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  1. Doesn't make them a danmed cent if the customer has the good sense to buy a scoot with kickstarter availability. With serious maintenance, the ODDS against breaking down 50 miles from nothing are pretty good for the first few years of a bike's lifetime. The ODDS are good ... but what are the STAKES of the gamble? Halfway back to your truck, you'll be wishing that scoot had a rope pull starter!
  2. Yeah, the Durafix rod is great stuff for aluminum repairs. The one thing you must have is a stainless steel wire brush. Your ordinary wire brush simply will not do. To prep the metal, use a Stainless Steel wire brush to clean it. Acetone is a good degreaser/cleaner, but you need to knock the oxides off with that Stainless Steel brush!
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    How to Make Your Own Plastic Skid Plate

    Yes, it is kinda pricey. On the other hand, I have scored a piece of it about 7 feet long and 3 1/2 feet wide. AND an inch (1") thick. A friend saw it and exclaimed "An embarrassment of riches!" No it's not for sale. I'm going to skid some logs on it. Then I'm going to use it under my truck. GREAT article, BTW!!
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    YZ 295 is Killing Me- hard start, any advice?

    Blow off that plug so it's dry. Scrape the plug a bit to get a clean arc. Lay the plug, with plug wire connected, on the cylinder head and with ignition "on" watch for a spark whilest you give 'er a kick. If you have neither spark nor a pacemaker, grab the plug and kick it over. If your eyeballs light up and the plug won't spark, change the plug and check again for spark. Assuming you have spark here. With the spark plug out, open that choke and leave it open. The choke is there to give you a rich fuel-air mix until the engine warms enough to easily vaporize your fuel. And to flood your engine. So ... open that choke AND throttle, so you are getting clean air through the system. DO NOT crank the throttle; just HOLD it WFO whilest you get your exercise. Clean it out with fresh air, one - blessed - kick - at - a - time. Then give it a little shot of ether (starting fluid) and stick the plug back in before the ether vaporizes. Again, holding the throttle open (do not pump it) and give it a kick. Again. Consult your nearest spiritual advisor regarding your language. Incantations will not help. Only fuel, air, spark and compression are needed to make it run. No IC engine has ever run without those 4. And nothing else will quite do the job. If you are going to try bump starting it, try the taller gears first and downshift as necessary. When she fires, keep 'er running.
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    KX100 Small Wheel Conversion Project

    I was always told to cinch it up 'till it snaps or strips the threads, then back it off a quarter turn to be safe.
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    Riding with knives

    The acceptable swiftwater river rescue knife is a fixed blade tool in a hard sheath with a clip or button release, worn on the weak side, fastened with point upward on the breast of a high-floatation vest. The intent of such a tool and carry system is that with boats, ropes, and whitewater, any tool you need you will need very badly and upon the instant. There is no reason for concealment; that would only slow one's access to it. For most of us, it is worn on the left side, where the right hand can access it without any complications. As for a knife's edge and good steel, there is no such thing as "too sharp." As for a California Prosecutor, I'd love to drop one in the water with a couple hundred feet of loose rope;)
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    What a Jacka$$

    Flipping "the bird" often looks "acceptable" from one side, but it makes you very, very ugly from all other points of view. I wish we could un-learn it, as it is one of the truly negative things in our culture. Some kinds of people there are, who you do not want to be. I wouldn't want to be that man. To us, this image defines him to the core of his soul. Nor am I such a nice guy, for it brings to mind an instant vision of going after that guy's finger with a pruning shear. Really. We've had too much of both.
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    Shop told me my forks were crooked

    There's a good chance they are ripping the manufacturer on warranty work as well. I've seen more than one example of this among truck and auto dealers.
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    Anti-theft/Theft Protection Ideas?

