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I think this is a GREAT auotmotive/truck educational video, and I think it was created in the 1930's. I've seen modern video's teaching the same subject and their not even half as good as this one. Even digital technology doesn't provide educators today with the tools to easily produce a video this good. There was something different and better about America back than that caused people to do more with less. Have you ever noticed how good some pre 1960's movies are when compared to modern movies of today? Hollywood back than had less to work with using technology that is considered obsolete today, and they were forced to work within the restrictions placed on them by the Hays Code, but they still managed to produce better films.

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I found a real gem of a school nestled away near the Wasatch mountains. The school is called Davis Technical College, and not only do they have a program for motorcycle repair with a class in outdoor power equipment repair, but they also teach automotive repair and diesel/heavy truck repair. Its a very affordable school and it has the most flexible schedules of any trade school I have seen. Its not like your typical college that doubles or triples the tuition for out of state students; everyone pays the same tuition. The school has very close ties to Weber State University Automotive department. I found Davis Technical College because I watch automotive repair video's by an instructor at Weber State University on YouTube. His YouTube channel is weberauto, and he makes very good auto repair video's. Students in the Weber State University diesel program are required to take some core classes at Davis Technical College. I've never attended either school, and I don't know anyone who has, but I believe Weber State University has a good automotive/diesel repair program, and if their requiring students to take some core classes at Davis Technical College, then I think its most likely that Davis Technical College also has a good program. All things considered, I think Davis Technical College might be one of the best trade schools I've seen so far.

Think long and hard before attending a for-profit school that straps the student with an obscene amount of debt. There are better options out there and all you need to do is search and do your homework.

Davis Technical College

Weber State Heavy Duty Truck Program Course Requirements
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I like this video because it explains how to operate a Harley Davidson motorcycle from the late 1940's. Bikes back than had a foot operated clutch, and gears were changed by operating a hand lever mounted on the left side of the gas tank. It also shows how motor cops used their left foot to engage and disengage a mechanical siren mounted on the motorcycles left side and rotated by the rear tire.

The video shows the ignition lock and switch operation used on a 1940's Panhead. I've seen this exact same switch used on a 1958 Harley Davidson 165, so Harley Davidson must have used these same switch/locks for quite a while. I wonder who manufactured them for Harley Davidson? I refer to them as a lock/switch because a lock cylinder is mounted right in the center of the switch and a cover is used to hide and protect the lock cylinder. They didn't show you this in the video, but the rider use's a key to operate the lock cylinder to lock or unlock the electrical switch. The lock is not key retaining, so you can unlock it, remove the key and leave it unlocked and not need a key to start the bike, which is why a key was never seen in the video. Click Here to see close up photographs of this lock cylinder and switch.

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Harley Davidson opposes president Trump's job saving Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. View the article here: Harley-Davidson Warns Against Trumpís Tariffs While Laying Off American Manufacturing Workers

Back in 1983 tariffs helped save Harley Davidson from going out of business when cheaper and better performing Japanese motorcycles were flooding the market. Since then Harley Davidson has become the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the United States..

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Harley Davidson of today is less concerned about American jobs. Harley Davidson now manufactures the Harley Davidson Street model motorcycles in India, and Harley Davidson started outsourcing their IT department in 2012 to foreign national H-1B visa holders and workers in India, and this caused many Harley Davidson IT workers to lose their jobs.

How is outsourcing your IT department working for you Harley Davidson? Here's a screen shot of a Harley Davidson web-page showing text flowing over an image. The page is being viewed on the latest version of Firefox. A good example of a mistake that shouldn't happen on a website belonging to a big corporation, and its been that way for a few days now. I would bet my last dollar that some India IT worker is responsible.



