atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5848: And now, the CLUTCH

As hoped, I took the motorcycle out to run my errands today. Before doing anything I went out to the garage and put the key in and tried kicking her over, and she cranked enthusiastically, so I went back inside and got myself put together.

First time ever riding my bike with contact lenses instead of glasses. Very nice not having to take glasses off and put them on again when donning or removing the helmet; also crystal-clear distance vision is a big plus.

Half of my ride was below 45 MPH; first errand was running to a Comcast office to get a new remote for the cable box. After that, it was 50+ MPH to Menards for masking tape and some other supplies. And the first time I tried to get to 55, VRRREEEEE off the tach needle went towards redline even though the motorcycle itself was not speeding up. Had to baby it when I got above 50 in 6th gear lest it start slipping again.

Well, replacing the clutch is messy but not too difficult. Otherwise the bike ran splendidly, not so much as a bobble, even though I haven't ridden it since WHEN? (June 30, a mere 73 days.)

And it's been six years since I bought it so some repairs are to be expected. So far I've replaced most of the wear parts except clutch and front brake pads; I guess they're next. (Let's see--replaced rear brake shoes, chain, tires, and battery, so yeah--just front brake pads and the clutch. And I inspected the front brake pads when I had the wheel off to change the bearings; they're good for a while.)

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So, today is 9/11 again. It's been 16 years since the attack that changed everything.

Francis Porretto discusses how airplanes brought down skyscrapers. It didn't need to be an inside job and there didn't need to be any explosives in the buildings to make them collapse. Two jet airliners with a mostly-full load of fuel did it handily.

"Never forget. Never forgive."

"Kill them all." Could not agree more.

Islam delenda est.

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I find it telling that 88% of viewers like the series but only 11% of critics do. That's a positive sign. I'll let you know what I think when I get around to watching The Orville.

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Apparently the Outer Space Treaty states that maritime salvage laws, among others, do not apply in outer space. So if there's an derelict satellite, you can't just take it unless you have the permission of whoever owns it.

So if a satellite is registered in Crotobaltislavonia, and it stops working, you need to get their permission to salvage it.

Let's say that NASA leaves a shuttle, unmanned, in some random orbit because of this or that emergency. People got out of it and into another shuttle and left it. Some random guy also in orbit could not legally board that shuttle and claim it as salvage; it would still belong to NASA regardless.

All this means that I'm going to have to insert some exposition into one of my stories talking about how the Outer Space Treaty was rescinded after such-and-such, because I like the maritime salvage laws (and others) extending to space operations. Once a continuous manned presence in space is possible you don't need the Outer Space Treaty's restrictions anyway.

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As for the bike, a quick perusal of eBay shows that the friction plate kit is around $60-$70 depending on brand, though I saw a few sets of a generic make for about $38 shipped. A set of new steels would run about $50, and springs an additional $10-15. Or a complete kit with all that and a clutch housing gasket for $170.

Steels have to be a certain thickness to be in spec, but I don't know how much they'll have worn in the 16,000 miles this bike has gone. The springs also must be a certain height. The manual gives all this info. To do this right I'd want to check the wear of the steels and the spring heights and-and-and, and rebuild the clutch to like-new specification, but that would mean disassembling it one day and reassembling it a week or two later after I got all the parts.

Well, it's not happening this week anyway. Or month. I'll just have to ride slower, I guess.
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