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  1. 2 hours ago, Burn-E said:

    Alden, one again you're too milquetoast for your own good on questions like this. There's always an alternative for you to consider.

    And I'm saying that for a complex issue, the discussion needs to be more focused on the bigger picture. Not worrying about which gun people can have.

    I'm not opposed to some basic limitations, but I don't think that's the core issue and we all are wasting too much time and money on it when it should be spent elsewhere.

  2. 23 minutes ago, Burn-E said:

    Alden, right now it's easier to acquire a gun than it is to build a bomb. Guns will continue to be the weapon of choice for these kinds of atrocities and as a result legislation and restrictions that make sense are vastly more important than worrying about bombs.

    Boston marathon bombing comes to mind, though I'll concede that a gun is a relatively accessible item. I just see a future of wack-a-mole, and it won't necessarily be exclusively bombs either. I'd love to be wrong about that.

  3. 1 hour ago, erikv11 said:

    The truck bomb is irrelevant to the gun argument, it is a distraction that changes the subject. The fact that other bad shit happens is irrelevant to the gun discussion.

    It is somewhat relevant. If there are other ways to cause harm that are of comparable accessibility, and we don't see a way to solve those problems too, then we're chasing our tail. I don't think its a silver bullet to squash an argument, but it's still an important angle to consider. The goal of any gun control in this context is to reduce events like these from happening, or reduce the amount of damage. If humans continue have other ways to cause damage, and it isn't just one other mechanism, nor is it something easily restricted, then does this gain us anything?

    1 hour ago, fivex84 said:

    Nothing happened under Obama so... I get the feeling nothing will happen under Trump.


    Maybe, though one thing we saw under Obama was adversarial where they couldn't let Obama appear to gain any ground. And especially not with something like guns. If some R politicians support it, and one of their own is President, they can pretend like it was their idea.

  4. 44 minutes ago, Burn-E said:

    Gun barrels will overheat if you keep putting bullets through them at rapid fire to the point that the barrel will distort and deteriorate accuracy but you also run the risk of ammunition cooking off (exploding in the chamber). This is primarily why I would guess the guy in Vegas had so many. You also run the risk of misfires and jams.

    Sure, and I guess I should have been more specific. I was thinking more the difference between 5 and 50. If you're going to limit to maybe less than 5 weapons, I can see the angle. Unless we go with a very low maximum ownership count, I don't see the difference in one gun locker full or twenty.

  5. 53 minutes ago, Burn-E said:

    There are however limits on how many packages of cough medication you can buy (daily + monthly) and you give up all kinds of information in order to acquire them.

    Technically it's a decongestant, not cough medicine. And the implementation leaves room for improvement. I recently tried to buy the maximum possible because I never have any on hand when I want it and the pharmacy is always closed when I realize this. I got conflicting answers on how much was allowed, and turned out most of it didn't really matter anyway since apparently I could only buy one box at a time. Quantity didn't matter. Big box of big dosages, or small box of small dosages. I wanted one of the 12hr, and one of the short acting. Told me I could come back the following day to buy the other one - because that makes sense. Best I could tell, none of the packaging corresponded with the limits on daily or monthly quantities either.

    The patterns they're going to find are annoyed people who have allergies and a runny nose :laugh:

    1 hour ago, flyfishing3 said:

    There are limits to the number of drinks you can have and drive


    there are speed limits.  


    There are limits to the number of spouses  


    why no murder machine limits? 

    Because you can only shoot one weapon at a time? Two if you think hollywood is real. Does it really matter if I have a basement stock pile of weapons? I know that makes for a great media blurb, but humans only have two hands.

  6. I see worrying about the guns themselves as like worrying about trying to ban the act of suicide or ban drugs. If there's effort and money to be spent, I'd be more interested in trying to prevent them feeling like this is a good idea. Unfortunately that's going to be a lot more difficult than just banning some item or act.

    At it's simplest level, it's as if they want to demonstrate some control over a society and I'm not sure more attempts to control people is the right response. Doesn't mean I'm opposed to some simple gun controls - I just mean that we have many other social aspects that are possibly becoming too overbearing. Especially collectively.

  7. Superduke... 10 years off... not trying to go crazy. :laugh: There's also the 390 Duke, which if it's gonna spend most of it's time in the city might be nice to have such a light nimble bike.

    FZ1 arguably isn't a true liter bike, despite being 1L. That term is usually for the supersports. FZ1 is more mannered because that's the goal of a bike like that. Still plenty of power but doesn't need to break magazine records at the expense of day to day usage.


  8. If I lived in the city, I'd totally have a scooter.

    No good pictures but 2 weeks ago I did another trail riding event. Kinda like a road rally through the woods I guess. VT on Saturday, back to camp, then NH on Sunday. They arrow the route so you just follow them, and the freshly churned dirt. As soon as you hit the woods, you can go your 100%. No one else around to bother besides other people doing the same thing. I think that's what I like about it most. And because they've plotted it out, you don't even have to figure out a trail route that makes sense.

  9. 10 minutes ago, Burn-E said:

    Doesn't matter. At some point you still are going to get a puncture that has to be sealed and the tire needs to be refilled.

