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Forum: Battle scooters 01-14-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,233
Posted By Terdwilicker
Wheel Size on Scooters

Assumptions: secondary and frontage roads or empty highways that riding a scooter wouldn't get you killed. Nearly all paved roads. Gas stations every 100 miles or less. Reliable engine and spare...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-26-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,233
Posted By Terdwilicker
Scooter vs Dual Sport w/AT

I think, perhaps, what we're really thinking of here is the simplicity of a scooter (no gears to shift) with the utility of the dual sport. The answer is either automatic transmission on a dual...
Forum: Hacks 05-06-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,998
Posted By Terdwilicker
Welds and other failure points

It isn't always obvious when a weld is imperfect. Tiny amounts of hydrocarbon (oil, grease, or paint) can make for unwanted void-space and there you go. Additionally, welds are typically stronger...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 28,330
Posted By Terdwilicker
Cafes

I'm 39. I grew up in a place and time when cafe racers were raced, and the riders often died... or rather many riders died just the once. Bad roads, too many risks. The sound of a cafe screaming by...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Won't they just build speakers and mics into the...

Won't they just build speakers and mics into the front of the scooter, and then they can use voice2txt and back? That's been around a few years now. Another option is bluetooth with voice2txt enabled...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
I see 3 answers to $5/gal gasoline. ...

I see 3 answers to $5/gal gasoline.



Electric passenger rail, including streetcars with overhead wiring and buses converted to electric. MUNI has this in San Francisco, and I recall them...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Cry Electric is not inevitable, nor is it cheap

Unfortunately, demand doesn't drive discovery, just investment in science. And unfortunately, the best electric car batteries use Lithium, which is in short supply on earth. The three biggest chunks...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Cheap solar. There are methods to print solar...

Cheap solar. There are methods to print solar panels on mylar (plastic) sheets instead of expensive silicon. Its $8 per square yard rather than $800. There are also methods for growing the PV cells...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-20-2011, 02:41 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
The Bakken Con

Not to be harsh, but I've read those papers and talked to oil people in my field of expertise. The Bakken shale is a con. There's no porosity. The claims are very exaggerated. This is throwing money...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-20-2011, 02:02 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Cool2 And in that vein, and with my stated concerns...

And in that vein, and with my stated concerns about road repair and vertical wheel travel, I was wondering if you folks would sound off on the merits of either 150-200cc scooters like Underbones vs...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Bluhduh Oil Depletion Situation, in a nutshell, the short version

I don't think we'll see a 35 MPH speed limit. A 55 MPH again is probable again by 2014ish or possibly sooner. Depends on who is president at the time, and whether we've seen oil pass $150/bbl, which...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-14-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,149
Posted By Terdwilicker
Bluhduh The Sad Truth About Fuel Economy

Sadly, I have to agree with this, though $7/gal is not necessarily the end price. The final price of gasoline is what its nearest equivalent fuel costs to replace it.

Electric? That's based on...
Forum: Thumpers 09-01-2010, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 143,448
Posted By Terdwilicker
Why Diesel Motorcycles?

The short answer is: biodiesel. It's sustainable transportation without expensive lithium batteries. There's big appeal for farmers and ranchers running their vehicles with diesel already, even red...
Forum: Thumpers 08-31-2010, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 143,448
Posted By Terdwilicker
The Tech in the HDT engine is 70 years old. Its...

The Tech in the HDT engine is 70 years old. Its just a common rail diesel, and the engine is merely engineered to be strong enough for that, rather than overweight like most diesels or overlight like...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,808
Posted By Terdwilicker
Honda PC800

Vermin has a nifty series of threads on touring with a Pacific Coast (Honda) 800cc with his son or daughter on the back, from Detroit to San Diego, then San Diego to Anchorage. They're old, have huge...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,808
Posted By Terdwilicker
2-up standard

What about an SV650? A nice FI'd 650cc Vee-twin engine, plenty of smooth power, and reasonably comfortable suspension and seats. They're also cheap, used, and not much more expensive new. So long as...
Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8,743
Views: 1,506,512
Posted By Terdwilicker
Ride Report?

I'm curious about anyone who's been taking the TU on twisty steep mountain roads, packed gravel fire roads, and bumpy roads? Is the suspension up to it? Can it climb the hills? And when you have to...
Forum: Road warriors 07-03-2010, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8,900
Views: 1,418,464
Posted By Terdwilicker
PTS Vento 400 Cafe Triple

The PTS Motors Vento 400 Cafe Triple (http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2009/10/23/vento-400-cafe-gt-348-pound-400cc-3-cylinder-urban-commuter-from-pts-motors/). Review from Kneeslider, see...
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2010, 01:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,089
Posted By Terdwilicker
Talking Seconded!

I'm a beginner. I want something triple in the 500cc range and under 420 pounds, standard or roadster naked setup, not some kind of GXR look-alike. No plastic. Naked. Classy. Elegant. And around $8K,...
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