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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 31,870
Posted By gmiguy
I'm having a hard time imagining how any rider...

I'm having a hard time imagining how any rider would not be safer with a good ABS system than without. Aircraft rely extensively on automated safeties because even skilled/trained/experienced pilots...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 31,870
Posted By gmiguy
Interesting perspective. I would submit...

Interesting perspective.

I would submit that riding 100 miles from anywhere with no communications is a case for ABS, as when you're that remote the consequences of something like a broken leg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-13-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 31,870
Posted By gmiguy
How did you determine that the ABS system is...

How did you determine that the ABS system is responsible for the poor "break" lever feel on your bike if a non-ABS version is not available as a point of comparison?

ABS does not inherently...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 31,870
Posted By gmiguy
This is a common belief. It is also demonstrably...

This is a common belief. It is also demonstrably false.

There are many counter-examples, but one will suffice to disprove it.

Obviously there's the fact that as vehicles have become more...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By gmiguy
Understood, same here. I'm just asking to...

Understood, same here.

I'm just asking to learn more about split bolts. I haven't dealt with them much, and would like to better understand the pros/cons.

Agree that either way will work if...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By gmiguy
I would not seal them, instead relying on the IP...

I would not seal them, instead relying on the IP rating of the box to prevent water problems.

I could be underestimating it but I think of these strips as being essentially the same as any other...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By gmiguy
I've not worked much with split bolts. ...

I've not worked much with split bolts.

What are their advantages vs a terminal block when dealing with ~6 wire?

Seems that they are more expensive, do not positively locate the junction,...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By gmiguy
No way, although the touch-safe design does...

No way, although the touch-safe design does result in some very robust creepage and clearance values if it comes to that.

I assume that his boxes are rated for outdoor use and that the wire...
Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2015, 05:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,221
Posted By gmiguy
The best real-world street-use superbike is and...

The best real-world street-use superbike is and always has been a well-maintained salvage-title last-generation CBR600/1000 with ergonomic mods, soft bags, and a Valentine 1. Add a second set of...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By gmiguy
Mcmaster sells touch-safe 4-wire #6 sized...

Mcmaster sells touch-safe 4-wire #6 sized terminal blocks for $3 each.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#7618k673/=wk85pr

They're probably cheaper from other vendors. Easy to work with, no special...
Forum: The Garage 03-29-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By gmiguy
Not guaranteed, but the original symptoms you...

Not guaranteed, but the original symptoms you describe sound consistent with a failed fan switch.

You can confirm by wiring the fan to run 100% (or putting a manual switch on it) and seeing if the...
Forum: The Garage 03-27-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,328
Posted By gmiguy
Just pick something with the API rating and...

Just pick something with the API rating and viscosity that it says in the manual.

Other than that it does not matter, at all, even a little bit. Buy whatever meets the above criteria and is on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,461
Posted By gmiguy
I recommend the parking lot of a closed big-box...

I recommend the parking lot of a closed big-box store. Even better if they are truly closed for good, not just not working at that time.

They can tell you to leave, but as far as I know the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,150
Posted By gmiguy
Can you give us a more thorough description of...

Can you give us a more thorough description of what you consider a "hard value/number" to be, and the degree of variable control sufficient to produce a number you would accept as valid?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,666
Posted By gmiguy
I'm OK with bearing that risk if the alternative...

I'm OK with bearing that risk if the alternative is that I wag my finger at my grandfather and tell him that he needs to buckle up before we can go anywhere.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 9,424
Posted By gmiguy
Not really, I've seen both cultures coexist...

Not really, I've seen both cultures coexist pretty happily around here.

Just yesterday I saw a couple of full-on crystal-carrying dreadlocked hippies dancing along to a bluegrass band on the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,464
Posted By gmiguy
Here's another example from the Craigslist genius...

Here's another example from the Craigslist genius patrol:



Actual value of car in clean shape: $12-13k.

So basically, a non-negligible fraction of our fellow riders/motorists are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,464
Posted By gmiguy
It seems that many people seem to not understand...

It seems that many people seem to not understand that what they paid for something (or "what they have in it") is entirely, completely, 100% unrelated to what it can be sold for.

I often see CL...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-22-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,572
Posted By gmiguy
The best way to resolve concerns about theft in a...

The best way to resolve concerns about theft in a campground (or anywhere else) is to just not bring anything worth stealing.
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 236,495
Posted By gmiguy
True, but I don't know about Kmart either.

True, but I don't know about Kmart either.
Forum: The Garage 03-21-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 236,495
Posted By gmiguy
Harbor freight is a lifetime-warranty vendor for...

