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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2005, 5:14 pm Thread Starter
 
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We're on the East side of the North Atlantic

Firstly this is not intended as a slight to anyone from any country not in Europe... but we are different.
  • Mainland Europe measure distances in Kilometers and in the UK Miles
  • We all buy our fuel in litres. Even we older Scots who convert to gallons, do so to imperial gallons, not the American short measures
  • Most of Europe use Euros, though some such as Sweden and the UK (just as examples) retain their own currency.
  • We weigh things in Kilograms and if you are old a British your weight is in Stones and Pounds, not just pounds as in the USA
  • European mainland bikers regularly come to the UK and UK bikers regularly visit mainland Europe... who else has to deal with driving on the "wrong side of the road" when they travel on holiday with their bikes (again no insult intended to those rich enough to take their bikes with them around the world... I am just not in that league)
Yes I know we all have the same bikes and it is sensible to have K1200S discussions in the K1200S forum whether the posting parties are in the same or many differing parts of the world. But surely there must be some things peculiar to we Europeans?

If so, lets get posting. For example Road Tolls; Vehicle Tax; Bike Insurance; Ferry Crossings; recommended Hotels, routes etc., might all have a place in OUR forum.

Any takers? :o
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2005, 5:41 am
 
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Firstly this is not intended as a slight to anyone from any country not in Europe...
but...

Oh, go on, say what you really mean.

And another thing; we Europeans know what the real meaning of 'the right to bare arms' is, and therefore don't go around shooting each other - unless you are a Brazilian of course.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2005, 7:28 am
 
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Hi Richard - I see we're not going to bother with the whole Politically Correct thing here ... My brother went to London in early August wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Don't Shoot! I'm not Brazilian ...' Miraculously, he arrived home in one piece.

And Rennie - you mean there are countries outside Europe? Well, gee ... I don't remember learning anything about THAT in geography ... :-p

About the only UK-specific thing that bugs me is TRAFFIC. I know the 'Murricans think they have it bad, but up until recently I commuted fifty-five miles a day into and out of London. First forty miles up the M3 - about forty minutes on an average day. Next fifteen around the South/North Circular from Kew to Colindale - an HOUR on an average day. Thank god I wasn't in a box!

Anyone who says the 'S is no good in slow traffic needs to try that little exercise twice a day! I actually swapped my R850R for the 'S in that timeframe, and found it much easier to get through traffic on. The 850's protruding cylinders were a psychological hurdle when filtering through crammed-together cars.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2005, 8:25 am
 
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I see we're not going to bother with the whole Politically Correct thing here ... My brother went to London in early August wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Don't Shoot! I'm not Brazilian ...' Miraculously, he arrived home in one piece.
I'd heard that there were some t-shirts on sale with that on. Glad that they work. As to the PC thing, politness, good manners and not being (too) rude should work just as well. Sometimes some PC things are just too silly for words.

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you mean there are countries outside Europe? Well, gee ... I don't remember learning anything about THAT in geography ... :-p
Most of the world was in Europe when the British had an Empire

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The 850's protruding cylinders were a psychological hurdle when filtering through crammed-together cars.
I prefered the panniers on my old K100RS to the bulbous things on the K1200RS.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2005, 11:43 am Thread Starter
 
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Spot on, in my opinion. Bit of humour, not being directly offensive to anyone and a good helping of common sense, should make this a worthwhile forum.

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As to the PC thing, politness, good manners and not being (too) rude should work just as well. Sometimes some PC things are just too silly for words.
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