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by NathanielSalzman
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine 300?
Replies: 16
Views: 2427

You know, that was forever ago. I'm going to reach out to Genuine and see if we can tell that story of the bike that never was.
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine 300?
Replies: 16
Views: 2427

I have seen the top secret renderings of the mythical Genuine 300, and this is not it. ;-)
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda Grom???
Replies: 40
Views: 4673

The Grom is really intriguing to me. I have a feeling it may displace the Ruckus in terms of customizations soon. It's inexpensive new, so once they start showing up used, it's on like Grey Poupon. Would love to turn one of these into a little apocalypse bike and just bounce it over of every curb in...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which scoot to buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 2408

The Citycom is a great machine. Handles well. Light for its size. Engineering is underrated on the SYMs too. They're really solid bikes. Never cared for the looks of the Scarabeo and Aprilia seems perpetually on the brink of leaving the US or folding all together. If you've got a good SYM dealer or ...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: ScooterFile Review of the Blur
Replies: 10
Views: 3091

Then again, if you're spending $10k on a scooter, saving pennies at the pump is probably not super high on your priority list.
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: ScooterFile Review of the Blur
Replies: 10
Views: 3091

According to BMW, it'll get 54 mpg on good days. The one I was riding got about 45 mpg, but I only rode it a couple days. I'm also a big guy and I was riding the hell out of it. Eric will spend a couple weeks with it, so we'll see what kind of mileage he gets.
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: ScooterFile Review of the Blur
Replies: 10
Views: 3091

Glad you found the Blur review helpful. It's a hell of a machine. Last week I rode the BMW C 600 Sport, and it does something that I think the Blur could benefit from. It has a second set of footboards forward and angled up from the regular floor boards. It makes the seating position more of a cruis...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ericalm being modest?
Replies: 14
Views: 2137

Awesome, thanks!
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ericalm being modest?
Replies: 14
Views: 2137

Glad you guys are liking the site. It's just undergone a massive facelift and we've even got an additional contributor. We'll be doing an open call for contributors soon, so if you've ever wanted to write about scooters in a more formal way, we're creating a venue for that. Check it out: http://www....
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scoot Out The Vote
Replies: 31
Views: 2981

Awesome! Please use it!
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scoot Out The Vote
Replies: 31
Views: 2981

Scoot Out The Vote

I'm hashtagging #ScootOutTheVote for ScooterFile on Twitter and Facebook today and looking for people to share photos of themselves and their scooters exercising their muscles of democracy today! Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/454588494591261/ or follow us on Twitter @ScooterFile. M...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue May 01, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sym Wolf 150
Replies: 136
Views: 24058

I finally got some seat time on the Wolf Classic 150. Very cool bike. My thoughts are over at ScooterFile.

http://www.scooterfile.com/reviews/sf-f ... assic-150/
by NathanielSalzman
Tue May 01, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you do for work??
Replies: 429
Views: 35678

I design interfaces for a living. It's a mix of physical products, websites and apps. Pretty fun most of the time.
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please be careful everyone
Replies: 13
Views: 1948

Yeah, statistically riders with less than five months of riding experience make up a significant percentage of two-wheel fatalities. Yet it's encouraging to look at the numbers and see that experienced, sober, helmet-wearing scooterists and motorcyclists are actually at a pretty low risk, statistica...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kamikaze birds....
Replies: 32
Views: 3137

I was on my morning commute once a couple years ago and a group of 2-3 pigeons flew across the road in front of me. The last one in the group was a bit behind, actually saw me coming, and tried to turn away. He didn't quite turn sharp enough and bounced off the upper left quadrant of my FF helmet. I...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rude motorcyclist
Replies: 37
Views: 2764

I keep running into more and more people who, like me, ride both scooters AND motorcycles. I hope that trend continues. Two wheels good!
by NathanielSalzman
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "popping" on downhill / relaxed throttle
Replies: 13
Views: 2405

There are a couple of different kinds of exhaust pops. There's what's often called back-burble, which is when there's a bit of extra unburned fuel igniting in the exhaust. Then there's sharper popping that actually comes from the engine actually being too lean. If you rev the engine, then let off th...
by NathanielSalzman
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: all I can say is ouch...
Replies: 20
Views: 2278

