mikea 2

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    Are you taking your Delorian fitted with a flux capacitor?
  2. I'd be very careful with that head! Hard to believe there was contact but not with the valves.
  3. Yeah I'm not sure what the OP has other than a broken rod. I'm not even sure that the crank is not broken, just that it is not pictured. You are free to call it a broken ASSEMBLY if you wish, a broken engine, etc. As stated, it just made me curious about past descriptions of broken cranks, which can have entirely different implications than broken rods.
  4. As is a shoelace to a shoe. It doesn't matter much to me what you call what. You can define the photo as a broken engine for all I care. What struck my funny bone was that I've heard people describe engine failure as a "broken crank" and it makes me wonder how often the failure is actually with the rod. Broken crank:
  5. I hate to nit-pick fellows but that's a broken connecting rod, or rod for short. The crank is not in the photo. I've heard of broken cranks and it makes me wonder now how many people are referring to a rod when they say crank? Lucky guy to catch that before it detonated completely. I'm not sure how that could have even been possible to stop before complete destruction! Did the extra length of the rod cause interaction between the piston and valves?
  6. Again, you never clarified where this occurred in your post. The bulldozing might have been fire lines outside of the burn. Fires also instigate lots of new fence building. Usually they are installed where another burned but sometimes I see them going in at new locations. As far as fencing goes, it is technically up to a landowner to fence out others' animals so the BLM must fence out cattle from private landowners that are not lease holders. Lease holders can install fencing and, if the BLM agrees, be reimbursed for the improvements to BLM leases. As such individual fence lines are not always in predictable locations.
  7. The key to hill climbing is clutch work. You need to slip the clutch to keep your rpm's up, especially on small bore bikes. I learned on big, loose hills. Pin the throttle and use the clutch to control your wheel speed. Start in as high a gear as you can handle and downshift as needed and quickly. 2nd is your money spot; once in first you will struggle to keep the front end down. When you have limited run up start in 2nd and slip the clutch to keep rpm's high and get speed. Speed is your friend. Sit for best traction--standing will help with technical climbs but you will tend to have your back tire break loose on big hills. Best tire I know for hill climbing is the M5B, short of the Terraflex. I do happen to use Tubliss (for many reasons), but that won't make much of a difference to you for learning to hill climb. Finally, practice and don't give up easily. Hammer the hill that is giving you trouble. Try different gears, speed, and lines. You will learn the hill and be able to hit it faster and faster. Remember: hold the throttle open and use your clutch.
  8. A lot of words to explain the death of a trend. HD is like bell bottoms. When they were trendy everybody wanted one. Now they are a dime a dozen and the trend has passed. Once too many gapers were riding them, many riders go elsewhere. The real story is the overall decline of ridership. Sad news.
  9. I'd look for a clean bike in your price range. Look at the frame/engine for paint wear. Listen to the engine for piston slap. If you have the know-how and gumption you can remove the magnito cover (3 bolts usually) and pull up and down on the flywheel to check for play--there shouldn't be any. You can remove the pipe in a couple of minutes to look at the exhaust side of the piston to see if it's scorched. Check for blown fork seals and a loose linkage. These items are all easily repairable, but it will help you to determine how much the bike will cost you to own/repair.
  10. If you are on a budget, forget the 4 strokes. An older, used thumper can eat you alive financially. Get the 2t 125. By the time I was your size I was on a 250 2t. You won't regret it. And forget the 100, it is too small. You didn't say what terrain you ride, but the smaller wheels limit your abilities on trails and you are simply too big for that bike.
  11. I've inadvertently articulated a few rear fenders in my day. Not like you are describing, but they articulated...
  12. Mine tells me coolant temp, elevation, mph, miles ridden, trail time, rpms, and has an hour meter. It will do a lot more but those are the features I use. I like the alarm lights that flash when getting hot. I can download the trail maps showing ride routes but I don't very often. Mine was a gift and I love it. That said, I don't think anyone should use one that doesn't want one!
  13. When mine died last year I found the ground wire to be faulty. I'm sure you checked to make sure it was getting power, but if you did not yet you might want to.
  14. Thanks for the link, CJ. I posted a comment, generally because I think that any land designation/usage changes should be able to stand the test of public opinion and should not come from one person, even if it is the President. There is a process in place to create wilderness area--use it. Here is an interesting link arguing against Monument designation when Obama was in charge: http://sierranewsonline.com/national-monuments-are-bad-for-forest-health/ National Monuments Are Bad For Forest Health Posted by: Gina Clugston October 28, 2015 - 10:13 am 0 1,549 Views To the Editor: I am writing in response to “Yosemite Audubon Society Supports Sierra National Monument.” This is the area between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon where there are already many Wilderness Areas along with monuments. A Monument is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Here are some reasons why: Years of mismanagement have made our forests overgrown, unsustainable and unhealthy. Because of the drought and the bark beetle, our forests have become tinder boxes ready to explode. Research into National Monuments reveals that timber harvest, mechanical and otherwise, will not be allowed. Advocates say that control burns are the only way to manage our forests. Control burns remove understory but not trees.SEO Scientific studies by Professor Bales Ph.D. and Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at U.C. Merced states that the reduction of trees will not only create a healthy renewable forest, it will produce more than a million acre feet of water to be stored and used by our farmers to grow our food. Steve Brink, Vice President of Public Resources for Calforests documents that a healthy forest should only have 40-100 trees per acre. We now have 400-600 trees per acre. So Lowell’s statement that protecting the environment will enhance and improve our water supply is a fallacy. Furthermore, because of the denseness of our forests, control burns not only have the potential to become out of control catastrophic wildfires, they emit tons of particulate matter and carbon into our air which we the taxpayers will ultimately have to pay for. Resurrection of mechanical timber harvest, saw mills, and co-generation plants are one of the last tools in our toolbox to mitigate this huge problem. If something isn’t done very soon our forests will burn, destroying critical habitat for all species, including humans. He mentions the jobs that will be created through tourism. These jobs are low-paying minimum wage jobs, and they are seasonal, meaning most employees will be collecting unemployment during the off season. There are other ways to create jobs besides tourism. Forty five years ago the sale of timber provided a steady stream of revenues to the treasury which could be used to further improve, protect and manage the public lands. We also had grazing, mining, and energy development. The elimination of these activities would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses, and community centers. All of these activities are better paying, job creators. Our forest used to be called “The Land of Many Uses;” those signs are gone now. One of the reasons that the Rough Fire in Sequoia-Kings Canyon was so devastating is because it occurred in a National Park, and a National Monument. The firefighting agencies could not properly fight this fire. Because of restrictions put upon them, they were not able to use the equipment necessary to contain it. 151,623 acres have been incinerated, and it is still not completely contained. I along with many other concerned citizens do not want this for our National Forests. They have not been forgotten. They have been sorely neglected, and its time to repair the damage that we have done to them in the past. National Monument designation will not allow us to do that. It is a very big step in the wrong direction. Kevin D. Barry Sierra Nevada Human Rights Alliance
  15. Arm pump is terribly common during offroad races. I've found that breathing helps. Remember to breath, make a point of it, especially in the first 15 min of the race.