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Old 10-08-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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3 cylinder triumph (speed three), need I say more? I like mine plenty, it sounds cool and has some character!
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Old 10-08-2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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It's not that we're carping about bike configutarions, we're commenting on when a manufacturer passes the same-old-thing off as being "new and exciting". Al la HD, Moto Guzzi, etc.



What if Honda based all their bikes around the venerable 350 twin? That would get old quick.



I know that sounds like BS from a new Buell owner. But since I can't ride for a week from getting my prostate punched full of holes in some Kaiser Permamante midevel biopsy-torture procedure, I've got a lot of time on my hands at the moment.



Guess I could re-jet the lawnmower, but WTF.











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Old 10-08-2005, 01:07 PM   #3
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That's why I bought diffrent kinds of beer when you came over for dinner.



I'll always own something Abby Normal. It's just fun watching the contortions on the sportbike nazi/price performance crowd's faces.
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Old 10-08-2005, 01:31 PM   #4
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I didn't write this piece, but the beer was good! Now you are making me think of all that great riding and beautiful weather while it's 50 and cloudy here.
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Old 10-08-2005, 01:45 PM   #5
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I'm gonna take the little woman thru Joshua Tree National Park tomorrow.



It will be in the 90s in the desert so I'm fixin' to bring my electric vest.
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Old 10-08-2005, 02:35 PM   #6
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As does my three cylinder K75s.....



It's the same with cars....if logic and efficiency was the only standard that cars were based on, we'd all be driving one of three things: A toyota camry, a honda accord, or a Ford Explorer.....none of which I would classify as exciting but in a Mr. Spock world would make perfect sense.....



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Old 10-08-2005, 03:17 PM   #7
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I love my opposed 6!
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:20 PM   #8
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Hey Buzglyd, love the link to the trader. Don't tell me you are thinking about the new 910!?!



"Ya gots a pretty bike."



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Old 10-08-2005, 03:23 PM   #9
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It's important to realise that different engine configurations do deliver power, torque, vibration and c of g differently. Then, of course, there's the suggested purpose of the bike ie racing, touring, commuting, posing and the mixing and mingling of the purpose with the configuration (plus displacement, ergonomics and paint colour!)



It's not valid to say that "variety is the spice of life" and that's why there's different types - we all can only have one bike at a time and manufactureres only make what sells. It's all supply and demand, not some altruistic desire to provide variety for it's own sake.



I like torque. A big, fat lazy engine that heaves me down the road with a minimum of revs so I buy Harley with its V-Twin configuration with a long stroke which provides big torque. It can't rev to 17,000rpm so is limited in outright power but delivers elsewhere. It's all about compromise.



PS the red ones always go faster

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Old 10-08-2005, 05:16 PM   #10
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Yeah, thanks again for the PBR, Old Milwaukee, and Schmidt you so generously shared last night! You are so kind.
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