Abbott wrote:Is it normal for people to just videotape their driving?
I wonder that as well...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yet Another Stebel Horn Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 4880

And if anyone needs a DIY Stebel how to, I did one a few years ago on my blog from my Blur install. The method applies to all scooters though.

http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/diy/diy ... -air-horn/
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NBR-"Big Boy" scoot...
Replies: 17
Views: 2128

Very nice choice indeed. I had the Vespa GT200 and always found it VERY comfortable. I'm also of the opinion that there's something just essentially "scooter" about the smaller, 12" wheels on the modern large frame Vespa. It's not as darty as the 10" wheels, but it still feels li...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sym Wolf 150
Replies: 136
Views: 24058

I expanded my love of two-wheeled things to include motorcycles in 2010 and there is no going back! The Wolf is a neat little bike and I hope that it's 150cc's starts a trend of bringing small displacement motorcycles back to the market. That said, once you move up to a small or midsize motorcycle, ...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When to use Seafoam/What is it?
Replies: 26
Views: 19103

What I'm about to talk about is not my own knowledge, but instead the experience of a master mechanic here in the Twin Cities who works on every kind of scooter and motorcycle you've ever heard of and twelve you haven't. He's the only guy who works on my bikes now. Beyond his extensive experience, ...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] MINI & smart Scooter Concepts
Replies: 36
Views: 13761

The MINI Scooter E Concept looks very Mio-like at first glance, but if you take a closer look at the side profile of the rear section, there is definitely Lambretta in the bloodlines. You all may also be interested to know that I have it on good authority that there are serious and concerted efforts...
by NathanielSalzman
Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Project Update: Things are coming along well. I'm starting on my first small scale prototype today, but what may be of more interest to you folks is some of the more recent design decisions about the overall shape and proportion of the vehicle. I'm having a great time with it and would love to get f...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I'll be building a small-scale but fully functional radio-controlled prototype in the coming weeks. That will work entirely on steering input, so if something doesn't work, it'll be obvious. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed over at ProjectStreetliner.com. I won't be posting many updates over her...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Actually, check this out. This is one of the early TMW prototypes on sand just sliding all over the place without ever low-siding.

http://www.tiltingmotorworks.com/user/Slidingjeff.MPG
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I've had correspondence with Bob over at Tilting Motor Works and he says it's completely natural. Makes sense actually. If anything, it'd be more stable in terms of steering feel. What I'm most excited about is that on a wide-track tilter like this, it's basically impossible to low-side it, even in ...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

It helps if you think of it as having two small forks, one on each wheel, just like a normal two-wheeler. The axis of steering rotation is still vertical relative to the horizon. It'd still have some rake in it. Look at the photo of the front end of the Brunelli Leanster I put in the thread earlier....
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Excellent. I'm very keen on this tilting thing, but concerned how a recumbent rider in your machine will be able to tilt the machine to corner if they can't shift their weight. The short answer is that it's the same way a recumbent bicyclist is able to lean and steer: through counter-steering. Scoo...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Yeah, I'll be building that in miniature using brass tubing and solder here in the next few weeks.
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Re: This might be helpful

That's true, but as you make the vertical dimension of the parallelogram larger, you also increase the mechanical advantage the outer arm will have if it has a disk brake caliper attached to it. The effect will be that when the brakes are applied, the force will attempt to twist the two horizontal ...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I've thought about it, but want to minimize frontal area as much as possible. If I do a tandem two-seater follow up, it'd probable be reconfigured a bit taller to get the passenger up over the motor. But for now, I'm comfortable with the length as it will mean quite a bit of stability.
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Yeah, I've been in touch with Bob at TMW. His front end is very similar, but his kits are not yet on the market and he's looking to get $10k just for the kit. That's my entire build budget. Besides that, I will need to build the front end to some pretty exact width specs. So I'll be fabricating my o...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Quick update for everybody. The project has grown so much that it now has its own website. Check out http://www.projectstreetliner.com for all the latest updates and do please participate in the comments section. I want all the collaboration I can get! Utilize the handy RSS feed and follow the updat...
by NathanielSalzman
Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

