But with just $1200 in parts I might be able to get it up to 90mph...
I think when I pay this off, I will be selling it for a motorcycle. I should talk to brokenchains' man meat (J), girl_on_a_stick, and my boss prior to forking out the money for a bike. But it's at least a year out (possibly 2, as I want to go to Africa next year), so this discussion will wait till I get closer to that time.
So far the topics of discussion, based on their experience...
- reliability (this will be a primary commute vehicle)
- frame size (something that fits a 6'4" frame, is small enough for urban conditions, but big enough I could comfortably ride to PDX.
- engine size (my ego says 1200c, my brain says 600cc)
- New vs. Used
- Range to expect (I'm guessing around $10k, which rules out BMW)
Finally, before I get myself a ticket, anyone know the rules about riding with earphones? I know in cars it's illegal to where earphone or anything else that can ubstruct your hearing. But I often see people on bikes listening to their iPod while riding. I'd love tunes while I ride, but I'm not sure if that's asking for a ticket or not.