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Long, long ago, I lived at the north end of the 55, and worked at the sound end of it. It took 38 minutes to go 11 miles in a car. And all the while, I watched frustrated as motorcycles went whizzing by in the car pool lane. It didn't take long before I became one of those guys, and suddenly it took 18 minutes to go 11 miles. Not only could I take the car pool lane, but I could also take a semi-legal shortcut around a park within my complex where a car can't fit that cut out three stoplights before I got to the 55.

I was lured away from that job four years ago, and part of the appeal was that I'd be working in Rancho Santa Margarita. Twice the distance, but much of it through Santiago Canyon. I enjoyed it for the first two years... on Saturday mornings, I'd scoff as I watched the bikers meeting up at the gas stations along Chapman, getting ready to make a pilgrimage ride through the thing I used to get to work every day. In all of my time in the sometimes deadly canyon, I only had one close call, when a coyote darted across the road in front of me. A well placed pass could easily get me around any landscaping truck that hindered my speed.

Within the last year, however, looming housing developments in the Cooks Corner end of the canyon meant increasing fleets of dump trucks, cement mixers and contractor trucks plodding through the canyon, sometimes too numerous to pass. The commute became a chore. Within that same timeframe, the bank that bought my company got swallowed up by a bigger bank. The result was thirty brands under the same corporate ownership, and our company, being the smallest, is slated to me moved, possibly to Texas, possibly to Kentucky within the next few months.

At the same time, my former employer has grown, and I'm headed back. Back to the shortcut, the gridlock, and lane splitting the 55. But, I look forward to the 55-405 carpool flyover bridge. Nobody uses it, and it will once again become my personal Hotwheel track. Plus, no coyotes, and fewer bugs.

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$2,650 parts and labor.
$2,100 in parts if I want to do it myself.

That's what I was just quoted by the dealer to replace the ABS module in my '07 BMW. The typical error code is the result of a faulty ABS pump motor, which can be repaired for $250. No, mine is the one-in-a-thousand error that requires a complete replacement. I'd be happy to go without ABS, but my error results in my brake light remaining on solid, which is somewhat of a safety hazard. In their maniacal brilliance, BMW ran the brake light circuit through a brake fluid pressure switch, not a regular 'ole electrical switch like every other bike. That pressure switch is integral to the ABS unit and can't be fixed or replaced by itself.

I just ordered a used ABS module from The Motorcycle Guys Salvage in Anaheim for a few hundred bucks, and I'll fix it myself, thank you very much. Plus, that will give me the time to rebuilt the pump motor before I install it, so I should be able to bullet-proof it to some degree.

Just curious if anyone else here has dealt with Motorcycle Guys Salvage.


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Parts For Sale / Yuasa YTX14-BS Battery
« on: 12/22/18 04:24PM »
Hi all,

I have a Yuasa YTX14-BS that was new in May. It was in my R1200R until about a month ago, when I replaced it with a YTX14H-BS.

There's nothing wrong with it. I was tracking an intermittent ABS issue on the bike, and got the HBS thinking the added 40 starting amps would make a difference, since the Beemer is picky about it's ECU startup procedure. I planned to swap the near-new YTX14-BS into my Bonneville to update the battery in that bike. But, I didn't do my homework on that one, and it's too big for the Bonnie.

The battery is in a box in my garage, and I've got it on and off a tender to keep it fresh. It holds 12.79v, still good as new, but I don't have a use for it.

If anyone can use it, I'll take $20 for it.

Thanks!

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Miscellaneous / Crate's Gone!
« on: 12/19/18 10:16AM »
The crate is now gone. And couldn't have planned it better if I tried... the external dimensions exactly matched the internal bed dimensions of an F150.

Heck, last time I threw something on here for free, it got snapped up quick. So, let's give this a shot.

Just got my shipping crate back from a trade show. My warehouse manager is giving me the stink eye for wanting to store it, so it's outside my shop with a free sign. It's also on Craig's free section.
If anyone needs a storage or shipping crate, I've done the work for you! Yay!

It's about 64" long x 50" wide x 60" tall, on skids for a fork or pallet jack. It's heavy.

Behind our shop at 30402 Esperanza in RSM. First come, first drags it off. I'm burning it on the 27th at the beach if nobody nabs it.

Thanks for looking.

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Tales of the Road / My new hero!
« on: 12/10/18 03:47PM »
Not sure if she's on the board, but I have a new hero. My wife and I walked to a Cars and Coffee in Villa Park yesterday morning. As we got to it, I saw a new-ish Ducati Monster 821 parked with a few other bikes. The rider was walking up to it, and since that's a bike on my mental short list of "What would I replace my current bike with right now if something happened to it", I figured I'd ask the owner what they thought of it.

