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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,293
Posted By ctfz1
old days

In the day ran K70s, K81s and an Avon tire set.
The Avons had a broad flat then 45 degree angles, they would resist turning then try to "fall" to THE 45 degree angle.
The K70 was a milder version...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 12:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,273
Posted By ctfz1
77 bmw 750

Put 63k miles on one. Luftmeister fairing and bags to begin, later stripped down.
Much nicer ride without touring gear,
I put in heavier fork springs (progressive?) and a fork brace.
Cracked the...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-26-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,269
Posted By ctfz1
To restore or not to restore

whether is nobler in the mind to enjoy fond memories or risk all for the possible reemergence in the present era.
If all else fails convert to a Kawasaki Versys engine and wire harness.
..to...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-26-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,073
Posted By ctfz1
WIDE Motor

GT 750s, being already water cooled tempt me to update with a modern 600 4 stroke motor. Too much work, too little chassis, but..
Wish I had the money and facilities.
The Kawasaki early 2000s...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-25-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 137,657
Posted By ctfz1
Great Project

I have immensely enjoyed reading this, and its happy result.
One side note, reducing weight is magic, but lowering center of gravity is also an advantage. May apply here.
I have the greatest...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-25-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,828
Posted By ctfz1
Do not know but may be some way to alter modern...

Do not know but may be some way to alter modern Japanese V-twin starter to fit using your bits and a machinist. Possibly. I would expect these to be smaller and more efficient.
Replacement starters...
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By ctfz1
6 mm roof rack fasteners

Found these easily, just do not know size needed.
Basically if they vibrate loose a fastener change seems in order.
Duz fasteners maybe?
Forum: Road warriors 12-25-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,938
Posted By ctfz1
sport bikes

The ZX1000 about 2004 is very good, and relatively easy to raise the bars on if you spend your time under 85 or on back roads. My riding buddy has one. Newerbikes haven't offered more or better.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-25-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,159
Posted By ctfz1
time

In the 60s my cousin was still decarboning motorcycle engines in the winter. He stopped because not enough carbon to be worth it.
I rode four Suzuki street bikes in the 70s, two strokes, never had...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,013
Posted By ctfz1
alcohol and gasoline

Alcohol and two stroke oil are a poor pairing, by all accounts.
Working on an 81 motorcycle, found a company that does alcohol resistant carb diaphrams.
I do worry about age and alcohol...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By ctfz1
oh yes

I was in high school sharing my cousins Allstate Puch twingle ( my parents could not know, lol, no).
Was allowed to test drive the 175, instant love. Rotary valve intake and oil injection!!
Fun...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,269
Posted By ctfz1
tires

Reviving an 81 Yamaha XV920R, found Shinko tires and some bits on amazon. A local bearing house might be able to help with seals if you can not find from motorcycle parts suppliers. Motion PRO used...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,279
Posted By ctfz1
bits

Way back assembled a Honda 305 basket case for a friend. Learned a lot. Suffered much aggravation.
Odd how basket cases all have that same temptation/run away vibe.

Silly me involved in a 1981...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,489
Posted By ctfz1
eyes of

Looks silly to me. With the exception of getting it thru motor vehicle inspection, not difficult to assemble a rough copy. Though why escapes me.
Say a Virago motor or a Suzuki 450.
Given...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 408
Views: 23,331
Posted By ctfz1
Touring bike lean

Any motorcycle discussion tends to range a bit. Bikes have to fit rider, rider to bikes. Just saying. Still.
Though I have not ridden a Gold Wing since the 90's, they certainly then leaned well,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-13-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 23,331
Posted By ctfz1
umm

Your experience may differ. Harley riders are people. Used to go to one Harley shop to check out Buell's, they were not always happy, jap bike and Buell interest.
Never experienced that at most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-13-2010, 08:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,281
Posted By ctfz1
careful

Went to a lawyer who had a local reputation, demanded money up front than sent assistant just out of law school to court. Freaked me out, honest outrage at charge seemed to help. Or maybe the lawyer...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-13-2010, 07:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,224
Posted By ctfz1
cost

A friend says, "you can't always change your job, your wife, or your life. You can always change your bike.
That said, it seems to me the cost involved is the biggest complaint.

