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1 No. 1 ID: e63b69 Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Post it if it's yours and gets you from point A to point B!

No post without picture.
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>> No. 21491 ID: d28ca3
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Not mine, but does anyone know what model is this? It has a ford oval.
>> No. 21492 ID: 0064e9
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Looks like a late-'80s Ford Festiva.

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21552 No. 21552 ID: 8a2fe4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
There doesn't appear to be a general motorcycle thread on the board, so here's one.

I'm strongly considering getting a motorcycle. It's not for the cool factor, but because they seem like extremely affordable, practical commuting vehicles. The only thing that would keep me from getting one is my local climate. Anybody here ride in the desert? What's it like wearing All The Gear, All The Time in the Mojave in August? How long can one ride when it's 106 degrees out before it becomes intolerable?
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>> No. 21572 ID: e358f8
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My motorcycle in that crash was a 1978 Honda CB750 with a fairing, similar to this 1981 CB750 Custom.
The old CB750s were really good bikes, back in the '70s & '80s, but I like the smaller bikes.
>> No. 21573 ID: e358f8
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>> No. 21582 ID: 8a2fe4
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Motorcycles in the 250cc to 500cc range appeal to me. They're very cheap, even when brand new, and the MPG is phenomenal. Problem is I am 6'1". Using cycle-ergo.com (cool site, check it out), and plugging in my height and inseam for a Rebel 250 shows that I would feel not unlike a circus bear while riding one. I suppose ape hangers and highway bars would be one solution to let me stretch out, but are highway bars practical for commuting on surface streets? Something like a street legal dirtbike would get me higher off the ground and let me stretch my legs at stops.

Or just screw it and buy a big cruiser. Thoughts?
>> No. 21583 ID: 1d521e

I'm 6' and 220 lbs. My first motorcycle was an 84 Honda CM250C. In 85 They rebadged it to the Rebel.

Yes, it felt like I was a circus bear most of the time. But I also rode that thing like it was a motogp bike. Great thing to learn on, even if uncomfortable for any longer than half an hour.

A Shadow wont necessarily be any better either, I upgraded to a 750 Shadow Aero, wound up still basically with a half hour time limit. I did ride it longer distances, a few 2 1/2 hour long highway rides, and it was miserable. Mini-apes would likely have fixed a lot of those issues, but I wound up trading it for a 400 horse Camaro before I could test that theory.

Shop around and sit on a bunch of bikes. I wound up sitting on a Suzuki Boulevard C50 and it was much more comfortable than what my Shadow had felt like. Yet it was also a good size for my girlfriend, so it's a bit of an interesting bike.
>> No. 21584 ID: e358f8
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I drove an old (1982?) Honda 250cc and had a problem with it breaking the wide rubber drive belts. Those things were expensive.
Picture is a Honda CBX-1000, a straight-six catastrophe-waiting-to-happen. But it's fast, fun, and looks great.

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21500 No. 21500 ID: de867f hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
I'm sure I've posted jeep comeback stories here before, but here's the latest rumour from warhistoryonline:


With the JLTV costing the expensive side of $400K per unit, it makes sense to have a cheap utility vehicle for rear echelon duties, so would a militarised Jeep Wrangler fit the bill?
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>> No. 21578 ID: 9723b1
  Northrop Grumman Hellhound
>> No. 21579 ID: d4c8ee
>'Did you just open the page, see "Location: Polska", cry out "Russophobia!" and close it?'
>> No. 21580 ID: 45e3a1
that stow able weapons platform seems a bit awkward. Would be unpleasant if someone accidentally hit the switch with a squad crammed in the back. Still, it is interesting to see the effort they go through to make this fit as easily into an aircraft as possible, not a whole lot of vehicle will fit inside the CH-47. (although they have carried sling loaded humvees before) Not quite as tiny as the Boeing Phantom Badger tactical golfcart that will fit inside a V-22, barely.
>> No. 21581 ID: 9723b1
I think outfitting the crew with 7.62 neato LMG and just punching some roof hatches would make way more sense.

>Boeing Phantom Badger tactical golfcart that will fit inside a V-22, barely.
>lets build 200 new transport aircraft!
>oh no we made them too small!
>lets build 5000 super small vehicles just on the off-chance that they have to be transported by our small aircraft!
Never understood this line of thinking, it puts the people who have to ride those vehicles into danger and it's probably more expensive in the long run. Why don't they just build 200 of bigger aircraft to fit the vehicles currently in use, then they don't need brand new tiny vehicles and can save money by using the old vehicles.

It seems like a backwards way of thinking (the vehicle being there to serve the transport aircraft instead of the other way around).

