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@  Francesco : (07 October 2015 - 05:20 AM) Yeah, but... It's the Model S of electric motorcycles...
@  turbomar : (07 October 2015 - 05:09 AM) Wow, crazy price for that Ebike!
@  Francesco : (07 October 2015 - 04:43 AM) No it doesn't match at all, but I guess it helps Polaris diversify. They've been pushing that BEV side by side for a couple of years and now it is powered by the Brammo DU and pack.
@  marchanna : (07 October 2015 - 02:40 AM) Huh, it does;t really match with the style of the rest of their line-up. http://www.victorymo...ycles.com/en-us
@  marchanna : (07 October 2015 - 02:37 AM) No I didn't see that. Interesting.
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 07:50 PM) Did you see that Polaris has bought out Brammo's electric bike business and is selling the Empulse as a Victory model?
@  marchanna : (06 October 2015 - 07:04 PM) I've test driven a Zero. They're quite fun to drive; and dead silent.
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 05:10 PM) Recharge Mobiles in Peru. Seriously?
@  steveyfrac : (06 October 2015 - 05:08 PM) I'm getting ads for Ford maintenance...
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 04:48 PM) Ooh, Zero Motorcycle. No idea why, but I'm intrigued
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 04:42 PM) Merchant Advance Capital now
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 04:41 PM) Nobody. I surf from my ipad
@  dmoonen : (06 October 2015 - 01:27 PM) Mine shows diesel, diesel, solar, travel and diesel. Im thinking someone was on your computer
@  marchanna : (06 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) My ad banners are normal. Has some one else been using your computer?
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 10:27 AM) @Huronlad that sounds interesting, looking forward to your observations when the snow hits!
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 10:24 AM) No
@  Huronlad : (06 October 2015 - 08:37 AM) My Toyo winters showed up. The compound appears to be just as soft or softer than the WS-60.  There is more space between lugs on the Toyos, so I am expecting better snow traction. 
@  marchanna : (06 October 2015 - 04:13 AM) Francesco: did you recently delete your history and/or browser cookies?
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 09:39 PM) It's unnecessary for our cars, the Bosch reg is just better
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 08:12 PM) YOu know, sometimes I want to buy an old CDI. I miss my old 2005 CDI. It was awesome.
@  turbomar : (05 October 2015 - 08:10 PM) Ha ha Steve
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 07:57 PM) @Turbomar: Taken out of context, that's a really loaded question...
@  turbomar : (05 October 2015 - 07:43 PM) Francesco, Whats bad about the self exciting?
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:29 PM) and I think only IE/Edge default Do Not Track to on
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:29 PM) but I don't think any browsers change "Do Not Track" in updates
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) and then there's also browser "Do Not Track" settings
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) It is possible to change whether or not it bases it on your habits
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) hmmmm
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:26 PM) for a while they were mostly car related, some related to my surfing habits (thank you Google) but now not relevant at all
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) ah
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) For example?
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) weird
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) Nope.
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) "Reduce stomach fat using this one Eire tip" WTF?
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:24 PM) We've been getting some weird banner ads lately. Max, any changes to the settings?
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 05:49 PM) And it would certainly explain the poor performance, despite adequate tread depth
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 05:39 PM) Ya. I don't remember remarking on the directional nature of the tire...
@  Mike T : (05 October 2015 - 04:42 PM) D'OH! My family's cars have had asymmetric tires since 1971 (Michelin XAS)
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 01:07 PM) So, I just learned that the Continental TS800 winter tires are directional. That never occurred to me to check, despite being familiar with the concept from my Camaro extreme performance tire days.

So, 50% odds that I installed the tires backwards..
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 08:19 PM) steve I think it's a safe bet. Do you know who is their distributor? I'd call the distributor. Around here I can get info from Canada Tire, one of the bigger distributors, before ordering from a retailer
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 08:18 PM) Mario, don't get the one with the self-exciting regulator.
@  steveyfrac : (04 October 2015 - 06:17 PM) Gonna get a quote for the Toyo Observes from someone else
@  steveyfrac : (04 October 2015 - 02:07 PM) Francesco: they're making me pay in full up front, before they order the tires in...
@  dmoonen : (04 October 2015 - 12:39 PM) I think the summer is officially done. Pools are closed along with the summer toys and the winter cars and toys out out getting a tune up.
@  turbomar : (04 October 2015 - 11:22 AM) Ok thanks Francesco! Ill check the local guys...
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 10:46 AM) maybe less
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 10:46 AM) Local rebuilders stock them, I think I paid $200 after the core refund
@  turbomar : (04 October 2015 - 09:12 AM) http://www.ebay.com/...4ed8899&vxp=mtr
@  turbomar : (04 October 2015 - 09:12 AM) I am shopping for an alternator. Checking g with you guys if this is the right one for my CDI?
@  Francesco : (03 October 2015 - 09:46 PM) Before agreeing to them, check the dates on the tires. For that price they're still worth it if less than three years old.

