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Forum: Thumpers Today, 06:03 AM
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Posted By NC Rick
Thank you for your business!

Thank you for your business!
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 04:16 PM
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Posted By NC Rick
Hopefully you have heard from us by now! We were...

Hopefully you have heard from us by now! We were at barber motorsports track Monday. It has been by FAR the most busy year we have ever experienced this winter/spring and although we have brought...
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 723
Views: 77,471
Posted By NC Rick
Thanks guys! With the reminder, I do remember. ...

Thanks guys! With the reminder, I do remember. The Penske/Bmw fitment always is a little more challenge than I would prefer. Since the early days, we have been fitting the Moab with firmer rate...
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 723
Views: 77,471
Posted By NC Rick
Very nice post GasGuy! I agree with everything I...

Very nice post GasGuy! I agree with everything I read and apreciate where you are coming from. I have a few comments, all of which I believe to be very constructive.

Your workmanship grinding...
Forum: Thumpers 01-31-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I do not want to be on that ride! As a kid, I...

I do not want to be on that ride! As a kid, I loved the mud, roosting my friends or being roosted was fun. Now days, I hate mud. It smells bad, makes me and my bike way to dirty and when I see it,...
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 91,477
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Posted By NC Rick
Dear MotoLab, I actually have really admired...

Dear MotoLab,

I actually have really admired much of your input on this forum. I think you are a smart guy and I find your somewhat pedantic nature to be quite endearing. I am a pretty...
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I think the big advantage of the 23" wheel is how...

I think the big advantage of the 23" wheel is how the effective trail (front geometry of the motorcycle) is affected less by soft terrain and when encountering rocks, logs and ridges that the bike is...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-26-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,360
Posted By NC Rick
New CT90 K0

Hi folks, Hopefully I am posting to the right spot... It looks like I am ending up with what is either a late '67 or early '68 K0. To me this thing is really cool. Officially the first Dual Sport...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8,175
Views: 1,376,242
Posted By NC Rick
I an pretty swamped and behind on the fork...

I an pretty swamped and behind on the fork project but I do have the cogent springs and am doing the adjustable 25 mm adjustable catridge conversion right now. Hope to post a few photos soon.
Forum: Thumpers 01-03-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I have those (K60) on my DR650. They are a good...

I have those (K60) on my DR650. They are a good tire that may well be the hot setup for many. I will not get another set, largely based on price but also because of how I like to use my bike. I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-01-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Happy new year folks! I hope we all have a great...

Happy new year folks! I hope we all have a great year and are free to persue motorcycling and all those other expressions of our responsible freedom and liberty. I did not ride a bike today,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
ER, you do not need a set screw. We have NEVER...

ER, you do not need a set screw. We have NEVER seen one of those rings change positions on their own. When we designed the preload ring, they succumbed to my "belts and suspenders" approach.
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
The "bling ring" with the pin wrench works OK in...

The "bling ring" with the pin wrench works OK in the DR, you can reach the adjustment with the pin spanner from under the BST carb. I have not found a way to escape the fact that the DR shock is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 07:56 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
ER, That photo of the front lit mountains is...

ER, That photo of the front lit mountains is incredible, I love it!

The tool will fit the threaded hole once you force it in a time or two, the reason it won't fit is to do with the burs that the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2013, 12:42 PM
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Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
:clap. I enjoyed that :lol3

:clap. I enjoyed that :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Merry Christmas, happy holidays! It is always a...

Merry Christmas, happy holidays! It is always a fun privilege for me to hang out here with all of you! Ya, the solstice, that was the 21st I think. Every day, a little better from then:D makes me...
Forum: Thumpers 12-23-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
As soon as I have a set of DR forks in hand, I...

As soon as I have a set of DR forks in hand, I will do that. I couldn't agree more, that will really help.
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Rick's KLR, if you do take it to a shop, perhaps...

Rick's KLR, if you do take it to a shop, perhaps you can let me know in advance and I can contact them to se how we may better serve you. I am perfectly willing to aid them. I could send the tuning...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
There is no doubt that suspension feel is a...

There is no doubt that suspension feel is a personal thing. On the few occasions we hear that a customer has a result that is not what they want from our product, we really want to make sure that...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Very good points. The 10% spring change is just...

