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Forum: Airheads 05-20-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,364
Posted By Mike E
So, owners of newer more reliable bikes, don't...

So, owners of newer more reliable bikes, don't know as much as owners of older bikes which need more frequent and basic adjustments?

Brilliant observation, Mr. Motorcycle writer. You should write...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-06-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3,523
Views: 576,456
Posted By Mike E
I had two Spot 2 units fail on me. I hope the...

I had two Spot 2 units fail on me. I hope the new version proves better, but I'm now very skeptical until I hear more about their reliability.
Forum: Equipment 07-11-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,915
Posted By Mike E
Sorry - off-topic, but what Maxpedition bag is...

Sorry - off-topic, but what Maxpedition bag is that JetBoil in & how tight does it fit?

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Forum: Equipment 11-30-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,105
Posted By Mike E
You definitely want a controller on them. I use...

You definitely want a controller on them. I use them under a pair or Goretex Held gloves, attached to their jacket liner. Just rode across the country with them (Route 66 anyway...). They get...
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 909
Posted By Mike E
Take them to an ice hockey rink with a hockey...

Take them to an ice hockey rink with a hockey gear cleaning service. It's a kind of dry cleaning machine they use. If you've ever smelled some ripe hockey gear, I'm sure your boots would be no...
Forum: The Garage 08-16-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,319
Posted By Mike E
The Optima Prius battery is the way to go. ...

The Optima Prius battery is the way to go. Solves the problem. The OEM battery is notoriously bad.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-15-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,153
Posted By Mike E
I rode it three days ago in a 12 passenger Chevy...

I rode it three days ago in a 12 passenger Chevy van with an 8 foot trailer behind it. (I was a passenger)

The look on the faces of the others on the road was priceless.

Lot's of rocks. I...
Forum: The Garage 07-15-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,305
Posted By Mike E
If you insulate the ceiling, just don't put up...

If you insulate the ceiling, just don't put up foam sheets or staple up fiberglass to the underside of the roof without ventilation underneath or you'll cook the shingles off.
Forum: The Garage 07-15-2012, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,305
Posted By Mike E
The real solution is to put a ridge vent in and...

The real solution is to put a ridge vent in and insulate the walls and ceiling. Vent the roof overhang at the bottom as well for circulation up to the ridge. The garage will not heat up much during...
Forum: Americas 05-15-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 503
Posted By Mike E
Ottawa to Edmonton is usually the part of the...

Ottawa to Edmonton is usually the part of the ride you endure to get to the good stuff.

Make sure you get out there soon enough to take a loop through the Canadian Rockies in BC. It's...
Forum: Equipment 04-20-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,714
Posted By Mike E
Get a waterproof gps, mount it on your bike with...

Get a waterproof gps, mount it on your bike with a 12v connection, and use the iPhone when there is a signal to figure out where to get a burger and motel when needed.

You don't necessarily need...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,635
Posted By Mike E
American Outdoors coolers. I use one on my...

American Outdoors coolers. I use one on my boat, it's great. They look similar to the Polar Bear cooler - maybe they make them.

http://www.aocoolers.com/index.cfm?category=14
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 925
Posted By Mike E
That's always an option (replacing the system). ...

That's always an option (replacing the system). LED is definitely better. I've replaced 4-5 bulbs at this point, but it's hard to pull the trigger when a single bulb goes. If I knew I'd keep the...
Forum: Equipment 03-23-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 925
Posted By Mike E
They are $37.63 on amazon.com. PIAA 15352. ...

They are $37.63 on amazon.com. PIAA 15352. (amazon's own listing of them has an incorrect product photo of an h4 bulb)
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,405
Posted By Mike E
I don't know about the old stuff, but I believe...

I don't know about the old stuff, but I believe the new Powerlet gear is unique to them (with the infra-red heating without wires in the gear.)
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,405
Posted By Mike E
I have mine connected to my Powerlet jacket...

I have mine connected to my Powerlet jacket liner. (small cord comes out of the cuff of the jacket and plugs into the glove liner) Then I have the duel wireless controller. One knob controls the...
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2011, 03:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,405
Posted By Mike E
Take a look at the Powerlet liners. I have a set...

Take a look at the Powerlet liners. I have a set and they are great - very thin and fit in all my gloves (I have an assortment). There are no wires in them, the cloth heats up - it's pretty cool...
Forum: Equipment 11-02-2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,132
Posted By Mike E
Black electrical tape across the top of the...

Black electrical tape across the top of the shield.

My friends were making fun of my black tape on a ride a few years ago. As the sun went down, it wasn't long before they sheepishly asked to...
Forum: Equipment 10-11-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,109
Posted By Mike E
They're for different purposes. The Triple...

They're for different purposes.

The Triple Digit covers are my go to in the rain. They work great, and I never have had a problem with feeling the controls, etc. They're very thin Gore-Tex. ...
Forum: Regional forums 10-10-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,556
Posted By Mike E
ADV rider commercial in Detroit

There is a commercial running in Detroit for Henry Ford Health System, featuring a GS running down a dirt road. There's an ADV sticker in the middle of the front windshield!

