KTM/Husky Watercooler Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by TigerTanker, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    The fires and smoke in the NW was unlike anything I'd seen my entire life, mostly living around here.

    But, the way that the NW forests have been managed over the years, it's probably not the last. I had a ride weekend up by Leavenworth WA in August during the fires. I was amazed at the Mad River area and just how much piled up kindling there was. One careless spark or match and that entire area would be burnt to a crisp.

    Meanwhile, when BP and I were in Downieville CA, they had active crews thinning out and control burning the forests. While I think with our NW climate and propensity for rain forest, there should be a better effort to thin out some of these forests....
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  2. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    I use the 4 post lift as an elevator.

    I have some wooden platforms that I fit into the opening between the rails, place the bikes on the lift and raise em up. :D
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  3. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    I kept telling my wife that it was giving me flashbacks to Desert Storm when Saddam and all his flunkies set fire to all the oil wells.

    It looked just like that all the time when I was over there...nasty crap. It got all over everything, our jets, our uniforms, blow your nose and have black snot...
  4. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    It would make sense to manage them for fire control. But at least out there it's not threatening scores of homes and people. CA is a different story. It's so densely populated one would think there'd be plenty of people to stay on top of it. I remember several times over the last five decades several devastating fires, and where I've said they should do something to keep such highly combustible material from growing near homes and build homes with concrete/brick and metal roofs. It's annoying that it keeps happening, knowing there's a way to prevent it, and the rest of the country we have to kick in to help pay for cleanup and rebuilding over and over again. I think they should treat homeowner fire coverage there like they do flood insurance around here - to get coverage one has to pay for a policy rider. Maybe that would get them off their butts...
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    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    I was wondering that exact same thing. I was imagining "Rube Goldberg" ramps leading from one level to the next.
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  6. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Yup, around here the fire danger areas aren't heavily populated. And your suggestion about paying for risk is such a no brainer....along with additional cost for putting a house a few feet from the ocean...
  7. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Speaking of insurance, I'm spitting mad. My OBAMA crap went from 1200 to 1600 for January. $400 per month, that is enough for two bikes.
  8. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    And we're supposed to be the smartest, most advanced country in the world... :fpalm
  9. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Are we in the watercooler thread or another? ...I'm pretty sure we're not in CSM... though I didn't check...oh well, I'll say it anyway...

    Fucking Obamacare is a farce. They named it the Affordable Care Act, yet it never had anything to do with making health care affordable. It was only a way to force people to give money to insurance companies and fall deeper into the corrupt medical system of the U.S. And it has served to further skyrocket the cost of care for the masses. Every single person I know, is paying far more for health care than before this shitty law was foisted on the American people.

    Millions more are now insured...and millions upon millions are struggling harder than ever under the incessant burden of always rising health care costs.

    Fuck Obamacare and everyone who had a part in creating it, and everyone who has failed to fix the disaster since. They've all failed to address the underlying problems, and have created huge new ones in the process. They need to look at what will actually cut the true cost of health services in the U.S., not just spread the insane costs around. Because everyone having insurance sure as hell does not equal health care affordability.
    FUCK!:kboom

    EDIT: 'Cause how am I supposed to afford a KTM when medical bills are so high? (There, now the post in off topic in a KTM centric way.)
  10. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Exactly.

    Amazing how this isn't obvious to everyone.
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  11. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Yeah, it’s probably a csm topic. But I have a lifetime ban there. Turns out I was right about everything and that made everyone else mad!

    Back to truck porn!!

    Washed her today, then realized I’m going on some really muddy roads tomorrow. Duh.

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  12. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Hey, all you northwest folk. Right around daylight savings time in March I’m going to host a swap meet bbq.

    Town of Steilacoom at my office, plenty of parking room, bring the bike and stuff. Thinking 6pm. Should be light out til at least 730pm, hang out til 9pm.

    Good chance to meet up, swap some gear, clean out closets.
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  13. 52xc

    52xc Been here awhile

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    Make sure its on a weekend. Preferably after a belfair ride.
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  14. wiswoodsguy

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    Shops are meant to be worked in

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    But also need a corner or two to attract gawkers

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  15. wiswoodsguy

    wiswoodsguy Hickster

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    MMMMM ....... truck porn

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  16. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Couldn't agree more...mine looks like a tsunami went through it right now! I have my whole snowbike kit in a hundred pieces, replacing broken/warrantied parts....what a mess.
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  17. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I don't think you truly know the meaning of the word "mess".
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  18. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Man, some of you guys have amazing garage operations. I'd hate to see what kind of kitchens you guys had to buy the wife??
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Yeah the kitchen is surely a higher priority here.
    Kinda makes sense since more people-hours are spent in the kitchen and sanitation is key.
  20. daloof

    daloof Been here awhile

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    so right.... you should see it, ha ha...
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