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Old 12-11-2017, 05:08 PM   #31
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That is absolutely true. It's rare for me to pass a car, but it does happen. Grandma driving slow, sometimes an overloaded truck.
Most people ignore the speed limits. Since I'm going the speed limit, maybe +5 mph, most people are passing me. The slow lanes are welcome so the cars can get around me and back to 65+ mph. If I'm crossing a long straight desert 65 would be fine, but with curves and hills 65 if often too white knuckle for me.
It's a process of adapting to the vehicle. This ain't no car.
My family think I'm weird, and they may have a point. On the Interstate I generally set the CC at 5 mph below in the car.

On the bike I set it at +5 or +7 mph, depending on the ride I am doing.

On the bike I am usually going a long way .... 1000 miles plus. Adding 5 mph saves a great deal of time over 1000 miles, time I can use sleeping.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:08 PM   #32
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What's your downhill strategy?
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:12 PM   #33
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What's your downhill strategy?
With an AT545 mine would be simple.

On a steep downgrade, set your target speed. Brake until 10 mph under that speed and in the lowest practical gear allow the vehicle to run downhill until you are 5 mph over your target, then rinse and repeat.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:17 PM   #34
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With an AT545 mine would be simple.

On a steep downgrade, set your target speed. Brake until 10 mph under that speed and in the lowest practical gear allow the vehicle to run downhill until you are 5 mph over your target, then rinse and repeat.
That's exactly what we do (have an AT545). On the steepest grades, 1st gear will hold me at around 25-30 without revving too high, and leaving me enough "wiggle room" to use the brakes very sparingly to maintain a safe speed...

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Old 12-11-2017, 05:36 PM   #35
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At low speeds I feel like I do get some compression resistance on steep hills. At freeway speeds, not so much.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:44 PM   #36
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so i bought that bus from govdeals for 4750
i hope i dont need to invest too much to fix it.
ur mindset about speed sounds reasonable,i think i will need to fix attitude too
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:49 PM   #37
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At low speeds I feel like I do get some compression resistance on steep hills. At freeway speeds, not so much.
Yes ... Even a non-locking torque convertor has some drag through the transmission. Enough that, at a speed low enough, it will stop the over-speeding and allow you down the hill with just occasional brake use.

It depends on the target speed you set yourself, and you wouldn't feel much effect at freeway speeds.
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It does take a change of attitude while driving a bus. You might as well relax and enjoy the ride.

That's not the hard part. There's still cars out there that want to show you some road rage. Regardless that a bus is largely unaffected by vehicle under 3k lbs, they seem to get in front of me and slow down. I'm not exactly sure what the message is they're trying to get across.

That reminds me of a guy on a motorcycle that got in front of my x-wife's car and locked up his brakes. I'm still wondering if he thought that through before he did it. I'm also a motorcycle rider, but locking up the brakes in front of a much heavier vehicle isn't something I'd do if I got angry. Seems more like a suicide to me.

I haven't had the nuggets to go over 130 on my bike.
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so i bought that bus from govdeals for 4750
i hope i dont need to invest too much to fix it.
ur mindset about speed sounds reasonable,i think i will need to fix attitude too
Well congratulations on your bus purchase. I hope it's in good shape too. Chances are it may have an issue or two, like the rest of us find. Still, you're a bus driver now.
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Well congratulations on your bus purchase. I hope it's in good shape too. Chances are it may have an issue or two, like the rest of us find. Still, you're a bus driver now.
thanks man,i will post pics once i complete ultimateroofingtruck
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