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      Today's trip involved hauling my roadracing...

      Today's trip involved hauling my roadracing motorcycle back from a racetrack, roughly a 200 km trip on mostly secondary roads, and the hauler is a Ram ProMaster van, in which I normally go between...
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      I am assuming track, since street is irrelevant....

      I am assuming track, since street is irrelevant.

      Maybe. It will take some time for the rider to get used to the bike. They may never fully acclimatize ... or they may jump on and feel right at...
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      It's not just the thickness and the alloy ......

      It's not just the thickness and the alloy ... it's also how the panel is designed (compound curves are more resistant to being deformed than flat panels) and how the underlying reinforcements are...
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      Late-nineties GM W-body instrument panel...

      Late-nineties GM W-body instrument panel cross-bars. The part probably carried on into the 2000s.
      Late-nineties Dodge/Ram pickup truck pedal cluster / steering column brackets. It's the piece on the...
    5. The first generation Renault Trafic (van) had...

      The first generation Renault Trafic (van) had either front-drive, rear-drive, or 4-wheel-drive. The engine was longitudinal, even in the front-drive version, which simplified this.

      I can think of...
    6. They will sure pay attention to an absent license...

      They will sure pay attention to an absent license plate around here!!! Instant ticket ...
    7. ThreadBomber is from British Columbia, Canada ......

      ThreadBomber is from British Columbia, Canada ... which has government-run auto insurance (ICBC, a.k.a. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a.k.a. "icky-bicky"). Getting your plates and...
    8. Buying from a dealer here in Ontario, they go to...

      Buying from a dealer here in Ontario, they go to the MoT and they really do "take care of it for you" ... they hand in the emissions and safety inspection paperwork and the purchase documentation and...
    9. The other thing is that most of the time, during...

      The other thing is that most of the time, during idle-stop conditions, EPS demands no energy, but A/C does. So EPS places no meaningful extra demand on the battery during idle-stop, but electric A/C...
    10. Why is it not possible to get a license plate on...

      Why is it not possible to get a license plate on the spot?

      Here in Ontario (Canada), there is no such thing as a paper license plate. When you go to the MoT with your paperwork to transfer the...
    11. There are plenty of 500s in the Toronto area, and...

      There are plenty of 500s in the Toronto area, and it's on the short list for being my next car.

      This intro was for the European version. I wonder how much of it will make it to the North American...
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      It is possible to be a worker in a factory, and...

      It is possible to be a worker in a factory, and be an external contractor, at the same time.

      I'm in that position every workday.

      RIP ... but someone wasn't following procedure, and it was most...
    13. That was expensive.

      That was expensive.
    14. Stop/start but not hybrid? The A/C compressor is...

      Stop/start but not hybrid? The A/C compressor is conventionally driven on all such cars that I know of. If the engine is off, the A/C compressor is off.

      Normally those systems are smart enough to...
    15. All depends on the spring and damping rates, and...

      All depends on the spring and damping rates, and the available suspension travel, and the tires. The Raptor is (supposedly) designed to do stuff like this.

      Depends on the driver, too. My mom - and...
    16. Any supersport bike from the last 20 years. Yes,...

      Any supersport bike from the last 20 years. Yes, this requires you to operate a motorcycle.

      The endurance racing team that I help out uses a 2002 Honda Fireblade which is mechanically stock, right...
    17. Illegal / unsafe / Cop magnet. Therefore, NO.

      Illegal / unsafe / Cop magnet. Therefore, NO.
    18. Lifted suspension doesn't equal smooth ride. Most...

      Lifted suspension doesn't equal smooth ride. Most trucks and off-road-capable SUVs are set up to have high load capacity, not to soak up bumps and ride smoothly over them. Lots of them have fairly...
    19. It sure looks like the Volt and Cruze are sharing...

      It sure looks like the Volt and Cruze are sharing some parts - probably a lot of parts. They've always been on the same vehicle platform, but it now looks like almost the same vehicle.

      Maybe...
    20. The car broke two of the three times they tried,...

      The car broke two of the three times they tried, and evidently they spent a lot of time tinkering and fiddling.

      That car might have beat that bike in that particular situation at that particular...
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