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Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 14,213
Posted By ericm
Yamaha has traditionally been the best of the...

Yamaha has traditionally been the best of the major manufacturers at reusing parts across models.
Unlike Honda where dealers have to stock 40 different brake levers.

This was very useful for me...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-06-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,741
Posted By ericm
They sold a number of them outside the USA. But...

They sold a number of them outside the USA. But Honda decided that the USA market was not going to accept two-strokes. Even if they could be made to meet emissions regs, too many Americans thought...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-29-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,741
Posted By ericm
Nice. We did not get those in the USA. I...

Nice. We did not get those in the USA.

I had a chance to ride the EXP-2, 402cc desert bike. The motor on that was wonderful. Totally linear powerband. You could lug it almost like a trials...
Forum: Trials 04-01-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,461
Posted By ericm
Use the spare tank. You're going to drop the...

Use the spare tank. You're going to drop the bike a lot.

My first event I crashed before the first section, got my boot wedged between the tire and frame and had to get a spectator to pull the...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-31-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By ericm
I'd be careful about getting gasket sealer in...

I'd be careful about getting gasket sealer in side the pump lest it plug a passage.

I often use gasket sealer (Yamabond #4) on one side the gasket, the side that is removeable. For example on...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-27-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,370
Posted By ericm
I'm no Husky expert by any means but I seem to...

I'm no Husky expert by any means but I seem to remember the black tank was the OR model... CR engine tuning with WR gear ratios, intended for desert. 17" rear rim. Or something like that.
I'm sure...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-18-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,980
Posted By ericm
Is the gearbox overfilled?

Is the gearbox overfilled?
Forum: GS Boxers 03-01-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,397
Posted By ericm
Normally I would recommend buying an inexpensive...

Normally I would recommend buying an inexpensive used dirt bike. You're going to fall down a lot and it's safer for you and the bike if it weighs 250 lbs instead of 550.
But with a trip that's in a...
Forum: 2 smokers 02-26-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By ericm
Does the noise stop when the trans is in neutral...

Does the noise stop when the trans is in neutral and the clutch out? Then its in the primary drive.
Otherwise it's probably the engine.
Forum: 2 smokers 02-26-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,655
Posted By ericm
Cylinders, rods, gaskets, cases, pistons all have...

Cylinders, rods, gaskets, cases, pistons all have production tolerance ranges. Yamaha used to set the piston-head clearance based on the worst possible within tolerance parts, which inevitably left...
Forum: 2 smokers 02-24-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,655
Posted By ericm
You need to measure or check the parts, not just...

You need to measure or check the parts, not just put them in. It could be a too small piston for the bore, loose small end or large end bearing, or main bearings.
Also check for leaks or loose...
Forum: 2 smokers 02-11-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,313
Posted By ericm
Redline synthetic oils smell like castor oil. it...

Redline synthetic oils smell like castor oil. it smells really fucking good. If my wife wore perfume that smelled like that I'd never get any work done on my bikes. Dunno how they do that.

I...
Forum: Trials 02-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,722
Posted By ericm
You can also retard the timing to soften the...

You can also retard the timing to soften the motor some.
Forum: 2 smokers 01-28-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 18,160
Posted By ericm
Superhunky's review of the Maico 760:...

Superhunky's review of the Maico 760: http://articles.superhunky.com/4/52

The Zabel 700cc single sidecar MX engine appears to be a descendant of the later model water cooled Maicos.
They claim to...
Forum: Trials 01-23-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,649
Posted By ericm
Is it safe to burn out an aluminium muffler box? ...

Is it safe to burn out an aluminium muffler box?

It did it on a TY250 mono pipe and it does make a very stinky mess.
Forum: 2 smokers 01-04-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,390
Posted By ericm
On a taper fit the key should be for location,...

On a taper fit the key should be for location, not to keep the parts from turning.

Check the crank to make sure that there are no raised/deformed spots, especially along the keyway. You can use a...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-31-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,702
Posted By ericm
I'd love to see someone use Honda's Activated...

I'd love to see someone use Honda's Activated Radical technology. I had a chance to ride their EXP-2 402cc Baja bike and it was very smooth, powerful and ran clean. The AR tech increased mileage (a...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-31-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,882
Posted By ericm
84 and 85 for the RZ350 in the US. There were 49...

84 and 85 for the RZ350 in the US. There were 49 state and California models with minor differences. I think there were some '83s not in the USA.
The model number for the '84 and '85 is different. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-16-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
I installed mine last week. My 2007 R12GS runs...

I installed mine last week. My 2007 R12GS runs noticeably better. Throttle response is better and the bike accellerates harder when I open the throttle to pass. It feels like the bike has more...
Forum: Trials 09-05-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By ericm
Check that the head's bottom surface is still...

