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Neat site...Thanks.



Too bad Honda's not smart enough to ditch the 919 and bring over that new Hornet. Interest in big bore standards has all but died here, IMHO.



Hopefully that new ZZR will make it here.



Ride Safe,

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At last! Something to get excited about on this cyber-rag. I have been dreaming about the Sachs Beast ever since I saw a pic in one of the real moto rags a while back: the reincarnation of the Vincent-a brute of an engine, 2 wheels, a gas tank and not much else. But I dunno, if some lawyers get to the staff, harrassment suits may queer the deal.
 

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Whats next.....4 liter Vtwins??? come on people do we have to supersize everything??? I've allways had the fear that we try to turn our bikes into some sort of comic book fantasy vehicles, and it looks like it more and more.
 

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All the brands try to use the latest technology and styles ... with the exception of the Milwaukee-based Brand That Shall Not Be Named. If you want retro, you can always get one of theirs. Me, I like any look as long as it performs.

 

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Isn't Harley just trying to pull in some of the market that aftermarket engine manufacturer's have created with their big motors. How will they get them past the EPA?



Love the Kawasaki twin!
 

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Interesting news from KTM. As little as a year ago, they were going to cease production of two strokes in 2007. I hope the newfound success of their 2 strokes gives them a longer life.
 

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I'm SO jealous of the Europeans and their amazing choices of motorcycles. You would think that with gas prices going ever higher here in the U.S., that people would start to look at motorcycles as a logical choice for transportation. This is especially true for the weekday commuter. I save about $100 per month alone for gas (based on $2.00 per gallon) when I use my motorcycle to commute to work vs. driving. I'm kind of surprised none of the motorcycle manufacturers have touted this aspect of motorcycling in any of their media ads. Sure motorcycles are fun as hell, but now they are even practical!
 

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Well, actually, the average person will probably not save money, overall, by riding a motorcycle as opposed to driving the average sedan. Yes, fuel cost is less, but maintenance tends to be more frequent and more expensive, as well being harder to schedule and get done on an immediate basis. Add to that the cost of tires that last less than 10,000 miles and cost much more than auto tires, and it is a very lopsided proposition.



I rode a beater VT500 as my prime transportation for two years, and I was able to save a lot, but only because the bike was cheap (free), I did all my own work, including mounting and balancing tires, and the bike was, after all, a Honda, and there were no major mechanical problems in that time. The average commuter is not going to put up with all that to justify a 50% gain in fuel mileage.



Compare the maintenance structure for automobiles vs. bikes in this country. What is the motorcycling equivalent of JiffyLube?



 

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I've always wondered what would happen if I rolled into a jiffy-lube on the bike. You'd probably have to bring your own filter, and I don't know if they'd have 20-50 laying around, but if you're not picky about your oil...



Not that I'd ever do such a thing, I've just always wondered.
 

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From what I have heard Jiffy Lube is a gyp joint like Midas Muffler. Suggest you Google Jiffy Lube and check horror stories before going there. I change the oil in my bike and the dealer does it for my car because I am too lazy now to do it myself.
 

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I agree when it comes to average sedans, I see less and less of those on the roads and more and more massive SUVs.



For a little comparison my F650 costs $5 to fill the tank and goes about 150 highway miles on a tank. My brother-in-laws Porsche Cayenne SUV costs about $55 to fill the tank and goes about 400 highway miles on a tank. Realistically riding around LA he gets super ****ting gas milage and only about 330-350 miles on a tank where I usually get 130-140 miles.



His maintenance is every 20,000 miles I think, although realistically it has been in the shop more than that. Usually takes a full day or two for service. Porsche doesn't give free loaners, bastards!



Mine is every 6000 miles and usually takes a full day for service. I can get a free loaner for my bike to use. Thanks BMW!



Maintenance costs are about the same Porsche charges an arm and a leg for their service, so does BMW.



I can get through traffic in about 1/2 the time thanks to our more biker friendly laws that allow me to lane split and use commuter lanes.



He can put a decent amount of heavy crap in his trunk and it seats 5.



The weather is generally biker friendly year round here.



So for my needs my not-so-average bike edges out his not-so-average SUV. But I think in general for commuters average bikes will edge out average SUVs.
 
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