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Forum: Road warriors Today, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,049
Posted By gmiguy
Maybe you can just kneecap the Multi? Put a...

Maybe you can just kneecap the Multi?

Put a set of the crappiest tires you can find on it, then underinflate them and don't balance the wheels. :wink:
Forum: Road warriors Today, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By gmiguy
Right. I think the question is why is that what...

Right. I think the question is why is that what the market/buyers want?
Forum: Road warriors Today, 05:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By gmiguy
I see plenty of Saturns that are 20+ years old,...

I see plenty of Saturns that are 20+ years old, typically their plastic fenders have aged better than the metallic alternatives.

Didn't Japanese bikes start using substantial amounts of plastic...
Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By gmiguy
Good point to focus on. How is plastic with a...

Good point to focus on. How is plastic with a chrome surface layer any worse/different than steel with a chrome surface layer?

In either case, the visible portion of the part is not...
Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By gmiguy
What's the problem with plastic bike parts?

I've seen a bunch of reviews and conversations where folks will either describe plastic parts as a negative or speak positively about the use of metallic rather than plastic components.

Think...
Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 05:13 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,058
Posted By gmiguy
I'm encouraged to see a move towards relatively...

I'm encouraged to see a move towards relatively capable bikes that have the simplicity and accessibility and timelessness of a cruiser without all the mass and cost and attitude and "V-twin power"...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 933
Views: 164,173
Posted By gmiguy
I love my 1/4" hex cordless impact gun - it's a...

I love my 1/4" hex cordless impact gun - it's a great compromise. Lght and easy to handle, but with much higher torque than a similar conventional power driver and waaay faster than hand tools.
...
Forum: Road warriors 09-15-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,058
Posted By gmiguy
I was mostly reffering to the noisy/stinky...

I was mostly reffering to the noisy/stinky classic car reference rather than Harleys in general, about which I am generally neutral.

But my thoughts would apply equally to any vehicle that could...
Forum: Road warriors 09-15-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,058
Posted By gmiguy
Because they care more about image than...

Because they care more about image than competence?

Because they want to get attention from strangers?

Because they want to make a conspicuous display of disposable income?

All of the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,738
Posted By gmiguy
I'm fine with a bike made in India, and I...

I'm fine with a bike made in India, and I genuinely want to like the idea of a high-spec 250-class sporting motorcycle.

But absent a regulatory environment that encourages it, I'm not sure I see...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 14,108
Posted By gmiguy
Undefined. :wink:

Undefined. :wink:
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 14,108
Posted By gmiguy
Rev limiters prevent the engine from running...

Rev limiters prevent the engine from running itself too high by cutting off fuel and/or spark.

But think what happens if you shift into a too-low gear at speed: The engine is now coupled to the...
Forum: The Garage 09-03-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,725
Posted By gmiguy
As I understand it, part of the justification for...

As I understand it, part of the justification for the legality of headlight modulators is that they do not technically "flash" the headlight because the lamp filament is always energized but varies...
Forum: The Garage 09-03-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,671
Posted By gmiguy
No, I was aware of reformulated gas. Your...

No, I was aware of reformulated gas. Your earlier comment was just the first I had ever heard about odorant being added to gasoline to prevent huffing.

It's entirely possible that the smell of...
Forum: The Garage 09-03-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,671
Posted By gmiguy
Do you have a reference for this? I'd not...

Do you have a reference for this?

I'd not heard of it before, and after a bit of searching haven't found any mention online of refiners adding odorants to gasoline; or any evidence of a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,944
Posted By gmiguy
You can always find another SV650 for sale in any...

You can always find another SV650 for sale in any condition and configuration that you want. It's just a machine, and a common one at that.

So ditch it and try something else. If you don't like...
Forum: The Garage 08-20-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,533
Posted By gmiguy
I'm not sure how available E0 is in my area. I...

I'm not sure how available E0 is in my area. I don't put any effort into seeking it out, and have not experienced any of the issues that are frequently blamed on ethanol gas.

If your modern bike...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,018
Posted By gmiguy
I don't think you need to have a set plan for...

I don't think you need to have a set plan for this up front. Put them all up for sale with an asking price on the high side of reasonable.

Whichever two sell first keep the third and see how it...
Forum: The Garage 07-30-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,165
Posted By gmiguy
You don't need to physically exclude people, you...

You don't need to physically exclude people, you just need the average pedestrian to not want to get inside.

I'd just add a warning label that makes it seem like a bad idea to remove the cap.
...
Forum: The Garage 07-08-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,561
Posted By gmiguy
I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width...

