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@  Francesco : (07 October 2015 - 05:20 AM) Yeah, but... It's the Model S of electric motorcycles...
@  turbomar : (07 October 2015 - 05:09 AM) Wow, crazy price for that Ebike!
@  Francesco : (07 October 2015 - 04:43 AM) No it doesn't match at all, but I guess it helps Polaris diversify. They've been pushing that BEV side by side for a couple of years and now it is powered by the Brammo DU and pack.
@  marchanna : (07 October 2015 - 02:40 AM) Huh, it does;t really match with the style of the rest of their line-up. http://www.victorymo...ycles.com/en-us
@  marchanna : (07 October 2015 - 02:37 AM) No I didn't see that. Interesting.
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 07:50 PM) Did you see that Polaris has bought out Brammo's electric bike business and is selling the Empulse as a Victory model?
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@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 10:27 AM) @Huronlad that sounds interesting, looking forward to your observations when the snow hits!
@  Francesco : (06 October 2015 - 10:24 AM) No
@  Huronlad : (06 October 2015 - 08:37 AM) My Toyo winters showed up. The compound appears to be just as soft or softer than the WS-60.  There is more space between lugs on the Toyos, so I am expecting better snow traction. 
@  marchanna : (06 October 2015 - 04:13 AM) Francesco: did you recently delete your history and/or browser cookies?
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 09:39 PM) It's unnecessary for our cars, the Bosch reg is just better
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 08:12 PM) YOu know, sometimes I want to buy an old CDI. I miss my old 2005 CDI. It was awesome.
@  turbomar : (05 October 2015 - 08:10 PM) Ha ha Steve
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 07:57 PM) @Turbomar: Taken out of context, that's a really loaded question...
@  turbomar : (05 October 2015 - 07:43 PM) Francesco, Whats bad about the self exciting?
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:29 PM) and I think only IE/Edge default Do Not Track to on
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:29 PM) but I don't think any browsers change "Do Not Track" in updates
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) and then there's also browser "Do Not Track" settings
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) It is possible to change whether or not it bases it on your habits
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:28 PM) hmmmm
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:26 PM) for a while they were mostly car related, some related to my surfing habits (thank you Google) but now not relevant at all
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) ah
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) For example?
@  Francesco : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) weird
@  FlossyTheSmart : (05 October 2015 - 06:25 PM) Nope.
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@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 05:49 PM) And it would certainly explain the poor performance, despite adequate tread depth
@  steveyfrac : (05 October 2015 - 05:39 PM) Ya. I don't remember remarking on the directional nature of the tire...
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So, 50% odds that I installed the tires backwards..
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@  steveyfrac : (04 October 2015 - 06:17 PM) Gonna get a quote for the Toyo Observes from someone else
@  steveyfrac : (04 October 2015 - 02:07 PM) Francesco: they're making me pay in full up front, before they order the tires in...
@  dmoonen : (04 October 2015 - 12:39 PM) I think the summer is officially done. Pools are closed along with the summer toys and the winter cars and toys out out getting a tune up.
@  turbomar : (04 October 2015 - 11:22 AM) Ok thanks Francesco! Ill check the local guys...
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 10:46 AM) maybe less
@  Francesco : (04 October 2015 - 10:46 AM) Local rebuilders stock them, I think I paid $200 after the core refund
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Eco rant - Alkaline batteries

