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Old 05-17-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Why do people stretch and slam streetbikes?

I know the obvious answer, so they can drag race it. If it's a dedicated dragbike, I see no issue with that. I'm talking about a bike that gets most of it's usage on the street. I was on my way to class the other day and I saw a guy on a stretched and slammed gixxer and it got me thinking. Riding something like that on the street would be boring. You can't take corners as good, you can't wheelie it, the one and only thing you can do is go fast in a straight line. That seems like such a waste to me. Perhaps I'm missing something but why is lowering and stretching bikes so popular?
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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meh. its their bike to do as they please.
some folks dont go out and seek the twisties, some just like riding around town.

does it really bother you that much?
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Major poser points. Extra if the swingarm is chromed.

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You got me I was riding with a buddy yesterday that just bought a 01 f4i, and he can't wait to drop and stretch it! I just don't get it either
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well being one of those guys---first i have to say i can wheelie it but choose not to because of the money to fix it back after screwin it up from doing the wheelies.---second i corner just as good as most guys on smaller 600's---as a matter of fact i do not drag the bike at all---i did this mostly for the looks of the bike and contrary to popular belief it is a lot more comfortable on long rides and tends to ride smoother now then before it was stretched.
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well being one of those guys---first i have to say i can wheelie it but choose not to because of the money to fix it back after screwin it up from doing the wheelies.---second i corner just as good as most guys on smaller 600's---as a matter of fact i do not drag the bike at all---i did this mostly for the looks of the bike and contrary to popular belief it is a lot more comfortable on long rides and tends to ride smoother now then before it was stretched.




Drag is one thing, but for performance on the street. totally unecessary. More of a hinderance. I banged the and almost flattened my new muzzy pipe because of it. I would buy you a pack of smokes to see you with (your stretched and slammed bike) corner just as good as any stock 600

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Old 05-17-2010, 01:16 PM   #8
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why do people ride sportbikes so slow?
I don't, otherwise the cops can catch you.
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You can still ride with no problem stretched and low. As long as it isnt stretched way out and the arm is braced there is realy no issue. It takes a little gettin used to turnin cause it feels different but after that not realy a problem.
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I know the obvious answer, so they can drag race it. If it's a dedicated dragbike, I see no issue with that. I'm talking about a bike that gets most of it's usage on the street. I was on my way to class the other day and I saw a guy on a stretched and slammed gixxer and it got me thinking. Riding something like that on the street would be boring. You can't take corners as good, you can't wheelie it, the one and only thing you can do is go fast in a straight line. That seems like such a waste to me. Perhaps I'm missing something but why is lowering and stretching bikes so popular?
Why do you buy a sportbike, virtually race ready off the show room floor, and not race it? I know why, cuz you're no different than the guy with the stretched bike that doesn't drag race it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #11
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Why do people jack their 4wd pickups way high?
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Why do people put custom paint on their car, bike or truck?
Why do people do any of the stuff they do?

For style?
For performance?
Cuz they want to?
All the above?
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peacocking is the only reason for this. And to anyone that says it handles as good as "normal 600" you've obviously never actually RIDDEN a "normal 600."
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:20 PM   #13
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I have a friend with a ZX14 that wants to do that. He is more about just showing off/looking clean than riding. He doesn't ride fast or wheelie or anything, just cruises. To him its more of the low and slow look.
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peacocking is the only reason for this. And to anyone that says it handles as good as "normal 600" you've obviously never actually RIDDEN a "normal 600."
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for looks mostly for me, just having something different is also a reason, theres just something about pulling up somewhere and not having the same exact bike as everone else. plus i personaly dont care to do 100 around a corner or get to crazy! i just like cruzing artound- so it works for me! different strokes for different folks i guess!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #16
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Why do people worry so much about other people?
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Why do people worry so much about other people?
Agreed, people make cars into lowriders just because they like the look. Same as all my other examples posted before.
It's ok either way, unless they do it to your ride without asking.
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for looks mostly for me, just having something different is also a reason, theres just something about pulling up somewhere and not having the same exact bike as everone else. plus i personaly dont care to do 100 around a corner or get to crazy! i just like cruzing artound- so it works for me! different strokes for different folks i guess!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:35 PM   #20
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It is for looks. Just like adding carbon fiber with thick clear coat that weighs the same as plastic. Just like adding bar end mirrors that don't work as well as stock ones. Just like adding cheap exhausts that give no real gains in power. Just like painting a bike. Just like adding Pazzo race levers that don't work as well as OEM ones. Not everyone buys a race bike to race it. Some just like the styling and to know the power is there if they want to twist the throttle a bit. It's the same as buying a big pickup truck when you live in the city of Houston and aren't towing stuff everyday. You just like to know that if you wanted to tow something you could.
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