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ReconRat last won the day on November 24 2018

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

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  1. ReconRat


    I had a St Bernard pull up along side my motorcycle at 35mph and open his mouth to bite my leg. Yeah, moved my leg and hit the gas. No, dogs aren't supposed to be able to run that fast.
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    Weird Engine Break-in Protocol

    yup, me too with my first bike. Maxed out speeding tickets. Too young and too much fun. A smaller bike can be thrashed into trouble easily. Leaving for two years in the Army cooled things off, and gave me some discipline to change my ways a little bit.
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    Weird Engine Break-in Protocol

    Also, any new bike deserves respect. It's a learning experience, regardless of the rider's background. Be at ease with the motorcycle for that first season. Treat it with respect.
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    Weird Engine Break-in Protocol

    back in the day... when I worked in the early years at a Honda shop, those early bikes were tight from the factory. Several engines were ruined on demo rides, when they were thrashed before they were ready for that. I do not think this happens anymore from the factory. I haven't heard of such happening. But if you rebuild your own engine, and it needs a gentle break-in, by all means be gentle. I have always been gentle on the break-in for an engine that I re-built myself.
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    Cooked wiring???

    Arcing, corrosion, heat, vibration and maybe some resistance in the ground lug bolt too. Remove and repair or replace all damaged components. (Replace starter cable, ground lug bolt/screw, lock washer, and maybe ground cable. Both are cheap. Try to repair the stand switch.) Look for more damage to fix, and improve the conditions there so it won't happen again. (re-engineer it) 51410562A - BATTERY - SOLENOID STARTER CABLE - $12.22 53910236B - SWITCH, STAND -Regular price $72.43 77240391C -PACK- SCREW TBEIF M6X10 -Regular price $5.10 edit: I think that's the right part numbers, but whatever, the cables are cheap. Any steel bolt from the hardware that fits is fine, but don't use stainless steel on aluminum. It corrodes quickly.
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    Weird Engine Break-in Protocol

    Actually, almost all factory engines are initially broken in on test stands, before crating and shipping, or assembly. This is to avoid potential "thrashed to death" within the warranty period. Break in strategies vary per the specifications of the engine assembly. Tight tolerances requires gentle and varied. Loose is whatever... The important part is the early oil changes. Tons of metallic crap is produced in the first few miles. Dump it. And the filter.
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    Honest question.

    That's this week's news here in Florida. A temporary big deal, till the next political football. And yeah, if restitution is part of the penalties of the crime, pay it all back first. On the other hand, news down here has been quoting ex-felons, that will never vote for the Democratic party. I'm not sure I understand all the reasoning behind those decisions. But it isn't all one sided like some politicians want to think. Statistical probability would pretty much split it down the middle. note: 59 million? NOT paying it back would be either part of the crime or an additional crime. No way out on that one. Who the heck forgives 59 million? Oh wait... let me guess...
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    Anyone invest in precious metals?

    I like silver as coins. Good for shtf. But bought most all of mine when prices were below $4 an ounce. A word on value of silver increasing. It's tied to gold mining, where they always find silver when digging for the gold. So the supply tends to be greater than the demand, forever.
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    Outdoor cover suggestions

    Oxford, Nelson-Rigg, Dowco and CoverMax are the low cost options. The cheapest of each will fade and rip in one year or a bit more. I started buying a notch up on quality and it seemed like 3 years was about the average. Haven't tried them all, but a middle grade CoverMax is what I settled on. Middle grade Nelson-Rigg is probably about the same thing. I strapped mine on with a bungie cord under the bike and thru the grommets. A strong wind can and will remove the cover and move it into the next county. But that wind can also move the bike if it's covered. Once saw a wind pick the back end of bike and cover up and move it 6 inches over. Had another bike fall over in wind. So I also liked to lock the bike down with cable and lock, so it won't blow over. Mine are safe inside a garage now, I don't mess with it anymore. And yes, I've put bikes in the front or back door to park them inside. Worked for me.
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    new Waze motorcycle update

    Just saw this today. Haven't tried it yet. Waze was updated and modified for motorcycle use. https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/29/16714436/waze-new-features-motorcycle-mode-hands-free-voice edit: voice commands included in the update. edit deux: lol, Ima dork... this update came out in 2017... oops
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    ummm, you know you can buy a pair of cheap voice activated walkie talkies to use. Clip on belt and ride. Strong batteries and good range too. They were something I considered but never bought. edit: let me make that a bit clearer. You want walkie talkies that use a head set plugged in, and are voice activated. Cobra units do that, I think many do. Would have to find a headset setup that works well with the helmets.
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    Might do an OR search for "sena". There's a bunch of threads on com units. https://ohioriders.net/index.php?/search/&q=sena I have the SMH-10 kit for a BELL helmet. Plugs into the side.
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    Who knows how European companies work?

    And then there's this, weak... but input nevertheless: https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/velmec.com with this response in the comments: "I verified that both their addresses are fraudulent, the management companies in Los Angeles and Boston have confirmed. The two people Thomas Cochran and Sharon Stark are fake. The two phone numbers, the land line and mobile line do not match the individuals or company name. Verified domain registrar is in the Ukraine. Cannot get a response via phone or email.<br /> <br /> 100% Scam " Attempting to do similar checks should lead to similar results if it's a scam. my opinion... Canadian website, under construction, for somebody in Kiev Ukraine, claiming to represent North American interests for a small Italian company. Yeah, no thanks, alarms going off all over the place.
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    Acf 50

    Us aerospace weenies prefer this one: BOESHIELD T-9 Rust & Corrosion Protection/Inhibitor and Waterproof Lubrication, 12 oz. https://www.amazon.com/BOESHIELD-Corrosion-Protection-Waterproof-Lubrication/dp/B001447PEK/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=acf-50&amp;qid=1551634863&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-5 There's a few places on an aircraft that it's mandatory to use this. Probably close to exactly the same formula, that the ACF-50 uses.
  15. ReconRat

    discount card

    dunno, might look at google map of motorcycle in toledo and see if something is familiar: map link