Check that the head's bottom surface is still flat. you can use a piece of glass and feeler gauges.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-04-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
I don't know of any BMWs that were spec'd to run...

I don't know of any BMWs that were spec'd to run on 87. Maybe some of the detuned low compression airheads, but my '77 R100RS needed to be dual plugged to run on 91.
My 1999 1150GS would ping on 91.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-31-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Popping and stalling is due to being too lean. ...

Popping and stalling is due to being too lean. Some cycles are too lean for complete combustion, which leaves unburnt hydrocabons in the exhaust. They accumulate and ignite, causing the pop.

The...
Forum: Trials 08-28-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,479
Posted By ericm
Metcalf has a trials area right next to the...

Metcalf has a trials area right next to the parking lot.

I rode a PITS sunday event at Carnegie. There was enough interesting stuff to make sections but they were spread far apart. It'd be hard...
Forum: Trials 08-28-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,474
Posted By ericm
I'd go for the TR33 over the TY250 mono. I've...

I'd go for the TR33 over the TY250 mono. I've ridden both and the TR's a bit more modern. A bit. Avoid the Beta with the Yamaha engine. TLRs are trials-like street bikes. They can be made into...
Forum: Trials 08-27-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By ericm
Its not close, but you used to be able to ride at...

Its not close, but you used to be able to ride at Donner for a small fee.

if that's still possible, it's worth the trip.
Forum: Trials 08-27-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,474
Posted By ericm
I've taught beginning trials to a number of...

I've taught beginning trials to a number of experienced motorcyclists.

As soon as you figure out the proper riding position and use of the controls (it's different for trials), the modern bike...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-27-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,517
Posted By ericm
Here is the Motorcycle Industry Council's FAQ on...

Here is the Motorcycle Industry Council's FAQ on California street bike exhaust law: http://www.mic.org/downloads/MIC-FAQ-CA-Aftermarket-Exhaust-Systems-042712.pdf
Here is an article covering thed...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-25-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
On an air cooled motor with the cylinder heads...

On an air cooled motor with the cylinder heads not far from your ears you can hear a lot of the pinging (caused by detonation).

Richer mixtures are a known way to reduce detonation. The ICE Air...
Forum: Trials 08-20-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,484
Posted By ericm
Vintage bikes are cool. I enjoyed doing AHRMA...

Vintage bikes are cool. I enjoyed doing AHRMA events and my club's vintage events. But if you are riding to enjoy riding, get a modern bike. Everything about them works better than it does on...
Forum: Trials 08-20-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By ericm
Park your cars on the street and practice in your...

Park your cars on the street and practice in your driveway. I used to do that when I lived in Palo Alto. If the landscaping in the back yard is resilient you can ride on it. You can even set up some...
Forum: Trials 08-12-2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,352
Posted By ericm
At my first event I fell off on the loop before...

At my first event I fell off on the loop before the first section. I was doing so bad that by the third loop some of the checkers were giving me riding pointers. This was the novice line at a...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-07-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Were you guys who got it yesterday in the "aim to...

Were you guys who got it yesterday in the "aim to ship in August" group?
Forum: Trials 08-02-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By ericm
When I was doing events they'd check green...

When I was doing events they'd check green stickers at Carnegie and La Porte. The ranger at LaPorte gave people a hard time if they had their sticker on anything somewhat removeable (I put mine on a...
Forum: Trials 07-30-2013, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By ericm
Thanks everyone. Its what I thought. I think I...

Thanks everyone. Its what I thought. I think I will keep my Scorpa for now.

Are PITS (NorCal) events now held only on lands that will take red sticker bikes, or private land?
Forum: Trials 07-29-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By ericm
Can any new bikes get green stickers?

I am trying to decide if I should get serious about selling my 2002 Scorpa with green sticker. I'm not riding now- doing too much cycling- but I love trials and would start again if I had time and...
Forum: Trials 07-28-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 61,222
Posted By ericm
TY250D motor in a Beta frame.

TY250D motor in a Beta frame.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-24-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Once Paypal decides they don't like your credit...

Once Paypal decides they don't like your credit card you are hosed as far as merchants that use Paypal as a payment processor are concerned. There is no way to get Paypal to understand the problem...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2013, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Did the last group ship and I missed it somehow?

Did the last group ship and I missed it somehow?
Forum: GS Boxers 06-27-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Hopefully this...

Hopefully this http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21700602&postcount=840
indicates something good.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-26-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 557,805
Posted By ericm
Looks like 5 left from this:...

Looks like 5 left from this: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18697959#post18697959
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