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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 01:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 728
Posted By motu
When I worked in a Honda shop a few years ago,...

When I worked in a Honda shop a few years ago, the water cooled MX bikes came from Japan, all the air cooled dirt bikes came from Brazil, and all the Quad bikes and the CT110 came from North...
Forum: New Zealand 09-27-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,997
Posted By motu
I've got a stainless front brake hose now, got a...

I've got a stainless front brake hose now, got a longer one for high bars so I can run the correct routing - works well not wooden like some I've felt. I had to go back to my dirttrack bars over...
Forum: Airheads 09-27-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 657
Posted By motu
The K81 is normally refered to as the TT100, and...

The K81 is normally refered to as the TT100, and was originally fitted to the Trident and Rocket 3. These days you can get them in race compound. A better road tyre than the K70, but the K70 is far...
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,681
Posted By motu
In 45 years every workshop I've ever worked in...

In 45 years every workshop I've ever worked in has had steel top benches....and that's what I've had at home for 35 years too. I don't think I'd like to work on a wood top.
Forum: Equipment 09-24-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,924
Posted By motu
In the early '70's I stuck my 3 week old bike...

In the early '70's I stuck my 3 week old bike into the side of a van at 60mph coming home from work - my folding pegs folded up and crushed my foot between the engine and van...I was wearing no steel...
Forum: Airheads 09-24-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,063
Posted By motu
Yeah, the Commando is a spine frame, the large...

Yeah, the Commando is a spine frame, the large diameter top tube is where all the strength is. Try riding a featherbed with no engine steady and loose engine plate bolts - it's just a parallelogram...
Forum: Airheads 09-23-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,063
Posted By motu
Here's a better picture of a Featherbed, and you...

Here's a better picture of a Featherbed, and you can see what BMW left out. The engine plates bolt to the cross brace at the top of that rear gusset, the cross brace at the bottom of the gusset, the...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-22-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By motu
Start off with the studs just level with the top...

Start off with the studs just level with the top of the adjuster and go from there - adjust each screw to get an even lift of the pressure plate. They are NOT screwed all the way in like a Japanese...
Forum: Airheads 09-18-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Posted By motu
It's got one good advantage over the K&N - the...

It's got one good advantage over the K&N - the pleats go the other way, front to back. It won't collapse the front side like the K&N.

They are made by Green, similar but betterer than K&N.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-18-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,698
Posted By motu
N Champion plugs are 3/4'' reach, too long for a...

N Champion plugs are 3/4'' reach, too long for a cast iron head, original plug should've been an L7 or L10, so L82 would be about right...they are 1/2'' reach.
Forum: New Zealand 09-18-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,109
Posted By motu
Is that steel box section he's carrying ? Hell...

Is that steel box section he's carrying ? Hell of a load on those tyres and spokes.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 1,536
Views: 229,656
Posted By motu
Black barrels, black brake and a BSA zener diode...

Black barrels, black brake and a BSA zener diode heat sink too.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,365
Posted By motu
But your motorcycle tyre does just that, you lean...

But your motorcycle tyre does just that, you lean over and some of the tyre comes into contact with the road....and the stuff that was in contact with the road no longer is.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-12-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 966
Views: 229,386
Posted By motu
I'm getting my 1974 Stornello back on the road -...

I'm getting my 1974 Stornello back on the road - I've owned it since new, but sadly neglected. Last used on the road in 1988, and last run about 10 years ago. Not a resto, just a rattle can and...
Forum: New Zealand 09-11-2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 1,148
Views: 59,212
Posted By motu
Yeah, and been into Flattrack ever since.

Yeah, and been into Flattrack ever since.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,273
Posted By motu
I don't cover the brake in my car either.

I don't cover the brake in my car either.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-09-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 15,442
Views: 8,954,528
Posted By motu
Molly Terry - XR750's are old school. ...

Molly Terry - XR750's are old school.

...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-09-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By motu
It's a very thin alloy mating surface, bound to...

It's a very thin alloy mating surface, bound to be distorted and gouged by now. I think they had a cork gasket - my wife made a leather gasket for her pre unit T100, never a drop got through that.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-07-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,243
Posted By motu
If you want a pre unit, I'd go for a B31/33. ...

If you want a pre unit, I'd go for a B31/33. Nothing fancy, but you can fancy pants them with Goldstar stuff easy...more BSA stuff out there than any other British single.
Forum: New Zealand 09-07-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 1,764
Views: 122,612
Posted By motu
On the Kombi they were reduction hubs to lower...

On the Kombi they were reduction hubs to lower the gearing....and also reversed the rotation, so had the crownwheel on the otherside of the pinion. Same reason to fit them to a Bug, lower the gearing...
Forum: Airheads 09-06-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,431
Posted By motu
Not much thinking outside the box here. I'm...

