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Kevin K
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:36 pm  Reply with quote
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John B. wrote:
or this crazy idea. Bikes park at bike racks. Space for two wheeled parking should be part of any parking plan (sadly this is not done most of the time), usually this kind of parking area is accomplished by driving some bollards, that cars can't get through around a prime spot. You can then stuff as many two wheeled whatevers into it as will fit, scooter mc moped who cares! dose it have only 2 wheels? yes, then it belongs in the two wheel area. simple.

So I can't park there with my sidecar? Hmmph!
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Kevin K wrote:

So I can't park there with my sidecar? Hmmph!
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no, sidecars are dubm....

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:27 pm  Reply with quote
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Yes, and Vespas are so stable when it's snowing out.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:03 pm  Reply with quote
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I suppose my determining factor would be if it fits through the bollards you can park it . it seems so simple it must have a flaw.
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Kevin K wrote:
Yes, and Vespas are so stable when it's snowing out.
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totally! If I see a scooter/sidecar combo at bike rack I'm letting the air out of some tires.*




*unless it's a nice vintage scoot with a vintage sidecar not those big ass sidecars made for motorcycles that people put on scooters.....

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ALL YOUR BOLLARDS BELONG TO US
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Brooke wrote:
ALL YOUR BOLLARDS BELONG TO US


Never MiNd tHe bOlLArDS!

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Maybe I'll get a Smart and park it at the bike racks.

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Back when mopeds were pretty much the size of a bicycle it would make sense, but now when a 50cc cheap ass honda joker clone is bigger than some motorcycles it seems kinda dumb.

So a Honda Helix, Silverwing, Burgman etc.. would be OK but a Ninja 250 wouldn't?


Hey, I resemble these remarks. I should get some sort of perks for having to tighten the headset on the Baron every 100 miles (trying locktight next time). A baron helix clone parks there once in awhile. Silverwings and Burgmans are crazy big auto motorcycles. I don't know that they could get away with it (or even fit).

Mpls parking is crazy anyhow, I don't know why they charge $4 per day for motorcycle parking. You'd think they'd want to encourage more cycles/scooters so they'd have less congestion.

Don't even think there is rational political discourse around this issue, just go with the ask forgiveness instead of permission rule. You certainly would not want to get stuck in a debate in the same system that recently gave us the circus animal issue.

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Brad wrote:

Hey, I resemble these remarks.


Ha! Is that what you won? Seriously those are as big as a Farmall.

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You certainly would not want to get stuck in a debate in the same system that recently gave us the circus animal issue.
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Which I'm still dead set against. Why should circus animals get special parking privileges?
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well having a wee bit of experience with the circus, I can tell you that at least most of the circi I went with, the majority of the animals are treated better than the majority of the humans... especially parking spots!

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Matty wrote:
Brad wrote:

Hey, I resemble these remarks.


Ha! Is that what you won? Seriously those are as big as a Farmall.


Yup, Baron 150 Retro (Joker look alike)

The world is small and unimaginative when I'm riding a american-branded, british named, chinese copy of a japanese model that was based on 50's american style.

The engine actually starts and runs ok, tops out a little over 50 mph indicated after 200 miles on the clock. Fast enough for traffic around town, a little marginal for local highways. Looks pretty neat (just like a joker), especially after I ditched the plastic trunk.

The mirrors are crap, they will not stay adjusted. The front disc works well, the back worse than the Bajaj. The gas tank is under the floorboards, have to be careful filling it or it overflows (there's a little crossmember right in the spout). I don't care for the wind protection or riding position, but it might be fine for a shorter person.

The biggest issue is the front fork working loose. This has happened on the Bajaj a couple of times, but that was over the course of 10,000 miles, not 100. One year parts and labor warranty. Maybe I'll take it in to have it tightened next time, but it's a bit of a drive and I have to stick it in the van. But it might be easier than removing the plastic again. If I get that sorted out, the rest of the scooter would be acceptable as daily transport with a couple of aftermarket mirrors.


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Don't we have the contact info for one of the baron QA engineers? We could probably get these design concerns worked out pretty quickly if we just go straight to the top...
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