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(Mega 949)   Officer: "Do you know why I pulled you over?" Driver: "Yes, do you know why your motorcycle is on fire?"   (mega949.com) divider line 103
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2012-10-09 11:42:46 AM
the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread

No shiat.
 
2012-10-09 11:54:20 AM
Save the radar gun!
 
2012-10-09 12:53:34 PM
idiotflashback.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-09 01:13:21 PM
Burnt bacon.
 
2012-10-09 01:27:15 PM
They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.
 
2012-10-09 01:27:56 PM
Erik Estrada is not amused.
 
2012-10-09 01:28:04 PM
Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread

Must be some of those investigators you see you can get training for on those packs of matches they give people who are too poor to buy lighters with their basic cigarettes.
 
2012-10-09 01:29:08 PM
... grabbing as much as he could from the bike including the radar gun and saddle bags.
Those were the only items he was able to recover as the fire grew rapidly.


Reporter, did you know your editor was asleep that day?
 
2012-10-09 01:33:14 PM
"Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread making the bike a total loss."

My god, but they are brilliant! What a stunning display of superior intellect!
 
2012-10-09 01:33:22 PM
As much as cops let their cars sit and idle for hours on end, I'm not surprised they don't catch on fire more. If I wanted to figure out how the motorcycle got burned up, I'd start by looking at the maintenance records.
 
2012-10-09 01:33:41 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-09 01:33:45 PM
i.ytimg.com

First thing I thought of.....
 
2012-10-09 01:34:45 PM

CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.


The local news said it was a BMW.
 
2012-10-09 01:35:23 PM

WelldeadLink: ... grabbing as much as he could from the bike including such as the radar gun and saddle bags.
newsbusters.org


Those were the only items he was able to recover as the fire grew rapidly.

Reporter, did you know your editor was asleep that day?

 
2012-10-09 01:36:03 PM
cdn.ifanboy.com
 
2012-10-09 01:36:19 PM
 
2012-10-09 01:36:56 PM
"... fuel in the gas tank..."

So they found evidence of an accelerant? Nail that bastard for insurance fraud and arson.
 
2012-10-09 01:38:57 PM

Dazrin: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

The local news said it was a BMW.


Well, that's sad. I officially give a shiat now.
 
2012-10-09 01:39:34 PM

CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.


Want to know how I know you didn't read TFA?
 
2012-10-09 01:41:02 PM
Poor Bike. It was just serviced, too. Apparently, they just got a certified new police vehicle mechanic in from Vermont, too. Link
 
2012-10-09 01:44:01 PM

redmid17: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 560x332]


Damn you, ya beat me to it!
 
2012-10-09 01:45:40 PM
Lake Oswego's is Portland's richest suburb, and they have zero crime. The LO cops have been buying shiat they don't need for years, so I'm sure this will be an excuse for them to replace their entire fleet of motorcycles.
 
2012-10-09 01:45:53 PM
Your bike is on fire meow.
 
2012-10-09 01:47:29 PM
Cloying Voice-Over Narrator: "Now we all know that them Duke Boys win more than their fair share of battles with the law, but sometimes a win is just too precious for words and you have to Thank the Lord for the Day's Blessings with dance."
 
2012-10-09 01:50:36 PM

Fano: Your bike is on fire meow.


Did you just say "meow"?
 
2012-10-09 01:52:04 PM

DaddyRat: Fano: Your bike is on fire meow.

Did you just say "meow"?


Not so funny meow, is it?
 
2012-10-09 01:54:02 PM

redmid17: DaddyRat: Fano: Your bike is on fire meow.

Did you just say "meow"?

Not so funny meow, is it?


locallytoned.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-09 02:01:33 PM

CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.


How much?

I'll take the bet.
 
2012-10-09 02:02:57 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Dazrin: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

The local news said it was a BMW.

Well, that's sad. I officially give a shiat now.


