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(SeattlePI)   Harley Davidson is introducing an electric motorcycle, so you'll just have to make those loud, obnoxious noises with your mouth to show everyone how cool you are   (seattlepi.com) divider line 351
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2014-06-19 08:56:22 AM
www.thinkbluela.com
 
2014-06-19 09:00:40 AM
If it's quieter than a Gold Wing, it may be the best motorcycle ever made. F*ck loud motorcycles.
 
2014-06-19 09:01:42 AM
Never forget that pipes save lives, subby. They do. Countless lives have been saved and continue to be saved by pipes. In fact, the louder the pipes, the more lives are saved. I dream of a day when the pipes from a million bikes shall join their voices together in a surging rumble of life saving energy, and in that day, in that moment, all the lives on the world that might have otherwise been lost will be saved. A silly dream? Perhaps. But I shall dream it nonetheless.
 
2014-06-19 09:22:12 AM
I was headed down to Key West one time and got behind a bunch of Harleys on the Overseas Highway. They were smoking weed and roaring along single file, having a great time.

It was a Keys Stoned Pipe Line.
 
2014-06-19 09:23:07 AM
This might be a great intro for those who are bike curious.
 
2014-06-19 09:31:28 AM
Thread is full of win already.
 
2014-06-19 09:33:29 AM
thebacklot.mtvnimages.com
 
2014-06-19 09:33:36 AM
It looks waaaay better than anything else that company has made. Now, will they fark it up by not putting a real transmission in it?
 
2014-06-19 09:33:59 AM
LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES!
 
2014-06-19 09:34:24 AM
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2014-06-19 09:34:24 AM
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2014-06-19 09:34:48 AM
Loud pipes cause murders.
 
2014-06-19 09:34:57 AM
.. is introducing *an*
 
2014-06-19 09:34:58 AM
 
2014-06-19 09:35:26 AM
i26.photobucket.com

/cyclist are way worse than bikers
 
2014-06-19 09:35:34 AM

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2014-06-19 09:35:44 AM

wxboy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x478]


My first simulpost!
 
2014-06-19 09:35:45 AM
Harley riders have a hard-on for loud bikes. My sister got crap because her factory pipes weren't loud enough.
 
2014-06-19 09:36:23 AM

Psylence: It looks waaaay better than anything else that company has made. Now, will they fark it up by not putting a real transmission in it?


My understanding is that one of the main advantages of electric vehicles is the lack of a transmission, allowing greater torque and seemless power output and acceleration.
 
2014-06-19 09:36:26 AM
Will they use the same battery supplier that Boeing used?
 
2014-06-19 09:36:28 AM

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Simul-image simul-post.
 
2014-06-19 09:36:38 AM

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wxboy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x478]


What's more, that's a flawless simulpost.
 
2014-06-19 09:37:13 AM
The guys I know who ride Harleys make plenty of loud and obnoxious noises with their mouths already.
 
2014-06-19 09:37:21 AM
Ah, but think of the Harley Image.
You know the one. The obese upper-middle class professionals on their Barbie-Hogs with the leather everything all shiny and new and running in packs from Quebec, speaking their own Biker language, si vou plait.
With their wild bald heads, and their old ladies with their grey hair flying in the wind.
They are so bad ass when they all pull into a Friendly's and fill up the booths, swilling coffee with wild abandon and eating grilled chicken salads like the own the place.
 
2014-06-19 09:37:25 AM
It'll still probably leak oil in your garage.
 
2014-06-19 09:37:49 AM

greenboy: wxboy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x478]

My first simulpost!


That is just beautiful. A simulpost of the exact same content. You should print this thread and have it bronzed.
 
2014-06-19 09:37:56 AM
www.bcsportbikes.com
 
2014-06-19 09:38:07 AM
If you want something electric that vibrates between your legs, go to a sex shop. It'll be a bit cheaper.
 
2014-06-19 09:38:26 AM
It's cool - the new electric bikes will simply sound like "...dddddoooOOUUUCCCHHHHhhheeeee..." as you go by on one, before it bursts into flames.

Y'know, like the other Harley-Davidsons.
 
2014-06-19 09:38:42 AM

Pocket Ninja: Never forget that pipes save lives, subby. They do. Countless lives have been saved and continue to be saved by pipes. In fact, the louder the pipes, the more lives are saved. I dream of a day when the pipes from a million bikes shall join their voices together in a surging rumble of life saving energy, and in that day, in that moment, all the lives on the world that might have otherwise been lost will be saved. A silly dream? Perhaps. But I shall dream it nonetheless.


I disagree. When a loud bike gets near me I can't tell where it's coming from, it just scares the shiat out of me. And I have no idea which way to keep out of the way from. Loud bikes are vile.
 
2014-06-19 09:38:46 AM
My dad (who rode Kawasakis and sometimes BMWs) always said that the most expensive thing about
owning a Harley was hiring the guy to run down the street after you to pick up all the bolts and body chrome
that fell off as you drove*

*
To be fair, though, he was talking about the AMF-era Harleys, which were atrocious by any objective standard
 
2014-06-19 09:39:49 AM

cgraves67: If you want something electric that vibrates between your legs, go to a sex shop. It'll be a bit cheaper.


That's not what Karrin Murphy thinks.
 
2014-06-19 09:39:56 AM
Once again, Harley is behind the curve;
www.popularmechanics.com
image.motorcyclistonline.com
MotoCzysz for the win.
 
2014-06-19 09:40:09 AM

Onkel Buck: /cyclist are way worse than bikers


Because when I want courtesy from other drivers, I know the only way is to antagonize them with an obnoxious shirt.
 
