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ReconRat last won the day on November 24 2018

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About ReconRat

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  • Birthday 05/03/1950

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    Tommy TuTone
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    Columbus, Ohio
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    02/07 919² and a pile of parts...

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  1. ReconRat

    Check Ya Nuts

    does not apply to this, but for prostrate cancer, ever heard of the new proton beam therapy? I think there's one up in Detroit. Definitely sounds like some one was playing with your balls while you were unconscious. And they left you with that Chinese malady... Won Hung Lo.
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    no no, he said bike cranks but won't start. Don't bother, it takes two or three jumpers to do it right with a schematic. Take your registration and ID to a good key shop and they can make a new key from the vehicle number. Usually... If not, take the ignition lock in to the key shop for a new key. Last resort, buy a new ignition lock and install. (or find the freakin' key) I've done all 3 over the years...
  3. ReconRat

    Walmart open carry, Sept 3, 2019

    Not in Florida, they don't care. They also don't allow those silly little "no guns allowed here" signs. I've never seen even one.
  4. ReconRat

    Vstar Exhaust

    I picked up stock cans on ebay, cheap. But shipping is rather high. Dude had pulled his stock off to install after market, and sold them.
  5. ReconRat

    Bought a new set of tires...

    I like my Ventura rack. I have a Krauser wing on the other. Too bad Krauser doesn't seem to be in operation anymore.
  6. lol, and now for something entirely different... I change mine when it's dirty or no longer has viscosity. You can see that if you look. So I like oils that hold their viscosity and filters that filter longer. Exceptions are if I decide to ride off for a thousand or two miles, I'll change before I go. In Ohio, I changed before storing in the Winter with cheap oil, and again in the Spring with good oil. Or just once in the Winter with good oil for a year. There's always contaminants in used oil, so it's not good to just let it sit over the Winter.
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    Ride report 7/25

    I worked till 65 and really didn't want to retire. But I did. Two retirements coming in, and waited on social security till 67-68 because I didn't need it. At some point other things happen when you sign up for social security, so I did. IRA disbursements start soon, I'm not sure I need that either, but I'll take it. Retired can be super bored or super busy. Not even counting hobbies on that, just things to do around the house. If you're like me, I'd rather do it myself, instead of paying some one else to do it. So far it's quite nice. No rush, no hassles, lots of lazy days. Everything except that one tall palm tree in the front yard. I don't like climbing up there to trim that one. But I do it anyway.
  8. ReconRat

    Earplugs for rididng

    Also, some helmets are really good at knocking the noise down. At least while they are new, and fit correctly. Some helmets don't do much at all. There's two types of noise, the engine/road noise and the "wind in the helmet" noise. Most cheap or moderate priced helmets don't seem to deal with the wind very well. I bought a new Bell helmet, and found it didnt need earplugs. Not quite as good, but close enough.
  9. ReconRat

    No upshifts

    And the clutch cable too. It degrades over time so slowly we tend not to notice till a problem pops up. A new clutch cable can do amazing things for smooth shifting.
  10. ReconRat

    No upshifts

    I will admit I've had to cut a few things off. It can just be crazy sometimes.
  11. ReconRat

    No upshifts

    I normally just shove a rag in-between the chain and sprocket, so it can't move. Squishy, but then I use a long breaker bar, and tap it with a hammer.
  12. ReconRat

    No upshifts

    I was looking at that same assembly. There's some return springs in there to check also. And a pivot pin to make sure it's secure. Also noticed a loose bolt or fit on the shifter lever itself can do this too. 2009 Kawasaki ER6N service manual page 311 thru 314 edit: One concern is reported gear grinding. That isn't supposed to happen in a constant syncromesh transmission. Nevertheless it does happen for a wide variety of reasons. The most common would be type and temperature of the oil. A cold transmission won't always sync up. Motorcycle transmissions can literally get confused, and not operate properly. Newer is better, the older motorcycles could really goof up. Usually working through the gears up and down will set everything straight again. One old bike I had, when it goofed, it was best to stop and shut the engine off, and find neutral and re-start.
  13. ReconRat

    Sudden Power Failure

    unburned fuel in the exhaust can be a backfire when and if it detonates. Or in the case of old Toyotas, it can fragment the catalytic converter into little pieces and lift the car several feet off the ground...
  14. ReconRat

    fasteners, lock washers are bad.

    That's true. Maybe I got that backwards. Now I'll have to look it up. I do remember using those special beveled washers for special bolts. edit: Yup, sharp side should be down. Rounded side always against bolt or machine screw radius. Keeping the bolt from breaking is more important than the surface below the washer.
  15. ReconRat

    Sudden Power Failure

    Get a pair of plugs too. Might need them for getting it all back in order. You can always put the old ones back in and keep the new ones as spares. Also check to see if it's the right plug, you never know... edit: If you're really cheap like I used to be, and it's only one plug looks bad, swap the plugs between cylinders and see if the problem moves. Then it's either a plug or the firing of a plug.