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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Point of reference is everything

I have ridden a lot of motorcycles since I started in 1970. From 3hp mini bikes to the very first Ducati 916 around, from a bone stock Evo to 145ci S&S powered machines. I have seen 178mph (verified on radar and been ticket for 5mph over. I like to think my perspective on what a fast motorcycle feel like is pretty solid.

I bring this up because tonight I met some people looking my Concours 14 over. They had an older Councours and loved it. When we talked about my bike and how fast it was the guy said he had a v65 Sabre back in the day and it was dramatically faster than the new Concours. If memory servers me correct jay "pee wee" gleason was able to push one through the 1/4 in about 10.9 seconds. That means the average guy would be lucky to see 11.8 or so. The Councours has shown pretty consistent 10.5 1/4 mile times with regular magazine guys on them.

I guess the Sabre being the fastest bike he ever rode left an impression on him...and in his mind the 985 memories were fatter than anything today....I would love to have a Sabre, it was a cool bike..and really love to race one....anyone have one?