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Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Friend of mine came by today with his new toy. 1978 CBX.

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  2. ridethecliche

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    You didn't take the best picture though.... The one from the front with all six runners of the exhaust manifold!

    A friend is restoring one. I wonder how he's doing so far!
     
  3. MGWS

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    When I lived in Honolulu this was my sole transportation. It was great because you could park anywhere without a ticket and they never charged you at parking structures (even at the airport). Unfortunately it was stolen when I moved to Seattle.

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  5. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Well-Known Member

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    I still have my moto license and all my gear!

    (As well as the plates from my old bike, though I think the way it works is that you have x amount of time to get a new vehicle registered and inspected as long as you have the title and paperwork for it.)

    Or you could come up here by bus/train/whatever and I could drive you to the sellers. Though, I'm sure there are deals local to you as well. That bike does look pretty phenomenal since it's the STR with the arrow exhaust and has only 4k miles on it...
     
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  6. sarahjo

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    Bike manufacturers should seriously do something to provide extra safety feature to the machines.
     
  7. MGWS

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    What would you suggest?

    Motorcycles now have complete electronics packages to keep the power to the ground, ABS brakes, electronically adjustable suspensions, wet road settings, wheelie control, launch control, etc...
    When you ride, you assume the risk involved and that is also part of the fun. If you what want to be safe, buy a Volvo.
     
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    I would honestly pay you, as that's a STEAL and nothing as good locally. ha.
     
  9. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Well-Known Member

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    2 L8
     
  10. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Slipper clutches, automatic downshift blippers, gyro based sensors for mid turn slide prevention, better tire technology...basically this is the golden age of motorycycling
     
  11. epb

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    I disagree. If you compare accident stats in the US with other first world countries, it becomes clear that the biggest issue with rider safety is rider training. Driver training is equally poor here, but we've layered on more and more technology to compensate for lousy driving habits as we head for the Holy Grail: self-driving cars. There's little incentive to improve in that area with cars, despite traffic deaths totaling the population of a small town every year.

    Self-driving is never going to be an option with motorcycles, so we're kind of stuck. America's most cherished right is the Right to be Stupid (the Right to be Greedy comes close) and you can't convince them that two days in a parking lot on a 250cc didn't prepare them for an 800lb 1500cc cruiser or 200hp liter-bike, so if they have an accident it must have been the bike's fault and not their limited experience (most accidents are new riders), the six beers they had (52% of accidents involve alcohol), or the lack of safety equipment (we're still actively fighting helmet laws in many states) and we need a slew of technology. But the most effective piece of safety equipment we have is the human brain and we clearly refuse to use that, so the others won't do much good.
     
  12. MGWS

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    It is kind of mind boggling that there are not more deaths considering you can buy a 200+ hp bike as your first in the US. I think Europe has a better approach of MC licensing as that you have to work your way up in displacement. Once you have extracted all the performance of a 250cc bike, you then have to manage the best technique to ride more efficiently. After that, increase displacement.

    On a safety note, Dainese makes gear with airbags built in. It's a flagship item now but like all tech, it will trickle its way down over time.
     
  13. ridethecliche

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    It may trickle down, but folks still have to decide to use it.

    So many idjits riding around in shorts and white tees.

    I agree with you re:cc limits, but it's hard to compare to europe since the roads are totally different there. Then again, a 400-500CC bike can fly past legal limits just fine.
     
  14. MGWS

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    Quote:I'm in South Florida now and no one wears a any protective gear. When they ride by I cringe for them. The only thing saving them is that all the roads are straight so the only skill needed down here is getting a bike rolling from 1st. If we could enact a law that allows you to ride without gear but it voids your health insurance, I would love that.
     
  15. lawyerdad

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    Folks really ought to at least wear sunscreen in South Florida.
     
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  16. gnatty8

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    I think the most dangerous time for most riders is after the first season or two. Hubris sets in. People get complacent. People get reckless. People get lazy. All without noticing it themselves. However, in my experience the best deterrent is to go down and not get hurt that badly. That usually is enough to instill vigilance and caution..
     
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    Talk to any motorcycle salesperson and they'll tell you stories of people having just that sort of accident in or leaving the parking lot on their brand new bikes - bit of road rash and torn clothing, damaged paint and broken indicators. Doesn't seem to slow most of them down.

    I wish we had a graduated system. I just saw an ad today with someone selling a Honda CBR250R because he's "ready for something bigger." It's got 196 miles on it after two seasons so sure, he's got this riding thing down by now. :satisfied:
     
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  18. ridethecliche

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    Hey man, that's a lotta times around a parking lot!

    Lol. I put twice that many miles on my SV650 the first weekend I had it after I got my permit. That was a ton of fun. Really really dumb... but fun as hell. Atleast I was smart enough to stick to back roads!
     
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    I crashed exactly the way the instructor told me I would -- not looking far enough ahead when riding. Learned my lesson after that.
     

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