2014-06-19 09:40:53 AM

syrynxx: greenboy: wxboy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x478]

My first simulpost!

That is just beautiful. A simulpost of the exact same content. You should print this thread and have it bronzed.


*drops mike*

I'm out biatches!
 
2014-06-19 09:40:59 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-19 09:41:06 AM
Will Harley Davidson charge three times as much for the electricity?
 
2014-06-19 09:41:07 AM

CJHardin: Psylence: It looks waaaay better than anything else that company has made. Now, will they fark it up by not putting a real transmission in it?

My understanding is that one of the main advantages of electric vehicles is the lack of a transmission, allowing greater torque and seemless power output and acceleration.


Brammo electric motorcycles have 6speed transmissions, and hence, they are the only electric bike worth talking about at the moment. The reason? It's part of the experience, and people who ride do not WANT the uninvolved twist and go crap that does nothing but scream "I'M A MOPED NOT A REAL MOTORCYCLE!!"

And thats paraphrased from the people at Brammo themselves. And I wholeheartedly agree.
...but I don't buy autotragic trannied cars either.
 
2014-06-19 09:42:15 AM

Crudbucket: The guys I know who ride Harleys make plenty of loud and obnoxious noises with their mouths already.


I listened to one of these clownshoes give a 2 minute lecture on how 'Thug Culture Was Ruining 'Merka'.

Really? Then why are you contributing to the problem by dressing and acting like a criminal?
 
2014-06-19 09:42:49 AM
Motorcycles teach people to drive better.  For one, on a motorbike, it is nearly impossible to take your eyes off the road without swerving, usually to the left as the subconscious brain tries to avoid the curb on the right.  Cars, on the other hand, have a remarkable ability to drive perfectly straight on their own, as long as you hold the steering wheel steady, giving you plenty of opportunity to try and text your buddy with your phone in your knees.

Another example is speed - in a car, you feel like you're in a big, protective bubble.  You would have to hit something pretty hard to actually do any damage to your body.  On a bike, on the other hand, you can get thrown in the air just for hitting a road knuckle.

All of this of course is null and void if you are an adrenaline/meth junkie, and actually enjoy the feeling of swerving between lanes of traffic at 140kph on the 401.

Motorbikes teach you to drive safely.
 
2014-06-19 09:43:08 AM

fireclown: MotoCzysz for the win.



Not this year.
 
2014-06-19 09:43:52 AM
You know why Harleys cost so much? Each one includes an EPA fee for all the oil they are going to leak.

/ 95% of all Harleys made are still on the road. The other 5% made it home.
 
2014-06-19 09:43:55 AM

fireclown: Once again, Harley is behind the curve;
[www.popularmechanics.com image 470x313]
[image.motorcyclistonline.com image 850x637]
MotoCzysz for the win.


I believe harley riders call those "hair driers" - both for the sound they make, and the emphasis on speed over power.
 
2014-06-19 09:45:44 AM

Psylence: Brammo electric motorcycles have 6speed transmissions, and hence, they are the only electric bike worth talking about at the moment. The reason? It's part of the experience, and people who ride do not WANT the uninvolved twist and go crap that does nothing but scream "I'M A MOPED NOT A REAL MOTORCYCLE!!"


So they add friction and weight because motorcycle riders' gentle sensibilities would be otherwise threatened?
 
2014-06-19 09:45:50 AM

CJHardin: Psylence: It looks waaaay better than anything else that company has made. Now, will they fark it up by not putting a real transmission in it?

My understanding is that one of the main advantages of electric vehicles is the lack of a transmission, allowing greater torque and seemless power output and acceleration.


I have a Ford C-Max plug in electric, and it has a transmission.  The only electric vehicles without transmissions are going to be kiddie cars and electric wheelchairs.  You're thinking of a CVT.
 
2014-06-19 09:45:53 AM
"Loud pipes save lives" is a wonderfully rational idea that seems to make sense when you say it, but doesn't stand up to scrutiny when studied.  Accident and death rates are no different among "loud" and "quiet" bikes, and it's been studied from several angles.  The conclusion from data right now is that they're just a nuisance.
 
2014-06-19 09:46:07 AM

syrynxx: Harley riders have a hard-on for loud bikes. My sister got crap because her factory pipes weren't loud enough.


Harley Davidson has engineers that actually design engines with their distinctive putt-putt sounds. If they could copyright it, you damn well know they would.

But these days, it's just the sound as obsolete as the sound of a steam engine. It's time to evolve, but try telling that to the fatties with Duck Dynasty Talibeards out there.
 
2014-06-19 09:46:17 AM
If pipes were safety equipment, they would face forward.
 
2014-06-19 09:46:55 AM

moeburn: The only electric vehicles without transmissions are going to be kiddie cars and electric wheelchairs.


A Tesla Model S doesn't have a transmission.

MOTOR TYPE: AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor
Redline: 16,000 rpm
Power: 416 hp @ 8600 rpm
Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 0 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 1-speed direct drive
 
2014-06-19 09:47:20 AM

vudukungfu: Ah, but think of the Harley Image.
You know the one. The obese upper-middle class professionals on their Barbie-Hogs with the leather everything all shiny and new and running in packs from Quebec, speaking their own Biker language, si vou plait.
With their wild bald heads, and their old ladies with their grey hair flying in the wind.
They are so bad ass when they all pull into a Friendly's and fill up the booths, swilling coffee with wild abandon and eating grilled chicken salads like the own the place.


I used to be intimidated by a Harley rider for fear I'd get my ass kicked.  Now, I'm just fearful of being sued or audited.
 
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