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4 Black bolt covers

This is probably stock, but how would i actually know?

Replacing my handle bars today... back to stock handlebars. Simple easy question if the nuts on mine are stock ( 1987 California ). They are sealed with some sort of black cap that is seriously embedded into the holder housing. They are flush, actually a tiny hair less than flush with the face of the holding house. In anycase, is there a trick to getting these caps off without messing them up?

Or ( due to fuku frying my various glands ) am i approaching this upside-down like usual even though i can't find any sort of "other side" to these bolts? If so, then is there a procedure to turn the bike upside down without spilling any fluids? I mean... erm.. yeah, while it's in place, rather than while riding it... i know how to do it while riding it... that's a cinch.

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They're just plastic inserts. A small flathead screwdriver can remove them.
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They're just plastic inserts. A small flathead screwdriver can remove them.
Thanks Caleb. Rather safe than sorry ( says the lane-splitter ).
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Thanks Caleb. Rather safe than sorry ( says the lane-splitter ).
Hey, lane-splitting is safer than getting rear-ended in traffic. Lots of research out there about it, actually.

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Lots of research on both sides. That's why after all these years there's still one state allowing it.
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Lots of research on both sides. That's why after all these years there's still one state allowing it.
The research really has nothing to do with 'why only one state allows it', it's just not something that's on the forefront of lawmakers minds. Not enough money coming from our industry into their respective pockets, if you get my drift. Not to mention non-riders generally have a bias against riders, and most lawmakers fall into that category.

It's kind of funny; the most 'liberal' state that has all a bunch of anti-emissions laws is the one that allows it.

Most of Europe allows it as well.


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The research really has nothing to do with 'why only one state allows it', it's just not something that's on the forefront of lawmakers minds. Not enough money coming from our industry into their respective pockets, if you get my drift. Not to mention non-riders generally have a bias against riders, and most lawmakers fall into that category.

It's kind of funny; the most 'liberal' state that has all a bunch of anti-emissions laws is the one that allows it.

Most of Europe allows it as well.

I've had license in quite a few states over the years. California is the very first and only state Driver's and Motorcycle handbooks for the DMV licensing exam that couldn't give a rat's ass about "make sure you follow every single little rule and memorize the weight of a truck axle traveling south in the winter" BUT DOES have things like turning left into whatever damned lane you like ( unless two left turn lanes ), serious guidelines to keep a person SAFE. Because i recently had to take the tests, i bothered to read it. I WAS SIMPLY AMAZED. It is really that different. Like, "it's about damned time somebody figured that out". It was different enough that had i skipped it and just figured it was like everywhere else, i am pretty sure i would have failed.


In other news... in central L.A. today, a man was seen carrying off a pair of old handlebars up a flight of stairs. If you see this suspicious creep, call the L.A. hotline at...

yups... Got those replaced, got the front end un-tweaked ( again ) but did it different this time, replaced the brake/speedo guide on the front left fork ( new replace, old was broke off ), re-routed the stop-switch to under that little loop where it belongs up by the radiator cap, and will be testing that as well... it was turning off on a hard right turn, like when backing up... in any case, this old man done for the day since it's raining in California up here and yeah, i'm stupid, dangerous, and don't read books while i ride, BUT i am not a total idiot at 4:35pm up here where it would be ALL lane splitting just to get halfway around the block.



oh, and i remembered to put the 4 little covers back on too. Just to keep on topic.
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The research really has nothing to do with 'why only one state allows it', it's just not something that's on the forefront of lawmakers minds. Not enough money coming from our industry into their respective pockets, if you get my drift. Not to mention non-riders generally have a bias against riders, and most lawmakers fall into that category.

It's kind of funny; the most 'liberal' state that has all a bunch of anti-emissions laws is the one that allows it.

Most of Europe allows it as well.

Seeing that most most motorcyclists are conservative (just kidding have no proof)maybe both Europe and California hope that lane splitting kills us all off(this is meant to be taken as a parody as I can count how many times I have been serious on my middle finger)

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Seeing that most most motorcyclists are conservative (just kidding have no proof)maybe both Europe and California hope that lane splitting kills us all off(this is meant to be taken as a parody as I can count how many times I have been serious on my middle finger)
if and when i can ever afford a cheap camera for my helmet, gonna take a ride to venice and back starting at 3pm, short twenty mile round trip, should take about 3 hours even with lane splitting and no, that's only the sort that is between rows of stopped cars and dodging the cars that lane split, u-turn from right lanes, and cut across the "keep clear" areas from either side just far enough to see ( hopefully ) a pedestrian blocking their attempt; nothing serious like passing in a 35/40 since during that trip my average speed of 7mph will definitely be faster than all of the cars. See, i DO watch the vids on youtube and i have yet to see ANYthing close to traffic reality here in L.A. except maybe one of those Chinese vids with 600 sino-vespas in one of those plaza shaped intersections that resemble a flock of moths around a lamp at night. At least they are smart enough to know it's the caged people that are truly whacko. After you watch it, then you can at least arm-chair qualify for comment. Keep in mind, i grew up in the "strict" states for the most parts. When your IN it, it's like "wtf?" makes absolutely no sense not to do it.

Just remember though if you come over for a beer sometime, before you try it... use your rear-view mirror too, because it is likely you'll have one or two other bikers behind you that are passing in the "line lane" since you failed to use it yourself, and around here, skate-boarders do it too, so remember they have the "ultimate" right of way.



If we're lucky and pick the right day, we'll see some bikini clad skateboarder's lane splitting and racing bicycles across the Venice circle intersections. Loads of fun that... seriously. In that part of town, they don't even pay attention to street lights and it's all downhill from Pacific blvd to the beach. All the cars are putt-putting along showing off their rides trying to avoid parking for $25 per hour anyways. Oh, and the cops? They'll be on the beach. Serious as a heart beat. They're the only ones allowed to drive/ride on it. LOL go figure that. Oh, and i forgot about . . . the horses . . .

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