I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width of the trailer or otherwise self-fixtures and either bolt a harbor freight chock to that or put on some dimensional lumber to constrain the wheel.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,445
Posted By gmiguy
It's your first bike, you don't know enough about...

It's your first bike, you don't know enough about bikes or riding to really have any "preferences" and what you think you want now will likely be very different from what you will know you really...
Forum: The Garage 05-13-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,158
Posted By gmiguy
I'm also not sure why people get so worked up...

I'm also not sure why people get so worked up about the warranty on a hand tool.

I like good tools that do what they are supposed to.

I don't care if I'll be able to overload said tool to the...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,546
Posted By gmiguy
What is failing on your plugs? As...

What is failing on your plugs?

As mentioned already, there are fuses inside most/all 12VDC cigarette-lighter type plugs. Any chance those are opening?

As you would expect from a legacy...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,159
Posted By gmiguy
Does California require ethanol blends? ...

Does California require ethanol blends?

Last I heard there were only 9 states that required ethanol specifically, and although Oregon and Washington were among them California (somewhat...
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,586
Posted By gmiguy
Even in non-motorcycle applications, the rated...

Even in non-motorcycle applications, the rated minimum rated bend radii for belts is generally greater than the rated bend radii for the equivalent chain.

Within reasonable limits an individual...
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,658
Posted By gmiguy
Bandit 1250 might be worth a look It's not a...

Bandit 1250 might be worth a look

It's not a twin, but who cares? If you like torque it has more output than the Superhawk at half the revs.

They're solid a comfy bikes. I very nearly bought...
Forum: The Garage 04-29-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 788
Posted By gmiguy
Why would speed bleeders be any more likely to...

Why would speed bleeders be any more likely to leak than normal bleed screws?

Don't both designs seal on the solid point at the bottom of the screw, and isn't the part on a conventional bleed...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,042
Posted By gmiguy
Torque is just a force acting over a distance. ...

Torque is just a force acting over a distance. If you know the force and the distance you know the torque.

It's easy enough to check any torque wrench by hanging a known mass from an arm of known...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Posted By gmiguy
Seems like a complete waste of time to me. ...

Seems like a complete waste of time to me.

I'd apply some of that effort to just picking a make/model/build that is unlikely to need extensive repairs or complex diagnostics during the warranty...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,036
Posted By gmiguy
The item in the link appears to be raw material...

The item in the link appears to be raw material that is intended to be made into a rigid composite part. This isn't a usable finished product, it's feedstock that must be combined with other...
Forum: The Garage 03-31-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 933
Views: 164,173
Posted By gmiguy
Problem with these breaker bars is that the...

Problem with these breaker bars is that the handle design makes it hard to get a piece of pipe over the end.

Not sure if that was on purpose or not; but I'd prefer some basic knurling that would...
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,947
Posted By gmiguy
How can you say that when there are people with...

How can you say that when there are people with cancer in the world right now?
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By gmiguy
Are you positive about that? I understand denier...

Are you positive about that? I understand denier to be a direct measure of liner mass, with 1 denier being equal to 1g per 9000m.

Denier is sometimes (but not always) is a decent approximation of...
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,947
Posted By gmiguy
Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to...

Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to post/complain about gear or warranty concerns in the "Equipment" forum because other people have unrelated but much more serious health and personal...
Forum: The Garage 03-12-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By gmiguy
Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the...

Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the rear brake while you undo the bolt.
Forum: The Garage 03-11-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,304
Posted By gmiguy
I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who...

I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who also lives in Western NC, so I'm familiar with the climate in the area.

From the information you have given, I expect a geothermal system will not...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,250
Posted By gmiguy
They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever...

They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever you use them to prevent picking up carbon fiber splinters. No thanks.

Based on that, I'd be hesitant to use them around electronics. The last...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,250
Posted By gmiguy
My experiences with aluminum drive tools...

My experiences with aluminum drive tools generally is that the problem is wear on the surface that contact the fastener rather than bending or other failure of the tool body.

Aluminum in contact...
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,787
Posted By gmiguy
From a friend who has 10+ years experience with...

From a friend who has 10+ years experience with the fundamental design, failure analysis, and testing of automotive disc brakes:

"The rotor metallurgy and dimensional control on el-cheapo rotors...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,842
Posted By gmiguy
I'm sure they said similar things about riding...

I'm sure they said similar things about riding goggles 100 years ago.

"Bah, getting hit in the eye with rocks is part of the 'real-world' discomfort of riding. If you leave that part out you...
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