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Old 04-18-2009, 10:51 AM   #11
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That 31-inch seat height is too high for a bike that would otherwise appeal to ladies, though. Major mistake there. Could be related to the fuel tank position.

Nitpicks: it's "wringing...the throttle", not "ringing". And "sacrifice" is spelled wrong. And nothing can be "very unique." Sorry, I went to Catholic school. Can't help knuckle-rapping.

Back to the bike - that storage compartment is sweet. This bike's got a pretty tempting combination of practicality and style. Good job, Aprilia.
Yep, the fuel tank location keeps the seat slightly high.

As for your copy edits...

- Yes, we shouldn't be "ringing" a throttle. Oops.
- Sacrifice is indeed spelled incorrectly. Thanks for pointing it out - we'll get that fixed.
- The note about the of "unique" is nit-picking of a very high order. The use of so-called absolute words like unique has evolved through the years. According to Dictionary.com, "By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, 'not typical, unusual.'” So, if something can be "very unusual," it can be "very unique."

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Old 04-18-2009, 03:58 PM   #12
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Ken- The can is a charcoal EPA piece of trash. After the break-in miles most will pull it off and close off the breather nipples (ha, ha- I said nipples. Look, I did it twice). They come on Ducati's, too. Gotta sell them with the can, but once it's in the customers hands we couldn't tell them not to take it off- wink, wink.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:23 PM   #13
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- The note about the of "unique" is nit-picking of a very high order. The use of so-called absolute words like unique has evolved through the years. According to Dictionary.com, "By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, 'not typical, unusual.'” So, if something can be "very unusual," it can be "very unique."
Pah. "The evolution of English" is the last refuge of the language-lazy. "Dictionary.com" indeed! It is de-volution, sir.

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I've got my 1947 dictionary here next to the key board, yeah what of it. Anyhow English is a dynamic language, like it or not. I happen to hear a portion of the Cantebury Tales recently, in Middle English. I think I got about 1 word in 10 to 12.

But no I'm not happy about the changes, yet that is what keeps it the "important" language. Ask a pilot, a ships captain, ect.....

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Ken- The can is a charcoal EPA piece of trash. .
Or just slip another shrimp on the barbie when she warms up a bit.
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:32 PM   #16
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I've got my 1947 dictionary here next to the key board, yeah what of it. Anyhow English is a dynamic language, like it or not. I happen to hear a portion of the Cantebury Tales recently, in Middle English. I think I got about 1 word in 10 to 12.

But no I'm not happy about the changes, yet that is what keeps it the "important" language. Ask a pilot, a ships captain, ect.....
There's change, and there's wrong. I happen to think that "dis" is a perfectly wonderful and useful new word and I hope it makes the transition from slang to standard English. But just because everyone says "whole nuther" doesn't make it OK.

Best language argument I got in was when I was crabbing about people using "literally" when the really mean "figuratively" - as in, "The linebacker literally exploded from his stance." Guy I was arguing with gave me the standard "evolution of the language" nonsense while explaining that using "literally" in that sense was acceptable figurative language. So his argument in a nutshell was that "literally" means "figuratively." That is the type of English up with which I will not put.

"Very unique", indeed. I suppose using "penultimate" for "best" or "last" is acceptable now, as well. Pah. What's wrong with "very unusual" or "very different"? Why turn "unique" into a cheap trollop?

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What's disconcerting to me, riding any two wheeled vehicle with a torque converter is the lack of compression braking, which you mentioned. As an example of torque-converter equipped bikes, a Rokon would just disconnect and free-wheel, and my Go Devil mini-bike does the same thing. How did they manage to keep any engine braking at all? When the r's drop, the "sprockets" shrink and release the belt?
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There's change, and there's wrong. I happen to think that "dis" is a perfectly wonderful and useful new word and I hope it makes the transition from slang to standard English. But just because everyone says "whole nuther" doesn't make it OK.

Best language argument I got in was when I was crabbing about people using "literally" when the really mean "figuratively" - as in, "The linebacker literally exploded from his stance." Guy I was arguing with gave me the standard "evolution of the language" nonsense while explaining that using "literally" in that sense was acceptable figurative language. So his argument in a nutshell was that "literally" means "figuratively." That is the type of English up with which I will not put.

"Very unique", indeed. I suppose using "penultimate" for "best" or "last" is acceptable now, as well. Pah. What's wrong with "very unusual" or "very different"? Why turn "unique" into a cheap trollop?



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The barbarians are through the gates (well, home grown actually) and running the show now. Trying to enforce understandable language is oppression! Just listen to a news show if you think I'm kidding. Bad grammar on top of the never ending stream of lies and propaganda.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:45 AM   #19
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Pah. "The evolution of English" is the last refuge of the language-lazy. "Dictionary.com" indeed! It is de-volution, sir.

I say good day to you! Good day!

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Best language argument I got in was when I was crabbing about people using "literally" when the really mean "figuratively" - as in, "The linebacker literally exploded from his stance." Guy I was arguing with gave me the standard "evolution of the language" nonsense while explaining that using "literally" in that sense was acceptable figurative language. So his argument in a nutshell was that "literally" means "figuratively." That is the type of English up with which I will not put.

"Very unique", indeed. I suppose using "penultimate" for "best" or "last" is acceptable now, as well. Pah. What's wrong with "very unusual" or "very different"? Why turn "unique" into a cheap trollop?
The "literally" thing is one of my pet peeves, and I'll march in front of Websters with you.

However, I do think something could range from mildly unique (say, a Buell) to very unique (say, a Britten). Besides, I didn't write it, I just didn't bother taking the time to edit it!
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