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  1. mfennell

    Earthquake????

    My work buddy in northern MD felt it. We were on a call together. That's the first one that's ever lasted long enough for me to figure out 'hey, this is an earthquake'.
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    Cars, it's electric! Do Do Do

    Not bankrupt yet. I found a Fisker forum. Not a happy place right now. If they fold completely, there will be 10,000 Oceans out there. That's enough to create a support network of some kind. It was actually built under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria, using their EV architecture, and...
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    Insurance company wants to verify mileage driven?

    My company (USAA) has been satisfied with my estimates. They prompt me every so often to update them. I service my own cars. A request like yours would result in a scan of my hand written notes.
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    Car-spotting thread

    The Slingshot club showed up at the Keansburg parade today. Might have been 20 of them. They're kind of the tasteless 70s van of today. Hard to read, but at least two of them were "E-DUB TUNED". Note the speakers behind the front tire pointed outwards. Worst. Ever. Yes, it says...
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    Gas powered bikes?

    This popped up way up in north jersey (Hamburg - I thought I'd never get there) priced at "is this a scam?" It's a 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup bike, imported for a racing series back in the day. No title, just a certificate of origin stamped with "For race use only" and a 15 digit VIN that most...
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    Car-spotting thread

    Hard to believe the GT is 20 years old. I trust you didn't walk directly in front of the Shelby. It's like the opposite of a horse.
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    Car-spotting thread

    Seen in Sea Bright yesterday. @don ?
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    Car-spotting thread

    Nice. My wife bought a '19 Cooper S convertible new. It has had zero problems, which came as quite a surprise. It does lead a charmed life though. 5-6k/yr. Garaged home and work.
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    The Covid effect.

    Maybe. I used to go out to Scottsdale enough that I started bringing a road bike and hitting up a couple local group rides. The riding scene is huge and felt really insular. More than once, I said something to someone and was completely ignored, which was flat-out weird. They were also...
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    The Covid effect.

    I honestly can say I don't know a single person who has said that. I love my spot in Middletown. My neighbors are not in my business and also not jerks. They tolerate my occasionally noisy shenanigans (I hope they realize I try to be considerate). Yeah, sometimes it's a bit crowded but our...
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    Car-spotting thread

    Brian's often has interesting stuff.
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    Car-spotting thread

    Mmmmmm...McLaren. The neighbor of a kid who carpools with my daughter parks a new looking McLaren in the driveway, outside their 3 car garage. I hope the garage isn't filled with boxes or some nonsense. EDIT: I was just there dropping off and car is not in driveway. I guess the boxes are gone!
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    Car-spotting thread

    I saw a Audi RS Q8 with the plate NOTURUS. I was hoping to run into the owner to ask him how many people actually got it.
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    Motorcycles.... where do i start?

    Any big mega-dealer is going to burn you IMHO. So many mouths to feed. I get OEM Ducati parts at Cross Country in Metuchen. The number of employees wandering around that place is insane. Not coincidentally, "set up" on a new Ducati (which probably means install handllebar, connect computer...
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    Motorcycles.... where do i start?

    This is all good advice. Except I find motojitsu grating. :) When you're new, you spend a lot of mental effort on the mechanics of riding. To an extent, you're relying on a bit of good luck. When I got back in a few years ago, I was very aware how far my skills had atrophied and that, for...
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    Motorcycles.... where do i start?

    Used motorcycles went through the same crazy pricing as used bicycles so you're seeing that effect. There's a '22 Ninja 400 in Keyport with a $5000 ask and a '21 w/ABS in Neptune with a $4900 ask. Another thing to consider is that buying a motorcycle at most of the dealerships I've experienced...
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    Ask an automobile mechanic.

    Same. It caused all kinds of fuckery with the electronics. I never left it open (hardly every used it) but dirt would still works it way in with the car outside all the time.
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    Reliable tow vehicles?

    When I was racing a little Spec RX7, I got a cheap 3/4 ton GMC and basically only used it for towing/truck stuff. I didn't want to give up having something I actually liked driving and/or pay for extra gas all the time for something bigger than I wanted. I know that wasn't what you asked. :)...
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    Gas powered bikes?

    Thanks. This will take a backseat. I'm going to get my other bike prepped, then start going through it. I don't want to find myself having to rush. First track day is April 17!
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    Gas powered bikes?

    Picked up the new-to-me 848 ysterday. I was not prepared for the boxes of stuff. Barely fit it in my car.
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