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Unrelated / Re: bill to stop illegal robocalls passed 417-3
« Last post by Woofentino Pugrossi on December 14, 2019, 12:07:23 pm »
Bet the bill has a provision that exempts their political robocalls.
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Unrelated / the Right to Repair
« Last post by Biketographer on December 13, 2019, 08:16:44 am »
  • " I recently interviewed a number of facility and maintenance managers. One topic they all brought up was spare parts pricing. "
  • "... And currently, services appear to carry a higher margin than products because the intangible work is harder for customers to quantify than tangible products.... "
  • "... also dictated that automakers needed to provide independent repair shops with the same information regarding emissions servicing as car dealerships.... "
https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/growing-right-to-repair-movement-will-ultimately-affect-all-oems/ 

“Right to Repair” or “Fair Repair” bills are currently under consideration in 20 U.S. states, which will break the repair monopolies for not only tractors but other technologies such as smartphones. The bills will force dealers to provide the manuals, replacement parts, and tools to anyone who wishes to repair a tractor; tractor dealers will also have to provide third parties with the means to open software locks. 

https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/as-tractor-monopoly-rolls-in-farmers-struggling-to-keep-up/ 
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Unrelated / bill to stop illegal robocalls passed 417-3
« Last post by Biketographer on December 13, 2019, 07:59:45 am »
  • More than 49 billion robocalls have been made in the US so far this year
  • But on the issue of robocalls, both parties were almost unanimously united with a vote of 417-3 in favor of the bill.
https://www.cnet.com/news/house-passes-bill-to-stop-robocalls/ 


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Unrelated / Yamaha scooters for Gogoro win 'award'
« Last post by Biketographer on December 13, 2019, 07:53:13 am »
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogoro®, a technology leader transforming how innovation is accelerating the shift to sustainable urban mobility, today announced the Yamaha® EC-05 scooter has won the Golden Pin Design Award and the German Design Award. The Yamaha EC-05 was the first scooter in the Powered By Gogoro Network™ program that Gogoro established to increase the adoption of sustainable urban transportation.
Gogoro-Powered Yamaha EC-05 scooter Recognized With Golden PIN Design Award and German Design Award.

"Congratulations to Yamaha on receiving the Golden Pin and German Design Awards for their new EC-05 Powered By Gogoro Network scooter," said Pass Liao, head of Gogoro Solutions, Gogoro Inc. "The Powered By Gogoro Network program was created to provide vehicle makers like Yamaha Motor with sustainable electric innovations, capabilities and a refueling system that enables them to introduce unique and sustainable vehicles."

The Powered By Gogoro Network program provides vehicle makers with access to Gogoro's innovations and intellectual property including its intelligent drivetrains and controllers, components and smart systems, so manufacturers like Yamaha Motor can develop and roll-out unique electric vehicles like the award-winning EC-05 that integrate with the Gogoro Network, Gogoro's industry-leading battery swapping platform.

The German Design Award
The German Design Award honors innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers, which are groundbreaking in the German and international design landscape. This is guaranteed by the high-caliber international jury. The German Design Award discovers and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented economy. For more information, visit https://www.german-design-award.com/

The Golden Pin Design Award
Established in 1981, Taiwan's Golden Pin Design Award is the most influential design award in the global Huaren market. The planning and handling of the awards, the prize-giving ceremony, and all other related events are executed by Taiwan Design Center (TDC). In 2015, the Golden Pin Design Award launched three separate award competitions – the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, and the Young Pin Design Award. While each award targets a different demographic, the purpose of each is to commend outstanding innovation in design. For more information, visit http://www.goldenpin.org.tw/en/

About Gogoro Network
The Gogoro Network is an open platform for battery swapping and smart mobility services, delivering a fresh alternative to legacy fuel and its undeniable pollution. Gogoro Network combines the power of connectivity, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create a new generation of swappable battery refueling that is smart, scalable and continually optimizing itself to be dynamic and versatile for people, communities and businesses. The Gogoro Network is at the center of Gogoro's innovation and enables all of its products and businesses including the Gogoro Smartscooter and 'Powered By Gogoro Network' vehicles to utilize it for refueling through battery swapping. The Gogoro Network is also the underlying platform for GoShare, Gogoro's end-to-end mobility sharing platform and solution for smart cities. For more information, visit www.gogoro.com/gogoro-network.

About Gogoro
Founded in 2011, Gogoro is putting energy into things that matter. With a mission to deliver consumer innovations through an intelligent urban ecosystem that will improve how the world's most populated cities distribute and utilize energy, the company is enabling the transformation of megacities into smart cities. Gogoro is working toward a better future by putting power in the hands of everyone – to move us all forward, faster. For more information, visit www.gogoro.com/press.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

Today the direct-to-consumer insurance company unveiled the results of its 2019 Consumer Insurance Aches & Pains report a study dedicated to exploring how people really feel about the insurance industry. The 2,000-respondent survey revealed the pain is real when it comes to dealing with insurance. In fact, one in five consumers admit they would rather slam their hand in a car door than shop for car insurance!
The pain doesn't stop there! The study confirmed three primary consumer pain points: Insurance is complex, confusing and expensive.

