Look, Ma, no hands!

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Look, Ma, no hands!

Post by Clogan » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:23 pm

My SDGT is the first bike I've had with factory cruise control. Sometimes when riding long, straight stretches, I wonder if anyone ever rides hands-free. Probably not a smart thing to do, but then, motorcycles in general probably arent too smart anyhow.

Anybody ride hands-free, and live to talk about it?

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Re: Look, Ma, no hands!

Post by Eddie » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:16 pm

Well, yes. When I've needed two hands to do something quick, rather than stopping. Like when I've realised that I'd forgotten to do up the chest and waist straps on my rucksack, for example.

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Post by jjscsix » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:53 am

Eddie wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:16 pm
Well, yes. When I've needed two hands to do something quick, rather than stopping. Like when I've realised that I'd forgotten to do up the chest and waist straps on my rucksack, for example.

I’ve had several Bike with cruise control and have done the same many times. I won’t buy a bike without cruise now. Too many long flat roads where I live to get to the good stuff.
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Re: Look, Ma, no hands!

Post by jfink » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:35 pm

Okay, I'm willing to take the heat for doing something stupid ... On a long ride to the Northeast (Nova Scotia) ten years ago, I went 17 miles without hands in Ohio. For me it was the straightness of the road and the stability of the bike. In that case it was my Goldwing. Almost 1,000 lbs of motorcycle and at speed, it's really, really stable. I would not even try to do that with either the BMW GTL or the KTM SDGT, they seem to get a little unbalanced after just a little bit. It was one of those things that I thought I would try, but it wasn't as relaxing as I thought it would be ... :D
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Re: Look, Ma, no hands!

Post by Clogan » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:03 pm

jfink wrote:Okay, I'm willing to take the heat for doing something stupid ... On a long ride to the Northeast (Nova Scotia) ten years ago, I went 17 miles without hands in Ohio. For me it was the straightness of the road and the stability of the bike. In that case it was my Goldwing. Almost 1,000 lbs of motorcycle and at speed, it's really, really stable. I would not even try to do that with either the BMW GTL or the KTM SDGT, they seem to get a little unbalanced after just a little bit. It was one of those things that I thought I would try, but it wasn't as relaxing as I thought it would be ... :D
Well, I'm impressed.

With today's traffic, and exploding populations, not to mention deteriorating road conditions, that feat would be hard to repeat anywhere east of the Mississippi. Most days, I cant even go 17 miles without applying the brake around these parts.

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Re: Look, Ma, no hands!

Post by jjscsix » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:49 pm

jfink wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:35 pm
Okay, I'm willing to take the heat for doing something stupid ... On a long ride to the Northeast (Nova Scotia) ten years ago, I went 17 miles without hands in Ohio. For me it was the straightness of the road and the stability of the bike. In that case it was my Goldwing. Almost 1,000 lbs of motorcycle and at speed, it's really, really stable. I would not even try to do that with either the BMW GTL or the KTM SDGT, they seem to get a little unbalanced after just a little bit. It was one of those things that I thought I would try, but it wasn't as relaxing as I thought it would be ... :D
I know this guy. That’s not the most stupid thing he has done ;)
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