The Aptera is a very cool vehicle indeed. They're front runners for the automotive X prize competition. I draw particular inspiration from their composite safety shell.
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Two rows? Why not three?
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I definitely think that the more people explore the possibilities of what a car can be, the more and the better options we're going to have in the market. But no need to wait for them to catch up in the mean time!
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Re: This might be helpful

This project reminds me of one that fascinated me back in my collage days. Mother Earth News designed a three wheeled tilting vehicle based on a motorcycle drive train. They even developed a tilt system. It was in the September/October 1983 issue of Mother Earth News. I found a link that refers to ...
by NathanielSalzman
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Keys wrote:Check out THIS site...

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/tilting/

--Keys
fabulous! Thanks so much.
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

Think about a removable "foul weather top" ala Jeep. Might give you the best of both worlds. That's definitely the front running concept right now. Perhaps a permanent tonneau cover that stays with the vehicle for getting caught in the weather and a removable hard-top canopy for days when...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I'd look for the front suspension components and the low speed/stop tilt lock as well as the engine. That's exactly what I was thinking. I've been looking into a number of recumbent trike bicycle designs as well as technical diagrams and CAD renderings of the front end of the MP3. Most use essentia...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

That's good thinking. I am pretty familiar with the Piaggio mechanicals too. The one advantage to say a Silverwing engine would be that Honda dealers are much easier to come by across the country. Although, the vehicle is meant for A to B work commuting, not touring, so nationwide part availability ...
by NathanielSalzman
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

I was thinking wrecked MP3 400 or 500 myself. That's the only way it's going to be under my $10k budget. I had also thought that the power plant out of a Silverwing or a Burgman would work well also. One advantage of the Piaggio power plant is that I could easily substitute a larger rear wheel off o...
by NathanielSalzman
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner
Replies: 43
Views: 11741

SSR: An invitation to get involved in Project Streetliner

Hey there fine folks of MB, It has indeed been a while since I've been on the boards, but I'm back today because I want to get people involved in something. I'm building a vehicle and I'm calling it Project Streetliner . http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/4101158220_d09e6f3a68.jpg What it is: It's ...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: BLUR tires
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

Yeah I'm not so interested in the Big Ruckus. I would want to mod the small Ruckus. Take it from a 50cc dog up to some sort of little hot rod. It's so damn light and there are so many great aftermarket mods available for it that it'd be a lot of fun. A LOT cheaper to get started on than a Big Ruckus...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: BLUR tires
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

EVAP system and crappy OEM tires not withstanding, it's turned out to be a magnificent scooter. You really do get what you pay for. I'm coming up on one year of ownership and am almost to 4000 miles. I'd love to have a Blur to play with also, but that'd be such a waste. I'd like to have a Honda Cub ...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:40 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: BLUR tires
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

My blog takes up most of my time these days. I still read the first page of posts now and then and I keep in touch very regularly with ericalm on Twitter. I'm trying to shame him into doing a podcast with me. We'll see how that goes. Blur 2.0 will be an awesome scooter, but it's not for me. I have h...
by NathanielSalzman
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: BLUR tires
Replies: 20
Views: 3515

Scooterworks used to say that you could fudge the front tire...until we actually tried it. Scooterville here in MN tried to fit the other size, which does fit the wheel, but it wouldn't flclear the fork, so they had to order the OEM. The size tire prescribed for the front is the ONLY one that will f...
by NathanielSalzman
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Buddys for 2010? Fuel Injected? Electric?
Replies: 38
Views: 2641

I'm of the opinion that the upgraded suspension from the Black Jack (or at the very least the upgraded front fork) should become standard on the Buddy or at least be an option for ordering a bike. I don't really see that happening, but it's the weak part of the scooter, in my opinion.
by NathanielSalzman
Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Alas, good gentlemen (and lady), I am no longer a Blur rider
Replies: 15
Views: 2406

The Blur is a superb scooter. It's seating position and my butt simply did not get along. I'll always miss the brakes and the sport-bike handling. But all-in-all, the GT is more of a true scooter, and the riding position is super comfortable. I do think there's a proper sport motorcycle in my future...