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This doesn't seem right
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:36:33 PM »
New bike.  Going for inspection on Wednesday.  Beautiful day, so I rode to work.  On the trip home, I suddenly sense a rhythmic clicking as I ride along.  When I get home, this is what I see:
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 08:08:37 PM »
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 08:12:56 PM »
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 08:14:17 PM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 08:14:54 PM »
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 08:21:42 PM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

Right.  If it were Chris, the nail would have punctured the tire, engine case and would have shorted out the whole electrical system.

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 08:38:53 PM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

Right.  If it were Chris, the nail would have punctured the tire, engine case and would have shorted out the whole electrical system.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 08:43:09 PM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

Right.  If it were Chris, the nail would have punctured the tire, engine case and would have shorted out the whole electrical system.

You guys are ruthless.  :lol:

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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 09:01:39 PM »
It's not like it's a Ducati. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 07:29:00 AM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

Right.  If it were Chris, the nail would have punctured the tire, engine case and would have shorted out the whole electrical system.

Seems legit.

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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 07:31:17 AM »
As long as the tires are still kinda of circle shaped it would pass up here.

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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 09:15:14 AM »
No inspections here . . . . . a blessing AND a curse . . . . .
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 07:37:58 PM »
What are these inspections that you speak of?

All the state of California cares about is getting the vehicle license fee. They could care less about the condition of the bike.
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 08:17:40 PM »
Na - it's only one puncture in one tire....

Right.  If it were Chris, the nail would have punctured the tire, engine case and would have shorted out the whole electrical system.

Seems legit.

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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 01:25:47 PM »
What are these inspections that you speak of?

All the state of California cares about is getting the vehicle license fee. They could care less about the condition of the bike.

Or the car. Its amazing here the POS I see driving around belching smoke, half the lights don't work and the tires are bald, yet my 5 year old truck has to pass smog? :shrug:
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2013, 04:05:47 PM »
Don't fret, MA. more than makes up for those states that have no inspections.
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2013, 04:10:24 PM »
I made the mistake of buying used vehicles from no-inspection states in the past. I'm also a former PA inspection mechanic... Say what you will about revenue, but inspection states have safer, better vehicles for the most part.
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2013, 04:26:10 PM »
I made the mistake of buying used vehicles from no-inspection states in the past. I'm also a former PA inspection mechanic... Say what you will about revenue, but inspection states have safer, better vehicles for the most part.

Being from a no inspection state I would agree, you should see some of the crap that drives around here. I have witnessed a wheel fall off on more than one occasion.
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2013, 04:37:12 PM »
I couldn't believe the hoops you had to go thru getting cars inspected when I lived in Germany. NO RUST of any kind anywhere on the vehicle.  :P
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2013, 07:34:58 PM »
I couldn't believe the hoops you had to go thru getting cars inspected when I lived in Germany. NO RUST of any kind anywhere on the vehicle.  :P

So, no VWs older than like 20 minutes on the road over there, huh?
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2013, 07:51:44 PM »
I couldn't believe the hoops you had to go thru getting cars inspected when I lived in Germany. NO RUST of any kind anywhere on the vehicle.  :P

So, no VWs older than like 20 minutes on the road over there, huh?

Funny you bring that up. I had 3 to keep 1 road worthy.
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2013, 08:24:37 PM »
I couldn't believe the hoops you had to go thru getting cars inspected when I lived in Germany. NO RUST of any kind anywhere on the vehicle.  :P

So, no VWs older than like 20 minutes on the road over there, huh?

Funny you bring that up. I had 3 to keep 1 road worthy.

Sounds about right... 33% efficacy.
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2013, 08:44:16 PM »
I made the mistake of buying used vehicles from no-inspection states in the past. I'm also a former PA inspection mechanic... Say what you will about revenue, but inspection states have safer, better vehicles for the most part.

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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2013, 09:16:55 PM »
I couldn't believe the hoops you had to go thru getting cars inspected when I lived in Germany. NO RUST of any kind anywhere on the vehicle.  :P

So, no VWs older than like 20 minutes on the road over there, huh?

Funny you bring that up. I had 3 to keep 1 road worthy.

Sounds about right... 33% efficacy.

Quite honestly, body rust was the limiting factor. The dang hermies don't allow any body rust.

However, bondo is good.  :thumbsup: I got really good at that.
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2013, 07:45:19 AM »
I passed PA inspection with my truck and then about a month later Toyota held it hostage to replace the frame.   :headscratch:

I understand the reasoning behind inspection, but here in PA doing it every year is a bit ridiculous.  Especially considering the amount of new (less than 5 year old) cars on the road.  Perhaps when a car is titled and after it gets to a certain age.  Otherwise it's just a royal inconvenience and money grab.

I would think a broke ass state like CA would hop on the inspection wagon just to reap the financial rewards.

