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  • Big O Tires Warranty?

    About a month ago I bought an '02 Audi allroad from a small dealership here in town. I've put about 1000 miles on the car. I rotated the tires the day I bought the car, and the tires looked fine (I checked myself). Now, 1000 miles later, I've got a MASSIVE split down the sidewall...6 inches long, and 3/8ths wide. The tire holds air, but I know it's unsafe to drive with any sidewall damage. I haven't driven offroad or anything, so I don't believe it's damage but a defect.

    The tires are Big O brand Euro Tour's, their premium tire. All Big O brand tires come with:

    "FREE With Every Big O Brand Tire!

    3-Year Full Free Repair or Replacement Road Hazzard Warranty

    3-Year Full Free Replacement Materials and Workmanship Warranty

    3-Year Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance

    Free Tire Rotation Every 5,000 Miles for the Life of the Tire*

    Free Rebalance Every 5,000 Miles for the Life of the Tire*

    Free Flat Repair Coverage for the Life of the Tire*"

    It says that it's got a roadside hazard replacement warranty, as well as materials and workmanship. My only issue is that I don't have the papers from the previous owner, and I've no way to contact them at all. Am I out of luck? Or will Big O take care of me anyway?

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs9 years ago
  • 2001 Suzuki GS500 value?

    I'm looking at buying a 2001 Suzuki GS500. It is in very sound mechanical condition, and has 29,000 miles. It has quite a few scratches, and is a little beaten cosmetically (it's been a beginner bike for a lot of people). I've done some looking around, and it seems like it should go for between $1400-2000, but I'd like to try to go for $1000-1200. Does that sound like a reasonable price? I'm basically wondering what the high end of the pricerange should be, as in any higher than that and I shouldn't buy it.

    What do you guys think?

    3 AnswersMotorcycles10 years ago
  • GS500 tire size/handling?

    So I just bought a 2001 Suzuki GS500. It says on the frame plate that the tires SHOULD be:

    Front: 110/70/17

    Rear: 130/70/17

    It came from the prior owner with 140/80/17 and 110/80/17 tires. I think that right now the bike seems to handle a little heavy-doesn't really want to flick over into a corner or change direction quickly. Would going to the original, smaller tire size help the handling? How would it change, if at all?

    Thanks!

    3 AnswersMotorcycles10 years ago
  • TCBI with advance, compared to Digital ignition?

    So i'm looking to buy the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250r. I was comparing the 2010 to the 11, and i found that the 10 has Digital ignition, where the 2011 has "TCBI with digital advance". Could someone explain to me the difference between these? I'm assuming the TCBI is more desireable (otherwise they wouldn't use it), but I have no idea as to the actual difference. Thanks!

    1 AnswerMotorcycles10 years ago
  • Chance of getting pregnant?

    This is going to sound really weird.

    My girlfriend and i have both agreed not to have sex until we're married, but almost anything other than that is allowed (as long as my penis doesn't go inside her). So today we were messing around, and lo and behold i came all over her leg. Now i'm usually very careful to make sure that my sperm stay well away from her vagina, but today i wasn't really paying attention and i don't know where exactly it went. I think it went on her leg, but not entirely sure.

    Like I said before, i was never inside her. So what's the chance of her getting pregnant from our little mishap?

    3 AnswersPregnancy10 years ago
  • 1987 Kawasaki ZG1000 only runs on "Prime"?

    I just bought a ZG1000 as a project bike to mess around with. The fuel petcock/tap has 3 options on it; Res, On and Prime. The bike will run with this On and on Res, but it coughs and hacks like it's not getting fuel. I bought it like this, and the guy said that it's got some internal damage most likely. I noticed that if i put the tap on Prime, the bike runs perfectly, revs quickly, idles easily and has tons of power. I suspect that there is no internal damage, just a problem with the fuel delivery. When I remove the gas tank and put the valve to On, shouldn't there be gas running out of the tap? If i take off the tank and put the valve to On or Reserve, there is no gas coming out at all. I can run the bike on prime, but when i turn the bike off it leaks/overflows out of the carb. Any ideas?

