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Old 09-15-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Way cool! Well done and thanks for the write up.
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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Simultaneously I tried to engage both the Wayback Machine - watch out Sherman! - and Homer Simpson's Stratolounger 6000 to both visit the past and rocket into the future....



thanks for a nice chuckle on a grim, cosmodemonic corporate day.



Now where is my Gregory Peck suit....and where is the wife's "Roman Holiday" outfit??
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:40 AM   #3
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Great Read thanks.. Love the pictures. Makes me want to go back to Europe again... I am starting to see some larger scooters on my commute... Fun stuff for a rainy friday... Thanks Gabe.
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:48 AM   #4
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I think that single-sided front swingarm is way cool! I've seen that on a motorcycle twice - some ugly euro aftermarket thing and on that yamaha gts.



Sounds like an opportunity for some saavy engineer...too bad my mechanical engineering know-how starts and ends with plastic model kits labeled "snap-fit".
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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nice review...
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Old 09-15-2006, 12:10 PM   #6
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I'd rather be shooting through Sheboygan on a Salsbury.



Or tootling through Tipperary on a Triumph...
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Old 09-15-2006, 12:31 PM   #7
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On your Word command bar, click on Insert. Then click on Symbol. Then click on Special Characters.



The Em Dash is at the top of the list.



It's much more effective than a hyphen for setting off parenthetical asides. Oh, and if you put a space before and after the Em Dash, it's even more clear to the reader that you're inserting a side comment.



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Old 09-15-2006, 01:28 PM   #8
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I've never understood the appeal that scooters have for some people. I've ridden some scooters, and they are fun in the way that anything with a motor and wheels are fun, but why choose one over a motorcycle? There must be something I am missing, so somebody can enlighten me if they want.
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:59 PM   #9
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They are fun because they are practically nothing but "with a motor and two wheels". They are easier to navigate through crowded city streets--and I mean just about everywhere else outside of the US. Although San Francisco and Portland come to mind where one would be cool.

You sit "on" a scooter (like a chair) as opposed to a motorcycle, where a better description would be to "straddle" or "mount" (like a horse), which makes it less intimidating (in my mind, anyway).

If you dumped a motorcycle at 5-10 mph, you'd most likely go down with it. If you dumped a scooter at said speed, it seems like you could just jump off it and land on both feet skipping, which someone might.







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Old 09-15-2006, 02:00 PM   #10
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Scooters have some benefits (for in-city riding) vs. motorcycles:

Better gas mileage



Cheaper



More comfortable - no gear necessary (try to imagine a woman with a skirt riding motorcycle



Slower = safer ? Some people think so at least...



lighter = easier to handle, park, etc.
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