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I am disappointed in myself for choosing to leave scooters at home while in the mountains of North Carolina for a week.

This is our third stay up here since our son and daughter-in-law moved to Asheville in September.

The weather has been perfect so riding would have been great.

We have made up for it by getting together for hikes and dinners, but the mornings could have provided some entertaining riding.

Next time a scooter will be included.

Bill
We brought Cooper. She loves to hike the trails in the area.
We brought Cooper. She loves to hike the trails in the area.
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I am disappointed in myself for choosing to leave scooters at home while in the mountains of North Carolina for a week.

This is our third stay up here since our son and daughter-in-law moved to Asheville in September.

The weather has been perfect so riding would have been great.

We have made up for it by getting together for hikes and dinners, but the mornings could have provided some entertaining riding.

Next time a scooter will be included.

Bill
Can you stash one of your extra scoots up there so you don't have to haul one back on forth?
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Can you stash one of your extra scoots up there so you don't have to haul one back on forth?
That is the plan for the future.

Sam's house is about to get work done to make the basement usable and accessible.

Once done, I will leave one of the Vespas up here.

Bill
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Had some basal cell taken off of my neck and shoulder Thursday. Instead of the previous freezing approach, they decided to slice and dice, supposedly raising certainty of outcome.

So I've had this wad of dressing on the back of my neck the size of a bratwurst for nearly the full 48 hours now and it's making me a bit crazy..every time I move the tape pulls enough to remind me.

I told my wife last night it feels like Zontar has me in his grip...

For non SCTV fans...play to the end.
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The good news is the client I brought with me from my previous employer is ordering some good sized jobs lately ($2k-$5k each).

The bad news is that large parts of these orders are large format posters mounted to foam core. I don't have the required tools to produce them in my small shop. I can print them, but I can't mount them. We have two guys at our main shop who do have the tools & skills to produce them, but they are also our designers. If they are mounting a poster, they aren't designing. And with this being Graduation season, all of their time is booked with setting up diplomas & other Graduation materials. So I have to go down to the main shop to do the mounting. I don't mind doing it, but when I'm down there, I can't be doing other things in my shop. If I had the necessary equipment to do the mounting in my shop, I could sent a job to print, then work on mounting, and bounce between the two jobs.

Mounting is not a good use of the designers' time. They make more money for us doing design work than they do mounting. It's not really a good use of my time, either, mainly because of the lack of ability to multitask while mounting.

Convincing my boss to give me the necessary equipment is going to be difficult, too. He'd love for me to have it, or to even have a printer that would print directly to the 18x24 foam core boards, but convincing his boss to approve that expenditure is going to be almost impossible.
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So I'm asked to pick out the motorcycles, I click the 3 and it still thinks that I am not a human.
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Preparing to do a first oil change in my et4 150 and realizing I have to take an exhaust system off the scooter to reach the oil drain plug and filter.

Did the Italians do this on purpose so people would just take it to the Vespa dealer to get oil changes and not mess with removing and putting back on an exhaust.

I'm assuming they could have easily built the drain plug right under the dip stick.

Rant over.
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Preparing to do a first oil change in my et4 150 and realizing I have to take an exhaust system off the scooter to reach the oil drain plug and filter.
Is it possible to get in there with a low profile socket? I know it's tight on my LX, but I can avoid removing the exhaust with a shorty socket.
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I think it could be done maybe with it on. Oil filter may be an issue tho. But I took off exhaust anyway to repaint and such so all good. Just was surprised lol
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Now after mastering the game, playing humans is beyond irritating, also I now love top 40, after being a modern music aficionado all my life. Think my DNA was altered. I blame virus.
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Preparing to do a first oil change in my et4 150 and realizing I have to take an exhaust system off the scooter to reach the oil drain plug and filter.

Did the Italians do this on purpose so people would just take it to the Vespa dealer to get oil changes and not mess with removing and putting back on an exhaust.

I'm assuming they could have easily built the drain plug right under the dip stick.

