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(WNWO)   2008 Headline: High gas prices drive up motorcycle sales. 2009 Headline: Motorcycle related fatalities at all-time high   (wnwo.com ) divider line
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2008-06-26 02:59:24 PM  
On the bright side it will help shorten the waiting lists for organ recipients.
 
2008-06-26 05:30:09 PM  
My bike averages 41-42 mpg city, and 48 or so highway.

Suck it, Hummer owners.
 
2008-06-26 05:35:28 PM  
I'm going for beer and popcorn, anybody want anything?
 
2008-06-26 05:36:30 PM  
AntiNorm: My bike averages 41-42 mpg city, and 48 or so highway.

Suck it, Hummer owners.


Unfortunately, you could be the world's safest motorcycle rider and that wont make you any safer when you come across the world's sh*ttiest hummer driver. I can't know the fuel efficiency, but your life is in the hands of every other motorist on the road. I don't trust them.
 
2008-06-26 05:36:30 PM  
I'm waiting until the end of summer when it cools off, also to see what the oil market does.

Oil is currently at $139 a barrel.

Although I plan on getting a scooter. Easier to drive, better gas mileage than a motorcycle, and cheaper.
 
2008-06-26 05:37:05 PM  
ScottMpls: I'm going for beer and popcorn, anybody want anything?

Well, if you take your bike, you won't be able to bring much back.
 
2008-06-26 05:37:07 PM  
I tried grabbing a Rebel a couple of weeks ago, but Honda is out; not the dealer... Honda.
 
2008-06-26 05:37:22 PM  
T-Luv:
Unfortunately, you could be the world's safest motorcycle rider and that wont make you any safer when you come across the world's sh*ttiest hummer driver. I can't know knock the fuel efficiency, but your life is in the hands of every other motorist on the road. I don't trust them.

ftfm
 
2008-06-26 05:37:29 PM  
All the asshats who didnt't bother to learn how to ride.
 
2008-06-26 05:37:47 PM  
I really need to look into learning how to ride. Not only would it mean a vehicle with better gas mileage, but shorter waits and lower prices for riding the ferry.
 
2008-06-26 05:37:47 PM  
Heamer: ScottMpls: I'm going for beer and popcorn, anybody want anything?

Well, if you take your bike, you won't be able to bring much back.


ahaha.....AHAHAHAHAHA

I dunno I just lol'ed at that so hard.
 
2008-06-26 05:39:46 PM  
Yeah, no shiat. There are NO safety features on a motorcycle. The driver is at the mercy of inertia and avery other asshole on the road. I entertained the thought of a motorcycle for about half a second before remembering the near head-on collision I almost got into.
 
2008-06-26 05:40:01 PM  
the good old days of lane splitting on the 405 in heavy traffic...good times good times
 
2008-06-26 05:40:25 PM  
When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?
 
2008-06-26 05:41:22 PM  
furgig: I really need to look into learning how to ride. Not only would it mean a vehicle with better gas mileage, but shorter waits and lower prices for riding the ferry.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Courses (new window)
 
2008-06-26 05:41:24 PM  
Motorcycle fatalities are already at an all time high in 2007, 2008 is expected to continue the trend and break the 2007 record.
So 2009 was going to be a record year regardless.

yeah, something about out of shape baby boomer weekend warriors with more money than brains.

/Just bought a 2003 Honda Rebel from a baby boomer who almost killed himself on it Memorial Day weekend. For $800. sweet!
 
2008-06-26 05:41:27 PM  
Darwin approves.
 
2008-06-26 05:42:07 PM  
LeChevalier: When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?

I've wanted to. Or like when you are stuck in traffic and they scuttle on past everyone. Sure it's no harm to anyone that I can see, but it's just annoying.

I to would love to just pop my door open...to empty a drink...yeah that...
 
2008-06-26 05:42:56 PM  
I get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog.
 
