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  1. Motocross riding is now over a century old. Its origins can be traced back to the United Kingdom, where motorcycle competitions, such as the Auto-Cycle Clubs’s first quarterly trial in 1909, steadily gained popularity. Originally called ‘scrambles’, complete with delicate balancing and strict scoring trials made to see the fastest rider to the finish line. Soon, the sport became known as ‘Motocross Racing’, by combining the French word for motorcycle (Motocyclette), into a portmanteau with “cross country”. The very first “scramble” took place in Camberley, Surrey, back in 1924. In 1962, a 250 cc world championship was created, and European riders from Belgium and Sweden began to dominate the sport during this period. Advancements in two-stroke engine technology meant that heavier, four-stroke machines were relegated into most competitions. Motocross only arrived in the United States in 1966 on the heels of Swedish champion, Torsten Hallman’s enthusiastic rise to notoriety. Torsten rode an exhibit against America’s top TT riders in California, and came out victorious. By the late 1960s, motorcycle manufacturers in Japan began to challenge European factories, creating a relative boom in motocross technology. Water-cooled machines with single-shock absorber rear suspension became the new must-have models. Suzuki claimed the first world championship for a Japanese factory when Joel Robert won the 1970 250cc crown. In 1972, a 125 cc world championship was introduced. European motocross riders continued to prevail and dominate the motocross world throughout the 70s, but in the 1980s, American riders were soon catching up, and began winning – as well as holding - competitions of their own. By 2003, strict environmental laws in California saw the manufacture of machines that were environmentally friendly, with four-stroke technology. By 2004, all major manufacturers were competing with four-stroke machines. European firms also saw a resurgence in Euro-made machines, with Husqvarna, Husaberg, and KRM winning respective world championships. In recent years, motocross riding has evolved with several sub-disciplines such as supercross, and arenacross, held in indoor arenas. It has become a thriving sport industry with an ever-growing crowd, and cutting-edge technology. But, not to forget the sport’s beginnings, vintage motocross (VMX) events are held for motorcycles from 1975, and remain extremely popular to this day. Sources: http://www.freestyle-motocross.net/info/guide/fmx/history http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/asp/museum/exhibits/mx/history.asp http://www.mxstore.com.au/blog/random-stuff/the-origin-of-motocross-racing/
  2. What is a Wiki? A Wiki is simply a piece of content that is written by one or more authors. For a more detailed definition, go here. So, Joe Member submits a Wiki titled, "How to Change a Motorcycle Tire." This article is based upon his personal experiences. A Wiki allows others that also have experience changing tires to contribute their experiences & techniques to the topic. The idea is that the collective tire changing experiences of many is likely better than the experience of a single person. You've probably heard that there is more than one way to skin a cat and Wiki's are based upon this premise. Hate to read? Watch... What a Wiki is NOT! A wiki is not a discussion forum. So, please don't post questions that belong in the discussion forums. Wikis are not forum posts and as such, cannot be moved to the correct discussion forum. How are Wikis created on ThumperTalk? There are two ways to create a Wiki on ThumperTalk: 1. Click the "Wiki" tab in our global menu bar (up top) and finally "Add Wiki". From there, it's just like creating a new discussion forum topic, something that you're already used to doing. This route is for those that want to submit a new topic that doesn't already exist in the Wiki system. If the topic already exists, click the "Edit" button and add your thoughts and/or corrections. So, before you add a new Wiki, please use the search to see if the topic already exists. The idea is to have one topic with a lot of depth than many articles on the same topic from different points of view. 2. If you find a killer piece of content when reading a discussion topic on ThumperTalk that should be preserved as a reference for others, in the lower right of the post, you'll see the link, "Promote to Wiki". While this doesn't remove the post from the discussion topic you found it in, it does copy the content into our Wiki system. What's a Wiki Tag? Tags are simply pieces of information that summarize what a piece of content is about. When the right tags are applied to a piece of content, it makes the content easier for others to find and it allows us to relate Wikis to other like content on the site. For example, someone posts a question about the best way to install grips. If the discussion topic and Wiki are both tagged similarly (say "controls"), the site will be smart enough to show the related Wiki content in the right column next to the forum topic. The idea is not just more information, but better, more related information. Why Should I Care? Over the years, we've been told by many that ThumperTalk has been a great resource for them, saving them tons of time & money as well as helping them make the best decisions possible on a wide range of topics. The community has grown by leaps/bounds over the years, so in some ways, the sheer amount of information found in the many discussion forums on the site can be pretty daunting! Our hope is that the Wiki system will be an organized, central repository for the best of the best information found on ThumperTalk that will inherently grow in its breadth, depth and value over time as more contribute their knowledge & experiences.