I only saw the rider from the back as I walked up, but could tell it was a lady. I said "how do you like the Monster?", and she turned around. She said she had just got it, and had only put a few hundred miles on it so far, but liked it.

She then said that she bought the new 821 as a gift to herself for her 70th birthday. She had a 1200, but it was starting to become a handful for her, so she had recently traded for the 821. She then excused herself, as she had to take off to meet up with her riding buddies.

My new hero!

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I had a business conference and my weekend job scheduled in Downtown LA over the weekend, so to make it easy I got a cheap room up there so I wasn't commuting late at night, probably after a few drinks.

Checking in, I asked if I could keep my bike in the motel lobby overhang, so it would be a bit more conspicuous than in a parking spot around the back of the building.

She meant well, I'm sure... The lady behind the counter said "Ooh, you rode here on a motorcycle? Those things are dangerous".

She then spent the next 20 minutes talking about a friend who got killed on a motorcycle, and how, last month, someone who got in a bad motorcycle wreck on the 101 was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, and how his family came from out of town and stayed in their motel for a month while he was in the hospital.

She then gave me my key, the wifi password, and a comment card, saying "If you could please say some really nice things about me, that would be great!"

Oh boy...

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Bikes For Sale / Free Scooter is Gone
« on: 08/15/18 10:14AM »
Update: She gone! thank you!


Yup, it's free. Putting in the free section on Craig's to see what kinds of freaks show up, so I figured I'd post it for you freaks as well.

This is a Kymco 150, circa 2009 or so. It was a pit bike at my old job that sort of followed me to my current job.
It ran, then was parked for a few months. It clicked when you hit the start button, and had a hard time starting on the kick starter. I cleaned the carb, replaced both the starter solenoid and the starter, gave the battery a good charge, and it still just clicks. Stumbles on the kick starter.

I'm tired of dealing with it. It's rough looking from being pushed around in race trailers, not title, no license. Good for parts, I guess.

It's in Rancho Santa Margarita at my office if anyone is interested.

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Off Topic / The Jacket of Shame
« on: 08/13/18 02:05PM »
Behold the Jacket of Shame. To explain: I've always been a big guy. When my wife became a geriatric nurse in 2011, she started treating people in their 70s and 80s, who didn't take good care of themselves in their earlier years. She and I certainly weren't doing ourselves any favors in that department. But, she said "if we want any sort of independence and mobility 30 years from now, we need to turn ourselves around right now, in our 40s".

So we did, and embarked on a very ambitious lifestyle change of good food and exercise. By 2012, we were both in the best shape of our lives, and were getting congratulations all around. All of my riding gear became too baggy to wear, and with great pride I sold it all off and bought all new gear, befitting someone who had just lost about 85 pounds. Since lots of new gear is expensive, she made me promise that I'd never go back in the other direction.

In 2015, we both started new jobs, both had upheavals in our lives, and, to put it mildly, I fell off the wagon. More accurately, fell off, caught my pant leg, and got dragged by the wagon. And, three years later, my snazzy small jackets are pretty hard to zip up. I can hold it in for a 30 minute commute, but thinking about my road trip coming up next week, that will be uncomfortable.

Telling my wife that I needed a bigger jacket basically pulled off the Band-Aid for both of us. We're climbing back on the wagon, and while she grudgingly agreed that a new jacket would be more comfortable on long rides, there were rules. This would be jacket of shame. So it could not be nice, new and expensive. Agreed...

Ok. The jacket you see here was purchased off of Craig's list yesterday for $40. It's a remarkably clean Olympia, and looks like it was never worn.

My goal, six months from now, is to pass on this jacket to someone on the board for free, once it's too large for me. Someone please remind me in six months...

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Hi all,

I'm on the email list for Moto Quest, and get their "come ride with us in Nepal, Japan, Patagonia, etc" emails, showing beautiful motorcycle adventures. Might as well be a trip to the moon on my budget. But, every now and then they have "transport specials", where they invite people to ride their bikes between locations to get them where they need to be. I always sign up for the LA-San Francisco run, but have never been quick enough to get one.

Yesterday, I actually did, and will be riding a 1200GS from their shop on Treasure Island in San Francisco to their shop in Long Beach. I have two days.

I've always wanted to ride the coast, and heard that Hwy 1 finally reopened near Big Sur. The last time I drove from LA to San Francisco was about ten years ago.

If anyone has ridden this route more recently, and have any words of wisdom, I'm all ears. Thanks!

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Hi all,

Quite a while back, I picked up a brochure at a show from a group collecting used motorcycle helmet donations. I think they were going to send them somewhere overseas, to help promote helmet awareness or something like that.