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#1 mzeeb

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:26 PM

Now I consider myself an environmentally attuned individual;- I drive a smart car for all my day to day client visits- Our "family" vehicle is a hybrid VUE (I have 2 kids and 2 large dogs!)- I use setback thermostats to avoid heating the house when we're not home- We use dimmers throughout the house and leave the lights off when a room is empty- We run dishwashers and laundry appliances during "off-peak" times and as little as possible, and - We use Ni-MH batteries as much as possiblebut sometimes you just need to feed the toys alkaline batteries.I collect up used alkaline batteries to dispose of them properly; there are terrible environmental consequences for simply dumping these into the municipal trash collection system.So today I pulled into Canadian Tire to get a few things. I walked through the door and took a look around for the recycling station. Found the CF bulb recycling box right away but could not find a battery disposal box.The young lady at the counter asked if she could help."Where's your battery recycling station?", I asked."Oh, we don't do that", she replied. "But just leave them here with me", she added."What are you going to do with them?", I asked."Oh, we'll just throw them into our trash", she responded."What?!", I said. "I could've done that, but it's terribly irresponsible!""We do it all the time", she answered with a shrug.That's when I politely informed her that Canadian Tire had lost a good and long time client; I took the batteries across the road to Home Depot where they do recycle batteries.Now I can understand them not having a recycling station but to collect them anyway for disposal in municipal landfills is just downright bad!
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:49 PM

That is indeed bad. Around here there are lots of places to recycle batteries, including bottle depots.I want to take a run at the fast food places for not recycling or composting their trash, the amount of plastic and paper that is landfilled from those sources is atrocious.Even the new Tim Horkoff's (Horton's, sorry, Russian slip-up) "recycling stations" are only there to collect the refundables, nothing else is sorted and all the rest goes into the trash.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:29 PM

Around here there was talk of new by-laws that would enable towns to fine Tim Hortons, McDonalds et al for the littering actions of their patrons. At the top of the access road that leads into our mature subdivision, they built (first) a McDs and (a few years later) a Tim's; there is now trash from both these places on most streets. Seems to be trendy to actually place one's bag of either, standing up, in the middle of the road.I don't know what became of these propsals, and I'm too lazy to check.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:31 PM

i look for small local company's that take these environmental returns now, i found a nice lil reuse store that took electronic good for recycling. but also found they have a heat exchanger to recover hot water going down the drain. looks like the new project for the house now.

#5 gordo.bernard

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:20 AM

"I collect up used alkaline batteries to dispose of them properly; there are terrible environmental consequences for simply dumping these into the municipal trash collection system."

I used to believe the same thing. No one does not want to be green

When it comes to alkaline batteries, many people incorrectly believe that they are a hazard to the environment when disposed in landfills. Sure it would be nice to have someone take apart each battery so that the metal could be reused but that is prohibitively expensive if the only goal is to use the metal and there is no other environmental saving. That would be similar to having some one remove each individual nail from the scrap that is sent to a landfill from a reroofing job. The ECO fee that would need to be attached to the purchase would be justified and would be way more money than the battery itself. Just be absolutely sure that you are not buying the cheapest batteries that you can find...i.e. Chinese made, so that you can trust the purity of the product. These may pose the biggest threat to the environment on both sides of the Pacific.

This is one manufacturer's recommendation.


"Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal."

Edited by gordo.bernard, 24 January 2012 - 07:23 PM.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:58 PM

I recall seeing a "Marketplace" or similar story about battery disposal. I don't think anyone is doing it for regular household batteries, as strange as it may seem. There is some value in recycling rechargeable batteries, but is only done on a small scale.Recycling batteries (and other materials) is done as a "business" and the whole social conscience thing is pushed aside when the dollars are not there. I also read somewhere that Toronto styrofoam is collected and sent to China for processing! I guess we don't need it because so little manufacturing calls for the material in Canada.But that's the loopy world we live in - asparagus from Chile, squash from Mexico, apples from New Zealand!
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:01 PM

There are companies recycling alkaline batteries, here in BC...

http://rcbc.bc.ca/ed.....ine Batteries

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:57 PM

some of the metal recycling yards around toronto will take alkaline batteries. they want a few pound though, dont pay a lot only a few cents. a few years ago a guy i worked for had a bucket we tossed used batterys into used at the shop. it got full an we took in 160# of used batterys an got $35 for em.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:33 PM

In Ontario battery recycling is left up up to the manicupality, it is them who decide where the boxes get left etc. In Quebec I think it is a provincial gov thing, post office has the box to recycle etc.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:56 PM

just about every Home Depot has recycling containers for non-rechargeable batteries and cfl's.Go to the customer service returns area, tall boxes right there.Dale
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