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Old 02-11-2014, 08:20 PM   #4651
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Stock rear shock on left, Honda Aero 80 shock for $20 from ebay on right. Let the testing begin!
Are you seriously going to need a build thread for a Ruckus?
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #4652
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Are you seriously going to need a build thread for a Ruckus?

Have you seen what some people do to those poor scooters? I'm not going to worry until HBN puts an extended swing arm done in black chrome and some underbody LEDs.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #4653
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HBN needs to start a Japanese scooter gang in NoVA.



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Old 02-11-2014, 08:45 PM   #4654
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I have nothing against hipsters (my sister would beat me with a ukelele if that were the case), but some of the descriptions are amusing.



Bullshit hipster bike videos: http://hipsterbikevideos.com/

Just watched some of these. Is that what it sounds like in these people's heads? Most pretentious narrations ever. Wtf?

I agree the descriptions are the best part.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:47 PM   #4655
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That looks like the bike from Akira.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:56 PM   #4656
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Just watched some of these. Is that what it sounds like in these people's heads? Most pretentious narrations ever. Wtf?

I agree the descriptions are the best part.
Yeah I don't have a problem with these bikes, or what these people are doing, but some of the videos I've seen have just been so excruciatingly pretentious. I thought I was the only one flabbergasted by them, so I was gleeful when I found that site.

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We’ve been seeing a lot these videos with bombastic claims about the importance of this sort of creativity... Listen, if you like working on bikes, that’s nice. However, humanity as a species has not somehow failed if you don’t take your angle grinder to your fender.
I am also not down with $100 t-shirts that just sport a shop logo. But to each his own.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:10 PM   #4657
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Don't forget the excessively dramatic cinematography and stultifying music.

It reminds me of the entire Bestmade Company. $60 Snow & Neally axes painted with polka dots in TriBeCa and resold for $500. On the one hand, I admire the shameless profiteering. On the other hand, I know if I ran a company like that I would hate myself for it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:35 PM   #4658
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It reminds me of the entire Bestmade Company. $60 Snow & Neally axes painted with polka dots in TriBeCa and resold for $500. On the one hand, I admire the shameless profiteering. On the other hand, I know if I ran a company like that I would hate myself for it.
In preparation for the Laurel Fork campout, I was checking out their camping gear not long ago and found the preppiness hilarious. They actually sell a "dinner bell" triangle. I did wonder how the folks on this site would react if I whipped out a $50 dinner triangle at the camp. But New Yorkers are suckers for faux folksy/woodsy crap b/c living in the city makes one long to hide out in the woods and grow out one's body hair and wear flannel, and a lot of them can afford $500 polka dot axes. If I could make shitloads of profit from stuff like that, hell yeah I would, and yes I'd recognize it's a shitty thing to do, but like they said, there's a fool born every minute. But of course, I would still reserve the right to judge others who do the same

But making pretentious bike videos, that I would never do.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:46 AM   #4659
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Easy on the body hair quips. My beard now has to file its own tax return. Office co-workers are scared. This weekend an acquaintance walked by me in a coffee shop and wouldn't make eye contact. She admitted 20 minutes later that she didn't recognize me and thought I was a homeless guy. I said I wouldn't shave or trim it till I got down to 200 pounds. I may have to rethink that strategy.

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Anyone else enjoy this am's balmy commute?
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:22 AM   #4661
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She admitted 20 minutes later that she didn't recognize me and thought I was a homeless guy.
This was a few weeks ago before I cut my hair a bit. I felt a bit homeless

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Anyone else enjoy this am's balmy commute?
Rode the Ruckus. My beard helped with the manliness factor on the scooter
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:40 AM   #4662
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Anyone else enjoy this am's balmy commute?
I rode home about 7:00 last night. That was cold enough for me. This morning I was all about heated seats.

Don't work too late. It could get messy out there!
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:58 AM   #4663
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Easy on the body hair quips. My beard now has to file its own tax return. Office co-workers are scared. This weekend an acquaintance walked by me in a coffee shop and wouldn't make eye contact. She admitted 20 minutes later that she didn't recognize me and thought I was a homeless guy. I said I wouldn't shave or trim it till I got down to 200 pounds. I may have to rethink that strategy.

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:59 AM   #4664
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:08 AM   #4665
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Anyone else enjoy this am's balmy commute?
I will since I'll be caging it. Not sure how the KLR will do in 6" of snow
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