Ride to Vote

 

Well, this seemingly decade’s-long election cycle is winding down to its climactic conclusion. If we’re lucky, on November 9th, we’ll know who the 45th President of the United States of America will be for the next four years. The really good news is that we will have a couple of Presidential-campaign-free years ahead of us. However, that doesn’t mean that the gears of government will stop grinding. Lots of other issues will be voted on during the election days of this year and those in the future. So, why not make the process of voting fun. Ride your motorcycle to the polls.

  • Steven Holmes

    sorry, but… no thank you.

  • Old MOron

    Oh, if I were going to get a cruiser, I suppose this one would be as good as any other. Though I would want a taller handlebar – and a pillion so that I could take the blonde with me!

  • 12er

    Meh… yes I cared enough to post that.

  • SteveSweetz

    So they made an unrideable sculpture with a motorcycle engine in it. As a marketing exercise I’m not sure what this is supposed to accomplish. I’m not exactly inspired to buy an Akrapovic exhaust because they funded a gaudy art project.

  • Scott Silvers

    the first indoor stationary cruiser!!!

  • TimU

    Steve Sweetz : Exactly.

  • Starmag

    #11. It proves that you’re not just another dead person that votes.

  • allworld

    I’m note what percentage I am in, I always vote, even just for local primary elections, I don’t own a car and ride everywhere, I live in the northeast and winter can be an issue. If I can’t ride I walk or take public transportation or Uber. I am a member of the AMA and motorcycle issues do influence my choices.Currently I am trying to resolve issues with the “EZPass” system of tolling as the transponders are not bike friendly, and can not be attached to all motorcycles.
    Stand up and be counted, VOTE

  • Campisi

    “If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain.”

    But I despise both of these candidates for different reasons, my lower races are all running unopposed, and I’m not allowed to write anyone else in.

    “Doesn’t matter. Be an adult and go vote.”

    Fine.

    — One Year Later —

    How could they accomplish so much monstrous garbage in a single year?!

    “Hey now, don’t complain. You voted for them.”

    • methamphetasaur

      If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain!

      Oh yeah? Watch me.

      • methamphetasaur

        Your vote doesn’t count as long as the electoral college exists unless you live in a few specific places- and then only the votes that agree count.

        • Evans Brasfield

          I think you need to do a little research into the actual reasons for the creation of the electoral college.

          • methamphetasaur

            because…

            A. The population had on average a second grade education at the time. [Not so much a problem now I think.]

            and B. The writers of the constitution feared a ‘tyranny of the majority’ where a few could manipulate the many [p.s. that already happens today- it’s called lobbyism and that should be illegal too, but that’s a different topic for a different day] or someone who is not qualified could sweet talk his way past the [no longer] uneducated masses all the way to the white house.

          • methamphetasaur

            I know you probably assume I’m an idiot because I’m just another asshole on the internet and I don’t write articles for the internets like you, but I went to college too boss; and I have done research and have written at least one moderately lengthy research paper on the topic.

          • Evans Brasfield

            Cool, then you understand why I questioned the vast oversimplification in your second post.

            Writing articles for the internets only means that I get to return motorcycles when they need maintenance and that I can afford to buy lunch in the finer fast food establishments.

          • John B.

            That’s an especially interesting topic Evans.

            When the states were negotiating the Constitution, the southern states feared a government system wherein the more populous northern states could control the federal government. In particular, the southern states feared the northern states would pass a statute to abolish slavery.

            The so-called Virginia plan proposed two houses in Congress, both elected with apportionment in accordance with population. The New Jersey plan, proposed a single House of Congress with each State having one vote as provided in the Articles of Confederation.

            The drafters eventually agreed to The Connecticut Compromise, which incorporated the two-House Congress from the Virginia Plan, with representation in the Senate limited to two Senators per State per the New Jersey Plan. Under the Constitution (Article I, Section 3), the State legislatures elected State Senators. The 17th Amendment, ratified in 1914, established the popular election of Senators by the people of the states.

            Similarly, the electoral college, in which each state gets one vote for each Senator and House Member, served to prevent the more populous states from dominating the less populous states. Three (3) times before the Civil War, legislation to abolish slavery passed in the House, but was defeated in the Senate. The Senate is not very democratic because it gives individuals who reside in populous states (California) much less representation per capita, than it gives those in sparsely populated states (Nevada, Wyoming etc.).

