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  1. I have to say, the 911 system in the US generally...

    I have to say, the 911 system in the US generally works quite well.

    Whenever I've had the misfortune of being the star of the show, or one of the first to arrive and call, the calls go through and...
  2. This is a good compilation that's kept up to...

    This is a good compilation that's kept up to date:
    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours

    The map by county...
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    I love this sort of stuff! SpaceX is years beyond...

    I love this sort of stuff! SpaceX is years beyond what anyone else can do, even governments.

    I know all the attention tends to land on Elon Musk, but SpaceX President/COO Gwynne Shotwell is...
  4. I got nuthin'. I've never figured out how or why...

    I got nuthin'. I've never figured out how or why the acronym for a specific and somewhat rare type of ignition became so widely generalized.

    It's some sort of distant linguistic cousin of "ATM...
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    The guy who agreed to pilot this creation...

    The guy who agreed to pilot this creation (Richard Kosi) has some extremely large tungsten carbide stones.

    I'd love to find a more technical discussion of the aerodynamics, challenges, etc. but...
  6. Agreed -- I'm not all that worried about #1,...

    Agreed -- I'm not all that worried about #1, increased exposure to COVID-19.

    Although all the best roads are in rural areas struggling the most with COVID-19 and doing the least about it, you can...
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    Huh. Well, dang. That sucks. I am glad that he...

    Huh. Well, dang. That sucks.

    I am glad that he was successful in keeping his medical information private, and so this is a surprise.

    Trying to imagine what he would say about his own death, but...
  8. Careful... this is a common line of bovine...

    Careful... this is a common line of bovine excrement touted by assorted COVID-19 deniers. Like all good misinformation, it contains grains of truth. It is not the truth nor the whole story.

    In a...
  9. This is a good start -- a map showing hospital...

    This is a good start -- a map showing hospital strain by county and state:
    https://www.npr.org/944379919

    Unfortunately, far too many counties and hospitals are not reporting. Not sure if they're...
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    Agreed. 100/90-19 up front. I think in 1980...

    Agreed. 100/90-19 up front.

    I think in 1980 the GL used a 17" rear, so you want a 130/90-17 out back.

    Later GL models used a 16" rear, 130/90-16.
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    It's a very simple wafer lock, so poke around...

    It's a very simple wafer lock, so poke around Youtube for videos of picking, raking, or using "jigglers" to open wafer locks.

    I'd say it's well worth trying to get it open without destroying the...
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    Well dang, that's annoying. But I guess I can...

    Well dang, that's annoying. But I guess I can understand why they want to replace that rickety bridge. Too bad - it was sort of scenic, and a nice place to take a break.

    I guess the stretch of...
  13. Yeah, that time slowdown is pretty trippy... ...

    Yeah, that time slowdown is pretty trippy...

    When I hit the deer in 2013, it was pretty much instant, zero time to react. I was going about 45 on a narrow country road with brush right up to the...
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    Thanks for the variety of experiences, Jedz. ...

    Thanks for the variety of experiences, Jedz.

    And yep, keeping shims on hand is the big caveat for 8-valve GS engines. I've built up a pretty good collection over many years, but the things are...
  15. A little more specific: hospital capacity plus...

    A little more specific: hospital capacity plus distance from home is why I'm not attending the Dave Davis rally in Missouri.

    Frankly, the hospital capacity numbers in Missouri are getting pretty...
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    Congrats! We WILL need lots of pics in...

    Congrats!

    We WILL need lots of pics in February.
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    Yeah, seeing this ancient thread is a little...

    Yeah, seeing this ancient thread is a little bittersweet -- my Dad died in 2010, and I inherited his 5HP Montgomery Ward compressor from the '70s. It's still serving me very well. The motor is...
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    For the most part, valves and valve seats are...

    For the most part, valves and valve seats are MILES more durable nowadays than they were in the '70s and '80s.

    Generally, cam lobes and buckets or shims do not wear significantly (unless something...
  19. I'll agree that deer are a danger on par with...

    I'll agree that deer are a danger on par with phone pokers; they're responsible for a broken leg and wrist each in my case.

    After the deer collision in 2013 (7 point buck vs. KLR), I learned that...
  20. Interesting range of responses here. To be...

    Interesting range of responses here.

    To be clear, I'm not really worried about exposure to COVID-19 during a motorcycle ride; I'm vaccinated, healthy, and with only a few very simple precautions,...
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    As noted above, the answer to the question is...

    As noted above, the answer to the question is "never". Shims shrunk and went under the buckets, making valve adjustments an even bigger PITA.

    The DL1000 does use shim under bucket valves....
  22. Can we ride? COVID-19 and Motorcycling Risk Management.

    Preface: Discussions of behaviors that worsened the pandemic, politics, opinions from non-riders or the terminally obsessed, etc. are best reserved for the Vortex.

    We're in the Campfire here, and...
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    There is a human-approved version of Ivermectin...

    There is a human-approved version of Ivermectin -- a MUCH smaller dose, ONLY approved to treat the same thing as in livestock, certain intestinal parasites. Like, I guess if you hang around with...
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    I am out, unfortunately. If anyone wants GPX...

    I am out, unfortunately.

    If anyone wants GPX tracks, email me.
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    Agreed. Not quiiiiite my personal cup o' tea for...

    Agreed. Not quiiiiite my personal cup o' tea for actual off-pavement work (lighter is righter IMHO, and sometimes a KLR is far too big) but this bike ticks all the boxes, and then invents several new...
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