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  1. Okay...mid-February then. I set off to Rosario Beach again. Just a spur of the moment ride. The tidal pools are apparently well enough known to be on the maps. There's also an underwater park that I didn't explore. Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is just a couple miles away, and there were several F-18s flying in the area. It brought back good feelings of being in the USAF and hearing the sound of freedom. Chris
  2. A rider baked his riding boots on his R1200RS. If that happened with a much smaller engine, I wonder how bad the heat is with a car engine on the bike? Chris
  3. I think the important thing is to have a solution to tire punctures you can trust and know how to use. Some people worry about what tools to bring with them on a trip. In reality though, we have little potential to fix any breakdown on the side of the road. With one exception. If I get a flat tire on the side of the road 50 miles from civilization, I'm dead in the water. But if I have the means to repair it, I can get home. Now...do the rest of you use synthetic glue or dino glue to repair your tires? And does it hurt to use synthetic glue if you are using dino oil? (I just couldn't resist that. ) Chris
  4. I normally like the FortNine videos, but this one didn't seem up to his normal level. There was too much time spent on "filler" because he didn't have enough material on the subject...tire repair. I didn't mind, but I did want more on the tire repairs and testing. I thought the test was flawed. Maybe it applies well for off-road riding with low inflation pressures in the tires, but at 42 psi in my rear tire, it feels like a rock when you kick it. Trying to get a rock to push on the plug in exactly the right place and for long enough to push the plug in, would be hard to get happen in real life. Maybe next to impossible. So was the test realistic? Was it even meaningful? It did make me think about what I was carrying. I usually carry a Slime SPAIR kit (a bottle of Slime with a decent air compressor) and a Stop-N-Go mushroom plug kit. I didn't want to use the Slime on my last tire because I had balance beads in the tire, and they wouldn't mix well. So I dug out the mushroom plug kit. Wow, I couldn't get it to go through the puncture site. It was a tiny tiny hole...but really effective at leaking air. I finally took a drill and made the hole big enough to install the mushroom plug. When's the last time you carried a drill on your rides? I can't think of when I've done that. I've used the bacon strips before. But for that, I would need a hole about the size of what I need for the mushroom plug kit that I already have. The DynaPlug plugs look like they'd work perfect for the size of puncture I had. Plus, as mentioned earlier here, you can insert multiple plugs into one hole. It looks like a good solution. BTW, when you're looking at getting an air pump, look to see how you will plug it in. My Slime air pump had a cigarette plug connector. That'd work well on my car...but not my bike. I carried that thing around for a couple years thinking I had a workable air pump...when in fact, I had no way to use it. Chris
  5. Actually, Slime works like that too. I had a tire that got a puncture a few weeks after it was installed. My wife wouldn't have been happy with me trying to "save money" by riding a motorcycle to work, if it was going to cost us a new tire every month or so. So I decided to try Slime. It saved at least 4 punctures in that rear tire before I changed it out. When it was removed, I asked to watch. I'd read all kinds of stories of corrosion, messes, etc. When the mechanic took the tire off, he made a really LOUD exclamation, "LOOK AT ALL THAT MESS!". It would've been better if there'd been some mess. There was a small amount that fell onto the hub and dried, but that came off easily...it's water soluble. The rest was inside the tread area of the tire like you see in the video above, except it was black, not orange. I would've put Slime in the tire in a heartbeat, but I had balance beads in there. The to products don't work well together, as you can imagine. Ride-On is a great product and I have a bottle of it myself. But Slime is pretty good too, and can be found easier. Chris
  6. I had a leak on my last tire like this. Slow, but definite. I finally took the wheel off, aired it to about 50+psi, and put it in the bathtub. I'd have used a swimming pool, but didn't have one. I finally found the leak. It wasn't the cuts I could see. It was the tiniest tiniest cut. I couldn't see the cut without the air coming from it. The difference though, was that it went all the way through. Chris
