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#9852 of 9932 Re: stickshift jedi [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 01, 2013 (9:36 pm)
put that on a golf club and make it work, and you will be able to buy Bill Gates.
#9853 of 9932 Re: stickshift jedi [stickguy]
Feb 02, 2013 (5:59 am)
Yeah, it also might actually make golf popular.
#9854 of 9932 Re: stickshift jedi [bpizzuti]
Feb 02, 2013 (8:29 am)
"...Just be careful. Worshiping the Almighty Stick has an awful lot of interesting connotations, many of which are not family friendly, and some of which are just plain hilarious. "...
I really think it is the OTHER way around. Most of the worship, more importantly the monies have gone into "automatic"(transmissions) improvements, that so far have really not overcome the third pedals performance parameters, i.e. parasitic forces, mpg , range of mpg, durability, cost, to name a few, other than the automatics are ...automatic. At that, there has been, is and probably will remain a considerable premium, albeit for 47 years that I have been driving.
I say this from the perspective of owning automatics; 3,4,6,7,8 speeds, (3- in a 1950's car) 4,5,6 speeds manuals and a six speed DSG.
Further, I do really like the 8 speed A/T, 6 speed manual Tremec and 6 speed DSG. In the case of the 8 speed A/T, it is standard with no other transmission offering. In that sense, the extra cost (app 1,200) is built into the cost structure making it opaque. The 4,5,6, speed manuals almost all have had the A/T( extra cost option) The DSG was an 1,100 extra cost option over a 6 speed M/T standard.
Mar 09, 2013 (12:17 pm)
gimmestdtranny - in response to your Ducati suggestion - I've looked at the small and medium (696, 796) Monster, and I like them a lot. They seem to be a perfect size and weight, and the ergonomics are fine for a rider who isn't 5'6" 130. The price kind of repels me - Monster 796 ABS shoots past 10K.. I was thinking/hoping now that I have a new car with a payment, I would be distracted from bikes. But, I still feel "want" when I see some. In my mind, I would be most likely to buy a Ninja 300/new Honda CB500 series (if they ever finally arrive) or a Monster. I am just being held back by unwillingness to spend, parking, and fear of local traffic. I don't want something too old, as I hate carbs and I want ABS. Heck, I have even thought about picking up a scooter just for fun, but those are mostly CVTs, so not appropriate here
Mar 09, 2013 (12:43 pm)
Not all scooters are CVT, but all of them are dangerous vis a vis a motorcycle.
#9860 of 9932 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 09, 2013 (4:31 pm)
The dangerous part makes me hesitant - not just my own lack of expertise, but the local "drivers", especially in this diverse area. I will say a bike would be the only manual vehicle I would consider - still don't really want it in a car.
Mar 10, 2013 (9:27 am)
Well the wheels on a scooter are too small and couple that with a sharp steering rake to the front forks and you go right over the bars on an avoidance maneuver.
The other drivers are a problem with ANY two wheeler.
And if you're 60+ on a two wheeler, you can double the bad odds by a factor of 2.