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  4. After tightening up nuts or bolts, dab a small amount of Tipp-ex on the bolt/nut head and onto the bracket/frame/fitting surrounding. This way, or you can look at them while on a ride or during a break and see if they`ve slackened off (marks not lining up). The Tipp-ex will scrape off or wash off after a couple of rides and will not be as permanent as paint or a Sharpie pen.
  5. Whenever I would change my oil, I'd clean the oil filter as well (why not, it's a SS oil filter!) But every time I would loosen all the bolts, oil would just pour out of it, onto my water pump, onto my frame, then on my skidplate, then on the stand, then on the floor, then down the driveway, then down the dr... Ok I went tooo far with that, but you get the point... So after trying to find a way to make it as clean as possible, aluminum foil did the trick. Just tear off a big piece and fold it in half (hot dog) then in 3's (hamburger). Then just mold it into place and make a U so the majority of the oil goes onto your funnel and into the pan. Even if you do not have a perfect seal, a lot of the oil will flow onto the "funnel" and if some oil doesn't go down it, at least you won't have a huge mess. A little tape on the corners helps out too. It keeps the foil in place while you are removing the oil filter cover. You may have to play with how big of a piece you need, but just use whatever it takes to get the job done. Trick it to get it thick that you can mold it and it will stay, but not too thick that the oil will not run on it.
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    just some handy tips

    - When you take your rear axle out, put it in the tip of your exhaust, this way it wont get dirt all over it. - when your trying to get your wheel back on and the disc wont fit into the caliper put a flat blade screw driver between the pads and pry them further apart. - after you've changed your brake fluid, how ever way you wish, hold the lever or pedal on whilst cracking open the bleeder, once the lever (or pedal) goes limp close the bleeder. Do this 4 or 5 times for a firmer feel in braking. - If you find your pads squeaking, pull them off, put them in your bench clamp and give them a going over with a rotary or normal wire brush, this will also improve brake power. - Next time you have your plug out, use a hacksaw to cut the electrode off so theres .6mm (whatever) between it and the inner electrode, side ways that is. This will allow the spark to reach the fuel/O2 quicker and more efficiently. - Use a heat gun or hair dryer to get the white crease marks out of plastics. got more, but i cant remember em'.
  7. Ask anyone who has struggled with a stuck fastener: the time to apply grease or anti-seize is BEFORE the fastener gets stuck. Grease and anti-seize both address the same problem - stuck fasteners - but each one has a different approach. Grease is a water-excluder as well as a lubricant. It's appropriate for rotating & sliding parts. However, it's NOT appropriate for threaded fasteners for 2 reasons: it dramatically decreases the torque required to reach a given tension, which will absolutely lead to stripped cases or broken bolts. Secondly, a fastener depends on internal friction to stay tightened, so greased bolts can back out more easily. On certain fasteners such as an axle which has a castle nut and cotter pin, this problem is resolved by the way it's designed, and it's OK to use grease. Anti-seize is a chemical barrier that prevents oxidation, and in some cases, such as stainless bolts in aluminum cases, prevents galvanic corrosion. The second primary function of anti-seize is that it prevents galling in threads. Both titanium and stainless are very sensitive to galling, and fasteners made of these materials should invariably get anti-seize. Here are wikis on these topics: http://en.wikipedia....vanic_corrosion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galling On to the pix! I just scored a new-to-me bike, and have been going through some of the various parts that commonly have stuck-fastener