1942 Harley Davidson
In view of this headline, "Qaddafi Just Ordered The Destruction Of Oil Pipelines To The Mediterranean," the email below requesting a praxis on motorcycles seems well timed. First, here's the gist if the Libya story:
"There's been virtually no reliable information coming out of Tripoli, but a source close to the Gaddafi regime I did manage to get hold of told me the already terrible situation in Libya will get much worse. Among other things, Gaddafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities. They will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports. The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya's rebellious tribes: It's either me or chaos."
Here's the email:
As the level of unrest increases in the mid-east, the exit of a number of skilled technicians necessary to the uninterrupted production, piping, processing, and export of oil and natural gas, becomes critical. Stratfor has identified this issue in their Libyan analysis, but it applies in several other countries as well. Depending on the emerging Egyptian policies regarding the Suez, we risk losing a very significant portion of our present imported oil supply. The repercussions of this potential loss go far beyond $5 per gallon gasoline and $6 diesel... both of which assume vehicular fuel will be available at all. These ramifications get into 'declared national emergency' territory, which we've discussed over for a number of years, a la Rahm Emanuel's 'never let a good crisis go to waste'. I'm not promoting motorcycles, but a 'Praxis' article on the merits of versatile, high-mileage(efficiency), transport, in the event purchasing enough fuel to operate your half-ton pickup becomes problematic or impossible, might be prudent. Good used bikes capable of 35 - 50 mpg are readily available, with plenty of performance, for under $3K, and beat crap out of 'shank's mare'... particularly if you're humping a ruck.
So, anybody out there want to tackle the challenge? Append it to this post or email it to me and I'll put it up as a free-standing post. Meanwhile, top up your strategic fuel reserve, if you have one.