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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    Just figured it out this is for your 500x
    I see there are also a slew of rad protector grills on the market for it already.
    and an extension for the back of the front fender.

    so many goodies to ask for christmas
    Yeah, it's for the Honda. Sadly, I think I'm going to part with the Ninja in the Spring. After having gotten used to the honda the ninja feels very cramped and uncomfortable, and someone else should be enjoying it. It'll be hard because I have some very fond memories with that bike.

    I think I will get a fender extension too. Why not. This is an exciting project for me. I'm intimidated by the idea of doing work on my bike but the shop labour charges are so high that I'd rather avoid them, and if other people can do this, why can't I? Anyhoo I signed up for a 3 day bike maintenance course at BC Institute of Technology in Feb, and am looking forward to this new challenge. It helps immensely that there are so many experts online who are willing to give advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpwell View Post
    ... signed up for a 3 day bike maintenance course at BC Institute of Technology in Feb, and am looking forward to this new challenge. It helps immensely that there are so many experts online who are willing to give advice.
    Those courses are awesome, you are fortunate to have one available near you. I took night school classes for motorcycle mechanics decades ago and really enjoyed it unfortunately as it turned out I probably knew more then the teacher did about 2-strokes and that was what I was into at the time, but it was a great opportunity to take my bike to class and work on it and to meet other riders.

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    <img src="https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/751aa4c4-8b09-4b29-87eb-c7b813275d1c/svn/simple-green-all-purpose-cleaners-2700000113002-64_1000.jpg" alt="Simple Green 16 oz. Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner"/>
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    fixed it for you

    Quote Originally Posted by kf4cln View Post
    You can make it an image or you can make it a link but you can't make it both.
    The hypertext code for an image is [img]jpeg goes here[/img]

    MSDS says formulation for simple green is:
    Water ≥ 78%
    2‐butoxyethanol ≤5%
    Ethoxylated Alcohol ≤5%
    Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate ≤5%
    Sodium Citrate ≤5%
    Fragrance ≤1%
    Colorant ≤1%

    ... that's pretty expensive water combined with a little bit of glycol, alcohol, phosphate and fruit juice imho
    but it does come in a very nice spray bottle container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    MSDS says formulation for simple green is:
    Water ≥ 78%
    2‐butoxyethanol ≤5%
    Ethoxylated Alcohol ≤5%
    Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate ≤5%
    Sodium Citrate ≤5%
    Fragrance ≤1%
    Colorant ≤1%

    ... that's pretty expensive water combined with a little bit of glycol, alcohol, phosphate and fruit juice imho
    but it does come in a very nice spray bottle container.
    Maybe so, but it really does work pretty well. Never tried it on tar, but have used it for a lot of other cleaning purposes. Found something I like better now called "Totally Awesome". Again, never tried it on tar but this stuff works either straight out of the bottle or diluted down to 100:1 depending what your using it for. It's supposedly usable as an engine degreaser.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007P0TH0M...a-392605939189


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    Totally Awesome? the formulation for that product has apparently changed at least once so MSDS information is a little sketchy. I did find a reference to:
    Orange Oil Blend
    Ethoxylated Alcohol
    Disodium Salt
    Tetra Sodium EDTA
    Hydroxy Sodium
    all in varying but very small percentages of actual active ingredient.

    Water content was indicated as "QS"
    ... which apparently stands for Quantum satis (abbreviation q.s. or Q.S.) is a Latin term meaning 'the amount which is enough'. By the math it works out to contain more then 90% water.

    I love MSDS for all the reasons the big chemical companies hate it, they can't lie about what they are actually selling you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    Totally Awesome? the formulation for that product has apparently changed at least once so MSDS information is a little sketchy. I did find a reference to:
    Orange Oil Blend
    Ethoxylated Alcohol
    Disodium Salt
    Tetra Sodium EDTA
    Hydroxy Sodium
    all in varying but very small percentages of actual active ingredient.

    Water content was indicated as "QS"
    ... which apparently stands for Quantum satis (abbreviation q.s. or Q.S.) is a Latin term meaning 'the amount which is enough'. By the math it works out to contain more then 90% water.

    I love MSDS for all the reasons the big chemical companies hate it, they can't lie about what they are actually selling you.
    Yep. Nice to know but don't really care. All I need know is that it works Totally Awesome 😁 on everything I've used it on and since I'm not a chemist I'm not going and mixing my own cleaning products. Besides, it can be obtained pretty cheaply at Dollar General around here.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lezbert View Post
    * Passhole -- Aggressive driver who stops at nothing just to get in front of you, saving him/herself a whopping 10 seconds.
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    Simple Orange or Green use
    D-laminine chemistry.
    The regular grease cutter in Simple Orange? 1.5%.
    In their paint stripper? 7%.
    The rest is “inert” ingrediants. AKA H2O.
    Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.

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    I wound up getting this product. I'll use it to clean the tar of my front fender in preparation for attaching an extender.

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