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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-26-2006, 10:19 PM
 
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Hi SepiasSoul-

I've never seen anyone with a little Gremlin Bell attached to his or her motorcycle...but it is a funny story that is making me feel a little bit superstitious about riding without one!

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post #22 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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I think we've hit upon the gremlin bells here before...



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Nope, but they should make this as their new commerical. Should label is as "A Mini Stoppie" lol, I know its been on the net, but I still love this vid.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/97893/..._the_new_mini/
Check out the movie "The Italian Job". Some good "original" Mini Driving There. I hope they actually didn't destroy all those cars. Minis maybe, Ferraris and Lamborginis(?) Please say No! Kind of dumb and an older movie 1969.

Back on topic: I vote for the cordless extension cord and Instant water!

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^ I have both the old version and the new version of the Italian Job. Both are awesome movies. If you get the DVD version of the old one, their extra scenes are great.

Btw, do they have a reliability version of those gremlin bells?
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post #25 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 08:47 AM
 
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Hi All-

Yeah, there are lots of lightweight and inexpensive devices (without moving parts and turbines) that can make a motorcyclist more noticeable in traffic. This looks like it would be a really effective lighted and reflective waistbelt to be worn on the outside of one's riding gear:



My experience with LED lights is that a set of batteries will last for years and years until they finally die. Apparently they are super-efficient with the way they use electricity.

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post #26 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 09:29 AM
 
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An LED has about 90% efficiency in how it produces light, versus a household light that is 30% efficient. Around 70% of a household light bulbs energy use is converted to heat rather than light, were as only around 10% of an LED bulbs energy use is lost as heat making them much more efficient.

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plasma baby!



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LOL that way if you wreck with it on your back the gasses can knock you out and it wont hurt as much It would be pretty damn bright though... they might even see you in the next state

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post #29 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 09:51 AM
 
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Hi All-

Wow, I learn something here everyday by hanging with the smart people! It's funny, the LEDs themselves also seem to last a long time as compared to a traditional bulb...probably because they're operating under less heat and inefficiency, right? I can't even remember the last time I changed the AA batteries on my little LED running beacon. The device itself will be a "throwaway" item if the LEDs ever get cooked.

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A household light works by heating the filament to the point of burning, but since its in an oxygenless enviroment it only glows. If you too off the glass and turned on the light it would go out in a few seconds. A LED opperates by a reaction taking place on the diode itself. The electricity excites the diode in a chemical reaction, to my understanding atleast, which creates light. Sort of like a bio-luminescence that a firefly uses, though its electrical impulses that cause the actual light rather than a full on chemical reaction. Thats my understanding atleast, I'm sure Vash has a more accurate one

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