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Fall Bike Ride MO and KS 

I spend most of the day today out on the Harley. I went over into North East Kansas and then back into Missouri. Here’s a few pictures from the ride​.



Garage Freezer Rebuild



Freezer rebuild project is complete. By doing this I saved $1,497.21 by not having to buy a Gladiator garage freezer for Ginger . This cost me about $52.69.

First photos from this summer from cleaning, fixing the interior fan, and adding new cover board on back.

Then painted it HD orange. Tread plate on the front. Painted gaskets black. (Black is the new Black). Force rusted metal bars (before photos included). Attached rusted bars. Rubber tread plate detail on the handle. Latches on the door so it can’t pop open and ruin 1k worth of beef.



Harley Davidson KC Plant Open House TODAY

Heading over to the HD open house in about an hour.



Stop by the H.O.G. area to pick up your event pin and meet staff from H-D. Then check out the free 2016 H-D motorcycle demos and a free behind-the-scenes look at the facility that produces the Sportster®, Dyna® and VRSC™ families of motorcycles. Call 1-877-883-1450 (toll free) or for factory tour information.



Kansas City Vehicle and Powertrain Operations
11401 N Congress Ave.
Kansas City, MO , US


AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost (MOB)

AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost

AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost


AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost

Maximizes Power and Efficiency


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AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost (MOB) increases octane for power and efficiency. It is designed to improve startup performance and eliminate engine ping and knock for increased power at low-rpm operation. Motorcycle Octane Boost contains detergents that help combustion chambers and fuel delivery systems maintain cleanliness for optimum performance. At the recommended treat rate, it does not harm catalytic converters or oxygen sensors and is compatible with all other AMSOIL fuel additives.

Maximizes Power & Performance
When treated at 1.3 oz. per gallon of fuel, MOB increases the octane of gasoline up to three numbers. Increased octane improves power and can eliminate performance-robbing and potentially damaging engine knock or ping (see below).

Motorcycle Octane Boost

Improves Low-rpm Performance
Engine knock is especially noticeable in some motorcycles during idle or low-rpm operation and high-temperature driving. Most modern bikes are equipped with sophisticated knock-detection systems that can alter spark timing and the air-to-fuel mixture until knock ceases. Although these systems protect the engine from damage, they can also cause reduced horsepower and poor low-rpm operability. AMSOIL MOB helps reduce the need for knock-detection systems to compensate, ensuring maximum low-rpm power and performance in modern bikes.

Cleans Harmful Deposits
Because Motorcycle Octane Boost contains active detergents, it can help maintain efficiency. For clean up, however, AMSOIL recommends treating gasoline with AMSOIL Quickshot®, which contains a greater concentration of cleaning agents.

What is engine knock and why does it matter?
The tendency of a hydrocarbon fuel, such as gasoline, to knock is measured by its octane number. Lower numbers denote a greater knock tendency; higher numbers denote greater knock control. “Engine knock” is a reference to the sound made from an uncontrolled and early ignition of fuel in the combustion chamber. It causes a knocking or pinging sound, robs the engine of power and can cause catastrophic engine damage. Knock may be eliminated by increasing the fuel’s octane.

What is Research Octane Number?
Research Octane Number (RON), Motor Octane Number (MON) and Anti-Knock Index (AKI) are the three most common octane ratings. AKI, the rating with which most North American motorists are familiar, is typically displayed on gas pumps as the average of the fuel’s RON and MON [(R+M)/2]. RON, however, is the most common industry rating. Therefore, AMSOIL uses the RON rating when conducting performance tests and product validation. Gasoline’s RON generally is a few numbers higher than the AKI posted on the gas pump (e.g. 87 octane fuel, or regular pump gas, has a RON of about 91-92).

 Motorcycle Octane Boost



When marketing their products, some additive manufacturers have adopted a points system where 10 points equals one octane number. A claim that an additive increases octane 30 points translates into an increase of three octane numbers. This approach is often used only to artificially strengthen marketing claims and is not endorsed by AMSOIL.

Treat Rate
One 4-oz. bottle of AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost treats four to six gallons of gasoline. Slight overtreatment causes no issues,

Motorcycle Octane Boost is primarily recommended for use in four-stroke air- or liquid-cooled motorcycles manufactured by Harley-Davidson®, Yamaha®, Honda®, Ducati®, BMW®, Triumph® and all other four-stroke motorcycles. It may be used in off-road applications, including ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles, as an alternative to AMSOIL DOMINATOR® Octane Boost. Note: Clean spills immediately using a clean towel. If left standing, Motorcycle Octane Boost can stain painted or metal surfaces. If cleaned immediately, there is no need for concern.