Rant over.
Ze Germans alzo did zis for ze oel filter on the BMW R50/60/75/80/90/100 type 247 engines...
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The intermittent (but increasingly frequent) starting issue caused by my Bonnie's immobilizer not disengaging stranded me today at every place I stopped. First time for an hour and a half in 90F/32C shade-less heat, then for 10 minutes at the gas station...5 minutes down the road from the near-heatstroke stranding. Last incident was for 10 minutes, I don't remember why I needed to stop...probably involved avoiding sun- or heat-related issues. Just for fun, I tested it again once I got home...it's a good thing I was home.

I made a service appointment a couple weeks ago for brakes and coolant and mentioned it to them then. Appointment is in 3 weeks. The manager was certain it was clutch related. I'm now convinced it involves the immobilizer wiring in the ignition. Wiggling those wires was the only thing that worked today. This bloody better be a warranty issue and not out of pocket.
... And now I'm hesitant to ride until it's resolved, but I can't afford to use the car.
Dammit.
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Last year I bought some new split rims, tubes and Continental Zippys to ride in the summer. When I put them on, the valve stem on the front was banging on the brake caliper. I contacted the seller, they were out of any other brands of tubes, so I put an old pair of Heidenau K58s that I had for another bike on with the old tubes and rode through the winter.

The seller sent me some more tubes and I replaced the tube in the front and bolted it up. I heard no contact with the caliper. So I moved on to the rear, figuring I would just have to swap the tire as there was no caliper to get in the way.

The previous owner removed the center stand and replaced it with a side stand.Sure it looks cool, but stupid, stupid, stupid. There are very few ways to get the rear off the ground to work on the rear of the bike. I've always used ratchet straps on the rack, but right now I am sans rack (another story).

I managed to bolt ratchets to the rack bracket and get it up in the air to swap the back wheel, but getting it back down I dropped it over on the right side, breaking my front brake lever.

Then, when I topped off the air in the from tire and left for a test ride I heard "snap-snap-snap!" The additional air pushed the valve stem out far enough that it's hitting the caliper. Not as bad, but it's there.

I'm thinking about taking an angle grinder and just making a flat on the caliper where it's hitting.

I really want to feel these new tires.
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Well, it wasa good weekend...passed my spare BV on to a friend without the hassle of trying to sell, life was good, until I hit a stump with my lawn mower, killed the engine...forever it seems. Trying to see if I could straighten the blade (gotta try, right?), reefing on it on the vise, and actually pulled the mount and vise off the workbench (it wasn't done all that well by the the previous owner and I'd always meant to beef it up), so now I'm mower shopping and have another garage project. Crying or Very sad emoticon

My GTS tire change looks like it might be morphing into tire change/brake pads/gear oil change......
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Well, it wasa good weekend...passed my spare BV on to a friend without the hassle of trying to sell, life was good, until I hit a stump with my lawn mower, killed the engine...forever it seems. Trying to see if I could straighten the blade (gotta try, right?), reefing on it on the vise, and actually pulled the mount and vise off the workbench (it wasn't done all that well by the the previous owner and I'd always meant to beef it up), so now I'm mower shopping and have another garage project. Crying or Very sad emoticon

My GTS tire change looks like it might be morphing into tire change/brake pads/gear oil change......
I admit it, this made me chuckle. On the bright side, now you get to go shopping for a new mower, a new vise (and workbench?), and a new tree. Laughing emoticon
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I admit it, this made me chuckle. On the bright side, now you get to go shopping for a new mower, a new vise (and workbench?), and a new tree. Laughing emoticon
I'm sure the look of shock on my face as the workbench deconstructed was worth a picture. I really needed to clean it off, just spewing everything onto the floor wasn't the best way.