    4 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • How much would liability insurance cost?

    My buddy and I are starting a small, motorcycle repair business. We have been fixing bikes out of my garage (without a business license or anything) for about a year now, and have had huge success. We have a decent customer base, we just don't have enough room in my garage for all the bikes we can have! So we want to move up to a real, dedicated shop. We found a place that is willing to let us work for free until we get going, and we have nearly every other aspect of the business covered. But we need liability insurance (in case a bike gets stolen from us, for example). However, I can't seem to find anybody that will give me a quote, unless we are a business already. We don't want to invest all the time and money into doing everything else, only to find that the insurance is going to make us broke, you know? So any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    2 AnswersInsurance1 decade ago
  • How to remove carbon from valve seats, without removing the valve?

    I have a 1980 Honda CT70, which is being rebuilt. It has been sitting outside for a few years, so the cylinder was toast. It just got a new cylinder, piston, but not a new cylinder head. The motor still won't get any compression, and with the new top end I've decided that it must be a valve. The intake valve has some carbon/rust built up on the seat, but I can't think of a way to get under there to remove it...pulling the valves is not an option, as this requires a honda specific valve spring compressor. Any thoughts?

    2 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Can I put mixed gas in an oil-injected engine?

    I have a 1980 Vespa P200E, an oil injected 2-stroke. The oil injection on this beast has been notoriously unreliable, and it has seized the motor once due to a failure. Is it alright to just put mixed gas in the tank, and not put any oil through the injection? Then I don't have to worry about it failing. Thanks!

    4 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Can I use your AMA member #?

    I'm ordering some parts for my bike (www.bikebandit.com) and there's a discount if you put in your AMA membership code. I was wondering if I could put your number in for the discount, I'm not with the AMA just yet. Thanks!

    3 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • What year is my Vespa?

    I was recently given a Vespa P200E. In buying parts, i've found a considerable difference between the 1979 and 1980 models, and have bought the wrong thing several times. My Identification plate (on the left of the steering column) says that it was manufactured 12/79, and I couldn't decide whether It's a '79 or '80. I figured it could have been made in the end of 1979 as a 1980 model, or it could have been a 1979 model, untill the end of the year. Anybody know anything about these?

    1 AnswerMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • How to troubleshoot an electronic ignition module?

    I was recently given a 1978 Vespa, I believe it's a PX200E but i'm not by any means sure. It's a 200cc oil-injected 2-stroke. It's got good compression, low miles, and is in decent condition mechanically, but has no spark. I have the service manual, and have checked everything it says to. All the grounds are good, the ignition switch is working properly, and the voltage regulator appears to be in spec. The stator/magneto/thingy (inside the flywheel) appears to be working more or less, but it's slightly out of spec. The manual calls for 500-510 ohms, and it's giving me something like 490. Could this be the cause?

    The service manual gives no options to test the electronic ignition module, it simply says "borrow an electronic ignition module that is known to be working from a dealer, or from a friend, and use this to verify it's operation." I don't have any friends with one of these (lol) and my dealer doesn't have one either. Is there a way to test if this is working? I can't seem to find a place to buy a replacement, so If this is the cause I may just have to replace the entire ignition system.

    Thanks!

    1 AnswerMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • What would be a good band name?

    My buddy and I are thinking of a band name. We play rock/metal. We were thinking either:

    Eternally Tainted

    or

    Fiery Relations.

    What do you guys think?

    3 AnswersPolls & Surveys1 decade ago
  • How does a race suit compare to a jersey and pants?

    I am gonna get some new gear, and I was wondering how a full race suit would compare to a riding jacket and riding pants, protection-wise. I just thought that it might offer slightly more protection, and maybe a little more convenience, than having everything separate. I currently use a body-armor jacket, race pants with armor, armored gloves, arai helmet, and knee high boots. If I was to get race suit, it would be a neck-to-ankle, fully armored front zip suit, also with the boots, gloves, and helmet. Any input? It seems to cost about the same either way.