  7. There are times when it is just better to bite the bullet and pay the money needed. If I never went on long distance trips, I'd try to go cheap, but I do. When I look at the compromises and risks associated with using a smartphone, the additional cost of a Garmin Zumo XT is not much. I lost my Zumo 595LM last year when I didn't have it snapped into the mount on the handlebars properly. I've taken that GPS over 63,000 miles and never had a problem...till I did. One time of not mounting it securely, and that's all it took. I saw it later in the dash cam footage from my Halocam M1. The first bounce...and this was only at 35 mph...sent the GPS up in the air at least four feet. I never saw it again. Imagine if that had been my Note 9. I've used both Zumo GPS's in temps exceeding 100F for hours, and both have been dependable. FWIW, I think Garmin looked at the market they were losing to smartphones and the Zumo XT is their answer to that. It's more rugged than any smartphone, with an incredibly bright screen and just does what you want it to do. If you travel a lot, it is worth the money. Chris
  8. I wonder if the reason the TPMS was dropped, is that there are other cheaper alternatives to providing TPMS, or the motorcycles themselves have a TPMS system built-in. Chris
  9. Having had both the 595LM (which came off the mount and bounced a few times on the pavement), and the Zumo XT, I wouldn't buy the 595LM. It isn't just screen resolution that improved, but the brightness as well. Battery life is far better on the Zumo XT, which you'll say doesn't matter if I have it plugged in on the bike. But I've often sat down at breakfast with a cup of coffee and programmed in my day's ride. It helps to have a bit of battery life. The 595LM was great when it first came out...but the Zumo XT is better. Chris
  10. When I bought my first smartphone several years ago, I had visions of it doing double-duty. It could be my GPS and also all the smart phone things. But then reality hit in. On the first trip that I took it, it rained. Hard. For hours and hours. Since this was a new Note 4, it was about $700...and I wasn't going to take a chance with it. Plus, I was using one of those X-Grip RAM mounts. Nice, but to tether it was really time-consuming. It would probably take five minutes to put the tether around the phone and get it positioned so the X-Grip feet weren't pressing any buttons. And this would need to happen each time I stopped for a picture or a toilet break at a gas station. I wanted a reliable GPS for my post-retirement ride, and eventually coughed up the $550 for the Garmin 595LM. To me, the potential for spending valuable time on the side of the road trying to figure out where I was and where I was going made the investment worthwhile. I kept the 595LM for years till last summer when it fell off the bike. I didn't fasten it well in the mount. I ended up replacing it with a Zumo XT, and not regretting it a bit. And I added a tether to the GPS. Just an old camera strap, but it'll keep it with the bike in case it doesn't lock in the mount. One of the places where I think any smartphone will fail at, is in extreme heat. You're in the sun and the screen brightness is up on high. The phone is in the direct sunlight soaking up all the heat from the sun. The GPS is doing its thing. And the processor is running at max to keep up. I've read posts where even the Kyocera Duraforce will shut down, if it is hot enough. You'll immediately think to yourself, but I don't live where it gets really hot. Neither do I. I live north of Seattle. 75F is perfect. When it hits 80F, I'm looking for shade. But each year, I end up riding out of state to some fabulous roads in triple digit temperatures. Last summer, I was headed to John Day, OR for a get together with about 30 Kawasaki riders. We're going through Eastern Oregon and the temps started climbing. We hit @112F for a couple hours. It would suck being out in the middle of nowhere in temps that'll give you heat stroke if you stop to cool down your phone so you know where you're going...especially if the gas level is in the lower portion of the gauge. Chris
  11. That's why you have to decide what you want the camera for. The INNOVV K2 and Halocam M1 (and others) are designed to be "dash cameras", not action cameras. Riders might decide the quality is good enough for using as an "action" camera, and that's okay. Eventually, the quality will improve on the dash cameras to fill the need for a dash camera. I've used mine a few times for posting a video of some twisty roads. The perspective of the camera being under the headlight, is nicer for capturing scenes like that, than a helmet mounted camera. Chris
  12. There's nothing wrong with the INNOVV cameras, but you might want to save some $$$ and look on Amazon for some alternatives. Compare the specs and customer reviews. You might save yourself a over a hundred dollars. I bought the Halocam M1 a few years ago. It's awesome. It still sells for less than $180. It's been a couple years since I bought mine, so I'm sure there are newer alternatives out there that are even better. INNOVV is probably the best known dash camera system, but it is made in China...like all the others. Great quality, but from what I have seen from my Halocam, the quality is the same. Chris
  13. A belt drive is quiet also. Mine lasted me 53K. Chris
  14. If you could activate the airbag by walking away...I would've done so several times already.
  15. It must be one of the newer models that I'm not familiar with. I have the Hit-Air MLV-P model. It connects with a lanyard to the bike. And since you're probably wondering, it takes more force than I have when forgetting to unclip it and I try to walk away. It'll jerk you up short. Chris