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Off Topic / Re: It's alive
« on: 07/11/19 08:29AM »
If you guys need someone to host the site or something let me know. It doesn't cost me a dime to spool up another instance.

Bikes For Sale / Re: Ninja 500 Kawqasaki 2005 $600
« on: 05/10/19 02:36PM »

It's a Walmart brand so.. what do you expect.

They're some cheap model they use for OEMs. Honestly. Mine had tons of life left but I took em off because they weren't confidence inspiring. A trip over GMR is what made me make the call, the tar snakes were too much for them.

With the mileage you do you'll burn through them quickly anyways.

Hay Israel.  :30:
Scrubbed in some new Dunlops.

Is that the stock rubber? When you can swap it out it'll transform the bike. Running RoadSmart 3s on mine now :D

I like how they totally stole James White's artwork without permission for their event.

You'd think a dealership would do a little better than blatant art theft.

pretender had one.

Not bad bikes. If you're an I4 guy wanting a more standard riding position, they seem pretty awesome.


 I can post here but not on classified section? :(


Sending good vibes Todd! Hope you mend quick. Sucks it was on the job too, not even having fun!

I was at the Peterson in early December. Awesome place! Lots of cool stuff to check out.

Bike Nights / Re: Del Amo Redondo - Kawi Demo days
« on: 01/27/19 12:33PM »
When Aprilia let us onto the freeway at 110 mph on their demo pretty ruined all other demos for me.

Aprilia Manager: What did you think you were doing yesterday?

Aprilia Demo Rider: Selling motorcycles.


Yamaha had a run of bad electrics during that era.  Lots of bad stators on many models.

All Japanese bikes in general had bad electrics in that era I'd say, mainly due to the Shindengen shunt style regulators used and inadequate oiling of stators. Followed Honda right into the 2000s. Kawasaki too.

Does anyone know why this law was passed in the first place?  That has me puzzled...

Ride on,


Two very simple reasons.

1) Existing fine/fix-it ticket was clearly an ineffective deterrent. Loud pipes in car culture has been getting increasingly worse the last few years as far as d-bags with open pipes in their 2018 Camaros/Mustangs/etc. Yes "ricers" always had their fart cans and muscle guys had loud exhausts but these new Corsa pipes are ridiculous.

2) Income.

"(c) Test procedures for compliance with this article shall be established by the Department of the California Highway Patrol, taking into consideration the test procedures of the Society of Automotive Engineers."

Pretty sure CCR1036 will apply as it is SAE standard. That seems to be the CHPs most current testing procedure.

Rain has been here, so no riding for me (sorry I'm not that hardcore.) Been playing with the closest thing to a motorcycle..

I did buy a cheap Miata off Craigslist and spend the last 2 days giving her some love.

Oil change, coolant change, air filter.

Gave her a wash, clay bar, compound, polish, and wax. (Before/After)

Tomorrow the brakes come in, as do the new spark plugs and wires.

Boy, was that old paint looking rough. Still nothing amazing, but it's passable until I can do a respray.

Item 3 in the above post states “ excludes motorcycles”, but then states “noise limits for motorcycles of various year ranges”, confused...

The $1000 insta-fine, as I understand, does not apply to motorcycles. I was just noting the existing db limits that net you a fix-it ticket currently (unchanged)

Oh no, the misinformation campaign spread to you too?

Let me clarify the law for the 1000th time, because if you listen to Facebook if you look at your exhaust wrong they fine you.

1) The actual laws have not changed as to what defines 'modified to be excessively loud.'

2) If your (car's) exhaust is under 95dbA, has a muffler, and no cut-out device installed.. you're good. Even if they try to ticket you it's beating it in court like a speeding ticket. They don't carry calibrated db meters with them.

3) Doesn't apply to motorcycles. We have our own db limits defined and this law change specifically has text that excludes motorcycles. Here are the CA db limits for exhausts. Oh and any bike 2014+ must have a carb approval on their exhaust no matter the dbA rating.

A noise limit of 88 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1969 and before 1973; 86 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1972 and before 1975; 83 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1974 and before 1986; 80 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1985.

4) How is the testing applied? db meter 19 1/2 inches from your exhaust pipe tip (same level) held at a 45 degree angle. Engine rpms held steady @ 75%.

Edit: I think $1000 is a bit steep, but it has all those strait pipe idiots thinking twice from what I can tell on Facebook, so maybe not so bad. The biggest issue I have is with people trying to spread petitions that don't get the basics of the new law factually correct, and essentially try to scare people into signing them. If they presented them without the false information it would go a long way to increase credibility.

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