problems. I decided to work with the brakes first, since they operate in terribly harsh environments, with the brake dust, dirt & grime, water, high temperatures, and strong chemicals in brake fluid, so they need the most protection. "As long as I'm there..." I decided to do the axles as well. Start by yanking off the brake caliper & wheel. I feel pretty good about doing this now because Suzuki is really stingy with the grease on the axle. This has been discussed on TT pretty well, and is proven with this shot. The hand-print is all the grease that came off the axle.... not much at all. Perhaps I'm dating myself here... but Nissin has been using this straight-head pin cover design for at least 20 years. It's not a perfect design because it can get stuck, or worse, capture water behind it and make the pad-keeper pin get stuck even on a very low-mileage caliper. Remove both the pin cover and pad-keeper pin. Here are all the front-end parts that I typically apply grease and anti-seize to: left-to right on the bottom row are the pad-keeper pin, the pin cap, the two caliper mounting bolts, and the four axle pinch bolts. Obviously, the big thing on top is the axle. While it may seem as fundamental as walking, applying grease does have a technique to it. Have you ever seen a recently-lubed bike with black streaks all over the hub & rim, attracting dirt? Is spraying grease on the brake rotor a good idea? Too much grease is pretty wrong. For both grease and anti-seize, I like to clean the fasteners with some contact-cleaner or carb cleaner just to get any of old lube off. Old lube may have dirt (i.e. abrasive) embedded in it. For the axle, I put a dime-sized dab of grease on and smear it around until every inch of the axle is coated, and there are no big globs. It'll take a minute or two. If it goes fast, you're probably using too much. Use a towel to remove excess grease. Anti-seize is interesting stuff. It will track EVERYWHERE if you don't carefully contain it. I always wear rubber gloves when I'm working, and put on new gloves when I get anti-seize on them. You can use contact cleaner or other solvent to clean up the inevitable mess. The upside is that it cleans easily, and doesn't seem to stain. Apply a thin streak of anti-seize on the threaded part of the fastener, and thoroughly smear it around the thread. Use a paper towel and wipe off any excess. Only the thinnest coating is necessary, hence the need to be thorough while spreading it. The coating in this image is on the heavy side. On the front wheel, apply a modest amount of grease to the seal where it contacts the wheel spacer. Also, the speedo drive has exposed rotating parts which will benefit from lubrication. Don't forget the inside of the spacer and speedo drive. Moving to the rear of the bike, remove the rear wheel & caliper. The red circled areas show the three parts that need love: the pad-keeper pin, and the sliding caliper pins. I forgot to snap a pic of one of the caliper slide pins, but basically, you slip back the dust boot, and slide the caliper apart to grease the pin. Don't forget to get the dust boot properly snapped into the groove. In this image, we see the pad-keeper pin on the top and the caliper slide pin on the bottom. The slide pin needs some explanation. Since it's both a sliding fit which needs grease, and a threaded fastener that needs anti-seize, apply each appropriately. I got them mixed a little, which probably won't hurt anything. Again, do the seals on both sides of the rear wheel. Don't use too much, just apply it to the seal lip, and don't forget the inside of the spacers. Last but not least, do the axle as before. Don't forget a light coat on the inside of the axle carriers. I missed snapping the picture of putting anti-seize on the chain-tensioner bolts, which are a complete PITA to get out if they get stuck! Don't ask how I know that. Hopefully, my painful experience will help someone avoid it. One other spot to hit with the anti-seize are the little tiny screws that attach the brake master cylinder reservoir cap. Put your bike back together and go for a ride!
