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Old 10-10-2005, 06:26 AM   #11
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with higher cost of maintenance, more money to performance tires and running high test, my 45+ mpg speed triple is basicly a wash with my civic, from the high road of less petroleum consumption it is a clear winner, though as a form of cheap transportation I could do beter. as a fun form of transportation it rules supreme, while it may not be cheaper than my econobox and all the anemic performance it brings to the table my motorcycle is a world cheaper than a car that has similar performance specs, what kind of gas and tires does a car that can go 0-60 in less then 4 seconds use? not to mention the initial investment price! with a smaller bike that had a less developed engine, ie less maintainance and cheaper tires, you could easily comute cheaper than any modern car, ask any scooter owner.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:32 AM   #12
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I remember seeing a lot of Honda 250s in London in the '70s.



There's been a bit of uptick in bikes commuting to work here in Sacto, CA. But, an article in today's Bee was about how commuters felt about lane-splitting.



"If there was a vote on it, it would be banned for sure".



I think the car drivers are jealous someone's getting through traffic and they're stuck. We had better not loose that priveledge!! You morons who have to hear your exhaust pipes at speed are going to screw things up for the rest of us!!!



Gas at $3/gallon. Good! Let it go to $5.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:33 AM   #13
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Things aren't so rosy for bikers now in Europe.

From Two Wheels Only, in Germany riders are restricted to 34 hp until age 21. Result there are very few young riders. By 2011, new EU regs will make it impossibe for anyone under 24 to own an open class bike. France has laws similiar to Germany

in order to curb the numer of 18 to 21 yos getting killed on big bikes. It has worked. Not surprising if they are not allowed to ride them.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:01 AM   #14
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A new HD dealership opened up last spring (here in Elk Grove) and I finally went in Sunday morning to buy primary oil. It was the nicest HD store I've ever seen. What a change from the old days of Matthews HD in Fresno.



It's all so wierd. It's like going to a costume theme boutique. There were about 30 people there nearly all of them looking at clothes and trinkets for their bikes. I feel no kinship to any of these people and only indifference from the metric bike crowd. I miss the old British bike shops - there were real bikers then.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:09 AM   #15
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I've also noticed an in crease of rider. Good, I say! I could get much better mileage than what my Goldwing gives (about 37MPG) but then I have a heavy hand.



I am not opposed to getting a smaller, 'commuter' bike - say a 750 standard or even a UJM...



Since June, I took the truck to work a total of 5 times...
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:10 AM   #16
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Erm, that should be "An increase of riders". Damn spacebar!
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:17 AM   #17
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...and a '71 CB350 with 21,000 miles. Never raced. Owened by a little old lady who used it for riding to bridge club meetings. Greed forces sale.



Wonder how much I can get for the CL? The CR? The DT1 & 2? Egads, I may be sitting on a gold mine here.



The KZ750 only brought $500.00. Funny how that works. The better bike goes for peanuts.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:24 AM   #18
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Yeah, guys with grease stained hands and tools in their jacket.



...shop rags stuck between tanks and steering heads...



And a black English tire spoon in the back pocket for beating on the Amal when the float stuck.



Ah yes, heady stuff indeed.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:55 AM   #19
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That's kind of the way I see it. Crank it up to five bucks a gallon and put the money into road maintainance. I don't mind sharing the road with a bunch of small cars, it's the single driver/ large SUV that's causing problems, put them all in Mazda 3 based minivans and we're the biggest thing on the road.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:33 AM   #20
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I am always chagrined by the American perception that everyone with a motorcycle is making some kind of statement. For the rest of the world it's just how people get around.

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