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*Originally Posted by KenW [+]
Reeeeeeely going off topic now...
I have a 2004 fridge which contains ammonia, in my caravan.
AFAIK it is still used in those fridges powered by heat, ie three-way fridges used in vans.  They run from mains, battery or gas.
Yes it is toxic.  But I haven't heard of anyone being killed or injured by it in recent times in Australia.
Petrol sniffing however, remains a problem.  That destroys the brain, either killing or leaving the practitioner intellectually impaired.  So much so, that we have a low-aromatics fuel (called Opel) for use in outback regions where our indigenous brethren mostly live.
We've also had people gassed or blown up by LPG bottles in vans and while carried in vehicles.
I highjacked my own thread  :008:

We had an incident at a small town arena a couple of years ago. Two people died, one was the HVAC guy that the manager called, the other was the manager. No one else was in the building at the time. An older incident happened in a larger arena here. A former Olympic figure skater and coach sustained permanent lung damage. She held her breath and ran for the door, but it was too late.

First responders are very concerned about the emergence of alternative energy sources in vehicles. Electrical fires are becoming more common. It complicates accident scene rescues and fire suppression. They just don't know what they are dealing with when they arrive on the scene. With ammonia, it would be hazmat responders first on the scene.
 
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On Two Wheels / Re: Triumph announces enduro, motocross lineup under development
« Last post by KenW on Yesterday at 11:52:14 PM »
Reeeeeeely going off topic now...
I have a 2004 fridge which contains ammonia, in my caravan.
AFAIK it is still used in those fridges powered by heat, ie three-way fridges used in vans.  They run from mains, battery or gas.
Yes it is toxic.  But I haven't heard of anyone being killed or injured by it in recent times in Australia.
Petrol sniffing however, remains a problem.  That destroys the brain, either killing or leaving the practitioner intellectually impaired.  So much so, that we have a low-aromatics fuel (called Opel) for use in outback regions where our indigenous brethren mostly live.
We've also had people gassed or blown up by LPG bottles in vans and while carried in vehicles.
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New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by Dave354 on Yesterday at 11:10:23 PM »
Welcome from Cornwall!
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New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by NorthumBryan on Yesterday at 09:13:36 PM »
 :401: to the forum from Northumberland  :467:
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New Members / New guy
« Last post by Lesterzzzzzzzz on Yesterday at 08:47:55 PM »
Lesterzzzzzzzz hi all. Lifetime biker here. I’ve just sold my GS1200 and bought a tiger 1200 low as I’m knocking on and need both feet on the floor.
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I've never had a problem with the engine heat on my Xrt.  I do ride in some pretty hot and humid weather, but minimize pleasure riding when it gets into the 90s.  That's nothing to do with the engine heat, just the overall comfort level even off the bike while outside in those temps.

I would offer one suggestion to improve the heat issue.  I have noticed that mine is noticeable cooler if I run it without a tank bag.  The Triumph bag on mine blocks a lot of air.  Nice when it's cold. Not great when hot.  Not sure if that will help with the engine heat specifically, but increasing the overall airflow should help some.


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*Originally Posted by Will Morgan [+]
Or growing fuel from algae. Similar to bio-fuel from sugarcane or corn starch but without the need for agricultural land, Locally we have a derelict riverside indutrial site with unuy high security where it was once rumoured the owner was working on this, derived from Chinese experimental research. Apparently all it needs is a convenient supply of flowing water for the hydroponics to feed the algae, hence the riverside location. Claim is it doesn't pollute the river or need huge amounts of energy, just takes time to grow & harvest.

All sounds too good to be true and we know what they say about things like that = it probably is too good to be true (and the local rumours/village gossip has gone very quiet on the subject)  :164: :164: :164:
The company that I worked for spent 10 years modeling an algae farm in Arizona to produce jet fuel. They built a pilot plant that still operates, but they ultimately found that it was not feasible. The catch 22 was that algae needs lots of sunlight to reproduce effectively but it cannot tolerate heat. So they tried all kinds of ideas to cool it. Eventually, they considered moving the whole process underground using the land surface for solar cells to power LED lights. It was crazy. They would have needed an area the size of Arizona to produce enough jet fuel to power the US airline industry, which was the objective. In the end, they started growing algae for cosmetics and other uses.

Ammonia is a deadly gas. A few wiffs of it will destroy your lungs. It is still used in some older ice arenas as a refrigerant and it kills and injures people when it leaks.

I live very close to Ballard who have worked on commercial fuel cell technologies for going on 30 years. They partnered with multiple major car manufacturers. They trialled a few busses on the road here 15 years ago. It was never feasible. They changed their focus to small power plants to power homes off the grid, such as summer cottages. Fuel cell technology does not scale down easily. The fuel tanks are high pressure bombs that are difficult to armour for collision certification.

I toyed with the idea of fuel cell drives for blue water sailboats. Clean power and you can drink the exhaust runoff!
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In the early 80s I knew a guy who had a Volvo that would not run if the level in the fuel tank was less than half full. That turned out to be an accumulation of water in the tank due to a quirk in the body design that channeled runoff from the rear window into the filler while refilling in the rain. And it always rained here.
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*Originally Posted by ExRider [+]
I had a gen1 XC and replaced the original H4 bulbs with a earlier version (3800 lumen) led from Cyclops:
https://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/Cyclops-100-H4-LED-headlight-bulb_p_192.html
The install was quite easy, everything, including the electonic box fitted inside the headlamp housing.

As for foglights, i paid an arm and a leg for a pair og Denali D4s.....

So is it not possible to just replace the bulb in the existing stock fog housing for a gen 1?  I read elsewhere that someone was able to use an H3 bulb in the fogs.  I'm really not interested in an LED or HID type bulb. 
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Electrical and Lighting / Re: Want brighter headlights/fog lights 2015 TEX 1200
« Last post by JG_XRT on Yesterday at 12:52:15 PM »
*Originally Posted by ExRider [+]

As for foglights, i paid an arm and a leg for a pair og Denali D4s.....

I wanted (and still want) a set of those.  I'm still not sure if the electrical system can handle it with all my other gizmos (heated grips/seat/gloves/jacket, factory fogs, GPS).

I opted for Denali D2s instead.  Nice and bright.  And so far, no issues- I can all my stuff on high with no power issues......so maybe I could swap my D2s for D4s......hmmmmmmm.
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