I thought the police usually went for BMWs not Harleys. You know, so they can turn corners 'n' stuff.
 
2012-10-09 02:04:12 PM

ChipNASA: redmid17: DaddyRat: Fano: Your bike is on fire meow.

Did you just say "meow"?

Not so funny meow, is it?

[locallytoned.files.wordpress.com image 600x450]


this got weird fast
 
2012-10-09 02:06:29 PM
BMW, Harley, Ducati.

Whatever. You want a bike that will last a while, get a Honda or a Kawasaki.
 
2012-10-09 02:07:08 PM
"Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread"
www.myfacewhen.net
 
2012-10-09 02:07:42 PM

opiumpoopy: CapeFearCadaver: Dazrin: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

The local news said it was a BMW.

Well, that's sad. I officially give a shiat now.

I thought the police usually went for BMWs not Harleys. You know, so they can turn corners 'n' stuff.


My local City PD just switched from Harleys to Beemers last year. The main reason was because two of the Harley's had caught on fire...
 
2012-10-09 02:11:41 PM

H31N0US: BMW, Harley, Ducati.

Whatever. You want a bike that will last a while, get a Honda or a Kawasaki.


BMWs and Harleys are both pretty reliable, it's just that you pay a brand premium of 25-50% over what the same quality will cost you from Honda or Kawasaki. I don't know how reliable Ducs are, but a valve inspection/adjustment will cost you about what a year of mantainance, insurance and gas costs you on a Honda.
 
2012-10-09 02:13:19 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

Want to know how I know you didn't read TFA?


Yeah, because I can tell what make a bike is from the shape of the burned out shell. Not all of us are Mike Wolfe.
 
2012-10-09 02:15:52 PM
Officer: "Okay, buddy, where's the fire?"

Driver: "Right there."
 
2012-10-09 02:18:02 PM

SkunkWorx: Officer: "Okay, buddy, where's the fire?"

Driver: "Right there."


Should've been the headline.
 
2012-10-09 02:19:56 PM
It's a good thing the driver didn't reach for an extinguisher in his trunk, because the cop would've shot him.
 
2012-10-09 02:20:20 PM

Mishno: Harleys are both pretty reliable, it's just that you pay a brand premium of 25-50% over what the same quality will cost you from Honda or Kawasaki.


I have a friend who is a Harley mechanic and customizer. He disagrees with you. He says Harleys are POSs from a reliability standpoint. He owns one and is constantly working on it. He likes them to ride, though, and there is the whole Harley culture. If someone asks him what kind of bike to get, if they don't care about the whole Harley thing, he recommends Honda or BMW.
 
2012-10-09 02:27:58 PM
Shame the officer was safe.
 
2012-10-09 02:28:26 PM
I don't care who ya' are, that's funny right there.
 
2012-10-09 02:33:38 PM
I got pulled over in Bend, Oregon while riding my motorcycle too fast for the local po-po. I took off my helmet and was about to give him the sob story of how I hadn't been home in months and was just in a hurry hey I'm active duty military cut me a break... when his car completely overheated, blew it's radiator and started foaming all over the shoulder.

I told him if he could come up with a helmet I'd give him a ride into town. He laughed, called his buddies, and let me go.

/ Cool cop in Oregon. Who knew?!
 
2012-10-09 02:33:39 PM
I can't tell from the burned out frame, so I took a gander at the Oswego Lake
Police dept's website, and zoomed in as far as I could...and I swear the badge
on it is that of a Honda. Specifically this one:

http://powersports.honda.com/2012/st1300/pa.aspx

Their website claims that they have 2 motorcycle officers, and the double-photo
(both bikes) look similar enough, I'm just gonna have to assume that Oswego
Lake doesn't maintain a very large fleet of police bikes.
 
2012-10-09 02:35:01 PM
I love my Kawasaki Vulcan, but I have to admit that when I rode a friend's Harley, it was a nice smooth ride.
 