2008-06-26 05:43:10 PM  
I actually just got my motorcycle license this morning after completing the PA Motorcycle Safety Program. I'm looking into getting a 250cc or so bike just for my daily commutes to work (8 miles each way on city streets). any of the Fark Motorcycle squad have any recommendations? i've been checking craigslist but all i've found are a ton of Ninja 250s.
 
2008-06-26 05:43:12 PM  
RamblingKey: Motorcycle fatalities are already at an all time high in 2007, 2008 is expected to continue the trend and break the 2007 record.
So 2009 was going to be a record year regardless.

yeah, something about out of shape baby boomer weekend warriors with more money than brains.

/Just bought a 2003 Honda Rebel from a baby boomer who almost killed himself on it Memorial Day weekend. For $800. sweet!


Wow...800 not bad at all.
 
2008-06-26 05:43:37 PM  
I wanna a trike

/love to ride a motorcycle, just don't trust the other drivers.
 
2008-06-26 05:44:02 PM  
Been shopping for a 1st bike, but the safety thing is scaring my wife. Any suggestions for a good 1st bike? I'd be commuting 20 miles each way, but will have a car if weather is lousy. All back roads, no interstate on the commute. I'm a 6'2" guy.

/Subby
//First green light hat trick today!
 
2008-06-26 05:44:11 PM  
AesopRock_00: I actually just got my motorcycle license this morning after completing the PA Motorcycle Safety Program. I'm looking into getting a 250cc or so bike just for my daily commutes to work (8 miles each way on city streets). any of the Fark Motorcycle squad have any recommendations? i've been checking craigslist but all i've found are a ton of Ninja 250s.

Ninja250. Great starter bike from what I hear, and also it has a good price tag. As much research as I've done I heard they are very solid bikes, and strongly recommended. Not to powerful, but offers enough power to get up and go.
 
2008-06-26 05:44:32 PM  
AesopRock_00

I actually just got my motorcycle license this morning after completing the PA Motorcycle Safety Program. I'm looking into getting a 250cc or so bike just for my daily commutes to work (8 miles each way on city streets). any of the Fark Motorcycle squad have any recommendations? i've been checking craigslist but all i've found are a ton of Ninja 250s.

//Ninjas are ok and pretty reliable-a lot more variety in the 500s tho
 
2008-06-26 05:44:50 PM  
Motorcycle fatalities will not bother me as long as those asshats keep waking me up at 3 am with their loud harley pipes or whiny ass rice-rockets.

/my car drops little puddles of oil at lights for you to wipe out on
//suck my oil donocycles
 
2008-06-26 05:44:54 PM  
alywa: Been shopping for a 1st bike, but the safety thing is scaring my wife. Any suggestions for a good 1st bike? I'd be commuting 20 miles each way, but will have a car if weather is lousy. All back roads, no interstate on the commute. I'm a 6'2" guy.

/Subby
//First green light hat trick today!


As posted above, check out a Kawasaki Ninja250. Great starter bikes at a good price.
 
2008-06-26 05:44:57 PM  
Drakin020: LeChevalier: When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?

I've wanted to. Or like when you are stuck in traffic and they scuttle on past everyone. Sure it's no harm to anyone that I can see, but it's just annoying.

I to would love to just pop my door open...to empty a drink...yeah that...


That would be really funny. Then when he gats up all pissed at you just calmly say "Now that's exactly why passing illegally is a bad idea. I hope you learned your lesson." It would probably fark up your door pretty bad.
 
2008-06-26 05:45:08 PM  
Drakin020: Although I plan on getting a scooter. Easier to drive, better gas mileage than a motorcycle, and cheaper.

Too small to see.
Too quiet to hear.
And not enough power to get your ass out of some idiot's way.

/please reconsider.
 
2008-06-26 05:45:21 PM  
I was entertaining the idea of one for my relatively short commute until a few weeks ago where a car behind me made a left turn on a residential road over a bike traveling at normal speed on the opposite lane. Well ok, the motorcycle went under, the rider sort've made a love connection with the hood.
 
