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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 06:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 781
Posted By Rucksta
The less you slow down the slower you can go to...

The less you slow down the slower you can go to get where you are going more quickly.
Don't try to ride straight or hold a line it just limits your options.
Drift all you can then you don't get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:06 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,442
Posted By Rucksta
The answer is included in his profile.

The answer is included in his profile.
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By Rucksta
Cool, clean surface free of dirt and wax. ...

Cool, clean surface free of dirt and wax.
Spray a light film of soapy water on surface to allow positioning.
Use a squeegee to remove bubbles.
Work from the centre outwards.
Allow plenty of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 04:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 781
Posted By Rucksta
An average speed of 35-40mph feels comfortable on...

An average speed of 35-40mph feels comfortable on most fire roads I use.
To achieve that average I'm hitting and exceeding 50.

If I want to move the average beyond 40 things start to happen quite...
Forum: The Garage 11-21-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,415
Posted By Rucksta
"Then we made four pieces of metal from the strip...

"Then we made four pieces of metal from the strip of angle iron by oxy cutting it "

Why not just oxy weld it and bypass any electrical issues with the battery disconnected.
Or
Disconnect...
Forum: Australia 11-20-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,752
Posted By Rucksta
Only two lines but it makes filter maintenance...

Only two lines but it makes filter maintenance into a hobby
Forum: Airheads 11-19-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By Rucksta
That special tool isn't so special It's...

That special tool isn't so special

It's possible to build one out of threaded rod, some plate and a couple of large washers

...
Forum: Airheads 11-19-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By Rucksta
Yep they seem to do that. I did 3 warranty...

Yep they seem to do that.
I did 3 warranty replacement in the first year of ownership.
It seems I was being excessively concerned about slight notching

Now that you have the shaft out get...
Forum: Airheads 11-17-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
The suggestion for BMW original was based on the...

The suggestion for BMW original was based on the assumptions that you may already have had one and that like me you are tight with $.
If you have under tank MC and cable type handle bar controls...
Forum: Airheads 11-17-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
Standard BMW handle bar furniture,(master...

Standard BMW handle bar furniture,(master cylinder, perch, switches and wiring) Nissin caliper connected by a braided bake line with suitable fittings.

Something like this

...
Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
I'm using a Nissin caliper, similar to DRZ,...

I'm using a Nissin caliper, similar to DRZ, attached to the standard 12mm piston BMW / Magura handlebar controls via a braided line.
Feel and stopping distances are mildly improved over the stock...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,866
Posted By Rucksta
My bike has so many limitations I have yet to...

My bike has so many limitations I have yet to either explore or correct all of them.
Forum: Airheads 11-13-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
Thanks woodly there is a bit of trial and error...

Thanks woodly there is a bit of trial and error in there too



The sacrifices we make to share the knowledgebase never ceases to amaze me :D
Forum: Airheads 11-13-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
I concur with the above and acknowledge the...

I concur with the above and acknowledge the spring rate of the Chinese knock offs is an unknown.


Please consider

Fitment is for a bike 200lbs heavier than an airhead intended for on road use...
Forum: Airheads 11-11-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
Jim The stroke length is specified at 3.6 '...

Jim

The stroke length is specified at 3.6 ' 92mm
Total length 14.3" 365mm.

This is equivalent to the dimensions of standard single shock on a G/S. which yields 170-210+mm of wheel travel...
Forum: Airheads 11-10-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
Shock length 360mm with a 90mm stroke closely...

Shock length 360mm with a 90mm stroke closely matching the standard G/S unit.
Moved lower mount forward 20mm and revised top mount.
210 mm travel effective.

Front end is only 55mm longer...
Forum: Airheads 11-09-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Posted By Rucksta
The 1000cc upgrade improved my fuel economy...

The 1000cc upgrade improved my fuel economy 12-15%
Forum: Airheads 11-09-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Posted By Rucksta
I run a 100 kit with 9.5:1 pistons in a G/S ,43lt...

I run a 100 kit with 9.5:1 pistons in a G/S ,43lt tank, high mudguard.
No oil cooler and no problems on single track red dirt or highway.
If mud clogs the fins heat can be a problem until it's on...
Forum: Airheads 11-08-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
A bit of heat and flatten out that pesky cross...

A bit of heat and flatten out that pesky cross member from underneath gives good results.
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,686
Posted By Rucksta
There are a couple or few of us here running...

