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Old 01-06-2007, 04:22 AM   #51
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The problem is that we had a Stonehenge monument that was in danger of being trod upon by a dwarf.



(BTW, that's based on an incident that happened to Black Sabbath.)
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:10 AM   #52
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I agree. Being out in farm land with rolling hills I deal mostly with 2 lane twisty back roads.



They are a blast to ride but seem to make very little sense in terms of buying a larger displacement bike.



I really think a single like this, a Bonneville/Scrambler, or a smaller light sportbike (ex250 or the odd 250cc version of the SV) would be fantastic around here.



I would still like something with longer legs when going longer distances.

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Old 01-06-2007, 05:12 AM   #53
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That's why you wear the little fez and we wear the big ones.
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:49 AM   #54
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Just tax the rich! But first you have to find them. They have a funny habit of disappearing to another country when you try.
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:53 AM   #55
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There are a number of motorcycle companies that import a few hundred bikes each year to the US, and do not have a real dealer network. Let's assume for the moment that you have the expertise to maintain the bike yourself, or you know I private mechanic that can do the work. There is still one huge problem: obtaining parts and technical specifications. I have heard several horror stories about owners waiting for MONTHS for a part.



The best thing Derbi could do to make me a potential customer would be to guarantee delivery of parts via Fed Ex. I buy motorcycles to ride them. I ride almost every day Mar-Nov, and I won't tolerate waiting for parts.



As for the bike itself...it sounds fantastic! I ride in tight urban spaces (although I cannot lane split in Ohio). It would be great fun to have such a nimble little steed. Plus, the mileage on singles is usually good.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:07 AM   #56
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Default I'd like to pose a practical question...

...are we going to do Stonehenge tomorrow night?
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:11 AM   #57
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Yes, there is still much to learn, grasshopper.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:29 AM   #58
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I thought my daily commute through the city from 65th and ravenna to queen anne and denny was bad in the rain. You're riding all the way from down there to seattle and back daily in this weather? At least you get the carpool lane I guess. Small favours.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:31 AM   #59
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This bike would be great for city riding in congested urban areas like SF, but overall I don't see much of a market for small bikes like this in the US
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:50 AM   #60
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Yossef, great write up. Question is: Why would Debri choose this set-up in the motor. Airbox aside, the Raptor 660 ATV motor is worth almost 60 hp from what I understand. Even with the airbox problem, Derbi could get 55 hp or so out of it, right? Just wondering outloud here.......
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