Spend enough time on a bike and you don't trust anything. I hate those
damn spinner hubcaps. You get so you subconsciously look at the wheels
at intersections to make sure they're not starting to move and the
spinners are always moving.
I'm not sure I'd agree. A 4wd has twice the traction - so has
advantages is some conditions. Can'r stop any better, can't turn any
(or much) better, but when the front wheels are in zero traction mode
there is a good chance the rears can get a bite - particularly with
limited slip differentials and interaxle lock capability. I've gone
places with 4wd that I'd never dream of trying with front wheel drive.
I've also ended up a LOT farher from help!!!
And personally, I prefer rear wheel drive over front wheel drive in
many situations where I'd really rather have 4 wheel drive.
With front wheel drive, if you get your wheels spinning trying to get
a purchase on terra firma, you have no steering. With rear wheel drive
you can have the rear end swinging around grabbing whatever it can
grab, and still have full directional control.. With 4 wheel drive in
the same conditions, you can often have enough traction, split
between the front and back, that you can go through without much, if
any, drama involved.
In LIGHT vehicles with the motor up front, front wheel drive has an
advantage over rear wheel drive due to the engine weight over the
drive wheels. However, a rear engine, rear wheel drive car of the same
weight isn't leaving anything on the table either.
On Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 5:42:20 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What you say makes logical sense...but still opinion/speculation. It doesn't mean it applies in the real world. Temperature/texture of driving media has a large impact on traction. It's difficult to get consistent data.
Montana. Part of it is winter driving. The other part is this area is
very outdoor recreation oriented and some of the popular trailheads are
at the end of 10 or 15 miles of unmaintained forest service roads. 4WD
pickups are popular too.
The joke is 4WD is what you use after you've gotten stuck in 2WD. I've
gotten where I've needed to go with 2WD all my life. Or 1WD when you get
down to it. I have a dual sport bike I use for gnarly stuff but I've
managed to get standard street bikes into some strange places without
A lot of it's just psychological and a Subaru salesman can convince
people AWD is safer and so forth. afaik, they're good cars anyway and
that just gives them a little edge.
At the moment? 64 degrees and cloudy and it might get up into the 80's.
It's supposed to be back up into the '90s next week. I think it might
have hit 100 one day this summer but low 90's are more typical. It's a
dry climate so even when the days are in the 90's the mornings are down
in the '50s.
This part of the state is called the Montana Banana Belt. It might get a
little below 0 a few times over the winter, but teens are more typical
getting up to the 30's during the day. Snowfall is variable in the
valley. A lot of times it doesn't snow below 5000' so you can see the
bathtub ring on the mountains around town. Last winter I never even got
the x-country skiis or snowshoes out. It's not hard and fast, but I
figure on mothballing the bikes around Halloween and putting the studs
on the car on Thanksgiving. I keep on bike ready to go and may get out
several times during the winter and more regularly in March or April
depending. The studs come off in April. By then the roads have been dry
for a while but the roads up to trailheads are still snow packed.
I grew up in upstate NY and all in all the climate is a lot easier to
take. The longest winter of my life was when I lived in Bristol VT.
I'm not a real fan of winter but except for a few winters I spent in AZ
I've always lived in the north.
It actually sounds like a nice climate. I don't mind cold temps as much
as I can't stand the heat, so I don't get out much in the summers.
Well, my body can't take the heat for long. One day I was outside
working on something and had been sweating bad, but then a breeze
started to blow and I cooled off and stopped sweating. I thought it was
because of the breeze that I stopped sweating, but about a half hour
later I started feeling odd. My vision got all blurry and I couldn't
focus on anything. All this time I had been drinking water, too, so I
didn't think I was dehydrated. I ended up stumbling into the house and
finding some Gatorade to drink and I kept sipping on it for like the
next hour or so. Eventually my vision stopped being blurry, but that
scared me straight. I add some salt to my water now if I'm out mowing
the lawn or going to be sweating a lot.
In PA. I can't even get in my steep driveway without it. I used to be in
emergency services and it was handy quite a few times-driving in fields to
assess a crash victim bouncing off a pole. Setting up an LZ.
Double or Triple what most cars offer
Kia 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty program.
The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program* consists of:
10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty
5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty
5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan
Each provides coverage until either the yearly or total mileage figure
is reached—whichever comes first.
And if you buy a used Kia, you get 5 years or 60,000 miles warranty as
long as that hasn't been exceeded. 2 year old Kia with 20,000 miles on
it and you still get a better warranty than a brand new Chevy which in 3
My experience with a Fiat Spyder wasn't too pleasant but that was back
in the '70s. Italian vehicles have always tended to be high maintenance.
I'm on my second Toyota Yaris; the first one was killed by an errant
snowplow. It's in the same subcompact class and a little cheaper than
the Fiat. Consumer Reports says you avoid them like the plague but I've
been satisfied. After the snowplow incident, I just went back to the
same dealer and got another one, didn't bother looking at the Hondas
etc. It will happily cruise at 80+ and gets in the high 30's in the
summer. Sunday I got 40 mpg with a mix of 70 mph highways and a little
30-40 mph travel on gravel roads. 10 below zero and it starts right up.
With front wheel drive/traction control it works well in snow.
I think the Fiat is a little better looking but I'm really more into
bikes than cars.
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