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Forum: Road warriors Today, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
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 Yesterday, 12:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,120
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, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
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, 07:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,270
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, 07:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 805
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, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,816
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, 12:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,816
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, 06:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,194
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, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 805
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, 07:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,194
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,079
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, 12:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,079
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, 06:07 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,418
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, 07:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,323
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, 07:19 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,418
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, 07:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,323
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, 05:13 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,858
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, 06:32 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,959
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, 07:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,321
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, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
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, 05:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
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, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
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, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
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, 05:13 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,858
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, 12:47 PM
Replies: 977
Views: 174,319
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, 11:09 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,858
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, 10:33 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,858
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, 10:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,104
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, 08:06 PM
Replies: 386
Views: 22,196
Posted By gmiguy
Undefined. :wink:

Undefined. :wink:
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 386
Views: 22,196
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, 02:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,029
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, 02:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,225
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...
Forum: The Garage 09-03-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,225
Posted By gmiguy
Do you have a reference for this? I'd not...

Do you have a reference for this?

I'd not heard of it before, and after a bit of searching haven't found any mention online of refiners adding odorants to gasoline; or any evidence of a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,857
Posted By gmiguy
You can always find another SV650 for sale in any...

You can always find another SV650 for sale in any condition and configuration that you want. It's just a machine, and a common one at that.

So ditch it and try something else. If you don't like...
Forum: The Garage 08-20-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,967
Posted By gmiguy
I'm not sure how available E0 is in my area. I...

I'm not sure how available E0 is in my area. I don't put any effort into seeking it out, and have not experienced any of the issues that are frequently blamed on ethanol gas.

If your modern bike...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,220
Posted By gmiguy
I don't think you need to have a set plan for...

I don't think you need to have a set plan for this up front. Put them all up for sale with an asking price on the high side of reasonable.

Whichever two sell first keep the third and see how it...
Forum: The Garage 07-30-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,419
Posted By gmiguy
You don't need to physically exclude people, you...

You don't need to physically exclude people, you just need the average pedestrian to not want to get inside.

I'd just add a warning label that makes it seem like a bad idea to remove the cap.
...
Forum: The Garage 07-08-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,704
Posted By gmiguy
I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width...

I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width of the trailer or otherwise self-fixtures and either bolt a harbor freight chock to that or put on some dimensional lumber to constrain the wheel.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,540
Posted By gmiguy
It's your first bike, you don't know enough about...

It's your first bike, you don't know enough about bikes or riding to really have any "preferences" and what you think you want now will likely be very different from what you will know you really...
Forum: The Garage 05-13-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,400
Posted By gmiguy
I'm also not sure why people get so worked up...

I'm also not sure why people get so worked up about the warranty on a hand tool.

I like good tools that do what they are supposed to.

I don't care if I'll be able to overload said tool to the...
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