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Jeff
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:21 am  Reply with quote
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A coworker of mine told me that he heard that someone on a scooter was run down by a semi on I 94 this AM. Did anyone else hear about this? Was it anyone we know?

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I haven't heard or seen any news on this so far. Hope it's not true.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:00 pm  Reply with quote
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I was on 94 at 7:30 this morning on a Stella, but I wasn't run over by anything. Or maybe I'm dead and don't know it yet....
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Always the last to know, eh Bob?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:43 am  Reply with quote
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Bob, are you riding a stock Stella on 94? I can't ever get faster than an indicated 56-60 which means realistically 50-53, which effectively keeps me off the freeways. Great on highways 55, 81, and the like, but no good on the freeways...

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Yeah, it's stock and a 2003, though brand new. Under 130 miles. Top indicated speed so far has been 68 mph in a flat following a brief downgrade
on Hwy 100. Despite all this I still expect you all to go easy on your new bikes for the first 500 miles. I don't know why this one's so fast. I weigh 114 lbs.
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I am still scared to ride on the indy 500 (I94)..... I can get up to about 62-65 MPH on my fireball which is about 2 MPH fast but the engine loses umph to go a little bit faster. I am just scared that some AXX will run me over and make my wife a widow.....while talking n the phone....

Please be careful, Bob!!!!
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Moses
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I'll out myself here.

I have been known to bop onto 94 for some short stints - entrance to next exit stuff - when I need to do so. I have done a long-haul on it once, when I was in a rush, from White Bear Ave. to Dowling. I have found it no scarier than Lyndale or Hennepin. I tend to avoid the highways, though, if they look busy with vehicles. Keeping it prudent is a good idea. The streets are more scenic, cool, and fun, anyway. I'll admit to preferring to travel those routes than the speedy ones.

Sure, there are speed freaks on the interstate, but that doesn't mean the streets are safer. Near my house disturbs me more than the highway ever will, because too many yahoos blatantly run red lights (we're talking solid red for two or three seconds, not simply burnt orange) at 42nd and Fremont and over at St. Anthony Pkwy and Marshall.


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I routinely took 94 from downtown St.P to 280.

280 was actually a lot worse, because there was less congestion so people could go a lot faster- and there's some pretty choppy bumps on 280. The sketchiest part of the ride was the left entrances onto 94, especially from 280 to EB 94- but truthfully, during commuting hours I tended to be putting more wear on my clutch than I did any high speeding.

That said, a motorcycle did apparently flip on 694 this morning- the driver died, but hte passenger apparently lived long enough to get hit by a car, at which point they died. So that's the big worry in traffic like that, at least to me. Be careful, rubber down, etc.
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Ah, that 114 lbs would be the reason behind the speeds in the indicated high 60s (really low 60s I'm sure) - I weigh a substantially more meaty 210, which puts my total vehicle weight about 30% above yours (roughly 350 vs. 450) - so I should be glad I get what I do!

You have those footpegs in at Scooterville yet?

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Tom Lindsay wrote:
Ah, that 114 lbs would be the reason behind the speeds in the indicated high 60s (really low 60s I'm sure) - I weigh a substantially more meaty 210, which puts my total vehicle weight about 30% above yours (roughly 350 vs. 450) - so I should be glad I get what I do!

You have those footpegs in at Scooterville yet?


Bob, do we need to feed you more?

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I probably put on almost as much highway time as local street time, and don't mind 94 so much as 494. I try to avoid the 60-65mph interstates but have gotten used to the 55 zones. Robert Street in St Paul and Lake in Uptown bother me more than any highway though because of road conditions and people pulling in and out of parking lots and streets and such all the damn time.

I had two incidents the other day where I had to lock'em up - both on local streets where people just weren't paying attention. Grrr... I couldn't wait to get off the road that day!
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It's been a busy week and I've only had time to eat the occassional small bowl of rice here and there. I've cut my weight to 107, but haven't had time for a speed run.
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Well, you could always eat Toby.

BTW - Was he saved?

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Just went out for what I thought would be a record run. With a Speedo, flip-flops, and my license I was down to a svelt 103#. However, I didn't account for a low fuel tank. I was runnin' on fumes! I think the low fuel pressure killed my top end. 65mph was all I could get. Though 1 mile from exit to exit on Hwy 100 was all I had. Might need a longer stretch to build up steam. Stay tuned.
Bob & the fastest stock Stella on Earth.
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