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Forum: Road warriors 11-16-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2,521
Views: 260,644
Posted By Donkey Hotey
You went? How many people were around it when you...

You went? How many people were around it when you were there? It was almost deserted when I walked by, up against that wall, like they didn't want to call too much attention to it. The Livewire was...
Forum: Road warriors 11-16-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2,521
Views: 260,644
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Hey, I own five Buells. I'm not a Harley...

Hey, I own five Buells. I'm not a Harley leg-humper but, I'm not a hater either. I was optimistically agnostic when I walked up to it. I looked it over.

As for pre-production, it was the pick of...
Forum: Road warriors 11-16-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2,521
Views: 260,644
Posted By Donkey Hotey
OK, I've seen it in person now. I haven't ridden...

OK, I've seen it in person now. I haven't ridden it but, I've heard it. Yeah, Harley really screwed the pooch on this one. The Blast may as well have been a Panigale compared to the Street. Could...
Forum: Road warriors 11-16-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 43,813
Posted By Donkey Hotey
I saw them at the Long Beach motorcycle show on...

I saw them at the Long Beach motorcycle show on Friday and went back again Saturday to drool. You'd need to buy two bikes: one to ride and one just to have stripped in your living room so you could...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-16-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 19,008
Posted By Donkey Hotey
As I type this, two of their very small staff are...

As I type this, two of their very small staff are manning their booth at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach. They are showing off four different models, including a development bike...
Forum: The Garage 11-01-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yup, amazing at how much that changed things,...

Yup, amazing at how much that changed things, isn't it? When I bought my VF-2, it was with the 10K spindle and the two-speed gearbox. I'm pretty sure the gearbox added $6K to the machine. With the...
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Hey, people make mistakes. Mistakes crash...

Hey, people make mistakes. Mistakes crash machines and do really expensive damage. As I wrote: if that had been a 3" shell mill (something more rigid and less forgiving), the damage might have been a...
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
A couple of thoughts to add. Haas ain't...

A couple of thoughts to add.

Haas ain't everything. Feed rates aren't everything. 1000 IPM rapids don't mean squat if all your rapids are short distances and the machine never accelerates to those...
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
The Haas HFO model is setup so that you're...

The Haas HFO model is setup so that you're supposed to be able to take a free, three-day training class, whether you're a customer or not. Yes, you could go down right now and sign up for the class....
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Hey, I'm not saying the Brother machines aren't...

Hey, I'm not saying the Brother machines aren't super freaking nice. I spent a bunch of time looking at them at Westec and again at IMTS last month (was there all week). Nice stuff. From your posts...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
And that's why you don't let stupid people run...

And that's why you don't let stupid people run your machines. Just FYI: the OMP40 probe is only $3400 brand new and most can be rebuilt (even after a crash) for around $1000.

For those following...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yeah, I wouldn't even start down the path of...

Yeah, I wouldn't even start down the path of retrofitting a knee mill. Too many issues and not enough return on your investment. Again: it depends on what you're needing. Your description went from...
Forum: The Garage 10-26-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
OK, getting familiar with the market. Those...

OK, getting familiar with the market. Those Brothers are really nice, high-speed machines. Probably a lot more than you need to spend from what you're describing your needs to be.

Again: I hate to...
Forum: The Garage 10-26-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Why Brother? Just curious. I have no direct...

Why Brother? Just curious. I have no direct experience except from what I've seen of them at the trade shows. They seemed like a step up from Haas, in both price and performance (get what you pay...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-16-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Well, if you got to Panamint in the dark, you...

Well, if you got to Panamint in the dark, you didn't get to see the Father Crowley Vista Point. Oh well. Here's what you missed. First picture is looking up the bank of the Owens Lake bed, at the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-16-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Sherman Pass is going to start getting sketchy...

Sherman Pass is going to start getting sketchy this time of year. It's going to be cold up at the top. Watch the weather. Also: it's a very dirty road in spots. It can be scenic but, don't expect a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-15-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yeah, Yosemite can be overwhelming for a first...

Yeah, Yosemite can be overwhelming for a first visit. I hope you did Glacier Point road and stopped at both Glacier and Washburn points. Looking forward to the ride report. :lurk
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
After pondering the routes, I think I like this...

After pondering the routes, I think I like this route better than Sonora pass. Lower elevation and after you get through one stupid twisty section, this is a fast moving road.
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
I pretty much knew what you did before even...

I pretty much knew what you did before even looking at your route. :D

Good choices. The northern leg of DV is scenic but, can be cut off for time. You still get the highest value stuff in the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Nobody has given you bad advice in this thread....

