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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,908
Posted By Gimpinator
I once rode my GS up a really steep driveway to a...

I once rode my GS up a really steep driveway to a busy road, with about 60 lbs of tools in my panniers. The top of the driveway had bad visibility, obscured by hedges. (You can see this coming...)...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By Gimpinator
Actually, it would be a good idea to pull the...

Actually, it would be a good idea to pull the driveshaft and check the u-joints. The earlier 1200's often puked u-joints at 40-60K miles. Mine lost the rear at 49K.

Check for "notchiness" while...
Forum: The Garage 11-10-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By Gimpinator
You've probably got pad residue burned onto the...

You've probably got pad residue burned onto the discs, from holding the brakes clamped down after a really hard (hot) stop.

Here's what you do:

Get a can of brake cleaner from your local auto...
Forum: Face plant 11-08-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,527
Posted By Gimpinator
With a little bit of dirt bike experience, you...

With a little bit of dirt bike experience, you could have swung the bike around with the back brake, then roosted the offending car with some gravel for good measure :evil

Seriously, glad you got...
Forum: The Garage 11-01-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,421
Posted By Gimpinator
Usually the Z-Axis travel is sufficient for me. ...

Usually the Z-Axis travel is sufficient for me. I'm not making big tall stuff, though sometimes the 12" Y-Axis travel forces me to be creative in fixturing. A couple of times I've had aluminum...
Forum: The Garage 10-31-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By Gimpinator
Industrial Metals - Irvine

Just down the road from you:

2481 Alton Pkwy, Irvine

Easy shot off the 405. They are set up to deal with individuals, so you won't have any problems. Sheets and plates galore in all alloys. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-31-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,421
Posted By Gimpinator
+1 on the MiniMill. I've got one running in a...

+1 on the MiniMill. I've got one running in a garage on single phase 220V. It's super sweet for prototype work which supports my engineering consulting business. I'm nowhere near the machine nerd...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-25-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,834
Posted By Gimpinator
Dual sports make short work of this problem. ...

Dual sports make short work of this problem. Having a big heavy one adds to the shock effect :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,321
Posted By Gimpinator
Here's one that almost got me yesterday. I...

Here's one that almost got me yesterday.

I was running up Wilshire Blvd in L.A. yesterday. Two lanes per side, with a centerline. Traffic was really heavy and backed up the opposite way, but was...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-16-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By Gimpinator
Sorry to say, it sounds like a leaking clutch...

Sorry to say, it sounds like a leaking clutch slave cylinder. Is the fluid level staying constant?
Forum: GS Boxers 08-14-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,146
Posted By Gimpinator
Hmm... That's interesting. So much for the easy...

Hmm... That's interesting. So much for the easy answer!

I have put 95,000 miles on my 2005 but have never heard of such a thing. I'm assuming it's not even cranking? It's sounding like a...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,146
Posted By Gimpinator
Kickstand Switch

Your kickstand switch needs the same love you gave to the clutch switch! Should work like a champ once you've got that sorted.

:freaky
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 992
Posted By Gimpinator
I had to replace both headlamp sockets on my 2005...

I had to replace both headlamp sockets on my 2005 12GS after experiencing the same problem. The factory ones can corrode a bit and then they get hot. The resistance falls out of the spec the CANBUS...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-11-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 37,353
Posted By Gimpinator
^^^ Not so simple Kemosabe. Aluminum is...

^^^ Not so simple Kemosabe. Aluminum is particularly susceptible to fatigue, which causes cracks at much lower stresses than your test would indicate. Here's a long, boring article:

...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-09-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 37,353
Posted By Gimpinator
That device cannot possible prevent cracks in the...

That device cannot possible prevent cracks in the disc mounting flanges. You would need something heat-shrunk onto the entire perimeter in order to create very large compressive stresses. The...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-09-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,432
Posted By Gimpinator
I had the same symptoms on my '05 GS. It would...

I had the same symptoms on my '05 GS. It would idle great on cold startup, but literally within 30 seconds the idle would start getting rough. I too thought it might be a stick coil.

It turned...
Forum: The Garage 01-12-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,349
Posted By Gimpinator
^^^^^ I concur!! ^^^^^

I'm an ex-Ford engineer. Those oil pressure numbers are just fine.

Your rebuild guy may have put a high volume oil pump in there 60K ago. Nothing to worry about. I've never heard of an engine...
Forum: The Garage 01-01-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,128
Posted By Gimpinator
I did an engineering project a few years ago and...

I did an engineering project a few years ago and we spec'd out several portable air compressors. For a reasonable current draw on 120VAC (typical garage outlet), the Makita MAC2400 wins hands down. ...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,349
Posted By Gimpinator
LOL! We had that problem at Ford with some 3.0L...

LOL! We had that problem at Ford with some 3.0L V6 engines. The #1 main cap bolts would be over-torqued at the plant and eventually fail. The engine would run fine until an oil change when the...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,349
Posted By Gimpinator
It may be as simple as a bad pressure sending...

It may be as simple as a bad pressure sending unit. The mechanical gauge will tell the tale!

