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    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    Motorcycles I am unlikely to purchase


    I like motorcycles. A lot. Postie bikes, superbikes, Italian exotica, UJMs, Hardly Drivables - I like 'em all and can see situations in which I would like to own one. Some motorcycles I just bring myself to desire, however. Such as this:
    Looks OK at first glance, doesn't it? Fun little thing to ride, front wheel up, etc. The trouble is that it's 'powered' by this:








    Which is kind of unfortunate, in that a lot of the joy of riding a motorcycle is aural. Even plain Jane UJMs such as my motorcycle sound like sex when you get enthusiastic on the twisty side of the handlebars and the induction roar starts to emanate from the airbox. The Lovely Lady has even commented on the sound that reaches her in the Little Red Car when she followed me into the Twisties. As compared to this thing, which would sound like a tram.
    This thing looks the goods, too, huh? Once again appearances are being deceptive. Although it looks like something Loris Capirossi uses to duck down to the shop to buy a carton of milk, it is in fact powered by this:




    That's right folks, no MotoGP inspired pneumatic valved 17,000 rpm, 250bhp per litre screamer, it's a diesel. D. I. E. S. E. L. As well as aural, one of the bonus, no-extra-cost joys of motorcycling is tactile. From the angry buzz of an Aprilia RS250 at three billion rpm on a windy road to the uneven lope of a H-D poking down a freeway to the once-a-powerpole thump of an old pommy single, motorcycle engines each have a unique feel to them. I think that this may be just a little too unique for moi. At least now H-Ds may loose the epithet 'two-wheeled tractor'.
    This is just wrong, so I'm going to work.

    5 Comments:

    Blogger Dollop said...

    Bastard, bastard, bastard: Vietnam, is one place I absolutely must ride. South America too.

    Agree on new hyrbids too: where's the engine breaking. Where's the soft spot at 4500 rpm where you float it over the rise, knowing that the lag will mean excess power on the downslope.

    Congrats.

    9/27/2006 06:19:00 am  
    Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

    You antipodean convict chappies certainly do speak a different language! Is it aboriginal or what? All this stuff about motorcycles. Get in a car cobber! You can put on a seatbelt, listen to CDs and you don't have to wear a spacesuit. One of my best friends was killed in a motorcycle accident in Scotland - just took a wet corner badly and hit a tree - no other vehicle involved.

    9/27/2006 10:28:00 pm  
    Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

    Just read the entry about the Lovely Lady. I'm so pleased for you though I thought likening the drying up of blog entries to the last drips of piss was in exceedingly bad taste! Good luck to you. Finding someone to love isn't easy when you're all grown up and your life's patterns are becoming engrained. It's an exciting time for you. When's the first baby due? If it's a boy you have my permission to name him Pudding. Be brave!

    9/27/2006 10:37:00 pm  
    Blogger RobC said...

    I agree on the electrics... however I have it on good authourity that the Neander diesel makes a very pleasing sound and has lot more torque than equivilant petrol engines.
    I used to have a Z750 twin Kawa that also had an amazing torque curve, used to go trundling over passes while the multi cylinder okes had to gear down and twist the ears even harder to keep up... on the flat bits they won out though.

    9/28/2006 01:40:00 pm  
    Blogger Dirk said...

    Dollop,
    Hahahahaha, suffer in yer jocks.
    Pud,
    I had a football coach in the under 15s by the name of Pudden. Antipodean spelling, with no 'Yorkshire' attached to it.
    RobC,
    two words: die sel.
    Another word: no.

    10/05/2006 02:37:00 am  

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