Very good points. The 10% spring change is just about what a rider will perceive, all other factors staying the same. Keep in mind that spring manufacturers really can't guarantee making springs to...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2013, 07:44 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Quasi loctite test

Remember that I called this "QUASI" science. There are many things wrong with this experiment:

Pure aluminum is "inactive" alloyed aluminum, like the 6061 I used contains other elements, some of...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Russ, I forgot what those actually looked...

Russ,

I forgot what those actually looked like and did not know/remember about the reversing system. I had a Yamaha AT1-c that I hopped up to a somewhat extreme state of tune with 175 cc and very...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2013, 05:37 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Nice! My father had an NSU single before I was...

Nice! My father had an NSU single before I was born. I have rnever seen the NSU car, I think that company became part of auto union along with DKW? We had a pretty cool DKW 125 motorcycle back in...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22,273
Views: 2,674,974
Posted By NC Rick
The biggest reason to use dry nitrogen is because...

The biggest reason to use dry nitrogen is because of the lack of moisture and it is pretty much chemically pure, without oxygen. Small amounts of moisture will greatly increase the expansion of the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Sorry but I have a bit of an obsessive...

Sorry but I have a bit of an obsessive tendency... On the test plate for tomorrow morning, I decided that i did not have to wait too long for the screw that was dry (no loctite) to cure so I removed...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2013, 07:53 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I remember why we changed to the 243 several...

I remember why we changed to the 243 several years back.
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Since I lost a little sleep last night thinking...

Since I lost a little sleep last night thinking about my NSU, I thought I would share.

Not sure about others but I would have and will use Stainless Steel fasteners (or Zinc plated steel) and I...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
First a broken thumb, now, night terrors... ...

First a broken thumb, now, night terrors...


Perhaps I can find the time to peek in there.:wink:
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I have never checked mine... I would think the...

I have never checked mine... I would think the plastic mounting "ears" would have steel or bronze bushings to take the screw forces?

I don't want to read this stuff, I could start to worry! At...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Derek, Thank you for that post. When I...

Derek,

Thank you for that post. When I first read it, I found it to be quite a pedantic statement. I am pretty notorious for being less than perfectly specific in my use of language. After...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I had big problems with the hose kinking in that...

I had big problems with the hose kinking in that exact setup. Either run a outer spring or use hose that won't kink. I used silicone hose rated for vacuum.
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2013, 06:05 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
What about the small filter in the carb fuel...

What about the small filter in the carb fuel inlet pipe, where the tank to carb hose attaches.
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I do think your fine using loktite Bicycles are...

I do think your fine using loktite Bicycles are made very light and use small fasteners. You do need to pay close attention to torque specs as it normally is assumed that threads are dry, unless...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
I did grease my suspension bearings at 17K mikes...

I did grease my suspension bearings at 17K mikes and clearly, should have done it sooner. They still feel smooth but next time I look I know it will be to replace them so if I don't look...:D
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
My old girl (2000 DR650) is on the lift this...

My old girl (2000 DR650) is on the lift this weekend for some much needed TLC. Valve check (its been about 20,000 miles since last check). and I think the spark plugs are still OEM at around 40K...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2013, 09:38 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Foot dragger, Can you let me know where you saw...

Foot dragger, Can you let me know where you saw not to use locktite on aluminum? I have been doing so for years, never had an issue (doesn't make it right...) and remember the early days of my...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2013, 08:16 AM
Replies: 701
Views: 107,614
Posted By NC Rick
Very nice workmanship!:clap

Very nice workmanship!:clap
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 91,477
Views: 17,041,396
Posted By NC Rick
Stretch, Thank you very much for your...

Stretch,

Thank you very much for your detailed and specific response, this is exactly what I was looking for! And thank you to all of you for the kind words. I am a very lucky person to be...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8,175
Views: 1,376,242
Posted By NC Rick
I can't answer that question as a yes, it can...

I can't answer that question as a yes, it can only be no. I think this same answer will also help to address Fir_chan's situation.

Rider weight, loading, riding style or use and preference are...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 8,175
Views: 1,376,242
Posted By NC Rick
Hey folks, as Ed said, 1 off the springs are...

Hey folks, as Ed said, 1 off the springs are more pricy but if there are numbers, then things make sence. If we got to 20, we could really get somewher. Unless I am mistaken, the aftermarket...
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