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Lee 2002

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Lee 2002 last won the day on February 17

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About Lee 2002

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  • Birthday 08/07/1968

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    2002 VFR 800 (red)
    1968 Yamaha YL2CM

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  1. Turkey Vultures' defensive mechanism is to projectile vomit all over you. It is even nastier than I imagine their shit would be. There is a large group of vultures that roost about a mile from our house (and have for twenty years or more in the same tree). One the way home from work one day, I rounded a corner in the neighborhood to find one munching on a dead rabbit in the road. I was going slow and impact wasn't a concern, but as that monster bird lifted off, it puked all over me and my bike. The smell was disgusting. I made a beeline for the nearest car wash and hosed down the bike and talked another patron into hosing me down as I stood and turned in my suit and helmet. I also got shit on by some kind of ocean bird once in the middle of the Pacific. Not a speck of land, another person, or another boat in sight. That bird nailed me. It was like someone dropped a 20 oz, rotted-fish smoothie on me. I'm not a big fan of birds. A bird that size would definitely cause some hurt when hit, either to the bike or rider. Better the bike than you.
  2. Phillip Island track day

    I think this is a great photo.
  3. Chain Mileage

    I don't usually find any reason to disagree with BLS, but I think he missed the most important positive point of the Scottoiler. I think the great advantage of a Scottoiler is that it is easy to use. This leads to frequent oiling. This regular, constant wash of oil over the chain will flush off grit and debris leading to a cleaner chain from a mechanical point of view (but not an aesthetic point of view). This is grit that could otherwise abrade or cut a sealing ring. I don't use a Scottoiler so I don't have a vested interest. I'm the guy that points the car wash wand at the chain while it circulates in first gear at idle and puts on whatever product has recently captured my interest or is cheaply available. Even with my meticulous chain maintenance regimen, I still get ~20,000 miles out of a chain.
  4. Throttle grip free play adjustment.

    I would suggest that some riders would be better off hiring a competent mechanic than doing their own maintenance. If your throttle changes or binds because you are steering your motorcycle, you need to take your motorcycle to a professional for your own safety. In a properly adjusted system there will be no change in cable free play bar-stop-to-bar-stop. Again to the original poster, I would suggest checking the terminal mounting points of the spiral outer shield to ensure they are solidly mounted and can not move in their mounts.
  5. Ice vest. Make or buy?

    I'll start by saying I ride daily in all weather. It was 100° F here today on my commute home, so I recognize your situation. I find the best solution is a chilled hydration backpack bladder in my riding suit. As long as I'm sweating, evaporative cooling keeps me from overheating. Drink, Drink, Drink from the bladder. Comfortable? Not really. Bearable, yes, but I enjoy riding and if comfort was the deciding factor I would take a cage. Below freezing weather is another thread. To your question.... I've heard that the human body generates about 100 watts in a resting condition. Wikipedia indicates that these cooling chips are 10% - 15% efficient. That means just to pull away the heat your body generates your going to need 1,000 - 1,500 watts. I don't have a clue how many watts your body is absorbing from the 100+ degree atmosphere but, presumably, you're wanting to pull that away from your body too? Let me assume for a minute that you're absorbing another 300 watts from the atmosphere during your ride. (I have no clue if this is reasonable, understated, or overstated) You now need 2,600 watts of power to provide your cooling needs assuming 15% efficiency. My motorcycle generates 4,700 watts @ 5,000 rpm. Assuming you're pulling 2,600 watts (at 12 volts) of this to satisfy these cooling needs, you're going to need a 250 amp fuse for that circuit's anticipated load. I believe the NASCAR guys use a cooler filled with ice and a small pump with a circulating circuit. Refill with ice as needed.
  6. Throttle grip free play adjustment.

    Fink 🠅 is correct. Rsparky 🠇 is wrong. Throttle cables are a wire contained within spiral outer shield. The wire moves independently within the spiral outer shield. The wire transfers movement of the throttle grip to the cam of the throttle body butterflies. A properly set up throttle cable system will have identical free play regardless of handle bar position. To achieve this, the spiral outer shield must be solidly mounted on each end of the cable run. This sets the total cable length. Because this outer spiral shield is neither compressible or stretchable, the total cable length will not change with movement of the mounted ends in relation to each other. The inner wire moves independently of the outer shield in the axial direction, however because of minimal clearances it can not move independently radially. What this means is that the spiral shield sets the total system length. Because the inner wire has no choice but to follow this same path, the distance between the two end points can not change due to "bowing", "twisting" or "kinking". The system length is constant regardless of the relative position of the terminal ends. Throttle free play should remain constant in a properly installed system. To the original poster, I would suggest checking the terminal mounting points of the spiral outer shield to ensure they are solidly mounted and can not move in their mounts.
  7. Unchain My Bike... Or So I Thought...