    Tubeliss are filled with liquid latex that will plug up small punctures. You're really only in trouble if you get like a cactus needle or if you peel the tire back from the inside of the rim on an aggressive turn or landing.

  10. 1 hour ago, Blockpartie said:

    From personal experience with a M4.4 car: It is most likely the camshaft sensor. The start directly prior to the sensor failing unexpectedly it took longer to start than was usual, but only about 1 sec. A few hours later no matter what the car would not start. A bit of a twist was that after installing a new sensor the car set a code for 'faulty camshaft sensor'...

    I'd recommend buying a brand new part. Bosch makes the original part so no need to get the blue boxed version.

    The last experience I had with a cam sensor was removing mine during a head swap, putting it back in, and finding the car wouldn't start. It threw a code. I hit the body of it with a wrench and it worked after that for several years :laugh:

    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll probably order a spare and keep it in the trunk. I'm kinda curious how long I can get original parts to last. And because it's gonna be a trunk spare, it's probably going to be an ebay special.

  11. 6 hours ago, Dick Dastardly said:

    Sending unit off? Maybe level is lower than gauge reads..

    Maybe - didn't seem like it based on filling up after. Took 16.5g, I had added maybe 1 gallon, 2 at most, and the tank takes at least 20 if not 21. Talking with my brother, he suggested impending crank or cam sensor failure based on past experiences. Said it won't throw a code, but will randomly refuse to start.

    5 hours ago, gdog said:

    Was the car on an incline?  Had a similar experience recently..

    I either need to start carrying my fuel pressure tester gauge w/me or install a fuel pressure gauge. 

    Not really. Car was leaning slightly to the right, but not by much. This is on my S90 (M4.4 whiteblock still), for what it's worth.

  12. 1 hour ago, Burn-E said:

    What CO2 inflator do you use Mike? How do you handle shaping the tube before slipping It onto the wheel to avoid pinches?

    Use your lungs. Assuming they're presta, just blow in to the valve and it'll inflate a bit. Not entirely necessary either. Feed the lever or your finger under the bead first to push things clear, then lever on. You still have to be fairly deliberate with a semi-inflated tube anyway so it's not much for additional effort.

    I did the CO2 thing for a while, but realized I like to be able to top off, or adjust pressure and a cartridge really isn't ideal for that. If I bought another Co2 tool, I'd probably look for the chucks that screw on without a bulky cage or switch assembly. Oh, like the one you have. Just noticed that.

    When you say no frame pump, do you mean no top-tube length pumps, or nothing on the frame at all? There are many smaller pumps which can be mounted under a bottle cage. I've used various mini hand pumps over the years and none seem tremendously different than others. I've been impressed with the quality/finish of the Lezyne pumps. I like their extension hose, partly because the clamp-on style pumps feel like the valve wiggling around is likely to induce leakage, even if that's just in my head. At one point, I believe Cannondale's pumps were rebranded Lezyne. Their current lineup reminds me of Blackburn pumps, but none of it matches their current offer.

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  13. Car wouldn't start leaving a store the other day. Cranks, but doesn't sound like it's trying to catch. Peddling didn't change anything. No codes. Fuel rail presta valve would spit a little gas each time I prime the pump, confirming there's some pressure. Pump Relay swapped, then jumped just in case, fuses checked and swapped. Reseated cam sensor, ECT, and MAF plugs. Pulled battery wires and held together. None of this resulted in any change.

    I was low on gas, but light not on yet. Probably just before the light came on though. So I added about a gallon of gas that I coincidentally had in the trunk, waited a few minutes, turned the ignition on and off 10 times in a row, and then tried again. It worked.

    Weird fluke? Could it really have been out of gas? Pump weak? I filled up right after and estimating by the amount of gas it took, accounting for roughly what I'd added before, I don't think the gauge is off.

  14. 1 hour ago, gmsgltr said:

    I bought an inexpensive one from Home Depot that looks a lot like that Etekctiy. I have a feeling many of these are the same device with slightly different plastics. Anyway, works great. The tests I've done seem roughly accurate and repeatedly tests to the same number. I dunno to what level of precision/accuracy, but for simple curiosities it gets the job done.

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  15. 5 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

    'naked bike' is what he calls it

    I think the monster isn't a 'direct' competitor though right? the monster is on a different level I thought

    Well... there's no brand-snob factor with the Suzuki if that's what you mean :tongue: Functionally I'd say they're on a similar playing field. I believe the Monster has a slightly higher MSRP in standard trim, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Monster offered every suspension adjustment possible, while the SV might not have compression adjusters. The Ducati is arguably a more 'premium' product but I don't see the same as comparing a Honda Civic to a BMW. I think Timo's Volvo vs BMW might be more accurate. 

    Naked bike is an industry term. Sometimes synonymous with a 'standard bike'. Means no front fairings, and they're usually not as high strung as the fully faired models being offered. The standard/naked is usually marketed towards more day-to-day usage. Flatter torque curves meaning less peaky engine, less racey/tucked riding position, better seat, and suspension tuned for street would be common. The weird part is I don't see the fairing itself having any direct relationship to it. I suppose it's mostly marketing based on who they think will typically buy.

