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  1. Re: What 'Twelve O’Clock High' tells us about air combat and the burden of command

    At least we didn't obliterate ourselves at the rate you guys did.

    The US lost 23,000 planes in combat.... and um, 34,000 that, um, weren't in combat.

    Pushrod engines?
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    Re: Oz Politics.

    The Salvos got the gig because they were literate?
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    Re: pushrod engine question

    Looked at that and thought.... Yamaha. As a matter of interest, the engine in the BMW Funduro was originally a 5 valve in the Aprilia Pegaso, but the ///M guys requested 4 valves instead for the...
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    Re: pushrod engine question

    Some folks just love old tech. To keep it going for 100 years beyond redundancy takes a special kind of thinking. If you look at the US Presidency, it becomes easier to understand.
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    Re: F1 Circuit of the Americas

    Timing of that one is awful here. Race is scheduled for 1am Monday IIRC.

    I've had the screens tuned to the Japanese MotoGP practice... and today qualifying... but had to, once again, call in the...
  6. Re: What 'Twelve O’Clock High' tells us about air combat and the burden of command

    My Uncle was on a training flight in the UK, over the ocean... and due to shoot at a target being towed behind another plane. It started jigging about, my Uncle was heard over the radio "fly...
  7. Thread: Cb1100

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    Re: Cb1100

    And if you prefer current styling - Bennie and Fon called in for lunch today, and to watch the MotoGP practice sessions on the big screens. They live in Europe, but leave a bike here for regular...
  8. Re: What 'Twelve O’Clock High' tells us about air combat and the burden of command

    and, of course, the TACAN development that was used to bomb Hanoi in all weather / hours.
  9. Thread: Cb1100

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    Re: Cb1100

    Doesn't change the fact that it was based on the BSA A7.

    Here, try a teaspoonful of wiki:

    The Kawasaki W800 is a parallel twin motorcycle produced by Kawasaki from 2011 to 2016. The W800 is a...
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    Re: pushrod engine question

    Hard to believe... but my overhead cam, desmodromic-valved Ducati only has two valves. Well, actually, it has four valves... across two cylinders.
  11. Re: What 'Twelve O’Clock High' tells us about air combat and the burden of command

    I'm sure the Brits did a lot of daylight bombing. The Aussies certainly did. By the end of WW2, we had the fourth largest airforce in the world. My uncle was a pilot in it and he'd done daylight...
  12. Thread: ICE

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    Re: ICE

    Can someone please explain what "dissolved air" is?
  13. Thread: Cb1100

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    Re: Cb1100

    If you are going to go down that path, it's actually based on a BSA
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    Good dog... page 5 of the Bilge.

    Slackers
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  15. Re: harley davidson is really gonna do this

    Bikes being rear-ended at lights was the prime reason for the recent introduction of lane filtering in my home state in Oz.

    Here in Thailand - it's total filtering. Go anywhere
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    Re: Vesparado Wanderlust

    Speaking of prices gone up.

    This is a full restoration and I think, modification, of a 40 year old Vespa.

    "Everything new" - I spotted a disk brake hydraulic reservoir on the bars... so I think...
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    Re: Vesparado Wanderlust

    Thought of you the other day, Joe.

    I know it's not Hollywood Boulevard, but it's Vespa focused. Plenty of Vespa-specific shops in this town (Chiang Mai).
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  18. Thread: big wave

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    Re: big wave

    https://image.redbull.com/rbcom/052/2018-07-24/b1af438b-4cab-4f04-a66a-f6814e7490c4/0010/1/1050/700/1/the-right-ren-mcgann-7.jpg
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    Re: big wave

    Welcome back
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    Re: Tire explosions

    When my elder boy was 10 years old, we attended the funeral of one of his soccer team mates. Killed after an old tyre exploded.

    I have had old tyres explode on me. Rubber gets harder with age,...
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    Re: A.M. Deering anyone?

    I had one of his designs for 18 years, up until about a month ago. The design, for a sundeck motorcruiser, featured in IIRC the July 1937 issue of Rudder magazine
  22. Thread: hotrods

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    Re: hotrods

    This was parked next door to the pub earlier today. Looks like a rebodied Toyota of some kind - possibly a Crown


    https://photos.smugmug.com/Riders-Corner/i-KTBnrT8/0/51017ae4/X2/mm3-X2.jpg
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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    More room than it looks. Bit of a Tardis pack. Undies, shirts and socks.... but no spare daks. I was riding in jeans, which got soaked, but had dried by the time I got to each day's end of ride.
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    Re: talk about compromised view forward

    I, or more correctly, my drone, did get shot at trying to take photos of some Mig21s :D
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    Re: talk about compromised view forward

    This one supposedly had the highest number of kills of any MiG21

    http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Last%20Vietnam/aa5_zpsa8b45824.jpg
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    Re: Touring Australia Question?

