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American V-Twin Motorcycles. / Are Harley Davidson Motorcycle's Reliable?
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 18, 2021, 06:14:26 PM »
I still see online comments about Harley Davidson motorcycles leaking oil and being unreliable, which hasn't been true since the mid 1980's. I even heard someone from Harley Davidson's electric bicycle company, Serial 1, refer to oil leaks on Harley's in a joking manner to help sell electric powered vehicles. I believe Harley's reputation for leaking oil started in the 1970's due to quality control problems when Harley Davidson was owned by AMF, but that ended in the mid 1980's when ownership of Harley Davidson switched hands and a new engine was introduced.

For some reason people love to accept the oil leak myth as fact and not do any fact checking. I've owned several Harley Davidson motorcycles myself and I'd have to say they've been just as reliable as any Japanese motorcycle I've owned, and I've never had an oil leak problem that was the fault of Harley Davidson.

The video below is by a guy in Australia who owns the Million Dollar Bogan YouTube channel. He's an average motorcyclist and vlogger that takes his Harley Davidson motorcycles on long distant trips through Australia. Often times these trips are thousands of miles long and through rough terrain like unpaved roads and trails that branch off the main road. Here is his video and testimony about Harley Davidson reliability:

Note: I'm not a Harley Davidson fan boy that will always support The Motor Co. The problems I've had with Harley Davidson in the past, and expressed on this forum, have to do with corporate policy.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/QcClREyEcmM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/QcClREyEcmM</a>
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Temp Off Topic / More Corruption
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 15, 2021, 06:35:54 PM »
The FBI says it doesn't keep track of acts of violence by people associated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa, but does think parents across America who speak out against Critical Race Theory (CRT) could possibly be domestic terrorists. Imagine that after two years of property damage, destroying companies, vandalism, riots and even murder coming from leftist groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter and our FBI thinks parents who rant against CRT are a bigger threat, and who by the way, committed no crimes? Could corruption be any more clearer than this?

But should anyone really be surprised after 3 years of the Russian Collusion hoax?

This is the kind of corruption many America's 10 or more years ago thought only existed in 3rd world countries like communist Cuba. Well, it's now here in America at the highest levels of government and institutions. I wonder when re-education and forced labor camps will appear for those who don't walk the party line? When will Christians be charged with a crime for publicly confessing Jesus Christ as lord and savior?

Click on text or image to view article:
Exclusive — Rep. Nancy Mace: FBI Says It Doesn’t ‘Track Acts of Violence’ by Antifa or Black Lives Matter
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Temp Off Topic / Joe Biden And The Covid Vaccine Mandates
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 14, 2021, 07:40:11 PM »
I think Joe Biden and other politicians are some how profiting from vaccines sales. He was recently celebrating he has enough Covid vaccines to vaccinate every child in the United State. Completely ignoring the fact that there has been only .002 percent death's among children younger than 18 years old. Does his vaccine mandates make any sense?

I hope everyone can stand up to these politicians and refuse to get vaccinated.

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Temp Off Topic / Beware Of Nutrition Labels
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 14, 2021, 05:42:28 PM »
I was a little mislead when reading the nutrition label on a box of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, ultimate butter version. It uses all natural butter and tastes really good, so I couldn't believe how low the fat content was for one bag of popcorn. Then I noticed it says 36 servings per box, but there are only 12 bags of popcorn in one box. That means there are 3 servings per bag of popcorn, so multiply everything on the nutrition label by 3.

Good grief! What if you had a serious heart condition that requires you to watch your nutrition closely and your mislead by this label and continue to snack on this crap as if it has a low saturated fat content? I can't think of any reason why they can't print the nutritional content on the label for 1 bag of popcorn. Who out there only eats part of a bag and saves the rest for later? They even print the serving size in grams. Hardly anyone in America is going to know 35 grams isn't equal to the 3.29 oz bag size unless they bother to read the small print on the front of the box. They even print some of the nutritional content on the front of the box as if they're proud of it.

You really have to read these food nutrition labels carefully or just avoid processed food all together.




Nutrition facts

Refer to the product label for full dietary information, which may be available as an alternative product image.

32 Servings Per Container

Serving Size 35 g
Amount per serving
Calories 160


Total Fat 9g   12%
     Saturated Fat4   20%
     Trans Fat  0g   
     Polyunsaturated Fat  1.00g   
     Monounsaturated Fat  2.50g   
Cholesterol 0   0%
Sodium 390   17%
Total Carbohydrate 19g   7%
     Dietary Fiber3g   11%
     Sugars0g   
      Includes Added Sugars0g   
Protein 2g   

Vitamin A   0%
Vitamin C   0%
Calcium0.00mg   0%
Potassium0   0%
Iron0.00mg   0%
Vitamin D0.00mcg   0%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet.

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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Temp Off Topic / Wow!
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 12, 2021, 06:32:57 PM »
A Snow Leopard catches it's prey in mid air after falling off a cliff. The leopard manages to hang on to its prey and actually reposition itself to improve it's hold during it's fall over the cliff face and over jagged rocks. Amazing thing to see! The Leopard's instincts and the hard conditions of life gave it the ability to focus on it's prey and ignore the fall, which could have easily caused a fatal injury.
 
Imagine how powerful the survival instinct and hunger driving this animals behavior, and how strong these animals are to even risk something like this and survive.

