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I'm not digging the 3w scooters, bikes have never really done it for me. I have a license and I do ride in a local event each year, but that's about it.

Called up my friend in Asheville to check if he had a Morgan 3W and he asked, "Do you like red?" I said, "I love red". So he's bringing by a 2012 for us to check out, early next week. Unfortunately my wife won't be able to try it out, at least not from the driver's seat, her surgery is tomorrow morning and one of the things she absolutely cannot do is drive. Let's see... ah, I'm sending my assistant overseas to get more poop on the Zonda, this is her first real test to see how she manages negotiation and problem solving. Also, it's really nice there, very tropical with beautiful beaches, and I'm going to find out if she's easily distracted or if she can stay on point.
Edited by Magick Man - 5/31/13 at 1:31pm
post #3257 of 6596
Hmm, Once I was in a tropical locale, with the Zonda, I'm not sure I would come back... tongue.gif
post #3258 of 6596
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Hmm, Once I was in a tropical locale, with the Zonda, I'm not sure I would come back... tongue.gif

Neither do I!!
post #3259 of 6596
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Guy buys exotic car for €800k, has it imported and pays 50% duty on it. However, the place he lives has no roads where he can exceed 25mph, has a vehicle tax that charges 10% of the car's value per annum, and only allows you to own one car per household (not per home). Within a year he's tired of the fact the car sucks to drive at low speed (of course), everyone's seen it and is no longer impressed, and there's no one there who can service the thing. He looks to sell it, however no one there wants to buy it, and if he tries to sell it to someone in another country, there's a 50% duty on that type of export. So, it's an interesting situation.
post #3260 of 6596
Talk about a financial imbecile...

I'm glad there are people like him in the world. It gives me hope such excesses are not forever beyond my reach. If an idiot like that can buy a Zonda, then there must still be a chance for me to own an exotic car.

So, how about this...

The current owner creates an international branch of the MagickMan Charity for Homeless Bunny Rabbits & Car Museum. You make a sizeable personal donation to his branch of the charity. He then donates the Zonda to his local branch of the museum. His branch of the museum then decides to provide the Zonda to the US branch of the museum for an indefinite exhibit. There must be some sort of tax/duty loophole for charities & museums, no?? wink.gif
Edited by billybob_jcv - 5/31/13 at 5:55pm
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Very excited to hear you have the Macca F1 Magick, it's my all time favourite car... (pause) IN THE WORLD! *Clarkson's Voice*

 

BTW, it's been a few weeks since owning my Honda Jazz RS I can say that it runs like the clappers. 120HP and a curb weight of 1080 kg, it handles very nicely and has quick acceleration though most of the torque comes at around 4000RPM. It's quite a fun car to drive even if it's just a normal hatchback. With a few mods and stickier tyres, it should be even more of a hoot to drive.

 

Talking about tyres, any tyre gurus here? I'm looking to change the wheels and tyres on my car, tyre size will be changed to 205/50 R16. I'm looking for tyres that are not too expensive but has great traction on the dry and wet but it also needs to endure a fair bit. I'm thinking either Continental Tyres, Bridgestone, Yokohama or Toyo Tyres (though I've heard Toyo Tyres have poor life).

 

The thing that I really don't like in my car though is the interior obviously. It's riddled with plastic but then for the price, I get what I pay for. 

post #3262 of 6596
All tires have a poor life with "spirited" driving. There's no such thing as a free lunch - the stickier the tire, the better it handles and the shorter the life of the tire. Tires are all about compromises. Dry handling, wet handling, treadwear life, noise, mileage, cruising comfort, price, etc - you can have some, but not all of those in one tire. I suspect you will find fans of all the brands you have listed, plus others. Price also varies A LOT by your location, so a good deal on a tire in the US might not be such a good deal in Jakarta.

I have had the following:
Toyo - they were OK, but not great on a Nissan Maxima - the ones I had were pretty far down in their line-up and they did not last that long
Yokohama - liked them a lot on a Nissan Maxima - handled very well, wear was average, price was too high last time I looked
Bridgestone - have not had them since the Firestone merger - A couple of years ago I had a set of Firestone Firehawks on an Infinity I30 and I liked them
Continental - have not had them

Also,
Michelin - expensive but worth it - I have not had a bad set of Michelins - but I was buying them for treadwear life, not handling
BF Goodrich - horrible - noisy, terrible ride and horrible sidewall roll
Cooper - had several sets many years ago that had excellent wear, but handling was just so-so
Various off-brand & house-brand tires - quality all over the map - some were pretty good, some were noisy, some had terrible treadwear.