Not much thinking outside the box here. I'm still running an S11 on the front, the softer sides are long gone, but I've still got 3mm on the centre groove, so still legal. Just got 11,000km out of...
Forum: Airheads 09-03-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,148
Posted By motu
I serviced a HSUN UTV today - he must've been...

I serviced a HSUN UTV today - he must've been carrying his dog or girlfriend in the cab because the filter was covered in dog hair...inside and out, I was pulling hair from the inside of the filter. ...
Forum: New Zealand 09-02-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 18,661
Posted By motu
It needs wrapped pipes to look really cool, just...

It needs wrapped pipes to look really cool, just looks half arsed otherwise.
Forum: New Zealand 08-26-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,569
Posted By motu
Yeah, me too - spring is nearly here. Fuck her...

Yeah, me too - spring is nearly here. Fuck her stupid budget, I'll eat porridge and get back to work on the Stornello.
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,768
Posted By motu
My '87 reads 9kph high at 100kph, checked with...

My '87 reads 9kph high at 100kph, checked with GPS...the odo is correct.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-22-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By motu
My cam and crank tools were bought from a Triumph...

My cam and crank tools were bought from a Triumph dealer in about 1970/71, so they are period correct.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-21-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By motu
The genuine puller has 2 arms, they fit around...

The genuine puller has 2 arms, they fit around and behind the gear. These are my Triumph tools, not used for 30 odd years.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-21-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 514
Views: 16,381
Posted By motu
So, you don't want to wear seats? We made the...

So, you don't want to wear seats? We made the airbag. I'm sure they'll invent something to take care of those who object to helmets - there will be no law to restrict your freedom, you just won't be...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-20-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By motu
Yes the crank gear needs to come off, and don't...

Yes the crank gear needs to come off, and don't smack the end of the crank, it's really soft and will mushroom - in a pre unit it runs in a bush...and oil to the big ends goes into that end of the...
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 21,292
Posted By motu
The gloves are on the table, I'd say they are...

The gloves are on the table, I'd say they are used.
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By motu
You don't have to hot rod a Goldstar, the factory...

You don't have to hot rod a Goldstar, the factory already did it. If I had an R100 and a Goldstar both apart in the shed, the Goldstar would get all my attention and money, and be the first on the...
Forum: New Zealand 08-10-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,710
Posted By motu
I'm told this doesn't work...although the people...

I'm told this doesn't work...although the people telling me ride nice quiet bikes. I've always found open pipes scare the shit out of them.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,388
Posted By motu
It was magic, in a dark kind of way....I never...

It was magic, in a dark kind of way....I never understood what it wanted from me, and I'm a bit worried about my 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th born children....I made some rash promises on dark rainy...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,388
Posted By motu
I left school at 16 and got an apprenticeship,...

I left school at 16 and got an apprenticeship, and my mother got me a BSA Bantam for $60 so I could get to work and night school. I wheeled it into the street, got it started and took off down the...
Forum: The Garage 08-04-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 956
Posted By motu
The slinger covers the left bearing, which would...

The slinger covers the left bearing, which would restrict oil getting in. If you are determined to run premix, I'd split the cases and remove the slinger, then it'd be just like other 2 strokes. ...
Forum: The Garage 08-02-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,921
Posted By motu
Someone at work (the boss) bent a rim a couple of...

Someone at work (the boss) bent a rim a couple of weeks ago. It was a 21'' MX rim with a heavy duty tube and rim lock, he was using car levers in the tyre machine. After it was repaired, I fitted...
Forum: The Garage 07-26-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,268
Posted By motu
Here in New Zealand a ''string'' repair is...

Here in New Zealand a ''string'' repair is illegal, although they can be used as a temporary measure. We have a compulsory safety/compliance check with intervals ranging from 6 months to 3 years...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-26-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 8,861
Posted By motu
I guess I trailbrake, learned it as mistakes and...

I guess I trailbrake, learned it as mistakes and kept doing it because it worked. But this is what I prefer to do - chop it down, toss it in, and get on the gas.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-24-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 688
Views: 100,175
Posted By motu
Black is the official national colour of New...

Black is the official national colour of New Zealand, so I have to be patriotic and fly our colours.

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af212/bmwr65/P1010176_zps83f943eb.jpg
Forum: Airheads 07-22-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By motu
I find the 90/90 turns in quick, but pushes and...

I find the 90/90 turns in quick, but pushes and runs wide, the 100/90 cures that...for me. Sure, it will be slow and heavy if you use narrow bars, my bars are pretty wide, and never notice bigger...
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