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Old 02-27-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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Been doing a little writing lately...

.... and it seems that the airheads almost always seem to be the subject.

Though my fellow inmates might enjoy this...

https://rollingphysicsproblem.wordpr...-long-highway/

The overall home page for the blog is here:

https://rollingphysicsproblem.wordpress.com/

FWIW.. I cannot be held responsible for how much time you may spend here.. you have been warned.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:57 AM   #2
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:05 AM   #3
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that truly is good stuff - thanks!
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:17 AM   #4
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Neato! Greg fan here....
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:19 AM   #5
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Hate to echo a "Me-too", but my first though is "Neat!"

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Old 02-28-2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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Me too!

I like it. Writing that engages the mind is becoming increasingly rare, supplanted by 50 Shades of Stupid and other vapid titillations. Here are my missives. They aren't motocentric but they require a brain.

http://www.johncbrewer.com/allbooks
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:30 PM   #7
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Hey, I like your writing style! Very entertaining. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:11 PM   #8
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Thanks Folks!

I've been having a great deal of fun writing these stories -- Glad I'm not the only one!

I had a chance to go to work for Motorcyclist back when I was a young man -- I lost interest when I discovered the job didn't pay enough to even rent a trailer within 100 miles of their Hollywood office. :-(

One good thing about technology -- I've been able to eliminate the middleman. ;-)

Thanks everyone for the kind words... I'll try and let folks know when new stuff goes up....
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:03 PM   #9
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Good stuff.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:38 AM   #10
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You don't even have to be a thinking man to enjoy this. You do a great job of describing that perfect day, the perfect ride, the perfect corner- and I still feel lucky that I get to experience that feeling just about every time I ride.

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Old 03-02-2015, 11:39 AM   #11
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Super engaging story, I had to pry myself away after part two so I can get some work done around here.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:56 PM   #12
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Rebuttal

I haven't followed through this entire selection but rather interesting.
When I noted the paste clip below, I felt the need to offer a rebuttal:

BMW R100RS Factory Turbo. Factory Built for Billy Joel. Low mileage, Factory. $6600. Ghost Motorcycle, Port Washington NY. Call (XXX) BBB-NNNN
It didn’t take a genius to have an inkling of what was going on here. This was a motorcycle that likely sounded a lot cooler in principle than it turned out to be in practice. Turbos on motorcycles are generally problematic, and on an R100RS, it would likely do way more harm than good to what was already a fairly refined motorcycle – imagine laggy throttle response, explosive top end, and all kinds of detonation and excessive heat, and you might be a third of the way to understanding just how bad this might really be. Now imagine how this would work while apexing a technical corner and you might be two thirds of the way there. The Provenance – thanks Billy! – made folks conclude that if nothing else, they could make a little money on their new, but disappointing, likely unridable motorcycle.

Perhaps "generally problematic", but not by reason of the inherent practise, but more so by the actual engineering. Our boxer twin is a very good platform from which to utilize forced induction, perhaps by reason of the overly strong design that BMW seems to have derated once the design was set. All of the drawbacks mentioned (and there are others) are avoidable through sound engineering, apart from the unavoidable and obvious drawbacks of rubber cow suspension and so so braking (compared to modern bikes). Even a twin turbo system could be doable (been comparing some notes on just such a project with Jim K in PA and hope we can see such a novel creation some time).
As far as I know, there has never been a "Factory Turbo" built.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:56 AM   #13
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Aha!

Darn.

For one second, I thought I might finally be getting to the bottom of one of the greatest moto-mysteries of my life.

I thought for a brief second that YOU were the guy that had ended up with 'the one that got away'

Having seen this bike advertised for sale 4 or 5 times from 4 or 5 different sellers, but never having seen it up close always made me wonder if the claims were true or it was just pure BS.

I'll admit I even forwarded the link to Billy's shop/museum out in Oyster Bay -- 20th Century Cycles -- in the hope that the man himself could finally confirm or deny the story, but they didn't bite.

I'll agree, that there are ways to engineer one's way around many of the drawbacks, but in 1983, getting good, tractable throttle response out of the technology that was available then was challenging, of not impossible.

Today, different story.

I'll admit, I'd love to know more about your ride....

best.
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:04 AM   #14
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Darn.

For one second, I thought I might finally be getting to the bottom of one of the greatest moto-mysteries of my life.

I thought for a brief second that YOU were the guy that had ended up with 'the one that got away'

Having seen this bike advertised for sale 4 or 5 times from 4 or 5 different sellers, but never having seen it up close always made me wonder if the claims were true or it was just pure BS.

I'll admit I even forwarded the link to Billy's shop/museum out in Oyster Bay -- 20th Century Cycles -- in the hope that the man himself could finally confirm or deny the story, but they didn't bite.

I'll agree, that there are ways to engineer one's way around many of the drawbacks, but in 1983, getting good, tractable throttle response out of the technology that was available then was challenging, of not impossible.

Today, different story.

I'll admit, I'd love to know more about your ride....

best.
I'm assuming your interest/ question is directed at my previous post and ride? If so, and if the link to the project doesn't sate your curiosity, I'm open to discussion and pointed questions, if not then ignore this.
Regards,

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Old 03-06-2015, 11:53 AM   #15
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I'll admit, I'd love to know more about your ride....
OK -- I saw the link in your .sig.

Now I get to waste as much time as you did -- turnabout being fair play. ;-)
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