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Old 18 July 2007, 22:23   #71
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Last visit to UK. I was driving from Southampton, in a rental VW, to Heathrow. Approaching H/row it started bucketing down with rain and I was looking for the signs to Terminal 4 and driving slowly. A car behind me started honking and flashing lights. On approaching a roundabout the car pulled alongside me, wound down the window and waved. I wound down my window and a " non reflective" woman shouted that I was a F'en dangerous driver for going slow. Suitable digital gestures followed along with a few racist comments. However, I did make it to Term. 4 and after a very pleasant 1 hour in the BA club slept all the way to Arizona. Be proud of BA, they do a great job.
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Old 19 July 2007, 05:16   #72
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Have you seen the price of stock pipes? It's half the price to buy an aftermarket system.

Besides, stock is only available off the shelf for one of our 4 bikes-and it wouldn't fit as the bike itself has been modified.
Obfuscation!

I agree that where a stock pipe needs replacing, then you'll find an aftermarket one cheaper. I also accept that you grease splattered types who hack rat bikes together may "need" something more exotic.

However, I'd bet that the vast majority of the road warriors under discussion have taken off a perfectly good stock pipe, purely to fit a noisier one . . .

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Obfuscation!

I agree that where a stock pipe needs replacing, then you'll find an aftermarket one cheaper. I also accept that you grease splattered types who hack rat bikes together may "need" something more exotic.

However, I'd bet that the vast majority of the road warriors under discussion have taken off a perfectly good stock pipe, purely to fit a noisier one . . .

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Oi less of the 'grease splattered!'

I think you're probably right though. I think a lot of the irritation factor is the exhaust note as well as the volume-ie riding like a twat makes a sound like a loud angry wasp and the rest of the time it's not even noticed...
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Old 19 July 2007, 16:16   #74
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Hope you pulled a wheelie!!!
I wish I could, unfortunately I dont have sufficiently big plums to even try
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Old 28 July 2007, 21:04   #75
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My toy's are a:
Lotus Esprit Turbo S4S, top speed 179mph 0>60 4.5
Lotus Exige S2, top speed 154mph 0>60 3.9
Speed gun tested at track days......
I have fitted many mod's to both....both are now noisier & both are now much quicker & focused cars & safer too much more so than a standard everyday saloon/hatchback/4x4 at any speed. My main complaint is the idiots driving at 40mph in a 60mph limit, you overtake them & then have them putting there fingers up at you as you go by them trying to out gun you as your going past or they brand YOU as an idiot for speeding, or kids in 1.3 vauxhall novas with 4" tail pipes sitting on your rear bumper playing gangsta rap out of 4000w sterios flat out pushing you to race um . As for speeding i think everyone does it at sometime & as said earlier in this post there is a time & place for everything ie; deserted M road 2am & you take your chances with the speed traps & cant moan if ur caught or trackdays when you can really use um properly . It would be a very sad day if they brought in a 100mph limit. Exotic/performance cars & bikes where not built to go slow & future works of automotive art like them would be gone forever, all we would have left is boring metal boxes made in different colours on the roads
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Esprit is awesome - the way the car turns in an changes direction is incredible - it doesn't just change lanes it seems to jump them.

I am determind to get an esprit one day - pref a sport 300.
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Esprit is awesome - the way the car turns in an changes direction is incredible - it doesn't just change lanes it seems to jump them.

I am determind to get an esprit one day - pref a sport 300.
Hi Codders,
Wanted one for years myself (its a BOND thing) Had mine chipped to a 300 spec ecu.....awsome car poor gear box but you learn to live with & love it (you have no choise) id only swap it in for a 2002> V8 Esprit. If you like handling try an Exige S2 after driving one i had to buy it, but couldent bring myself to let the Esprit go though so im now an official Lotus head.....i have driven many exotics but around tracks nothing can touch the Exige bar a big Caterham but then you get wet & cold....i brought the boat for that The Exige even won the GT3 Championships against Astons/GT3 911's ect,ect increadable car when driven hard. But you cant beat the old Esprit for classic looks & it still out handles 95% of other Exotics & it aint no donkey in the performance stakes, you can chip um up to 380>400bhp! there only 1365Kg all up! power to wight superb in a low excellent well balenced chassie & proper a head turner body to boot....An all time great mid engined Super Car & at 16>20k not a lot of bucks. Buy it before the goverment stop you enjoying driving!!!
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Nice toys!!! Lotus'es are rarer than hen's teeth in these parts. A fellow a couple blocks from where I work has a Lotus Elise convertible - sharpest looking convertible I've ever seen.
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So why do cars need to go more than 100 mph. Its only legal in a few countries and its not legal at all in the UK. So maybe this man has a point.

Everytime I see a car doing 100mph plus I just think prat, if its on a motorway and if I see one on other roads I find my life is in the hands of the car that is doing the ridiculous speed.

Anyone who does 100 mph + is being completely selfish and sod the poor innocent driver and pasengers that get in his way.
So why don't you have a 5hp motor on your rib? That would be enough to get you around? Surely 140hp on a 5m rib is irresponsible?
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Nice toys!!! Lotus'es are rarer than hen's teeth in these parts. A fellow a couple blocks from where I work has a Lotus Elise convertible - sharpest looking convertible I've ever seen.
Hi Prairie tuber,
I had one of those before i brought the Exige, very nice car but i wanted something more track focused. Below's the day i had the Exige delivered & my old Elise taken away.....
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