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Do you have more vehicles (bicycles count too) than rooms in your house? Have you found yourself using kitchen implements in the shop (it's not a garage, garages are for storing cars), and, scarier yet, using your tools in the kitchen? Or have you moved into your garage? During boring lectures, do you work out the gear ratios on your bicycle/motorcycle/car/18 wheeler on your notepad? And if it's a long boring lecture, do you work out a bunch of alternative gear ratios? Scarier still, do you work out gear ratios in your head on boring rides/drives? When you walk through a hardware store, do you find yourself thinking up all kinds of new and creative uses for the doohickies on display? Have you ridden in the rain long enough for your skin to take on the color of your gloves, or worse yet, clothes?

If you answer yes to any of the above, you are a GearHead. Do not be ashamed, there are millions of us out there and without us the world would grind to a halt. Heck, somebody's got to grease the bearings on the axis the world rotates on. If you answered yes to all of the above, you seriously need professional help. No, I don't mean the "mental health professional" kind, I mean turning over that rebuild that you've been slaving over for the last decade to a professional so you'll have time for a smidgen of social life and some doorknocking for your progressive democratic candidates next election day. GearHeadism is an incurable disease, for which relief can only be found in the form of talking or writing about, designing, building, fixing, or riding/driving our beloved machines.

Now for too long we gearheads have suffered in (relative) silence here on DKos. Yea, once in a while we had a diary on the LeMans race or other gearhead topics. But in between we "suffered" through days of mindless diaries on every aspect of progressive politics except cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trains, and trucks. But relief is on the way... A while back I somehow became a "Trusted User". I'm not entirely sure what that is, but apparently I'm allowed to start groups. So a few days back, and just in case they take my T.U. powers away, I started the GearHeads group here at DKos. I live out in the boonies with kinda spotty internet access, so I'm gonna need some help administering our GearHeads group- So if you think you can help please volunteer. And as sunday evening seems like a good a time as any for a GearHeads get together, I'm kickstarting our first weekly Gearheads Gettogether today.

On to Introductions... I'm Dyna and I'm a Gearhead. My life is dominated by, for a start, five motorcycles. Here's my favorite, A rainbow colored Motorvation Formula II sidecar hooked to an '84 BMW R65LS. My other sidecar is a Motorvation Spyder on an "83 BMW R80ST, that ones done up in red, white, and blue. Those are my parade machines, and the rainbow sidecar will be in the Stonewall DFL contingent in the Minneapolis Pride parade next sunday. Today I'm riding an '07 BMW F800S that gets 60 MPG on E30 fuel, a '92 BMW R100GS has taken up residence in my living room in a slow motion rebuild project, and I've got an '01 Buell Cyclone stashed away in Florida for winter use. Sharing the garage are a VW Golf TDI and a couple boring haulers, a Ranger pickup and a Mopar Minivan. I'm thoroughly addicted on the human powered front too, with a Teledyne Titan framed road bike, a Santana tandem, a Bike Friday folder, and a couple sports wheelchairs left over from my gimpier days. Oh yah, forgot about two RC cars... Ever imagine a 1/10th scale Wellstone Green Bus? I've built two of them! I'm into trucks too, preferably Mack, but so far have managed to resist buying one. And living in the country, I'm of course shopping for a tractor, even though my spread ain't quite even an acre...

So GearHeads, It's time to engage in some self-help "therapy" as we try to live with our incurable (and what our non GearHead friends consider insufferable) disease. So introduce yourself, tell us what wheeled vehicle(s) move you, and bench race a bit if you like. So let's get on with our inaugural Gearheads Group Get Together!

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  •  I'm no really a gear-head, but I do (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, northsylvania

    have an interest in cars and racing. I'll follow your group if you get one going.
    I like music too.

  •  I remember a few years ago they put LeMans... (2+ / 0-)

    On the internet for the full 24h. Was damn awesome. Dunno why they don't do that every year.

    "I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD"
    - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 05:34:53 PM PDT

  •  auto racing (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, northsylvania

    got me into building stuff.
    I like fabricating.
    I'll see what you are going to do with this group

  •  I think I qualify (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, KenBee

    now that I'm in from the Shop for a Dkos break (I usually take a loptop out with me on wireless...)

    I'm a 45 year SCCA racer (not 45 yrs old, been racing for 45 years),  motorcycle racer, fabricator (sixteen when I got my first welder) and car restorer. And software engineer, but that's not as much fun.

    Yes, just the other day I had to go to the shop and get tools including a 5" channel lock and a vise to open a stubborn pickle jar in the kitchen, and later that day had to dissemble my undercounter garbage can, take it to the shop and braze it rather than going to home depot and buying a new one. I'll fix anything rather than buy new.

    Today's task is changing a Clutch master cyl on my 1995 Eagle Turbo Talon TSI AWD, fixing an oil leak on a being-restored 1960 Elva F-jr, and cleaning my milling machine.

    If you're really a gearhead, you ought to sit down some evening and write down all the cars and motorcycles and boats and planes and whatnot you've owned or worked on. I even include those that  "belonged" to girlfriends or wives that I did 100% of the work on over the years. You'll be astonished at the list.

    I don't compute gear ratios, but I can go to sleep thinking of compression ratios, piston speeds and cam overlap...soothing....

    I've sold a few vehicles last couple of years, so I'm down to 8 cars and a lone motorcycle, my last roadracer...

    My favorite currently-not-running car? Jaguar XJS-V12.

    Next project: Supercharging my Snowblower before next winter. Here in the Rockies too much power lost at 8700' Sort of the mountain equivalent of a Hot rod lawnmower

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 06:02:51 PM PDT

    •  ok, (bite) what izzit? (0+ / 0-)

      yer last roadracer?

      somebody message user T100, another known mc gearhead..., my other virtual home.

      "Responsible people leave neither loaded guns nor paranoid, eliminationist ideologies laying around for the mentally ill to play with".....Driftglass

      by KenBee on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 10:54:07 PM PDT

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  •  you might be a gearhead if... (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, northsylvania

    you find yourself humming harmonics with harleys at 60, 65, 70 and up as they pass you by on the highway.

    you KNOW you are a gearhead when you hum the harmony by tuning YOUR engine revs to the harley tune!


    MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

    by edrie on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 10:10:12 PM PDT

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