Untruths in advertising
Apparently, the advertising isn’t necessarily true; you might not actually meet the nicest people on a “Honda.” In fact, you might meet the worst people.
According to some documents on Wikileaks, Americans fighting terrorism overseas claim the Taliban’s favourite vehicle is a Chinese-built Honda knockoff (ironic, considering the piece below from EICMA). They supposedly like the China bikes because of their durability and low, low pricing. Why spend big bucks on a motorcycle when you’re about to strap on a bomb vest? Or maybe they just wanted the bikes for their explosive capabilities – in Internet forums everywhere, buyers are always warned away from the machines because “the engines will blow up.”
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Cops in drag
What’s faster off the line: A Harley-Davidson Big Twin, or a 600 cc sportbike? These are the sort of questions that keep arguments lively every time motorcyclists meet. It’s also a question that’s settle on the street in this YouTube video. There’s a bit of a twist in the video, though; this isn’t just any light-hearted stoplight-to-stoplight race, it’s a guy on a sportbike racing a motorcycle cop … a motorcycle cop whose boss wasn’t happy about the incident.
After the clip came out on YouTube, Chief Kevin Murphy of Montgomery, Alabama said the officer (Carlos Rogers) had resigned (under a lot of pressure, it seems) … and that he might even be facing some charges over the incident. There was much ballyhoo, the video went viral, and everyone asked why such an obvious fun-loving officer should be out of work over a little innocent drag-race. And, a couple days later, Murphy said he changed his mind and Rogers had his job back. We’re guessing, though, he’ll be put on foot patrol for a while, where he will be less likely to race others down the street.
Source: New York Daily News
You’d think they’d learn, but they haven’t yet. We’re talking about Chinese scooter manufacturers, who were nabbed at EICMA again this year, for producing Vespa knock-offs.
In what’s starting to become a yearly ritual, a Chinese scooter manufacturer booked valuable floor space at EICMA, shipped their step-throughs there, sat down in the booth and waited for the show to open … and had authorities show up and confiscate their machines over copyright issues. In all, seven different manufacturers had machines taken.
Strangely enough, although China has a strong reputation for also copying motorcycle designs, we haven’t heard of any bikes being seized, maybe because they haven’t started to pirate Ducatis … yet.
Source: IBN Live
Hey, know what’s cool? Getting your main squeeze to take a video of you doing a burnout on your ridiculous chopper, that’s what’s cool. Unless it goes wrong …