2012-10-09 02:37:46 PM
It'll buff out.
 
2012-10-09 02:51:19 PM
Officer: No, sir, it's not illegal to tow a boat. But we do require that it be on a trailer.
No, I don't need a beer, and neither do you.
Sir, could you please tell your friends to get out of the boat?

/old Foxworthy is pretty funny
 
2012-10-09 02:52:27 PM

JackieRabbit: Mishno: Harleys are both pretty reliable, it's just that you pay a brand premium of 25-50% over what the same quality will cost you from Honda or Kawasaki.

I have a friend who is a Harley mechanic and customizer. He disagrees with you. He says Harleys are POSs from a reliability standpoint. He owns one and is constantly working on it. He likes them to ride, though, and there is the whole Harley culture. If someone asks him what kind of bike to get, if they don't care about the whole Harley thing, he recommends Honda or BMW.


That's not really true. Have owned lots of Jap bikes and now Harleys. A Harley is no more a POS than any Jap V-Twin. It's a V-Twin... they shake... and stuff comes loose. Just the way it is. That said... you're paying (a lot) for the name. The advantage to paying for that name though... is the extensive amount of aftermarket and dealer support that no other company can come close to matching. Resale value on them is pretty key to.

The AMF days gave Harley a reputation that most still think is true... it's just not. I have an '05 and '07 with a combined 75k miles on them. Neither one has ever been in the shop for anything other than mods, maintenance or tires.

and chicks dig em.
 
2012-10-09 03:00:58 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: A Harley is no more a POS than any Jap V-Twin.


I can't agree or disagree, since I don't ride. I'm just telling you what someone I know to be an expert on motorcycles says. But I know Honda's quality and they are definitely well engineered, high-quality machines, not over-hyped junk. There owners get way more than a name for their investment. I love how quiet they are. If we can agree on anything about a Harley, it is that they are loud. And expensive! But I supposed all the nicer bikes are these days.
 
2012-10-09 03:01:59 PM

JackieRabbit: he recommends Honda or BMW.


Honda. And get the tool kit, too.
 
2012-10-09 03:06:33 PM

cgraves67: As much as cops let their cars sit and idle for hours on end, I'm not surprised they don't catch on fire more. If I wanted to figure out how the motorcycle got burned up, I'd start by looking at the maintenance records.


bingo! drove that nail in with one smack. damn shame is its more taxpayer money pissed away. the little Piaggio scooters used for hand out parking tickets in NYC cost a fortune equipped for the police. i'd hate to see what a police issued loaded Harely D must cost.
 
2012-10-09 03:06:38 PM

TheGreatGazoo: demaL-demaL-yeH: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

Want to know how I know you didn't read TFA?

Yeah, because I can tell what make a bike is from the shape of the burned out shell. Not all of us are Mike Wolfe.


Aaaaand farkied.
TheGreatGazoo 2012-10-09 02:13:19 PM (favorite: CapeFearCadaver's "alt")
 
2012-10-09 03:06:47 PM

JackieRabbit: Pray 4 Mojo: A Harley is no more a POS than any Jap V-Twin.

I can't agree or disagree, since I don't ride.


I do, and I'll agree with the other guy. All other things being equal, Jap cruisers are going to rattle loose just like Harleys will.

However, all things aren't equal.

2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K

That being said, everyone here is too young to ride slow motorcycles.
 
2012-10-09 03:07:33 PM
CHICKENfarkER!
 
2012-10-09 03:08:49 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: JackieRabbit: Mishno: Harleys are both pretty reliable, it's just that you pay a brand premium of 25-50% over what the same quality will cost you from Honda or Kawasaki.

I have a friend who is a Harley mechanic and customizer. He disagrees with you. He says Harleys are POSs from a reliability standpoint. He owns one and is constantly working on it. He likes them to ride, though, and there is the whole Harley culture. If someone asks him what kind of bike to get, if they don't care about the whole Harley thing, he recommends Honda or BMW.