You need to...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2010, 07:21 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,229
Posted By ctfz1
maybe

My first road bike was a 125 single 4 speed, IT WORKED. mostly.
A 250 Scooter is considered a large displacement highway machine.
Back when a very large Heinkel 250 cruised highways two up very...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-10-2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,875
Posted By ctfz1
F O

People been using ATF or industrial hydrualic fluid since the 60's anyway, never saw any magic in it. Maybe its better now.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-08-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,733
Posted By ctfz1
noise

Watercooling had more to do with noise reguations than multicylinder engines.
Originally water cooling showed up on the Suzuki 750 and wankel (sp?) engines, then the Gold Wing, and GL500, RZ's V4s...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-04-2010, 01:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,274
Posted By ctfz1
Oh Man

As I recall the CanAm had more motor, the Husky more grace, wouldn't bet which years though. I'd look at both and pick what feels most right.:rofl
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-04-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,368
Posted By ctfz1
facts

The ZRX was very popular then all demand (sales) taperred off. It is the tradtional heavy, powerful, poorly suspended (and saddled) retro bike.
MY feeling is other bikes satisfy the market, while...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-04-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,435
Posted By ctfz1
oil

IN the day liked Spectro and BelRay, but had a part time job at an Exxon station, Used their 10-40 with excellent results, been using Rotella for almost ten years. It is high detergent, will look...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-03-2010, 08:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,435
Posted By ctfz1
fwiw

THE 350's do vibrate, but it is also important to "fine tune" timing and carbs.
Stock seats were no joy, either. I remember the foam on 1/4 inch plywood era. hoo.
There is an article somewhere of...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-02-2010, 06:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,435
Posted By ctfz1
lol

Walked into the dealer all set to buy a CB350, but the CL bars felt better.
My first brand new motorcycle. la Went 34,000 miles in 10 months. Wore out the cam chain follower and burned a valve, but...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-01-2010, 10:50 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,435
Posted By ctfz1
time was

BACK IN 1971when I rode my CL350 it was the end of the "ton" era, when a fast bike would do more than 100 mph. The 305, and the 350 would, and rev like race bikes. They were as quick as the English...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-25-2010, 09:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,435
Posted By ctfz1
ages

The charging circuit is separate from the ignition circuit IF memory serves but old bikes sufer from both age and assorted idiot attention. Last I remember is buy, or get from a junk yard a socket...
Forum: Road warriors 06-22-2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,121
Posted By ctfz1
ehheh

OH Lord won't you buy me a KTM,
My friends all ride DS kikes and I must make amens.
I counting on you Lord,
Though true enough,
a Versys would be fine enough.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-22-2010, 09:44 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 11,845
Posted By ctfz1
Rx

Versys bargain buy, KLR used buy, and fight it out.:freaky
Forum: Old's Cool 06-21-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,159
Posted By ctfz1
shocking

Insulation suitable/reliable to splice plug wire is likely to cost more than getting some Accel solid core from local speed shop.
See J C Whitney for bits, and partsnmore they had aftermarket shocks...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-18-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,808
Posted By ctfz1
costs

Accessories make an outfit, any women knows this.
Of course it will cost you.
You discussed this before purchase.........right?:freaky
Forum: Road warriors 06-15-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,498
Posted By ctfz1
BROS and Vincents

Yeah, feet forwards, nah.
Ah so is a Vrod a HD. iS IT a cruiser Vtwin, HD?
Personally there is too much noise already, I ride to ride, not to trumpet or endure. Quiet is best, let sleeping cops...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-14-2010, 09:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,195
Posted By ctfz1
danger will..

First anoyance would be the possibility of debris in the road.
Back in the day I hit a rock cause I was following close and wasn't in the car's wheel path. AT 30 MPH one great lift off and two bent...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2010, 08:18 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 13,096
Posted By ctfz1
travel

Haven't ridden an 1800, spent some time on 1500's, only the price and not doing long rides kept me off.
Ridden with verve, as good a ride as any, shines in spring fall riding, can be warm in summer....
Forum: Old's Cool 06-11-2010, 08:09 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,737
Posted By ctfz1
Silly question

Kickstarting a 325 cc twin, if I remember displacement correctly, shouldn't be a problem.
Wouldn't it have been easier to replace the starter with an alternator?
Do not know the effort involved or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-11-2010, 05:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By ctfz1
Where and how do you want to ride?

Where and how do you want to ride?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-11-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By ctfz1
OOmmmm

Thanks, it helps. CMT affecting leg nerves, will be going lower and or lighter. By choice, I've ridden Triumph America's and enjoyed it, but they are rare used and prices I see asked are high....
Forum: Old's Cool 06-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,845
Posted By ctfz1
Stuff like this is in the "who wants it, how...

Stuff like this is in the "who wants it, how soon, and how deep pockets are",
You do not see many of these these days, but still a choice for commuting/all weather riding. Bad is heavy and large. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-10-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By ctfz1
Anger Management?

QUESTION:
HOW much of cruiser popularity is based on loud pipes?
What % of cruisers are loud?
How much popularity is based on shiny bits to play with?
Personal note: I WILL ride almost any bike I...
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