Posted by Neon John on March 4, 2009, 2:20 am
On Tue, 3 Mar 2009 06:51:43 -0800 (PST), Jim Wilkins
As the saying goes, it's only news because it happens so seldom.
Speaking from personal experience, I've been using a 2 wheeled hotrod
electric scooter for around 6 years now for all my fair weather local
travel. I've never had even a close call with a car. Of course,
unlike many bicyclists I've seen, I do nothing to antagonize
4-wheelers. I ride like every car out there is aiming for l'il ole me.
Posted by BobG on March 4, 2009, 4:42 am
All the 4 wheel 'neighborhood vehicles' like thge Zap Zebra have to be
speed limited to 25 mph, supposedly because they arent crash tested.
They would probably go about 40 just fine otherwise. I think this is
collusion to stifle competition by the car companies and some corrupt
DOT officials getting bribes. Where's the investigative reporters when
you need them? Presumably, there is a berg jumper in the controller
that has a label on it that says 'Do not remove this speed control
jumper under penalty of federal law', like it says on your pillows and
mattresses. Aint big government grand? They're keepin us safe.
Posted by z on March 4, 2009, 5:13 am
Well if they give free healthcare we can afford to drive *slighly* more
dangerous rigs right?
If they are serious about changing how we use energy they need to drop
the standards, or create a new more reasonable standard.
Light Utility Vehicles.
With some kind of energy saving waver on some of that shit.
Posted by Jim Wilkins on March 4, 2009, 3:02 pm
A vehicle may also be speed-limited by its suspension's ability to
take a bump while cornering. The power to do 40 is the power to hold
25 up a hill. I've driven a few things past their suspension limits
and only avoided a crash because I had learned the instinctive
reactions from sliding a dirt bike.
Posted by EskWIRED on March 4, 2009, 4:44 pm
My teenaged boys and I rented ATVs once in Utah. The older one was going
too fast for the first sharp corner on the dirt road, and two wheels came
off the ground. It scared him enough that he kept his speed down after
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russell