|All models feature 5-speed transmission and
Gates aramid fiber reinforced Poly Chain® belt final drive; 40mm constant
velocity carburetor with enricher and accelerator pump (except Electronic
Sequential Port Fuel Injection models); multi-plate clutch with diaphragm
spring in oil bath; and twelve-month, unlimited mileage warranty.
(1) Measurement reflects 180 pound
operator weight. The bike sits lower with JMAC on board.
(2) Based on tests conducted under ideal
lab conditions per U.S. E.P.A. test procedures. Your mileage will vary
depending on weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition, vehicle
configuration, and your personal riding habits, i.e., do you drive
like a sensible person or a m***** f***ing madman. Break-in mileage
(3) Availability of colors may vary from
dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice. JMAC's
FLSTF is Concord Purple Pearl, at least for now.
(4) Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel
(R+M)/2. Considering that 91+ octane gasoline costs $1.50 or more
per gallon, it's a good thing this puppy gets 40+ miles per gallon.
The cost of such fuel is a reason one sees so few Harleys on the road in
Europe. High octane gasoline is more expensive than platinum over
(5) Thanks to "green"
thinking, taxes boost the cost of fuel in most of Europe to more than
$4.00 per gallon. They sell it by the liter so consumers won't
realize how much they are being gouged. This is a good reason NOT to
elect Green Party candidates in the U.S.
How would you like to pay $5.00 per gallon knowing that
about $3.50 of that is tax, confiscated from you at the pump and diverted
to all sorts of pork barrel spending? Think I'm kidding? Look
up how many bridges, toll roads, highways, etc., are named after Sen.
Robert C. "King-of-Pork" Byrd (D-VA). In 2002 Sen. Byrd
sent $388 billion of YOUR tax dollars to his home state for such
nonsense. Here are some of my other favorites from 2002:
- $50,000 for a tattoo removal program in San Louis
Obispo, CA (Rep. Lois Capps, D-CA)
- $40,000 for Wild
rice research in St. Paul, MN
- $100,000 to VIVE La Casa in
Buffalo, NY for services to refugees (from where?)
- $100,000 to study the effects
of rezoning Staten Island
- $120,000 for potato breeding
research (Idaho, of course)
- $127,000 for education of
older Hmong refugees in La Crosse, WI
- $136,000 to a Coalition of
Wisconsin Aging Groups, Madison, WI
- $140,000 for development of a
trolley system in El Reno, OK
- $273,000 to combat "Goth
Culture" in Blue Springs, Missouri
- $400,000 for the Montana Sheep Institute (Sen. Conrad
- $400,000 for small
fruits research in Oregon
- $400,000 for exchanges to
build linkages between American and foreign musicians
- $740,000 for the National Soccer Center in Lancaster,
- $750,000 for the design and construction of an
International Tourism Center in Syracuse, NY
- $500,000 for the Washington, D.C. Sports Commission
and U.S. Soccer Foundation
- $800,000 for Satsuma Orange research in Alabama
- $800,000 to research red
imported fire ants in Mississippi
- $1,000,000 for sorghum
research in Lubbock, TX
- $1,000,000 to promote tourism
- $1,000,000 for blister guard
socks for the Army
- $1,000,000 to promote
children's literacy in New York City
- $4,000,000 for research to
control invasive weeds and arthropods (i.e., insects)
- $4,000,000 for
fertilizer-related research in Alabama
- $451 million in pork projects for Alaska
courtesy of Sen. Ted Stevens (R). That's $711 for every man,
woman, and child in the state. Quite a haul!
- $14 million for the Hollings Marine Laboratory (Sen.
Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC)
The list goes on, and on, and on. If you've got a
strong stomach, visit the Citizens
Against Government Waste web sites and read their annual "Pig
Book." You will be amazed and/or disgusted at how billions of
your tax dollars are wasted every year on absurd and self-serving
projects. Think about that and remember that between 40% and 50% of
your earnings are being confiscated every year.
But I digress...