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Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha will discontinue 37 motorcycle models by 2023 because they can't meet the more strict emissions requirements seen around the world.  See article here: Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki to Cut 37 Motorcycles by 2023

The Honda Gold Wing is mentioned as one of the models that will disappear. It's hard to believe since it's been in production since 1974 and is such a good motorcycle.

Government's are intentionally making it very difficult to manufacture fully gas powered cars or motorcycles by using more strict emissions requirements. I heard in some parts of Europe they even penalize owners of older vehicles that emit more pollution like carbon monoxide with higher fees and taxes. The objective is to eventually have only electric vehicles on the road. I heard Honda is being forced to only manufacture electric motorcycles by 2040.

I wonder what happens to the trucking industry? All the items you see in department and grocery stores got there by diesel powered trucks traveling long distances. Even trains use diesel engines to provide the electricity to power the trains. What about the marine industry? Will they require boats to be electric powered? Will Yachts that use big diesel engine's for propulsion and other energy needs be required to use electric power? Who will recharge the batteries when a boat runs out of energy in the middle of the sea or lake? What about planes? Can you even get a commercial plane off the ground using battery powered electric motors? And if all these restrictions on gas powered vehicles are in place, what happens to the fossil fuel industry and gas prices?

I have a feeling this transition to electric power isn't going to be an easy one, and big countries like Russia, China and India will tell the politicians and bureaucrats in the West to take their regulations and shove it.

This video shows a guy riding his classic Harley Davidson Sportster around town. It's just him riding and the sound of the Sportster Evolution engine. Talking never takes place in the video. The video has almost 1 million views in 1 year. I can't believe this video got 1 million views in such a short time, but there it is. People like the sound of most Harley's.

It's rumored Harley Davidson will replace the Sportster Evolution engine with the new Revolution Max engine on all Sportster models. The Revolution Max engine doesn't look or sound anything like a Harley. By doing this Harley Davidson is throwing away the style and sound that is the primary reason people buy Harley's to begin with.

I find it hard to believe Harley Davidson won't come out with an updated Sportster engine that retains what makes it a Harley Davidson. But there you go, the replacement appears to be happening. Is this happening because of this: Say Goodbye To The Honda Gold Wing?

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Temp Off Topic / Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: House Tour
« Last post by smallengineshop on July 01, 2022, 04:00:43 PM »
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Temp Off Topic / Nancy Pelosi Receives Communion Anyway
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 29, 2022, 06:17:48 PM »
Nancy Pelosi was banned from receiving communion or the Eucharist (not sure if its the same thing, but anyway) by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco because Pelosi is a staunch advocate for abortion access. The ban would be lifted once Pelosi "publicly repudiate her advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance." So what did Pelosi do? Did she make a public confession? Nope, she went straight to the top of the Catholic Church and met with Pope Francis, and received communion at the Vatican. Does that mean Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was wrong? I don't think so.

I think the fame, power and money of every person in the photo below won't help them escape Judgement Day. It's too bad this is happening to the Catholic Church.

The Catholic League said this about Nancy Pelosi,

The priest simply did what was expected of him: “He gave Communion to everyone waiting on line to receive it,” Donohue wrote, which does not exclude the possibility that someone will willfully exploit the sacrament.

Nancy Pelosi wants to have it both ways: she wants to proclaim herself a fervent, practicing Catholic while rejecting and actively campaigning against the Church’s most cherished moral teachings about the sanctity of life and marriage.

And thus, Pelosi waiting in line to receive Communion is “akin to a murderer waiting in line to pay his respects to his victim at a Catholic wake,” Donohue concluded, an analogy that is “poignant in more ways than one.”

Click on image to view article: Nancy Pelosi receives Communion at Vatican despite abortion stance
I haven't used every type of camping stove on the market, so I'm not an expert. But I can say the Stryker multi fuel camping stove is the most impressive stove I have ever used. It burns or runs off those small propane or isobutane tanks and will boil 20oz of water real fast. I recently used it for making instant coffee and heating cans of soup. I can heat a large can of soup in about one minute, then eat the soup right out of the stove because it's shaped like a large 7 Eleven big gulp cup with a handle. Also, you don't need a match or lighter to light the stove because it has a built in igniter, which makes it very convenient. There are video's on YouTube showing people cooking more complex things with the Stryker stove.

