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Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By Mathias
I had the same problem (plus a whole bunch of...

I had the same problem (plus a whole bunch of other ones). In my case the throttle adjustment screw wouldn't spring all the way back to rest agains the plate because the TPS (Throttle Position...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,299
Posted By Mathias
Without a doubt you'll need a will to do some...

Without a doubt you'll need a will to do some wrenching to keep one running reliably. That said, my impression is that build and materials quality has improved quite a bit in the last decade.
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,299
Posted By Mathias
This bike is more tastefully done than most...

This bike is more tastefully done than most home-brewed cafe bikes out there. Nothing wrong with buying a good-looking bike of any style.

Sure, it's not all that powerful, but that is why I...
Forum: Road warriors 12-14-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,299
Posted By Mathias
In the Enfield? It's a slightly hopped-up version...

In the Enfield? It's a slightly hopped-up version of the usual 500cc. This one is a 535cc, with a different throttle body and pipe.
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,299
Posted By Mathias
Royal Enfield 2014 Cafe Racer

It's unexpected that one of the best looking bikes currently (or soon to be) in production is a Royal Enfield!
The company just revealed what is said to be the production model Cafe Racer, coming...
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 59,348
Posted By Mathias
Quite of a few riders in motorcycling history did...

Quite of a few riders in motorcycling history did NOT survive without ABS!
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 59,348
Posted By Mathias
I quite have the hots for the new Moto Guzzi...

I quite have the hots for the new Moto Guzzi California tourer. Sure, it's still a V-twin, but it's turned the other way around. And made in Italy, instead of the usual USA or Japan.
...
Forum: Road warriors 11-07-2011, 12:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,979
Posted By Mathias
Alright, fine, "rules" might be an overstatement,...

Alright, fine, "rules" might be an overstatement, perhaps I should use the word "norms". Generally, the further away you get from "see price tag, pay that price, take the product home" you get, the...
Forum: Road warriors 10-31-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,979
Posted By Mathias
I probably would. If Pitland=Portland, then...

I probably would.
If Pitland=Portland, then you're in my neighborhood! Which store are you in?
Forum: Road warriors 10-31-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,979
Posted By Mathias
I actually like most dealerships I've been to, as...

I actually like most dealerships I've been to, as well as the people working there. My biggest problem is with the larger system that we all are forced to play along with.
The idea of haggling has...
Forum: Road warriors 10-31-2011, 07:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,979
Posted By Mathias
Clearly somebody working at a dealer might find...

Clearly somebody working at a dealer might find what I said offensive. This is not meant to be personal, just an observation of the business model.
The way I see it, two HUGE areas of the retail...
Forum: Road warriors 10-30-2011, 10:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,979
Posted By Mathias
As long as dealers insist on using the current...

As long as dealers insist on using the current system of fishy back room deals, unclear pricing, third-party financing incentives, and smarmy commissioned salespeople, I'm a big fan of any...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2011, 02:40 PM
Replies: 1,456
Views: 310,632
Posted By Mathias
This has probably been said many times before,...

This has probably been said many times before, but a current model Bonneville is very much a clone of a classic Bonneville. You're buying a clone either way.
The question is, if you want a clone of...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-20-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I know I said I want to start with something...

I know I said I want to start with something ratty, but this would probably be going too far:

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/mcy/2504820969.html
Forum: Old's Cool 07-19-2011, 11:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Good food for thought. Question is, of course,...

Good food for thought.
Question is, of course, what one's purpose is for fixing up a bike? If it is to get a decent bike for cheap, a clean runner is probably your best bet. If the purpose is to...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-19-2011, 10:37 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Yup, I've split the case on my P200 without...

Yup, I've split the case on my P200 without dropping the engine. But to get to the clutch-side, it helps to drop it. I hear you can do it by jacking up the scoot and removing the shock on the engine...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-19-2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Honda CB750???

There has been no mention of the good old CB750 yet. Other than the obvious added complexity of being a four, how are they to work on?
There are plenty of them, they look good stock (imho), and...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-19-2011, 10:00 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I quite like these, but I like how they look...

