Well, I got the bad news this past Wednesday. My bike sucked a lot of dirt into the cylinder and needs a new top end. When quizzed about how I service my air filter, I told Travis (mechanic) that I clean my air filter every 3 rides. I've cleaned air filters in my bikes for 41 years without any problems but I recently switched to a new product, at least new to me, after reading a great review about it in a certain dirt bike magazine. To make a long story short, the spray filter oil was not trapping all of the dirt and allowed dirt to pass through into my engine costing me a new top end.
The fact that companies spend a lot of money advertising with a magazine, regardless of what product or magazine, should not influence the review of a product ... but lets face it, this is just big business. Can I really expect a magazine review to be any more fair than life is? I should be able to, but thats not the way the real world operates anymore.
That is why I try to read reviews of products posted by normal, everyday, real life people on the internet. Even this can be misleading though, if someone has had a run in with a company before, can you be sure they are being fair with their review of a product?
I hope that when it comes to health magazines that can affect peoples life, not just their wallet, that these types of magazines are more responsible and unbiassed in reviewing products and medicines.
Tomorrow, however, I am going by my buddy Darel's house to pick up his Honda XR 650 to ride this week. He has called three times telling me to come pick it up, but I have been reluctant to so far. That's a real best friend when he calls you up wanting to loan you one of his motorcycles! I'm into my 4th week without a bike and I'm like a crackhead detoxing. I can't stand it any longer, I've gotta get out and twist the throttle, feel the raw horsepower as the bike picks the front end up in 4th gear while you're already going faster than any sane, normal person would ride. Then again, I may be feeling the detox effect from not having a killer cheeseburger from Rich mountain in over a month. Whatever the reason ... I will be feeling better soon... I promise.
Oh, by the way, my RA is still holding up well except for my left hand. My ring finger has been hurting and popping badly when you bend it. It occasionally hurts all the way up into the palm of my hand. If it keeps this up, I would rather have them amputate the finger than have to put up with this pain for the rest of my life.