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Old 09-08-2003, 09:31 AM   #11
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I crashed my airplane last night, but I didn't get hurt since I was 50 feet from the impact zone. Dammed radio controlled planes are a biatch to fly in heavy winds.
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:14 AM   #12
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Come on Glide, that was funny.
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:20 AM   #13
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Get it right Buzglyd. Al Gore invented the lawnmower.
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:27 AM   #14
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I hope you live in California and therefore have the opportunity to vote for the entertainer of your choice. And would it bunch yer shorts to know that G. Jordan Liddy is a friend of Al Franken?
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:36 AM   #15
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The "first Motorcycle" was not a motorcycle, but a tricycle. It was built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1885 to showcase a new design, the "otto cycle" 4 stroke engine.



The frame was made of oak, belt driven, with an engine that incorporated an atmospheric intake valve and hot-tube ignition.



The first production motorcycle in the US was the Orient-Astor, built by the Metz company in 1888.



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Old 09-08-2003, 10:50 AM   #16
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Nope,the orient Astor was 1898...and whether the Daimler was the first motorcycle is debatable.i go with the 1867 Roper Stem powered one
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:53 AM   #17
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Don't forget about the Wheel!
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Old 09-08-2003, 11:00 AM   #18
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Sorry about the poor typing and juxtapositioning of Aster Orient. The first known production motorcycle(ore produced and sold to the public as transportation)was the Hildebrand and Wolmuller.The first one was built in 1894.If you define "first motorcycle "as a two wheeled vehicle sold to the public as transportation,H&W wins.
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Old 09-08-2003, 11:36 AM   #19
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"with an engine that incorporated an atmospheric intake valve and hot-tube ignition. "



A shudder travels up the Highwayman's spine...............



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Old 09-08-2003, 12:52 PM   #20
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I've read this article on a few previous occassions, and every time I'm drawn back to the link at the bottom of the story. Forgive my indulgence, but I cannot pass up this oportunity to point you back to what I consider the most beautiful motorcycle ever built, the 1918 Indian 8-valve Racer



I think it is stunning art and a symbol of racing motorcycles at their purest level.



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