2008-06-26 05:45:40 PM  
wmoonfox: I tried grabbing a Rebel a couple of weeks ago, but Honda is out; not the dealer... Honda.

I'm a little confused by this post.
 
2008-06-26 05:46:17 PM  
TooMuchToDo: furgig: I really need to look into learning how to ride. Not only would it mean a vehicle with better gas mileage, but shorter waits and lower prices for riding the ferry.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Courses (new window)


THIS. Also in some states, if you pass the course, you get your riding test waived. They'll just give you the endorsement.
 
2008-06-26 05:46:30 PM  
AntiNorm: My bike averages 41-42 mpg city, and 48 or so highway.

Suck it, Hummer owners.


Watch what you ask for. There's a large gay man here at work who owns a Hummer.

/unless that's REALLY what you want.
//NTTAWWT
 
2008-06-26 05:46:55 PM  
..Motorcycles not so much

I want this...just because.

i41.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-26 05:47:06 PM  
alywa: Been shopping for a 1st bike, but the safety thing is scaring my wife. Any suggestions for a good 1st bike? I'd be commuting 20 miles each way, but will have a car if weather is lousy. All back roads, no interstate on the commute. I'm a 6'2" guy.


I have a Kawasaki Vulcan 500(p). ~500 CC is about what you want for a first bike; it's more than powerful enough to get you from place to place, but it's not more than you'll be able to handle. It's also easy to handle and fairly inexpensive.
 
2008-06-26 05:47:10 PM  
LeChevalier: When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?

Because it's assault. If the person dies after you do that, you will go to prison for a long time.

I've been riding for about 15 years and I would never pull that stunt. I also think people that have a wreck while on the cell phone should be charged with a a c or d class felony.

It should be noted that most motorcycle wreck are due to the bike not being careful enough.
 
2008-06-26 05:47:36 PM  
I get about 40-45mpg on my little Honda. But yes, I'm at the mercy of moron drivers who just don't see motorcycles.

/I live in one of the areas of the US that is mostly populated with senior citizens.
//I'm safest on the Garden State Parkway or NJ Turnpike than I am on roads nearest my house.
 
2008-06-26 05:47:39 PM  
stockbroker2003: Ninjas are ok and pretty reliable-a lot more variety in the 500s tho

Also, you're a big boy. You probably want 500cc.
 
2008-06-26 05:47:43 PM  
Drakin020: Ninja250.

stockbroker2003: Ninjas are ok

i just meant that craigslist seems to be stocked full of Ninja's. I'm still unsure what style of bike i'd want, i've never ridden a sport bike, only standard and cruisers. though the ninja's on CL seem to be very reasonably priced. i've also been looking at the Kymco Venox, but it's a bit more expensive than most 250cc'ers. and i'm not trying to buy anything new, i'd prefer used (though still newer).
 
2008-06-26 05:47:45 PM  
Maechyll: Drakin020: Although I plan on getting a scooter. Easier to drive, better gas mileage than a motorcycle, and cheaper.

Too small to see.
Too quiet to hear.
And not enough power to get your ass out of some idiot's way.

/please reconsider.


All my commutes are side roads. I'd never have to drive on the highway. I'm still leaning heavily towards a scooter.

Also with the high pitched sound of a 150cc engine I'm sure you can hear em. There are plenty in my area that I can hear.
 
2008-06-26 05:47:45 PM  
taking the rider's education course in a couple of weeks. hopefully i can land a used shadow. or vstar.

harleys are overpriced
 
2008-06-26 05:48:04 PM  
My 2007 Yamaha Roadliner. Love it. 40mpg. 1900cc.
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2008-06-26 05:48:55 PM  
fritopendejo: I get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog.

Just when I thought you couldn't be any more stupid, you go and do something like this.

AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!
 