I quite like these, but I like how they look stock, or near-stock.
It's funny - when you do a Google image search for one, 3 out of 4 of the pictures are Street-Trackers, Cafe Racers, and Bobbers!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-18-2011, 04:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I might be reading it wrong, but I think the...

I might be reading it wrong, but I think the piston was seized from sitting outside for years. The picture looks to me like he got a big old hole in his piston.:huh
Can you hobble a 4-cylinder with...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-18-2011, 01:26 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Nah, when that happens you can just blame it on...

Nah, when that happens you can just blame it on the stupidity of the previous owner.
Real satisfaction comes when you manage to sleuth, and solve, a mystery that nobody else could figure out!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-18-2011, 01:24 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Ouch! Although in defense of multiple...

Ouch!
Although in defense of multiple cylinders, if that happened to one out of four pistons, you could still possibly hobble back home.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-17-2011, 07:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Oooo, that's a beauty! Are all those Spaniards...

Oooo, that's a beauty! Are all those Spaniards 2-strokes?
Forum: Old's Cool 07-16-2011, 01:09 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Well said! The gnarlier it starts out, the better.

Well said! The gnarlier it starts out, the better.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 03:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
They seem to be more common than I had realized....

They seem to be more common than I had realized. A definite hole in my knowledge base!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I would say that the look is in the gauges. And...

I would say that the look is in the gauges. And the toaster tank, when applicable.
But I get your point, gauges and tank may not be enough reason to choose a /5 over a generally superior /6.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 09:28 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
True. I don't mind something complex, this is not...

True. I don't mind something complex, this is not the kind of project I'd want to get over with as quickly as possible. On the other hand, something infuriatingly awkward or complicated is never fun....
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
That's what I love about the Vespa - you could...

That's what I love about the Vespa - you could probably buy every part you need to build a completely new one! Everything from a new frame to a whole new engine assembly (for the ones that don't...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 12:11 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Interesting, so there's a vote against an...

Interesting, so there's a vote against an airhead.
I know all about the joy of experience death-defying speed at a walking pace. The Vespa's 10" wheels and mind-bogglingly weak drum brakes are a lot...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 11:56 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Nope, I even had to look them up. I'm assuming...

Nope, I even had to look them up. I'm assuming that you mean "Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists", not "Online Verification Methodology" or "One Voice Ministries".
I'm pretty new to Oregon, so that's my...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 11:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Strong arguments for the BMW there. There are a...

Strong arguments for the BMW there. There are a lot of them puttering around Portland. In fact, Portlandians seem to be into their vintage bikes. Actually, their vintage everything!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Okay, I read up on Bultaco, and while they are...

Okay, I read up on Bultaco, and while they are very cool, they are way off in the exotics range. And I've already got the southern European 2-stroke single around 200-250cc with drum brakes thing...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Time to do some Guzzi research!

Time to do some Guzzi research!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 10:10 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I'm fairly good about knowing about different...

I'm fairly good about knowing about different brands and models, but this one was out of left field for me. Other than being cool, are they good to work on?
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Since I live in rainy Portland, something with...

Since I live in rainy Portland, something with fairings really would make sense. Of course, some of that vintage vibe is lost with fairings. And inevitably you end up spending a lot of time taking...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
What? Who?

What? Who?
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
An airhead does indeed seem to be a good choice....

An airhead does indeed seem to be a good choice. Good tips on the model options, although I have to admit having a special liking for the /5, for looks, and for the simplicity (like points and a...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Are parts easily available? Any particularly good...

Are parts easily available? Any particularly good source?
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
I do have a thing for small singles, but they...

I do have a thing for small singles, but they might duplicate the function I get from the Vespa too much. Any particular ones you like?
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
Thanks everybody this far! My Vespa is a '79...

Thanks everybody this far! My Vespa is a '79 P200E - not as nice looking as the older ones, but a little more power, and parts availability is fantastic. I too snapped my crank, after fighting with a...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,427
Posted By Mathias
What bike is the most fun to work on?

Hey all,

I just finished straightening out a neglected 1979 Vespa, and now I have the itch for a new project. I'm thinking a 70's bike for one-up medium-distance touring.
While I would be...
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