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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2013, 08:27:23 AM »
It was free in NJ when I lived there if you went to a state station.  Living in PA since 1996 it did suck having to pay every year.  We get A LOT of counterfeit inspection stickers here in the city.  Most of those cars have no shot of passing, and during a fatal crash investigation I did, I found a shop forging it's log book so I had the state police shut it down.
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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2013, 06:14:39 AM »
When I moved to Colorado, I was pleasantly surprised that all they care about is that the vin # matches the title. :chili:
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Re: This doesn't seem right
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2013, 01:40:37 PM »
I made the mistake of buying used vehicles from no-inspection states in the past. I'm also a former PA inspection mechanic... Say what you will about revenue, but inspection states have safer, better vehicles for the most part.

Being from a no inspection state I would agree, you should see some of the crap that drives around here. I have witnessed a wheel fall off on more than one occasion.

I will second that. almost the victim of it too. the wheel falling off....   on the vehicle i was testing for work (auto repair center).
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2013, 02:25:08 PM »
In Alberta, if you buy a vehicle older than 10 years, you can take it to a licensed mechanic of your choosing to get an inspection done, which you have to present to your insurance company before they will issue a policy.

There are no annual inspections.

And, as long as you keep that 10+ year old vehicle perpetually insured, you do not need another inspection.

Let the insurance lapse, even for a day, and you need another inspection.

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« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2013, 05:19:04 PM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:
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« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2013, 05:52:36 PM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:

So you don't see pieces of vehicles lying by the side of the road?
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« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2013, 07:29:30 PM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:

So you don't see pieces of vehicles lying by the side of the road?

Welcome to Illinois.

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« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2013, 09:57:55 PM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:

So you don't see pieces of vehicles lying by the side of the road?


I don't.  Of course we can't see the side of the road now.   :bigsmile:
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« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2013, 08:21:40 AM »
When I moved to Colorado, I was pleasantly surprised that all they care about is that the vin # matches the title. :chili:

Huh, when we moved here we had to get it inspected. And there are emissions vans on a lot of exit ramps which check and snap your license. If you don't go by an emissions van, you'll eventually get a letter requiring you to get inspected. Since I live 5 miles from work, I don't regularly hit an emissions van so I'm expecting to have to get the truck inspected again.

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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2013, 08:34:08 AM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:

the majority on the road here are fine, its just the Rez runners that are the problem.
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« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2013, 08:50:13 AM »
So I hear all these stories of POS vehicles in non-inspection states.  In Michigan, we are non-inspection, but I don't recall hearing of an accident caused by something that would have been caught in an inspection?  Maybe I don't pay attention enough.  :shrug:

That's because the cars rust away too quickly from the road salt.

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« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2013, 11:50:21 AM »
When I moved to Colorado, I was pleasantly surprised that all they care about is that the vin # matches the title. :chili:

Huh, when we moved here we had to get it inspected. And there are emissions vans on a lot of exit ramps which check and snap your license. If you don't go by an emissions van, you'll eventually get a letter requiring you to get inspected. Since I live 5 miles from work, I don't regularly hit an emissions van so I'm expecting to have to get the truck inspected again.

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« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2013, 12:08:45 PM »
I'm certainly not saying that *all* cars from *all* non-inspection states are death traps. But it's been my experience that in non-inspection states, the type of people who put off car repairs continue to do so until they're far, far worse than they could have been, and many have been in the "you're going to die if you drive this one more mile" category.

For instance, Delaware's brake "inspection" is drive the car into the garage with four skid plates and slam on the brakes. The machine measures that each skid plate moves within the same percentage of tolerance.

I've seen cars with rotors worn to the cooling fence and metal-on-metal brake pads pass Delaware's brake "inspection".  :headscratch:
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« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2013, 03:53:27 PM »
I've seen cars with rotors worn to the cooling fence and metal-on-metal brake pads pass Delaware's brake "inspection".  :headscratch:


So inspection or not, some people drive questionable cars. Got it.

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« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2013, 03:57:47 PM »
Are the fins the wear indicators? ;)

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« Reply #40 on: December 19, 2013, 04:03:15 PM »
I've seen cars with rotors worn to the cooling fence and metal-on-metal brake pads pass Delaware's brake "inspection".  :headscratch:

So inspection or not, some people drive questionable cars. Got it.

Well, I guess my point was that car never would have passed a viable safety inspection.  ;D
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« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2013, 02:07:04 AM »
Are the fins the wear indicators? ;)

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« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2013, 08:09:40 AM »
The visible fins are a sign that the car is driven by a woman.  ;D


The place that does my bike inspection has been telling me I need new rear pads for 40,000+ miles.  Mind you, they never actually measure the pad.  They just try it out on the test ride and when they see it does nothing they assume the pads are shot.

Again, it's a money grab.