That's not really true. Have owned lots of Jap bikes and now Harleys. A Harley is no more a POS than any Jap V-Twin. It's a V-Twin... they shake... and stuff comes loose. Just the way it is. That said... you're paying (a lot) for the name. The advantage to paying for that name though... is the extensive amount of aftermarket and dealer support that no other company can come close to matching. Resale value on them is pretty key to.

The AMF days gave Harley a reputation that most still think is true... it's just not. I have an '05 and '07 with a combined 75k miles on them. Neither one has ever been in the shop for anything other than mods, maintenance or tires.

and chicks dig em.


A Japanese V-Twin with a two-throw crank won't shake as much as a Harley with a single-throw crank. From what I've read and heard from Harley folks though, new Harleys aren't particularly unreliable.

Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?
 
2012-10-09 03:10:54 PM

vudukungfu: JackieRabbit: he recommends Honda or BMW.

Honda. And get the tool kit, too.


See now, I go for the BMWs. Though I do like Hondas, too; just not as much.

/who doesn't get a tool kit?
 
2012-10-09 03:12:05 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: TheGreatGazoo: demaL-demaL-yeH: CapeFearCadaver: They left out the most important information from that 'story': what type of motorcycle?

It was a Harley, wasn't it?

I'll bet it was a Harley.

Want to know how I know you didn't read TFA?

Yeah, because I can tell what make a bike is from the shape of the burned out shell. Not all of us are Mike Wolfe.

Aaaaand farkied.
TheGreatGazoo 2012-10-09 02:13:19 PM (favorite: CapeFearCadaver's "alt")


heh.
 
2012-10-09 03:18:41 PM
How many times do we have to farking say it: DO NOT TALK TO THE POLICE!
 
2012-10-09 03:21:16 PM

H31N0US: BMW, Harley, Ducati.

Whatever. You want a bike that will last a while, get a Honda or a Kawasaki.


Its a Honda ST1300, known as a Pan European in civilised parts of the world.
 
2012-10-09 03:42:07 PM
Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread making the bike a total loss.

I see Ric Romero is already present, so I'll go with [nic_cage_ya_think.jpg], leaving "that's some nice policework there, Lou" for someone else.
 
2012-10-09 03:44:16 PM

Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K



C'mon man... that's a fair comparison?

How 'bout this...

2013 Harley Fatboy - $18,000
2013 Yamaha Road Star - $14,000
2013 Honda VTX - $15,000

In 5 years, with 25,000 miles and $1000 in accessories and modifications:

2013 Harley Fatboy - $12,000
2013 Yamaha Road Star - $6,000
2013 Honda VTX 1800 - $7,000

Also... a 2013 Gold Wing is over $20k... While the rest of the wold wasn't looking... metric bikes went and got very expensive.
 
2012-10-09 03:45:26 PM

Rent Party: I got pulled over in Bend, Oregon while riding my motorcycle too fast for the local po-po. I took off my helmet and was about to give him the sob story of how I hadn't been home in months and was just in a hurry hey I'm active duty military cut me a break... when his car completely overheated, blew it's radiator and started foaming all over the shoulder.

I told him if he could come up with a helmet I'd give him a ride into town. He laughed, called his buddies, and let me go.

/ Cool cop in Oregon. Who knew?!


Be grateful you weren't a long-haired Vietnam Vet, trained to eat things that would make a billygoat puke.
 
2012-10-09 03:50:26 PM

Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?


I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

I don't go in for those shenanigans personally... I'll wear Harley crap if it's a gift or I find it at a thrift store... but I ain't paying $40 bucks for a damn t-shirt.

I bought mine because I like them and they suit my needs and my lifestyle. Not gonna go judging anybody for what they choose to spend their own money on...

Well... unless it's a f-ing trailer. THOSE guys get judged.
 
2012-10-09 03:54:17 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K


C'mon man... that's a fair comparison?