I certainly hope President Trump doesn't allow Harley Davidson's anti tariff position to influence his decision to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Good American jobs are important and good for the American people and the nation. Big corporations seem to only care about profit and will support the shortest path that leads them to the most riches. Remember what Thomas Jefferson said about merchants: "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

And now how to eat cinnamon:
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I just happened to visit Honda Powersport's website when the web developers must have been in the middle of changing something because many of the motorcycle models displayed in the menu system were images of the wrong motorcycles. Notice in the top row, far left image how the description for the Honda Rebel 500 shows an image of a Honda Shadow Phantom, and the Rebel 300 shows an image of a CTX700N, and there are other errors like the image for the NW4. But whats really interesting about all this is all the small motorcycle images used in Honda Powersport's website menu system; they are all from one file, which you can see below. The website developers are able to instruct your browser to only display one small section of that one large jpg file, eliminating the need to have several small separate images for the menu.

I visited the website again 2 hours later and everything was fixed, but luckily I saved images of the goof. I noticed they updated the image file showing all Honda motorcycle models, and the updated file is shown below. Its not very often you see big mistakes like this on large company websites like Honda or Harley Davidson. Pretty cool I think....

Click on images to enlarge:


Honda website menu with wrong model
motorcycle images displayed.

Honda website was corrected and working
again 2 hours later.

The one image used for all small motorcycle
images in Honda's website menu system.

The updated Honda motorcycle image file.
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The top half of this photo is Elvis Presley in 1971 and the bottom half is a more recent photo of the motorcycle said to be Elvis Presley's 1971 Harley Davidson FLH. I was told the motorcycle is still all original, but the reflector or label on the saddle bag has changed and it looks like there is something different about the side panel. Not sure whats going on there. Maybe the label broke off and the side panel is an aftermarket accessory. I was hoping to get a few photographs of the bike sitting in the owners garage, but I haven't heard back from the owner. The bottom half of this photo was taken outside a motorcycle repair shop. Anyway, pretty cool even if its not Elvis Presley's 1971 Harley Davidson FLH.

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I got some good news a few days ago. A person contacted me through email and said he knows what happened to Elvis Presley's 1971 Harley Davidson FLH. As the story goes, Priscilla Presley gave this motorcycle to Elvis Presley as a gift, but got the motorcycle back as part of a divorce settlement with Elvis Presley back in 1972. Priscilla Presley than gave the motorcycle to her father, Paul Beaulieu, who ended up selling it to his neighbor in 1979. The person who contacted me bought the motorcycle from the neighbor, and still owns it to this day. The good news is it appears the motorcycle is not rusting away in a barn somewhere, and is still in good condition and all original with only 12,000 miles on the odometer. I think that's a great story! I have a more recent photo of the motorcycle which I will post later.

The bike is not for sale.

I should note that I believe the person who told me this story, but I haven't verified anything. Whether or not he really owns Elvis Presley's motorcycle remains to be seen. The only thing I know for sure is there is a motorcycle out there that looks exactly like Elvis Presley's 1971 Harley Davidson FLH.
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Japanese motorcycle special teams use Kawasaki KLX250 motorcycles for reconnaissnce. The majority of this video shows the Japanese team riding in formation on a soccer field or some type of field in Japan. Its funny seeing them ride onto the field with Steppenwolf "Born To Be Wild" playing on the loud speaker. This video was uploaded to YouTube when the Kawasaki KLX250 was discontinued in the United States.

It would be nice if Harley Davidson or Polaris made dual sport motorcycles. Harley Davidson did own the design and production rights for a British made dual sport motorcycle back in 1993 called the MT350 and MT500. Both bikes had Harley Davidson badges, but I don't know if the bikes were actually built by Harley Davidson or Armstrong-CCM Motorcycles in Britain, and both bikes were powered by a Rotax engine.

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Japanese Motorcycle Special Teams At Training with Kawasaki KLX250

