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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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The Japs make em', the Italians make em', so why don't we?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 10:52 AM
 
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Because, parts falling off a motorcycle at 170MPH is just too F**king dangerous.

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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 11:01 AM
 
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Ever hear of a bike called Buell? Home grown V twin sportbike. And if some of you don't think a Buell counts as a sportbike, 101 HP and some 90 foot pounds, it's more of a sportbike than my FZR. It might be a bit heavy at 440 lb, but it's only 16 pounds more than the superhawk.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 11:24 AM
 
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You're right Fizzman but I have to revert back to Rug Burn about parts falling off. Oh! Sorry that's Yamahas.

You're right Fizzman.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RUG BURN:
Because, parts falling off a motorcycle at 170MPH is just too F**king dangerous.

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LOL!! Sadly, you're right Clark.

To answer your question I will use my recent cage experience as an analogy. I had a Toyota 4Runner for 3 years. It was used as a commuter, tow vehicle and sometimes for moderate off roading. The 4Runner NEVER had one single problem ever. No squeeks, rattles, broken thingamabobs -Nothing. When I got rid of it, it had about 45k on it. Great truck.

I just got a 2000 Chevy Tahoe. It has been in the shop 3 times within 3000 miles. ~It wouldnt shift out of second gear, the speedo broke, the anti-lock breaks activated at the slightest touch of the peddle and they finally replaced the brain. It squeeks from the tailgate latch and the dash squeeks.

THERE is your answer.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RCjohn:
I have to revert back to Rug Burn about parts falling off. Oh! Sorry that's Yamahas.
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and the sad fact is that I knew that and still got one, and what do ya know, it's in the shop now


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You're right Fizzman.
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My god, I'm going to frame that and sent it to my girl, cuz with her, I'm never right

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 12:45 PM
 
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what about the tuleris thing? that polaris powered superbike that spanked r1's on a race track.. best hp/weight ratio out there.. if i remember right (correct me if im wrong) but it is going to be produced.

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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2000, 03:08 PM
 
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The Tularis is awesome, but The tree-huggers won't even let 80cc two strokes on the streets, let alone 700cc monsters. You're about as likely to see a Tularis tooling down the road as a Britten, Norton Nemesis, or Turbine bike. There should be plenty of donor Polaris motors available soon though, once said tree-huggers ban them from all bodies of water.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-13-2000, 01:54 AM
 
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Buells are cool, hopefully they'll work out the quality problems. You'd think with all of the $$$ Harley has now they could put a sportbike together, especially now that the twins are in vogue. But look at the VR1000 racer; exactly how many years do you need to make the thing competitive?

The Tularis is cool. All that power in such an itty bitty package.

The Britten was also sweet; too bad John Britten had to pass.

Another cool bike is the dirt-tracker the guy put a TL1000 motor in...

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by riverrunner_2000:


I just got a 2000 Chevy Tahoe. It has been in the shop 3 times within 3000 miles. ~It wouldnt shift out of second gear, the speedo broke, the anti-lock breaks activated at the slightest touch of the peddle and they finally replaced the brain. It squeeks from the tailgate latch and the dash squeeks.


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Hmmm, it seems to me that there was a Ford vs. Chevy question posted a while back and someone mentioned going with the Tundra. I wonder who that was?



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