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Forum: Airheads Today, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By Dark Helmet
Yeah, I would have to say I don't have the...

Yeah, I would have to say I don't have the cajones to hold it at 3/4 throttle for 30 seconds. 4-5k RPM will give me palpitations as it is!

Thanks guys.
Forum: Airheads Today, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By Dark Helmet
Thanks Fred, yes, I would appreciate hearing your...

Thanks Fred, yes, I would appreciate hearing your method. I am a believer in a hard break in as you need the pressure to force the rings into the cylinder walls to seat. I saw a procedure from...
Forum: Airheads Today, 06:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By Dark Helmet
Three questions

Hi all,

I had a smoking left cylinder on my 70 R75/5. Mileage undetermined. Odometer shows 6500 miles, but shop where I bought couldn't verify the number. Could be 106,500, but bike just...
Forum: Airheads 05-20-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,518
Posted By Dark Helmet
This thread has been helpful, though could still...

This thread has been helpful, though could still use some help. I have a 1970 SWB I have had about 8 months. Could never get it to idle well. Had it at a tech day and we checked the timing using...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By Dark Helmet
Jzed, I have a leakdown tester from HF but...

Jzed,

I have a leakdown tester from HF but just ruined it by not closing its air valve to the pump before connecting. I am going to replace it and do the LD test. Also, I am going to go out and...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By Dark Helmet
Thanks all, You are confirming my thinking...

Thanks all,

You are confirming my thinking that rings and valves are due. Will get someone to ride behind me as suggested. Rings and valves are easy, but what about the guides? Seems like...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By Dark Helmet
Oil smoke

1970 75/5 with unknown miles, but condition suggest relatively low. Runs well, until yesterday no smoke or oil consumption. Leant to an out of town guest on a rige in North Ga mountains. After 1.5...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-04-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31,105
Views: 2,493,004
Posted By Dark Helmet
Yes, very sad news about Bob. While you knew...

Yes, very sad news about Bob. While you knew that medically the deck was stacked against him, he was the happiest guy I knew or have known. He knew his window was compressed and he was not going to...
Forum: Airheads 02-03-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 63,403
Posted By Dark Helmet
Wow, sweet ride!

Wow, sweet ride!
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 27,834
Posted By Dark Helmet
Great photos. Great eye, good lighting, good...

Great photos. Great eye, good lighting, good composition. Makes the RR even better.

DH
Forum: Ride reports 01-24-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,907
Posted By Dark Helmet
Really great RR. NICE JOB, I had to laugh...

Really great RR. NICE JOB,

I had to laugh at a coincidence. In September last year I had just completed the Trans America Trail after a 5000 mile ride (for those not familiar, it's 90% off...
Forum: Airheads 01-17-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Hey all! Thanks for coming by today. It...

Hey all!

Thanks for coming by today. It was great to meet everyone and put faces to avatars.

By the way Gary, Mark, Dave, Phil and Brian, fixing those two tight intakes and putting that tiny...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 27,834
Posted By Dark Helmet
Subscribed! Don't do many, but this has all the...

Subscribed! Don't do many, but this has all the goods. Safe travels and heep that traveling mojo going!

DH
Forum: Airheads 01-13-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Tech Day info and directions

Hi all,

I have sent a PM to all of you that said you may be able to make it Saturday with directions and information. If I missed anyone, PM me or leave a note hear and I will get the info to...
Forum: Airheads 01-12-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Thanks Hardwaregirrl, look forward to meeting you...

Thanks Hardwaregirrl, look forward to meeting you and sorry this weekend didn't work out. Hope to learn a lot this weekend!

DH
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 76,072
Posted By Dark Helmet
Anna, Best wishes for a wonderful 2015. Very...

Anna,

Best wishes for a wonderful 2015. Very inspiring ride because of your enthusiasm and sheer willpower. When you are down, remember that you are one of a very tiny, unique group to have the...
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Any special projects that people need work on...

Any special projects that people need work on next Saturday? Just want to make sure we have the right tools, especially special airhead tools.

Also, I have most other tools I think.

DH
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Of course Fearless, sounds good! Thanks for the...

Of course Fearless, sounds good! Thanks for the HF offer, hope someone can take you up on that.

Based on the forecast we hit the weather perfect. Sunny and 55 for the high.

I will PM...
Forum: Airheads 01-10-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Ha! Nice. Everyone else has been spending mine...

Ha! Nice. Everyone else has been spending mine so thought I would pay it forward. Enjoy!

DH
Forum: Airheads 01-10-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Yep, I've been working on a couple bikes a lot...

Yep, I've been working on a couple bikes a lot lately and my back has been telling me I need the lift. It seems very solid, but buy some jack hydraulic fluid. Mine was very low when I got it and so...
Forum: Airheads 01-09-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Hi all, Responses seem to point to 17th,...

Hi all,

Responses seem to point to 17th, and now the following weekend is iffy for me.

