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Welcome to AlternativeCruisers.com

AlternativeCruisers.com is a forum community for the discussion of Hyosung, KYMCO, Johnny Pag, Vento, Lifan, Rhino and other non-standard cruisers.
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25 May 2006 - Notice: Email Addresses

Something has been brought to my attention that I suspected for a while. Certain members are collecting email addresses here to ask members to switch to another forum (we all know who so nuff said). While I wont try to stop people from leaving, I did want to make the members here aware of the issue. I apologize to those of you who were contacted unasked.

The steps that can be taken at this point are this:

1) Do nothing if it doesbn't bother you.

2) On the "Account related settings" page of your profile, check the box labeled "Hide email address from public?"

To the email sweepers (you know whom you are):
I will ask certain members to not do email mining on this forum. Please. I wont ban you for past actions, but if I catch you sweeping for emails again I will take immediate action. I have a zero tolerance policy on spam sweepers, and your action is little less than that.

23 May 2006 - Outages again!

Sorry the site was down. When I went off to work it was fine. I get home and discover yet once again it's dead. I fixed it myself this time, but I've had it and will be looking for a new host.

17 May 2006 - Outage Mystery solved!

The mystery of the morning outages appears to have been solved by the hosting company!

The server runs ok but there's a site that has some kind of a morning broadcast to all their subscribers, we're moving that site tonight to a semi dedicated server so hopefully that'll solve the problem.

Hopefully that will be the end of the almost daily outages. :) :) :)

07 May 2006 - Buell Demo Days!

Hello and welcome to another session of Adam's Ride-Ups!

Today, I'm letting you, my readers and members and guests of AlternativeCruisers.com get my impressions of my Demo ride at Gail's Harley-Davidson/Buell for their annual Buell Demo ride.

I got the opportunity to ride two different bikes yesterday, the first was the XB12R, commonly known as the Firebolt (1203cc) and the XB12X, also known as the Ulysses.  The latter, also having the same powerplant as the Firebolt 1200.  Since there were so many riders eager to take one of the bikes for a ride, I didn't get to ride many of the Buells as I would have liked, but I got to atleast ride the two bikes I wanted to, which were the ones I mentioned here.  Granted, they aren't cruisers, but they are alternatives to the norm, which is why I think this ride up is worth a look see!  ;)

First up, is the XB12R Firebolt.  This was the first Buell I would have ever ridden, and in every respect, I'm glad I did.  The bike was better than I had expected in many ways, in addition to having something that I experienced when I rode the Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans, character.  First off, let's talk about starting up this big rumbler.  We all know that Buell sources it's engines, or atleast a while ago, from Harley-Davidson, mainly it's Sportster line.  Buell engineers increase the displacement, alter the engine timing and fuel injection, compression and various other things to make these engines produce power that is similar to the Ducati air-cooled mills and the motors from Moto Guzzi.  The Firebolt, in 1203cc trim, has about 103hp at the crank with close to 80 ft-lbs of torque on tap for the rider ready to test his or her skills.  One thing that was different from what I had experienced from before, was the need to wait a couple seconds until the Fuel Injection system was ready to go.  Thankfully, there was a small red light on the dash that turned off once the system and bike were ready.  The only thing missing from the Buell dash was a sidestand warning light.  Granted, anyone should know to kick up the sidestand before they start up a bike, but I was nervous and excited to give this bike a good thrashing.

Once the bike had turned over, I felt a vibration similar to that of the Moto Guzzi Le Mans I rode a while back, but instead of a left to right rumble, the whole bike was pretty mu...

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