  8. In today's motocross world, the economic and intangible rewards for extraordinary athletic achievements and winning performances are substantial. Therefore, there is a significant incentive for athletes to maximize their on-track performance, which is the paramount objective of sports competition. Virtually all athletes use various artificial means to enhance their body's natural performance while playing their respective sports. Some substances and training techniques are not characterized as "unfair" competitive advantages, even if they are not universally available to all athletes because of their differing economic resources. It generally is permissible for athletes to ingest nonmuscle building dietary supplements that facilitate athletic performance such as carbohydrates, electrolyte drinks, energy bars, vitamins, and minerals--and they often are encouraged to do so. However, athletes' usage of federally controlled substances such as anabolic androgenic steroids, which include "designer steroids" such as THC (i.e., tetrahydrogestrinone), and steroid precursors is characterized as doping by sports governing bodies and, if detected, punishable by sanctions. Anabolic androgenic steroids are synthetic variations of the male hormone testosterone that mimic its effects by having muscle-building (anabolic) and masculinizing (androgenic) characteristics with potentially harmful health consequences. I Ask....they Answer If you are a regular follower of the Virtual Trainer website, in particular the trainer talk interviews, you are aware that I am a strong proponent for random drug testing in motocross. No matter whom I interview the last topic for discussion is always about Performance-enhancing drug (PEDs) use in motocross. I come right out and ask each and every person whether they think riders are using PEDs, if the AMA should be testing for PEDs, and what the consequences should be if a rider fails. I urge you to check out the Interview Archives and read what some of our sports most regarded personalities think about the topic. People like David Bailey , Rick Johnson , Aldon Baker , Davi Millsaps , David Pingree , and even James Stewart have all answered these questions. Their answers may surprise you and some even go so far as swearing that they know of riders doping! Until recently, the AMA has only tested for recreational drugs. The level of fitness that the riders are achieving demands oversight from the AMA not only to deter guys from risking their lives with performance-enhancing drugs but also to keep our sport clean. Sports like cycling and professional baseball have been stigmatized forever do to the poor choices of their athletes. Professional motocross is a rising sport and the last thing we need is for people to doubt the true athleticism and integrity of our riders. It is always easier to keep a sport clean than to have the monumental task of cleaning up a dirty sport: ask anyone close to cycling. The Demise of Other Sports If you question the importance of this issue just look at some of the athletes who have had their careers and sometimes their lives ruined from using PEDs and what it has done to their sport. Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson was subsequently stripped of his gold medal and world record and banned from competition for two years after testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in the 1988 Olympic Games. The disgrace of the event was a black eye on Canadian amateur sport and pushed the drugs-in-sport issue to the forefront like never before. Enthusiasts say the Tour de France is the biggest, hardest, most grueling race there is, a prize so precious that cyclists will do anything to win. And they have. In most people's eyes cycling is the dirtiest sport around with allegations of drug use in every single rider including 7-time winner Lance Armstrong. Cycling has imposed drug testing since the 1960s, when the English rider Tom Simpson got so hopped-up on speed (and cognac) that he keeled over and died during a Tour stage. Over the years, the sport has accumulated a rich database of cheats, who range from the lowly and anonymous to some of the best in the sport. In baseball, between Mark McGwire's andro usage and Ken Caminiti's revelation in Sports Illustrated about steroids in baseball, the sport has been in image crisis mode for the past 15 years. In May of 2002, Jose Canseco announced his retirement from baseball, and as a parting shot he said 85 per cent of all baseball players used steroids. Later, Canseco admitted to taking steroids himself. Later that month, Sports Illustrated published an investigative report describing professional baseball as "a pharmacological trade show." In the article, former National League MVP Ken Caminiti told the magazine "at least half the guys are using steroids." Another prominent scar on the sport is the connection between San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds and the nutritional supplements company BALCO, the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which is reportedly the source of the designer steroid, THG. Several major league players appeared before a federal grand jury investigating BALCO, including Bonds, who shattered the single-season home run record in 2001, and New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi . Remember Marion Jones? Who could forget after she won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia? She has since agreed to forfeit all medals and prizes dating back to September 2000 after admitting that she took performance-enhancing drugs. The United States Anti-Doping Agency stated that the sanction "also requires disqualification of all her competitive results obtained after September 1, 2000, and forfeiture of all medals, results, points and prizes". On October 5, 2007, Jones formally pled guilty to lying to federal agents in the BALCO steroid investigation in the U.S. District Court. On January 11, 2008, Jones was sentenced to 6 months in jail. She began her sentence on March 7, 2008 and was released on September 5, 2008. In a press conference on the steps of the courthouse following her October 5 guilty plea, the disgraced athlete tearfully apologized, saying "...with a great amount of