.

Two corners later, I pulled up next to him as we sailed down the mountain. I think he was shocked to see me next to him, as I nearly got by him before he could recover. Next corner, same thing. I'd manage to pull up next to him as we started to enter the corners but when we came out he'd get on the throttle and outpower me. His horsepower was almost too much to overcome, but this only made me more determined than ever.

My only hope was to outbrake him. I held off squeezing the lever until the last instant. I kept my nerve while he lost his. In an instant I was by him. Corner after corner, I could hear the roar of his engine as he struggled to keep up. Three more miles to go before the road straightens out and he would pass me for good.

But now I was in the lead and he would no longer hold me back. I stretched out my lead and by the time we reached the bottom of the canyon, he was more than a full corner behind. I could no longer see him in my rear-view mirror.

Once the road did straighten out, it seemed like it took miles before he passed me, but it was probably just a few hundred yards. I was no match for that kind of horsepower, but it was done. In the tightest section of road, where bravery and skill count for more than horspower and deep pockets, I had passed him. though it was not easy, I had won the race to the bottom of the canyon and I had preserved the proud tradition of another of America's best bikes.

I will always remember that moment. I don't think I've ever pedaled so hard in my life. And some of the credit must go to Schwinn, as well. They really make a great bicycle...
 

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Carrie said:
All is good Mr Kawasakiguy! So no "trolling" business...k? :coffee:
Maybe trolling just a bit :265:

Was really impressed how everyone responded...and feel a little sheepish for diggin at y'all in the first place.

Glad ya liked it, anyhow :cheers:
 

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and if'n it'll make you feel better...a post from my board regarding this same joke

Just Keep on Laughting You Yucksters
A couple of years ago the DynoJet (I think) truck came to the Corinth Harley dealer with a

"dragstrip" looking dyno being pulled behind it. Two bikes strap up and 'race'. Well, I thought

to myself, "My zrx is gonna lay these overpriced air-cooled relics in the dust." I got strapped

down next to a bagger (93cu.??) and I was sure the game was mine. After 3 passes and

permenant hearing damage in my left ear, I ended up losing all but one of the races and was

only putting out 112 hp to his 130hp+!! I rolled the tattered remains of my ego down the

plank with my vanquished steed. That's when the cams got put in.
 

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What had me going were those references to "that kind of horsepower" in the Harley he was attempting to pass. Sure, I was envisioning a sport bike rider and not a friggin' Schwinn, but I'm thinking "horsepower"? That's what rice riders are all about. Loved the twist at the end. You had us all going.
 

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Most of us had rice bikes at one time. A Harley is like cleavage. You can never stop looking at it.

Thorns
 

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That's why I have a '58 Schwinn Corvette. Sometimes ya need to blast them curves,and the dual caliper brakes really haul ya down.:cheers:
 

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Thorns said:
Most of us had rice bikes at one time. A Harley is like cleavage. You can never stop looking at it.

Thorns

That is the best explanation of a Harley I have ever heard.
 
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