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September 5th, 2008
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  • 10:26 Stray thought I had while behind a muffler-challenged bike on the way to work this morning: National motorcycles reflect national character. #

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From:baronlaw
Date:September 5th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Interesting concept, so American bikes use outdated technology, tend to be highly customized and loud. Which says what?
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From:natetg
Date:September 5th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Actually, that's only Harleys. Buell (same company, different make) has a different reputation.

Also, Harleys don't start out all that loud - the noise is typically the result of poor maintenance (relatively unlikely) or deliberate modification.

Generally, in the US, motorcycles are considered luxury items, while, in much of the rest of the world, they're a primary mode of transportation.
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From:baronlaw
Date:September 5th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Buell is a relatively recent acquisition of the Harley company, prior to that they were privately owned. Mister Buell would buy Harley v-twin engines and shoe horn them into "sport" style bikes with a lot of tweaks for horsepower and handling.

I do agree with you that stock from the factory Harley's are not all that loud, sadly that does not fit into the current Harley culture and often the very first thing a new rider buys is loud pipes.

Perhaps this is the result of being seen as a luxury item and not serious transportation. I've been riding since 1986, at one point only owning a motorcycle for over two years, and I never considered a Harley as a daily rider. But I think in addition to being a luxury item it also applies to America's love of "tinkering" with things. Witness jacked up 4x4's and Hot rods as evidence.
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:September 5th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Ouch.

Harley-Davidson reflects our national character: Outlaws.
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From:elynne
Date:September 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Living next to a busy road, I've heard a lot of traffic noise. The ones that really irritate me are the ZOMFG BASE cars, where you can hear the "THUMPTHUMPTHUMP" two blocks before and after; but unmufflered motorcycles are also very annoying.

This morning, I was having my morning coffee and internets, while Kitten lay in the hallway snoozing. A motorcycle revved several times and then whined past - one of the higher-pitched, screechy engines. Kitten growled at it in her sleep. It was actually very cute. :D
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From:elynne
Date:September 5th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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also: how does this Twitter thingermabobby work? Do you post... text messages from your phone? I am cautiously intrigued, much like a cat confronted with a new piece of furniture.
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From:baxil
Date:September 11th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
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You can! Most of my Twitters tweets have been via their web form so far. But I know kadyg has text-messaged some of her updates in via cell phone.

It's designed as something in between a chat client and a journaling-type system. You make updates of up to 140 characters and it ships them out to your "followers" (Twitter friends list); and various services interact with it, such as LoudTwitter, which ships a daily summary of your updates to your blog/LJ. With results such as what you're seeing here.

I've appreciated it so far because I feel dirty writing up a whole LJ post when I have a single short thought to get out of my head. LJ feels to me like a place for longer-form writing.

twitter.com and loudtwitter.com are the appropriate URLs. Surf the FAQs on both for a more detailed overview.
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From:baphnedia
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
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*tames the stray thought and delivers it to an imaginary shelter for stray thoughts, in the hopes it finds a home*
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