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  16. 1 hour ago, gmsgltr said:

    My friend had to jump off his blue 2002 sv650 a few weeks back when a woman pulled out in front of him at 35mph. He put the bike under her car and landed in the grass luckily... he also always wears protective everything even when its hot out... its now totaled and he is picking up a yellow one (sv650) Sunday with me! He calls it his look-a-like ducati monster lol

    I hate to be 'that' guy, but if he had time to jump off, he probably had time to stop. Unless you mean he abandoned ship about as contact happened. Either way glad whatever he did worked out. Wearing gear in the heat can be annoying, but there's options that make it way more comfortable like mesh materials and zipper venting. Helps with the dehydration and leather skin too.

    Soooo... when you gonna get one? Try sitting on any bike you have the opportunity and think about how you like the ergonomics. An upright position with a slight lean forward and pegs directly under you for torso control is arguably ideal for normal usage.

  17. On 4/13/2017 at 11:06 PM, Matty Moo said:

    I have a guy that wants to trade me his 05 Honda 919 for my CRF.  He wants to ride with his kids and doesn't have time for the 919, I ride with my kids but only on my quad since they ride slow.  I'm going to take him up on it since I'll rarely ride the CRF and the 919 is worth more and I can actually ride it everyday if I want.  

    Now that our nephew lives with us I'm going to hunt down a Polaris Phoenix or something like that for him to ride.  

    Buy his 919 for cheap and keep the CRF. Then get the kids two wheeled vehicles so they can stop being slow :tongue: Rode my WR for the first time this year and it was amazing.

    Aren't those 919's supposed to be like the ZRX? Retired racer's ride of choice?

  18. I never really understood the whole hunting thing at all. I guess I can see why if you did, hunting something like that is the ultimate prize. But isn't that a leopard? Because they're listed as threaten species. I know a road that's littered with deer at night. They should come do something helpful instead.

  19. 2 hours ago, sventastic said:

    I'm not so sure, I think I should have actually increased the pressure in the fronts and rears. There's a balance between the decrease in contact patch (from higher pressures), and loss of grip from tire deflection and rollover (at lower pressures). I did some research before the event and 40-45psi seems to be optimal for FWD cars. I think I will try something like 42 front 42 rear for my next event and put chalk around the sidewall to see exactly how much the tire is rolling over, and the decrease/increase to see the differences

    I changed it specifically for the event, and actually forgot to decrease it for the drive home and yeah, it definitely rode a fair bit more harsh! Factory spec doesn't really apply for autocross since it's optimized for comfort and fuel economy rather than at the limit handling

    You can see how the front tires end up loading basically onto the sidewall

    Hm. in my experience pressures that high or greater result in amazing feel, but the tire seems more prone to loosing grip. Granted, a lot of that is probably surface variation you hopefully aren't seeing on your track. Just using the OEM spec as a base point - and I'm not even sure it's optimized for fuel economy as higher should roll better. Combination of comfort, and long term tread wear which I assumed was through an evenly distributed contact patch.

    The close-up, at first I thought you were looking at the cornering tread's wear pattern but I faintly see a second wear line half way down the ribbed area. And it looks more apparent in your distant picture. If that's the case, nevermind, I guess higher it is. Another consideration is if you're pushing the front too hard, or need to alter the set up. If you stuff the car in to a turn and yank the steering wheel, it's demanding a ton from the front tires. Especially in an under-steering car. The front tires just drag across the surface.

  20. 12 hours ago, sventastic said:

    Not sure if I should consider different tire pressures, I was running 40psi front and 36psi rear. Maybe higher rear pressures would reduce rear grip and help the rear rotate more? After each run the fronts were hot, and the rears still just ambient haha

    Running that high is probably a good way to prevent the tires from melting, but I think you would have gotten more grip out of the front at 36psi instead. And you could probably drop the rear down to 32-34. Then keep an eye on them after each run to make sure they aren't showing signs of over heating. Isn't the factory spec 36 in the front and 32 in the rear?

    I like a slightly higher pressure for highway driving but 40 seems uncomfortably high. Doesn't it right rough? Or did you choose those pressures specifically for the event?

  21. I went through a phase where I was all about clipless. But eventually I realized I was holding myself back because I'd push myself in a turn, the front would wash a bit, but I wouldn't get too adventurous with my inside foot still clipped in. Clipping out before the turn didn't work that great either, as it was too much mental effort. So I decided to give flats a try again. Not sure I'll go back.

    Also, how is clipless still the default term? It's impressively misleading.

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  22. 3 hours ago, Ihatespeedbumps said:

    My personal opinion? Lots of bad engineering.

    The low tension piston rings that are used to boost fuel economy don't help either. In the case of something like the N63 BMW engine, poor valve stem seal quality and long oil change intervals. All varies from engine to engine, but ultimately stems from planned obsolescence. Modern cars are simply not designed to last 20 years anymore. Not easily anyways. 


    I wonder what the net environmental impact is of increasing gas mileage by burning more oil. Probably an overall win since it still passes emissions but kinda funny. Are the oil burners more prone to plug fouling or shortened catalytic converter life?