Just the mower, thanks. I already have an eye on a pile of reclaimed hardwood 2x6s on the farm that will be a vast improvement. And the vise is pretty much indestructible.
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So, out for a weekend with Mrs. fledermaus, doing a bit of a hike down to a small waterfall.... I spot a Jack-in-the-Pulpit near a small bridge, point it out to my wife, cross the bridge and hear the guy behind me call one of his kids over and tell them, "Look! a Pitcher Plant! It's carnivorous!" I roll my eyes and walk on, only hear him repeat (probably to another kid)...."A PITCHER PLANT! IT'S CARNIVOROUS!" As I keep walking, I hear him announce it a THIRD time. Facepalm emoticon

I have a few Jacks in my yard, so I think I can pick them out pretty easily.

Ya wonder why kids grow up warped? Laughing emoticon

I thought of going back to correct him, but his kids were there, and they were likely having enough of a challenge growing up with him. Razz emoticon
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I stand corrected, thank you! I've never encountered the Bendix/Wagner type of drum brakes, nor ever seen a foot actuated parking brake! Perhaps these are a USA design that never got across the pond?
Foot actuated parking brakes are actually not that rarequite. My Hyundai has one.
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So, out for a weekend with Mrs. fledermaus, doing a bit of a hike down to a small waterfall.... I spot a Jack-in-the-Pulpit near a small bridge, point it out to my wife, cross the bridge Facepalm emoticon

I have a few Jacks in my yard, so I think I can pick them out pretty
We had a patch of these on our property in Minnesota. I loved seeing them come up this time of year. Thanks for the memory!
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We had a patch of these on our property in Minnesota. I loved seeing them come up this time of year. Thanks for the memory!
They're not particularly conspicuous, but cute little guys. It was a long time before I realized the red fruit clusters were the same plant.
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The previous owners of my house are pissing me off from beyond the grave.

We keep finding that they used creative methods when expanding/"updating" the house.

The most recent find:

We've been hearing a quiet hissing sound in the living room, coming from a wall that is shared with the bathroom. A couple of years ago it was loud enough that I removed the baseboards and peeled back the drywall to see if I could find the leak. Couldn't find it, and the volume of water that was leaking seemed like it could be from condensation on a pipe.

Monday night when we got home from our road trip, we were relaxing before bed, and the quiet hiss became a loud, angry hiss. I peeled back the drywall and found water steadily dripping (almost pouring) from a copper pipe. It was about 11pm, so I called the plumber (24h phone line) to arrange for someone to come out. The guy talked me through turning off the water at the meter (I knew how, but it was nice of him to do so). The leak stopped. He scheduled a plumber to come out "first thing", which meant sometime between 7am and 11am. I emailed my boss to let him know I'd be late on Tuesday.

The plumber arrived about 9am. He quickly determined that the leak wasn't coming from either of the two copper pipes that were visible. It was coming from a 3/8" copper pipe that was coming out of the concrete below the shower, and that it had been crimped closed. Over time, the water pressure defeated the crimp. He tried to pull some of the pipe out to get a better look at it, and it snapped off at the concrete, which is actually where the leak was coming from.

At this point we figured we'd be paying thousands of dollars to fix this leak.

First he ran a wire down the pipe to see if he could find where it came out. His wire only went into the pipe about 6". Next he cut a neat access hole in the hallway around the corner to see if he could tell where the pipe came out, but was unable to find it. We figured that the previous owner had simply crimped off the pipe and poured the concrete over it when they constructed the new bathroom. And since it's a 3/8" pipe, and all of our other water pipes are 1/2" pipe, and the fact that it simply ended and wasn't connected to anything, we weren't sure what it was for.

He broke up some of the concrete on the edge to expose more pipe, then told us his solution: he was going to crimp the end, and solder it to seal it closed. He stated that he didn't like using solutions like that, but the alternative was to start tearing the bathroom & hallway apart to find the other end of that pipe. We figured tearing it up would easily run in to the $2k-$5k range, depending on how much repair to the bathroom would have to be done. So we ok'd the crimp/solder repair.

It's been one day since the repair, and it's not leaking. He wants us to keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks to make sure it takes.

Total bill ended up being $415.
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monogodo,

I do not know the cost of plumbers in Texas. I think you are lucky
with getting out of that problem for $415.00. I expect it would have
been considerably more here in Frostbite Falls Minnesota.