Full bag V twin with a full fairing. I didn't dig too much beyond that, but I'd be interested in what wasn't fair about the comparison. I don't ride twins either way, so I've got no dog in that particular fight.


Also... a 2013 Gold Wing is over $20k... While the rest of the wold wasn't looking... metric bikes went and got very expensive.


GW's should be expensive. Those farking things have every conceivable kitchen sink farkle you can imagine on them, and they're deceptively fast.
 
2012-10-09 03:57:44 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Also... a 2013 Gold Wing is over $20k... While the rest of the wold wasn't looking... metric bikes went and got very expensive.


Yeah, but those things are living rooms on wheels.
 
2012-10-09 04:00:13 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K


C'mon man... that's a fair comparison?



Full bag V twin with a full fairing. I didn't dig too much beyond that, but I'd be interested in what wasn't fair about the comparison. I don't ride twins either way, so I've got no dog in that particular fight.


Also... a 2013 Gold Wing is over $20k... While the rest of the wold wasn't looking... metric bikes went and got very expensive.

GW's should be expensive. Those farking things have every conceivable kitchen sink farkle you can imagine on them, and they're deceptively fast.


2 wheel motor homes...
 
2012-10-09 04:00:51 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.


In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.
 
2012-10-09 04:06:52 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K


C'mon man... that's a fair comparison?



Full bag V twin with a full fairing. I didn't dig too much beyond that, but I'd be interested in what wasn't fair about the comparison. I don't ride twins either way, so I've got no dog in that particular fight.


Also... a 2013 Gold Wing is over $20k... While the rest of the wold wasn't looking... metric bikes went and got very expensive.

GW's should be expensive. Those farking things have every conceivable kitchen sink farkle you can imagine on them, and they're deceptively fast.


I don't know of a full fairing/full bag 900 Vulcan... and a quick google doesn't sow me any either. If you have a link... I'll take a look.

That said... it's the 900cc thing that's the huge difference. That'd be dangerously underpowered for full luggage, two up touring.

A fair comparison would be the Vulcan Vaquero... which is about $18,000.

The EG, to correct you, would be about $23,000... I think.
 
2012-10-09 04:15:17 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K


That said... it's the 900cc thing that's the huge difference. That'd be dangerously underpowered for full luggage, two up touring.


No big disagreements on the twins, but this here is why I don't ride 'em. :) 900+ cubes should be plenty enough to get two people and luggage around the nation.

imageshack.us


A fair comparison would be the Vulcan Vaquero... which is about $18,000.

The EG, to correct you, would be about $23,000... I think.


OK. I believe you. :)
 
2012-10-09 04:16:29 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.


That's shocking to me... but good to know. I wonder how much NET (by total and percentage) each division generates.
 
2012-10-09 04:24:27 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: 2013 Electra glide starts at about $20K
2013 Vulcan 900 starts at about $10K


That said... it's the 900cc thing that's the huge difference. That'd be dangerously underpowered for full luggage, two up touring.


No big disagreements on the twins, but this here is why I don't ride 'em. :) 900+ cubes should be plenty enough to get two people and luggage around the nation.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]


A fair comparison would be the Vulcan Vaquero... which is about $18,000.

The EG, to correct you, would be about $23,000... I think.

OK. I believe you. :)


Is that yours? Nice pic...

Do I have to show you mine now?

I nice metric standard with about about a 1000cc 4cyl is absolutely going to be the best value. Can't argue that...I had one though (Nighthawk)... and it's just not the same.
 
2012-10-09 04:27:09 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.

That's shocking to me... but good to know. I wonder how much NET (by total and percentage) each division generates.


HD 2011 Annual Report

The divisional breakdown is on page 18, with balance sheet and cash flow documents following. That will give you the net as well.
 
2012-10-09 04:32:53 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.


5.9% of Harley's annual sales is three hundred million dollars?!
Would you like to do my 2013 taxes?!
 