"At Esurance, we're committed to making insurance surprisingly painless for everyone, and that starts with understanding where the pain lies," said Jonathan Adkisson, President at Esurance. "Slamming your hand in a car door is pretty extreme, and undeniably painful. No one should ever prefer that experience to shopping for insurance, which should be easy, efficient and ultimately leave you feeling confident you and your family are properly protected. Our team is constantly working to address the most unsatisfying parts of insurance, so pain is never something that comes to mind during the process."

This study confirms there's a lot of work to be done in the industry to address consumers' major pain points when it comes to the insurance experience. Esurance is doing its part by continuing its mission to make insurance simple, transparent and affordable.

Simplicity

Let's be honest. Insurance is inherently complicated and needs to be simplified. Between all the jargon, coverage options and fine print, it can be a frustrating process for many consumers to get through. And, while comparing rates and reviewing coverage options is an important part of shopping for insurance, Esurance confirmed this is an area customers really don't enjoy—to say the least.

    The complexity of insurance may make it hard for people to stay focused. More than 75% of insurance owners multitask while dealing with insurance companies, including going to the bathroom!    One in three shoppers of drinking age would rather have a cocktail than a calculator when researching coverage options—a sign some people may be more concerned with just getting through the process than getting it right.
    Twelve percent of insurance customers feel shopping for insurance is the biggest time drain, even more than sitting in traffic, which is significant because 20% said they've sat in 1-2 hours of traffic in the past (for comparison, getting a quote can take as little as six minutes).

There's a clear need for more transparency around coverages so people feel confident they're properly protected. Coverage terms are confusing, and consumers don't always understand what they're buying since policies can feel like reading gobbledygook. Many customers aren't confident in their knowledge of important terms—and those who believe they do understand are overconfident in many cases. This not only leads to a painful experience, but also the possibility of getting the wrong coverage, which creates even bigger pains down the road.

    Nearly a third of consumers said they'd rather take a physics test than an insurance knowledge test.
    However, the 68% that do prefer to test their insurance knowledge may want to reconsider. Ninety-seven percent of respondents failed to separate at least one sports term from an insurance term!
    Consumers struggle with understanding insurance on their own. Twenty-nine percent of Millennials are likely to consult three or more resources for guidance on their insurance policy, and the majority (57%) of all consumers turn to sources such as a spouse, their parents, friends or co-workers to help them understand something about their insurance.


Just because cars and homes cost a pretty penny doesn't mean people think their insurance should. Price is typically the top concern when it comes to purchasing insurance—and affordability is something consumers want across the board. Insurance is so essential some coverages are required by law, yet many don't feel it's valuable and want to be paying less for their coverage. However, when it comes to using insurance, people are relieved they have it and understand its worth.

    More than one third of consumers feel what you get isn't necessarily worth what you are paying for, rating the value of insurance a six out of 10 or lower, with 10 being completely valuable and zero as not at all valuable. 

    Nearly 40% of consumers express dissatisfaction with their current rates or prices, rating their satisfaction as a five out of 10 or lower, with 10 being very satisfied and zero being very dissatisfied.
    Seventy-seven percent of customers said not having the coverage they need in an accident would be more terrifying than accidentally sending a snarky text to the person they were talking about, so there is a distinct fear around not being properly covered.
    There is a small group who do realize the overall value of insurance. Twenty-three percent of insurance owners stated they find insurance "completely valuable."
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Shooting the bull / Re: Die Hards
« Last post by Super Dave on December 10, 2019, 07:32:01 am »
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non-CCS/ASRA Racing / Re: Vintage Honda N600 Wins Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
« Last post by spoot on December 09, 2019, 10:51:24 pm »
you had me at 'Vintage Honda'
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Unrelated / Re: Police mourning loss after Krispy Kreme truck spill
« Last post by spoot on December 09, 2019, 09:36:19 pm »
I like the screen shot of the dispatch log, and the last entry: "Officer wellness Okay"
lol.
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Shooting the bull / Re: Die Hards
« Last post by spoot on December 09, 2019, 09:29:12 pm »
and 9304    still logs in, registered October 2014


that guy should be banned.
























hehe

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Shooting the bull / Re: Die Hards
« Last post by spoot on December 09, 2019, 09:25:18 pm »
Wisconsin Sportbikes gone
well, you know the story there...


WiRiders.com is a locally owned\ran forum. It isn't 'free' to run a board. It's $200-$300 a year and if no one donates, then its just a labor of love for the sport & the people. Sites that got super-popular got bought out by motorcycle.com and then the ADs started...and the business model of: pay-to-turn-off-the-ads just got ridiculous.


I see the same 'complaints' of site traffic\conversationposts etc...but the very same people that complain, COULD BE CONTRIBUTING to the site! They could be building content and activity - which will encourage more posting by more people...etc


Win - Win !


I had considered buying this site, knowing all of the content & good people in here. But, I'm busing enough doing other stuff.
I applaud biketographer for jumping in and I've tried to help with some posts...
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