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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,627
Posted By gmiguy
Those parts give an amateur wrench way more...

Those parts give an amateur wrench way more margin when it comes to service and repair than he would have with an air cooled motor of the same output.

I prefer working on liquid cooled motors...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,458
Posted By gmiguy
Not really. There are plenty of competent bikes...

Not really. There are plenty of competent bikes that are worth less than $4k in very good used condition.

My current bike was $3k. It is in fine shape, well-maintained, and has been completely...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,458
Posted By gmiguy
The most trouble-free motorcycle is one that is...

The most trouble-free motorcycle is one that is disposable, that is, is cheap and insignificant enough that in the event of a catastrophic failure you're OK with just selling it to some local kid for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-30-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,861
Posted By gmiguy
Was the impact of these changes on traffic...

Was the impact of these changes on traffic fatalities and accident rates positive or negative?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,686
Posted By gmiguy
The looks that indicate "Standard" have changed...

The looks that indicate "Standard" have changed since 1981.

A Versys neither looks nor sounds like a sport bike, and I'm skeptical that it's likely to get you any more attention from the police...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,686
Posted By gmiguy
How is this not a functional description of an...

How is this not a functional description of an FZ6, anything built on the Versys platform, or whatever they're calling the SV650 now?

It doesn't seem like the market is lacking in low-cost midsize...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,644
Posted By gmiguy
I agree. There's a reason they call it...

I agree.

There's a reason they call it "flyover country".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,644
Posted By gmiguy
I'm no fan of interstate riding. While I think...

I'm no fan of interstate riding. While I think it's probably safer than just about any other type it's not much fun; even on a relatively quick bike that can maintain well over the speed limit and...
Forum: Road warriors 10-21-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,343
Posted By gmiguy
I expect that there are zero R owners who think...

I expect that there are zero R owners who think "I should have gotten the base model."

I expect that there are many base model owners who regularly wish they had opted for the R.

Seems like...
Forum: Road warriors 10-20-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,309
Posted By gmiguy
Cast, absolutely. Had cast wheels been...

Cast, absolutely.

Had cast wheels been readily available in the classic era they would have used them then, and we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

Historical riders would...
Forum: The Garage 10-17-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By gmiguy
Columbus State appears to have one: ...

Columbus State appears to have one:

http://www.cscc.edu/academics/departments/auto/
Forum: The Garage 10-16-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,539
Posted By gmiguy
I recommend you have a handheld heat gun on...

I recommend you have a handheld heat gun on standby when forming so you can give direct attention to any spots that are not pulling in like you want.
Forum: The Garage 10-16-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,188
Posted By gmiguy
Feedback from users is not very convincing, as I...

Feedback from users is not very convincing, as I can easily find hundreds of testimonials from people who truly believe that their intake tornado and fuel line magnets are fixing problems and...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,368
Posted By gmiguy
Do not under any circumstances construct a...

Do not under any circumstances construct a pressure vessel without true overpressure protection, either in the form of a relief valve or rupture disc. To do otherwise is incomprehensibly negligent. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,368
Posted By gmiguy
The saturation pressure of pure propane at 90F is...

The saturation pressure of pure propane at 90F is 150 PSIG.
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,488
Posted By gmiguy
There's a lot that goes into the impact...

There's a lot that goes into the impact resistance of a plastic part besides the broad material category, such as the filler (if any) and how the part was manufactured.

I've seen cases where two...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,188
Posted By gmiguy
I do not use fuel additives as a matter of...

I do not use fuel additives as a matter of routine.

I've not seen any convincing evidence of their efficacy, and all the unconvincing evidence I've seen has been provided by people who were...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,488
Posted By gmiguy
Are you aware that "crotch rocket type plastic"...

Are you aware that "crotch rocket type plastic" is largely ABS?

I'd be inclined to start with a material that is intended for vacuum sheet forming, and build your process/equipment/parts around...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,593
Posted By gmiguy
So you want: -Inexpensive -Low to ground ...

So you want:
-Inexpensive
-Low to ground
-Japanese
-Non chain drive

The Suzuki Savage/L40 is belt drive and can be had super cheap.

It's not a very good bike, but if 85% of your riding is...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,593
Posted By gmiguy
Stop doing so much chain maintenance. Plenty of...

Stop doing so much chain maintenance. Plenty of folks get 5-digit mileage out of a drive set without any more than an adjustment every few thousand miles as needed.

Any decent chains are...
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 25,273
Posted By gmiguy
Shall we take a time machine back to 2004 so you...

Shall we take a time machine back to 2004 so you can make the same statement about GM and Chrysler?
Forum: Equipment 09-23-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,265
Posted By gmiguy
Are you a resident of both the US and Europe? ...

Are you a resident of both the US and Europe?

If not, then how is somebody living on whichever continent you do not reside upon any more your neighbor than a guy in Vietnam?

Do you consider a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-23-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 25,273
Posted By gmiguy
Harley is too dependent upon a particular style...

Harley is too dependent upon a particular style and layout of bike. They currently make heavy V-twin powered cruiser or cruiser-based bikes, period.

They generally do it very well, but I submit...
Forum: Equipment 09-22-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,265
Posted By gmiguy
Do you contend that you are a better judge of a...

Do you contend that you are a better judge of a tire's "trustworthiness" than Metzeler?

If so, why? What knowledge or information do you have that Metzeler does not?
Forum: Road warriors 09-22-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 26,926
Posted By gmiguy
This makes Don Draper smile. His boys have done...

This makes Don Draper smile. His boys have done their work well.

I can assure you that at Harley or any other automotive OEM all decisions are based on money. They only care about their history...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-18-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 27,206
Posted By gmiguy
It's not an either/or proposition. If...

It's not an either/or proposition.

If you're competent and qualified you should be able to take a few years off to do whatever you want and then get back to work and pick up about where you left...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,800
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 09-17-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,407
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 09-17-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,407
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 09-16-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,407
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 09-16-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,407
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 09-16-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 26,926
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, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1,053
Views: 197,262
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, 12:09 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 26,926
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, 11:33 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 26,926
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, 11:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,503
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, 09:06 PM
Replies: 386
Views: 25,685
Posted By gmiguy
Undefined. :wink:

Undefined. :wink:
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 386
Views: 25,685
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, 03:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,311
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, 03:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,901
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...
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