2012-10-09 04:32:56 PM

Pray 4 Mojo:

Is that yours? Nice pic...



Yeah. I've hauled my oldest daughter all over the west coast on that thing. Colorado, Montana, Utah... That pic is just north of the Avenue of the Giants in nor-cal. When it gets up over 90MPH, it magically turns from a 700lb top heavy full bager into this really nimble cruise missile. I waver back and forth between replacing it with a new C-14 SuperConk, or now that the oldest is in college, a dual sport. Or maybe I just keep it.


Do I have to show you mine now?


Of course you do. I showed you mine! We have failed if we don't turn this into bike porn thread in any case.


I nice metric standard with about about a 1000cc 4cyl is absolutely going to be the best value. Can't argue that...I had one though (Nighthawk)... and it's just not the same.


I rode around on an '84 Nighthawk 750 back in the day. Super comfy ride although I thought it was just a touch sluggish.
 
2012-10-09 04:35:16 PM

Whiskey Dickens: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.

5.9% of Harley's annual sales is three hundred million dollars?!
Would you like to do my 2013 taxes?!


According to HD it is. In 2011, 5.9% of product revenue was based on "general merchandise" and totaled $271 million.

If you don't think that's accurate, you should report it to the SEC, because that is what HD told them.
 
2012-10-09 04:38:49 PM

Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo:

Is that yours? Nice pic...



Yeah. I've hauled my oldest daughter all over the west coast on that thing. Colorado, Montana, Utah... That pic is just north of the Avenue of the Giants in nor-cal. When it gets up over 90MPH, it magically turns from a 700lb top heavy full bager into this really nimble cruise missile. I waver back and forth between replacing it with a new C-14 SuperConk, or now that the oldest is in college, a dual sport. Or maybe I just keep it.


Do I have to show you mine now?


Of course you do. I showed you mine! We have failed if we don't turn this into bike porn thread in any case.


I nice metric standard with about about a 1000cc 4cyl is absolutely going to be the best value. Can't argue that...I had one though (Nighthawk)... and it's just not the same.

I rode around on an '84 Nighthawk 750 back in the day. Super comfy ride although I thought it was just a touch sluggish.


I'd show you mine but a 23 year old, faded, Honda Pacific Coast with nearly 100K miles on it is like giant granny panties in a bike porn thread. However, you'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead, throttle hand.
 
2012-10-09 04:40:58 PM

Rent Party: Of course you do. I showed you mine! We have failed if we don't turn this into bike porn thread in any case.


Not as pretty a location... but it is a pretty nice parking lot.

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-09 04:42:26 PM

Mishno:

I'd show you mine but a 23 year old, faded, Honda Pacific Coast with nearly 100K miles on it is like giant granny panties in a bike porn thread. However, you'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead, throttle hand.


Given the new super scooter trend I've been seeing all over as of late (BMW has an 800cc scooter coming out) I'm kind of surprised that Honda hasn't brought out the Pacific Coast again. The styling is similar enough but it could be a "grown up's" scooter of sorts. I always thought it would be cool to fit an ice chest or bbq grill back in that trunk.

www.quosig.com
 
2012-10-09 04:42:39 PM

Rent Party: Whiskey Dickens: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.

5.9% of Harley's annual sales is three hundred million dollars?!
Would you like to do my 2013 taxes?!

According to HD it is. In 2011, 5.9% of product revenue was based on "general merchandise" and totaled $271 million.

If you don't think that's accurate, you should report it to the SEC, because that is what HD told them.


I read your .pdf, and I'm flabbergasted to learn that they pulled in 5.3 billion dollars in revenue in 2011. What the fark?
My apologies for calling BS!
 
2012-10-09 04:43:07 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Of course you do. I showed you mine! We have failed if we don't turn this into bike porn thread in any case.

Not as pretty a location... but it is a pretty nice parking lot.

