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On Two Wheels / Re: Do you ever wonder why you risk riding a motorcycle?
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:53:05 PM »
I watch for every motorcycle accident in the local news. I admit that I must re-justify my decision to ride with every death I read about. That's usually easy to do, because the majority of motorcycle deaths are self-inflicted or at least aided by speed, alcohol, and/or poor skills. I don't know what happened to our 23 year old companion. I hope he was being careful, etc, but his accident supports my concern for young riders. In fact, I don't know anyone younger than 40 with fully developed situational awareness. That's not a moral critique. My own experience makes me think that it takes many hours behind the wheel to develop an understanding of traffic and the subtle cues that help us anticipate that "left turn in front of me" driver.

I looked at the death rates related to car riding and motorcycle riding. When you remove half of the deaths caused by speeding and/or drinking, you're left with deaths that are caused by poor skills or the truly unavoidable circumstances. From the articles I've read, poor skills is a significant contributor of that remaining group of deaths, say half again. My goal is to live with the risk rate associated with a non-drinking, non-speeding, reasonably skilled, well practiced, drives the same route every day, ATGATT, type commuter. That rate is on par with a typical car driver, albeit not a very skillful one.

Death is tremendous loss to all involved. It is never timely. We do not own the day of our birth nor the day of our death. Ours is to live good and reasonable lives between the two days and seek forgiveness for our willful immoralities. So we should keep clear accounts, because we don't know when it will be over. Grim as it may be, this is our common experience. Riding is a spot of enjoyment in the "crashing of the days".

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Yeh, I just commute. Long trips would take a new approach, probably including a center stand and oil soaked rag. The roller keeps hands and chain clean, but would be bulky.

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A 2 inch wide paint roller, transmission fluid, three passes on side, bottom and side while spinning the wheel, every commute or 50 miles. Takes 3 minutes.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from San Francisco
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:29:23 AM »
Scorpion Trail IIs for the last 40 kmiles, but Mich PR5s are a local favorite.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from San Francisco
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:29:14 PM »
The best year IMHO. Looks so fresh out of the crate. If you question the handling at all, upgrade the tires, and you will see a marked improvement. Good find.

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Isn't a clean chain made dirty again at the first patch of dusty debris on the road? Could it be that exterior grit and grime removal is just superficial and short-lived at best? It's the O rings that keep the load bearing surfaces clean and retain the lubricant. Too much solvent cleaning might cause grit to migrate past the rings. Or, maybe just solvent goes past the rings and thins the original lubricant on the pins.

Maybe less is more.

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See the old wheel bearing thread. My 2014 had one (right side) of two rear wheel bearings go bad prematurely.  It was source from China. The other wheel bearing and the driven flange bearing were from Japan and still in good shape. I had only used low pressure spray to wash up 'til then. Now I just sponge bath it.

Otherwise ensure it had timely oil changes and valve checks.

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: 2019 model tyres
« on: September 28, 2019, 12:18:56 AM »
I've run through many sets of Scorpion Trail IIs on my '14 X in the OEM sizes. If you can get a set with the '19 X front OEM size, there's probably not a better 80/20 street/dirt choice. I have no reason to look elsewhere.

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Preventing a burned exhaust valve seat is worth it
On the prior topic, looks like Hot Cams are offered in 0.05mm increments.

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Crater Lake pic; not blue enough.

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