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Old 07-27-2004, 12:06 PM   #31
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I try to stay out of the Kpaul sh!t, but its time.



MO get a Ducati 999, or any Vtwin sportbike, even a Buell. Then get a modern I4 liter sportbike. Put Kpaul on the I4, Sean on the Duc, on any track Kpaul wants, and watch him soil his pants and cry to his mommy as Sean laps him over and over again. Then we can get volunteers from the MO army to take turns spanking him on the Vtwin.



Kpaul please don't speak of racetrack performance until you have actually raced.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:13 PM   #32
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Good to read that story again!



It's an ugly bike by today's standards, but better looking than any Jap bike made back then - remember the Suzuki Madura? It still gives me nightmares.



The BSA group did the same thing in the '60s and made almost the same business decision as Harley except for the part where they uprated their existing models.



If you're going to ask what if? What if Norton had developed the Commando? Would we have had Kenny Dreer's Norton in 1980?
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:18 PM   #33
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The 1934 Matchless 34/B Silver Hawk 592cc ohc V4 comes to mind...
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:30 PM   #34
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The funniest thing about his post is that Yamaha's V-4 did not, as "common knowledge" would have you believe, originate in the V-Max. It started with the Venture, which was introduced two years earlier. The V-Max engine was a hot-rodded version of a touring engine, and not originally designed for what is is best known for doing.



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Old 07-27-2004, 12:36 PM   #35
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Wow! an american V-Max. So since it had 2 more cylinders and its a Harley does that mean it would leak twice as much oil, shake twice as hard and breakdown twice as much. I mean they (Harley) have a hard enough time keeping 2 cylinders firing....imagine the recalls and puns that could have been.



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Old 07-27-2004, 01:28 PM   #36
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Right now in a parallel universe Harley-Davidson is fighting it out for the constructors' championship in MotoGP, filing Chapter 11, and considering a takeover bid by Ducati.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:40 PM   #37
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Bravo!
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:53 PM   #38
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In that same parallel universe Vespa is making a fortune selling large displacement antiquated rotary valve inline-4 motocross bikes to 18 year olds who yearn for bikes with the classic styling of the 1940's. Their spokesman is Willie B. Hannah, who won the 1941 Motocross des Galaxies on a Vespa YR1000, beating the then-unstoppable Lambretta factory effort.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:53 PM   #39
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Sadly, the "discoverer" of the parallel universe, Dr. Steven Hawking, has abandoned his theory and now agrees that black holes, instead of swallowing all the mass they suck in and spitting it out to a parallel universe, actually release all that mass at a later time in an unrecognizable form.



This is a major blow to all those science fiction writers and fans, and also to those who would like to believe that Harley might actually be winning road races somewhere. Which would of course be science fiction even if it wasn't occurring in a parallel universe.
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Old 07-27-2004, 02:12 PM   #40
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I have been riding a r100gs for 14 years now, and it is my all time favorite do everything motorcycle. Had a r80gs new in 82, and loved it too. I believe the cylinder gaurds from the 100 will bolt up the the 80s frame. The r80 is a marginally better off road explorer, but lacks the punch of the r100 for two up touring with lots of gear. Buy it. You'll find that you will be riding more than your other bikes after you see how versatile it is. VWW
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