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    Why should "synthetic" be mentioned at all?...

    Why should "synthetic" be mentioned at all? "Synthetic" is not a performance property. There are no industry standard performance criteria that a motor oil must meet to be sold as synthetic.

    That...
  2. Thread: Tires - 2020

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    I don’t know the source of your Owner Ratings but...

    I don’t know the source of your Owner Ratings but I really like T31 and dislike Road 5. The Road 5 simply rides poorly the last half of its life, about some life as T31, which is about 75% of the...
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    A roundabout was installed on my commute route...

    A roundabout was installed on my commute route about 25 years ago and locals still have trouble. Is a 2-lane design providing immediate safe lane for those making the first right exit. The outer lane...
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    Congratulations! If the oil light flickers at...

    Congratulations!

    If the oil light flickers at idle replace the left side engine cover gasket. New design different from original used in 2007. Internal oil passage leaks with original gasket. I...
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    Those terms describe methods of manufacture, not...

    Those terms describe methods of manufacture, not of results required to be attained by such manufacture.
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    Inflator, not compressor. Agree CO2 is lame....

    Inflator, not compressor.

    Agree CO2 is lame. Takes a lot of cylinders to get a partial inflation. When I have needed air away from home about half the time I have to stop a time or two on the way...
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    I let my MCN subscription expire a year or two...

    I let my MCN subscription expire a year or two ago when as Chris says, no more content than contained in manufacturer’s press releases. The content was lame with a new editor. The help column was...
  8. Federal EV tax credits for purchase of a Tesla...

    Federal EV tax credits for purchase of a Tesla expired last year. That’s a good thing because contrary to stated intention such subsidies only inflate the total cost. Automakers do exactly the same...
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    BMW does not make motor oil, but it is also a...

    BMW does not make motor oil, but it is also a mistake to assume if you can determine who is the OEM that an oil with the OEM’s brand is unlikely to be the same.

    Realize you have to know what OEM...
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    Yes. But in the case of a road race tire it is...

    Yes. But in the case of a road race tire it is kept sliding all the time. A scalloped street tire will be relatively smooth but for tread blocks worn unevenly across the block. A race tire will...
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    New belt is shipped folded. Just like a chain.

    New belt is shipped folded. Just like a chain.
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    Not terribly many years ago BMW earned a bad...

    Not terribly many years ago BMW earned a bad reputation with drive shaft failures during Iron Butt Rallies. Something about lubrication of drive shaft splines.

    In the 1970's there was a fear of...
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    W6REC explains away everything to what is known...

    W6REC explains away everything to what is known as "squirm", the movement of one tire tread block relative to another.

    And he wrongly propagates the incorrect term, "cupping".

    Scalloping...
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    Two sets of RS3 scalloped pretty significantly...

    Two sets of RS3 scalloped pretty significantly for me. A friend's Road 5 scalloped even worse.

    Then again, everything I use scallops.
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    Road 5 wears about 1/3rd faster than PR4 and...

    Road 5 wears about 1/3rd faster than PR4 and significant scalloping.

    All motorcycle tires scallop, the Road 5 more than most.
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    If your "chain snaps" then you have bigger...

    If your "chain snaps" then you have bigger problems than suggested above. Chains have sufficient mass and energy to break engine cases. Broken chains often do. A countershaft chain shield is a very...
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    The Road 5 is aptly named because it is not a...

    The Road 5 is aptly named because it is not a worthy successor to the Pilot Road 4.
  18. Thread: Natchez trace

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    https://www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-a...

    https://www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-alabama/florence-tennessee-river/456-wichahpi-stone-wall.html
  19. A friend bought a 2014 CBR1100 with aftermarket...

    A friend bought a 2014 CBR1100 with aftermarket exhaust (from cylinder head to exhaust tip), and the original parts were also included.

    After riding several months he was suspicious the bike was...
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    There is no such thing as a PR5. Michelin dropped...

    There is no such thing as a PR5. Michelin dropped "Pilot" from the name of the Road 5.
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    The lower the maximum pressure printed on the...

    The lower the maximum pressure printed on the sidewall the better. It means the tire meets its max load rating at that lower pressure. If vehicle manufacturer recommends 36 PSI in the front and your...
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    Stove Microwave Office analog WWVB clock has...

    Stove
    Microwave
    Office analog WWVB clock has wrong DST dates and doesn't read WWVB correctly so timezone has to be toggled.
    FJR1300
    F800S
    F-150

    My note on back of the WWVB clock says the...
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    Every other report of the 2020 FJR1300 says it is...

    Every other report of the 2020 FJR1300 says it is the end of line, that Euro 5 is killing it.

    Only new models have to be compliant for 2020, existing models do not have to be revised until 2021.
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    The article and “report” is a classic example of...

    The article and “report” is a classic example of propaganda. Lots of wordsmithing, no understanding. Just because one can craft equations in language that “prove” something ignores the need for the...
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    I agree we are in a mature market stage dominated...

    I agree we are in a mature market stage dominated by marketing. Think the next revolution will be in serviceability. Wheels are too difficult to remove. Air filters too difficult to change. Valves...
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