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Forum: The Garage 02-20-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By gmiguy
Generally speaking, fuse ratings are based on the...

Generally speaking, fuse ratings are based on the properties of your conductors rather than your load. The goal is to ensure that in a fault condition the fuse will open before the conductors...
Forum: The Garage 02-15-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 693
Posted By gmiguy
Dry location 12VDC connector standard

I'm working on a bunch of non-automotive personal projects that will involve lots of 12V DC wiring with a maximum current of about 12A.

The wiring will all be done and used indoors in a clean dry...
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By gmiguy
It doesn't matter at all. Volts are...

It doesn't matter at all.

Volts are analogous to pressure. A bike connected to a higher-capacity 12V battery is the functional equivalent connecting a pneumatic motor to a larger air tank with...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 22,334
Posted By gmiguy
I'm 4 years into my Harbor Freight bargain...

I'm 4 years into my Harbor Freight bargain ownership experience and I still think it's fantastic, as do the 3 other high-usage recreational users I know who have one.

This is the ignorant cheap...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
Actually, this thread is about using any...

Actually, this thread is about using any technology to replace or augment an individual operator's senses or attention.

The fact that the designers of power plant controls recognized 50 years ago...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,864
Posted By gmiguy
The high-specific-output high-reliability...

The high-specific-output high-reliability low-cost high-efficiency easily-modified engines we enjoy today are due in no small part to mandatory emissions regulations.

It's not all upside, but even...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,701
Posted By gmiguy
Not saying you're right or wrong, but just to...

Not saying you're right or wrong, but just to demonstrate a different approach to the same application:

With the exception of the offroad/DS stuff my bike usage is similar to yours.

I've found...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-22-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
Do they have audible or visual alarms to indicate...

Do they have audible or visual alarms to indicate a parameter going out of range, or do they rely on the operator continuously monitoring every output and simply "paying attention" to catch a problem...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
If this is the case then we should see an...

If this is the case then we should see an increase in the vehicle crash rate beyond that which can be explained by increasing road usage over time, right?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
These examples are very applicable. Obviously...

These examples are very applicable. Obviously this isnt an either/or proposition, and in either case you do both.

I know several engineers and physicists who are easily 99th percentile smart, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
I'm thinking in terms of both bikes and cars....

I'm thinking in terms of both bikes and cars. Riding a motorcycle on a fun road? Nope. Doing a 12-hour freeway drive? Much moreso.

If wrangling fission doesn't work for you then feel free to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By gmiguy
Paying Attention

Often when a discussion starts about a piece of safety-related vehicle equipment people will contend that such equipment would not be useful if people would just pay more attention and/or be held to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,701
Posted By gmiguy
Given $20k, I think I would have the most fun...

Given $20k, I think I would have the most fun with:

-A ~$5k bike
-A ~5k road trip
-$10k in the bank to keep my life stress-free and bankroll future $5k road trips


I view bikes as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,372
Posted By gmiguy
I've found that any road named after a snake or a...

I've found that any road named after a snake or a Native American tribe is probably a good one.

Given the choice of "State route 123" or something like "Sidewinder Ridge " I recommend you take the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,547
Posted By gmiguy
This is only the case because "workplace...

This is only the case because "workplace conditions" are significantly safer "nowadays" than they were at any point in the past.

I don't think that's a shame at all. Seems like a positive outcome...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,268
Posted By gmiguy
I agree. I've gotten some pretty egregious...

I agree.

I've gotten some pretty egregious moving violations, mostly for speeding. Not quite "go to jail" territory but definitely in the range where you run into mandatory license revocations...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 12,733
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: 163
Views: 15,032
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: 163
Views: 15,032
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: 1,994
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: 10,930
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: 10,930
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: 55
Views: 3,979
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: 55
Views: 3,979
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: 1,454
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: 5,836
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: 538
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: 1,637
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: 1,326
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: 2,708
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: 2,708
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: 2,715
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: 1,326
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: 2,715
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: 3,842
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: 3,842
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: 383
Views: 27,579
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: 9,041
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: 383
Views: 27,579
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: 9,041
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?
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