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Forum: General Bike Discussion   07-06-2016, 09:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 526
Posted By MikeB
Must be an echo in here. My story is almost the...

Must be an echo in here. My story is almost the same, except that I did a complete flip over the car and landed on my back on the other side. Bad groin contusion from hitting the windshield while...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   06-07-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,376
Posted By MikeB
Dreading this summer. Forecasts are for extra-hot...

Dreading this summer. Forecasts are for extra-hot weather over much of the US due to La Nina, especially bad in the west and New England. I might as well sell the bikes.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-29-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,321
Posted By MikeB
For obvious reasons, Cerberus, you need three...

For obvious reasons, Cerberus, you need three bikes...one to please each head.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-28-2016, 08:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By MikeB
MCR (which is actually NADA) says $4520 average...

MCR (which is actually NADA) says $4520 average in the winter value guide. $4K sounds pretty reasonable to me.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-28-2016, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By MikeB
Yes, measure to see what fits you, but err on the...

Yes, measure to see what fits you, but err on the side of shortness. It's one thing to see over it when you are sitting in the garage in the traditional CHP position of attention, and quite another...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-24-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 172
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Posted By MikeB
Oops...been away for a while and did not see this...

Oops...been away for a while and did not see this until today. I should have known what 98G was, because a good friend with whom I still stay in touch was a 98G in Cambodian. And I should have been...
Forum: Technical Discussion   05-09-2016, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By MikeB
I'm a little surprised that no one has suggested...

I'm a little surprised that no one has suggested looking at the plugs before messing with the mains. They will tell you whether the bike is running lean, rich or just right. A slight stumble at idle...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-07-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 336
Posted By MikeB
Now, now, now....I grew up on one of those grid...

Now, now, now....I grew up on one of those grid roads in Wood Co., no doubt fairly close to your residence. But I went to school down in Athens where roads tend to follow the rivers and hollers. So...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-06-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,136
Posted By MikeB
About once a year I see a post with which I agree...

About once a year I see a post with which I agree completely. I now have seen two in this very thread. I must be getting pretty mellow in my old age. :grin2:
Forum: Technical Discussion   05-06-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By MikeB
An astrolabe was good enough for us.

An astrolabe was good enough for us.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-04-2016, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By MikeB
You can still do the Lost Coast out of Ferndale;...

You can still do the Lost Coast out of Ferndale; it's probably an hour or so down to the coast. But at the bottom you just see the Pacific Ocean and can ride along beside some sand dunes, so that...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-04-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By MikeB
I hate to be Debbie Downer, but I have taken that...

I hate to be Debbie Downer, but I have taken that road down to the Lost Coast from Garberville and I wouldn't bother to do it again or recommend it to anyone else. It's not horrible in any way, just...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-04-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,596
Posted By MikeB
You did good. It's very hard not to overbrake...

You did good. It's very hard not to overbrake with the rear in an emergency situation, and a lot of accidents result from rear lock-up. I continue to think that the rear brake is the most dangerous...
Forum: Technical Discussion   05-03-2016, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By MikeB
"Aesthetically pleasing." And here I thought all...

"Aesthetically pleasing." And here I thought all along this was a motorcycle forum.:grin2:

But on a practical level I don't see how a GPS watch would work. If you have young eyes the small screen...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-02-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 821
Posted By MikeB
Somos in Spanish means "we are." I asked, "We are...

Somos in Spanish means "we are." I asked, "We are what?"

Somos motociclistas would work.:smile2:
Forum: General Bike Discussion   05-02-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 821
Posted By MikeB
Somos que?

Somos que?
Forum: Technical Discussion   05-01-2016, 02:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,457
Posted By MikeB
I ain't got me none of them new-fangled...

I ain't got me none of them new-fangled contraptions.
Forum: Technical Discussion   05-01-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,457
Posted By MikeB
If it is dead, dead, dead (i.e., residual voltage...

If it is dead, dead, dead (i.e., residual voltage less than 2 or 3V) some battery chargers will not even begin to charge, but instead will indicate a fault as if one or more of the battery's cells is...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   04-28-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,136
Posted By MikeB
Of all the online advice I have seen over the...

Of all the online advice I have seen over the years -- including the volumes I have posted myself -- that is the best advice ever. It should be a flashing neon sign on the wall over every mechanic's...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   04-27-2016, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By MikeB
Forget the pipes. What do your plugs say?

Forget the pipes. What do your plugs say?
Forum: General Bike Discussion   04-27-2016, 10:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 770
Posted By MikeB
Oh, dear. Another victim of the roundel's...

Oh, dear. Another victim of the roundel's hypnotic lure. Fortunately for me I had my bout a few years ago (2004 R1150GS) and have fully recovered. Once infected most victims have full immunity after...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   04-26-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By MikeB
Fiberglass seatpan? That seems like a poor choice...

Fiberglass seatpan? That seems like a poor choice given its propensity to fracture at stress points, especially anywhere there is a hole. As suggested above use washers or even lengths of metal strap...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   04-26-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By MikeB
I have found our Scala teamset (early generation)...

I have found our Scala teamset (early generation) to have adequate volume even when wearing foamy earplugs.

What someone should invent is a noise-cancelling intercom system. I can't believe how...
Forum: Technical Discussion   04-26-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,040
Posted By MikeB
Yup. The lower you go the bigger you need. ...

Yup. The lower you go the bigger you need.

And I ain't talking dirty here.

When I ride up in the Sierra with the carbureted KLX250 I lose some power and it runs too rich. I'd like to adjust for...
Forum: Technical Discussion   04-25-2016, 06:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,040
Posted By MikeB
If you have open pipes that doesn't sound like...

If you have open pipes that doesn't sound like too much to me. (Assuming you are not riding at or near sea level.)
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