shame...I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust...and you have the right to be angry with me... I have let my country down and I have let myself down." And if that list isn't enough evidence that the AMA is doing the right thing by testing, check out this long list of bad things that PED's can do to your body Common Thread in Sport Cycling, baseball, motocross, and other sports have more in common than you might think. All three sports put their athletes through absurdly grueling seasons, 162 games for major-leaguers, more than 100 days of racing over eight months for most pro cyclists, and between supercross, the outdoor nationals, and off-season testing, the motocross season is nearly 12 months long. While both cycling and baseball are team sports, both also prize individual performances and records just like motocross. Finally, all three sports are phenomenally difficult, with physical demands like timing, strength, and coordination in baseball, sheer speed and endurance in cycling, and all of the above for motocross. In other words, cyclists, ballplayers, and riders have much to gain from taking steroids and other performance-boosting substances. And in motocross it's not just about being more fit to race; PEDs aid enormously in the recovery process from general fatigue and injury allowing a rider more time on the bike week in and week out. Testing in Supercross In NASCAR, the top cars are inspected and it has long been the rule in motocross that the top three finishing bikes get tested. This year at both the San Francisco and New Orleans Supercross', we saw the AMA take a huge step forward in erasing doubt and insuring our sports legitimacy by conducting random drug test in accordance with the FIM Anti-Doping Code . We first heard of the possibility of drug testing during the '09 season at the Motocross of Nations, and following the San Fran main event, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Andrew Short were met by chaperones from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The USADA is recognized as the official anti-doping agency in the U.S., and they handle anti-doping watchdog duties for U.S. athletes competing in the Olympic, Pan-Am, and Paralympic sports. At New Orleans, Chad Reed, Broc Hepler, and Kevin Windham were tested. For the record, neither prohibited substances nor markers of the use of prohibited methods were found in any of the tested samples. The Process The chaperones notify the riders of the impending test, have them sign the appropriate forms, and then accompany them throughout the process. The riders have 60 minutes from notification for post-race cool down, podium appearances, and for interview time with the media. Riders can be selected based on results as they were in San Francisco, or as random selections. A and B urine samples are collected, and sent to a World Anti-Doping Association ( WADA )-accredited laboratory. Now that the AMA has adopted the FIM Anti-Doping Code, riders are screened for both recreational and performance-enhancing drugs. The list of banned substances takes a PhD to understand and can be found in Appendix 3 of the 2009 Anti-Doping Code . If you take the time to read through the list, you might be surprised to find out that riders are tested for obvious drugs like anabolic steroids and HGH but many prescription inhalants and nasal drops can be illegal if above a certain urine concentration or without an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). And yes, recreational drugs like pot, cocaine, and alcohol are listed as banned substances and tested for along with the list of PEDs. Once the samples are taken, they are shipped to a WADA accredited laboratory for testing. Samples are marked with a security code that protects the identity of the athlete. Once the tests are complete in a timely manner, results are sent to the AMA and FIM. Other Points of Interest Interestingly enough, I talked to James Stewart's trainer, Aldon Baker and he indicated that so far neither he nor James has ever been given anything by the AMA to educate the riders as to the testing and possible consequences. As a matter of fact, to his knowledge, they have never officially been notified of James' results from San Francisco. Aldon is operating on what he knows from his experience on the international circuit with his MotoGP rider, Nicky Hayden where drug testing is routine. A few other interesting facts are that testing may happen at any time, including away from competition venues. So that means that they can come to your front door on a Tuesday afternoon and request a sample! Testing at venues is random, though facilities need to be set aside at each series venue for testing, even if no tests are to be performed. No riders or teams are notified in advance of the test nor are the riders told which substance is actually being tested. To date, all test samples have been urine tests (not blood) and only the Supercross class falls under the FIM jurisdiction. The Lites class is governed by the AMA Substance Abuse Policy and is not currently being tested for PEDs. I have had several long discussions with Aldon regarding this topic and his answer is always the same; he believes that testing should be conducted, the consequences of failing should be harsh, and the top three riders from each race should be tested. "I think it's good. We've all spoken about it, and we think that this sport is at a high enough level that it needs to be checked. But I think the top three should be checked every weekend, and at random, and they need to keep on it. It's something that needs to be addressed, so that no one is cutting corners." There is no doubt that the AMA was long over due in stepping up to the plate and doing what is right for the sport. I applaud their efforts and sincerely hope that the good character and legitimacy of motocross is validated by clean test results. There's no doubt that drug testing is a costly endeavor, but not nearly as costly as having motocross viewed as a doped-up sport where the participants can only achieve greatness through enhanced means. That's it for now. Until next time, good luck with your training and remember, Virtual Trainer is your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness.
