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About paulmbowers

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  1. paulmbowers

    KTM Ground wire issue

    During my recent bike refresh, I was able to relocate the grounding point by drilling and tapping a hole on the front side of the subframe crossbar. That accommodates the stock (modified- soldered and heat shrink) grounding strap and another ground for both a charging pigtail and accessory circuit. I reused the original location by approaching from the underside with a secondary ground wire that runs to the starter mounting bolt. That leaves the crossbar completely clear for the seat to rest on.
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    07 KTM 450 EXC (SOLD)

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    SB1024 advances to Assembly

    I understand it won't be difficult to acquire a competition card (whatever that is) but I expect soon there will be a requirement to be operating the machine in a competition- THAT'S where this is going. They're going to say "OK you can have your "competition only vehicles". We won't stop you. As long as you're operating in a competition. Might be a few years. But watch- they're changing the language.
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    SB1024 advances to Assembly

    Ain't no skin off my ass, I am 87% street legal. But I recognize euphemisms when I read them. When they say "it would simply be replaced by [this new program]" I call BS and look into the finer print. If one follows this link that is contained in the previous article, you'll find at the bottom the basis for the [new program]. First, that area has been hosting off-road riders since Ms Schaeffer was a twinkle in the eye of her daddy. That Ms Schaeffer chose (a willful act) to live next door to a public land off-road area is Ms Schaeffer's problem, not the State of California's. Further, whenever anyone claims to speak on behalf of their own private army ("so many others are for it too") the hair on the back of my neck raises. How many others, Ms Schaeffer? 2? (because the plural) 200, 2000? Can you name them? Can you demonstrate with a petition of property owners? And if there are "so many others" what are they not signing such petitions? Claiming to have a private army does not give you special magical powers, not can you assert your private army counts as more than one vote. And, Ms Schaeffer, who do you mean by these "kids"? If the individuals are over 18, does that mean they're not as offensive? So, Ms Schaefer's (and her private army the SoManyOthers) objections appear to be that of a particular age group. And who decided that the hike, picnics or what-have-yous cannot happen on other public lands? There are plenty of lands set aside for the what-have-you goings-on. Instead Ms Schaefer has problems with minors interfering with her what-have-you, which sounds a little distasteful.
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    SB1024 advances to Assembly

    Well...ehhh. It's nice that some off-road folks support this, but the subtext is (at least to me) very clear. Here's a sentence: I can't seem to find anything about what a "competition card" is. The DMV has a competition card provision that covers those bikes on loan from a manufacturer for racing purposes. But other than that, I can't find a definition of one, nor the existence of any program by that name. My suspicion is they are trying to offer a competition use for those bikes, and that's fine. But in turn, I think they're trying to ELIMINATE NON-COMPETITION USE. And that's not a good sign. In other words, I predict a situation where authorities will stop "Competition Sticker" bikes and ask the simple question: "Where's the competition card?" And then; "OK, where is the race?" For the record, I'm a fan of spark arrestors, mufflers and silencers to limit noise. Less sound, more ground.
  6. paulmbowers

    Dainese Body Armor "Safety Jacket"

    I don't. I know I'm a handsome, strapping older gentleman and the grey one is a little small on me. So it could be a good fit for you. I'm happy to leave it out for contactless delivery, (I'm in Mission Hills) and if it fits, you can send me PayPal or whatever.
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    Dainese Body Armor "Safety Jacket"

    See? That's GOOD!
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    Dainese Body Armor "Safety Jacket"

    See? All terribly positive experiences!
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    Dainese Body Armor "Safety Jacket"

    This. This why I try not to post here anymore 🤡
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    Dainese Body Armor "Safety Jacket"

    Well, let's not say "stupid" 😎 How about "represents a great value and a tremendous opportunity to raise one's level of protection for a very low price" 😁
  11. I have two Dainese "Safety Jacket"s for sale. These are pretty serious armor, and have my highest recommendation. The black one is a xxxxl- fits me at 6'1, 245 lbs. Very protective, one small tear in the webbing that does not affect the fit. Very strong back protector. The grey one is older, I don't know the size, but also excellent protection. It was little small on me. $60 for the black one $40 for the gray one Paid members of SDAR are welcome to make a reasonable offer.
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    New Patriotic SDAR Logo

  13. I'm out of town that weekend- sorry.