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About HemiOrange

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    shooting, building custom cars, fishing, martial arts
  1. HemiOrange

    to cold to work in the garage

    I've used my kerosene heater, but didn't always have time for it to heat up the garage, so I supplemented it with an infrared and some 220V electric. Still too slow. My propane turkey cooker is all I use now.
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    to cold to work in the garage

    My well insulated and sealed 1300 sf shop has two 6KV wall mounted thermostat controlled electric space heaters that I have set to 50 degrees, it hardly costs $10 a month during the worst winter. I've used various types of heaters in my poorly sealed but insulated garage. I finally settled on just using my handy propane, single burner, turkey cooker. That thing heats a two-car garage in minutes. The doggy doors and other leaks keep the CO2 from building up and I can turn it off when using volatile sprays and such.
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    Toolkit come with your new KTM?

    My briefcase came with all the manuals, a tool kit, a coupon for some free Motorex and a bottle of awesome BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce is just an extra that Tim Taber of FunMart throws in. I read (from a so-so source) that the bottle opener is a European thing, as some of their bike fluids don't have screw tops.
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    Packing heat riding off-road

    What does it really matter? If we chose to carry, we aren't hurting anyone. How many people carry inner tubes, tire irons, a tool bag, water bladder and such that never really need them? That's all part of preparedness and every group of riders, sooner or later, finds the foreword sighted guy to be an invaluable asset. To me, it's better to be prepared. Those bicycle riders or joggers in CA that were attacked or killed by a cougar would have stood a better chance if armed with a handgun than with a bottle of Perrier. Perhaps the noise of a motorcycle is a deterrent to these attacks, but as long as I can comfortably carry a sidearm, I will do so. Yup, this is the U.S of A and I intend to exercise my right to carry for as long as our country can remain proud and free. It's the indifferent people that are a threat to our society, those who vote to restrict our rights to self protection that really worry me. I just prefer to defend all means of self protection.
  5. HemiOrange

    Packing heat riding off-road

    I have a few "quick access" pistol carrying fanny packs that are made for this sort of thing. The smaller ones can be carried toward the front. The gun compartment is either Velcro or snapped at the top or side to quickly open up, the gun itself has some additional Velcro/elastic ties to keep it from shifting around. You can have the gun out in about 2 seconds. POWER PLUS of Warm Springs, GA was selling some pretty expensive ammo called "The Annihilator", an explosive tipped cartridge in every popular caliber a few years back. This stuff was supposed to give the .380 and .38 more stopping power than a .44 Mag. I don't know how well they actually perform, but some of my handguns have them loaded about every other round.
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    Rear brake lever set up

    Lower the lever.
  7. That head pipe is sure tucked in out of harms way.
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    riding in the colddddd.

    My cold riding clothes depend on where I'm riding. When I'm out in the desert doing fast whoops, tight trails or otherwise getting a good workout and never changing altitude, I can get by with a warm sweater beneath my jersey and perhaps a thin jacket over it all, this works down to about the high teens. If I'm riding in the mountains, where the weather and altitudes can change quickly, I dress more warmly. Often when mountain riding, you have people that slow your pace and might have problems at the worst of times. The weather can go from rain to hail to snow and temperatures can quickly go from 50 to 25 and catch you soaking wet and trying to help some poor sap start his bike, or get over an obstacle that he can't handle, do to the hypothermia. I've been there and never even felt a tinge of the cold. I wore polypropylene under ware, tops and bottoms, a thick poly/acrylic fleece sweater and Gore Tex pants and parka. My feet got cold because they got wet and my boots were too small to wear thick socks. My gloves were vented, but my hands never got cold, perhaps my hand guards helped. My riding partners were bundled up in insulated ski wear and had several changes of thick ski gloves, they were shivering and had frozen fingers. After that experience, my riding partners soon invested in poly-pro under ware and Gore Tex outer ware. I'm a sworn believer in Gore Tex. I can roll the parka up to the size of a liter pop bottle and stash it in my fanny pack.
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    www.offroadcloseouts.com ??

    I ordered the $99 Berik boots from them, they were out of my size in the Pro's. They were here in about two days. I can't speak for the quality of the boots as I haven't used them yet, but they did run small, so order a larger size.
  10. That was cute! I bet ol' Bruiser gets some backup when that pesky UPS driver comes around.
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    What boot's are true to size?

    My foot size is 11, so I order 11. My old Scotts, AXOs, Hi-Points and whatever else always fit perfect. My newer Fox boots were too small, so I wore thin socks until they broke in, now they fit okay, but still limit my sock choices causing my feet to freeze in the cold weather. My brand new Beriks are so short that my toes curl. Dang, what is so hard about properly labeling the sizes of MX boots? At a minimum they should mention to order a half size larger, or to the next larger size.
  12. HemiOrange

    cutting cases

    It sounds to me like you aren't going to split the cases. Your friend seems to have the right idea. It's not that big of a deal, just stuff the lower end with rags, vacuum up what you can afterwards, and take every precaution to prevent any shavings from getting into the engine. Just don't let that die grinder touch the top mating surface, a bit of duct tape here is advisable.
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    somebody give me a ball park figure...

    When was the last time the valves were adjusted or the head taken off for inspection? What sounds did you hear in the final seconds before the failure? I suspect a mechanical failure, like a bad or broken off valve that took the piston out. What did you find in the teardown? Anytime the engine grenades like that, the oil is going to look ugly. A dirty oil is not indicative of a bad oil. Until the total damage has been evaluated, it's impossible to estimate the repair costs. Is a shop going to do all the work? You are at least looking at a $1500 repair bill from a shop. If the damage involved the lower end or tranny, it could go up another $500 to $1500.
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    short bus hauler

    A few months ago I bought a '96 Dodge WideOne van at an auction for $3000. It had 83,000 miles and was originally used to shuttle gamblers in Vegas from the hotel to the casino. It looks somewhat like a 15 passenger maxi-van, but was widened by 14 inches and had the top extended higher by about the same amount. It has a remote operated side door with a wheelchair lift, but otherwise just has the normal van's two front doors and a 4 ft x 4 ft single door in back. I gutted most of the seats, installed removable wheel chocks for 3 bikes (flush hold down points and mating cinches came with the van), built in some storage, added a collapsible bunk, put in front bucket seats, carpeting, power windows, cruise control and a rear trailer hitch. Now I have an enclosed bike hauler that can carry 3 bikes inside, six people buckled up, and a lot of gear. I can tow my camping trailer or whatever I want behind it. The same auction also had the larger, but still somewhat practical, 15 passenger transit busses. They lacked a rear opening door, were diesel powered with about 200,000 miles and sold for around $1500. These vehicles are all capable of cruising comfortably at 70 on the highway all day long.
  15. A cheap pair of bolt cutters can snip that chain or lock in about one second.