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Forum: Face plant Yesterday, 12:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,996
Posted By Gripsteruser
The safety practices of commercial aviation and...

The safety practices of commercial aviation and USN nuclear power are great examples to attempt to follow but remember that neither is always perfect and that it takes a HUGE amount of continuing...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,286
Posted By Gripsteruser
With care and knowledge one can operate without...

With care and knowledge one can operate without the neutral light.
It's reassuring to see it but not necessary to operation unless it's part of an interlock circuit (I don't know whether it is or...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-26-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8,179
Views: 466,193
Posted By Gripsteruser
No. But you can find the road grader from...

No.
But you can find the road grader from space..... :-)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,905
Posted By Gripsteruser
Riding (when done with appropriate awareness) is...

Riding (when done with appropriate awareness) is like being a fighter pilot in combat. Everyone around is out to kill you - even if they themselves don't know it. Even your own wingmen can screw up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-22-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,905
Posted By Gripsteruser
Do you have a specific piece of equipment in...

Do you have a specific piece of equipment in mind?

Some safety-tech INTRODUCES hazard (buddy used to have a BMW bike with ABS system that, when it failed, wouldn't apply the brakes - AT ALL!)...
Forum: Airheads 01-21-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By Gripsteruser
When removing the wires on my '88 R100GS I was...

When removing the wires on my '88 R100GS I was taken aback by how much force was required to get the wire ends out of the coil sockets. I really, really thought I was going to break something. (and...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-21-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,377
Posted By Gripsteruser
I walked the RR grade from Yankee Doodle Lake up...

I walked the RR grade from Yankee Doodle Lake up to the pass summit 2 years ago. The trestles are still in what look to me pretty good condition but the Needle's Eye tunnel is collapsed. So driving...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-10-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8,179
Views: 466,193
Posted By Gripsteruser
Amazing to see the difference icy ground cover...

Amazing to see the difference icy ground cover between there and Ft. Collins.
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 61,013
Posted By Gripsteruser
I have retreated from the high country snows many...

I have retreated from the high country snows many times while solo 4wheeling up there. Early Sept snows may melt in a day or two but late Sept snows might stay awhile.

Good decision to bail for...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-05-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12,625
Views: 1,669,115
Posted By Gripsteruser
Yes. PM me if you want to know more.

Yes. PM me if you want to know more.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-04-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12,625
Views: 1,669,115
Posted By Gripsteruser
Squirrels LOVE unimogs. Why? Because...

Squirrels LOVE unimogs.

Why?

Because they can run out in front of them, stop, and then run back the way they came without actually getting run over. :-)

Really amazing off road. Incredibly...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
I love a happy ending!

I love a happy ending!
Forum: Airheads 12-16-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 731
Posted By Gripsteruser
Do check for a spacer (or two) behind the wheel...

Do check for a spacer (or two) behind the wheel before reaching a conclusion.

I had to add one to keep my current rear Gripster from rubbing the right inboard side of the swingarm.
Forum: Americas 12-16-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By Gripsteruser
Take it apart and mail it home in pieces? Should...

Take it apart and mail it home in pieces? Should work for everything but perhaps the gas tank and battery. "Machine parts"
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-15-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 16,602
Posted By Gripsteruser
Yellow light timing can also be incredibly...

Yellow light timing can also be incredibly varied. I know of one that is 1.5 seconds long (timed it using my dashcam). Others seem to be 30 seconds.

If you come from a short yellow...
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Getting it right is more likely by a good shop....

Getting it right is more likely by a good shop. (don't just pick one at random - ask the local bike shops who they use)

Old school had it that you could lap the seats yourself with a tool (suction...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
I think not. Valve seat is the combustion...

I think not.

Valve seat is the combustion side of the chamber where the tulip shaped head of the valve rests when closed. These are steel inserts into the aluminum of the head since aluminum...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 16,602
Posted By Gripsteruser
You overlooked a couple of maneuvers.

You overlooked a couple of maneuvers.
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
I hope it goes well. You're into areas I've...

I hope it goes well.

You're into areas I've not explored. I've only taken things apart and put them back to original condition.
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Yes - I remember the trail to concluding...

Yes - I remember the trail to concluding compression. It's just that ..... the ignition system trouble trail has worked so well for me for so long it's hard to keep from returning to it.

Anyway-...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Seafoam and soak soak (time). There might be...

