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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Craigslist FUN!
« on: 09/20/11 02:14PM »
Hahaha, love craigslist

3882
Don't!

Go play halo!

Or got another chick? Think of it this way: Do you want to be the guy that dwells over a girl? Or the one that didn't care, called someone else, and forgot all about the first chick?

3883
I'm a moto-only commuter using a jacket/boots/gloves/helmet...leaving my legs completely unprotected.

What do you guys do for leg protection? Wear leather pants, get to work early, and change in the bathroom?

Also, my problem is storing all this at work. In my industry, bags of no kind are allowed.

so I've been locking my helmet to the bike, putting my gloves in there, hanging my jacket on a coat rack, and just wearing my boots all day (they're black on the bottom, so most people don't notice they're motorcycle boots)

where do you guys stow your leather pants and/or boots?

3884
found a place that will change the rear tire for $30, thanks guys!

and I'm not too sure about changing at home...I don't have a garage (I'm renting a room), I park on the street, I don't have a tire changer, breaking the bead is tough without any sort of serious leverage, and setting the bead just doesn't seems possible without an air compressor...plus I don't have a way to balance it either.

$30 seems worth it :hellyeah:

3885
new guys from MA here, moto-only commuter without a car looking to get a rear tire changed

I was going to buy a tire online, borrow a stand, pull the wheel off, rent a car, and drive all said items to a dealership to drop it off and have the tire changed, but I figure it'll be easier for me to ride up to a service station with the tire, and just pay them to do it on the spot while I wait.

where's the cheapest place to get it done; preferably with a place to sit while I wait?

I'm in Cypress

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thanks for the responses guys, but it just doesn't seem like it'll save me any time or money to pull the wheel off to have the tire mounted...I'd have to rent or borrow a car to get the wheel to the dealership anyhow, so I'm just going to ride it there and wait

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Hi all, I'm new to CA and motorcycle-only commuter. My rear tire caught a nail, but didn't go flat when I pulled it out. For safekeeping I'm going to have the rear tire changed, but need to pull the wheel off.

Anyone not using their rear stand for a couple weeks until I get a new rear tire and get it changed?

I'm near the 22 and 605

3888
sorry to bump an old thread, but I'm new to CA and am itching to check out some of the good canyon roads around here (I'm originally from MA)

I rode route 39N, since it was a few minutes from my friend's house, and I know fast riding should be left on the track, but if I'm new, it's really advisable to ride my first time on ACH at the speed limit or below?

and how long of a ride is it? I'm coming from the northern part of OC

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seriously? Irvine is the safest town in the country

any chance of there being cameras anywhere?

I know in front of the Target (closer to the other stores) in market place, there's a camera overlooking the parking lot

3890
and here they are compared to a new plug:











I think the gap is okay; the new plug has a short electrode too.

What's ring free?

and chicken: how can you tell the burn is even all the way through the rpm range? also, I never put in a jet ket; so it should be stock AFAIK

I'll check again

3891
What are you trying to achieve?

I had a 1998 rm125 that I kept chasing problems with when a transmission bearing failed and f'd up the crankcase. When it finally worked right , I spent over 4 times what I bought it for, because even if u buy a used engine, there's a ton more of accessory parts and servicing you need to do. And in the long run you spend more than what another bike would cost.

So of you're thinking long term costs, let her go =(

If you buy a used bike for a grand or less, once the motor goes, I vote that you should get another bike and part the major parts (then donate the rest)

3892
it's light gray; can this cause impaired performance?







history: 1995 FZR600, purchased in 2006 & never changed plugs, stock jetting, yosh slip-on; I've ridden this bike from 30 degrees up to 100 degrees, never changed the jetting, and it has always run exactly the same.

I swapped the outer 2; still got the inner 2 to go...

3893
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Look what I found!
« on: 08/12/11 01:02AM »
wow...so it has to be successful, or else why would they run the scam?

it sort of reminds me of the show "hustle", where likable, professional con artists steal money from people who are greedy enough to think they can make more money

this scam must work on people who are so greedy for a good deal, that they're willing to take a risk of sending payment without seeing the bike

so yeah, this is def. a scam...the email response from the "seller" is good evidence of that...he or she is just luring the buyer in

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Look what I found!
« on: 08/10/11 10:32PM »
yeah, I'm also a little curious...what's to gain from setting up a scam ad?

are they hoping someone will show up with the cash, see now bike, and pay them anyways?

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/05/11 09:07AM »
For $4,000 I'd recommend a car that has the following features:

1.) As little mileage/use as possible.  
2.) As low of an age as possible.
3.) Not desirable with POOR resale value.
4.) Underrated reliability (i.e., reliable, but not internationally KNOWN for it).