            Those who negotiated the Constitution understood pure democracy (majority rules) led to tyranny and legislation predicated on political whim. (Note: Brexit could never happen in our system because our Constitution has no provision for a national referendum.) They also likely realized, the average person should not have too much say in governance. This is why we have a Republic (i.e., representative democracy), “if we can keep it.”

            No system works perfectly, but your vote counts provided you exercise your right to vote. I’m very patriotic, and vote at least once in every election (I grew up in Philly so….).

          • Evans Brasfield

            Thank you for posting this since I didn’t have the time. (Finishing an article before I rush out to shoot two bikes this afternoon.) Also particularly relevant this year is that the Electoral College makes it more difficult to rig an election since it would require major efforts in multiple states, rather than just tabulating overall vote count.

          • John B.

            You are welcome Evans. Yes, the rigging talk has been tiresome and counterproductive. Wednesday can’t some soon enough!

          • Ian Parkes

            “Finishing an article before I rush out to shoot two bikes this afternoon.” America, I despair. This hateful campaign has gone too far when even dear old reasonable Evans is now intent on settling scores the old-fashioned way.

          • Evans Brasfield

            Thanks for the laugh, Ian!

          • Ian Parkes

            Hey thanks John B. Great to get such a neat insight into something that I’ve been steeling myself to look into – the vortex of the American electoral system. I didn’t understand quite how anti-democratic (with a small d) America was before now. It explains a lot – the lack of faith in democracy to deliver the right result is actually an old sentiment. I applaud the ingenuity of the Connecticut compromisers, though, and their glass half full view that at least it provides checks and balances.

            But I’m happy to live in a real democracy where each man or woman has one vote New Zealand was the first country to offer that, by the way, nearly quarter of a century before the US, and where every vote counts, courtesy of proportional representation. We can all do and say what we want within the fairly relaxed rules that we vote for. Sure business has too much say through lobbying, which means too many politicians think the mythical ‘trickle-down effect’ will help those in poverty. But at least we have public-funded heatlhcare for all and a citizenry that doesn’t feel the need to carry weapons (and we vote for laws that keep it that way). We call it freedom. Maybe you should try it sometime?

          • John B.

            I recently did research on migrating to another country were Hillary Clinton to become president, and identified New Zealand and Iceland as attractive options. Unfortunately, neither would have me.

            Unlike the United States, which takes pride in its open borders and burgeoning welfare roles, New Zealand does not accept immigrants unless they bring something meaningful (capital i.e., lots of money, and/or specific skills (engineers not peasants or lawyers) the country needs. New Zealand is not interested in padding its welfare rolls.

            Though it represents an impenetrable barrier to my relocation plans, I applaud New Zealand for protecting itself through highly controlled migration. Frankly, it’s much easier to manage a geographically isolated country with a small and relatively homogeneous population than it is to manage 330 million people with diverse heritage and values. Keeping the poor out, also enables the social programs (public health care) you hold dear. In America, we have over 90 million people who do not work. Even a million unskilled migrants would destroy New Zealand’s economy.

            New Zealand only has about 4.5 million citizens, which is about 2/3rds as big as the Dallas Metroplex. The country’s GDP is about $180 billion, which is negligible compared to the U.S.’s $18,000 billion (i.e., $18 trillion) economy. Apple’s annual sales revenue exceeds New Zealand’s GDP. As such, the mayor in America’s largest cities has more to say grace over than does the New Zealand Prime Minister.

            As for the Connecticut compromise, many scholars wonder whether the Colonies could have formed a country if slavery were not allowed to continue. Eventually, we needed a Civil War to abolish slavery. In certain situations, pragmatism is a virtue.

            America is great, not because it has ever been perfect, but because throughout our history we have strived to expand the personal liberty afforded our citizens. Oh, and we are the most innovative nation on Earth. In fact, much of the modern comforts New Zealanders enjoy today were made possible by American Innovation. How long must be wait for the next/first great motorcycle, computer, mobile phone, and/or space telescope designed and built in New Zealand?

            You live in a lovely country, but your democracy also has flaws, and your arrogance seems ill considered. New Zealand has virtually no ability to defend itself from a malevolent foreign government with imperialist intentions. But don’t worry, we will protect you if need be. That’s an American tradition too!