  9. For much of the country, it's still pretty toasty out there. If you're like me, heat really zaps my strength, so I thought that I'd pass on some tips on how to beat the heat when riding: 1. Fill your hydration bladder the night before you ride, but only half way. Toss it in the freezer and before you leave the next today, top it off with water and stow it in your cooler. The ice will keep your water cold and will make more cold water as it melts on the ride. Just make sure to orient the bladder so that the suction hose doesn't freeze shut! 2. Between motos for MX or when you come back for lunch on the trail, take those boots off! 3. Eat foods with high water content that also get cold when stored in your cooler. Melons are a perfect example, but fruits like oranges & peaches are also good examples. 4. Keep a damp towel in your cooler. When taking a break, drape it around your neck. The carotid artery runs down the side of your neck, so cooling the blood in this area goes a long way toward helping your entire body cool down a bit faster. 5. Hydrate! Well duh, right? But, there is a right and wrong way to hydrate. The key is to sip water all day long rather than to gulp massive amounts a fewer number of times. 6. If you come back to an RV with AC, you're better off sitting in the shade outside and using a fan to cool you down. Large temperature differentials can shock the system, so you're better off allowing your body to acclimate outside. When sitting in front of the fan, use a spray bottle full of water to wet your skin. The evaporation process will feel awesome and of course, cool you down. Use the same bottle to wet your hair just before you put your helmet back on. 7. Instead of using ice in your cooler, pack it with frozen water bottles. The bottles will keep the rest of your stuff cool, won't fill your cooler with water as they melt down (soggy food sucks!) and since you're not wasting space on ice, you'll have more room for your consumables. 8. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes. Plain water won't replace them, so choose a low sugar, quality sports drink or water additive that will replace them. Pedialyte has been around forever and I know it's popular among many riders. I've used a water additive (powder form) called Moto Fuel with good results. Stay away from diuretics such as soda and coffee. 9. There are a whole host of products designed to aid cooling. Most of the top apparel manufacturers make good vented gear, including Thor Core, Moose Sahara, & Klim Mojave. There are also a number of well vented helmets, the Klim F4 being the most focused on heat reduction. 10. Don't forget the sunscreen. The back of your neck is especially vulnerable! Hopefully this list has given you some good ideas. If you have one to add, click the "edit" button and expand this article. 👍
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    Love the bike. Complete rebuild/restoration ($4000 or so). The 2nd/5th gears and 14R/48 sprockets are great choices. I love the look I've ended up with and couldn't be happier with the ride on and off road. Great bike for me.
  11. Let's all load this up with the good stuff found out there for our new bike...could be a good place to let the after market guys know what we want as well. Just tossing it out there...as the demand rises the parts will come.
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  13. Was wondering if we could do the same thing as many of the other TT forums are doing... A thread dedicated to just images of our CRF's whether it be the entire bike, macro shots, detailed shots or action shots, as long as every single post has an image. 🙂 I went through the 40 page thread pinned to the top and although I value the information, I just wanted to see images of what others have done. I'll start with mine. I haven't taken delivery yet but the dealer was kind enough to take a shot of the actual bike and send it over to me. Hope we can get this going especially with the 2014 due out soon. 🙂 Can I humble ask to get this pinned to the top?
  14. Just curious on who here has a GoPro? what are some of your setting you like to shoot at? I got the Hero 3 Blk edition. so far loving it. i got it almost a year ago and just started using it. (busy with work all summer) ive been playing around with the 2.7k or the 1080 @60fps. with protune on. i use to render my videos in the gopro studios... but i was very unpleased with how they would come out. the videos would be very grainy, or choppy. i switched to using adobe premiere pro cs5.. it takes much longer to completely render the video...but the final product is 100 time better than gopro studios i find. what are your thoughts about software, mounting, and the gopro accessories?
