Ride Friday: Why motorcyclists don't honk
October 14, 2011
By jjron (Own work) GFDL 1.2 (www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html), via Wikimedia CommonsIf you drive a normal 4 wheeled vehicle (what we motorcyclists like to refer to as a " cager") then you might not have noticed, but the motorcyclists on the road rarely honk at you — especially when you’re trying to kill us. I only mention this after a conversation I had with a coworker. I noted that the more grievous the attempt at bodily harm was by a cager, the less likely it was for a honk to be returned. This is completely contrary from cage on cage action where horns are activity #1 in any incident.
Beware of Buses Bearing Gifts
May 3, 2011
The phrase used to be “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, but I think the same can be applied to buses… more specifically MUNI buses. Maybe a better (more modern) version should be “Beware of buses bearing gifts” or simply “Screw MUNI”. If you wonder why I say this, obviously you’ve never visited San Francisco and relished the simple joy of riding MUNI. That bus system goes out of it’s way to find the best ways to inconvenience you. One might also think this is true of all mass transit and while it is true in some cases, MUNI has it down to an art form, a science even. I’m more than happy to explicate why I loveomniloathe the SF bus system.
So I bought a pickup
April 27, 2010
It’s a truck For the last 2 years, I’ve had a Prius. It was a good car, with some nice electronic toys to be sure. It most definitely gets fantastic gas mileage. That being said, it is a bit… meh. Now I didn’t get rid of it because it was “meh” (IE unexciting), I got rid of it because I didn’t drive it much these days. When I first got it, it was my primary mode of transport.
Driving Tax vs Gas Tax
February 23, 2010
This post was inspired by: an article from the Washington Post. Currently we pay a tax on each gallon of gasoline we buy. Part of it is Federal, part State, and possibly even a local part (don’t know anywhere like this, but it is a possibility I suppose). As we move toward more fuel efficient vehicles (be they motorcycles, hybrids, or whatnot), the amount of tax money is decreasing. Obviously, the governments dislike this as they need that money to keep the roads up, one of the things that has been suggested is to replace the per gallon tax with a “Per Mile Driven” tax. This would mean that the cost of filling up, be it a hybrid or a truck would be much closer in cost. Sounds good for the gas guzzling truck, but not so much for anyone who bought a more fuel efficient vehicle to save on gas fill ups (and/or pretends to care that they really bought it to make the environment better). Were something like this to pass it could put a serious dent into hybrid sales and also standard motorcycles (like the Suzuki Boulevard S40). Since Standard bikes are fairly cheap (new and used are generally well under $5k) and get good fuel economy (40-80 mpg depending on the model), they are popular sellers when gas prices start to rise, as they usually pay for themselves in a few months, depending on your commute (not to mention the awesomeness that is a motorcycle). Hybrids on the other hand are less of an impulse buy as they are quite costly. The main reason people suffer this cost though is because they are getting a savings at the pump. Remove that savings and hybrid sales will slump. When Jon and I discussed this new tax, we kept coming back to the same question: How can you, the government/tax collector, prove how many miles I’ve driven?
The Ultimate “End of the World” Vehicle
October 12, 2009
Recently John and I got onto the topic of “End of the World” vehicles (Editor’s note: For certain values of “recently”). Would a big RV work? It has lots of space, though it has poor gas mileage and isn’t very maneuverable. What about a big pickup truck? Lots of cargo space, better gas millage, can store more fuel, but still not very maneuverable. Motorcycle? Ultra good gas millage, but very limited on the cargo space and the extra fuel you can take along (this is what Milla Jovovich used in Resident Evil: Apocalypse).
Reno Air Races 2009
September 25, 2009
Welcome to Reno Stead Airport. Last weekend was the Reno Air Races, which I attended. I wrote up a bit with a bunch of photos for Wikinews. I must admit, it was a lot of work getting all the pictures together and getting the story written. Last year, when I went I took a (personal) record setting 1,500+ pictures in one day. This year I took 3,472 pictures over the course of the weekend (Over 1800 on Sunday alone), setting myself a new all time record.
The Math Behind a Car Lease
April 7, 2009
You too can have one of these shiny new critters. Recently, I learned a lot more about what it takes to acquire a new lease, at least through Subaru. For the purposes of this discussion we will assume you are looking to purchase a vehicle for approximately $20,000 (the formulas should be adjustable to your target vehicle’s price). The first thing you need to understand is that if you are trying to leave (to go to dinner, for instance), they will throw all kinds of crazy numbers at you.
Dublin Toyota Stiffed me!
April 8, 2008
I checked my mail just a few minutes ago and found an envelope from Dublin Toyota Scion. I was a little surprised, as I wasn’t expecting anything from them. Regardless, I opened the envelope to find out they had stiffed me on the value of my trade in vehicle. Those bastards underpaid me for it! I was a little concerned about what else they did wrong — but that is a story for a different day.
Prius – Day 2
March 11, 2008
Well even though Day 1 didn’t start till almost 8pm — we’ll roll with it (if you excuse the pun). I didn’t get to drive that much today, only a couple of errands. I do find myself wanting to drive the Prius — mainly because its a new toy and… I love to play with new toys. I don’t find myself remorseful of my purchase, then again I didn’t get a proper nights sleep — so we’ll see tomorrow.
Car Shopping – Day 2 – Done
March 10, 2008
Well, I had grand plans to go car shopping again today. I was planning to go test drive a Ford Focus, Acura TSX, Toyota Prius and then the Honda Civic Hybrid (again). Well, it didn’t work out quite as I planned. I started out at the Toyota dealership, and that’s basically as far as I got. Long story short, I test drove, and ended up with a new Prius. So let me give a quick run down of my time at the dealership and then my impressions from the drive.
Car Shopping – Day 1
March 9, 2008
At the current moment, I drive a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX (Manual). Overall I like the car, there are a few annoyances but over all it has served me well. I only leased the Scooby, and its lease is up in just about 3 months. That being said, I’ve been doing research on new vehicles. In fact today I went car shopping. I didn’t buy anything today, I didn’t plan on it.