Aside, maintaining a house seems to be constant pain in the pocket book.

Bob Copeland
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The BMW has blown it's driveshaft oil seal at the gearbox end and this isn't an easy fix.

To replace it the entire back of the bike comes off and this is a job that my local dealer can't do.

Not because they don't want to, they just don't have the tools.

My Independent BMW Tech is snowed under and the other Independent BMW Tech wasn't interested when I visited him a few weeks back to talk about it so it looks like it's going to a franchised dealer even if their lead time is 6 weeks.

I know that it's going to be expensive which is fine but the real pickle is that I'm supposed to be riding into Germany in a couple of weeks time and I'm not going to take a leaking bike.

Just around the corner and for sale is another 1997 BMW R1100RT with 23,000 miles on it going for an absolute song, so should I buy that and ride it to Stuttgart or push everything back to August ?

It's a pickle to be sure
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monogodo,

I do not know the cost of plumbers in Texas. I think you are lucky
with getting out of that problem for $415.00. I expect it would have
been considerably more here in Frostbite Falls Minnesota.

Aside, maintaining a house seems to be constant pain in the pocket book.

Bob Copeland
It was $187.50/hour, with a 2-hour minimum, plus a $40 Fuel Surcharge. He was in and out in less than 2 hours. Knowing what it could have cost, $415 was a steal.
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Getting a ticket for alleged lane filtering (at 10 mph) at a red light, while I saw these behaviors in traffic today: riding a motorcycle without license plates, not wearing a helmet, overtaking traffic in a car at high speeds while crossing double yellow lines into oncoming traffic, obstructed license plates on motorcycles and cars, running steady red lights without as much as slowing down and going at speeds of over 30 moh above the posted 25 mph limit. New York City seems to have strange priorities.
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Getting a ticket for alleged lane filtering (at 10 mph) at a red light, while I saw these behaviors in traffic today: riding a motorcycle without license plates, not wearing a helmet, overtaking traffic in a car at high speeds while crossing double yellow lines into oncoming traffic, obstructed license plates on motorcycles and cars, running steady red lights without as much as slowing down and going at speeds of over 30 moh above the posted 25 mph limit. New York City seems to have strange priorities.
was watching the news last night and there was brief piece on changes to how the police handle excess speeding - something about not fining, instead going to court. The example was somebody they had jsut busted who was unlicensed riding a motorcycle at 150kph in a 60ph zone. I can understand doing 150 in a 110 zone in the middle of the country when the traffic is minimal but in a 60 zone? Hope they kick him in the shins every day for a year
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Getting a ticket for alleged lane filtering (at 10 mph) at a red light, while I saw these behaviors in traffic today: riding a motorcycle without license plates, not wearing a helmet, overtaking traffic in a car at high speeds while crossing double yellow lines into oncoming traffic, obstructed license plates on motorcycles and cars, running steady red lights without as much as slowing down and going at speeds of over 30 moh above the posted 25 mph limit. New York City seems to have strange priorities.
As you know.. pulling the lane splitter over to hand out a ticket is much easier than trying to pull over the unlicensed/unregistered dirt biker in the city. One will pull over when told to. The other will flee in a reckless manner taking whatever risks to get away and avoid capture.

And regarding the cars with masked and bs plates in the city not being bothered.. that one infuriates me cause it is so blatantly obvious and easy to catch and ticket. That one I see as just laziness on the cops end. Something about a two wheeler mildly breaking the law really burns their butt in NYC, while I suspect the cops don't ticket those infractions discussed in cars because many of the NYPD are also participating in the license plate obscuring to give the middle finger to laws and "taxes" they don't agree with.
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Just around the corner and for sale is another 1997 BMW R1100RT with 23,000 miles on it going for an absolute song, so should I buy that and ride it to Stuttgart or push everything back to August ?

It's a pickle to be sure
Ride the Guzzi.
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Ride the Benelli TNT 135.
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Riding the Moto Guzzi 500 miles in one hit would be pretty awful.

