Recent content by RatBikeRandy

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    New Rider Eager to hear from long timers.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of motorcycles. Don't feel the need to get a bigger bike to impress anyone else. Been riding 41 years on tons of bikes big and small including Harley Big Twins and Suzuki Bandit 1200 that was a rocket.. My current favorite is a Suzuki VStrom 650 with biggest...
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    Roadside Assistance Plans

    AMA - the American Motorcyclist Association is the best deal going. Auto renewal of membership includes roadside for all members of family and all types of vehicles incuding RV, auto, motorcycle. Towing up to 35 miles. Some of best discounts on car rental with Hertz and Budget when travelling.
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    2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special

    Remove windshield -$400 Remove chrome - $1,000 Increase price Makes perfect sense to the seller
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    Michelin PR4 Vs Bridgestone T30 Evo

    I can't speak for the Michelin but the Bridgestones are good tires. My Suzuki V-Strom 650 came to me with T30 (before Evo version). It rode and handled GREAT; changed rear to Metzeler Tourance since it was an adventure tire. Dissapointed that production moved to China but price was still up...
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    What is your preferred whisky/whiskey?

    Wild Turkey Jameson W.L. Weller Special Reserve (similar to Maker's Mark but around $12)
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    Oil and filters as gifts.

    Had a female cousin who received a case of oil for her new car for Christms She cried her eyes out but married the guy later. He was really trying to be helpful.
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    Inexpensive tablet

    RCA 10" Viking Pro is $78 AT WAL MART. Comes with a keyboard and works well. Check out all of the reviews then buy one. We have 3 in the family
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    Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0 Oil

    Thanks all. Changing this weekend with regular Pennzoil 10w30 and a Wix filter (the larger one). Also gonna grease it. Will probably have a mechanic change all of the other fluids since I don't know the whole history. The air filter was really clean. Jeep has been garaged it's whole life...
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    Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0 Oil

    New to me 2004 Wrangler TJ with 4.0. 105,000 miles and well taken care of; would like to keep it that way. Thinking either regular Pennzoil 10w30 or Rotella T5 10w30. Does the Rotella still have the ZDDP that I see recommended? Would the ZDDP harm catalytic converter? I'm a big fan of...
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    Can you recommend an external television antenna?

    I can vouch for the inside Mohu Leaf 50 or 60 flexible antenna that looks like a mudflap. I'm about 40-50 miles west of Atlanta and receive 69 channels with antenna in a bay window facing generally eastward. Slightly less if positioned elsewhere. I am very impressed.
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    Walmart installation (experiences)

    Don't do it! Never again! Sam's Club and WalMart are side by side here. I researched and had Sam's order the specific Michelin tire that I wanted. Install went fine and then I inspected when I got home. The wrong Michelin tires were installed. A bunch of back and forth to finally get them...
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    Your "perfect" movies

    Gone with the Wind Braveheart Pirates of the Carribbean Toy Story (animated OK?) Chicken Run (animated again) The Great Escape (heavily influenced Chicken Run above) Raiders of the Lost Ark Oh Brother where art Thou? Open Range
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    Motorcycle suggestions

    A good do-it-all stealth bike is the Suzuki V-Strom 650 or 1000. Having owned approximately 35 motorcycles, this is in the top 5. I did love my Honda Interceptor 500 too! The V-Strom doesn't tick all of your boxes but it hits enough and I don't think you would regret it. Good luck with...
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    I am too stupid /old at 62 to buy a new motorcycle

    Get one! You only live once. I had a regular customer who was approaching 90 and frail. He looked longingly at my bike every time he came in. He always told me that he had wanted a bike but for one reason or another never got one. Don't end up like that! I felt very bad for him since he...
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    Mr Heater "buddy" series opinions

    I'm kind of a "heater" guy, using different types for different purposes. I would worry just a little bit about the flame if working on motorcycles etc. where gas or fumes could be present. If this is not a concern, then the heater should work OK. Also consider: kerosene or good electric...