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The Best Motorcycle Helmets for Beginners Under $500 [2023 Edition]
another way of saying this that may be easier to understand is that they have different wattage ratings.
If the left side uses 5 W bulbs, but the right side uses 10W bulbs, then the right side would be higher power and would blink faster (if the blinking is current based, i.e. depleting a capacitor or something).
can’t really help you, but +1 for the sinfest avatar
yup, if you are going to be riding somewhere muddy…. that is definitely a good idea to add some sort of wiper to your gloves… i think there are some that actually come with ’em…
if you tip your head @ 30 and find the right angle, the water streams off… If you are checking your blind spots pretty often, then you never really get any water that accumulates…
if you are getting water spraying on your visor from the tires of the car in front, you are probably too closeAugust 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm in reply to: Pic of me on my bike. How do I convert it into a size suitable for an avatar? #10464
irfanview is great for doing simple stuff like that… nice and lightweight… no reason to get GIMP involved!
btw, CS3 is sort of equally as free as GIMP and way nicer
in the cold north (canada)… you sometimes use a silicon spray on shovels because water doesn’t stick to silicon… not sure how it would react with the helmet visor, but it might work…
also, if you are going 30+ mph, if you look left/right then the fast moving air clears your visor for you… no need to wipe
i changed the oil in my 250r a couple weeks back… you only need to change the orings every 2-5 oil changes (the drain plug washer needs to be replaced @ every change, but the orings don’t really break…)
it took longer for me to do it because my rear swingarm stand hadn’t arrived yet… i was talking to the service guys… they suggested to switch to synth @ 5k miles… i got the kawi oil and filter for 20 bucks… figure it was good enough..
whenever you work on bike/car you can use latex gloves… no more having to deal with orange to get grease/oil off the hands… i also found that the oil tends to drip around one side of the plug, so you can unscrew it by making slow motions from the other side and stay clean… it took me a while on my car to get the drain plug off without getting dirty and being able to catch it before it hits the pan…
i also took out the oil screen because I heard it could be pretty gummed up for the first few changes… it was pretty clear… be careful with the 5 small screws though, they are very easy to thread…
second thing about threading… there are 2 drain plugs on the 250r,,, one is directly attached to the crank case… and the other is attached to the oil screen assembly… use th drain plug that is attached to the oil screen… if you strip this plug, you only need to replace the oil screen assembly instead of your entire crank case (i.e., engine)
i’ll post some pics next time I do it…
thanks for leading and showing me a new way to get to SF, spaz… had a good time riding and checking out a ton of cool gear that I can’t quite justify buying
spaz and I will be leaving from alice’s to head up to the dainese store in SF to check out their sales tomorrow (aug 9th)…
meeting up at 12:45 @ alice’s
come and join if you are in the bay area… here is a map of route:
Depending on time, I might take the 100 mile trip back down hwy 1 -> prescadero -> alpine -> hwy 9 -> hwy 17 -> hwy 880 to san jose to get back from SF.. but that is less certain…
^ “after noon”
rowing on the bay 9 to 12…. can’t meet at 9:15
double clutching is the action of putting the clutch in, moving the gear selector to neutral, letting the clutch out, then putting the clutch back in and selecting the gear you were moving to…
this has nothing to do with engine/tranmission rpm matching… and actually has nothing to do with motorcycles… this was prevalent in shifting smoother for cars that did not have syncrhos (also known as synchromesh gears)… basically, these are small gears that made sure that the current spinning gear and the power delivery gear would align with the teeth in the gear that you were selecting…. without these gears, placing the transmission in neutral would move the drive gear out of the previous gear before pushing it into the new gear… also, depending on the transmission style, this can change which of the cars gears are spinning…. and that is why it doesn’t apply to motorcycles, all gears are spinning at the same time and are perfectly aligned.. and shifting to neutral while moving is hard as hell
as an ex-rally driver, I hate it when people get terminology wrong
heel-toe-shifting is a way to brake and shift while rpm matching… but you can do rpm matching without using that technique…August 6, 2008 at 7:46 pm in reply to: Balance / weight distribution question-embarrassing #10001
i am in the same, not so flexible, category… i tend to move leg about an inch and then pivot my foot when I brake… that being said, I have noticed that I am having to move my leg less and less as time goes on…
as for weight on pegs, I make sure that my feet are planted on the pegs, but I am definitely still sitting on the seat. When I see a bump in the road, I will stand up on the pegs and lean back (+ a bit of throttle to lighten the front end if it is a big bump).
i don’t think weight on pegs gives you more control than on the seat (other than being able to use your knees/push down the rear tire)… however, weight on a single peg will start you turning in that direction… weight on peg + lean + counter steer = tight turn
if you are on a really bump road, then maybe a lot of weight on your pegs will keep you from squirming around on your seat…
any weekend after noon
i would suggest the bay area
yeah, the bike will have all the fluids in it, so wet weight is what you want to look at.
if you are buying a goldwing, you *might* need a fourth strong guy…
for reference, some girl transported her 250 ninja across the country in the back of a station wagon (dry, on its side) with her sister… there is a vid on kawasaki’s website…
i was thinking of a direct swap for your SV… all that carbon fiber has lowered its value!
just get a chariot and have them pull!
really good mpg and the parents will love that their kids are much more mellow…