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The Toad
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Let me be the first to call BS. 50 motorcyclists" is probably more like 5 and he likely tried to murder one with his SUV while yakking on the cell phone and adjusting the DVD display. Of course he's going to claim to be completely innocent. They all do. The prisons of our country are entirely full innocent people. Just ask one.
 

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Well then...

"There have been two recent attacks in the St. Louis area involving drivers who were outnumbered by motorcycle riders."

this sort of hearsay-paraded-as-fact-journalism really gets under my skin. instead of attempting to recreate the situation in question, the news channel here has sided with sensationalism.

unfortunately, a) news stations are not there to provide us with correct information - they are businesses that have to sell advertising minutes to turn a profit, b) researching the entire story costs money/time, and c) often an explanation of the real/complete story would be less sensational (read: lucrative) than simply letting the audience entertain the thought of a bloodthirsty gang of 200 motorcyclists, hellbent on naked destruction, cruising down the highway.

fact is not always stranger than fiction.

...but i suppose, "as i was yelling at my daughter in the passenger seat, i drifted into the left lane and almost ran over one of them; they all then proceeded to flip me off as they rode by" wouldn't sell very much ad time, either.
.... prepare to be boiled constantly. The media, expecially broadcast media, do this on every story. I could tell you a half dozen instances where a situation I knew about first hand was reported on and each was exaggerated beyond belief and several were simply lied about. This is why I quit watching the news over a decade ago. Watching it is a total waste of time. You learn nothing of value. I laugh when people say, "You've got to watch it to stay informed." Yeah right. Informed by lies and distortion. Manipulated by propaganda is more like it.

Expect more and more of these lies with demands that the govt "do something". The press is the govt's running dog.
 

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Do me a favor...

I'm in the land of "do something" right now. I'll run on up to Capitol Hill and bring this up. Maybe I'll bring a crying girl along for added effect.
... fleece a few million for me. And if you do I promise I'll buy a new bike right away instead of annoying everyone with indecision like that Kenneth Moore guy.
 

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Maybe they are zombie motorcyclists, rising from the dead to wreak vengeance on the witless cagers who killed them and got away with it by claiming that "I didn't see him".
 

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Good choice.

I rode a friend's DL1000 a couple months back on a 35 mile loop of Interstate and twisty mountain roads with about 3000 feet of elevation changes. If I had to own one motorcycle the DL1000 would be at the top of the list.
 

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It's even better...I left out part: A guy a Stromtroopers.com suggested I contact a dealer in DeLand, which is a small town in the middle of the state; about 4 hours away. The saleshole says yes, we have a BRAND NEW DL1000 for $600 less than the price the local guys quoted AND it has a Corbin seat and backrest, another $600 value! Wow, that's got to be great, right? So I told him to fax me a buyer's order with the VIN and stuff, and I'll see about getting a ride up there this weekend to buy it. The buyer's order comes and I swear it says:

"THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER TITLED MOTORCYCLE WITH FULL SUZUKI WARRANTY. VIN #XXXXX MILEAGE 3,078"

A "BRAND NEW" motorcycle with over THREE THOUSAND MILES???? Frickin amazing. I almost went all the way there to get my "new" bike...
I consider myself lucky to have a couple of decent Big4 dealers locally. The Salt Lake Ducati guys are pretty decent. However the lone BMW, Triumph, KTM place is run by a load of pr1cks and that's the one thing that's made me reluctant to buy a Triumph. They charge a 10% surcharge on all parts ... in a addition to the usual 100% markup. They are such jerks that some local Beemer owners travel to Colorado to buy their new bikes.

What can you do? Most bike shops are just as lousy as auto dealers. You either gotta bite the bullet or forget owning one at all.

Oh, BTW. Did the guy in central Florida have a clean title in hand?
 

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I have clean title in hand for my cash. Well, most of it anyhow.
 
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