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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,658
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Universal Healthcare? Bring it on. At least...

Universal Healthcare? Bring it on. At least you'll know what you're getting.

I hate the insurance industry with such a red-hot passion.

If you people really want to learn to hate insurance,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,053
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I frequently do ride impressions for CityBike...

I frequently do ride impressions for CityBike magazine, and I have the privilege of riding a wide variety of bikes.

Victory products seem to get the most public attention -- lots of thumbs up,...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-16-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 18,554
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Or acquire friends with mountain bikes. ...

Or acquire friends with mountain bikes.





naah.

a
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-15-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 142,567
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That helinox looks awesome. What did you not...

That helinox looks awesome.

What did you not like about the travel chair cot?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-15-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 142,567
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Actually, now that you mention it, I, too, am...

Actually, now that you mention it, I, too, am overly gifted height and mass departments, and have some spare gear.

Shoot me a PM if you want to come by and lookit some free gear.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-15-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 18,554
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Hey, don't get buyers remorse. I'd give my left...

Hey, don't get buyers remorse. I'd give my left nut to have that kind of space.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-14-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 142,567
Posted By Roadracer_Al
OH, YEAH... I hit that "can't sleep on the...

OH, YEAH...

I hit that "can't sleep on the ground" age a few years back.

We took cots to AK 2 years ago, and that was AWESOME. Heavy and large, but still... a good night's sleep is precious....
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-10-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,766
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Since you have, literally, a blank canvas to work...

Since you have, literally, a blank canvas to work from, begin by determining how much trail you want.

I'll throw out that 110 to 115 mm has been a popular, proven number for lots of years.

Now,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-08-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 142,567
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Great. Now I'll never be able to watch Star Wars...

Great. Now I'll never be able to watch Star Wars with a straight face ever again...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-02-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5,296
Views: 520,860
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yep. 4 years ago, it was the SleetIron. 3...

Yep. 4 years ago, it was the SleetIron.

3 years ago, I talked my wife into going on a borrowed XT225, and we had the StreetIron after taking the bailouts.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-02-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5,296
Views: 520,860
Posted By Roadracer_Al
They always schedule it on my wife's birthday...

They always schedule it on my wife's birthday weekend.

Plus I have a couple of screws in my ankle. So... no. :(::(:
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-31-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,799
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You're welcome! Should be delightfully...

You're welcome!

Should be delightfully mental.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-31-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 14,291
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Exactly. And, unlike poking at it with a...

Exactly. And, unlike poking at it with a screwdriver, getting the PVC to the right diameter gives contact all the way around the seal, and won't drive them in crooked.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-30-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 14,291
Posted By Roadracer_Al
While I'm a diehard tool junkie, I'm not going to...

While I'm a diehard tool junkie, I'm not going to spend my hard-earned on seal drivers.

I've gotten by for years with PVC pipe. If you slit it, and put it in boiling water, it becomes pliable...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
WORD! Sears Craftsman tools, I'm lookin' at...

WORD!

Sears Craftsman tools, I'm lookin' at YOU!

100% Harbor Freight quality at 50% of SnapOn price.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-24-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,753
Posted By Roadracer_Al
:lurk I love DRs.

:lurk

I love DRs.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-24-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 14,291
Posted By Roadracer_Al
This looks like a fun build. You're clearly a...

This looks like a fun build. You're clearly a man with skills. :lurk
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-24-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,799
Posted By Roadracer_Al
YZ 490. Have your life insurance paid up.

YZ 490.

Have your life insurance paid up.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-22-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5,296
Views: 520,860
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Ha. I can totally relate. At least I have a...

Ha. I can totally relate.

At least I have a cute physical therapist. :rofl
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You can add me to the list of Flatland abusers. ...

You can add me to the list of Flatland abusers.

Actually, I didn't really even abuse it much -- my bike is mostly on the street and the Flatland failed.

I just welded mine up where it cracked. ...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-15-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,439
Posted By Roadracer_Al
It would be slow, but you could also grind out...

It would be slow, but you could also grind out the race using a tool post grinder in a lathe.

Carbide tooling could probably be used to rough out.