The only draw back I can think of is the size of the stove and fuel tanks. It might be hard to carry if your back packing. It also might not be adequate if your cooking for more than one person.

I think it's perfect for a single person to take with them when motorcycle camping.

Click on image to view the item on Amazon. (This is a paid link)

Temp Off Topic / Did You Notice?
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 26, 2022, 04:25:40 PM »
Did you notice how cops did their job during the Roe vs Wade protests? Unlike when the protests grew into riots for 2 years supposedly from the death of George Floyd. Or was it really about doing as much damage as possible to Donald Trump?

Would the Roe vs Wade protests be different if Donald Trump was still president instead of Joe Biden?

Leftists control the White House and fear the midterm elections so no riots on their watch.

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Temp Off Topic / All 3 Profess To Be Christian
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 24, 2022, 05:36:08 PM »
How can a Christian believe abortion is a divine right? How can a Christian support the reality of unborn babies being killed and thrown into dumpsters?

Jesus said this about children, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these"

Three powerful politician: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama all profess to be Christian, but are they really? Here's their twitter statements after the Supreme Court ruled abortion is not a constitutional right.

Temp Off Topic / It Will All End
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 24, 2022, 03:46:29 PM »
Today the Supreme Court ruled the constitution does not include a right to abortion. That's one step closer to seeing the end of abortion in USA. Eventually it will all come to an end: trans gender theory pushed on society, drag queens pushed on children, LGBTQ+, homosexual rights, gay marriage, all of it. I don't know how or when, but it will all end.

Click on image to view article: Supreme Court Overrules Roe v. Wade in Dobbs Decision – Returns Abortion to State Lawmakers
1987 - 2018, 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 / Kawasaki KLR 650 To The Rescue
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 22, 2022, 11:20:00 PM »
A Kawasaki KLR 650 if used to clear drive ways and roads after a bad thunder storm with high winds brings down trees.

The KLR was used to haul a gas can, bar oil, chainsaw and rider to locations with fallen trees that were blocking traffic. The trees were large enough that even 4x4 pickup trucks couldn't climb over them. Most emergency vehicles at the scene were pickup trucks, UTV and ATV vehicles.

The advantage of having a motorcycle and skilled rider is they can travel around obstacles that trap other vehicles. When you have to make your own path no other vehicle can do that like a motorcycle.

The Kawasaki KLR 650 is powered by a single cylinder, OHC, four stoke engine. Power is transferred through a 5 speed manual transmission. The KLR 650 is classified as a dual sport motorcycle, so suspension travel and ground clearance are high. The KLR 650 comes stock with dual sport tires giving it more off road traction than street bikes. The KLR 650 is equipped with a large, 6 gallon gas tank for long distance travel between fill ups.

I think anyone would be hard pressed to name a motorcycle more versatile than a Kawasaki KLR 650.

The KLR is parked in front of a building covered in tree limbs (reconstructed). It did suffer some roof damage.
Temp Off Topic / Modern America
« Last post by smallengineshop on June 17, 2022, 05:21:45 PM »
This is America:

Levine, the man on the left who thinks he is a woman, posted this picture on his twitter feed. Levine is a four star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the United States Assistant Secretary for Health. The woman on the right is Karine Jean-Pierre, the first openly gay, immigrant, black White House press secretary. To have these two people assigned to high positions in government is considered a virtue, a highest value in America, a goal to obtain, one step closer to God, but in reality it is the complete opposite of virtue. All world religions condemn the lifestyles and choices made by these two people about gender and sex. The arrogance you must have to think you can trash tradition and common sense that have guided people successfully for 1000's of years, and make-up and follow your own man made beliefs and dogmas about sex and gender is the inversion of virtue. It's evil! This sickness has become so pervasive in American society that even Donald Trump tried to push the "gay lifestyle" on the world. Everyone must know if their gut this is wrong.

I'm not a fan of Vladimir Putin, but he spoke this truth in a recent speech:

"The United States, having declared victory in the Cold War, declared themselves the messengers of God on earth, who have no obligations, but only interests. They seem not to notice that new powerful centers have formed on the planet"

I get a lot of things wrong, but one thing I'm absolutely 100 percent correct about is America is not a messenger of God. I think the majority of American's know this is true. America has completely lost it's way...
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