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  1. Mad Mike

    06 Honda Hornet Won’t Start

    I didn't hear any firing in that video. Based on your warm weather starting problems I'd guess gunked up carbs. Too much fuel (flooding) soaks your plugs, not enough starves a cold engine which will need a very rich fuel supply to start. If you're asking about basic diagnostics here, I'd...
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    Should I avoid?

    Pretty hard since Canada switched to polypropylene plastic bills. Paper bills are normally removed from circulation by banks, they exchange them for updated plastic bills when they get them. If someone shows up to buy your bike and they have a fistful of old paper bills, there might be cause...
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    Should I avoid?

    Interac payments are reversible only until deposited to your account. Once deposited they are as good as cash, not even a bank can reverse them.
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    Contemplating a new ride for 2020. Suggestions?

    Most ADVs have more luggage capacity than a bagger. My factory Vstrom bags are 45left+37right+42top = 124l. A Goldwing is 30+30+50 for 110l.
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    Should I avoid?

    Agreed. I bought a 2016 DL650XA that came with with hard luggage, top case, SWMoto racks, and a new in the box Saddlemen adv/tour seat. It was the April of 2018, the bike was in Brockville, the seller wanted $5K. I couldn't arrange a ride so I jumped a Greyhound with $5K in my pocket. Seller...
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    Contemplating a new ride for 2020. Suggestions?

    I don't know what your style vs functionality mix is. I've toured on just about everything you can think of except HDs. Up until last year I was dead set on big STs for touring -- they have the best all-day ergos, you can pack them like a mule, 2 up is fine, leisurely ride 80km backroads and...
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    Should I avoid?

    I always tell the seller what I'm willing to pay subject to the item being as stated. I tell sellers straight -- if the disclose everything I should know then I'll pay $X. If I arrive and the item doesn't appear as described, I walk -- if the seller really needs to sell it I'll let him start...
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    How to remove a yamaha rotor bolt

    Heating thread-locked fasteners is best practice - saves you from stripping and twisting heads off. A lot of MC fasteners are soft so you don't over torque or strip aluminum threads.
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    Should I avoid?

    Most midweight cruisers are great beginner bikes. I bought an Suzuki S40 (for the wife) and an M80 for me a few years back, I rode just about everything in the category before buying and there wasn't much difference between them. No midweight cruiser delivers thrilling performance. The S40...
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    We had the talk.......

    Life of full of risks. Everyone knows of someone who's life was cut short in an an unforeseen tragedy. I only have one life to live, and so far it's been lived doing things I want to do. I can think of a dozen times where it could have ended quickly, thankfully it didn't and each of those...
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    Should I avoid?

    Putting a lot of trust in the Italian job?
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    I like to watch a craftsman at work

    Sand or salt. I've bent a few still column chiller coils by hand, they are copper and not too difficult to work with as they don't need heat. Winding a double around a 1" core takes work -- I always use salt as it's easier to pour and clean from the tube. But they will collapse and kink unless...
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    OMG... RIP Kobe

    The crash was about 2 minutes from where I used to live, I know that area like the back of my hand. I rode/drove the roads near that crash side daily, some of the most awesome driving roads in so Cal. It's hilly and the terrain is rough but it's relatively low elevation (max 800') and it's...
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    OMG... RIP Kobe

    I was truly sickened to hear the news. I bought seasons tickets to the Lakers when Koby and Shaq joined the team and have fond memories heading to the Forum to watch them play. The Lakers et fathers and sons creep up top court-side for early warm ups as long as nobody interfered so when I...
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    Should I avoid?

    You can't loligag when buying on any marketplace -- if you are looking for a deal, have your cash ready and your car warmed up. That 50 minute trip that worried you is part of the hunt -- no MC deal is riding up to your door in the middle of winter. Do you homework beforehand so you know...

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