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linus
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wow Clive, 180mpg? Amazing!

Oh OK, it's a diesel. That's such a funny sounding engine on a motorcycle, check out the 4th and 5th videos in your link.

The one downside of running a biodiesel fuel bike is that you'd get a constant craving for french fries.

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There's a 2001 KLR 650 at a used bike place near my house. They're asking $3,100. Thinking...thinking...
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what's the mileage?
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Steveee...my advice is to not do it..i went through a bike phase about ten years ago..you will have tumbles and you will be at the mercy of every mad car/truck/bus driver on the roads..having said that i was never hit by another vehicle but i was seriously scared several times..and the accident i did have was caused by me hitting a high kerb and somehow doing a wheelie before demolishing a parked fiat...it was a hell of a buzz to be honest but quickly forgotten next time i had to ride in a serious rainstorm(which is what made me realise it was a crazy thing to be doing). if you must get a bike my recommendation is a Harley as you're less likely to kill yourself on one and you 'll feel like Dennis Hopper as you ride one
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I disagree about the Harleys being safer JSNTV. they are not, because (1) they are not very manoeuvarable and (2) you wouldn't want to get caught under one.

I only had one serious crash in my life, while riding a Honda XL250. my foot ended up under the bike crushing my ankle, but I got over that in a few months because the bike was pretty light. I can't imagine the damage with a bike twice the weight.

Harleys are essntially designed to cruise American highways. Besides being grossly overpriced, they aren't as practical for a cramped and crowded city like Lisbon.

Steveee, if you're really familiar with the local driving habits and are comfortable riding a bicycle around town, the upgrade to a motorcycle shouldn't be risky. I think most of the risk comes from riding when you're pretty young. it's hard to overcome the rush in adrenaline and exhiliration that comes with riding, you will tend to take too many chances and don't ride defensively enough. I don't ride today like I used to when I was 20.

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Thanks very much for all the advice.

In terms of riding in the city, I sort of have no fear at all, much as you say linus, because I'm so used to cycling in cities.

The one thing that terrifies me is losing control of a bike at high speed. I've read lots of stuff about the slightest spill of diesel making bikers lose control, It's that uncontrollable aspect that really scares me.

I find trail bikes a little ugly, but I guess if they're cheap and do the job I shouldn't complain.

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It's been a while since I owned a bike, but my advice would be to try and skip the small engined bikes as quickly as possible.

In general, bigger, more powerful, bikes are much safer to ride than smaller ones for several reasons. They are more visible to the motorist, they handle better, and have much better brakes, they put more and better quality rubber on the road, so they are less likely to skid, and their greater weight and superior suspension will allow them to ride bumps better.

Also a more powerful engine will give you the confidence to assume a more dominant position where a more feeble machine will cause you to struggle to maintain your position in the traffic.

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