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8 minutes ago, richieb said:

Okay, I’ll take the bait - lower sixties yesterday, took the S1000R for blast on some different country roads at the new place. Refreshing to see some new terrain and actually found some 93 octane No ethanol. Thought the best way to circulate through the system was a blast or two into triple digits. Which on this machine don’t take long — let her eat — 

Awesome machine....are you able to give that bike full throttle for very long? 

5 minutes ago, CECAA850 said:

2'nd gear?

A previous gen Yamaha R1 would hit over 100 in 1st gear, in less than 6 seconds.

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Got some pretty good 14 g on the pc speakers. Just found some 12 in a box, looks like 50 ft lengths so that will improve if I use the AQ Type 4 on a newer tv sound setup.


Used the maple syrup on my bad coffee today, it was still bad just more sweet.

I'm going to email them about this and see if I can trade for the Narino SOE or the Guatemalan that's copasetic. They've been good to me, shipping is almost next day so can't hurt to ask.

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24 minutes ago, CECAA850 said:

How do you like the Node?  How are you interfacing with it?   I think that will be my next audio purchase.

Carl, I just got the Node and have very little time with it as I await some mo' stuff. I like the interface on my 'droid but can't figure out IOS way on my iPad. 

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25 minutes ago, RandyH000 said:

@Bubo    I have a lot of the Lavazza coffee on hand and I buy quite a bit of imported coffee from Middle Eastern shops , it's some of the best I ever tasted -the packaging is usually far superior -


Frequently, I buy tea and spices from Indian shops

ask the clerks which is the "best name brand"

since that is where much of it is grown.


Any ME coffee brands you recommend ?


ME has been trading with Kenya and Ethiopia since at least 1000 BC

Roman Emperors made a lot of money off of their spice ships from India, Egypt,

Spices were purchased in India and brought up the red sea

then caravan to Roman ports on Egypt's n Coast,

then all over the empire ....  and adjacent trading partners for gold and silver etc


When Italy left their colonies in Ethiopia, many Italians stayed and are part of the commercial and banking class.


The business relationships in this part of the world are hundreds of years old

or perhaps thousands in some cases.


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49 minutes ago, Woofers and Tweeters said:

What speaker cables are you using?




I use std 12 GA copper with gold banana plugs for units that accept them for speakers


16 GA lamp cord works fine too, it was the std when most of the Heritage speakers were designed


Clamp connections on amps are fine too, easy and fast and cheap.


RCAs I use Cables direct shielded with gold plated connectors


Affordable, excellent flexibility, good connections


I groom the cable on the backs of the racks to keep speaker cables from crossing power cords etc


Belden makes excellent products, I use them for FM coax, zero loss over 100 ft runs for FM


Belden in wall twisted pair cables probably outperform any other speaker cables of any kind.


If I ever move or rewire I may use the twisted pair cables.


Shielded USB cables


Glass tosslink cables for optical isolation to prevent ground loops


Std power cords, star into APC Sequencers with over and under protection


also minimizes ground loop problems


Everything that feeds my Mac pre-amp is plugged into it, again star grounding. I may buy another short inexpensive power strip and move all the plugs onto it, then into one jack on the back of the pre amp to clean up the power cord mess on the back of the preamp. Attach the power strip to the rack with strong cable ties.

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My Bike looks like this in Black, 1977 860 GTS


Too much traffic within 75 miles of Chicago to ride safely.


So it sits under a Tarp.


When I lived near DC 45 years ago you could ride into open country and rolling hills in minutes or ride through the city on the weekend or mid day. Would frequently take the parkway past Glen Echo and Georgetown into DC and onto the Whiteherst Freeway staying along the Potomac River. City has more than doubled in pop since then, US has added 100 million cars since then and at least 100 million people.


Weekend nights Mr Henry's in NW usually had a lot of not Harley's parked out front, and talented local rock bands playing with large open windows during the warm evenings. Class 5, Central Office with stepper switches across the street was always fun to watch through the open windows. Still plenty of pulse dials.


Affordable cheese burgers with chips, rock music, pitchers of affordable Bud, and a sweet aroma permeating the street.


Also called 860 GTE, 860 GTS, 900 GTS
Class Standard or sport touring
Engine 863.9 cc (52.72 cu in) SOHC four stroke air cooled 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke 86.0 mm × 74.4 mm (3.39 in × 2.93 in)
Compression ratio 9.9:1
Top speed 109 mph (175 km/h)[1]
Power 57 hp (43 kW) @ 7700 rpm[2]
60 hp (45 kW) @ 6900 rpm[1]
Transmission Wet multiplate clutch, 5 speed, chain drive
Suspension Front: telescopic fork, oil damped
Rear: 3-way adjustable 2 320 mm Marzocchi shocks
Brakes Front: 1 (GT) or 2 (GTS) 280 mm discs, 1 piston calipers
Rear:200 mm drum
Tires Front: 3.50" × 18"
Rear: 4.00"× 18"
Wheelbase 1,550 mm (61 in)
Dimensions L: 2,200 mm (87 in)
W: 900 mm (35 in) (GT)
750 mm (30 in) (GTS)
H: 1,170 mm (46 in)
Seat height 825 mm (32.5 in)
Weight 185 kg (408 lb)[2] (dry)
229 kg (504 lb)[1] (wet)
Fuel capacity 18 L (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal)
Fuel consumption 35–45 mpgus(6.7–5.2 L/100 km; 42–54 mpg-imp)[1]



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If I ever move somewhere safe to ride,


I will buy one of these.


Every mechanic (of any kind) I have asked about the bike, offers to work on it if they get to ride it.


Like a Ducati, lots of torque


2001 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

TYPE: Naked bike
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 992.00 ccm (60.53 cubic inches) Power: 95
Engine type: V2 Stroke: 4
Bore x stroke: 90.0 x 78.0 mm (3.5 x 3.1 inches) Gearbox: 5-speed
Cooling system: Air Compression:  
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 224.0 kg (493.8 pounds)
Seat height: 790 mm (31.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Wheelbase: 1,475 mm (58.1 inches)
Brakes, suspension, Frame and wheels
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 160/60-ZR17
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Other specs
Fuel capacity: 18.00 litres (4.76 gallons)
Starter: Electric



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1 hour ago, CECAA850 said:

How do you like the Node?  How are you interfacing with it?   I think that will be my next audio purchase.

The Node 2i works fine with my laptop and Windows 8.1.  I make play list on the lap top with Tidal and then play it through the Node.  If I want to delete a song or edit I have to go back to lap top/Tidal to do that.  That seems a bit cumbersome but I'm not a techie so.........


I think SWL mentioned he was having some difficulty getting the Node to recognize Qobus.  Wonder if he got it sorted out?


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4 minutes ago, CECAA850 said:

OK, I'm confused.  Why do you need the Node?  I thought you could use your phone as an interface so you wouldn't need to go to your lap top to do things?

Well here's the thing.  When I retired I also retired my phone.  And I recalled why just the other day when I was sitting in the barbers chair and looked out at those waiting and no one was talking to each other.  They were all staring into their phone.


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