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I am a relative newbie to this forum. I noticed that motorcycles are frequently mentioned in the posts on this forum. I've been riding motorcycles for many years. I find many similarities between Smart cars and motorcycles. Both are small and extremely maneuverable. Both are ignored or targeted by our fellow drivers. A three cylinder dual overhead cam high compression, four valves per cylinder engine develops adequate horsepower for either vehicle. The transmission and engine work together with a similar shifting pattern, especially when driving the Smart in manual mode. Service and maintenance procedures are similar, though I don't know any dedicated motorcycle rider who would ride 10000 miles between oil changes. Most of us are driving around without a spare tire. There are many other similarities but I think you get the point.
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A cage is a cage, but driving a smart is still awful fun.
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In past encounters I have found Bike riders are very interested in our smarts...
I told one biker at OTD a few years back when he asked "whats the best thing about the smart?' and I told him that "I won't get wet when riding in the rain and I when I come to a stop I don't have to put my feet down to prevent falling over." He gave me a big hand shake and said "enjoy the ride"...
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I've been riding motorcycles for many years. I find many similarities between Smart cars and motorcycles. Both are small and extremely maneuverable. Both are ignored or targeted by our fellow drivers.
No kidding about being ignored by fellow drivers, I got broadsided on my MC pulling into the parking lot where I worked. I was lucky in that I had a crash bar installed so instead of pinning my ankle/leg against the motor it took the brunt of the impact which put the bike on it's side and me on my butt with a bruised elbow.

One nice thing about the smart, I don't need to wear leathers and a helmet on a hot day! Though it isn't quite the same (wind in your hair, bugs in your teeth) type of experience. I ride with an open face helmet though as I got older a windscreen became standard equipment.

Wound up with a smart cabriolet because I weighed the cost of a divorce vs the cost of a Night Train.... (wife said, do whatever you want which = you darn well better not)....
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Another similarity between my motorcycles and my smart car is that my smart now has only the side mirrors. I had to remove the windshield mounted rear view mirror because it blocked my view forward. I don't miss it a bit! My other rides are a Harley Heritage Softail and a Kawasaki Ninja.

PS I change my smart fortwo oil every 5K miles, and use a longer filter.
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Sadly sold my 1984 Gold Wing Interstate just after picking up my 2008 Pure. There are times I miss that bike, and when it rains, I don't miss it much.

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You must be 7 feet tall! I'm 6'-1" and never thought the mirror obstructed my view. Still I find it useless because the seats block the rear view. I somewhat solved this problem with a plastic Fresnel lens on the back hatch glass. Thanks for your input... I know I'm not alone. Ride safe...
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The only car that I have ever driven that even comes close to a motorcycle.
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you are correct about smart cars almost as much fun as a bike. i owned 28 bikes in 53 years of riding. was never in an accident in all those years but always worried about it now i feel safe with a literal cage around me and still having fun!
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The only car that I have ever driven that even comes close to a motorcycle.
Ah for me it was my 72 Honda 600 coupe. I used to rally it.... flat out "seat of the pants" division, no instruments or timers. Late for every check point but a whole lot of FUN
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