I'm clearing out my garage and have a bunch of old helmets, and now I can't find the information, and can't find anything on the web under "helmet donations". Maybe they aren't around anymore, but if anyone knows something about them, please chime in. Thanks

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General Motorcycle Discussion / I feel for the guy....
« on: 06/26/18 08:48AM »
So, yesterday, a coworker and I were the last two people in the office. He left first, and came back, telling my very sheepishly that he backed his car into my bike... which was the only other thing in our parking lot. Ugh. We went out to survey the damage. My Bonneville was under its cover, which is grey. He said that he didn't see it against our grey building. Thankfully it didn't tip over, but the rear fender is crunched. He offered to pay whatever it costs to fix it, along with whatever alcoholic beverage I choose. I told him just paying for parts would be fine, and I'd get a total for him.

Now, my black cover is faded to grey and due to be replaced, so I'm getting a new one in Hi Viz, and last night I totaled up a new fender and bracket at about $300. I gave my coworker my part list and bill when he got in this morning, and he was noticeably upset. Seems he had just gotten a ticket on the way in this morning, and then I dinged him for repairs to my bike.

Just isn't his day...

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Hi all,

Just a heads-up, the Petersen Museum in L.A. is debuting a new motorcycle exhibit this Friday:

https://www.petersen.org/events/custom-revolution?utm_source=Master+Opt-in&utm_campaign=d818dc59bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b7d474b575-d818dc59bc-36795601&mc_cid=d818dc59bc&mc_eid=bdec193832

I'm a weekend tour guide at the museum, and have been seeing these bikes roll into our garage to be prepped for display. Very artsy bikes, worth taking a look. Plus, the Petersen has free, bike-friendly parking - just go around the parking barrier, and the motorcycle parking area is on the first floor in the northwest corner.

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Hi Guys, I picked up a flyer at Cyclegear recently for Streetmasters workshops. They have a cornering workshop at Willow Springs for $390. Iím always interested in sharpening the skills. Anyone have any experience with these workshops? www.streetmasters.info

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www.blipshift.com creates automotive t-shirts based on user-submitted artwork, and only offers each design for one day. They do a motorcycle shirt rarely.

If you ride a KLR, this is your shirt! Go check out the website today!

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Because it's cold! My temp hit 31.9 in Santiago Canyon on the way to work this morning. I forgot that the readout starts flashing around 34 as an ice warning. I saw a guy coming the other way, hunched over, I think he had one hand on his engine to keep warm.

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Parts For Sale / Honda Nighthawk 750 parts
« on: 01/29/18 06:34PM »
Hi all,

I have some parts for a Nighthawk 750, 1991-2003.

Used but working:
Tachometer (these are rare since they broke and were expensive to replace new)
Rear shocks

All other parts are new OEM:
Clutch cable
1993 blue right side panel
Driver foot peg rubber pads
Front brake pads
Clymer service manual

Any offers will be considered - just need 'em gone.
 

Also have some rear shocks. Let me know if I have something you need!

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Cool billboard in L.A.
« on: 11/20/17 09:37AM »
Saw this billboard on Saturday on Western Ave. in Koreatown. A little Photoshop work with the promo poster for the last Mission Impossible movie, and you've got one heck of an ad for your food delivery app!

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I finally got back on two wheels this morning for the first time in over a month. I broke my left foot at the shifter contact point. Nursed my BMW home from being stuck at the office a little over a week ago, and had to limit shifts to keep the pain down.

Then, no choice, had to set up and work a trade show all last week in Vegas. My phone clocked me at about eight miles a day on foot, so it had to heal up whether it wanted to or not.

Rode the Bonneville in this morning for the first time back, since it shifts a little easier. This was funny- right before I hurt myself I got new tires for it, but hadnít ridden on them yet. The soft new rubber must have flat spotted sitting for a month, because when I started riding this morning, it was really bumpy for the first few minutes. After that it was great, and Iím just happy to be riding again!

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Well darn it, looks like Iíll be in the cage for a while. Just had an accident at work, and broke my left foot just where a motorcycle shifter hits your foot. Since I canít ride home, my bike will have to be stranded at work. My boss is cool, but our shop space is limited. If I canít keep it here until I can ride, I may be in need of someone who can ride it home for me or help transport it.

Now letís see if I can push the clutch on my car...

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Due to an extensive home renovation that required my garage to store materials and tools, I had to put my car and Bonneville in storage and just had room for my BMW for transportation for the past two and a half months .

Now that the work is done and I can move my car back in, I'm not in a hurry. Turns out the storage container my car is in (on my office property) is now blocked anyway.

I really didn't miss having a car, and I have a truck at work to use for daytime errands pertaining to business.

Probably helped that weather was good, if not very hot lately. I've always wondered what it would be like to depend solely on a bike. Guess I could manage.

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