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The Eliminator wins

When I added the additional consideration that a remote job would probably require me to have a small pickup truck anyway (job requirement) The Eliminator in fact eliminated the competition.

martes I'm sure does not want me commuting on the freeway on a motorcycle anyway, and the smaller bike pretty much guarantees that I won't, as it can't.

This also solves the problem of the disposal of the van, which as much as its been a part of our personal history, is now 20 years old and falling apart. In October it will probably go back to where it came (Railway Motors) in exchange for above mentioned truck. With its 390 V8 engine, its just not affordable anymore, with a tank of gas for it costing about $150

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shockwave77598 June 4th, 2008
I'd go with the 250. You may not want to use the freeways in the city as a routine matter. But you may one day want to take a bike trip out of town and having the option of taking the freeway would be useful.

90mpg. Hm. I need to look into one of these myself.

titanic June 4th, 2008
I still have time to think about it. Four months actually. It may well come down to a matter of which one is available, as I imagine these things have become very popular for the same reason I'm getting one.

kitfoxx June 4th, 2008
Cool! Good luck, and be safe. When are you going to be picking it up?

titanic June 4th, 2008
October, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which I don't think I can afford it before that.

kitfoxx June 4th, 2008
Sometimes you can get a good deal in the fall, since it's the end of riding season.

vulpesrex June 5th, 2008
Well - there is something to be said in favor of the small bikes. I'm sure that you will be pleased with it. Myself, when I moved back to SoCal in 1989, I thought about getting another bike, but had to rebuild my finances. When I returned - again - to SoCal, settling in Burbank in 1994, the nature of the drivers on the feeways had changed so noticably, -including some of the stunts pulled routinely by motorcyclists - that I decided that SoCal Freeways were not worth the risk, in my judgement, for two-wheelers, whether on super-bikes, cafe-racers, or touring machines. I don't think it was a matter of losing my nerve - I was never one for the run-from-Mountaintop-to-La Canada Flintridge roadrace on Hwy 2, I was always pretty much a tourer, even on the RD.

Remember the Honda 90? There were a few in Panama; we used to joke that the gas tank came sealed from the factory, no need to ever refuel; and if it had a breakdown, you would just pick it up, sling it over your shoulder, and walk back to town for repairs.

barona June 5th, 2008
The thing I learned down there is that, while California freeways can be dangerous places, there is a sort of 'groove' to riding in them-- a pattern, although physical grooves do also exist in the pavement... but as long as you know the local driving patterns, you do alright.

So, you'll be driving a motorcycle to work, and then once at work parking it and using a pickup truck?

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