Let's go with the 17th. Also, I will sweeten the deal. Just picked up a motorcycle lift! It's awesome! ...
Forum: Airheads 01-07-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Hi all, thanks to Globalt 38 and Hardewaregrrrl...

Hi all, thanks to Globalt 38 and Hardewaregrrrl for pointing out that I am very confused for posting the tech day in the wrong thread! Geez, i musta been up to late. Thanks for the heads up!
...
Forum: Airheads 01-06-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1,624
Views: 170,834
Posted By Dark Helmet
Tech day

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay, you must think aliens kidnapped me ( they did).

Holidays and launching a new business have distracted me. I am thinking Saturday the 17th would be good or Sunday...
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By Dark Helmet
Thanks Yan, he lists the part so will give him a...

Thanks Yan, he lists the part so will give him a shot. Last site I tried listed it too but two days after I ordered they said part discontinued. This looks more likely though. I just read some info...
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By Dark Helmet
/5 steering damper backup ring

I apparently lost the backup ring (part # 31421230588) for the steering damper on my 75/5 when tightening my steering head. Never saw the part when taking it apart, but now my damper doesn't work...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 27,008
Views: 4,950,953
Posted By Dark Helmet
Need help, strange problem

In September I finished the TAT on my DRZ 400S. Bike ran perfectly the whole time. Dipped my front wheel in the Pacific and headed north to Portland to ship it home and fly back. Stopped halfway...
Forum: Airheads 12-22-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 37,552
Posted By Dark Helmet
Ditto!

Ditto!
Forum: Ride reports 12-21-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 90,745
Posted By Dark Helmet
Great reading your RR. I left on 8/24 for a...

Great reading your RR. I left on 8/24 for a fantastic solo trip. Ended up meeting Nickw909 from England on the trail in CO and finishing with him (my RR is at darkhelmet3.com).

Love you doing...
Forum: Airheads 12-16-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Ok all of you interested in a tech day, how about...

Ok all of you interested in a tech day, how about a weekend in January at my place? Given the time of year, I suggest an afternoon to get the most heat for when we are outside. I will also have a...
Forum: Airheads 12-13-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
Ok, sounds like it will work. With January and...

Ok, sounds like it will work. With January and February coming up not sure how the group feels but I can make enough space inside the garage to work on bikes if it's too cold outside, or can wait...
Forum: Airheads 12-13-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
I have a flat Driveway that is about 25 yards...

I have a flat Driveway that is about 25 yards long and two car garage (one side full o bikes). I am happy to host if that is enough room. Located between Marietta and Roswell off 120.

Just let...
Forum: Airheads 12-13-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 26,913
Posted By Dark Helmet
I am all in for a tech day! Would be a great way...

I am all in for a tech day! Would be a great way to meet all of you

DH
Forum: Airheads 12-11-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,415
Posted By Dark Helmet
I just finished the TAT on a DRZ 400. Very next...

I just finished the TAT on a DRZ 400. Very next day motor wouldn't start. Bumped started down a long hill and got it started. After making it to Portland to ship it home I couldn't get it started. ...
Forum: Airheads 12-11-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,526
Posted By Dark Helmet
As a one month R75/5 owner, that was awesome. My...

As a one month R75/5 owner, that was awesome. My bike was made 44 years ago, probably by all those same people. Always impressed by the pinstrippers. What skill!

DH
Forum: Airheads 12-09-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,651
Posted By Dark Helmet
I am looking for a tool tray for my 75/5. Anyone...

I am looking for a tool tray for my 75/5. Anyone hoarding out there?
Forum: Ride reports 12-07-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 53,203
Posted By Dark Helmet
Nick, glad to hear you will be completing your...

Nick, glad to hear you will be completing your trip next year. XLNT!

Sorry about the the PT issues with the system, but glad to hear you will be off the crutches in January. That's a long time to...
Forum: Airheads 12-04-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,423
Posted By Dark Helmet
Thanks for the tips everyone. The left tube was a...

Thanks for the tips everyone. The left tube was a real booger. I heated it, tried the overdone brat trick, loosened every hose clamp in site and got it on, but it does not seat well at the the top or...
Forum: Airheads 12-03-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,423
Posted By Dark Helmet
Slash 5 secret handshake

Ok, I knew there had to be some ritual, some secret code, a zen state you need to achieve, tied to working on airheads. I thought buying it, treating it lovingly, polishing some oxidized aluminum,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-25-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 296
Views: 53,203
Posted By Dark Helmet
Nick, hope the trip was uneventful and you are...

Nick, hope the trip was uneventful and you are home resting. If I know you, you are already preparing your revised tool kit, what you need to pack, and re-thinking your route to get the maximum out...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 53,203
Posted By Dark Helmet
Yo Nick, well done! Now that is what I call a...

Yo Nick, well done! Now that is what I call a bruise! As I always tell my boys, if you're going to be a bear, be a grizzly.

That being said, your pictures speak to the impact and the damage....
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