    Honda had very little (nothing, really) to do with the VFR swingarm design premise. At the time this was thought out, belts were not in use. http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/elf-racing-elf-motorcycle-chassis-designs-retrospective
  8. Lower bearing stuck in head-stock

    Yep. Three good MIG stitches around the inner circumference of the race that cover about 50% of the inner circumference will draw that race in enough upon cooling that it will fall out. In a previous life, many a printing press and envelope machine gave up races with no exposed shoulder with no drama after a couple of stitches.
  9. Sidestand Wobbling, Causing Excessive Lean

    This is how I ultimately solved my problem, I went A&P on it with lockwire.
  10. Sidestand Wobbling, Causing Excessive Lean

    You're looking for #13 Nut, Flange Cap (10mm) It shows up on the rear shock mounting page. I suspect #14 is a self locking alternative.... but I'm not positive.
  11. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    I equivocated your "in the wrong" statement with "at fault". Which is why I replied "Don't lump me in", because I contend that Gator is fully responsible for what he perceives as encroachment into his lane. I now understand that is not what you meant. This is why I pointed out that, yes, the drivers violated the law but I don't feel they have any ownership of his perceptions. My apologies for reading between the lines. I stand by my assertion that Gator seems to feel a lane is his from his location to the horizon and he is not responsible for reacting to the dynamic situation in front of him. The key words being "in front of him", none of this happened to his side other than he accelerated into the space that was either already occupied or in the act of being occupied. I think my post, #1066888 did an excellent job of illustrating this, if I don't say so myself. There were still a few outstanding questions regarding Gator's riding experience and why he turned his head to the CR-V driver if not to establish visual communication that I was hoping he would answer. But I see that he has went into Meme Mode. That is a shame.
  12. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    Don't lump me in, I do not agree. While the semi-tractor and the CR-V were in violation of the letter-of-the-law, so was Gator by his own admission of speeding. Gator inserted himself into both his percieved situations. As I pointed out with my still captures and text, I believe that the intentions of the other vehicles in both instances was clear. If not by signal, by action and situation. In both cases, Gator continued to accelerate into a position that had become occupied by the other vehicle some distance ahead of him or was clearly about to become occupied. I firmly stand by my assessment of surprised/butt-hurt as correctly defined by FJ12. In my experience, the only times I've turned my head to look sideways at a vehicle I'm passing is to make visual communication with the other driver (butt-hurt), evaluate unexpected motion noticed during my scan (surprised), or to assess the physical attributes of the female driver (I'm male). I have, on rare occasion, turned my head to admire an especially rare/beautiful/old vehicle. For me, a CR-V does not meet my criteria, Gator can list the reasons he turns his head. I'm convinced he was establishing visual communication with the other driver regarding their actions. JZH is correct. Neither of these incidents even comes close to getting sqeezed out of a lane. Again, by experience, I've had 14 and 15 year old children do a better job reading traffic and intention and reacting better during their instructional period. As I see it, both of these situations required nothing more that rolling off throttle and maybe a covering of the brake lever.
  13. Squeezed out of lane twice in 3 minutes

    As a 30 year rider, I see all this a lot different than you do. In this instance, the tractor is over the line at 2:16 (and has been moving that direction for two seconds).... at that moment you no longer have claim to that lane, turn signal or not <and I DO see a red indicator on in this frame>. It is hard to say for sure, but you're a good 40' to 60' behind him if that is a standard 53' trailer. For you to continue to accelerate up alongside him puts the blame on you. In this instance the yellow block "Exit Only" signage ahead should indicate that someone coming from the right would very likely want to move left. At 4:48 the car moves into the lane you occupy while you are way back. You would have to consider they are going to continue across that lane into the next lane since both right-most lanes are forced-exit lanes that end up in the same place. Yet you continue to accelerate on them as you move to lane #3 and then act surprised/butt hurt when they also move into lane #3. That one read like a cheap novel. Even the most novice driver should have seen that one coming. Areas of high lateral movement are never the right place for any vehicle to make passing moves. And this is especially true for motorcycles. In these areas it is always best to hang with the flow of traffic and let things sort out then make your move. I have to ask the same question.
  14. It would appear that maybe you did not have the flaring head centered in the rivet's hole or was not centered over the rivet on the back plate and was pressing on a diagonal. It is difficult to say exactly from the photo. But since you're first rivet looks good I would say give it another go with a new link. You mention the "stupid tool", but I never saw what you are using? I use the RK T101 tool and have been very happy with it. The link you questioned in your other thread is what you are needing.