Two Strokes vs Four Strokes

Here is one of the best graphical comparisons of 2 stroke vs 4 stroke engines I’ve seen. Keep in mind, Amsoil offers products for both types of engines. Here’s more information on Amsoil 2 stroke products, and here is information on Amsoil 4 stroke products.

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Amsoil advantages for 2 strokes;

  • Helps prevents hard carbon deposits that cause exhaust power valve sticking and ring sticking.
  • Superior lubricity controls cylinder, piston and bearing wear.
  • Reduces smoke and odor associated with two-cycle engines.
  • Helps prevent plug fouling.
  • Provides exceptional SAE #4 cold temperature fluidity (-58°F pour point).
  • Versatile and excellent for all types of recreational equipment.
  • Protects against rust.
  • Helps prevent pre-detonation from combustion chamber “hot spots.”


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Rogue Chopper Scavenger Oil Change Kit–Test With Video

We bought a Scavenger oil change kit from Rogue Chopper. Here is our test, with video.

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I bought this kit last fall. I put it on with standard hand tools. Later, I bought the crimping tool so I could do installs on other bikes. If you are in the KC area, and want to install one of these, let me know and I’ll help out.

We thought this was a very high quality, well designed kit. The customer service was great. I would give this 5 stars out of 5.

Here is an explanation from the Rogue Chopper site;

“We all know changing the oil on our bikes is the most important routine maintenance we perform. So if you are going to change your oil, why not change all of it? We all change our oil by draining and refilling the oil tank and change the oil filter. But we never get the oil out of the engine. We pretend like it’s an insignificant amount or it’s not even there. Yet there is more than 24oz. left in the engine, 20% of the oiling system capacity! Upon engine start up, this old oil mixes with the fresh oil and starts the breakdown and discoloration of the fresh oil immediately.

Let’s face it – the oil filter only gets the particles out of the oil.
We must change the oil because of the chemical breakdown from high temperature and combustion gasses mixing with the oil which is what breaks down and discolors the oil. When you mix 24oz. of old oil with 96oz. of fresh oil, the breakdown of the fresh oil starts immediately. This would be like draining the oil in your car, changing the filter, and then pouring in one quart of the oil you just drained out and the new oil. Then pretend the quart of old oil you just poured in never came out and it’s insignificant.
Rogue Chopper has the fix for this problem; The Scavenger Total Oil Change System. This clever yet easy to use system effectively purges all the oil from the engine when performing an oil change. With this we get no old broken down oil mixing with new oil so our new oil stays fresh longer. It’s great if you want to switch to Synthetic oil from regular oil or the other way, but either way it’s a great product.”


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FAQs About Fishing Vessel Insurance | Amsoil diesel concentrate.

In this time purchasing something similar to ship insurance isn't too hard it may appear. If you already have all needed info, you might purchase a tactic of ship insurance online, from the comfort of your own place. It is similar to signing up for and buying an auto cover on the web. Most insurance firms the give out policies on automobiles, also provide insurance programmes for recreational automobiles like boats, motor cycles and the likes of those. Has been to guarantee the boats and only boats since it opened in late 1960’s. Its site offers instant quotes. State Sea Underwriters is another precisely ship insurer. That offer insurance in the forty eight contiguous states with some limited extensions of territory now and then.

Other points to consider include the scale of the hull coverage. Agree price coverage on the hull and machinery is the most desired option. Concluded price policies are where the insurer has agreed to pay the whole amount stated on the insurance schedule in the eventuality of a 100% loss without taking under consideration corrections for depreciation. Cover for the boats hardware is frequently limit to replacement costs. Again, the scale of the body you intend to bass fish on is obviously a fantastically critical element in the choice making. The drawback is that aluminium bass boats ride much rougher than fiberglass boats and are simply blown around by even the tiniest wind. If you're planning to fish in a tiny lake, a 16-17 foot aluminium bass ship would probably be a good selection. Fiberglass Boats : Fiberglass bass boats are more pricey than aluminium but obviously there are reasons for this. Gurus suggest that if you're considering going with a fiberglass bass ship that you buy one with a 4-stroke outboard engine in opposition to a 2-stroke engine. Though these policies have a tendency to be a lot less expensive, there could be dialogues at the time of claims and so, a fixed value is recommendable as the amount is fixed in the contract and there may not be any dialogues about that issue.

So if you may invite mates or friends as passengers or use the ship in areas where folks can be ruined by the heavy use of the ship, it is sensible to pay extra attention to this kind of coverage. Liability Cover Liability Insurance is an important component of a ship policy. Mixed Policy The most typical ship insurance plans provide a mixture of property coverage and liability protection.