          • Ian Parkes

            Hey John B, thanks for playing. Almost every point you make is perfectly valid. You are quite right, all of us put together don’t add up to even a moderately big city and it does annoy me that CEOs here of comparatively tiny companies try to justify their ridiculous salaries by claiming parity with the bosses of actual big outfits overseas. And while we used to pride ourselves on being a classless society, the wealthy have continued to stretch ahead and poverty has grown to the extent the United Nations has called us out on it. As I mentioned, govt here is equally self-serving and focused on ‘people like us’, but whether it’s our democracy that’s at fault, not so sure.

            Yes that immigration criteria, that you have to be skilled or rich- if you don’t have relatives here, like many Pacific Islanders do is a pain, and it should be rethought. That’s supposed to encourage entrepreneurs but, when they get here, they immediately see they can make far more money in property speculation than in doing anything so pedestrian as starting up a business. And that has simply blown away the next generation’s expectation of buying their own homes. By the way you could fix your own immigration problem on your southern border simply by making employers use people with some kind of work permit. Of course they’d have to pay minimum wage.

            Innovation: You sure had a golden era last century – but as for being the most innovative? The UK also had a golden era, and China must be in contention. Having access to more global news (there’s not enough happening here to warrant all our attention) it seems to me a lot of other countries regularly contribute breakthroughs. A lot of it is a function of size.

            When comes to farming technology we’re right up there. Our cow ear tags are among the best you can find anywhere. That’s not space tech? I think you’ll find the greatest breakthrough in low orbit aerospace technology in the past 50 years is currently happening in New Zealand. Yes, it is rocket science.

            Here’s a point. New Zealand doesn’t claim to be perfect, or even the best at anything, except rugby. So I do take issue with you for saying I’m arrogant (‘smug’ I’d have accepted) for saying our version of democracy might be rather good. Talk about pots and kettles! That’s probably the thing that us foreigners find the hardest to swallow – Americans’ bellowing that the US is the greatest at everything, even when its not. Or as you have done, when you do acknowledge a flaw, you double down on everything else about the US is greater so just shut up!

            Yes, thanks, for forming defence alliances with your allies, even though you may be a fair weather friend. The US stopped joint defence exercises with NZ when we asked you to respect our nuclear free policy and leave your nuclear-powered ships at the door. I remember that year a Russian cruise liner sank here when the local pilot, who was drunk, snagged it on some rocks. Our prime minister couldn’t understand why the US was being so mean to us, After all we were the only country that had sunk a Russian ship in the past 60 years.

            Per capita, we’re right up there when it comes to fighting other people’s wars. Yes US troops came here during the second world war, largely because ours were overseas, fighting. Can’t find quickly if we asked for that help but we certainly haven’t asked the US to come to our defence since, and we probably never will, unless one of you big boys starts something else. Yet when the US needs a coalition force, we’re there – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq.

            Our defence force is geared to our needs, and that is peace-keeping roles in far away places and yet by my reckoning the US is in our debt. But hey, we’re buddies. You’re welcome.

          • Ian Parkes

            Gosh, never mind our lead in space tech, there was an open invitation there on motorcycles and I skipped right over it! Witness the next/first great motorcycle from New Zealand – the Britten V1000.

            Carbon fibre monococque chassis and v-twin engine, all designed and built in his shed by kiwi engineer John Britten. It beat everything from Ducati, H-D etc and dominated v-twin Battle of the Twins and AHRMA Sound of Thunder racing from 1996-99.

            It makes the top 10 almost every list of the world’s greatest motorcycles and was certainly one of the most innovative. Sadly John died young.

  • John B.

    On my way home from a motorcycle trip, I stopped at a nearby elementary school to vote in the Texas Presidential Primary. Just before I pulled into the parking lot, I remembered I was carrying a firearm! I made a quick detour home to avoid breaking about a million laws. To take a firearm to a polling place, especially a school, is frowned upon… even in Texas. It felt good to vote without committing a felony.

    • Buzz

      Hopefully you didn’t vote for a felon or a future one.

    • Ian Parkes

      “I remembered I was carrying a firearm.” Good grief.

  • JMDonald

    We are doomed.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I haven’t even read the article yet (I will after I hit post), but I am already planning on riding my Zero to vote.

  • Old MOron

    Hmm, I think I’ll wear my open-face helmet tomorrow.
    And I’ll leave it on when I go to the polls.

  • Ian Parkes

    Oh no.WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?