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Old 02-06-2009, 01:04 PM   #41
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Thanks Martha, I tried pretty hard. You're right, of course, about that Vmax. A thrill a minute, but of all the bikes shown only, that Honda TLR 200 isn't quite a bit quicker
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #42
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I'm not much of a biker, despite my name. I never wanted to ride street in the incredibly congested DC area, so I never got a street bike. I camp, and one year had the bad luck to choose the same weekend as the Northern VA Trail Riders Club did their Shenandoah 200. We couldn't even walk along the fire roads without getting run down, and the noise was horrific. I always check their web page now to make sure we miss that weekend.

Having said that, I always thought it would be fun to be ale to ride the trails if I could do it more quietly. Without pedaling. I'd like to be able to see some of the wildlife and just not have the bike roaring in my ears all the time.

So I've been watching this bike ZERO X Electric Motorcycle || ZERO MOTORCYCLES for a couple years. It looks like the perfect bike for me. It's got plenty of power, and uses a cool running lithium-ion battery with no toxic metals and no emissions. The guy who invented it sounds pretty smart, and used to be a rocket scientist. I probably won't buy it just yet, because I like to let them shake all the bugs out, and I think and rethink any kind of major purchase. Plus it's been a tough year financially. But I like the concept a lot, and the specs look great too. I'm really tempted. Anybody know anything about it besides what I read on the web?

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I'm a fairly new bike rider. Having decided that towing a bike behind my motor home was a great way to add a little mobility to our travels.
That said, I really enjoy riding just for the fun of it now.
Today, it got up to 53 degrees after several weeks of below freezing temps with snow & ice in my area. To celebrate, I went out for a nice cruise on my Yamaha V-Star Classic. Spring can't come soon enough.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:15 PM   #44
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A dirt bike can do a lot of that while being a little less deadly.

My Yamaha RT3-360 would do that at about 25 mph. It also damn near killed me a few times. It is in my garage, awaiting a few parts to kill me again. Last rode it in 1983, and almost died.
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My Yamaha RT3-360 would do that at about 25 mph. It also damn near killed me a few times. It is in my garage, awaiting a few parts to kill me again. Last rode it in 1983, and almost died.

Oh man! I had almost forgotten about those things. Here's my RT-2. That bike had me limping around on more than one occasion and that was just from starting the engine. I was riding that when I saw my first female PA State Trooper. Got her to smile too.
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Some pics of the "scenery" while enjoying a day on the bike....
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I'm not much of a biker, despite my name. I never wanted to ride street in the incredibly congested DC area, so I never got a street bike.
Harley doesn't ride a bike?

*mind blown*
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When I was younger I wrote to Honda offering them the opportunity to advertise "Harley rides a Honda" if they gave me a Goldwing. Never heard back from them.
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Although my primary transportation has always been a bicycle, my backup "motorized" transport has often been a motorcycle (eligible for carpool lanes). 1979 Honda 200, 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk 1984 Honda 650 Nighthawk (replacement for stolen bike), 198? Yahama 700 Maxim. I will not ride one again until I leave LA (falling hurts more now at 50 than it did in my twenties), but I may when I finally move to Washington (or Alaska).
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:44 PM   #51
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I'm signed up for two days with the California Superbike School at the Sears Point racetrack in mid March. I'm wanting to start roadracing again (I'm in the process of designing a new chassis to build for one of my Motobi 250s) and I think that starting out with some drilling in good habits will be useful. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to riding my 1976 Bultaco Sherpa T in some vintage observed trials and I just got a box with a fresh crankshaft/cylinder for a BSA B50MX back from a specialist shop.

Every now and then I add some more material to the .5GB of stuff on my website which is pretty well known among a certain circle of moto/gearheads.

Ed, Ian Drysdale's quite a guy. He's on one of the listserves I started in the mid 1990s and I've had him make a custom second gear pair for one of my vintage trials bike projects.

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:26 PM   #52
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Sam,

I used to have that same bike!

I was also in college, also starving, and I thought it was the perfect balance between good looks and practicality. I put about 30k miles on it, after which it was stolen.

Many years later I bought a Ducati - a 900SS. Wow, that was an awesome bike.

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... I always thought it would be fun to be ale to ride the trails if I could do it more quietly. Without pedaling. I'd like to be able to see some of the wildlife and just not have the bike roaring in my ears all the time.

So I've been watching this bike ZERO X Electric Motorcycle || ZERO MOTORCYCLES for a couple years. It looks like the perfect bike for me. It's got plenty of power, and uses a cool running lithium-ion battery with no toxic metals and no emissions.
That does seem pretty cool. I'm with you, I used to love riding the trails when I was a kid on the farm, but I would never go on the street with one. It was actually practical, we could run the bike out to the tractor on the other side if the farm with tools, food/drink, or swap drivers, and the bike could easily go 30mph or more through the dirt roads (and have fun), the pickup truck was torture at 10 mph. Quiet would be nice. Low end torque from electric motors is exactly what you need in a trail bike.

They could do that for snowmobiles too. Considering the noise pollution, and the fact that these small engines pollute many times what car engines do, it seems a good fit. Of course, that is "no emissions" at the point of use, there are still emissions from generating the electricity.

But sorry, I have no added info, just found it interesting.


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I used to have that same bike!
You, me, ls99--Honda must have cranked out a bunch of these bikes! It was just about a perfect fit for my purposes at the time. Nimble, reliable, cheap on gas, and even with two aboard it had plenty of acceleration for safe freeway riding.
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You, me, ls99--Honda must have cranked out a bunch of these bikes! It was just about a perfect fit for my purposes at the time. Nimble, reliable, cheap on gas, and even with two aboard it had plenty of acceleration for safe freeway riding.
I still have mine.

When it warm enough and I drag it out of the shed will take pic. Now that I finally upgraded from a $5.- Salvation Army special camera to a Canon SD1100, maybe able to take a pic that is not horrid.
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Saturday we went to a roadhouse in TX...close to the OK border. Had a great time....

The 1st pic is me and a really BIG ride...
The 2nd pic..bikes of course...
The 3rd pic...bikes, bikers and their cell phones....
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Well, pretty close.

However, I remember Doobie Brothers music playing while I was there....
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I can get it up to 40 downhill!!!
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