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I know it's just a 650 and not a 1K but shouldn't I be getting at least 150mph on my trap speeds. The SV engine is based on the TL isn't it?

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/01/02/Bucs/Speed_thrills.shtml

TAMPA - With a crowd of curious teammates gathered around on a sunny afternoon, running back Michael Pittman turned the key on his Suzuki racing motorcycle. It roared to life with a throaty rumble on the sidewalk in front of One Buc Place.

Talk about a burst of speed.

Like something out of a James Bond movie, Pittman's bike has a switch he flips to activate a nitrous oxide system that sends an additional 20-plus horsepower to the massive rear tire, on top of the 115 horses the gasoline engine produces.

"How fast do you go on this thing," guard Cosey Coleman said.

About 185 mph on a quarter-mile strip.

"Get out of here," Coleman said.

That would be the point of owning a TL 1000R street racing bike: to get out of here.

In a hurry.

"This is probably one of the fastest legal bikes on the street right now," Pittman said. "The fastest I've gone on it was 185 on a track out in Phoenix. The fastest I've gone on the street - I'm not going to lie - I've gone about 120. But it could easily get over 200 miles an hour with the nitrous system I've got."

Pittman's bike - his "toy" - is more than a machine. It is a tribute to custom accessories. As if the 2002 model were not flashy enough in its stock form, Pittman's is totally tricked out.

Custom paint.

Custom rims.

Custom grips.

Custom brakes with braided lines.

Yoshimura racing exhaust system.

The seat is crushed velvet. Japanese lettering on the wind shield spells out "Bad Boy." The bike is lowered two inches in the front, three in the back for aerodynamics and, of course, because it looks good. A picture of Pittman's son, Mycah, is taped to the handle bars.

And chrome.

Lots and lots of chrome.

"It was like a project, and this is the finished product," he said.

Don't forget the matching helmet.

"Always wear a helmet," Pittman said. "Don't try to be cool and not wear your helmet. I was in an accident in Arizona and if I hadn't had my helmet on I probably wouldn't be standing here. I was on the freeway and some guy cut me off and I rolled going about 70 mph, but I got up and walked away."

Pittman does most of his riding in the NFL offseason on sunny days at reasonable speeds. So, if you happen to see a man with really big biceps riding around Tampa Bay on a 400-pound, pewter-and-red racing bike, feel free to gawk. Pittman doesn't mind.

"It's just you and the bike in the wind," he said. "And, of course, I've got an attractive bike so people are looking. I'm proud of my bike. I have fun on it."

Pittman, who also has a Big Dog chopper for laid-back rides, fell in love with motorcycles growing up in San Diego. When he reached the NFL in 1998, Pittman bought his first bike, a 600 Suzuki.

A few years later, he traded up to the TL 1000R, which cost about $11,500 new. Pittman estimates he has spent $30,000 customizing the bike. And there is just one more thing he wants.

"Revolver bar ends for the grips with little bullets on the end," said Pittman, smiling at his own indulgence. "After that I'll be completely done. There won't be anything else I can do to it."

Just ride.
 

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There's just so much that's wrong here... :roll:

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200 mph on a 135hp(with the nos) tlr ... eh.. no friggin way.

btw, the sv is not based on the tl engine, its actually based on a 400cc engine that is bored out to 650cc
 

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ah yes the good ole 200+mph rc51 :roll:
 
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I sent them this Email lets see if they respond.

I have a few questions about you're article on Michael Pittman.

Why did he pay $1000 over MSRP on his TL1000R?

How did he run a 185mph in the 1/4 mile when the pros run around
190mph on custom built drag bikes? Is there a reason there are no
quotation marks around that sentence?

How can anyone trust reporters to cover big stories when they bullshit
their way through small ones?
 

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Well I've hit 205 on my RC already....... :lol: :roll:

All bikes are limited by aerodynamics. Even the pros. The 200 mph threshhold is very hard to pass with anything resembling stock, and even that is mostly on the flats, not 1/4 miles.

Also consider the tires, most tires are not rated past 180 mph.
 

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I'm told rotella can make a SV go 200
 

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AKSVfanatic said:
I sent them this Email lets see if they respond.

I have a few questions about you're article on Michael Pittman.

Why did he pay $1000 over MSRP on his TL1000R?

How did he run a 185mph in the 1/4 mile when the pros run around
190mph on custom built drag bikes? Is there a reason there are no
quotation marks around that sentence?

How can anyone trust reporters to cover big stories when they bullshit
their way through small ones?
Why did you even waste your time. It's a small time newspaper and the author, without doubt, has no idea whatsoever of the bullshit she wrote. To top it off, it's poor writing anyways. I'm sure all the local riders will be appealing to the article and all the crap they give will find it's way right to her desk.

Lastly, anyone who has seen a motorcycle generally knows the Hayabusa is the fastest bike on the street. I'm sure Pittman doesn't have the vaguest idea of what a twisty is. So what the hell is he doing on a TL1000? I'd say Pittman knows as much about bikes as the author.
 

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I can't believe I need to explain this.

It's the custom grips, and the crushed velvet seat. Clearly these make a 115 horsepower (oops, I mean 135 horsepower) TLR capable of speeds in excess of 185 mph. Oh yeah, and the chrome. Lots of chrome.

Don't forget,
"This is probably one of the fastest legal bikes on the street right now,"
. I guess all those guys who wasted money on their 'Busas and GSXR1000s are kicking themselves for not buying TLR1000s.

The real point here, though, is this:
"Don't try to be cool and not wear your helmet. "
because clearly, if you wear a helmet, you're not cool.

A geek.

Some sort of social reject who'll never get, uh, married.

Dang, I'm glad I live in a society where articulate, intelligent, cultured professional athleletes are looked to as icons of taste, style, and all that we might aspire to.

Bill
 
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Since I can't go riding anything I'm doing is wasted time regardless.
 
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bmetz99 said:
"...It's the custom grips, and the crushed velvet seat. Clearly these make a 115 horsepower (oops, I mean 135 horsepower) TLR capable of speeds in excess of 185 mph. Oh yeah, and the chrome. Lots of chrome..."
Dang, you beat me to it! It's a conspiracy between all the aftermarket manufacturers: you don't need a pipe/ cams/ PC III/ flatslides etc, just chrome it...

P.S. I wonder if he'd be interested in that Gucci seat that was on eBay last month? :lol:
 

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P.S. I wonder if he'd be interested in that Gucci seat that was on eBay last month? :lol:
Nah. That would clearly be over the top. Can you imagine the uncontrollable wheelies, the eyeball-flattening accleleration, and the bottomless depths of bench-racing bull$#!+ that the addition of a Gucci seat would create? The bike would become unrideable.

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man - they gave the TL way to much credit-i mean-a new 600ss is faster in almost every way- wtf is all i have to say-
 
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I want to make my SV faster then a 'Busa, can I dip my whole bike in chrome or do I have to remove the tires first?
 

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nc_sv650 said:
P.S. I wonder if he'd be interested in that Gucci seat that was on eBay last month? :lol:
Nah. That would clearly be over the top. Can you imagine the uncontrollable wheelies, the eyeball-flattening accleleration, and the bottomless depths of bench-racing bull$#!+ that the addition of a Gucci seat would create? The bike would become unrideable.

Bill
Dude :shock: :shock: :shock: :D :D :D :D LMAO
 

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I want to make my SV faster then a 'Busa, can I dip my whole bike in chrome or do I have to remove the tires first?
No, don't remove the wheels. If you chrome your wheels and tires, that's good for an additional 2.7 seconds off your e.t.
 
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