Humans are influenced by the same survival instincts. Imagine the potential for violence if the economy crashes and many American's find themselves broke, unemployed and hungry in a diverse, secular society where many common bonds that held Americans together as a nation have disappeared.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/zllX6MAGs9Y" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/zllX6MAGs9Y</a>
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Temp Off Topic / "Reign Of Evil, Of Persecution, OF Death"
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 11, 2021, 11:28:16 PM »
Never seen this person before and I don't know anything about her other than she goes by the name, Mother Miriam, and has a YouTube channel.

What she says is compelling because the Biden administration is now using the FBI to target parents across the country who speak out against Critical Race Theory being taught to their children. The Biden administration calls these parent domestic terrorists as if calling the January 6 protesters terrorists wasn't bad enough. These parents are being targeted for simply speaking out against school curriculum that is actually racist against White American's, and it should be noted, not a single parent speaking out against CRT has been arrested for breaking any law, but for some reason the FBI is needed I guess to help intimidate parents so they will shut up. This is wrong and evil.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/3zpAUJ_LRtQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/3zpAUJ_LRtQ</a>
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Temp Off Topic / What A Great Boxing Match
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 10, 2021, 06:08:21 PM »
The best boxing match I've seen in a long time happened last night between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. It was the 3rd fight between the two boxers and probably the last. I believe the trilogy will be remembered along side great matches like Holyfield vs. Bowe and Gatti vx. Ward. Tyson Fury won with an 11 round KO.

I've always thought the sport of boxing had the potential to produce more exciting fights than the UFC, and I believe this match supports that. The problem is professional boxing is less consistent with good match ups.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/UpG5gxIpulk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/UpG5gxIpulk</a>
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Harley Davidson is now pushing used motorcycle sells at all their dealerships. A Harley Davidson dealership uploads their used motorcycle inventory information to Harley's main website, then anyone can visit the site, input their zip code and browse used motorcycles at Harley dealerships local to them.

What stood out to me when I browsed for used motorcycles was the listed price. Everything seemed very high. I found the photo shown below on Twitter. It shows inflation has caused used car prices to go up 45.2%. I've noticed just from my own personal shopping that food is more expensive and gasoline is higher. Inflation explains why used motorcycles have become more expensive.

The one person who predicted the 2008 housing crash and made a fortune, recently predicted inflation would get so bad it would turn into hyperinflation and be similar to what happened in 1923 Weimar Republic. Maybe you've seen photo's of Germans pushing a wheel barrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread? That's what happened in Weimar Germany from printing too much money.

Who can know for sure how bad inflation will get. I do know it's bad enough now that people everyday are talking about it. I hope everyone has a vehicle in good working order, because this could get real painful real quick for most of us.


Photo description of Hyperinflation of the Weimar Republic.


Rising costs in America due to inflation. Twitter photo is probably not accurate, but prices are rising.
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Temp Off Topic / L-Arginine & Exercise Helps Fight Covid
« Last post by smallengineshop on October 03, 2021, 04:12:38 PM »
Will a life long habit of eating healthy foods and exercising to maintain a strong and healthy body do more for protecting your health than eating a typical American diet, no exercise and relying on the Covid vaccine to protect you from Covid? I think so for the vast majority of people. You never hear MSM or politician's talk about these other factors in helping to prevent complications from Covid.

Someone I know who works full time as a nurse refuses to get the Covid vaccine. She said the vaccine has acquired the nickname "Clot Shot" among hospital staff and the most sick Covid patients are obese.  Being fat and having Covid is a life threatening situation to be in.

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I keep seeing negative comments online about the new 2022 KLR 650. I think most comments are positive, but the biggest gripes among the negative comments are the bike needs more horsepower and a sixth gear. Although I understand why people want these features, I don't think they understand the KLR 650 is not your typical "adventure" motorcycle. It's a Dual Sport!

The KLR 650 is a Dual Sport thumper (single cylinder) motorcycle and that's what makes it attractive. It wasn't designed to be a great freeway motorcycle and it's not meant to have 60 or more horsepower. Dual sport motorcycles are designed to be ridden off road and on. It's about a 50/50 split. Most of the so called "adventure" motorcycles are designed primarily to be ridden on the street. It's probably more of an 20/80 split or worse. An interesting observation is all new dual sport motorcycles come stock with tires designed for dirt and street use. The category of tire is referred to as Dual Sport. Look at the stock tires on many new Adventure motorcycles, and they almost always have a tread pattern designed for street use.

Kawasaki only recently started calling the KLR 650 an Adventure bike for marketing reasons. Don't get me wrong, you can have just as many good adventures on a KLR as you can with any Adventure motorcycle.. Probably more if your adventures take you off road. If you think you need a bike with 6 gears and more horse power, then go look at other models and brands. There are plenty of them to choose from.

I believe sales of Adventure motorcycles are beating all other types of motorcycle, so I understand why Kawasaki sometimes replaces "dual sport" with 'adventure' when describing a KLR 650. Even other brands like Honda are throwing their dual sport motorcycles into the Adventure category. Go to Honda's website and you'll see their marking their dual sport CRF models and the classic XR 650 as Adventure motorcycles.

I'll be the first to admit I have in the past wished my 2009 KLR 650 had a taller 5th gear, but not because it wasn't capable of traveling at freeway speeds. For the most part I'm glad Kawasaki basically kept the same KLR 650 engine in the 2022 model. I would rather have a KLR 650 than a motorcycle with 100 or more horse power and 6 gears. I hope sales of dual sport motorcycles continued to do well, because it's such a fun type of motorcycle to own and ride.


2022 Kawaki KLR 650
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