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Old 03-20-2002, 08:45 AM   #1
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Maybe the R is a loss leader?
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Old 03-20-2002, 09:22 AM   #2
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Its just hard for me to picture a patrol car zigging in and out of speeding traffic with lights blazing to pull over a vehicle for allegedly going the speed limit in the left hand lane. Picture the trooper telling the traffic judge " Sir, the defendent was traveling at the 65 mph speed limit in the left hand lane therebye prohibiting the normal flow of 85 mph traffic, yep I knailed him good."



I'd rather hear about the ZX12.
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Old 03-20-2002, 09:25 AM   #3
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Okay, I've forwarded this to everyone I know. Will get those slow f----ers out of the fast lane? It's worth a try.</p>



If you want to send your friends to the source, here's a link to the California Vehicle Code, Section 21654.</p>
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Old 03-20-2002, 09:50 AM   #4
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Yeah, the left lane thing drives us all nuts and, guess what, no one is gonna change any thing about the thousands of people who drive too slowly in it every day. It's a lame topic. It's like air travel jokes from a standup comedian; done. I subscribed to this rag because they hired you, Burns, and so far you've done not much besides launching (not so) subtle digs at Mitch Boehm and George Bush.



And, actually, I'm plenty happy that old Dubya has seen fit to remind all the foreigners that we've got tactical nukes and we aren't afraid to use them. Foreigners need to know these things. It makes them less likely to dork around with us, which is good. I don't know about your reference to nuclear hand grenades. I spent some time in the Army (10th Mountain Div.) and they never mentioned them. Are you just a kidder?



Wanna write something that will interest us all? Give us the real story behind Mitch and your firing. He comes off like a nipplehead in print and I'd love to read some confirmation.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:02 AM   #5
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Check out section 22349 of the California vehicle code which state that " Except as provided in Section 22356, no person may drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour." Section 22356 sets an upper limit of 70mph. Evidently the Code distinguishes between maximum speed limits and prima facie speed limits. This too took about 5 minutes worth of research on the Net.

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Old 03-20-2002, 10:09 AM   #6
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If we are requesting article/suggesting topics of interest, how about something on CCE and its moves in the racing world lately. Particularly the upcoming FIM World SX, and also something along the lines of a true Grand National Championship with the flattrack and roadrace series they sponsor. They look a whole lot better than the sad old AMA from where I'm sitting...

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Old 03-20-2002, 10:28 AM   #7
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While you're at it you might ask BMW why the ABS upgrade for the 650 is only a couple of hundred dollars while the ABS upgrade for the 1150 is over two thousand dollars.



Probably for the same reason Harley charges $500 for a jacket that otherwise would cost $250 plus the cost of putting on the patch yourself.



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Old 03-20-2002, 10:43 AM   #8
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Having recently been to, *ahem*, traffic school recently courtesy of Culver City Police (thank you, sir) I was surprised to find that this was being taught in the school. (ie. no need to let anyone past) I challenged it, so he looked it up at lunchtime. Aparently in addition to Johno's comments, if you come up behind someone, flash your lights and honk your horn, they have to get out of your way. It's the law defining lane one as the emergengy lane. Sorry I don't have the California code number for you.
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As for Motorcyclist last night, that's the sort of journalism I was railing against before. It's amazing.. reviews of a variant of a bike I own and love (r1150gs) and a bike I'm looking to buy (zx12r) and the program managed to give virtually no information in an incoherent, late middle aged, [b]RAMBLE

. Half an hour of 30 seconds worth of info. Pipe and slippers, matey. All nicey, nicey, must make sure we don't upset the manufacturer, self satisfied RUBBISH. (Now John.. this is me hating something. Before I was just worried and "all loved out")
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Last point, re: the price of the R1150GS as compared to the R. Admittedly the GS has to have some tougher components, a more expensive suspension, and some extra plastic/windscreen. However it doesn't account for the massive difference in price. In Europe the price differential is much, much smaller. In fact in the UK the GS is only about #7,650 sterling which is about $10,900 at the current exchange rate. This is without ABS and heated grips and there's some extra shipping to be added but we're still talking about at least a $2,500 difference to the price of the bike in Europe. This really annoyed me when I got the bike.

So it is the dealers fleecing us? Not really. BMW charge the dealers more than the UK spec bikes are sold to the public.

So why do they do it?.......

because they can.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:44 AM   #9
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Having recently been to, *ahem*, traffic school recently courtesy of Culver City Police (thank you, sir) I was surprised to find that this was being taught in the school. (ie. no need to let anyone past) I challenged it, so he looked it up at lunchtime. Aparently in addition to Johno's comments, if you come up behind someone, flash your lights and honk your horn, they have to get out of your way. It's the law defining lane one as the emergengy lane. Sorry I don't have the California code number for you.

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As for Motorcyclist last night, that's the sort of journalism I was railing against before. It's amazing.. reviews of a variant of a bike I own and love (r1150gs) and a bike I'm looking to buy (zx12r) and the program managed to give virtually no information in an incoherent, late middle aged, RAMBLE. Half an hour of 30 seconds worth of info. Pipe and slippers, matey. All nicey, nicey, must make sure we don't upset the manufacturer, self satisfied RUBBISH. (Now John.. this is me hating something. Before I was just worried and "all loved out")

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Last point, re: the price of the R1150GS as compared to the R. Admittedly the GS has to have some tougher components, a more expensive suspension, and some extra plastic/windscreen. However it doesn't account for the massive difference in price. In Europe the price differential is much, much smaller. In fact in the UK the GS is only about #7,650 sterling which is about $10,900 at the current exchange rate. This is without ABS and heated grips and there's some extra shipping to be added but we're still talking about at least a $2,500 difference to the price of the bike in Europe. This really annoyed me when I got the bike.



So it is the dealers fleecing us? Not really. BMW charge the dealers more than the UK spec bikes are sold to the public.



So why do they do it?.......



because they can.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:46 AM   #10
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You went to the trouble to copy the violation but not the penalty. Perhaps this is a recommendation and not a requirement? Like, "you should keep your slow ass in the right but we're not gonna stop you from blocking the left". What's the prescribed penalty?



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