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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hey Gang ... had a bit of a hiatus, learning about motorcycles and picking one up next week. I just can't beat the 55MPG and Euro III emissions as far as oil/energy usage.

But I'm getting caught up with that and back to working out and smarter eating. I'll weigh myself in the AM, I might've picked up 5lbs, but I'll get that off quick.

How is everyone else doing?
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    Ya... the Prius is a great automobile and it's just fantastic so many people are buying them. I try to be a bit of a purist in buying things though, I'm not just concerned about the fuel. The current battery technologies use an enormous amount of really nasty chemicals to make, dispose of, and the human species being what it is, those batteries are going to end up cracked, leaking into groundwater in dumps, etc.

    We desperately need a decent battery that can charge quick and hold 300 miles worth of energy in a small area. Once someone comes up with that, it's no more oil!

    I'm going the motorcycle route for now. Some of the newer, smaller engine sport bikes (2008 Ninja 250R) get 50-75 MPG. Although the U.S. version of that isn't fuel injected (the European one is). The European version of that bike, I think is the most efficient mode of large-range highway transportation on the planet right now. It gets 75MPG and is viable on highways and a lot of fun as well. This bike becomes available in 30 days. The U.S. version doesn't use the fuel injection, I think, because the manufacturer was too cheap, so that made me rule it out.

    So I moved up to the fuel injected version that is one step up and I'm probably going to pick up a 650R this week. 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, 45-60PG, it meets European III emissions (higher than California) without all the battery chemicals!

    ... it's been 10 years since I've been on a bike, and I'm taking the professional courses as refresher ... and, of course, upping the medical insurance, LOL. ;) I don't need to commute daily so it makes the most sense for me I think.

    I love the Prius and all the work Toyota is doing there, but we've got to solve the "battery" problem.

    I just keep thinking back to WWII and what all the German's did when they lost access to oil ... they were highly mechanized at that time, but their society went on ... how? They all started driving motorcycles.

    Who knows what the future holds, but I want to make sure I can at least ride a motorcycle. ;)

    I think we are going to see some electric motorcycles that are going to be insane as soon as the battery issue is figured out. Check this out http://www.killacycle.com/ (it runs on laptop batteries, LOL).
    4925 days ago
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    My Prius averages 50 MPG on the highway (60 MPG to work, and a bit less on the way back). With my long commute, it has more than paid for hybrid premium.
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    Ya - thanks. Yup ... everyone even thinking about motorcycles should go take the MSF course ($250 and they provide the motorcycle!). Even people who don't want one should go take that course ...

    ... but I'm pretty convinced as gas creaks towards $10/gallon, motorcycles are the future and SUVs are doing to be a thing of the past replaced by motorcycles and mass transit. So that's why I'm learning. I'm pretty lucky I don't have to commute to work everyday or drive in afternoon rush hour when most of the accidents happen so that eliminates like 90% of the real risk.
    4926 days ago
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    Pretty good, nice to hear you'll be back! Be careful on that cycle, I love them and agree with riding them but cars don't always see them. There are generally safety courses available in all areas for riding them, I would recommend taking one.
    4926 days ago
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