Honda and Toyota are extremely bad choices in my opinion.  I'm not saying they don't make good cars.  The problem is that everyone KNOWS they make good cars and thus their resale values are sky-high, especially here in southern California.  Generally I'd avoid them like the plague.  All of my friends/family who've sold used Hondas laughed all the way to the bank.   A friend of mine sold a Civic for so much I still can't imagine who in their right mind would have bought it.  This type of resale value ONLY helps the first buyer.  The second buyer gets screwed.

I'd look at things that didn't sell as well, e.g. Chevy Cobalt/Malibu, Ford Focus/Fusion, Nissan Sentra/Altima, Hyundai Elantra.  I don't want to recommend any of those particular vehicles, as I don't know squat about their reliability (other than that SOME of those I just listed are reliable).  Look them up and research them.  I'm just recommending the "doesn't have high resale value" genre of used car.

A Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla may have higher reliability scores than a Ford Focus, but a 30k mile Focus is a hell of a lot more reliable than a 120k Civic/Corolla.

Do not worry about the resale value of the car to the next owner.  If you get a reasonably low mileage car at $4,000, you're not going to lose your shirt in two years on it.

One last thing: DO NOT BUY A FORMER RENTAL CAR.  Verify this before purchase with a 3rd part agency, e.g., carfax.

And yes, some of the new car lease deals can be pretty good (again on less desirable/slow selling models).  With regard to lease insurance requirements: bear in mind that running around with low-end insurance is a very bad idea.  You're still liable for the damage if you're found at fault, your insurance simply stops paying and they come after YOU.  It's easy to exceed a 30-50k policy.

wow, lots of good advice here, thanks!

and finding that blend of low-mileage, young age, poor resale value is sort of tricky...and you're right, honda's/toyota's are ridiculously expensive...$2,500 can buy you car that's over 20 years old!

so I also thought of the suzuki aerio, and the aforementioned cars you listed...unfortunately have not found any for a fair price yet

does anyone else have any "poor resale value" cars?

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/04/11 11:50AM »
and email sent about the MR2!

holy shit does this forum move fast!

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/04/11 11:48AM »
thanks for the responses, I'll check for some integra's (although, isn't that an expensive car to insure?) and see what's on autotrader

email sent on the civic!

I'd love a late 80's e-series BMW, but as a new grad studying for board exams, I just don't have the time, expertise, money, or a garage to fix up an older car before commuting on it...I need it to go right out of the box

also...what IS the cheapest way to own a car?

I checked online, and the cheapest lease deals are ~$159/month + $2000 @ signing...so leasing for 2 years would cost me $5,816

on the other hand, if I bought a $3,500 car (budgeting $2,000 for maintenance and repair over 2 years) and drove it for 2 years, every month that it's still getting me to work makes it cheaper to own than a lease...and I'm sure the insurance would be cheaper too
What's the primary use of the car? Is it only commuting by yourself? In that case a small bike will be much cheaper to buy, own, and insure. Say like a Ninja 250R.

commuting by myself, yes...but also moving myself around (currently just renting a room), and I already have a bike (1995 FZR600)

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/04/11 11:47AM »
i have a 2002 civic for sale... pm me if your interested and its under 4grand that im asking...  :51:

you must be from OC, LOL

OC by heart / reside LA county ... =P   couldnt have guessed better lol

havent posted on CL yet but i will soon if none of my friends or family are interested... LMK   

I sent you a quickie email for details on the civic

and yeah, I forgot about the mileage...right now I'm aimed at doing 23k miles/year

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/04/11 11:30AM »
thanks for the responses, I'll check for some integra's (although, isn't that an expensive car to insure?) and see what's on autotrader

email sent on the civic!

I'd love a late 80's e-series BMW, but as a new grad studying for board exams, I just don't have the time, expertise, money, or a garage to fix up an older car before commuting on it...I need it to go right out of the box

also...what IS the cheapest way to own a car?

I checked online, and the cheapest lease deals are ~$159/month + $2000 @ signing...so leasing for 2 years would cost me $5,816

on the other hand, if I bought a $3,500 car (budgeting $2,000 for maintenance and repair over 2 years) and drove it for 2 years, every month that it's still getting me to work makes it cheaper to own than a lease...and I'm sure the insurance would be cheaper too

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Off Topic / Re: most economical car under $4k?
« on: 08/04/11 10:21AM »
it's a bad ass truck, that 22-RE would last forever, and I'd love one as a secondary vehicle/bike hauler, but at 16mpg with $158 31" all-terrain tires that wear out quicker than a hard compound economy piece, that truck is just not cheap to own...

I've tried adding up many ways, and trucks are more of a luxury than a necessity...they're just not cheap compared to an econobox car

I do sort of miss the '97 Tacoma 4x4 I had back in MA....but Toyota paid me a fair price to crush her

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