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Old 04-06-2005, 06:06 AM   #31
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Longride, the golf club thing is dead on. I've played all my life, and often asked about the latest $500 dollar driver. I just tell them to spend the money on lessons and they will be well ahead. Now if I could find a Taylor Made driver with a shaft by Temingoni........
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:10 AM   #32
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I would like to ascend to the pulpit, but first let me congratulate MO on getting this guy to write. Crusty old-timers laying out some fire and brimstone wisdom are awesome.



For all of the "my bike is slow but I'm fast" people out there - recognize that in equally skilled hands, a superior tool will be, in fact, superior. So while a competent or expert rider on a slow bike will be faster than a ridiculously incompetent one who runs wide in every turn on a fast bike, Sean Alexander on a 600cc I-4 will smoke Sean Alexander on a Buell, Sportster etc. etc.



Sportbikes are as much beautiful engineering as they are "tools" and the measure of that engineering is in their theoretical performance limits. An 883 Sportster won't win any Burger Barn posedown races for the same reason that it won't win any World Superbike races - it's relatively slow when operated by riders of equivalent skill.



This does not mean everyone should line up for a Desmosedici, of course, because the pleasure of operating any motor vehicle is not measured by the spec. sheet, but within a fairly broad latitude, performance is more or less measured by the spec. sheet.



And before mounting your 16-hand horse to abuse men who prefer sportbikes, remember that a competent craftsmen can succeed with the wrong tool or a bad tool - but won't typically choose one except to bully, teach a lesson, or adopt a challenge.



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Old 04-06-2005, 06:14 AM   #33
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Ha! Fred obviously is completely unaware of the divinely inspired concept: The Cost/Performance Ratio.
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:19 AM   #34
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:29 AM   #35
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Boy o boy, I just can't wait untill the next 600 shoot out! VWW
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:40 AM   #36
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Cost/Performace ratio is exactly why I ride a usedTohatsu Runpet. VWW
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:56 AM   #37
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Welcome, Fred. Glad to have you contributing to this forum now that you’ve (mostly) left MCN. I only hope that you took a close look at the MO crowd and our postings BEFORE you hooked up with us. We’re a strange bunch, here in the anonymity of the internet – not nearly as civil (nor typically as well informed) as MCN readers. We are, however, a whole bunch funnier, and we do have our occasional flashes of brilliance.



By the way, my personal favorite "Inarguable Motorcycle Truth" is, "ItÂ’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow."

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Old 04-06-2005, 07:44 AM   #38
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You're the one who had to make the big speech about being "43 and no longer on the Up escalator of the ol' learning curve."
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:21 AM   #39
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You're still in your prime Burnsie. You wrote better than most back in the day and now you've had experience to hone your pen. Ya' old bastard.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:25 AM   #40
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You really want to see an older master with tool knowledge, ride behind Malcolm Smith. He'd beat me on a pogo stick.
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