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  Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter HD

I want one.
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>> No. 21508 ID: 9dcda2
Badass Pilot Buys Own Fighter Jet | AARP

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>> No. 21540 ID: 9dcda2
Great Planes | Martin B-57 Canberra | Documentary

A plane I knew very little about, that's more interesting than I expected.
>> No. 21541 ID: e188a9
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More Soviet trash getting trounced:
>Russians send their best and brightest air defense pilots to Egypt
>16 Israelis face off against 24 new MiG-21s
>3 minutes later the Russians flee, loosing 5 aircraft and 4 pilots (including the Squadron CO) in exchange for 1 Mirage damaged
>"The Egyptians themselves reacted with ill-concealed delight at the outcome of the engagement. They had previously suffered intense criticism of their own performance and boasts of superior Soviet skills, when in fact the Soviets had fallen for tactics the Egyptians were already familiar with."

"we warned u dogg, we told u!"
>> No. 21542 ID: 334c17
>How do I know there are Russian pilots in Egypt? Very simply because we had shot down four Soviet planes that were flown by Soviet pilots.
Seems legit.
>> No. 21543 ID: 9723b1
>How do I know there are Russian pilots in Egypt? Very simply because we had shot down four Soviet planes and we heard the pilots accent as they ejected.
INFA 100%

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  I wouldn't
>> No. 21539 ID: 6877b7
Hey serv: why not, next time you feel like starting a thread, just post whatever it is in here?

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21501 No. 21501 ID: de867f hide watch quickreply [Reply]
And while we're on the subject...
JLTV thread!
To me, this vehicle has a certain resemblance to the International Navistar MXT-MV Husky used by the British army, in that it follows a pick-up truck layout with a MRAP body. Which rather makes me wonder why the MXT wasn't a contender for the JLTV contract?
>> No. 21530 ID: ad2b13
It suffers from the same problem all multiroles suffer, which is lack of efficiency. And as the other thread is being discussed, it also leaves a gap in low-intensity general work that makes every military functional.

Other than that it's an ok vehicle, considering it replaces humvees juryrigged with extra armor.

>Which rather makes me wonder why the MXT wasn't a contender for the JLTV contract?
Other way around, I think the British are going to buy the JLTV.

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Here is a good article summarizing the status of the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor, one of (ann my personal favorite) the candidates for the Army’s Joint Future Vertical Lift program. http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-militarys-next-super-stealth-weapon-not-what-you-19090?page=2

No mid wing gearbox: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/15/bell-touts-future-army-helicopter-design-v280-is-not-a-v22.html

As a 3rd generation tiltrotor, It is also supposed to have better Hot / High / Heavy characteristics than the V-22

One of the discussed versions is to be a slightly modified airframe for an attack version. Once the proof of concept is done and they have won the contract, I think they should instead use the front half of modified AH-1Z airframe, modified to carry a similar useful load to the Apache. The Cobra has a useful load of 5,764, Apache has around 9000 Pounds useful load, and the V-280 is currently touted to have a useful load of 1200.

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This is what the future you chose sounds like.

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Found this parked in tempe. Post cool vehicles you've sighted
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>Ukrainian aircraft designer Antonov has agreed to cooperate with a Hong Kong-based Chinese company, intending first to revive production of a partially-assembled An-225 freighter and then restore the series production.

>The agreement with Airspace Corporation of China signed on 30 August breathes life into the Soviet-era manufacturing programme for the world’s largest aircraft, which has remained dormant for 22 years.

>In the late-1980s, Antonov completed the first six-engined An-225 by stretching the fuselage of the four-engined An-124, lengthening the wing and adding a split tail. The aircraft was designed to carry a payload up to 225,000kg payload either internally or externally. In particular, the An-225 was needed to carry the Buran, the Soviet space shuttle.

>The collapse of the Soviet Union led to the cancellation of the space shuttle programme. The first An-225 was moved into storage for several years, while a second An-225, which is designed with a single, straight tail, was left uncompleted inside Antonov’s factory complex in Kiev.

>The new agreement begins discussions to allow Airspace Corporation of China and Antonov to resume assembly of the second An-225 in phase one. A follow-on second phase would restart series production of the heavy airlifter in China under license, Antonov says. Both phases would be initiated after the signing of separate contracts.
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>> No. 21264 ID: 7e827c
I worked at an airport for UPS and got to see one of these in person. I wish I got to see it closer, but it was mind-bendingly large.
>> No. 21482 ID: bb86e7
I got to see a An-124 in flight, (donor design for the 225) and that thing was so large it seemed to just hang there in the sky while on landing approach.
>> No. 21483 ID: bb86e7
What the heck do they plan on hauling that makes this necessary instead of something smaller?
>> No. 21485 ID: cca113
The existing one gets used a lot for outsize cargo (and occasionally as a flying RO/RO ferry, from what I'm seeing on Google Images). A lot of it tends to be industrial parts, especially power-generating equipment like gas turbines and transformers, to places where land/sea transport would be impossible or prohibitively expensive.
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Also sometimes you need to move around a ancient Ethiopian obelisk.

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