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Kz900 Clean Up

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It’s been raining for five days straight out here in The Woods. Not good for the writing mojo – or for riding. But, a great time to do some cleaning. Air-cooled bikes like my ’76 KZ900 have lots of nooks and crannies – the finned cylinder head/upper engine block especially. Plus, the bike is almost…

“Revenue Collection” … in Reverse

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It’s not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we’re forced to pay on “our” property in order to maintain the fiction we – rather than the government –  “own” it. These taxes eviscerate the “freedoms” which “the troops” are purportedly fighting for and make a mockery of the annual summer celebration whose…

Another One Bites The Dust

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Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine – High Performance Pontiac – will be ceasing publication after the October issue. Pontiac itself, of course, ceased building – scratch that, selling – cars almost ten years ago (in 2006) and really – if you’re a purist like me…

Rx’ing the REX

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I bought my ZRX1200 brand-new, back in ’03. It seems like yesterday – but it was a lot longer ago than yesterday that I gave the front end a good going-over. Thank the motor gods for short-lived tires. I needed a new front meat (the rear one got replaced last fall) so the other day…

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

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It’s a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic)  . . .  and when either leak, it’s cause for further investigation. * Black (or dark brown) drip – Usually, this is engine oil seepage – and it’s usually nothing to worry about…

What Might That Smell Mean?

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You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose. If you’re hip to what various smells suggest. Let’s have a look – or rather, a whiff! * Rotten egg smell – This is indicative of a problem downstream – in your car’s exhaust system. The egg…

If You Hear This Sound . . .

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If your car’s engine starts making a “funny noise,” should you be worried? It depends on the noise! Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. Let’s take a look at some examples of both kinds of noises: * Light clattering sound when you first start the engine - …

Volt Double Down

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The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have…

Modern Car Knowledge

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If you haven’t been under the hood of a new-ish car lately – or (just as important) read one of their owner’s manuals – here are a few things to know that you might not yet know about, but probably should: * Don’t use anti-seize compound on spark plug threads – Well, check first to…