STICKING OUR FOOT-POUND
IN OUR MOUTHS
In your review of the Excel
spoke torque wrench in the
September issue, you said the
“range of the torque wrench is
from 0 to 60 pounds per square
inch.” However, pounds per square
inch is a unit of pressure, not
torque. What you meant to say
was inch-pounds, a unit of torque.
You are correct, and we are
guilty of typing faster than we
think. Obviously, no one will be
able to use the Excel spoke torque
wrench to tighten their spokes to
50 foot-pounds, since the wrench
would explode before that
happened. We indeed did mean
Units of measurement.
NAMES IN THE PHONE
I don’t write letters to magazines;
however, I wanted to write you a
thank you note, because I don’t take
my friends’ names out of my phone
when they die, either.
NAMES IN THE PHONE BOOK II
Tears actually welled up in my
eyes when I read the first paragraph
of “Jody’s Box” in the September
issue. When it said, “In a moment I
realize that I can’t (call them), but I
feel good knowing that I wanted to,”
I must confess that I picked up my
phone and put the names of
everyone I miss back in.
NAMES IN THE PHONE BOOK III
Jody’s column reminded me how
much I miss my old friend, Phil
JAZZ, BEBOP AND
As a professional composer and
motocross enthusiast, I applaud your
use of musical terms in the 2015
KTM 450 test. Unfortunately, when
you described the power in terms of
speed with largo (slow), adagio (fast)
and fortissimo (louder), you should
probably have kept your metaphors
consistent and said prestissimo,
which refers to faster, not louder.
Even more fun might have been to
say bebop. Charlie Parker always
played right at the rev limiter.
Alderton. Thanks for the memories.
EDUCATION AND RACING
I, too, like Jody, was fortunate to
receive a parent-paid-for university
education that I used as the
foundation that helped me build a
Penton-Maico-Can Am and Husky
dealership in the 1970s and led to
running major automobile franchises
for Ferrari and Bentley. Jody’s
exhortations to riders to prepare
sensibly for future careers that will
support them, and the advice that
riding and racing should be fun, will
hopefully be remembered by many of
these enthusiastic young guns.
2015 KTM 450SXF.