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Testimonial for Amsoil Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

This is a reprint of a testimonial sent to Amsoil Corporate. – editor


Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

You’ll notice by my signature below that I am an employee of Chevron Global Lubricants. I am a training specialist and field engineer for our North American lubricants division. I originally worked for Amoco at the R&D facility before moving into marketing, and while in that role, Chevron bought our lubricants business right after I moved to Florida.

All in all, I have more than 34 years of experience in fuels and lubricants testing, development and tech service support.

I own three motorcycles that I either drive on the street or race. What I wanted to share with you today is my experience with my drag bike.

It is a Yamaha Roadstar Warrior. Originally built as a power cruiser, but now it is stretched, slammed and built to run on E-85 fuel and nitrous oxide. I have taken this bike from a fun street cruiser to a beast that wants to jump out from under me every time I snap the throttle.

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The engine is putting out more than three times the horsepower it was originally built with, and with the highly oxygenated fuel, nitrous, and severe use, I have been battling cylinder and piston ring distress for a couple of years. Essentially, whenever I did a teardown, there was evidence of streaking of the Nikasil-lined aluminum cylinder, essentially a scuffing situation that is aggravated by the high cylinder pressures and fuel dilution. Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Since Chevron does not make motorcycle oils, I have had to try many of the “other” different motor oils, all synthetic. To make a long story short, I should have read your white paper on motorcycle oil testing. It would have saved me at least three premature teardowns. Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Bottom line — the AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50 has completely solved my problems. I have been running it for over a year now, and compression and leakdown have stayed at the exact level as when the engine was freshly rebuilt. This weekend, I tore down the top end to try a new piston ring combination, and the cylinders had absolutely NO sign of streaking or other wear-related distress. Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50

Also, all other clearances, including valve lash and valve guide and bearing have stayed the same. This is truly remarkable.

In my training endeavors, I run into a lot of end users who are high performance junkies just like me. I have no problem sharing my experience with the AMSOIL products.

Thank you so much for the great product.

Best Regards,
Sam Vallas
Training Specialist
Chevron Global Lubricants

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Chaparral Motorsports Offers Full Line Of Gas-Saving Bikes And Scooters For Commuters


Gas costs have risen significantly in the last few months, and with no end apparent, many commuters are on the lookout for new methods to get to work with no need to pay thru the nose for fuel. At Chaparral Motorsports, these folk can find a big selection of safe and inexpensive bike and scooter options that will not leave their wallets empty. According to the 2011 edition of the “Your Driving Costs” report issued earlier in the year by AAA, the medium cost per mile that a vehicle is driven goes from 38.1 cents for a little sedan that runs 20,000 miles a year to 96.4 cents for a massive sedan that covers just ten thousand on an annual basis. Making matters even more significant, these figures were calculated using the price of gas in late 2010, when a gallon of fuel cost just $2.88 per gallon. Nowadays, the median price of a gallon of gas has flirted with the $4 benchmark, showing that the cost-per-mile number can only go up from AAA’s estimates.

“Rising gas costs send drivers looking for more cost effective transportation,” declared Crystal Ashby, the VP of promoting at San Bernardino, California outlet Chaparral Motorsports. “Scooters and motorcycles can relieve the pinch on your pocketbook.” Mixing a low manufacturer’s suggested price with a robust fuel economy, Chaparral’s most cost effective option is the Honda Metropolitan. This auto starts from just $2,049 and earns an enormous 114 mpg (mpg) of gas – rather more than commended (and pricey) electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. The Honda PCX Scooter, which has a starting price of $3,399, has an analogous fuel usage rating, coming in at 110 mpg. Other motorbikes and scooters that can save drivers from taking a smash at the pump include the Honda CBR250R Sportbike, which gets 77 mpg and costs $3,999 ; the 83-mpg, $5,399 Honda CRF230M Twin Purpose Bike ; and the Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cruiser, which starts from $6,999 and earns a fuel potency rating of fifty six m.p.g. Chaparral is found at 555 South H Street, San Bernardino, California, close to the 10 and 215 interchange.

Call for directions at 909-889-2761. Chaparral Motorsportsreg ; is known as one of the largest bike accessory and auto dealerships in the country. Chaparral Motorsports now incorporates a 160,000 square foot footprint. Started as a family motorbike parts business, Chaparral Motorsportsreg ; has grown into a multi-line motorcycle and ATV dealer, offering Hondareg, Yamahareg, Kawasakireg, KTMreg, Suzukireg, Can-Am, Victoryreg, Polarisreg ; and Kymco ATV’s, motorbikes, and use autos. Check ChaparralMotorsports online pr for more info.