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Forum: The Garage 06-17-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,057
Posted By gmiguy
My preferred torque wrench setup is: ...

My preferred torque wrench setup is:


$10 Harbor Freight 1/2" clicker for lug nuts. Fast and easy, accuracy not critical.
Decent quality beam wrenches for everything else. They work well...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-11-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,027
Posted By gmiguy
They don't need to be perfect, they just need to...

They don't need to be perfect, they just need to be better than the current approach of putting meatbags in total control of the machine. As one would expect of a primate capable of a maximum...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-11-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,027
Posted By gmiguy
I'm very skeptical that even a fraction of these...

I'm very skeptical that even a fraction of these plans will ever happen.

Do you really think same people who don't have the resources and concentration to keep the bridges from collapsing and the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-11-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 14,230
Posted By gmiguy
I think any rider referring to cars as "Cages" is...

I think any rider referring to cars as "Cages" is pretty clichéd and lame.

It's more letters to type, more syllables to say, and is a hindrance to communication since even most riders don't...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-08-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By gmiguy
Drums are out back. Well, drum, anyway. ...

Drums are out back. Well, drum, anyway.

http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr27/surly357/TU250X/P10001414.jpg
Forum: Road Warriors 06-08-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By gmiguy
I don't disagree. A TU style bike with...

I don't disagree.

A TU style bike with an EFI DR650 powerplant would be an interesting alternative to the Bonneville; especially if it were price-competitive with the DR. Cast wheels and real...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-07-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By gmiguy
Suzuki Demo Day report

A friend and I went to the local Big 4 dealership yesterday to take advantage of the Suzuki demo day tour that was in town. This is the first bike demo day I've done, and I wasn't sure what the...
Forum: The Garage 05-15-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,270
Views: 261,454
Posted By gmiguy
I've had one of these in my garage for years. I...

I've had one of these in my garage for years. I like it very much, and think it's one of the best shop purchases that I've made.

It is not a pro-quality box, it will not impress anybody, and...
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,691
Posted By gmiguy
Not sure what your existing data/communication...

Not sure what your existing data/communication environment is, but there are a number of internet-enabled temperature data loggers that will make results available online for a few hundred dollars.
...
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,366
Posted By gmiguy
The HF tools can be hit or miss, but I'm...

The HF tools can be hit or miss, but I'm increasingly finding them to be a solid value. You are doing yourself a disservice by dismissing them out of hand.

Again, their composite ratchets are...
Forum: The Garage 05-02-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By gmiguy
No, due to a variety of factors such as static vs...

No, due to a variety of factors such as static vs dynamic friction.

Here's a good link to the fundamentals of torque presented by a company that makes torque measurement equipment. Breakaway...
Forum: The Garage 05-01-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,366
Posted By gmiguy
That's because people consistently abused it.

That's because people consistently abused it.
Forum: The Garage 05-01-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,366
Posted By gmiguy
Same here. They are the best. Light, strong,...

Same here. They are the best. Light, strong, grippy, comfy, fine action, non-conductive, non-scratching, not freezing in winter or hot in the summer. Just a very useable tool. Also; cheap.

I...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-21-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 14,397
Posted By gmiguy
Do you expect that the cost of manufacturing in...

Do you expect that the cost of manufacturing in America is significantly higher than the costs of manufacturing in Japan, England, Germany, or Italy?

Spoiler alert: It isn't. ...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-14-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 553
Views: 39,723
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: 553
Views: 39,723
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: 553
Views: 39,723
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: 553
Views: 39,723
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: 2,716
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: 2,716
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: 2,716
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: 2,716
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: 3,947
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: 2,716
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: 631
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: 1,525
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: 2,788
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: 6,050
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: 4,340
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: 11,385
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: 11,918
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: 11,918
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: 68
Views: 10,749
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: 1,270
Views: 261,454
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: 1,270
Views: 261,454
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: 68
Views: 10,749
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: 11,918
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: 3,267
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: 16
Views: 2,130
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: 1,363
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...
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