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Adac Crash Test - Fiat 500, Fortwo, Twingo, Picanto

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#1 Mike T

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

ADAC has just completed a test of four small cars to see whether they can provide significant protection in collisions with larger vehicles.


Only the smart was judged to achieve an adequate level of protection to its occupants.

Daimler Media Services Press Release:

Stuttgart – When a small car collides with a larger one, the smaller vehicle draws the short straw. This is confirmed by the latest ADAC crash test. With one exception: in this David-and-Goliath clash the smart fortwo was the only small car able to prevent life-threatening injuries to the driver from severe trauma to the chest.

The standard EuroNCAP crash test simulates a frontal collision with a vehicle of the same weight. In contrast, for the first time the ADAC had four smaller models crash into a barrier vehicle equivalent to a lower-end mid-sized car. Further, in this first compatibility crash test the unequally matched parties to the accident collided with an offset of 50 percent. This is because, according to the ADAC, in an accident it is usually vehicles of different weights that collide, usually with a degree of lateral offset.

The horrifying outcome of the crash test is that life-threatening injuries in the chest region are commonplace in smaller vehicles. Only the smart fortwo protected its driver from such injuries – despite being the smallest and lightest vehicle in the test.

According to the ADAC, the reasons for the alarming test results lie partly
in the fact that the short crumple zone of smaller vehicles cannot absorb sufficient energy and the forces unleashed during an accident are often not conducted to the corresponding energy-absorbing components.

The smart fortwo owes its good crash test result to an innovative construction based on examinations of actual accident scenarios conducted by Mercedes-Benz Cars as opposed to focusing solely on the requirements of EU and American laws. Collisions with other vehicles in different constellations were therefore also taken into account during the development phase of the

smart fortwo. Because the constructional crash-safety provisions and restraint systems of all vehicles of Mercedes-Benz Cars satisfy such strict, internal standards that in part go way beyond the statutory requirements, they have also proved themselves in everyday practice. The same goes for the smart fortwo.

The safety concept of the smart fortwo is as follows:

The tridion safety cell protects its occupants like the hard shell around a nut. Its structure is additionally reinforced with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel at strategically important points (more than 50 percent).

The tridion safety cell’s longitudinal and transverse members activate the crumple zone of the other vehicle involved in the accident and distribute the impact energy evenly over the car’s body.

And in case of a collision, the wheels also take on the function of crumple zones. When this happens, the front wheels are supported by the side members.

The rear-mounted engine enables a larger crumple zone at the front and acts as a shock-absorbing unit that absorbs the impact energy in a rebound.

Thanks to the sandwich-type construction of the tridion safety cell, the passengers are usually somewhat above the direct danger zone in the event of a side impact. Further, in the case of a side impact, the other vehicle almost always hits an axle that can absorb impact energy due to the relatively short wheelbase.

All interior trims have been optimised to prevent injuries to occupants. And the soft foam-backed lower instrument panel (knee pad) offers protection for the passengers' knees and lower legs.

The door structure is reinforced by high-strength sheet metal at
key points.

Other standard safety features in the smart fortwo are ESP with ABS and brake assist (BAS), wide track width, seat belts with belt tensioner and belt-force limiter, safety seats with integral seat belts, airbags.

However, it is not only the smart fortwo driver who benefits: due to its low weight it has little impact on the other vehicle involved in the accident and causes a minimum of damage.

The result of the latest ADAC crash test was summed up by the popular German newspaper “Bild”: “Only the smart is truly smart.”

More and more buyers agree with this opinion. More than 1.4 million smart fortwos have been delivered to customers since the first model was launched in 1998. 101,996 smart fortwos were handed over to customers worldwide in 2011 – 4.6 percent more than in the previous year. What they like about this trendsetter of individual urban mobility is above all its high fun factor, its high ecological standards and the compact dimensions of the two-seater that is peerless in terms of how little road and parking space it takes up. However, its sophisticated safety strategy is also persuasive, as the latest ADAC crash test underlines.

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