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Old 02-24-2003, 11:38 AM   #11
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That's absolutely right. There never were any sidestand problems with BMWs either. For some strange reason a huge number of the people who ride BMWs are incapable of deploying a sidestand properly... even if they didn't have this problem with a Japanese bike.

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Old 02-24-2003, 12:45 PM   #12
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NO! That would be admitting there were demons. Germans know that the existence of demons would be rediculous. Martin Luther explained it to them.



It could, however, be the belgians...they were always jealous.
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Old 02-24-2003, 12:47 PM   #13
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My favorite is still the Hayabusa subframe that is "designed to fold completely away for compact storage under the bed."
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Old 02-24-2003, 01:22 PM   #14
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I understand that after the Berlin Wall came down they found a huge warehouse in East Germany full of BMW sidestands that actually worked! Rumor has it that the Motoren Werke got to it first, melted them down to destroy the evidence, and used them to fabricate the turn signal switchgear for the new oilheads.
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Old 02-24-2003, 01:57 PM   #15
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My personal favorite is the Honda VF700 Magna transmission that is designed to avoid operator induced wheelies by stripping its own gears. In fact there's one of these engines sitting on my workbench right now waiting for me to come up with $435 for gears.



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Old 02-24-2003, 02:25 PM   #16
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Don't forget the Goldwing, and VF series regulator/rectifier that ensured you inspected the charging system annualy, or of course the anti-malarial fogger installed on some new Bandits, wily folks these Japanese. Only Buell would be stupid enough to build a motorcycle with problems, and then compound the error by recalling the bikes and fixing them,,,,,,,,Sheeesh
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Old 02-24-2003, 02:35 PM   #17
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I'd be more interested in who sells the most bikes in europe.
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:02 PM   #18
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Geez guys, quit complaining about these bikes that have one or two design flaws. In 1967 I bought a brand new BSA Victor 441, and had to replace virtually every part on the bike at regular intervals. Half the adventure of going for a ride on it was wondering if I could make back home again. At those occasional times that modern machinery let's me down, it sometimes helps to remember exactly how far we've advanced in motorcycle reliability. VWW
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:16 PM   #19
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You guys sure you aren't talking about Ducati's suicide stands?
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:20 PM   #20
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And people complain that Honda's have no character!
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