    The Sydney fireworks are really something to experience.... but yes, crowds are a factor. I don't know if any on-water or restaurant tickets are still available.... but they are seriously worth it.
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    Re: More Microsoft Monopolistic Abuse

    How about a counter point of view.

    I like Microsoft. More specifically, I like their software and how it lets me work. Furthermore - I'm happy to pay for it. I already pay subscriptions for the...
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    Re: Sand. Magnified

    rutile sands

    http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8209oOF6x_o/UI_BXaEeGZI/AAAAAAAAIzY/6HK14LRoe5A/s720/Rutile.jpg
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    Re: What's for dinner

    Chicken Cordon Bleu.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Riders-Corner/i-3WNHVbm/0/75e00e21/X2/chickcordonbleu-X2.jpg

    One of our additions to the menu. I think I'd prefer it with a sauce - honey...
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    Re: Changing motorcycles again

    The KLR is in its final year. For some unknown reason, they haven't ever been sold here, despite being made in Thailand. I would love to be able to buy a few for the rental fleet - the closest I...
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    Re: Changing motorcycles again

    They make the Vulcan S here. Quite reasonably priced at 269,000 baht. I've had enquiries for them for rentals, but my two parallel twin Honda 500 Fs did the job for the guys who'd asked.

    Tum...
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    Re: WW2 Aircraft I.D.

    https://scontent.fbkk2-6.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/43754112_270835430438816_1842558514925404160_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&oh=196be04dcbed0832fc987dfe670879d2&oe=5C54881E
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    Re: Oz Politics.

    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/7071ea288234587a0095b892931ea406?width=1024
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    Re: I like bicycles.

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    Steve Peat's downhill bike. I'm told it's a bike he won the world championship on, but I can't verify that at the moment. I'm wondering if he won the international event here on it. It...
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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    Thanks Lee.

    I think it's fair to say that I've been busy. I'm supposed to be putting together a ride thread... but I need a nanna nap.

    I flew to Bangkok a couple of days ago and promptly got...
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    Re: The Lonely BMW

    I've got a 650 Dakar here that everyone seems to think hasn't been started in 6 years. It's at the bottom of my priority list
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    Re: What's for dinner

    Good to see the Duke of Marlborough. Stayed there in '83. Windsurfed straight off the beach there.

    Meanwhile, in the foothills of the Himalayas, we've had Khoa Soi for dinner. This is a...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    My trailer has never had one. It's a bit like Grandpa's axe.... new axle, new coupling, new wheels, new rear section.... etc.

    Don't whinge about NSW bureaucracy... come try the Thai flavour.
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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    Tum, my business partner, is a treasure - and has the kitchen and behind the scenes elements humming. There's lots of new gear in already, new staff are on board this week in both the kitchen and bar...
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    Re: What's for dinner

    Staying in my pub, listening to the roar of the passing traffic.

    Shared meal with my brother. I've managed to stick to my rule.... no alcohol until 6pm. The 2pm MotoGP race might test that......
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    Re: Some motorbikes just look right

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    Tum (my business partner), Oi (new...
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    Re: What's for dinner

    More steak, this time in Chiang Mai

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  43. Re: The National Museum of Royal Barges, Bangkok, Thailand

    Wow. Just wow. I just skipped through a bit... will look later. Fantastic.

    I will be in Bangkok on Tuesday, and wish I had time to visit... but I have paperwork to do instead. Next time.
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    Re: Tsunami - Sulawesi

    It's not criminal gangs, its people who have no food or drink.
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    Re: Tsunami - Sulawesi

    I flew over it tonight.. but nothing visible. Last death toll I heard was 1,234. Expected to climb significantly, although one disaster site I visited in Sumatra a few years ago was significantly...
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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    I'm still five or six hours travel away, ... Aren't airports fun places to spend 7 hours or so in the early morning hours... But I see my brother has taken some shots. Here's one

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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    Woo hoo... I'm on the way. Watching the Emirates flight crew boarding now. Have an Aussie guy just checked in to the pub. Rode a postie bike with sidecar up from Oz.

    I wasn't going for a few...
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    Re: Some motorbikes just look right

    Thanks Lew. Yes, it's an S. I know he had a low speed (U-turn) fall, which is why he replaced the levers. The rear Ohlins shock has just been overhauled. The low speed running issue is related to...
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    Re: So, I've bought a pub.

    Bloody hell... so now we've got a water feature. I need to get there. Quickly
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    Re: Dear Dads,

    This thread just reminded me of something that happened when my sister was about 14 or 15. A guy pulled up beside her and a friend as they were walking home. Ugly enough to have a hard time getting...
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