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  16. I am getting close to my first oil change and searched for recommendations but no luck. I am thinking of going with a Honda filter and Mobil1 10w40 synthetic motorcycle oil. Im open to recommendations and Amsoil is hard to find around my neck of the woods. Thanks
  17. You have a new bike and you want it to last forever, could be why you picked a Honda. If all your pieces and parts are not treated with respect they will go away before their time. Corrosion is an often overlooked matter and widely misunderstood by the masses. Is rust corrosion? No, its oxidation, a type of corrosion. Corrosion, simply stated, is the break down of metals by chemical reaction in their environment. Dissimilar metal corrosion (also known as galvanic corrosion) is my main concern with bikes as they have a lot of aluminum parts connected to various other metals. All of these other metals must be considered to be chemicals that will attack the aluminum if allowed...just add water. Ever get your bike wet? I hope so or your not washing it as you should. Aluminum is quite low on the nobility scale...what's that mean? The lower on the Nobility scale a metal is the more prone it is to "giving itself up to other metals". Metals with high Nobility are referred to as cathodic, those with low Nobility are referenced as anodic...sound like I'm discussing batteries? I am. Any two dissimilar metals connected by an electrolite will form a current cell, otherwise know as a battery, however a battery really is two or more current cells connected together...not germain to this topic. Electrolyte? Electrolytes are chemicals that help induce current flow between dissimilar metals...water is good, salt water is better and acid is perfect. Stagnate water is quite good as it is has acidic properties. The water that gets trapped between your frame and its fasteners is stagnate, or soon will be after it sits a bit. The swamp water we love to spin around in is already stagnate upon application to your beautiful machine. Fresh water, in itself, is not a very good electrolite so keep washing with fresh water...just get it dryed off as quickly as possible. So then, the battery thing...when electrons start the galvanic flow from the anode to the cathode, the anode breaks down as it passes electrons to the cathode which weakens the anode material's molecular bond...this is what is happening when things corrode. The more electrons you have the stronger you are if you are a metal, for the purpose of this discussion. NOTE: if one is discussing current flow it is described as the opposite of what I'm stating above so don't get your panties in a knot if your an electrician type...I know current flow is the opposite of electron flow...I'm discussing how to save your motorcycle, not how to wire it. Anyway...we like to put Stainless Steel (SS) fasteners all over our bikes because they don't appear to rust (which is another great topic that I'll spare you on for now). Stainless Steel and aluminum are on oppiste ends on the nobility scale...bad JuJu unless you like to make batteries. The aluminum will always loose this battle if not properly protected from the SS. Copper, like the copper washers we like to use as high pressure oil seals is the worst for mixing with aluminum. "But I always see these against aluminum on motors without an issue" you say and your right...if you think about it, they are used on oil lines...the oil keeps the water out and is a terrible electrolite. That is the only reason the aluminum dosen't disentigrate in that application. If you like to experiment take a square of raw aluminum plate and put it in a bowl of salt water, place a penny on top of it and come back in a week to see what happened to the aluminum. A penny sitting in the salt water filled bilge of an aluminum boat will eat a hole right through the bottom of the boat in no time. (BTW, I build aluminum boats...hence my knowledge of this topic). If you've ever pulled a stainless bolt out of your bike that passes through the aluminum engine case it likely had white powder all over it...this is aluminum oxcide...in that case it was likely caused from water trapped around the SS bolt. If left unchecked it will lead to pitting and ultmately a hole in your engine case. So how can you protect this from happening? You can't in all applications but its a good idea to do what you can, where you can. Basically all one needs to do is create a barrier between the dissimilar metals and / or seal the water out...either works quite well. There is a product not well known about, outside the marine industry, called "TefGel". It is an anti-seize and barrier coating commonly applied to stainless steel hardware where it touches aluminum on boats. It works with any dissimilar metals as a barrier coat and lasts a long time where it can't be washed off...like on bolt threads