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sarnali 01-15-2005 04:07 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
Good for her, her background in snowboarding should come in handy because both sports require good balance and endurance.

Props to Kawasaki for supporting wimmins in racing too. Don't they also sponsor James Stewart in motcross.? Kawasaki is smart to tap into markets that have been ill represented at the factory level thus far, despite the fact that a lot of women and blacks buy and ride bikes.

acecycleins 01-15-2005 04:36 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
If anything, she can ride. She has been competitive in her racing efforts thus far and looks to be on track for a successful career. My only wishis that I had enough money to do an associate sponsorship.

dug 01-15-2005 05:22 AM

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It's nice to see some factory support behind a female rider, since they represent a large portion of motorcycling growth. I hope she places better with her factory team than she did as a privateer(it would at least show that it was the equipment that was holding her back). I haven't been impressed with the abilities of the few female roadracers that have been around the past few years (Katja Poensgen-seemed like roadracing's answer to Anna K). It's a shame we don't have more smaller cc bikes in the US, it might attract more women to sportbikes.

Other than seat height, what is the biggest impediment to women on sportbikes? My wife rides a 900RR, but even though she's ~5'8", she can't flatfoot the bike(unless I'm on pillion). Lowering is probably not an option as aggressively as she rides.

maladg 01-15-2005 05:36 AM

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Must agree with Dug. Bringing more women in is a very good idea on a number of levels.

And does Motorcycling ever need some fresh ideas!

Lastwatch 01-15-2005 06:37 AM

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Well said. Now if they'd just do something for us Kawi fans who would to see them factory support the premier 1000cc Superbike class, we buy and ride bikes too...

schizuki 01-15-2005 08:39 AM

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"My wife rides a 900RR, but even though she's ~5'8", she can't flatfoot the bike"

I've never understood this obsession with getting both feet (or even one foot) "flat" on the ground. I'm 5'8" with a 31" inseam. I've never been able to flat-foot any bike I've owned. At a stop I just get the ball of one foot down. It's perfectly stable.

schizuki 01-15-2005 08:42 AM

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I'm curious about that biodiesal. How well is it working in your car? What kind of car is it?

dylanmo 01-15-2005 08:51 AM

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Biodiesel works pretty well in my car. By "works", I mean "tastes delicious" and "car" I mean "Griswold #8 frying pan".

Holy_Kaw 01-15-2005 09:11 AM

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Yes Kawasaki supports James "Bubba" Stewart in Super/Moto Cross he's up there with the "Big Boys" (250 two-strokes and up to 500cc fourstrokes?) now and should do well. I don't know if anybody's got anything for Ricky if he's healthy though... They also support a Black guy in Pro-stock, I think, (Ricky Gadsen?) that does very well.

As far as Women on bikes... well, for me, I'M ALL FOR IT (hubba, hubba, drool!!!). If I wasn't with a woman when I met that Hooter's girl in Anchorage that rode her own 954 and seemed really cool (as if I wasn't going to Hooter's all the time anyway)... why... there could be a few more Motorcycle rugrats in this world!

Jessica been on my radar for awhile anyway (I think she just got married) and I think it is a smart marketing move by Kawasaki AND good for the sport.

Holy_Kaw 01-15-2005 09:15 AM

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Lucky Dog!

schizuki 01-15-2005 11:56 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
"I myself don't have a diesel car now."

Yeah, that's what I figured.

jungkvist 01-15-2005 05:09 PM

Let Her Ride
As long as she's got the talent, Let Her Ride!

I just hope she doesn't get wadded-up and we all have to put up with a LifeTime movie about her.

I can see it now..."She fought Adversity and men, Pain and men, Self-doubt and men, PMS and men, Dark Roots and men!" I can't imagine the used-to-be twenty-something-actress they'd get to play her (Please God! Don't let her get hurt!).

longride 01-16-2005 02:05 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
It's just like his phantom motorcycle.

mile_eater 01-16-2005 04:04 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
women racers are fine. I just don't want to see women running things.

Give women a little bit of power over anything and they immediately regulate the fun right out of it.

seruzawa 01-16-2005 04:15 AM

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Oh ho ho ho ho! So, women run the Federal govt? China? the EU? Hee hee hee. Ha ha ha ha.

seruzawa 01-16-2005 04:16 AM

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So much for his promises of good behavior. The Moderator(tm) is back!

seruzawa 01-16-2005 04:17 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
What do you mean "fresh ideas"? Why, every year we get new paint jobs on the overweight V-twins and .001% better suspension on the sportbikes. What more could you ask for?

longride 01-16-2005 04:28 AM

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Didn't take him long to get right back to form. He started right in the the "longride censorship" bullshyt. So much for "lurking and learning". Honor his promise?? Not a chance.

memery748 01-16-2005 05:34 AM

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The "why don't we see more woman racing" question is a good one. It can't be because of height. Plenty of fast short guys out there. What makes someone successful as a roadracer? As far as physical differences, it seems that someone who is in outstanding physical condition without being heavy and "bulked up" could have an advantage. (Have to be strong and with endurance, but not a linebacker type. No?) Plenty of woman athletes fit that bill. Concentration? Endurance? Coordination? Competitiveness? Intelligence? (Reading an interview with Rossi and his team manager, these guys have a carefully thought out strategy.) Last I checked, none of these traits require testicles.

