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    Kinda makes obvious the difference between the...

    Kinda makes obvious the difference between the wanna-bees and the professional drivers.
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    Ah yes. Those fond memories of sittin' 'round...

    Ah yes. Those fond memories of sittin' 'round the campfire, telling ghost stories and toastin' celery and carrots on a stick. Those were the good old days. :rolleyes

    pete
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    "...meaningless in any event." Unless it's a...

    "...meaningless in any event." Unless it's a winter event. :eek Riding when it's 12 degrees F?
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    The GoldWing recall is for a faulty power...

    The GoldWing recall is for a faulty power recliner seat. Seems the vibro-massage feature (used to introduce some feeling of mechanical process to the otherwise too smooth six) can over-excite the...
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    It's worth noting that the manufacturer cannot...

    It's worth noting that the manufacturer cannot require you to have the service performed by an authorized dealer. They can, however, require that it be performed by a competent person using original...
  6. Please, please. Be tolerant and gentle with BMW....

    Please, please. Be tolerant and gentle with BMW. They are new to this "customer service" thing and it may take them a while to get it right. Switch gear, rear suspension, fuel strips... they may...
  7. Thread: It's official

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    My lovely young bride of 45 years has never...

    My lovely young bride of 45 years has never ridden as pillion (OK, maybe twice, before we married) and certainly never had her own motorcycle. That's been both good and bad. Sometimes her company...
  8. Somewhere in Bavaria an engineer is hanging by...

    Somewhere in Bavaria an engineer is hanging by his... thumbs.

    "No, really boss, this strip thing will work!"

    pete
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    Good news, Joe, and I'll file the info away for...

    Good news, Joe, and I'll file the info away for future reference.

    And by the way, gasoline with ethanol has its own built-in "fuel dryer": the ethanol, which is the main ingredient in "gas line...
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    About the only way the "team orders" conspiracy...

    About the only way the "team orders" conspiracy would float is if Honda wanted Pedrosa to win enough to finish the year as #2, thus giving Honda a 1 - 2 championship year. And boy is that a stretch....
  11. Thread: BMW final drives

    by na1g
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    I'm with you, Rick. I don't subscribe to the "we...

    I'm with you, Rick. I don't subscribe to the "we do it because we can" engineering philosophy. And if you do, you'd better be darn sure the thing works. BMW obviously didn't.

    Rant over, Think...
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    Sure looks easy, the way they do it. But...

    Sure looks easy, the way they do it. But watching the video a second time it struck me why it looks so easy: the lower handlebar is already at knee height. The pix posted above show the handlebar...
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    The good news is you can [I]still [I] remember...

    The good news is you can [I]still [I] remember it. The bad news is... you're old! (me too)

    pete
    2011 R1200RT
  14. Thread: Big oil mess

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    Has anyone who heats their home with oil ever...

    Has anyone who heats their home with oil ever considered pouring the used motor oil into your heating oil ("#2 diesel") tank? Seems adding a gallon of used motor oil to 150 gallons of heating oil...
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    And don't forget his role in "Gran Prix", the...

    And don't forget his role in "Gran Prix", the best car racing movie ever.
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    +1 on the kitty litter (speedy-dry) and powdered...

    +1 on the kitty litter (speedy-dry) and powdered detergent (not soap). Works great on oil spills (don't ask!)

    And thanks for bringing up the issue of storing oil in hot weather. It's upwards of...
  17. Thread: Windscreen ...

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    And by the way, I'd be more concerned about it...

    And by the way, I'd be more concerned about it flying into my neck when/if it snaps off. Don't even want to think about that prospect...

    pete
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    How old and how many miles? Where are the...

    How old and how many miles? Where are the "microcracks" located? Are they surface crazing or cracked all the way through the plastic?

    Plastic doesn't age well, especially in sunlight. If the...
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    I fondly remember as a kid watching "Maverick"...

    I fondly remember as a kid watching "Maverick" with my brother and father. Good fun in the era of serious shoot-em-up TV westerns. Followed by "Rockford Files" which was also good fun in the era of...
  20. The switch gear on that model is notoriously...

    The switch gear on that model is notoriously poor, as you may have noted from the number of posts on the subject. My 2011 RT had the horn button crap out early on and you can tell by the feel of the...
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    Well, yes I am a R1200RT rider and a ham (NA1G)...

    Well, yes I am a R1200RT rider and a ham (NA1G) but mostly limited to HF operation. I haven't found my 2-meter handheld particularly useful when traveling so usually leave it home. Your set-up...
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    If it's like in recent years, Kawasaki GTR...

    If it's like in recent years, Kawasaki GTR Concours is the "official" m-c of the Tour. I guess the referees and official observers are on those. The camera bikes are indeed a mixed bag of...
  23. When I got my new 2011 RT I didn't want to go...

    When I got my new 2011 RT I didn't want to go tearing into the nose of the bike to get to a parking light wire, so I "temporarily" connected my fuse box to the rear accessory power socket. It has a...
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    "Not riding and waiting for your BRAND NEW bike...

    "Not riding and waiting for your BRAND NEW bike to be fixed..." But according to what the service writer at my nearby dealer told me, those affected will be provided several options including a...
  25. OK, so where is my nearby dealer?

    OK, so where is my nearby dealer?
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