Seafoam and soak soak (time). There might be other recipes too. I recall someone, perhaps in the Airheads forum, describing just wiping the carbon off after an overnight treatment of some sort. (I...
Forum: The Garage 12-10-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,918
Posted By Gripsteruser
On my R100GS when I rode it to the top of Mt....

On my R100GS when I rode it to the top of Mt. Bross (14,000+) I turned both carb idle speed screws the same amount (as best I could count partial turns) and lived with it until I could reset back...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Absolutely right. The beater will teach you a lot...

Absolutely right. The beater will teach you a lot of stuff at a very low cost and you have to work from first principles to figure it out. None of this "ask the computer what it thinks is wrong and...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 12-10-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,116
Posted By Gripsteruser
Triumph dealer in Ft. Collins. 50 miles...

Triumph dealer in Ft. Collins. 50 miles closer......
Forum: The Garage 12-10-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,918
Posted By Gripsteruser
Idle speed might need to be adjusted as the fixed...

Idle speed might need to be adjusted as the fixed opening of the throttle won't give the same power at altitude as at idle.

Restarting at altitude should be treated as a hot start since mixture...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Overnight failure shouldn't just be worn rings....

Overnight failure shouldn't just be worn rings. Broken maybe?
Chipped cylinder wall from something?

One of the tests I should have suggested yesterday was dry vs wet compression test. (a little...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 12-09-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,116
Posted By Gripsteruser
If your practice fan can't keep your car door...

If your practice fan can't keep your car door shut against your best efforts to get out - you need a bigger practice fan.

Casper is the 'big town' that my buddy in Douglas goes to when he needs...
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Yes. No throttle plate to restrict air inflow. ...

Yes. No throttle plate to restrict air inflow.

I agree that the suddenness of the problem is an important clue.

I HAVE seen a worn-out/jumped timing chain on a V8 engine. Everything was right...
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
It's a 250 so you could completely disable the...

It's a 250 so you could completely disable the decompressor and try kicking it to start.

Engines can still run with poor compression such as chipped rings or worn cylinder - they just don't...
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Gripsteruser
Keep re-checking the basics. Seems unlikely to be...

Keep re-checking the basics. Seems unlikely to be something complex like jumped timing chain while it was sleeping overnight.

How are you testing for spark? Plug connected and lying on the cyl...
Forum: Airheads 12-08-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,584
Posted By Gripsteruser
So this made me feel guilty for having not looked...

So this made me feel guilty for having not looked at my lever pivot in a very long time.

Removed, cleaned, regreased. No problems developing. Now I won't wonder about it.
Forum: Airheads 12-08-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,584
Posted By Gripsteruser
You say 'lever' while I say 'lever'. And we...

You say 'lever' while I say 'lever'. And we weren't even talking about the same part......
Forum: Airheads 12-08-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,584
Posted By Gripsteruser
More lube needed in the lever pivot where the end...

More lube needed in the lever pivot where the end seats?
Sharp edge in the slot where the cable sets in the lever when pulled?

Short life for that part is not normal.

I'm still on the...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 12-07-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8,179
Views: 466,193
Posted By Gripsteruser
I think that's a repeat but it's still a great...

I think that's a repeat but it's still a great tag.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 12-06-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8,179
Views: 466,193
Posted By Gripsteruser
Part 2 is to understand how to post pictures in...

Part 2 is to understand how to post pictures in ADV.

You pretty much have to have a smartphone that can take picture and post from the location else RiderJohn will have sniped the tag out from...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,435
Posted By Gripsteruser
True Adventure !

True Adventure !
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 11-24-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,587
Posted By Gripsteruser
"Journalists".... bah! Fear and...

"Journalists".... bah!

Fear and hang-wringing and not much real information.

What ELSE about the victims do they have in common? Age? Sex? Alcohol? Day? Night? Deer? etc etc.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,812
Posted By Gripsteruser
How much riding at a time? 1 mile at a...

How much riding at a time?

1 mile at a time - not good.
100 miles at a shot - excellent.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,880
Posted By Gripsteruser
Baldman- if you are responding to me please...

Baldman- if you are responding to me please re-read the part about not busting the red light. (meaning - crossing the stop line while the light is still red)

I too look both ways before entering...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,880
Posted By Gripsteruser
I'll play the balance game when I'm in traffic...

I'll play the balance game when I'm in traffic coming to or at a red light. Nobody really cares if you stop or not so long as you don't bust the red light.

At stopsigns I'll tap a foot down. I...
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