So, why don't we see 4-5 woman in the starting grid at every AMA race? Lots of reasons I'm sure but don't pretend to know. I'm convinced we'd all be better off if had more people involved in the sport.

The good news is, as I seem to remember reading, the number of woman participating in the sport is trending upwards. Maybe participation in racing just naturally lags a few years behind.

Holy_Kaw 01-16-2005 07:15 AM

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Jessica's website is:

Better think the next time we tell someone they're riding like a girl. A Girl might walk up to you and offer to PROVE that YOU are not as fast as one! There is also a Woman that scored points in MOTOGP's 250 class last year, I'll bet She could SMOKE almost ALL of us!

BMW4VWW 01-16-2005 10:44 AM

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Why does he always assume that you've been censoring his articles? Certainly he must know by now that you have neither sole posting responsibility, nor the final say as to which articles are posted. I can't speak for anyone else, but when I see something of interest I put it in the articles considered for posting bin. Sometimes they get posted, sometimes they don't. I just foolishly assumed that some werenÂ’t considered to be interesting. Thank god Kook has the insight to point out the vast censorship conspiracy at MO so now I can gain some solace in the knowledge that all of my submissions were indeed interesting. VWW

dylanmo 01-16-2005 11:02 AM

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"Congrads", BMW. The manner in which submissions are greenlighted has been explained to KP before, as if he were six years old.

Probably, we should shoot for a younger age.

seruzawa 01-16-2005 12:56 PM

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Jeez. What the heck are you guys doing here when the anatomically correct Serena Williams is on the tube playing tennis? What the heck am I doing here?

BMW4VWW 01-16-2005 01:40 PM

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Serena Williams eh? She certainly is a babe. You must be in pretty good shape for one of us old guys. I'd have to eat a seriously large bowl of Wheaties, and take a vitamin supplement prior to even think about tackling something like that. VWW

longride 01-16-2005 01:48 PM

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He assumes I censor because he's incapable of believing that he is a complete a$$hole. ANYONE here at MO can post his crap and it RARELY gets posted. I have NO POWER to censor him or anyone else on this site. This moron simply can't learn when to keep his f*cking mouth shut. He posts his "censorship" bull***** about me and then claims I fuc*king started it? He's a liar that said he would leave if he lost the poll vote. Well, he's losing by a a 3 to 1 margin, yet he starts right back in with his censorship and moderating bullshyt. Didn't take him long, did it? So, when you read this KPuke, we all know it's time for you to leave. Now. You weren't wanted here before, you aren't wanted here now, and the site is better off without you and your a$$hole comments. Period. You are simply the biggest idiot I have ever seen. You aren't lurking, and you certainly didn't learn anything either. Leave.

Buzz_Waloch 01-16-2005 01:58 PM

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And there's no "stigma" against them in Europe because gasoline taxes are brutal.

The soot from the diesels that covers the big cities is so attractive.

seruzawa 01-16-2005 03:33 PM

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That's the problem. Can't stop thinking. But.. oh how I'd love the bruises.

jonnyluck 01-16-2005 05:18 PM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
better bet again....

Holy_Kaw 01-16-2005 06:40 PM

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I'd always assumed you'd delated his e-mails as SPAM.

Kpaul, what if longride ignores your e-mails? I don't think he likes you. Are you surprised? The FREE service that longride provides to the MOron community is appreciated by many.

mile_eater 01-17-2005 03:24 AM

Re: Factory Kawasaki hires a MN girl
To deny that women, are for the first time in all of human history, gaining real power in society... such as in government, and in places like University Administration, among others... is simply to ignore reality.

Our government is, without question, run by women... Do they hold the absolute end of the reign? no. but they've got there hands in there... and what the women want, the women get.

Holy_Kaw 01-17-2005 05:00 AM

Re: Let Her Ride
She's got talent. You're not going to START at any AMA National race unless you've got serious speed. She will be getting a MAJOR upgrade in equipment/support I believe. Wins/Championships?... She's got some real fast "guys" to get by on her move to the front.

Liked the "Lifetime movie" part :-).

This is the time of year I start thinking of all those that have died or have been seriously injured in Motorsports, with a recent reminder... There are MANY. Nobody knows better than the Competitors themselves the risks they take in the pursuit of their Passion.I truely wish the best for ALL Competitors and hope the coming seasons completions will find ALL of them healthy.

johnnyb 01-17-2005 07:34 AM

Re: Biodiesel facts.
Longride, let go of the anger baby... deep breath... using naughty words like that will upset Honda, u r offishul MO clebrity postperson, right?

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