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x375]


Dude, that is farking awesome. Seriously.
 
2012-10-09 04:44:14 PM

Mishno: a 23 year old, faded, Honda Pacific Coast


Those always reminded me of the Tron Lightcycles. In a good way... I guess.
 
2012-10-09 04:50:38 PM

Rent Party: Dude, that is farking awesome. Seriously.


Thanks!

Just don't tell any other Farkers about my 'poser' mobile.
 
2012-10-09 04:52:41 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Dude, that is farking awesome. Seriously.

Thanks!

Just don't tell any other Farkers about my 'poser' mobile.


I've always said if you're gonna get butt jewelry, then get some butt jewelry and quit farking around with it.

Needs some tassels on the bars, maybe?
 
2012-10-09 04:56:51 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: a 23 year old, faded, Honda Pacific Coast

Those always reminded me of the Tron Lightcycles. In a good way... I guess.


That's what my wife calls it. The Tron bike. I've ridden quite a few bikes but the PC is the most comfortable one out of all of them. 500 miles and my head is getting sore from the helmet, but my ass is ready for more.

Okay, here it is.
imageshack.us 

The NT700V would be the "New PC" if it had a trunk.
 
2012-10-09 04:57:13 PM
weird to see a story on Fark that's literally a mile from my boyhood home. I can recognize 7 Dees nursery in the background, I played T-ball on the team they sponsored as a kid.

CSB? definitely not.
 
2012-10-09 05:08:38 PM

Rent Party: Needs some tassels on the bars, maybe?


I'm not flexible enough for those...

I'd probably pull a hammy trying to kick my own ass.
 
2012-10-09 05:11:50 PM

Mishno: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: a 23 year old, faded, Honda Pacific Coast

Those always reminded me of the Tron Lightcycles. In a good way... I guess.

That's what my wife calls it. The Tron bike. I've ridden quite a few bikes but the PC is the most comfortable one out of all of them. 500 miles and my head is getting sore from the helmet, but my ass is ready for more.

Okay, here it is.
[imageshack.us image 255x232] 

The NT700V would be the "New PC" if it had a trunk.


Yell "underpowered" all you want: That engine, bored out from the original 500cc, would be the Slant-6 of motorcycles if it weren't for those BMW boxer twins.
 
2012-10-09 05:20:37 PM
Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

i48.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-09 05:22:45 PM

ScottRiqui: Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

[i48.photobucket.com image 800x600]


Is that a stock color?!?
 
2012-10-09 05:30:44 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: ScottRiqui: Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

[i48.photobucket.com image 800x600]

Is that a stock color?!?


The red parts are - the white and green are custom. The previous owner had it painted, and whoever shot the paint did a beautiful job - lots of extra clear coat and wet-sanding. The color transitions and the airbrushed "Ducati" logo are completely buried in the clear - you can run your finger across them and not feel them.
 
2012-10-09 05:47:56 PM

ScottRiqui: Pray 4 Mojo: ScottRiqui: Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

[i48.photobucket.com image 800x600]

Is that a stock color?!?

The red parts are - the white and green are custom. The previous owner had it painted, and whoever shot the paint did a beautiful job - lots of extra clear coat and wet-sanding. The color transitions and the airbrushed "Ducati" logo are completely buried in the clear - you can run your finger across them and not feel them.


That's pretty sweet.

Guy musta been Mexican.
 
2012-10-09 06:13:19 PM

ScottRiqui: Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

[i48.photobucket.com image 800x600]


I used to have one just like that with the exception of the paint...

farm4.staticflickr.com

Quite a fun little commuter... I miss it at times, but I still have (and always will have) my dead-reliable M944.

gallery.moike.net
 
2012-10-09 06:42:25 PM
FTA: Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread making the bike a total loss

Unstated but implied: "Additional extensive expensive testing will be required to determine which other parts of the motorcycle were capable of supporting rapid combustion"
 
2012-10-09 06:46:12 PM

Ball Zitch: How many times do we have to farking say it: DO NOT TALK TO THE POLICE!


