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Old 05-02-2001, 06:06 AM   #1
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Hmmm. Interesting. Is this good or bad? Does this mean that the onobtanium bikes sold in Europe and Asia will start showing up here, eventually?



Typically, the AMA is engaging in a little "Chicken Little: squealing on this one to attract attention. While I'm glad that they're around to watch out for things, I'm not convinced that this is a prime concern at the moment. Too many bad things going on in the good 'ol USA as it is.



Black helicopters, anyone?



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Old 05-02-2001, 06:21 AM   #2
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Huh?.....

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Old 05-02-2001, 06:27 AM   #3
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My first reaction to this was fear. I tend to shy away from the idea of people outside the US, with their own interests at heart, making decisions for Americans. Especially such highly socialistic ones. I would like to believe that, like most anything, this could actually be good, depending on the methods of implementation. However, my realistic side tells me that chances are good that whatever the EU comes up with will probably be very restrictive in one sense or another. Sure, the first year they might mandate disc brakes for road-going vehicles (maybe not so bad), but the following year you can bet your Keihin's that regulations founded in fear not science, will follow. HP limits, anyone? I can't wait for my 700lb catalyst-equipped 70hp 2003 GSX-R . . .
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Old 05-02-2001, 06:41 AM   #4
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It's already happened in Canada. We used to get the bikes fully unrestricted... generally just bigger carbs no restriction on the airbox or pipe side too then they harmonized with the US and forced the US restrictions - weenie carbs n stuff - on us. Sigh, we even lost our beloved street two strokes as the market shrunk for rz's.



However we shouldn't worry, 100hp is the most probable restriction... with cats, air bags, leg protectors, mandatory linked braking with abs, shaft drive (no nasty chain lube in the environment) speed limited to 100mph and a mandatory 200mpg with 0 emissions.

We'll all ride R1150's displacing 500cc's



What a lovely future... anyone looking to sell their used '99 unrestricted gsx1300r

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Old 05-02-2001, 06:44 AM   #5
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I think you hit the nail on the head, dirtybmxr... I truly fear what they will do to motorcycles. The EU put hp limits on bikes, but not on cars... how right is that? Yes yes, I know that in general, bikes are faster than cars, but the very fastest bikes are not faster than the very fastest cars (well ok, except in acceleration) and there are no limits there... that's definitely a case of fear and not sense being responsible for the rules.



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Old 05-02-2001, 07:26 AM   #6
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People around the world are dying from hungar, civil wars, terroists attacks, natural disasters and all these people can think about is how to take the fun out of Motorcycling!



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Old 05-02-2001, 07:27 AM   #7
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this can't be good news......how can the interests of some flip flop salesman in delhi who rides a 5 horsepower royal enfield be represented by the same guy who represents mine????

i REALLY don't like the sound (or smell) of this.
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Old 05-02-2001, 07:39 AM   #8
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Gotta agree with this ... sure seems like the UN has far more pressing issues on the table.



I'm sure that a homogenized bike will be cheaper if small differences in rules are eliminated, but if they took the most restrictive of every country's rules, our superbikes will more closely resemble scooters.



Guess I'm gonna have to get pretty good with tools ...
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Old 05-02-2001, 07:40 AM   #9
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Well, thank goodness. Its about time that 100bhp limit was revisited and set in place finally. All these high horsepower bikes really make me mad.
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Old 05-02-2001, 07:44 AM   #10
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I hope you're joking...
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