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Harley Davidson MT500 Military Bike
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I've used the Harley Davidson 12v heated vest, part #98325-09VM, for 8, maybe 9, winter seasons, and it has been a great vest. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it, but I think it was around $150 from a local Harley dealership. Its not bulky and its light weight, and it doesn't make you feel like your over dressed and can't move freely. The vest's current draw is high enough to keep you warm on most cold riding days when used with a jacket, but low enough so low output alternator's on low-end bikes can power it without any battery problems. Over the years I have only experienced 2 problems, and both issues had to do with the main power cord. When I first bought the vest I would place the power switch inside the inner pocket when I was done using it. This caused the copper wiring to break from repeated bending after 4 or 5 years of use. I'm not talking about the wiring mesh used to heat up the vest, I'm talking about the visible power cord that plugs into the bikes battery. I think the bending from placing the switch in the inner pocket weakened the wires and caused them to eventually break. After I fixed the problem with some soldier, electric tape and a terminal butt connector, I stopped messing with the switch after I was done riding and I just let it freely hang there. The repair worked for 4 more years, but just the other day I experienced the same problem. In the photo's below you can see how the wiring and insulation is broken causing an open circuit. I think this new problem was also partly caused from the first 4 or 5 years of use, and I also think the bulky connectors and switch indirectly helped cause the new break in the wires. Sometimes I squeeze through tight spaces while wearing the vest and the connectors and switch get pinched, which causes a pull on the wires. To fix the problem I decided to do away with the bulky original connectors and electrical switch and replace everything with a small and light weight connector that's commonly found on trickle chargers. I don't remember the name of the connector, but you can see it in the photo below. I have the same type of connector permanently attached to the motorcycle for plugging in a charger to charge the bikes battery. I ran an extension from that connector up to the tank bag, so I can easily plug in the vest and I'm good to go.

I think by not having the original bulky heavy connectors and electrical switch I can get another 4 years of use out of this vest. Unfortunately, Harley Davidson no longer sells it and it has been replaced by one powered by a portable 7v rechargeable lithium battery. Oh, and I never fold this vest, which is probably why I never experienced a break with the copper mesh inside the lining used to heat the vest.

Anyway, this vest was an excellent buy and I only wish Harley Davidson still sold the exact same one.


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The Harley Davidson heated vest, part #98325-
09VM

The power cord wires and insulation are broken
causing an open circuit.

The old bulky and heavy electrical connectors
and electrical on/off switch.

The old bulky electrical on/off switch. The only
thing I will miss is the LED light showing
the switch is ON.

The new lighter and smaller power cord
wire and connector.

The logo Harley Davidson used on the vest

The inside collar tag. Its so old the tag below
it faded so you can no longer read it.

The tags located near the bottom, inner
part of the vest. Notice it was
manufactured in May 2008.

The extension I used to extend the power cord
up to the tank bag to make it easier to plug
the vest in.




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I've been riding motorcycles all winter long even through the most recent cold spell that hit the east coast. For the majority of winter days around here temperatures usually stay above 20F degrees, but lately there's been a few days when the temperature dropped into the single digits. The other day it was 15F degrees outside, and I went on a 14 mile ride that included some freeway riding. Man, I got cold! I really don't have good clothing for riding when temperatures drop below 20F. I've done it several times before, but it gets risky. I barely get 2 or 3 miles into the ride and my fingers start to hurt. I have to constantly take a hand off the handle bars and  pull my fingers into the palm of my hand and make a fist to warm them up. Than the weather stripping on my helmet visor caused a small leak that allowed a stream of outside air to leak into my helmet. It hit my forehead and caused that area of my skin to hurt. When i got to where I was going I noticed my entire face turned red as a tomato from the cold air. The helmet malfunction wasn't suppose to happen, so I wasn't prepared for it. Loosing body heat through your neck or head makes cold weather motorcycle riding brutal, and puts you at risk for hypothermia and even death. Cold weather motorcycle riding with inadequate clothing reminds me of a sculptor removing rock from a boulder one chip at a time. In the same way cold weather chips away the riders body heat until your frigid cold. If your going to ride motorcycles in cold weather its important to dress properly and know the early warning signs of hypothermia. Here are some of the symptoms for hypothermia in adults taken from Webmd's website. I will link to the full article below:

Hypothermia symptoms for adults include:
  • Shivering, which may stop as hypothermia progresses (shivering is actually a good sign that a person's heat regulation systems are still active. )
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Drowsiness or exhaustion
  • Slurred or mumbled speech
  • Loss of coordination, fumbling hands, stumbling steps
  • A slow, weak pulse
  • In severe hypothermia, a person may be unconscious without obvious signs of breathing or a pulse

What Is Hypothermia?
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