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  1. you can always do a carbon fiber wrap - unless, of course, this is about the weight savings...
  2. Scud

    Craigslist Greenie

    Sometimes I miss my Greenie... and that looks to be a fair deal. But with so few miles, I'd assume that every fluid, every filter, and most rubber would need changing. Easy project.
  3. There's some good craftsmanship, and some nice features, and better looking than several custom jobs I've seen. But overall, this just shows how hard it is to improve on the V11's original design. As as for critique - all that time and money on aesthetics, but don't upgrade the shock? I don't get it.
  4. Did you have the original tool kit? There is a small tool, looks like a an inch sawed off a hex key, that you can hold with a wrench while turning the axle nut. If not, you can buy a set of large hex keys at your local Harbor Freight. I don't recall the exact size you need, but maybe a 10mm. If you have some spare bolts lying around you can find one that fits, and then see what size socket that bolt fits into.
  5. I've heard them called Well Nuts commonly, but Swell Nuts is more fun. These are readily available in places that have a wide selection of fasteners - they are not a specialty item that must be ordered from a dealer.
  6. ^ That is one the real pleasures of riding / exploring. Getting to new places, or familiar places in novel ways.
  7. Lovely LeMans. And that Norge looks positively sporty in red with gold wheels, and sans bags. BTW - the thread title say no words, but this thread started a long time ago, and there have been more words than pictures from the start.
  8. Possibly I would buy one. I think I could have been tempted by a CARC LeMans or Daytona. The new V100 could be a nice platform for a retro-styled version of one of those, and that could tempt me. I haven't bought many new bikes, but I did get that Ducati Sport 1000 new in 2006. I couldn't wait to get that thing... and it was glorious on the back roads, but downright miserable getting there. The V11s aren't quite as fast as the Duc, and don't handle quite as well. But as you said, they are fast enough, full of character, and very nice designs. To my eye, the Thruxton R is as good looking as the Norton, and gives the same level of nod to the brand's heritage. But if money is no object...
  9. Do a run Chuck. You need 10 minimum, right. So do at least 12. I'll buy the unclaimed ones and resell them at the same cost along with my "bustling" pawl spring business. I might tuck one away in case another V11 ever follows me home.
  10. Those above videos have a lot of information about the bike and the company. Worth watching. I am attracted to the looks of the Norton, but it's performance doesn't seem so great. I think buyers will be either speculating collectors, wealthy eccentrics, or die-hard Norton fans. I don't fit any of those categories so if I wanted another modern retro-styled cafe-ish bike, my money would go to (in order of preference): MV Augusta Superveloce Triumph Thruxton R A clean, unmodified Ducati Sport 1000 monoposto (I had one of those for a while and it was great fun... investment hindsight says I should have bought the Paul Smart version and stored it)
  11. Cut the rubber away from the underside with a small knife. After that, they should pop right out the top.
  12. So that poor thing may have started life as a Ballabio. But the list of "improvements" seems to include: undersized pods, a V7 tank, removal of fenders, and a custom-fabricated rebar subframe for the seat. Look closely, the damn thing is actually made from welded rebar. Nice Joe Kenny headguards though.
  13. I've been on a garage organizing kick lately... two things I have seriously considered: 1 - a wall-mounted tire rack for my extra wheel sets and new tires awaiting mounting 2 - one of these groovy motorcycle parking lifts. But then I think, if the bike is up like that, it would get ridden the least, and if it's basically art, why not roll it into the living room? https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/hoist-your-bike-to-make-room-for-your-wheels/
  14. No - the Harbor Freight unit is gone. But if you want to try the No Mar unit, you can bring your wheels and new tires over.
  15. Fun how this has moved to literature. Steinbeck was amazing - I love East of Eden. The Frogs as currency is funny - and it worked as a social contract with anyone who agreed to exchange frogs. To LowRyter's earlier post: Prices are set in currency, but values reflect human utility. For example, two people may value the same item differently and one be willing to pay the price, while another is not willing to pay the price. If you think something is inexpensive (or a bargain), it means the value to you exceeds the price. Wealth is created by leveraging differences in human value, and money keeps the score. Theoretically, every sale generates profit to the seller (they store more value than they had before the sale), and it creates value to the buyer (they get something that they value in excess of the money they exchanged). Neither money, nor a product need to be tangible. As I mentioned earlier, anyone who uses any form of credit is already using intangible money, and you can use it to buy intangible products or services. Money is whatever people agree it is. If frogs as money had caught on, surely, paper notes promising to deliver frogs would have been next, then the government of Cannery Row would establish a strategic frog reserve. Then, seeing a shortage of actual frogs when compared to the paper notes that could be redeemed for frogs, they would be forced to abandon the frog standard. Then somebody would invent blockchain frogs...