    I have a "New York" (Kryptonite, Fahgettaboudit) chain and a heavily shielded 7-pin lock with a boron hasp that fastens to a loop of 1" hardened stainless rod (shielded) that goes through the concrete floor and 4' into the ground to a semi-truck wheel & tire that are weighed down with 5 sacks of concrete. Other parts of the system I'm not about to discus here, but what I've told here is for the trespassers' protection. Don't bother with it; you'll just be wasting your time. I'm an old man with little of any real high market appeal, but I've already been robbed enough. Don't pick a fight with an Old Man. The building was constructed by a fellow who built show bikes and wanted stuff to be secure. Far from being a nuisance, planning security stuff became a bit of a hobby. I have semi-truck trumpets (horns) I plan on connecting to the compressor tank. The big entry door is a commercial steel unit, with no lock or latches on the outside, but plenty on the inside. The side door is steel, with safety measures. The office door is open, but the sanctum sanctorium is scheduled for a vault door and reinforced concrete and steel walls and ceiling. There isn't anything really special in there; I just liked the idea of a strong-room. Maybe I'll keep some tools in there, but they'll likely be out convenient to where they get used. I would look seriously at Sir Thumpalot's Double Doofer. And that Abus lock is a good one!
  10. A foot dab at speed will do it, unless you are wearing a slider boot, which you certainly DON'T want except in special circumstances. Here's the rough part ... you haven't had but a tiny taste of the sport, so you do not yet know whether you want the full meal deal or not. There are so many disciplines involved in motorcycle sports! From cross country, desert racing, Trials, ISDT (is that still around?) road racing, touring, Grand Prix, riding for fun and riding for blood, RTW riding; the list goes on. And on, and on. Yeah, we need our feet for so many things, and there are so many joints and connective tissues in there, it isn't fair for someone to have a foot injury at the get-go. You will have it a long, long time. But you're smart enough to listen to what your body's telling you or you wouldn't have written in. Give yourself time to heal up, involve a lot of physical therapy, concentrate on what you can do instead of what you can't, and take it easy for a while. Many of us have spent some time in the slings and plaster of outrageous fortune. My wife and I are entering our 8th decade. You are the one who will or won't. Me? I hurt all over! But it's been a good ride, and it continues.
  11. Horses are far from the brightest creatures we meet out there. But they are far from the dumbest as well. Given a bit of patience, even a horse can learn to recognize a helmeted rider &/or a running motorcycle posers no threat to them. But unless they are ALLOWED to learn those things, you have 600-1200 lbs of critter that can (and will) cripple or kill you with a bite or a kick, and then will wonder why he's being sent to the killers. I've seen them spook over seeing a donkey or a mule on the trail. Beating on them is counterproductive. They are born scared, and unless they are allowed to learn something is harmless, they will just naturally stay that way.
  12. What you don't get is the FACT that Government does respond, but with negative reaction and force. If you want public lands to be closed to use, or even to entry, this is the way to f'k it up for other people. If you respond with Force, Government will "see your Force" and raise your bet by whatever it takes to put them on top and you on the bottom. Government will always win, even using lethal force if you want to go that far before backing down. And they will do it over a beer can, a food wrapper, a cigarette butt, or a lousy nickel for parking. Government CanNOT afford to lose face before The People, and your little games are nothing to them.
  13. Slightly off topic, but it was a "thumper." Had this happen to a single cylinder diesel marine engine. Saltwater. I was so bummed that I walked away from it. When I got back to it, my boat had grown another anchor. A one piece engine, with no moving parts. Pinched O-ring from a previous repair. It's always the effects of the little things that will get you.
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    Trail Beers

    When I crack a brew, when I lace my morning OJ with Stoli or my java with Jamisons, nothing of any consequence is going to be had out of me for a long time. I know, because I've been there. At some level, I am impaired, though I'm not really conscious of it. The edge is off. One more brew (that makes 2) and I KNOW it's off. I'll sit a spell and metabolize it. 3 brewski's, and I can feel in my fingertips and the skin of my cheeks. And at that point I would not get in the car with either you or me behind the wheel. Nor would I allow any family member to ride with you. It has been my cold sober duty to tell my fellow jurors, "Hey, I KNOW what '2 or 3 beers' feel like ... and so do you." The argument is over. They just nod, and take the vote. Danm, but I hate that! I would never deny anybody a drink. One. When hot, dry and thirsty; Hellyeah! I'll drink any old horsepiss you're buying. But it absolutely limits what I'm going to do for a spell. Pour a pitcher down this fool and it's over. Sometime after the bottle makes its 3rd circle around the fire, my cheeks begin to grow roots for the night. All this palaver makes me thirsty. Good night Gentlemen, Ladies! I'm out'a here!
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    Tomac standing up in corners

    Ladies, Please don't hate on me for this ... but after years of study in many disciplines, I have come to a conclusion which has never been published in a peer reviewed scientific journal such as this. My conclusion is: we all carry our "weight" in pretty much the same place. Moving it up or down, forward back or sideways, it's all very simple. The head bone connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the back bone, the back bone connected to the butt bone, and where THAT is, determines your CG.