Episode 191: The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Episode 191: The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Recorded on December 1st 2014

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Theme music composed and performed by Raoul Lowe

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4 thoughts on “Episode 191: The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Hi guys,

    Regarding the valve stem and the TPMS:

    I think replacing an “L” style stem with this “T” type is important. Having the weight offset to the side (as if put directly on an “L” type valve stem) puts an undo amount of strain on the stem and can cause failure (rotational inertia can be large, even for a 10g cap). My friend just went through this on his 1800 GoldWing – he installed a similar valve-cap-style TPMS and after about a year or so started having trouble losing pressure in the tires. Somewhat ironically, the dealer tracked it down to cracked valve stems that appeared to be caused by the additional weight of the monitor on the end of the stem. The valve replacement stem offered by FOPO would re-position the sensor in line with the rotation, removing the torque on the stem.

  2. Really enjoyed this show (as well as all the others) and my Christmas list just doubled in length. My family will thank you 😉

    I’d like to offer a little different opinion on the coolness of battery tenders/maintainers. I base this on my own experience, my engineering profession, and on the knowledge of Steven Harris of battery1234.com. Although it doesn’t particularly pertain to motorcycles, that site has some good info – look especially at tips 3 & 4 on the page.

    Spending 25 to $50 on a “maintainer” is kind of a waste when you can get a real charger for the same money. Something like this (which I have and love): http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-SC-1200A-CA-SpeedCharge-Maintainer/dp/B000BQSIWK/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1417564797&sr=1-2&keywords=schumacher+battery+charger#productDetails For $37 you get a top brand, intelligent unit that speed charges based on the battery size/type (works on all of them), maintains the charge, monitors in float mode, and has a de-sulfation cycle to help restore batteries. Plus it works on your car, boat, tractor, lawn mower, or about anything else.

    I’m with Mr. Harris in that there’s a much better choice than the tenders, for a given amount of money. JMHO

    Keep up the excellent work, and “take that”! 😀

  3. Thanks for the info on the charger. I know for myself, when I think “battery charger”, I harken back to the days when they were basically detuned arc welders and you took your life in your hands hooking one up. 🙂 It’s good to know they’ve gotten smarter over the years, and I do agree that having access to a smart fast-charger that can do trickle maintenance would definitely be the best of both worlds.

    Thanks! I’ll look into the stuff you named.

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