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Old 04-29-2008, 06:10 AM   #15
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Nice car, Jim! Brad and I are big Triumph folks and share the passion. Among many others, he has a TR4 he wants to use as a daily driver and I have a street Spitfire I've been driving to work and a race Spitfire used for vintage racing.

Yours is beautiful! Enjoy the heck out of it!

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Old 04-29-2008, 08:36 AM   #16
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i used this in the park in Miami. i might get one for use in NY.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:06 AM   #17
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Nice TR5. I prefer my Triumphs to be the two wheeled variety.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:48 AM   #18
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I like them a lot, too, Cameron! I would love an old Bonneville...

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Old 04-29-2008, 11:11 AM   #19
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My favorite is the 1969 Bonneville. To me, that was their ultimate year.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:29 AM   #20
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Ok, if you insist on driving, a Honda Civic gets the same or better mileage than many large motorcycles. The Civic Hybrid and Prius get the same mileage as small motorcycles. Isn't that pathetic?

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Yeah but they are not as much fun to ride!
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So cost of gas/diesel is only going to get worse.

Thinking about something economical to drive around town.

Anyone out there actually own a Segway? How far can you go on a single charge? Weight limits? What about traffic.... I think you'd be required to "walk it" through intersections like a bike. Ideas? Practical or a toy?

OK other choice would be a small Honda Motorcycle.

I want something I can load in the bed of my truck.


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If you are considering a motorcycle and have not riden one before take a motorcycle safety class.
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right below the map is a course locator.
I took one and they are great. One of the participants took the class and decided it was not for them. Worth the investment before purchasing a bike.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:10 PM   #22
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Nice car, Jim! Brad and I are big Triumph folks and share the passion. Among many others, he has a TR4 he wants to use as a daily driver and I have a street Spitfire I've been driving to work and a race Spitfire used for vintage racing.

Yours is beautiful! Enjoy the heck out of it!

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Susan this is my 3rd Triumph. I owned a TR4 with OD when I was stationed in Hawaii, I didn't even have a top for it. I had a TR3 small mouth, what a rush to drive. In the pictures to the right is a black 58 MGA covered which is in the reassemble stage, full restoration. I purchased this TR6 from the original owner with 70K on it. It had sat for 7 years and took me 45 min to get the engine started. I am going through the brakes and will replace the clutch with a kit from TRF. The car is a 76 with OD so will get nice mileage on the highway, I also have a double loop roll bar on the way from Canada and will most likely add leather Miata seats. I also plan to add AC as soon as I get all the parts together. Still cheaper than a new car and a lot safer than a Motorcycle.

I bet the vintage racing is just way to much fun, maybe someday.

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:08 PM   #23
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Paula, how 'bout a bicycle? I"ve ridden mine to work every day (except one) for the past two weeks!

Ok, if you insist on driving, a Honda Civic gets the same or better mileage than many large motorcycles. The Civic Hybrid and Prius get the same mileage as small motorcycles. Isn't that pathetic?

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Average highway MPG figures after a quick internet search:
Honda Civic - 36mpg
Honda Civic Hybrid - 45mpg
Harley Davidson Fat Boy - 48mpg
Honda Rebel 250 - 86mpg

Once you figure in the cool factor of riding a Harley vs. the geek factor of driving a Civic Hybrid, the bikes start to look even better.
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:32 PM   #24
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Average highway MPG figures after a quick internet search:
Honda Civic - 36mpg
Honda Civic Hybrid - 45mpg
Harley Davidson Fat Boy - 48mpg
Honda Rebel 250 - 86mpg

Once you figure in the cool factor of riding a Harley vs. the geek factor of driving a Civic Hybrid, the bikes start to look even better.
The new Triumph Bonneville gets 48mpg an increases the cool factor even further. I mean, after all, Steve McQueen rode Triumph!
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:39 PM   #25
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I just bought a Vespa GT200 two weeks ago. I am in love. My project of polishing the Airstream has been neglected. It's the Porsche of scooters! My daughter also bought a scooter last week. She bought a Buddy 125. They are both really cute (my husband rolled his eyes when I told him the cute factor really matters to us girls!), and are zippy. Mine can top out at about 75 mph & my daughter's does about 60 mph. Not that we go that fast very often--we like a nice calm cruise. The Buddy gets about 90 miles per gallon and the Vespa gets about 75 miles per gallon. The Vespa is a heavier scooter & rides nicer than the Buddy. The Buddy is really easy to ride the first time you hop on it, though. I'm not brave enough to ride on an expressway, but it can easily be done with a Vespa 200 or 250. The GT200 is about $5300 new and the Buddy is about $2600 new (thus the daughter's decision to spend less $). I know you can get a pretty nice trailer for that much money, but my summertime life (we are greenhouse & vegetable farm owners) doesn't allow me to go camping. This lets me save $ on gas and feel the wind in my withers! I do wear a helmet & have a protective coat that I wear. It's FUN!
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When you have a Vespa AND an Airstream, your cool factor goes through the roof, IMHO!
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I like the idea here: an Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite EV conversion.

But I also like this:
YouTube - topgear : jeremy clarkson drives the peel p50
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I got my first Honda 160 in 1966. Couldn't afford a car and go to Kent State University at the same time. Never had a car until 1976. Rode in OHIO 12 months a year. Knobby tires, a snowsuit and spiked boots in winter.

Always wore a helmet, protective clothing including gloves in summer.

Well aware of the dangers - and yes there IS a lot more traffic now - and the vehicles are bigger.

But again, I would like a daily putt around that could be put in the bed of my truck. As for a bicycle, yes it would be great exercise and it's a goal I'm working toward but there's too much ballast on my body at the moment to make it practical. (My name is FORD but I wouldn't want to be found on the road dead!)

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