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Old 02-14-2007, 06:56 AM   #11
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Hello -

I would like a Honda Airwave with a FIRST generation Civic Hybrid drivetrain (so I could have the manual transmission!!!!!!!!!!) :

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The Airwave was designed around the "new wave compact" concept-a new idea for compact cars that function as a cool lifestyle component for youthful customers who value their own individual sensibilities over any single style. The Honda Airwave is equipped with a 1.5-liter VTEC engine. In combination with the Honda Multimatic S transmission, it delivers smooth acceleration with high torque and high output performance at mid to high speeds.
But I also like Fiat Puntos alot :




A Fiat Punto Grande would be stunning to own.

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The Becks' both look nice but I've always preferred the Speedster. Behind the Buick "Y-Job" it has been a fave of mine since I was a kid.

I don't know why it would have a 300 lb penalty; they are both the same size and both have tubular chassis. The claimed 1/4 mile and top speed are identical. Could just be the way they're optioned out.
It's gotta be the amenities. The Speedster is based on a car that was commercialized. The 550 is a racer where the bare meets the bones.

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Old 02-14-2007, 10:43 AM   #14
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Wow, I'd buy an airwave in a heartbeat, especially with a hybrid/manual...but alas, it'll never come to America because it isn't big and stupid enough. It they put it on a truck chassis and dropped in a V8 with a slushbox, Americans would flock to their $dealers for one.
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My ideal daily driver: An Opel Eco Speedster converted to electric with an AC150 motor/inverter, 1,100 lbs of Li Ions, and two speed tranny with first gear suited for 0-100 mph and second gear 0-200 mph. This would give roughly a 2,000 pound car that did 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, topped 200, and got about 350-400 miles range at 70 mph.

Clencher, a Porsche Speedster with a 130 HP 1.9L VW TDi engine(computers can increase them from 100 to 130 with little problem) would be wicked. With the ~.34 drag coefficient of the original Speedster and low frontal area around 17-18 square feet(assuming the replicas achieve this too. I don't know how right the .34 is, but that's what I remember reading a few years back when looking for conversion candidates), 80 mpg highway, and 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, and a top speed exceeding 130(with proper gearing) are not out of the realm of possibility.

Switch to a small tractor diesel of about 10 horsepower, fuel economy would be in the 100+ mpg range, but top speed only about 60.

From a practical standpoint(lower weight, lower drag) and an aesthetic one, I'd take the Spyder. But those are just my tastes. A Spyder with a chipped TDI engine would be a very fun, fast, and efficient car all in one. Not to mention, the range would be quite long.
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I want a little 400cc DOHC motorcycle with wider than stock gearing and a race fairing.
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One of my favorite lil' motorcycle rides is my '71 Honda CB 450. I put a one-tooth-larger drive sprocket on it and it can really haul the mail for what it is.
I just gave my 71 (72?) Honda CB350F to one of my wife's Honda mechanic Honda motorcycle buddies. He has a "Honda Wing Logo" motorcycle tattoo, so the bike is in good hands.

I used to have a "Honda Motorcycle Yoda" near where I lived (Ex-Honda motorcycle mechanic), but he moved far away and I didn't know how to keep the bike working . That's the problem with being born with 10 thumbs.

My Honda Yoda convinced me to buy one of his CB(?)500s, but it was too big for me and I sold it back to him.

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That Opel Eco-Speedster is cool as hell but it's only 37" tall and I've read that the removeable steering wheel and gullwing doors were necessities just to be able to ingress/egress! It is 7" lower than a regular Opel Speedster and even that is about the same height as your miniscule Triumph- imagine fitting into the Triumph with a 7" top chop! The frontal areas of the Eco-Speedster and the Triumph are about one rear view mirror's difference apart but the Triumph has the better people packaging with it's narrower width and taller height. The Speedster wastes a lot of width at the sills. I bet I couldn't physically wedge my carcass into a Eco-Speedster and I'm not obese either.
I always imagined driving the 550 under the trailers of semis, but *only* imagined.

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I want a Porsche Speedster replica with a 5-speed stick and a small turbo-diesel.
Ha haha. My dad owns one ...well not a turbo diesel (you can see the bottom of it on the lift above The Chrysler) He drove all the way to New York state to buy it.
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I just gave my 71 (72?) Honda CB350F to one of my wife's Honda mechanic Honda motorcycle buddies. He has a "Honda Wing Logo" motorcycle tattoo, so the bike is in good hands.

I used to have a "Honda Motorcycle Yoda" near where I lived (Ex-Honda motorcycle mechanic), but he moved far away and I didn't know how to keep the bike working . That's the problem with being born with 10 thumbs.

My Honda Yoda convinced me to buy one of his CB(?)500s, but it was too big for me and I sold it back to him.



I always imagined driving the 550 under the trailers of semis, but *only* imagined.

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Hmm, I've always considered motorcycles to be rather tall. I really don't think it would fit under the average trailer.

Interestingly enough, my grandpa has pictures of him doing just that. He had some old sports coupe with a fold down windshield and he drove it right under.

I know what you mean about the bike being too large though, I usually wish i had a smaller easier to manage bike. I can barely back up on mine haha, gotta use the tiptoes. It's no problem righting it after a tip over, but a shorter lighter one would be great for day to day use. I can't imagine a gold wing.
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