2008-06-26 05:49:45 PM  
alywa: Been shopping for a 1st bike, but the safety thing is scaring my wife. Any suggestions for a good 1st bike? I'd be commuting 20 miles each way, but will have a car if weather is lousy. All back roads, no interstate on the commute. I'm a 6'2" guy.

/Subby
//First green light hat trick today!


Since you don't live in my neighborhood, from what I've seen get something loud enough for other cars to hear you. Or at the very least very bright.
 
2008-06-26 05:50:11 PM  
T-Luv: Unfortunately, you could be the world's safest motorcycle rider and that wont make you any safer when you come across the world's sh*ttiest hummer driver. I can't know the fuel efficiency, but your life is in the hands of every other motorist on the road. I don't trust them.

I'm aware of that part, but I tend to be the risk-taking type*, so it doesn't really bother me.

* i've also been skydiving for over seven years
 
2008-06-26 05:50:31 PM  
T-Luv: Drakin020: LeChevalier: When one of those jerks rides up a yellow line between cars while they are stopped for traffic...I just get so angry. Who hasn't wanted to open your door and make them eat it while they tear by?

I've wanted to. Or like when you are stuck in traffic and they scuttle on past everyone. Sure it's no harm to anyone that I can see, but it's just annoying.

I to would love to just pop my door open...to empty a drink...yeah that...

That would be really funny. Then when he gats up all pissed at you just calmly say "Now that's exactly why passing illegally is a bad idea. I hope you learned your lesson." It would probably fark up your door pretty bad.


That, and it's legal for motorcycles to split the lanes at speeds up to 10 MPH above traffic. (subject to the speed limit, of course)

At least in CO and in CA that's the case.
 
2008-06-26 05:51:06 PM  
stockbroker2003: AesopRock_00

I actually just got my motorcycle license this morning after completing the PA Motorcycle Safety Program. I'm looking into getting a 250cc or so bike just for my daily commutes to work (8 miles each way on city streets). any of the Fark Motorcycle squad have any recommendations? i've been checking craigslist but all i've found are a ton of Ninja 250s.

//Ninjas are ok and pretty reliable-a lot more variety in the 500s tho


Aprilia make a nice 250cc. Don't know about availability in the US though.
 
2008-06-26 05:51:25 PM  
AesopRock_00: Drakin020: Ninja250.

stockbroker2003: Ninjas are ok

i just meant that craigslist seems to be stocked full of Ninja's. I'm still unsure what style of bike i'd want, i've never ridden a sport bike, only standard and cruisers. though the ninja's on CL seem to be very reasonably priced. i've also been looking at the Kymco Venox, but it's a bit more expensive than most 250cc'ers. and i'm not trying to buy anything new, i'd prefer used (though still newer).


Well if you like the sporty look the Ninja is the way to go. Some people prefer more power, but if your really trying to be safe and don't need anything big, it's the perfect bike.
 
2008-06-26 05:51:59 PM  
alywa: Been shopping for a 1st bike, but the safety thing is scaring my wife. Any suggestions for a good 1st bike? I'd be commuting 20 miles each way, but will have a car if weather is lousy. All back roads, no interstate on the commute. I'm a 6'2" guy.

If you're sure you have the self-control to not go too wild while you're getting a feel for riding, I'll go against the common recommendation of a 250 cc and suggest you take a look at the Suzuki SV650. It's a great little bike, it does nothing wrong and the price is right.

It's also powerful enough to get you into trouble really fast.

/VFR800
 
2008-06-26 05:51:59 PM  
Unfortunately you have people that have never ridden before picking up a 1000cc sportbike or a 800lb.full dress Harley as their first bike. That's like trying to drive a Ferrari or a 18 wheeler as your first car. I course you're going to die if you don't know how to handle bike a first timer is not ready for. Pike up a light 250 or 500 or dirt bike as your first bike so you can give you brain and muscles an chance to learn how to control a bike correctly. You'll be a better rider in the long run and be less likely to die.
 
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