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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2009, 01:44 PM »

Just a word of caution:

Real honest to god speed kites can be very dangerous.

If you are new to kiting you might want to be extremely careful.
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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2009, 03:20 PM »

it's not just the kite, but the line.  Pulled very tight, and moving very fast in a ground pass.   Huh

I have a small kite called a Speedwing. I haven't had it out in strong wind, but it looks like it could scoot. Very old skool. no standoffs.

I've flown a Micron a LOT. Not so much fast as quick. It seems fast and hard to follow, mainly 'cause it's so small. Very quick snap turns, it's going somewhere else -NOW-   Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2009, 11:10 PM »

Benson Matchbox was pretty speedy.Flexifoil Psycho was too. Tiny kites like the Micron seem fast, but I think it's just because they're small and flown on short lines. Pretty fun on brisk winds, but mine (old school version) used to fling parts all over the place if ever crashed. The Rev Supersonic is supposed to have been clocked at something like 70 mph.
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2009, 02:07 AM »

Anybody know if these Long Duong's are still available?

Dave

Believe they are.  Contacting the maker seemed to be the biggest hurdle.  I seem to recall someone on FA having contact with him or more accurately relaying messages.  Can probably dig up the thread there.

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can you please find the old thread ?
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2009, 06:42 AM »

From a list of facts at the World Kite Museum site linked below, fastest speed, but kite not mentioned:

The fastest kite speed was 120 mph in 1989 by Pete Di Giacomo.


http://www.worldkitemuseum.com/funfacts.html
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2009, 06:52 AM »

can you please find the old thread ?
thanks.


It might be this thread he was thinking of:

http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7303
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« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2009, 06:56 AM »


It might be this thread he was thinking of:


Yes, indeedy.... many thanks for the foot/finger work.  I crashed last night without ever bringing the computer back up after I got home.  Huh

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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2009, 12:36 PM »

thanks guys for the links. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2009, 02:25 PM »

Makes a nice sound~ and is a tad dangerous  Huh I need to fix mine a little after the last high speed dart - of course some DHs happened to get straight out of a car and walk directly underneath the kite and I crashed it as a result.

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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2009, 04:00 PM »

From a list of facts at the World Kite Museum site linked below, fastest speed, but kite not mentioned:

The fastest kite speed was 120 mph in 1989 by Pete Di Giacomo.


http://www.worldkitemuseum.com/funfacts.html


Pete DiGiacomo set the record flying a slightly modified Flexi Foil Super 10 in winds of 25 - 30 MPH in Ocean City, Maryland. Interestingly the modifications by Ted Karl were meant to lower it's wind range.


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« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2009, 06:40 PM »

I thought it might be a 10' Flexifoil. I remember back in the day seeing an advertisement with 107 mph or something in that neighborhood, less than 110 anyway. I wasn't sure what kite went 120.
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« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2009, 09:02 PM »

Makes a nice sound~ and is a tad dangerous  Huh I need to fix mine a little after the last high speed dart - of course some DHs happened to get straight out of a car and walk directly underneath the kite and I crashed it as a result.

Cheers,
Mike

hi mike
so you got a long duong tiger 11 speed kite then ?
do you know where to get one from please ?
can you tell us more about them please ?
thanks.
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« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2009, 09:52 PM »

My HQ Symphony 2.7 (2007 edition) is actually extremely fast in 25+MPH, it just doesn't last long before snapping a 320lb line (I really should try it with a 485+ set). I think it's something about the extremely narrow aspect ratio. HQ has made a series of "Speed" foils that are, one would imagine, designed for high-speed flying. I've not seen any decent reviews, posts, or videos about these kites, so I wouldn't know whether they do live up to their names. But their aspect ratios are even more stretched out than the 2.7.

The Micron, as others have mentioned, seems very fast in higher winds. By flying it without the tail with some bridle mods, I have gotten it to go pretty fast indeed in 35+MPH winds, but it does not last long at that speed before the lower spreader pops out of the center T from the extreme frame flex you get in those winds. But it's not nearly as fast as the 2.7---it just seems faster because it's so small. The Symphony covers ground much more quickly, but it's as big as a Silver Fox 2.5 so it seems much slower than it is.  Cool
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« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2009, 10:50 PM »


[/quote]
hi mike
so you got a long duong tiger 11 speed kite then ?
do you know where to get one from please ?
can you tell us more about them please ?
thanks.
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You can PM me for more info if you like. I do know who to contact but Long Duong doesn't have an email or web presence as such.

Cheers,
Mike
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2009, 11:19 PM »

ok thanks
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