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Old 11-23-2002, 11:49 AM   #21
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Default Re: 2002 Scooter Smackdown!

KPaul breeding is cool. There is a "village idiot" shortage, and he is filling the void. I was kidding KPaul! You are still my favorite illiterate.
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Old 11-23-2002, 01:07 PM   #22
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I learned to love scooters when I was in Bermuda. Several of us had a real fun time, once we got used to riding on the other side of the road! Bermuda is full of tight twistys, but the max speed limit on the whole island is around 35 mph so a big bike there is a waste. On the scooter I could do full throtle everywhere. Drafting was essential. It also helped to lean off in the corners -- not enough ground clearance -- right Calvin!
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Old 11-23-2002, 02:15 PM   #23
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996R says:



>>"SLAP A PAIR OF TITS ON YA..... YOUR A WOMAN"<<





996, was the second half a signature? As in: You're his A Woman?
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Old 11-23-2002, 04:08 PM   #24
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I like the style but we don't get the good scooters here! How about the Italjet 180! The Vespa 150 looks good and has fine brakes but centerfugal clutches are for ***** and those wrist shifters on the old ones!



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Old 11-23-2002, 04:57 PM   #25
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Default Ahhh, Paris

I am having a Euro-vision of the MO-Scooter trash flying around Torrance in a herd like they do in Paris and Rome. Calvin should do some Steve-the-crocodile-hunter commentary for his short nature film. "Here we 'ave an example of the rare Californicus Urbanscooterus. Note the EXTREME rattle she makes when she is agitated. Definitely dangerous. Let me jump on her when she comes by. *skid* *screech* *crash* Oohh, that was a doozy. I better leave her alone." It would almost be better than 'Girls Gone Wild'
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Old 11-23-2002, 05:33 PM   #26
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I sell Kymcos. They are GREAT! They are (as we sell them) restricted to 30mph so they will meet the moped regs. HOWEVER, I took a Kymco Racer 50 (49cc, 30mph) scooter, added a 70cc jug and piston (stroke stays the same), a 19mm carb, Technigas expansion chamber and silencer, Kevlar belt for durability, Polini clutch adjusted to start biting at 5000 rpm, unrestricted variator (pulley), and disabled the rev limiter. Now my scooter will do 60mph, turn 11,000 RPM, and will pull some extremely steep grades at 25 mph and then some. Fuel mileage is downa bit but the durablity has not degraded.



The grin factor associated with this thing is, as MasterCard would say, PRICELESS!
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Old 11-23-2002, 06:51 PM   #27
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Great! I had a vino when I was working in Taiwan. Taiwan you have tea and scooters. Saw many wrecks but not like Hack Fu! Now let's see a zooped up Vino! Ohlins anyone?
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Old 11-23-2002, 07:05 PM   #28
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Thanks for catching that, and yeah, usually I am a stickler for that sort of thing. But in my defense, I think I had a few ****tails when I wrote that tech sidebar... but it's still technically accurate! I read it over again just to make sure- it's been a few months since I wrote it and I am now back in Seattle, but it actually sorta makes sense. Go figure.
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Old 11-23-2002, 08:01 PM   #29
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I thought it was:



EYE YAM SOFA KING WE TODD ID.







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Old 11-24-2002, 06:05 AM   #30
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Default ItÂ’s actually not so funny

These scooters appeal mostly to riders with little or no experience who will discount or disregard basic safety considerations because the scooters look so cute and harmless.



Even your staff rider lets his guard down and wipes out on one in a way he never would have on a "serious" bike.



In addition to the carefree attitude these things encourage, their handling is skittery at best and they donÂ’t have the power to get away from or even stay with any other traffic on the road.



TheyÂ’re an accident waiting to happen.





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