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hmmmm

For me, the link doesn't work. I saw the article via the home page. Then I notice that there have been 33 replies yet I see none of them. Que pasa'
 

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Stunt Team

I saw that stunt team perform at Damon's Grill in Mechanicsburg, PA......they were awesome!!! They were also full of knowledge on the United Motors 650's. I wish I could have them come to my little boy's birthday party.
 

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Oh yay. Stunting has done more to wreck motorcycling's reputation than the Hell's Angels ever dreamed of.
Well, I wouldn't say Stunting in and of itself has given Motos a black eye - it's the B.S. like guys Mono'n down I-540 in rush hour traffic at 110mph, or a gaggle of un-muffled sportbikes taking over a "deserted" residential back-street at 3:00am to practice their stoppies and burnouts.........

They're no better or worse than Hells Angels - good and bad in both groups. It's just what's being "noticed" now, because more of Joe America is realizing that those "Outlaw Bikers" are just their Accountant or Dentist. Not that they trust them any more, or fear them any less, they just don't pay them as much attention as they used to.

We're all still in the same boat - the average non-rider Citizen despises and fears us all at the worst, is oblivious of our very existence until they run us over at the best.
 

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Sportbikers never had a particularly good reputation with the general public... These "professional" stunt teams, especially the factory backed ones, are probably good for perception, if anything. They put on entertaining shows, are relatively clean cut (the factory guys, at least) and are also friendly and personable at the shows. Kids love it, parents are happy because the kids are - it's win/win.

You'll never get rid of the illegal stunters, just as street racers and other forms of vehicular hooliganism have been and always will be around. But this controlled and professional version legitimizes the persuit, and makes it something that the mainstream can appreciate.
 

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You'll never get rid of the illegal stunters, just as street racers and other forms of vehicular hooliganism have been and always will be around. But this controlled and professional version legitimizes the persuit, and makes it something that the mainstream can appreciate.
You may not get rid of the illegal stunters, but I can assure you the rest of us will suffer greatly as a result of their actions. We're fighting a proposed law in FL that calls for the arrest of any motorcyclist and the confiscation of their motorcycle for a traffic infraction as a direct result of stunting.

The "controlled and professional" version simply glorifies, publicizes, and legitimizes what's being done on the street. Almost every Superbikes show, including the one I watched last night, has stunting segements being performed on public highways. "The following scenes are performed by trained professionals in a controlled environment" disclaimer is a total wad of crap.

Look, I don't care if riders want to do stunts on public highways any more than I care if somebody wants to smoke crack. But when the crackhead starts breaking into my house to steal, or the stunter creates a needlessly hostile environment for me to ride in, then I get annoyed.
 
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