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Old 08-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #18361
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Hey guys, just spreading the word, no one would help me get my little 2 stroke running right (and I've neglected it for some time now), so I finally found a guy willing to work on it and that seems to know his stuff.

Japanese dude off the BQE in Astoria: Hidetaka Takasaki or "Taka" as I hear he goes by. From what customers have told me, the guy knows old vintage bikes very well.

http://archive.mensjournal.com/the-honda-whisperer

Ill be dropping by on Wednesday so he can check it out, for any of you that run these headaches, good place to start out.

Here's his site:
http://peak-point.net/
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #18362
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Glad you found a mechanic for your bike.

That article you linked though, the author has it wrong as to which bikes got Japanese brands popular in the US, the game changer was the Honda 750 in 1969.

He then goes on to dis the Ear crowd.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #18363
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Glad you found a mechanic for your bike.

That article you linked though, the author has it wrong as to which bikes got Japanese brands popular in the US, the game changer was the Honda 750 in 1969.

He then goes on to dis the Ear crowd.
No ties to the author, just looked up the name of the mechanic on google. We have a very large riding population of different styles, brands, etc in the city. Doesn't surprise me what this guy wrote.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #18364
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He then goes on to dis the Ear crowd.

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Years later, eyeing a sweet black-and-red Super Sport in front of the Ear Inn, where poseur bikers sometimes gather...
That's true.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #18365
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Sounds right to me.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:00 PM   #18366
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I have my bike trailered to the EAR at 4pm every tuesday so I can take a cab over and get my pose on with the rest of you FFs
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:07 PM   #18367
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I have my bike trailered to the EAR at 4pm every tuesday so I can take a cab over and get my pose on with the rest of you FFs
You saying that the checkpoints don't stop trailered bikes?
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:13 PM   #18368
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haha.. wise commentary from the trailer king of NJ!
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #18369
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. First person to post a photo of one in place, I'll buy you a beer at the Ear.
Here is what the trial NYC movable ones looked like:


I like Trappist ales.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:08 AM   #18370
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Damn Syrians hacked the Times, and now I can't read my free paper in the morning.

What is this world coming to? Bunch of Ear Inn posers, all of them.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #18371
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Pulling the plates..

I'm sure this has been beaten to death, but..

How do you guys get away with it?
Years of riding into the city, and I've never done it.
I did it for the first time yesterday, and boy did I pay.

The muni-meter where I was parking was malfunctioning (52nd btwn 5th & Madison. Commercial only.) I figured at the worst I would get a ticket for parking in the commercial zone.

But I pulled the plates, thought it would save me the $115. Instead, they slapped me with three tickets and gave me a tow. The commercial parking ticket, the no plate ticket, and no NYS registration.

About $500 said and done.
Aside from possibly fighting the no NYS registration (PA registered,) I can't see any other way out of the others. Thoughts?

Anyone else been in this situation?
How do all these bikes across the city that pull the plates get away with it?
Uncovered bikes, that is. Maybe that's the key.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #18372
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How do all these bikes across the city that pull the plates get away with it?
Were there any other bikes parked in your vicinity?

5th ave & 52nd street... that's just asking for trouble. You can't park in the heart of Midtown and not expect some major trouble. You might as well try parking in the middle of One Police Plaza.

If, for some reason I had to park a bike in midtown, I would look for a place where other bikes were already parked. That usually indicates that regular riders have found a "safe" zone. Then, rather than pull my plate, I'd put a cover over the bike.

But, generally speaking, I just avoid Midtown. It's not JUST motorcycle-unfriendly: It's ALL vehicle unfriendly!

Very sorry you got whacked that hard. I don't have any experience with the laws, but maybe others can chime in.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:07 AM   #18373
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But, generally speaking, I just avoid Midtown. It's not JUST motorcycle-unfriendly: It's ALL vehicle unfriendly!
This.

And it's like anything else, some days they just go full retard and target the shit out of a bike, or a car for that matter. It's the get fucked lottery. You happened to win yesterday....

I park everyday on Greenwich in the WV, sometimes right on a crosswalk, plate removed. Sometimes right near a hydrant. So far not had an issue, but like I've said before, I don't ride or park above 23rd street. Midtown is no man's land for bikes and even for my car.

It simply isn't worth it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:12 AM   #18374
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@wiseblood why the hell would you apologize? he deserved it.

@jconly next time your in that area.

52st tween Park and Lexington

Parklex Garage Inc
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
(212) 421-0630


whopping $10 for the day, only one block away from where your $500 a day spot is


any damage to your bike from the tow?
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #18375
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Thanks for the condolences guys!
I did deserve it, though. There's really no doubt about it.

This was actually my first ride of the year, go figure.
I was just excited, and in a bit of a rush.

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@wiseblood why the hell would you apologize? he deserved it.

@jconly next time your in that area.

52st tween Park and Lexington

Parklex Garage Inc
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
(212) 421-0630


whopping $10 for the day, only one block away from where your $500 a day spot is


any damage to your bike from the tow?
I've actually NEVER parked in that part of town before.
Never really had a reason too until this year. Just getting back on the bike after a knee surgery this May, and I am doing my PT right there.
So, thank you SO much for the info on that garage. Even though I'm only in that part of town for 3 hours max, I'll definitely be throwing the bike there. $10 is a steal.

Surprisingly though, no damage!
Granted, this is my old beater track bike, but hey... I did just throw some new cheapo fairings on it, and somehow everything came back alright! Props to the tow guy for having a little sympathy after seeing the 3 tickets!
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