Nobody has given you bad advice in this thread. You are covering a part of the state that is just dense with history, scenery, attractions and well-engineered twisty roads. You could leave Lake Tahoe...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-06-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Could you give us a recap of what you've seen and...

Could you give us a recap of what you've seen and where you've been already?

If you've never been, Yosemite is going to be #1 on my recommend list (not just a casual ride-through either). If you...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-05-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
You've changed plans a couple of times so I'm...

You've changed plans a couple of times so I'm having a hard time following what you're thinking right now.

If you're coming back in March, Death Valley will be just as nice, if not nicer then....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-05-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,812
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yeah, days are getting shorter. The equinox has...

Yeah, days are getting shorter. The equinox has passed. You have less than 12 hours between sunup and sundown. That is a LOT of miles to cover. As other have posted: the 190 entrance is beautiful,...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-04-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 19,008
Posted By Donkey Hotey
I was just makin fun of their spelling. I'm...

I was just makin fun of their spelling. I'm absolutely stunned that they can build and sell an engine for that, even if the labor was free! Man, I've paid more than that for a car alternator, much...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-04-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 19,008
Posted By Donkey Hotey
"This is a very solid perforing engine" At...

"This is a very solid perforing engine"

At least they're honest. Let us know when it perforates itself.

(sweet build, otherwise :lurk)
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yup. And all that tooling and fixturing costs...

Yup. And all that tooling and fixturing costs money. Buy a couple of big pieces of tooling plate, spend hours designing it, more hours and dollars making the fixture, THEN scrap a part or two working...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Yup. I've been wanting to go to IMTS for over ten...

Yup. I've been wanting to go to IMTS for over ten years. Finally got the company to send me. Over a million square feet of booth space. 114K people this year. On Wednesday, we walked 447 booths. It...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
I just got home from a solid week at IMTS. BTDT....

I just got home from a solid week at IMTS. BTDT. :lol3 :freaky
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Now that you've posted a picture, I can tell you...

Now that you've posted a picture, I can tell you all that will go wrong with your plan. :D

There is no point in pre-cutting that in the waterjet. Because you hope to come back after the fact and...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Sure. Compared to a machine 2-3X the cost, it may...

Sure. Compared to a machine 2-3X the cost, it may not be 'as rigid.' Rigid has not been a problem on any of my Haas machines. Lots of people talking out of their ass. There are a lot of things I can...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
As far as the machines go, everything is...

As far as the machines go, everything is condition and price. Haas services everything they ever made so there is that factor. The Milacron might be a better machine but, whose control is it and can...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
:lol3 Uhhh...no. 1997. You'll be doing well if it...

:lol3 Uhhh...no. 1997. You'll be doing well if it has a floppy drive (seriously). It may only have a serial port and you may be sending files via RS232 cable. It may not even have a full megabyte of...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,931
Posted By Donkey Hotey
The $25K can get you into a used Haas VF2. Target...

The $25K can get you into a used Haas VF2. Target a 1997 or newer machine if you can. That gets you into brushless servos and a Vector Drive spindle instead of the earlier brush drives. Others in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 1,573
Views: 353,184
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Well, yeah, we could have told you that! Totally...

Well, yeah, we could have told you that! Totally underwhelmed by the road? How many times did you ask yourself, "WTF?" as you looked at that one, famous hairpin?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 1,573
Views: 353,184
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Don't know how much time you have or which...

Don't know how much time you have or which direction. I'm assuming you would be coming south, from the Oxnard / Ventura direction on PCH.

This is all the critical, best-of miles. If you can do...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 122,013
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Probably not much more than you paid for it. Rare...

Probably not much more than you paid for it. Rare does not always equal valuable, unless you find somebody who desperately wants it.

It's an insanely cool bike to ride in-town or on the occasional...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 393
Views: 122,013
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Damn, that thing is as close to perfect as I've...

Damn, that thing is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. Just so you know: those tank stickers are absolutely unobtainium. No clue why they aren't bubbled and cracked by now. Just an amazing bike....
Forum: Thumpers 09-01-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 122,013
Posted By Donkey Hotey
No such thing as a 1998 640. That's definitely a...

No such thing as a 1998 640. That's definitely a US-market 620. It's easy to tell by the Supertrapp mufflers. That might very well be the cleanest one left in the country. I wouldn't ride it offroad....
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 388
Views: 84,112
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Heads up guys. Not mine, blah, blah... ...

Heads up guys. Not mine, blah, blah...

Corbin Saddlebags:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mcy/4621359194.html
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 1,562
Views: 178,806
Posted By Donkey Hotey
Man, you guys are on drugs. That bike is dead...

Man, you guys are on drugs. That bike is dead sexy. :tb

It's not a copy of anything. They got out front and designed something solid, substantial and different. A++ :clap
...
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