It's about the...
Forum: Equipment 10-05-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,672
Posted By Mike E
The new Powerlet gear is awesome. The whole...

The new Powerlet gear is awesome. The whole jacket warms up vs where the little cords are placed. I have the jacket and glove liners on a dual controller, and it works great. I never turn it all...
Forum: Ride reports 09-12-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,708
Posted By Mike E
When was the trip? August? You must have timed...

When was the trip? August? You must have timed it right to not have a lot of black flies.
Forum: The Garage 08-25-2011, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,862
Posted By Mike E
Marine non-skid generally is just granules which...

Marine non-skid generally is just granules which you mix into the paint. Just mix it with the same epoxy used on the floor, and roll it on. ...
Forum: Equipment 08-23-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,382
Posted By Mike E
I have the Cycle Hill and it works great. ...

I have the Cycle Hill and it works great.

They told me the cam rim holds on the No-Mar unit don't work that great on GS tires, and it would be better to have the screw in ones. They sell these...
Forum: Equipment 04-26-2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,571
Posted By Mike E
Motorcycle Consumer News did a comparison test a...

Motorcycle Consumer News did a comparison test a while back and rated the tyrepliers the best. I was thinking about replacing my tyrepliers with the best rest version to eliminate some weight in the...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2011, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Posted By Mike E
I'm not sure what year mine were, but I think...

I'm not sure what year mine were, but I think they were exactly the same for a period of time. I thought the handlebar switchgear was the same for the R/GS/RS/RT, so everything should fit.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-19-2011, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Posted By Mike E
On the 1100RT, one side has an allen bolt which...

On the 1100RT, one side has an allen bolt which threads into mounting hole on the bike through the mirror shaft from the top, and the other side the mirror slides right through the mounting hole and...
Forum: The Garage 03-24-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,052
Posted By Mike E
Use a heat gun on low (or hairdryer) to work off...

Use a heat gun on low (or hairdryer) to work off the paper/vinyl part of the sticker the best you can with a scraper of some sort that doesn't scratch the surface you're working on. The sharper you...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,157
Posted By Mike E
If you understand the difference between a...

If you understand the difference between a flooded or gel cell and a flat plate AGM (absorbed glass matt) battery like the Odyssey, you'd have your answer.

They give out more power quicker than...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-04-2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11,316
Views: 2,018,787
Posted By Mike E
http://solomoto.es/articulo/1296808379/exclusiva-e...

http://solomoto.es/articulo/1296808379/exclusiva-el-motor-boxer-de-agua-de-bmw-ya-rueda

Again, via Google translate:

Very fast work of the Bayerische Motoren Werke, a lot. Following the launch...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-04-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11,316
Views: 2,018,787
Posted By Mike E
http://gslifebmw.blogspot.com/ Via Google...

http://gslifebmw.blogspot.com/

Via Google Translate:

Details: The new boxer engine externally looks the same, but the first thing you notice is that the shaft is on the left side and the single...
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,690
Posted By Mike E
http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/...

http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/274310_lg.jpg

I have one of these truck bed Masterlocks. It goes into a stake hole on the rail of the bed. Run a cable around the bike and back...
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2011, 02:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,087
Posted By Mike E
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vNyc9p8yL....

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This is exactly what I used on the last garage I built. The eaves were all vented and these led from the eaves all the...
Forum: Equipment 01-07-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 702
Posted By Mike E
I have Hippo Hands for my RT. I can get my hands...

I have Hippo Hands for my RT. I can get my hands in and out no problem with my regular (non-heated) gloves. I was pretty nervous about it the first couple of times out, but it hasn't been a problem...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,273
Posted By Mike E
I have the Chrome Metropolis. Made in USA. ...

I have the Chrome Metropolis. Made in USA. Totally waterproof. Awesome bag.

I bought a Aerostich courier bag first, but I returned it because of the open gaps at the top flap when it's closed...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-25-2010, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3,523
Views: 576,456
Posted By Mike E
They were not pre-recall units. Both were...

They were not pre-recall units. Both were current models.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-20-2010, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 917
Posted By Mike E
Hopefully BMW will allow much more customization...

Hopefully BMW will allow much more customization on a future ESA version. Using their arbitrary pre-set options seems like one compromise after another, that you can never fully chase down to get...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-18-2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3,523
Views: 576,456
Posted By Mike E
Not really. I had two SPOT 2 units fail on my...

Not really. I had two SPOT 2 units fail on my trip to BC this summer. (posted about this earlier). Returned them, and they refunded my $$ (other than the Geos insurance) without much question.

I...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-18-2010, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,903
Posted By Mike E
Just leave the case loosely attached and let it...

Just leave the case loosely attached and let it fall off on the highway.
When it's done tumbling you won't see any more boot scuffs. Worked on mine great!:evil
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-07-2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3,523
Views: 576,456
Posted By Mike E
The same thing just happened to me, TWICE. I...

The same thing just happened to me, TWICE. I purchased a new Spot2 to use on a trip to northern BC. It worked for a day and a half, then nothing. The GPS light would just flash red. Customer...
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