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Anyone else have trouble not speeding?
Iíve contemplated selling my bike, but havenít just yet.
Thoughts?
hard not to speed on street bikes...if you still like "motorcycling" try to get a second bike, or trade in FJR for something ADV and off-road capable, you will loose interest for (extreme) speeding, since it's a bit more challenging to go fast on gravel, sand, mud, rocks etc...but soo much fun never the less, still motorcycling but with a twist. On hard pack gravel roads you can still go very fast, and no cops or speeding tickets
Didn't touch my FJR for the last month and a half, having so much fun with my '18 Vstrom 650XA ...try it maybe you'll love it more then "just street" riding

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When I put On louder exhaust I seamed to ride slower , now I can hear it running. Fjrs are so quite and smooth you donít realize how fast you are going. Can keep it down to the 60s on secondary roads now instead of 75-80.
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At 73, I don't speed as badly as I used to, but speed limits in some places are just so idiotically low everyone speeds. If I'm out riding around by myself I'll use the cruise to hold it to 10 over just to try not to get any tickets. Heck, I speed on crooked roads in my RV; did I mention I'm old?
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hard not to speed on street bikes...if you still like "motorcycling" try to get a second bike, or trade in FJR for something ADV and off-road capable, you will loose interest for (extreme) speeding, since it's a bit more challenging to go fast on gravel, sand, mud, rocks etc...but soo much fun never the less, still motorcycling but with a twist. On hard pack gravel roads you can still go very fast, and no cops or speeding tickets [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/FJROwners_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/IMG]
Couldn't agree with you more, and your much lighter Wee Strom doubtlessly adds to the fun. My marginally lighter Super Tenere is plenty of fun on pavement or gravel.

Also, the Super Tenere isn't that much fun at Super Illegal speeds (lumpy motor) and with 50/50 tires (lumpy, noisy tires).

By-the-way, what tires are you using on your Vstrom? I'm running K60's but also use Mitas E07and I am looking at switching to Motoz Tractionator GPS.

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Couldn't agree with you more, and your much lighter Wee Strom doubtlessly adds to the fun. My marginally lighter Super Tenere is plenty of fun on pavement or gravel.
Also, the Super Tenere isn't that much fun at Super Illegal speeds (lumpy motor) and with 50/50 tires (lumpy, noisy tires).
By-the-way, what tires are you using on your Vstrom? I'm running K60's but also use Mitas E07and I am looking at switching to Motoz Tractionator GPS.
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Haynes, I am totally new to ADV-off roading (less then 2mnths) so can't give you a "qualified" advice on tires, BUT...my strom came with Continental TKC80, and I was surprised of how;

-they handle both gravel and pavement equally great
-don't make any noise, actually I can't even tell I have knobbies (on pavement)
-the only time you feel them is when rolling out of the garage
-good grip and great handling in twisties even at 100kph +
-great handling off-road and gravel (of course within my newbie learning skills)
-they soak up all the road imperfections (much better then my Angel GT's on FJR)
-can't even feel the tar snakes, cracks,and barely feel rumble strips and even Texas gates I now cut right accross the pipes and not aiming for those flat metal strips, everything is so soft and absorbed by tires and suspension (I didn't want to say it but the whole vibration/soaking up bumps/plushness etc is better then on my '17ES on "soft" and "1up with luggage" setting, which was a total pleasant surprise to me)
-when on gravel I drop the air by few PSI's as suggested by various ADV "experts"

in fact I am so impressed and happy with the TKC80's that I will probably buy another set.
So here you go all my impressions...and yes I also like how they look, agricultural tractor like or dune buggy-ATV look
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I love to haul ass as much as anyone else and yeah I do have a problem trying not to speed with the FJR, it's to darn easy.

But, as told to me by a former CHP officer a few moons ago...

0 - 5 mph over limit won't stop / won't cite.
5 - 10 mph over limit may stop / may cite.
10 - 15 mph over limit will stop / may cite.
15 + over limit will stop / will cite.

Where I live with easy access to mountain roads and pretty much year round riding I have ample opportunity to exercise my immaturity. And I would have to agree with Red in that a little respect or being courteous can go a long way towards avoiding those pesky court appearances.

as always your mileage may vary....
The problem with all these tips (especially the ones about staying below +10 is skate-city) is that they are all "officer discretion" which means they can as easily ticket as lecture (and worse... do both). I've been cited for +3.

And "under posting" speed limits (below the designed 85% rule) is a jurisdictional ploy to get more revenue. I saw roads in the east that could have easily been 70+ mph roads (design and environment) but which were posted at 65 or below. There's a reason for that. See the paragraph above.

http://www.mikeontraffic.com/85th-pe...eed-explained/

This is a metric that is documented and ingrained in highway engineering. They design to standard (curves meant to handle X speed, etc.), sample traffic to see what 85% of the traffic travels at (or below), and set the speed limit. When I was working in FHWA, I was shown the standards and watched a local city move their speed limits from 55 to 70 (when the state moved to higher state-wide limits - which took a couple of months). Then, over one weekend, all those 70s were changed to 65 in time for Monday morning commuters.


Obvious? I think so.

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I'm pretty sure my last speeding ticket was for 30 in a 25 in a little town called Brooksville in northern Kentucky. I don' think the cop liked motorcycles. It's kind of a gateway town to the curvy roads in that area and on weekends the sport bike riders blitz thru the town on their way to the twisties. He also noted on the back of the ticket that I wanted to go to traffic school (which i never said I did). They called to see when I wanted to go and I said I didn't. They said they would send the points to Ohio if I didn't go to the school. I asked how many points.? They said ONE. I said SEND IT! (knowing my record was clean and had been for over a decade).I think that was in 2002. Been clean ever since too.

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I go along with some of the other posts: I'm old now, don't have quite the daring spirit that I used to. But I do use the speed now and then, like 110 to get around the semi and 3 cars that won't try it.

In the old days I used to ride my '69 Sportster hard, probably too hard and lucky to have made it without crashing it. I ground the pegs off at a 45 degree angle from dragging on the pavement so much. I don't come anywhere near touching the pegs on the Sporty anymore.
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When I put On louder exhaust I seamed to ride slower , now I can hear it running. Fjrs are so quite and smooth you donít realize how fast you are going. Can keep it down to the 60s on secondary roads now instead of 75-80.
I have a set of Two Brothers pipes on mine. One of the things I love is to hear those pipes scream...which is when I tend to get in trouble.

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When I was a track-a-holic on my R1 & R6, I used to think that the FJR was an old man's bike. Then I got one and absolutely love it. Hey...wait a minute!
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Since I'm a veteran, I put a campaign ribbon (it's a small bumper sticker), valid for me, below my license plate.
I need to try that.

I pretty much, traffic permitting, run 5 over in town, about 8 over on the highways, or at the sped of traffic, except in school zones. OTOH, a few years back, I crossed ND at 100 mph most of the way. It was a clear sunny day, very little traffic, and I could see forever.

OTOOH, when I transit Dallas on I35E (either way), I just stay in the middle lane, second of three or third of five, and move with the flow of traffic in the middle lane. I35E has a couple of double exit lanes on both the left and the right side of the road. I have seen accidents almost happen when someone got trapped in the fourth or fifth lane right before the 635 exits.
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