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Can you NOT speed? Iím struggling...

Anyone else have trouble not speeding? It seems that I simply cannot ride without constantly going 15-20 over. Iíve gotten a few tickets (got them fixed), but it almost seems that itís not enjoyable to ride at or ~5 over the posted limit.
Iíve contemplated selling my bike, but havenít just yet. I blame my background in trackdays and sportbikes for my ďspeed addiction.Ē

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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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I have no issue riding speed limit or speed limit +5, but then again I'm 70 years old, and got all of that speeding and street racing out of my system many years ago ( and quite frankly am sometimes suprised I survived).
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I have no issue riding speed limit or speed limit +5, but then again I'm 70 years old, and got all of that speeding and street racing out of my system many years ago ( and quite frankly am sometimes suprised I survived).
It depends on where I'm at; I have no issue going close to the speed limit, but give me a clear country road with long winding twisties and forget it, I gotta go. But then again I'm with Ferret, I'm surprised I survived a few of my escapades.
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Anyone else have trouble not speeding? It seems that I simply cannot ride without constantly going 15-20 over. Iíve gotten a few tickets (got them fixed), but it almost seems that itís not enjoyable to ride at or ~5 over the posted limit. Thoughts?
Mad German,

I had the same problem with my 2008. I blame the speedometer, which is rather tiny in the legal speed range. It's too easy to be ten or twenty over before you notice. I got a GPS speedometer from Amazon (~US$29.00 with free shipping). Feed it with a USB cord, nothing else, and mount it someplace handy. The large digits make it much easier to hold down the speed. I also avoid shifting into the higher gears in town, and that helps too. I can't cure your "need for speed," but this is how I stay out of traffic court. Freeways here can have 80 mph (~129 kph) speed limits, and the police often need some other good reason before they will ticket you for ten over. I do my rapid riding there.

Since I'm a veteran, I put a campaign ribbon (it's a small bumper sticker), valid for me, below my license plate. If you can make any valid claim, such as vet, EMT, Fire Department, medic, et c. then the right emblems or badges under your plates can't hurt, and might help. Several times I have thought I was going to be toasted, but got off with a warning. Gray hair probably helped a bit too, so if you got it, get your helmet off quickly and flaunt it, when you get stopped by the police.

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Most of the highways I'm on, traffic flows at 15+ mph over the limit, and I'll be on the upper side of that. Surface streets, I'm just going with the flow, maybe taking advantage of acceleration to open a gap if I end up at the front line at a stop light.

As soon as traffic gets at all dense, I don't bother trying to pass, whether on highway or surface.

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it almost seems that itís not enjoyable to ride at or ~5 over the posted limit.
Iíve contemplated selling my bike, but havenít just yet.



I have no prob going 'around' the speed limit in my Subaru .

But put me on a bike ( any bike ) and I'm a kid again , I ride with mucho gusto .

Honestly though , I feel more comfortable ( and safer ) passing traffic than being a mindless drone going the same speed .
It forces me to pay more attn and I don't have to worry much about what may be coming at me from behind .

Why you would entertain selling the bike is beyond me ............


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Bike very smooth at high speed and I agree it is hard to let the speed get away from you. I use cruise to keep myself out of trouble.
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My brother will explain (at length) why he quit riding. It's exactly because he knew he couldn't control himself and would eventually permanently bin himself (a bike was replaceable). If you think you can't control your right wrist then perhaps walking away from something as dangerous as motorcycle riding on public roads is best left until you mature?
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