    4 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Can a motard go on the freeway?

    I'm looking at the Honda CRF230M, as a smallish commuter bike. I would get a bigger bike (the GSXR 750 is the favorite bike i've owned), but I love the looks and gas mileage of the CRF. Most of my commuting is in town, so the 230 is fine for that, i know. But I was wondering if it will do the freeway at all, just a short stint to the mall, for example. I haven't been able to find anything about this on the internet, so any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    5 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Is changing springs a DIY thing?

    I have an '06 YZF-450F, and I need to replace the rear spring with a stiffer one. I do all of my own maintenance, but I have never done anything with the rear suspension. I have no problems doing it, assuming that is doesn't take some press or something to squish the spring back on...does it take any special tools? I can't tell whether or not the spring is completely uncompressed when the preload is at the lowest, and I don't have a service manual. Thanks!

    3 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Electric guitar...Pinch harmonics?

    I'm in the process of teaching myself electric guitar, and i'm having some trouble getting the harmonics just right. I know the basics of pinch harmonics, but I was wondering if you all have any suggestions about this, or know a website that might outline it a little better than the ones I could find.

    Thanks!

    3 AnswersPerforming Arts1 decade ago
  • How many miles does your car have?

    I have owned 3 Toyota Camry's, and had excellent reliability with each of them. I was just curious how many miles you all put on your car before it dies, or you replace it.

    Camry's:

    1992 CE 4cyl: 276,000 miles, sold in '03 and still on the road (i sold it to a former employee of mine).

    2003 LE 4cyl: 196,000 miles, sold in '06 (to my daughter, now has 217,000 miles)

    2007 LE V6: Currently has 146,000 miles, still going strong. This thing has POWER!

    2 AnswersOther - Cars & Transportation1 decade ago
  • Would you call the Ninja 250R a bullet bike?

    My father won't let me get a Ninja 250R, because he says it's a bullet bike. I thought that the problem with "bullet bikes" was that they have waaaaay too much power...and a 250 is not going to have that problem. What could I tell him that would change his mind? He would rather I get a Honda xr650, or something like that. I don't see the reasoning for getting a 650 vs a 250, just because one looks like a sportbike.

    I've been riding dirtbikes since I was 4, so there isn't any worries about control or anything, and i don't want a Ninja to go streetrace...I just love the way it looks and I love the Kawasaki bikes in general. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    6 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago
  • Harley Smart Security Problem?

    Background:

    It's not my bike, it's my best buds (no, it isn't stolen.) It is a 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. He bought it used off a guy last year, and took it apart to make some customizations. He took it apart last fall, and then figured out that he couldn't do what he wanted to do, so he let it sit all winter (in pieces on the floor), and now he asked me to put it back together. He, clearly, is not very mechanically inclined...But I love it!

    Anyway, I now have the bike all put back together, and of course it won't start. What it does when you turn the key: everything goes on, the fuel pump pressurizes the system, all the lights go through the cycle and go off, and It looks like it should start right up. The only thing out of the ordinary is that the "security" light keeps flashing every 2.5 seconds, which the manual indicates that the system is armed, and therefore the starter is disabled. I've been through the service manual, and it led me to believe that the Security Antenna was bad (it gives me the code for "security antenna open", and i followed the flow charts), replaced it and no good. I put a new battery in the fob, and still no good. It seems like it should start, but you push the button and nothing happens, It clearly is the security system disabling the starter.

    The bike has a fresh battery, and it ran fine before being taken apart. Also, we don't have the 5-digit pin to override the security manually. Have any of you had any problems like this before? I'm a mechanic (not for new harly's, obviousely), so use the real words and all, you don't have to simplify it or anything. Thanks, Steve

    2 AnswersMotorcycles1 decade ago