Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 01:49:02 GMT
From: Nutmegger<>
Subject: Re: Saab 9.5 Bike Rack

danny says... >> I had always thought (maybe wrong) that bikes stop a lot quicker than >> cars. > >Most bikes don't have ABS so it's a bit of a mission when breaking hard to judge when >the wheels might lock up. Yes, but that is why you learn your vehicle no matter if it is a car or motorcycle. >Obviously helps if braking in a straight line (and if your >are not braking in a straight line, most modern bikes have semi floating brakes that >pull the bike upright under hard braking). So you practice doing wheelies too - ah, so that is why I see those guys doing them all the time around here. >You have to remember that although bikes >brakes can be very good, they're not really a match for 4 big tyres (more >roadholding) and ABS. I've seen these guys stop on a dime! I mean I'm thinking of the sheer weight behind that of a Saab verses a motorcycle and they just don't compare, 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? >> That is really awful, now I feel bad I asked. > >Please don't feel bad at all. Okay. >Anyone other than relatives/close friends wouldn't see >it as any more than a local news item. If only one person reads about it and it stops >them from using similar equipment on their car it's worth it. Yes, I agree. I use a roof mount one myself anyway. >The trouble with modern >cars and their drivers is that there is a selfish streak - "I'm safe - I have >SIPS/name your safety feature - I'll be OK in an accident" rather than thinking of the >consequences to other road users. Yes, I've seen that. And, I've also read the police have charged more drivers with a charge (I can't remember the exact name of it) but similiar to assault with a deadly weapon in reference to their vehicles and putting others in danger with their recklessness. >This has been proven with regard to Volvo drivers. How? I've seen it with Ford drivers, Dodge Drivers, Chevrolet Drivers - you name it. >A motorcyclist is more likely to be hit by a Volvo than any other car on the road, >purely due to a slight lack of attention by Volvo drivers when pulling out of side >junctions in their SIPS equipped cars. They feel that the car will protect them in an >accident, and are (subconsciously) not as vigilent as a result. Cripes! In that case, look out for Mercedes drivers too! Volvo drivers around here never clean their cars enough - they are always filthy! The same is true of >ABS. As more cars get it, drivers rely more on the feature, not a good idea if the >car behind doesn't have it. > Don't get me going on ABS again, please. Most drivers are really clueless about how to use it anyway, never mind relying on it to save them. ~J~

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