Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Wilmington, Nc.. building fantastical shit
the con i can think of is what hardracing said. i get annihilated on the straights.. but in the corners, i usually carry so much corner speed i am back up there ass 3/4 of the way thru T1 since i can late brake like a bitch and hold another 20mph more sometimes than those on bigger bikes.
a 250 will make you smooth as glass since the bike is INCREDIBLY influenced by your shift in body position, whereas if you're moving BP on a liter or 600, the bikes is not as easy to upset..
i can always take a less "standard" line (outside.. WAY outside) and pass effectively since i have more speed as well and there's usually room for more. don't get me wrong, there's a technique that you just hone with a larger displacement machine and experience. i know of a few friends that fucking melt me in the corners on bigger bikes.. one on an R6, one on a 650 ninja.. those are also AMA level guys, however. and the guy who runs TPM ( Glen) i have no doubt would destroy me on his ZX10R.. but for the most part, a 250 is mad fun. lol
thing is, it'll also teach ya bad habits like late braking (because you know you can), hard trail braking, higher than normal entry speeds.. things like that.. the bike is more forgiving, so you can get away with murder on them in many cases.. something that would crash you out on a big bike is overlooked by a small bike because traction > skill in some cases.
when i first started hammering my VTR, i had the front slide on me.. not just slide.. i mean come OFF the fucking ground. i saw daylight under the tire, cranked over with my right puck on the tarmac. the tire came down, hooked up, the bike settled and instantly went around the corner like nothing ever happened.. before i could even really take apart the process in real time. i was actually preparing to slide and make sure i didn't take anyone else out with me, looking at where i wanted to kick the bike off to in the grass, and next thing i know i'm out of T3 and going into T4 already. the bike also slid at about 85mph in another corner and all of a sudden hooked back up and continued on its merry way... overall, the bike slid 4 times this season on me. 3 were front tire slides. 1 was rear tire. all 4 were saved.. not due to skill, albeit i can drift the fuck out of a streetbike and have been riding for 12 years.. but DEFINITELY because more tire than normal helps save my ass when i start thinkin i'm rossi.. lol
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Originally Posted by nizzmister
Bike pulls real hard and smooth, kinda like Supra's mom, but without the regret