Here's the thing: bearings need to be accurate...
Forum: Face plant 03-14-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I've had to deal with this a couple of times. ...

I've had to deal with this a couple of times.

1) lawyer up. You wouldn't walk into a ring with a professional boxer and try to compete equally. They are professionals and you're competing on...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
This is one thing that gets anti-seize on every...

This is one thing that gets anti-seize on every single bike I own or work on. Like clockwork.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-14-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5,296
Views: 520,860
Posted By Roadracer_Al
OHV trails are labeled same as ski runs:...

OHV trails are labeled same as ski runs: green=easy, blue=intermediate, black=difficult.

If you stick to the greens and blues at Carnegie, you'll be just fine. If you see something ahead of you...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-14-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 5,296
Views: 520,860
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Great weather, great roads (lots of bicycles,...

Great weather, great roads (lots of bicycles, though), a delicious pork sandwich was consumed by MEEEEEEEeeeeee and nobody crashed. Good ride.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,797
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Well crap, that apparently makes me a pedo. ...

Well crap, that apparently makes me a pedo. :lol3

RacerWife is 39 going on 12.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-12-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 21,685
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I may have missed it, but what swing arm are you...

I may have missed it, but what swing arm are you using (and was it bolt-on the Hawk?), and could you expand a bit on the method you used to widen it?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-11-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 781
Views: 176,108
Posted By Roadracer_Al
this!

this!
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-11-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,337
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That's sig line material, right there. :deal ...

That's sig line material, right there. :deal

I stuck a Brittania Lynx fairing & a luggage rack on mine, and rode it from SF to Oregon with no trouble. It's quite happy on the highway -- that's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-11-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,352
Posted By Roadracer_Al
For really rocky stuff, I try to think of...

For really rocky stuff, I try to think of "guiding" the bike on a "generally right" line, rather than getting all tense and trying to micro-manage and surgically place the wheel. Just get your knees...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-10-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,337
Posted By Roadracer_Al
As a 690 owner, I'm curious why it's out of the...

As a 690 owner, I'm curious why it's out of the running as a replacement.

As far as I can see, the major shortcomings are small fuel tank, and occasional fuel pump issues. Like any bike, the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,352
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Woods Wizard beat met to it. Definitely hit up...

Woods Wizard beat met to it. Definitely hit up B1's cross training videos.

I'm a 690 owner and abuser, and the factory front suspension is definitely all wrong for rugged terrain. The factory...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,797
Posted By Roadracer_Al
IIRC, it was Eddie Lawson that remarked about...

IIRC, it was Eddie Lawson that remarked about crashing:

"First, there wasn't enough gravity, then there was too much."
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-09-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 142,567
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You could always go to Carnegie OHV. That's...

You could always go to Carnegie OHV. That's always good for a couple hours of entertainment.

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1172
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I have a Shorai LiFe battery. LiFe batteries are...

I have a Shorai LiFe battery. LiFe batteries are significantly superior in every measurable way except for one: cold cranking. (two, if you count price) They lose a lot of cold cranking amps when...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-03-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 28,189
Posted By Roadracer_Al
regarding the coconut, you're doing it wrong. ...

regarding the coconut, you're doing it wrong. You need a wicked sharp machete.

Actually, you need a machete anyway. Everyone needs a machete. :norton

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Forum: Thumpers 03-02-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
@ Poondangle Don't worry about your bike. ...

@ Poondangle

Don't worry about your bike. Just wash everything thoroughly to get rid of the aluminum chips.

Run it for 10 minutes, then swap the filters.

Re: riding with the Rekluse... my...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-25-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,604
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'm going out on a limb and say "that's not a 690...

I'm going out on a limb and say "that's not a 690 frame" -- have a build thread on it?

The external FP & regulation is an ongoing search for the KTM peeps. The OEM pump is a friggin' consumable,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
People have had trouble with the decompressor...

People have had trouble with the decompressor apparatus. I'd give the bits a thorough inspection.
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 22,105
Views: 2,696,333
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Mud. :deal thangyew, don't forget...

Mud.


:deal


thangyew, don't forget to tip your waiters & waitresses!
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