Lots of info here: http://www.tirerack.com/ HTH!
post #3263 of 6596
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In my book, this is in the top 5 most disturbing meals in the world, it's called odori-don. The squid is dead, but the soy sauce activates its neurons causing it to convulse. Really? confused_face(1).gif
post #3264 of 6596
That is a good example of why humans are the dominant species on this planet. Our species will eat ANYTHING that won't immediately kill us.
post #3265 of 6596
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Guy buys exotic car for €800k, has it imported and pays 50% duty on it. However, the place he lives has no roads where he can exceed 25mph, has a vehicle tax that charges 10% of the car's value per annum, and only allows you to own one car per household (not per home). Within a year he's tired of the fact the car sucks to drive at low speed (of course), everyone's seen it and is no longer impressed, and there's no one there who can service the thing. He looks to sell it, however no one there wants to buy it, and if he tries to sell it to someone in another country, there's a 50% duty on that type of export. So, it's an interesting situation.


That sounds like a Bermuda thing.

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BTW, it's been a few weeks since owning my Honda Jazz RS I can say that it runs like the clappers. 120HP and a curb weight of 1080 kg, it handles very nicely and has quick acceleration though most of the torque comes at around 4000RPM. It's quite a fun car to drive even if it's just a normal hatchback. With a few mods and stickier tyres, it should be even more of a hoot to drive.

 

The thing that I really don't like in my car though is the interior obviously. It's riddled with plastic but then for the price, I get what I pay for. 

Take away some plastic trim that you don't need wink.gif better P/W ratio and you can't complain about the plastic biggrin.gif

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Take away some plastic trim that you don't need wink.gif better P/W ratio and you can't complain about the plastic biggrin.gif

Yeah I should remove the air con as well, constant 32 degrees centigrade heat is quite chilly isn't it?. rolleyes.gif

 

As for tyres, I will probably look at some shops later on, the Continental ExtremeContact DW is very much high on my list but I don't think many tyre shops in Jakarta carry this tyre though I remember a tyre shop that sells only Conties. I might go there and take a look. 2nd option will be Michelins and 3rd will be Bridgestones but the tyre size is set, it'll be 205/50 R16.

post #3268 of 6596
Removing the drivetrain should yield even more weight reduction ;-)
post #3269 of 6596

Remove the driver's seat to take away the human element.

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That sounds like a Bermuda thing.

Hrmm... Sure does, doesn't it? wink.gif

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

That is a good example of why humans are the dominant species on this planet. Our species will eat ANYTHING that won't immediately kill us.

I don't understand the desire to eat something that's still wriggling around. It just seems barbaric to me. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post

Very excited to hear you have the Macca F1 Magick, it's my all time favourite car... (pause) IN THE WORLD! *Clarkson's Voice*

BTW, it's been a few weeks since owning my Honda Jazz RS I can say that it runs like the clappers. 120HP and a curb weight of 1080 kg, it handles very nicely and has quick acceleration though most of the torque comes at around 4000RPM. It's quite a fun car to drive even if it's just a normal hatchback. With a few mods and stickier tyres, it should be even more of a hoot to drive.

Talking about tyres, any tyre gurus here? I'm looking to change the wheels and tyres on my car, tyre size will be changed to 205/50 R16. I'm looking for tyres that are not too expensive but has great traction on the dry and wet but it also needs to endure a fair bit. I'm thinking either Continental Tyres, Bridgestone, Yokohama or Toyo Tyres (though I've heard Toyo Tyres have poor life).

The thing that I really don't like in my car though is the interior obviously. It's riddled with plastic but then for the price, I get what I pay for. 
Sounds like you love the car, and that's what matters, not anyone else's perceptions. Remember, all power is relative to weight, a 100hp car can feel like a rocket if it only weighs 800kg, Lotus and MG proved that decades ago. I love cars that are torquey in the mid-upper powerband, you can putter around quietly 90% of the time, sipping gas, but when you floor it they come to life. That's a lot of fun.

I spent a couple days driving nothing else but the F1, even took it down to the shops to get my comics and all that. For what it is, it's easy to drive in traffic, at least compared to similar cars (like the F40). The steering is light and perfect, suspension is taut but doesn't beat you up (after we did some adjusting), the brakes are extremely good (they're CC, not steel), and the clutch isn't nearly as heavy as one would fear (all CF/kevlar). I have the GTR sequential gearbox, but it's heavy and unnecessary, so it's in storage. When's the last time you've driven a car w/o ABS, TC, or even power steering? Doesn't matter though, it all just works due to amazing engineering and the lightness of the chassis. Next week it'll have A/C, too! Hooray! No stereo though, I'm never adding one. There's nothing in the world like that car, and that's a real shame because it would be awesome if more people could drive them. Funny thing, a few people have asked me if it's real and I tell them, "Yeah, right, you'd need to be nuts to drive a real F1 around town." biggrin.gif So I guess they think it's a replica and go about their business, most folks don't know what it is though, and that's fine too.

I'm a Michelin guy and I try to put PSS, PS2, or PSC tires on everything I have, unless they're completely unnecessary. They're just incredible meats and worth every cent. While I do have some Pirellis on a few cars, because Michelin hasn't made a size-equivalent, I don't like them nearly as much.
Edited by Magick Man - 6/1/13 at 7:11am
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