Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 13:27:35 GMT
From: Nutmegger<>
Subject: Re: Saab 9.5 Bike Rack

danny says... >> So you practice doing wheelies too - ah, so that is why I see those guys doing >> them all the time around here. > >? It's got nothing to do with wheelies. And I don't do them (at least not intentionally). The >brake calipers/discs are floating, ie not rigidly attached, and under braking they pull the wheels >vertical (from whatever cornering angle they were at prior to braking) - normal physics at work, and >nothing to do with whether the wheels were in contact with the ground - not much chance braking if >the braked wheel is in the air? Well yeah, that makes sense. >That's why most bikes+riders (in the dry) employ 80% front brake. OH? That's interesting, I never knew that. >Most of the weight is transferred to the front under braking, and heavy braking will make the rear >much lighter and prone to skidding. Hmmm....doesn't work that way on my mountain bike as I fly over the handlebars. >> so in my >> mind I'm trying to figure out if 4 big tires and ABS give the Saab a shorter >> stopping distance than a bike? > >Don't figure it out. Okay, because it just leads to more questions anyway. >Try both. I have. The car wins, usually. I don't have a motorcycle, and my friend wouldn't let me near his BMW, it is his baby. I'd probably dump it anyway - I need a dirt bike to try out. >With ABS you can floor the pedal >without too much worry - do that on a bike and you are "high-siding" - leaving the bike at altitude >and about to hit the ground from that altitude. Yikes, now I'm chicken to even try. >Far better to lay the bike down and slide along the >road if it's that bad. Yes, I agree. >> Cripes! In that case, look out for Mercedes drivers too! >> Volvo drivers around here never clean their cars enough - they are always >> filthy! > >In my opinion, Mercedes drivers are usually just arrogant. This is where the Saab comes into the >equation. I was talking to the police once, and they pidgeonhole drivers according to the vehicle >(you know- boy racers always drive red Golf GTI's or similar with side skirts and spoilers) - Saab >drivers are regarded as fast but competent by the police I've talked to. (very opinionated, this!) > I know....I've talked to them also and in my accident the policeman said it was a good thing I was driving a Saab, he has seen too many accidents. I've also never been pulled over for stupid stuff like I was before. ~J~

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