In this instance it's ok to tell the pig that his hog is on fire.
 
2012-10-09 07:00:50 PM

moike: Quite a fun little commuter... I miss it at times, but I still have (and always will have) my dead-reliable M944.


That's a whole lot of badassedness in one little package.

/but where do you put your luggage?
 
2012-10-09 07:15:33 PM
Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread making the bike a total loss.


/And now from the department of the glaringly obvious.
 
2012-10-09 07:22:15 PM
Oh, don't be officious. You're not yourself when you're officious. But then, that's the curse of a government job.
 
2012-10-09 07:27:37 PM

moike: ScottRiqui: Here's mine - my wife calls it the "pimp parade float". A 944cc twin gets out of its own way just fine, even with two people and luggage.

[i48.photobucket.com image 800x600]

I used to have one just like that with the exception of the paint...

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 640x466]

Quite a fun little commuter... I miss it at times, but I still have (and always will have) my dead-reliable M944.

[gallery.moike.net image 800x600]


I didn't know you were a Farker! I can't remember when I first saw your bike (the Ducati.ms forum, perhaps?), but I've always loved it. Glad to hear you still have it. I had a 2000 M900 before the ST2, but I wadded it against a guardrail, almost losing a leg in the process.
 
2012-10-09 07:42:37 PM
love the rat bike......thanks for the inspiration!
 
2012-10-09 07:48:58 PM

dj_bigbird: the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread

No shiat.


Who says police are complete and total idiots?!?

/raises hand
 
2012-10-09 09:27:26 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: Rent Party: Of course you do. I showed you mine! We have failed if we don't turn this into bike porn thread in any case.

Not as pretty a location... but it is a pretty nice parking lot.

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x375]


sick bike
 
2012-10-09 09:46:13 PM

Whiskey Dickens: Rent Party: Whiskey Dickens: Rent Party: Pray 4 Mojo: Mishno: Personally, I don't get the "lifestyle" thing and ride a Honda. Isn't it true that Harley makes more money selling t-shirts and "lifestyle gear" than bikes?

I don't have any evidence... but considering the myriad of "Harley Shops" that don't sell bikes... I would say it's true. "A T-Shirt company that builds motorcycles." I'd say that 95-99% of Harley swag is made in China also... classy.

In 2011, 76.2% of HD's revenue came from motorcycle sales. 5.9% came from merchandise not parts and accessories related. That's still three hundred million dollars worth of t-shirts, but it's only a fraction of their total revenue stream.

There ya go.

5.9% of Harley's annual sales is three hundred million dollars?!
Would you like to do my 2013 taxes?!

According to HD it is. In 2011, 5.9% of product revenue was based on "general merchandise" and totaled $271 million.

If you don't think that's accurate, you should report it to the SEC, because that is what HD told them.

I read your .pdf, and I'm flabbergasted to learn that they pulled in 5.3 billion dollars in revenue in 2011. What the fark?
My apologies for calling BS!


I'm in awe of Harley-Davidson's marketing team. They've managed to maintain an air of exclusivity, while simultaneously having a 50% market share of all U.S. sales of "heavyweight" bikes (650 cc and larger). Considering that H-D's smallest model is 883 cc, they probably have an even larger share of the market for bikes in the 1200+ cc range, where most of H-D's models compete.
 
2012-10-09 09:48:55 PM

cgraves67: As much as cops let their cars sit and idle for hours on end, I'm not surprised they don't catch on fire more. If I wanted to figure out how the motorcycle got burned up, I'd start by looking at the maintenance records.


Doesn't really matter.

Either the motorist or the mechanic will end up in prison for this, and pay some sort of "restitution" to replace the bike.
 
2012-10-10 02:28:43 AM

moike:
[gallery.moike.net image 800x600]


That is double plus cool.
 
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