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Old 07-13-2004, 03:03 PM   #32
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wow. that's beautiful.
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Old 07-13-2004, 03:36 PM   #33
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So true on the trucks for sure. My Dad's '98 Ram so far has needed a transmission fix, a new backend, and not more than two weeks ago the engine blew out on him. He said oil was literally pouring out of the tail pipe.
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Old 07-13-2004, 03:54 PM   #34
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After 13 years off a motorcycle I started back on a BMW F650GS Dakar ABS. A 50 hp single and I loved every minute on it (funny, my first bike in 1987 was an '83 Nighthawk 650 also making about 50 hp I think). Fast enough for a re-entry rider, versatile, and a unique and attractive style.



Luckily BMW was offering great late season financing vs. the Japanese manufactures, .03% (I paid about $6 a month to finance it) vs. 8.9%. I say luckily because my first choice for a new bike was a Yamaha FZ1. Quite a difference in motorcycles to say the least.



I am glad I got started riding again on a low hp motorcycle. I'd like to say it was based on smarts as opposed to a good finance deal but it still worked out well for me.
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Old 07-13-2004, 04:01 PM   #35
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lol kpaul, now thats liberal propaganda I like.... subtle. The bleeding heart liberal or the hardnose conservative gets old. It's to bad others don't see it that way as well.
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:22 PM   #36
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I like the rant too but don't really see it as paranoid (being slightly paranoid myself but I hide it well, I think?...don't I??...do I seem paranoid???).



Laws like scooter51 just talked about tend to sneak their way into your life. People in power who are ignorant and have no interest in what you like to do will pass laws that, if any thought was put in to it, clearly don't address the problem they passed the law for in the first place.



Here in Chicago the powers that be tried to pass a law banning any motorcycle from riding on our beautiful (and bumpy and crowded) Lakeshore Drive between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. because of a "noise and safety" issue.



Attempted Chicago Motorcycle Ban



Another article on the same issue



If speeding sport bikes weaving in and out of traffic were the problem why make the ban during hours when there are the least amount of cars on the road?!?! Why not let the cruisers still ride down Lakeshore Drive if sport bikes are the problem? The noise you say? How about not making a ban on motorcycles at all and enforce the existing laws for speeding and decibel levels?



Luckily ABATE and the AMA were paying attention. You wonder why Illinois doesn't have a helmet law?



Score one for motorcyclists!



Talk about a plan backfiring! Ha, screw you Alderman (former) Barbara Holt (not literally of course, sheÂ’s a hound).



I also find it funny (irritating funny not haha funny) that Chicago has a ban on handguns in the city yet we always compete- and very often win- the dubious award for most murders in a city. And not per capita. IÂ’m talking outright numbers! But thatÂ’s another rant for another forum.



Well, if anyoneÂ’s still reading, I am with scooter51. These squids need to go (no, IÂ’m not wishing them all death, just the ones who can ride a wheelie further than meÂ…wait that is all of them. Okay no death. Nasty road rash to all squids!) If you want to push the lmits of your bike do it on a track. Or at a minimum find some deserted roads, scope the area out for danger spots, and let loose a little. Squidlyness is a huge blow to the motorcycle image and will surely lead to legislation being passed that will dull what we all find so exhilarating about motorcycling.
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:50 PM   #37
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You're not paranoid if they really are after you.



Some of them are.
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:52 PM   #38
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Two posts in a row. Now he's got you doing it!



Buz, I think you live closer to Cap than I do. Drive over there and bytchslap him for me.
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Old 07-13-2004, 08:29 PM   #40
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I looked into quotes for myself (22 y/o male, 1 ticket: 50 in a 40) on an Aprilia Falco (potential next bike)



"Full Coverage" (standard, cheap package) : $2,950/year



Liability Only : $547 / year



Take that.



There needs to be some kind idiot-filter on bikes. Yes. That's what we need.
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