It has no real fairing to speak of and the tank only has a 130 mile range, plus it has no fuel gauge.

It's a cafe bike, not a touring bike.
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As you know.. pulling the lane splitter over to hand out a ticket is much easier than trying to pull over the unlicensed/unregistered dirt biker in the city. One will pull over when told to. The other will flee in a reckless manner taking whatever risks to get away and avoid capture.

And regarding the cars with masked and bs plates in the city not being bothered.. that one infuriates me cause it is so blatantly obvious and easy to catch and ticket. That one I see as just laziness on the cops end. Something about a two wheeler mildly breaking the law really burns their butt in NYC, while I suspect the cops don't ticket those infractions discussed in cars because many of the NYPD are also participating in the license plate obscuring to give the middle finger to laws and "taxes" they don't agree with.
Good point about the cops participating in obscuring their license plates. I have seen the very same thing on unmarked police cars and private vehicles owned by cops. It is infuriating.

Making a getaway briefly crossed my mind too. Not that I would have done that And then I saw that several police cruisers were in pursuit of me...
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... tank only has a 130 mile range, plus it has no fuel gauge.
I owned several motorcycles without a fuel gauge and I found that the mileage one can get from a full tank is usually predictable. Is your experience with the V9 different and does yours have a low fuel warning indicator which I've seen in some Moto Guzzi cockpits?
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Yes it does but it will often come on after heavy braking or acceleration, which makes it inaccurate.

I rode a Triumph T 120 after the fuel light came on to 45 miles when the reserve is supposed to be 25, so do I trust them ? Not one bit.

I'd much rather have a bar of LCD's or a needle to tell me how much I have rather than rely on a single low fuel light.

Sure you can use the trip to gauge how much you have left but the amount of fuel you're using will change depending on how you ride that day.
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My main work computer (HP EliteOne running Windows 10) got all wonky yesterday afternoon. I attributed it to having too much open at the same time (InDesign, PhotoShop, Outlook, Acrobat, Excel, etc., etc.), so I restarted it. It came back with the same issues, so I shut it down, let it sit a few minutes, then restarted it. The issues went away, or so I thought.

Everything worked fine, except the web browser (Chrome). No websites would load at all. Everything timed out. I opened Edge, same issue. I tried Firefox, same issue. Email still worked, our VoIP phones worked. I could access my OneDrive (through the desktop, not the web browser). I could also print to all of my network printers.

Our help desk requires tickets to be submitted via a web portal, but that wasn't possible, so I looked up "Help Desk" in the contacts list in Skype, and called the only one who showed as being active. She had me share my desktop, and she checked a few things, and determined that it must be a permissions issue in the browser, so she created a support ticket, and said someone will be getting back to me at some point on Friday, maybe Monday.

So I brought my work laptop (MacBook Pro) in with me today, and am using it to browse the web, which obviously works, since you're reading this.
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Yes it does but it will often come on after heavy braking or acceleration, which makes it inaccurate.
Doesn't it correct itself once you return to a steady pace?
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I rode a Triumph T 120 after the fuel light came on to 45 miles when the reserve is supposed to be 25, so do I trust them? Not one bit.
At least it was consistent. Razz emoticon
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I'd much rather have a bar of LCD's or a needle to tell me how much I have rather than rely on a single low fuel light.
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Sure you can use the trip to gauge how much you have left but the amount of fuel you're using will change depending on how you ride that day.
This is what I do. I'm fairly certain I'd get 225+ miles from a tank but I fill when the light goes on around +-180.
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No. you have to stop and turn the ignition off and back on for it to reset.

I think that was in Arizona when I missed a fuel stop and had to tailgate trucks and use 2/3d's of the throttle to make it to the next one. I didn't enjoy that.

It's just nice to know how much you actually have, not how little you have left.

In a strange twist of irony I probably run the BMW far lower in the tank because the gauge is so accurate and yes, it has a reserve light.
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