Ideally you'd want something like 20 psi hot idle and 60+ at cruise rpm. Are you hearing any...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,912
Posted By Gimpinator
Does it need to be precision, or really tough...

Does it need to be precision, or really tough material? It makes a big difference as far as what equipment needs to be brought to bear. (Having said all of that, I may not have the right stuff for...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,912
Posted By Gimpinator
What sort of thing are you trying to make? Is it...

What sort of thing are you trying to make? Is it machined, sheet metal, plastic? What general size are we looking at?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-13-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 16,629
Posted By Gimpinator
I had a similar experience in a cage driving...

I had a similar experience in a cage driving along I-696 in Metro Detroit. It was 20 years ago and I was a Ford engineer in a hopped-up Taurus SHO, wringing it out a bit on the new stretch of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,079
Posted By Gimpinator
I'm in SoCal and commute most days on the busy...

I'm in SoCal and commute most days on the busy 405. I've only had one serious attempt to take me out in the last 50K miles. Fortunately the guy gave himself away by creeping a bit, before suddenly...
Forum: The Garage 11-17-2013, 11:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,881
Posted By Gimpinator
Roller finger follower valvetrains are nice- in...

Roller finger follower valvetrains are nice- in relatively low revving engines. If you look closely at the diagram, you'll notice that spring tension is the only thing that keeps the rocker stable. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-01-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By Gimpinator
Uh-oh... I think you have a bearing carrier...

Uh-oh... I think you have a bearing carrier coming apart. I've changed my FD fluid twice in 85K miles, and I've never had a problem with the sensor.

You should get somebody to look carefully at...
Forum: Face plant 09-01-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,124
Posted By Gimpinator
Wow! I would think it's pretty tough to break...

Wow! I would think it's pretty tough to break your clavicle wearing a Leatt Brace. Must have been quite a shot.

Heal fast. Be more faithful to your GS from now on.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-17-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,491
Posted By Gimpinator
There's nothing in the California Vehicle Code...

There's nothing in the California Vehicle Code that states you must yield to a transit bus. The closest thing is here, talking about installing a flashing Yield sign on the back of buses, in Santa...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,491
Posted By Gimpinator
Sometimes they do it on purpose... Yesterday...

Sometimes they do it on purpose...

Yesterday I was riding the 12GS up Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. It's a fairly busy divided road with two lanes on a side. A Big Blue Bus (public transport) was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-07-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By Gimpinator
I used to live in Mystic. Yup, the downtown cops...

I used to live in Mystic. Yup, the downtown cops would be waiting for the pedestrian to drop a foot onto the crosswalk. Any car that didn't immediately stop got a performance award.

It's easy to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-16-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 9,530
Posted By Gimpinator
The best strategy is... to have a strategy! ...

The best strategy is... to have a strategy!

I see a lot of riders who obviously fail at this basic principle. Here's what I do to build / evolve my riding strategy:

- Honestly evaluate how...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-12-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 16,411
Posted By Gimpinator
Back in the eighties, the Connecticut State...

Back in the eighties, the Connecticut State Police had some unmarked maroon Buick Regal T-Types, as well as a couple of black Grand Nationals. These were effective revenue generators, until they got...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-02-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,762
Posted By Gimpinator
Me too. Riding up in the twisty back roads of...

Me too. Riding up in the twisty back roads of Kern County, CA. My buddy was leading on his 1150 GS and was just able to stop before touching the forehead of a 1,500 lb bull. Not a single fuck was...
Forum: Face plant 04-29-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 41,730
Posted By Gimpinator
Your surgeon did an excellent job. Very neat! ...

Your surgeon did an excellent job. Very neat!

Best of luck in your recovery. Give it plenty of time. I'm one year out on a hip fracture / screw repair and I'm still gaining strength. At least...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,154
Posted By Gimpinator
I wear a Leatt all the time with my GS, even on...

I wear a Leatt all the time with my GS, even on the street. Yes neck movement is limited, but I've found that I can turn enough to be safe changing lanes. I'm going to look at their street version...
Forum: Face plant 12-29-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 411
Views: 114,504
Posted By Gimpinator
Congratulations on your accomplishment Diesel! ...

Congratulations on your accomplishment Diesel! Now I imagine the progress will become more meaningful to you.

Best of luck in the new year. I should be done healing from my femur fracture in the...
Forum: The Garage 12-18-2012, 11:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,046
Posted By Gimpinator
Compression belt technology is pretty well...

Compression belt technology is pretty well explained here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmSmv6aiWqg

The key advantage of a compression belt is that it will never stretch. You can transmit a...
Forum: The Garage 12-18-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,046
Posted By Gimpinator
... Very weak Volvo's! :D

... Very weak Volvo's! :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,926
Posted By Gimpinator
This! I've found that the CHP cut me a lot of...

This! I've found that the CHP cut me a lot of slack if I show situational awareness. Check your six and be patient / considerate in traffic. I've gotten a few passes I didn't deserve. ATGATT and...
Forum: The Garage 12-09-2012, 10:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,942
Posted By Gimpinator
It seems silly to me to replace a perfectly good...

It seems silly to me to replace a perfectly good running engine. Check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge, and go from there. If I'm reading your post correctly, there are no symptoms except...
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