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Old 11-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Every beginner should start on a bike like that. Australia's equivalent is the Postie, the CT110.

Gigantic YES to that.

There's nothing more educational about motorcycle dynamics than riding a small bike as fast as it will go. It's loads of fun, and it promotes a smooth transition to bigger bikes. It guarantees a greater appreciation of the capabilities of larger motorcycles in a way that those who skip the little bikes will forever remain unequipped to understand.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, when I was 16 I was lumbered with the grossly mis-named NSU Quickly. This contraption taught me nothing about motorcycling, seeing as all my mates could go faster on their pedal bikes! Oh the shame! My 17th birthday, and my D14/4S BSA Bantam couldn't come too soon!
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Bought one for my daughter a few months ago. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have zero interest in riding that.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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"Best Selling" anything tends not to appeal to me (Honda scooters, Corollas, Thriller Albums, McDonalds etc.). I think that is a good thing.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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"Best Selling" anything tends not to appeal to me (Honda scooters, Corollas, Thriller Albums, McDonalds etc.). I think that is a good thing.
Yeah, me too! He says, casually kicking the McDonalds bag under his car seat...
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah, me too! He says, casually kicking the McDonalds bag under his car seat...
Eating McD's is like riding that Honda scooter; you're slightly less of an individual afterwards. With McD's it's even more ironic because despite being less of an individual you'll look larger afterwards.
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I'm in New York City for the weekend visiting my daughters. Two wheeled transport is on a huge upswing. I've seen old ladies on bikes, electric power assist bikes, all sorts of low HP pedal bikes with motors. But, this has to be the Vespa capital of the US.

I think it is very cool, and hugely sensible. Parking and gas savings are substantial over owning a car.

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In the late 60s Honda claimed "you meet the nicest people on a Honda". Truth is that the cub and other small scooters and motorcycles brought more riders into motorcycle riding than any other reason, at any other time in America's past or present. Can't speak for other countries but believe the small 125 through 250 cc bikes created the same love of bikes in Japan.
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