  16. This origin of this topic is an epistemological debate, along with a power struggle. What distinguishes a justifiable belief from opinion? And who gets to decide? It's at the basis of almost every disagreement.
  17. This discussion brings up the question of just, exactly, what is money anyway? It's nothing more than a social construct that serves as a store of value and a medium of exchange. The earliest societies used physical items (e.g. shells and rare minerals). the only reason gold is valuable is that everyone agrees it is valuable. It has some value in manufacturing, but most gold in the world doesn't get used for anything, it just sits on pallets. Sure in the old days, there were gold coins. But the rise of central governments gave rise to imprinted tokens on more common metals. So long as most people believed that most other people would accept the tokens they served as a medium of exchange. But when people started to not trust a failing government, they no longer accepted its currency. Then we (the societal "we") got into paper money (at first backed by actual silver or gold, then only by the "full faith and credit of a government), central banks, promises to pay etc. That's when we realized that money and wealth could be created by ideas, not just physical assets, and that money and wealth need not be limited by the supply of a raw material. That in order to raise the standard of living globally, wealth would need to be created. Poverty is not created - poverty is the default state. Only wealth can be created. I think what we are seeing, especially with the rise of crypto-currency, is a distrust in government and a search for a medium of exchange that is not regulated by untrustworthy governments. This, in part, explains why the US dollar is so strong right now. There is enough uncertainty in other markets to make the US dollar more trustworthy by comparison. And most people are not ready to place their trust in the largely unregulated crypto-currency markets. We've been using digital money for a long time, because we don't need to be physically present to exchange value (e.g. you don't go to your electric utility's office to pay your bill). In the US, M1 is the amount of bank notes and coins in circulation. M2 includes amounts on deposit at financial institutions, and M3 is more abstract, and beyond that equity and debt markets are treated by most people as a form of money. M2 is essentially digital money, there is far more on deposit than in circulation. If you have more money in the bank than you have stashed under your proverbial mattress, you are already using digital money, regulated by your national government. With the advent of credit cards, we saw the first mass dissociation of money from currency (I can use my US-based credit card to pay for motorcycle parts in Euros), and it took a long time for cards to be widely accepted. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express were the winners. Others, Discover and Diners Club for example, didn't fare so well. We're seeing a similar dynamic in the peer-payments networks. Square (aka Block), PayPal, Stripe, etc. The winners will be whoever earns the trust of the people to serve as a store of value and medium of exchange. PayPal has obviously lost the trust of many people recently, and probably raised suspicions of many others. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out, but personally, I think PayPal is going to recover from this. The good news is that we all still have choices about what medium of exchange to use, and we are not limited to use only one. But if enough people stop accepting PayPal, it will eventually go away, just like the deutsche marks, francs, lira, and Slovene Tolar.
  18. So you can see the pretty gold Ohlins reservoir. IMO the Nero Corsa is even better looking than the Rosso. Maybe you could expand your search to include that - Or a solid red or black LeMans and upgrade the suspension on your own.
  19. Given the price, effort and time of working with such a remote shop, perhaps you should consider swapping out for a known good transmission. It's a fair amount of work, but it would also allow you to inspect and/or service the clutch while you're at it. There are several topics here with photos of how people have removed the transmission by "crabbing" the frame.
  20. That looks like an incredibly poor move by PayPal - and a quick reversal. While I agree that misinformation is a problem, PayPal seems to be one of the lowest risk places for that to occur anyway. I've been using Venmo more than PayPal in the last few years. I'm going to keep my PayPal account because it's convenient for all the small spring payments. In my business, we dropped PayPal a few years ago and moved to Stripe for payment processing. It looks like Stripe allows accounts for personal use or small, unregistered business activities (e.g. clubs or sole proprietors).
  21. Dang - those are good prices. You can't even get an old seat recovered nicely for $150.
  22. Those look like Staintune.
  23. Taking advantage of today's strong US dollar to make Euro-denominated parts feel cheaper. This is probably a good time for US members to buy from Italy and UK too. My Joe Caruso gears would have felt 20% cheaper if I bought them today.
  24. Sorry to hear about that. I know a lot of people rely on oil heat in the US Northeast. Here in California, we're getting ready to ban sales of new natural gas heaters (in 2030). So I guess electricians will be busy installing new sub-panels in homes to provided dedicated power to heaters. I've got solar panels going up in a few weeks - Federal tax credit of 30%, combined with reduced electrical bill (and protection against future electric rate hikes) makes this an easy financial decision.
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