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Old 02-15-2003, 06:08 AM   #21
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

Bob,



You are just wrong. And I mean that on so many levels!
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Old 02-15-2003, 06:44 AM   #22
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

Not the first time I have been told that



But, I personally find hairy armpits on women very sexy. Just one of my (many) quirks.



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Old 02-15-2003, 06:47 AM   #23
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Default I'm waiting for a CVT motorcycle...

Imagine a bike with a CVT and a 600cc supersport derived engine...



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Old 02-15-2003, 07:09 AM   #24
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Default H-Ds

In a related story...Harley Davidson press coordinator Chris Plunkett has announced that they intend to enter the scooter market, noting that more scooters are sold in eorope every year under just a few models than all motorcycles put together.

He went on to provide the details of Harley's preliminary research findings:



"Many scooters still have poor rear suspension; Harley should build something with poor rear suspension.

Many scooters have Continuously Variable Transmissions; Harley should build something that also feels like its slipping all the time and can give you a diffrent gear without actually shifting.

Many scooters are underpowered; Harley should build something underpowered.

Many scooters have oddball wheel sizes, mating a big, skinny front to a smaller, fat rear, thus wrecking handling. Harley should build something with oddball wheel sizes, too.

Many scooters are purely image machines, placing a greater value on appearance than function. (I give you the Pugeot(sp?) Speedfight and the Malaguti 50cc "Foggy Rep".) Likewise, Harley should build something that sacrifices function for image.

Some scooters can achieve a smooth, vibrationless 102mph (downhill, tailwind, drafting a Caddy Escalade). Harley should build something that can achieve 102mph, downhill, drafting an SUV, with a tailwind. Harley should also build a stylish topbox to hold the engine, believing that after it falls out, we have a good chance of getting to 'smooth' and 'vibrationless'.



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Old 02-15-2003, 07:34 AM   #25
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

I'm sure he wasn't dreaming. That's what had me worried. VWW
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Old 02-15-2003, 07:36 AM   #26
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Default Re: Piaggio Beverly Feedback "Scooters?"

I am glad the motorcycle rags haven't resorted to feeding us Scooter articles. There is no scooter market in the US and probably won't be for a long, long time. It doesn't fit in our culture. I guess this is filler till we get the Gixxer report.
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Old 02-15-2003, 10:41 AM   #27
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Of course R and D would be necessary to pare some power off the top end to give that trademark Harley grunt at idle.
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Old 02-15-2003, 10:44 AM   #28
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

Bob,



I gotta say I harbor much love for your contributions, but please man, step away from the hairy pits.



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Old 02-15-2003, 10:51 AM   #29
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vfrroom,



Even if I agreed with you, your point would be moot. You see Motorcycle.Com is not a US motorcycle rag. MO is a global motorcycle rag and damned proud. If scooters aren't your thing, by all means, skip over to the EH vs Royal Star, or SV-1000S or Ducati ST2 in the Dolomites, or BMW K-1200GT articles that have been posted in the past 60 days.
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Old 02-15-2003, 11:42 AM   #30
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No doubt that scooters are much more popular in Europe than in the U.S., but it probably doesnÂ’t have anything to do with our real or perceived "manliness." More likely that scooters are cheap transportation that fit well into the European urban environment.



ItÂ’s my guess if you took a scooter-riding urban Euro-boy and plugged him into a small town or suburb in the good olÂ’ U.S. of A., heÂ’d drop that scooter like a ton of Brie and saddle up on a real motorcycle - assuming that there is room in his two-car garage between the Buick and Ford Explorer!



God bless easy credit and cheap gas!
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