and shanks and between washers and bolt heads. "Oh, I have some anti-seize in my garage" You Say...nice... Watch out when using it with aluminum, since most anti-seize contains copper and will eat your aluminum in due time. Another trick I learned on boats is the application of self adheasive UHMW sheet material on washers and between dissimilar metal components where water may get trapped. UHMW , ( Ultra High Molecular Weight ) is a super dense, yet pliable, plastic (polyethylene) that can take a lot of torque when in compression. The self adheasive sheets are easy to cut with a razor knife to the desired shape and will form a barrier that prevents galvanic corrosion. So remember... when your bolting that shiny new SS rack against your bare aluminum frame, a bit of UHMW will save you from the aluminum corroding behind the SS flange or what have you. TefGel and loctite don't mix...I like to put a dot of loctite on the thread then coat the upper part of the fastener with TefGel where the fastener head will bare on the aluminum. That's all it takes to preserve your aluminum from the SS. Where your not using Loctite, coat the whole fastener with TefGel...it will not only prevent the corrision, it also makes disassembly easier as it is a great antisieze compound. Where hardware and hard parts are prone to corroding but can't be sealed, painted or isolated use a spray on corrosion inhibitor like Honda "Quicksilver" corrosion guard. Its made for outboard motors but who knows corrsion better than boat guys?...it will need to be re applied occasionally but will prevent your parts from dieing before their time. Keeping your bike clean and sealed will help it last forever.
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4UxESmyV8 Published on Aug 15, 2014 My sister has been a victim of domestic abuse, her now ex boyfriend kidnapped her and when she tried to escape from him he ran her over her with a SUV and left her for dead on the side of the road. Thankfully she is still with us today and only received 3 fractures in her arm and multiple bruises on her body. This happen 3 days ago on 8/12/14. I'm posting this video asking for your help in spotting this bastard! More than likely he will be in or around Ponca City, OK or Blackwell, OK. His name is Brandon Hutchison. Alis is Slim. Please share so hopefully he can be caught, and my sister and her child can sleep in piece knowing this &%$#@! is behind bars where he belongs!! Please do not approach he is very dangerous, just call your local authorities. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and watch the video!!
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4UxESmyV8 Published on Aug 15, 2014 My sister has been a victim of domestic abuse, her now ex boyfriend kidnapped her and when she tried to escape from him he ran her over her with a SUV and left her for dead on the side of the road. Thankfully she is still with us today and only received 3 fractures in her arm and multiple bruises on her body. This happen 3 days ago on 8/12/14. I'm posting this video asking for your help in spotting this bastard! More than likely he will be in or around Ponca City, OK or Blackwell, OK. His name is Brandon Hutchison. Alis is Slim. Please share so hopefully he can be caught, and my sister and her child can sleep in piece knowing this &%$#@! is behind bars where he belongs!! Please do not approach he is very dangerous, just call your local authorities. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and watch the video!!
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4UxESmyV8 wheelie chick's sister has been a victim of domestic abuse, her now ex boyfriend kidnapped her and when she tried to escape from him he ran her over her with a SUV and left her for dead on the side of the road. Thankfully she is still with us today and only received 3 fractures in her arm and multiple bruises on her body. This happen 3 days ago on 8/12/14. I'm posting this video asking for your help in spotting this bastard! More than likely he will be in or around Ponca City, OK or Blackwell, OK. His name is Brandon Hutchison. Alis is Slim. Please share so hopefully he can be caught, and wheelie chick's sister and her child can sleep in piece knowing this &%$#@! is behind bars where he belongs!! Please do not approach he is very dangerous, just call your local authorities. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and watch the video!!
  21. http://racerxonline.com/2015/01/18/sunday-conversation-canard-reed-and-the-officials
  22. http://www.twistedthrottle.com/stash-box-lockable-license-plate-storage-box-by-twisted-throttle This looks very useful. However every product I can find like this is made of plastic. Anybody know of a stronger steel version?
  23. Any one seen the movie yet, heard it's out in the USA but not here in Canada yet.
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