Harbor freight is a lifetime-warranty vendor for hand tools:

http://www.harborfreight.com/warranty-info.html



I've generally found them to be very willing to issue warranty replacements,...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-21-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,572
Posted By gmiguy
As a counterpoint, don't rule out cheapo big-box...

As a counterpoint, don't rule out cheapo big-box gear entirely.

If you're camping off a bike that probably means you won't have to manually carry your gear very far. Therefore, you probably don't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,464
Posted By gmiguy
Isn't what "somebody is willing to pay" basically...

Isn't what "somebody is willing to pay" basically the definition of value?
Forum: Equipment 03-21-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,668
Posted By gmiguy
I've done it in the past and not had an issue;...

I've done it in the past and not had an issue; I'll do it again in the future without any concerns.

I agree that it's not a best practice and probably does represent a small but existent increase...
Forum: The Garage 03-19-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,482
Posted By gmiguy
If you just want something cheap and functional...

If you just want something cheap and functional to hold your tools I highly recommend the el-cheapo Harbor Freight krap-e-box:

http://www.harborfreight.com/11-drawer-roller-cabinet-67421.html
...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By gmiguy
I think you can probably relax a bit about it. ...

I think you can probably relax a bit about it. It doesn't sound like anything in the bag is especially valuable, and only the knife and tools seems like something that would be desirable to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,666
Posted By gmiguy
Anybody who wants to be informed about the...

Anybody who wants to be informed about the options available for riding gear and the protection levels that they offer can become informed very easily via the internet. Choosing not to investigate...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,666
Posted By gmiguy
Mentally competent adults are welcome to make...

Mentally competent adults are welcome to make their own risk decisions when riding with me.

I encourage my GF to gear up. I'm glad that she does. If she chose not to she would still be welcome on...
Forum: Equipment 03-18-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By gmiguy
Thanks for all the ideas, looks like I have some...

Thanks for all the ideas, looks like I have some OEM take-offs inbound.

Odd that all the OEM style signals on the market are 4x the price of the mini/LED/crap ones.
Forum: The Garage 03-18-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By gmiguy
If you have a drill bit the same size as your...

If you have a drill bit the same size as your cable ties you don't even need the soldering iron and the window:

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/7692/ziptiefreak.jpg
Forum: Equipment 03-17-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,602
Posted By gmiguy
I don't strap anything to my bike that is so...

I don't strap anything to my bike that is so expensive that I'd care if it was lost/stolen/destroyed; so I went with a decent $50 synthetic mummy bag from a big-box sporting goods store.

It's cozy...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By gmiguy
Thanks for the link. These ones are...

Thanks for the link.

These ones are "mini" lights, and apparently measure 1.5 x 2.25".

I previously had a bike with similar mini signals and other riders told me that they were...
Forum: The Garage 03-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,560
Posted By gmiguy
If nothing else that looks like good feedstock...

If nothing else that looks like good feedstock for a backyard casting project.

Pick the plastic ones out first, though.
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By gmiguy
Yep, like that but preferably not $18 each plus...

Yep, like that but preferably not $18 each plus shipping.

The Buells used to be like $6 OTC, which seems about right considering the content of one of those blinkers.

Odd that Amazon will sell...
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By gmiguy
Where to buy normal turn signals?

I have to replace a few turn signals, as the rubber part of the mount that touches the bike is starting to dry rot and crack.

Amazon and eBay are awash in novelty LED/mini/junk signals, as well as...
Forum: The Garage 03-10-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By gmiguy
They're pricey, but this model is the only one we...

They're pricey, but this model is the only one we use in the labs at work because it is the only one we've found holds up in an industrial environment:

...
Forum: The Garage 03-04-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By gmiguy
They typical installation of a spring rubber does...

They typical installation of a spring rubber does not require disassembly of the shock or removal of the spring.

As they are threaded between the coils they can simply be pushed in from the...
Forum: The Garage 03-03-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By gmiguy
Autozone et al will rent spring compressors for...

Autozone et al will rent spring compressors for free.

Spring rubbers are a legitimate way to make temporary changes for test and tune sessions, different applications, or running with/without a...
Forum: The Garage 02-20-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By gmiguy
Generally speaking, fuse ratings are based on the...

Generally speaking, fuse ratings are based on the properties of your conductors rather than your load. The goal is to ensure that in a fault condition the fuse will open before the conductors...
Forum: The Garage 02-15-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 911
Posted By gmiguy
Dry location 12VDC connector standard

I'm working on a bunch of non-automotive personal projects that will involve lots of 12V DC wiring with a maximum current of about 12A.

The wiring will all be done and used indoors in a clean dry...
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