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His ingorant views are held by a vast majority of the populous. And untill idiot 20 somethings quit doing wheelies and endo's on the public streets this won't change. It's sucks but that's just what it is.
 

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As an owner of a Hayabusa and a number of sport bikes including track bikes this is nothing surprising. This guy lacks the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a motorcycle and probably feels threatened and a little bit jealous. His line of thinking has been the typical method leading to limits on freedom throughout the history of mankind and ought to be fought against vigorously. And to think that the company that builds his glorious Vette will likely be bought and owned by the very Japanese companies that build the motorcycles he so despises. Perhaps they will create an even faster 6 cylinder bike called the Vettebusa!
 

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...it took me a while to get past the calender...



I think the ESPN writer of 'Sayonara, Hayabusa', is just concerned about our safety. He doesn't mind if our little 600 sport bikes...



"...drag-race from stoplights, cut others off in traffic, speed like mad. Perhaps you've been on a highway when a couple colorful high-performance bikes have roared past you at far over the speed limit. The people on the bikes may be morons, which is their problem..."



...and for that he should be more clear.
 

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Okay, here's what I sent to that guy:



Facinating comments on fast sport bikes. I agree they're dangerous...all motorcycles are. Anytime you're riding on a motorized rail down a highway, you could end up dead. But by choice, I ride every chance I get.



Your call to ban all sport bikes, however, is patently ridiculous. You need to take a bit of a physics class; your Ford Fusion sedan (which I am sure you own, since you are so anti-performance) has the potential for much more destruction at 60 mph than a sport bike at double that speed, due to the mass involved. If you argue for banning all sport bikes, then you must call for banning all performance automobiles as well. You may want to watch yourself, though; you'll ***** off one of your sponsors, Toyota.



Some people will be dangerous driving anything; some people are just plain careless. Lots of people where I live are into guns, too. Don't give me that cop-out of motorcycles not being in the Constitution.



But that's okay...hang on long enough and you'll probably get your wish. I found it funny that you also talked about George Orwell later on in your column. We are moving in that direction, with help from people like you. When "they" come for YOUR favorite mode of life-enjoyment, just remember that.



Jimmy Rusidoff



Oh, and please feel free to quote me, like I trust you not to twist anything or quote me out of context.
 

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For the most part, I agree with him. Those bikes are stupid fast and not wearing a helmet is stupid. That said, where I disagree with him, is on the need for more regulation. Just pull over and ticket/arrest the offenders. Everythings working fine as it is right now.
 

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Which views he expressed are ignorant?

"His ingorant views are held by a vast majority of the populous"

Which views he expressed are ignorant? That he doesn’t feel you need to have access to a 200mph capable vehicle for use on public roads? Seems a very sensible view to me.
 

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"The Constitution says you've got a right to own a gun and to read a newspaper; firearms and materials related to First Amendment political, artistic and religious expression are the only categories of purchases with specific constitutional protection."



Someone needs to remind Gregg Easterbrook that the Constitution doesn't say any thing about a right to breathe either, nor does it say anything about a right to play a dangerous game such as professional foot ball. The biggest danger to our freedom and our country comes from ill informed twits like Gregg Easterbrook, not high speed motorcycles.
 

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I wouldn't say he's ignorant so much as pedantic and deceptive: if he were as concerned about public welfare as he claims, he would have called for the ban of Corvettes in that column, as well.



And he mostly skirts the real point, which is stupid behavior.



That said, I'm sure there's a large percentage of the general public who share Mr. Easterbrook's opinion of motorcycles and motorcyclists (although I'm not sure how you realistically design a motorcycle with "regard to the safety of riders" as he states it without turning it into a car.)



P.S. When did reckless driving become road rage?
 

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I wrote Gregg and told him I was going to ride my Hayabusa today and speed, cut people off, race from stoplights, and terrify old people in his honor. Oh yeah, I'm not going to wear a helmet either just for effect. I might as well live up to his worst nightmare.
 

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"Our nation's laws do not confer any "right" to operate on public roads a high-horsepower bike, anymore than there's a "right" to drive a bulldozer down the middle of an interstate. It is past time the high-horsepower motorcycle was regulated off the roads. The intended use of these bikes is lawbreaking!"



Who gave this guy a job? There is a perfect example of an idiot.

 

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Except that the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate sportbikes or thousands of other things it sticks its nose into.

Lots of things cause far more harm than sportbikes--like cars, bicycles, swimming pools and stairs, but no one is crying out to ban them. People like Gregg Easterbrook and other regulatory fascists need to stay (the f**k) out of peoples' lives.
 

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Right on the money.



Here are the two amendments that no one ever mentions that prevent the federal government has no authority to regulate even 1% of the things it regulates:



Amendment IX



The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.



Amendment X



The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.



The federal government has specific, enumerated powers. Everything else is off limits to the federal government and retained by the people. Sound like the US we live in today? Not even close.
 

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"Here are the two amendments that no one ever mentions that prevent the federal government has no authority to regulate even 1% of the things it regulates:"



This should have read: Here are the two amendments that no one ever mentions that show the federal government doesn't have the Constitutional authority to regulate even 1% of the things it regulates:
 

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Re: Which views he expressed are ignorant?

Just wondering, what is sensible?

100 mph capability?

90 mph?

80 mph?

These are all over any legal speed limits that I'm aware of. Should all vehicles be governed so that they cannot ever exceed the speed limit?

Laws don't prevent accidents, people do. You can still crash and die while traveling well below the speed limit.. but you know this.
 
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