There are a couple or few of us here running 210mm + rear travel on a standard length swing arm
Some have recorded well above 100,000 miles with no U-Joint problems
Forum: Airheads 11-06-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,131
Posted By Rucksta
With the springs removed, slide the assembled...

With the springs removed, slide the assembled front end (including wheel) up and down a couple of times while every thing is loose.

Front end will find it's own alignment.

Tighten
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,764
Posted By Rucksta
58 Bought my current airhead at age 26. ...

58

Bought my current airhead at age 26.
Average age of owners was reported as 31 years at the time.

I still feel too young to be riding an airhead.:D
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By Rucksta
GS & G/S left side panniers are thinner and the...

GS & G/S left side panniers are thinner and the racks stand out more from the sub frame to accommodate the width of the exhaust. Have you factored this in when considering the GS pipe?
Forum: Airheads 11-02-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By Rucksta
If you cut the dome off the stem nut and grind...

If you cut the dome off the stem nut and grind down a ring spanner you can access the stem area with the handlebars in place.

Handlebar, clamps and top plate. can be supported with straps hooked...
Forum: Airheads 11-02-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By Rucksta
Use a T Handle on the inner bolt used for filling...

Use a T Handle on the inner bolt used for filling the forks

Lean on it and take up the first couple of threads.

Can be done with handlebars attached although you may need to swing them out of...
Forum: Australia 11-01-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 18,987
Views: 2,279,801
Posted By Rucksta
I have Free to Air. If its a choice between...

I have Free to Air.
If its a choice between Kochi and NASCAR I'll take NASCAR
Forum: The Garage 10-30-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,333
Posted By Rucksta
Gourd ?

Gourd ?
Forum: The Garage 10-30-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,333
Posted By Rucksta
I've had great success with canvas water-bags 9lts

I've had great success with canvas water-bags 9lts
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-29-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,566
Posted By Rucksta
Lost a dinghy mid Pacific between Samoa and...

Lost a dinghy mid Pacific between Samoa and Hawaii.
Thing was spotted hanging in a bar in Bali 2 years later.
Forum: Airheads 10-28-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By Rucksta
R65 twin shock is about an inch and a quarter...

R65 twin shock is about an inch and a quarter shorter
Forum: Airheads 10-24-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 774
Posted By Rucksta
What's subjective about bike weight? Scales ...

What's subjective about bike weight?
Scales have a standard of accuracy and are easily calibrated.
Gravity is relatively constant across the surface of the planet.
Forum: Airheads 10-23-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By Rucksta
I could stretch a BT45 to 5.000 miles but use by...

I could stretch a BT45 to 5.000 miles but use by date was 3,500 - 4,000.
I think I'm hard on tyres
2,000 seems premature
Forum: Airheads 10-23-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By Rucksta
I've run 100/90 with 130/80 although not the...

I've run 100/90 with 130/80 although not the brand you asked after.
The result was a less fun bike that required a more aggressive style.

BT45s are a dual compound tyre hard in the middle,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 13,774
Posted By Rucksta
I've done some Track days, off road...

I've done some

Track days, off road weekend workshops, trials riding and skills development on a police closed circuit training facility including simulated pursuits,skid pan and gymkhana. -...
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By Rucksta
If you have a twin shock sub frame adaption of...

If you have a twin shock sub frame adaption of the mounting points would be required..
You could run the existing twin shocks
Elimination of the mono shock top mount may not be required

Addition...
Forum: Australia 10-12-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,392
Posted By Rucksta
Ray Peake has a source of new replacement tubes...

Ray Peake has a source of new replacement tubes that would prove cost effective compared to re-chroming.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 990
Posted By Rucksta
A popular theory is that the reduction in...

A popular theory is that the reduction in effective diameter of the wheel caused by leaning the bike contributes significantly to that rate of turn possible.

Keith Code and others have written...
Forum: Australia 10-09-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,847
Posted By Rucksta
[QUOTE=KASUYAHO;25247281]In my late teens and...

[QUOTE=KASUYAHO;25247281]In my late teens and early twenty's we used to all hang out at the drag club
have a few drinks and make a day of it.[QUOTE]

It's good that you got to try different...
Forum: Airheads 10-09-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 15,851
Posted By Rucksta
I think that's the issue that caused me to stop...

I think that's the issue that caused me to stop buying the magazine.
Forum: Airheads 10-07-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Rucksta
What's wrong with using the R65 heads with...

What's wrong with using the R65 heads with appropriately sized valves?

Modern thinking seems to have come away from larger valves are better focusing on velocity is more important.
A roller...
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