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Forum: Hacks 12-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,680
Posted By Leaf
Don't get a sidecar. It's a terrible idea. ...

Don't get a sidecar. It's a terrible idea.

If you get one, you'll be able to ride in the snow, and that will cause disquiet in the soul due to the beauty of all that snow covering the trees and...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-07-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,993
Posted By Leaf
Soooooo, at the risk of being a nag... How's the...

Soooooo, at the risk of being a nag... How's the project coming? :lurk

I'm too busy with my day job to work on my own projects, so I have to get my fix somewhere! :lol3
Forum: The Garage 11-29-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,638
Posted By Leaf
Wow. This thread really turned into..... ...

Wow. This thread really turned into..... Something! :eek1

For what it's worth, I only get about 2500 miles per rear tire, but dem ole hacks eat rear tires like they are made of german chocolate...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-29-2013, 07:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,993
Posted By Leaf
Mine has been fine over some really rough stuff,...

Mine has been fine over some really rough stuff, and with that sidecar bolted onto it yet. I don't think the engine-as-stressed-member is a weakness at all. I have broken the upper rear sidecar...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-22-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,993
Posted By Leaf
Nice. When I was a kid, I remember dumping a...

Nice.

When I was a kid, I remember dumping a box containing a torn apart XR200 engine (with one of the valves embedded into the top of the piston) into the arms of the Friendly Local Motorcycle...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-22-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,993
Posted By Leaf
Hmmm, maybe.... I am getting ready to tear...

Hmmm, maybe....

I am getting ready to tear one of these motors down. If it is worth rebuilding, that's what I'll do, but if it's not worth messing with than I may end up with some extra valves...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-22-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,993
Posted By Leaf
It'll buff out! :D Seriously, though, I'd...

It'll buff out! :D

Seriously, though, I'd scrub & derust them both good and lap the valves a little and see if they seal up. I'd give you good odds of having two usable heads there... Can't...
Forum: The Garage 11-22-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,638
Posted By Leaf
It's a bitsa-bike registered as a 1980 CB400T...

It's a bitsa-bike registered as a 1980 CB400T with a Velorex 562 sidecar on it.

The winterbike, built of junk, so as to not rot out the nice bikes with road salts.
...
Forum: The Garage 11-21-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,638
Posted By Leaf
Yeah.... I apologize for that. I was feeling...

Yeah.... I apologize for that. I was feeling too tired/lazy to edit it very hard, though I should have. :cry

If you think that one is shot, you should have seen the tires I just took off my...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By Leaf
Well, I just posted a v-rant extolling the...

Well, I just posted a v-rant extolling the virtues of the Shinko 244. That's what I like, but I am like a rabid weasel in that I latch onto something I like and won't let go (even if being kicked...
Forum: The Garage 11-21-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,638
Posted By Leaf
Puke My take on cheap tires...

I had to rant..... Sorry. Wear-through and blowout on an expensive tire after 2000 miles, while a tire that costs less than half the price lasts 5-6x longer.....

And now for the full vee-blahg:...
Forum: Hacks 07-11-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Posted By Leaf
Ahh ok! Sorry! I was thinking of the '80s...

Ahh ok! Sorry! I was thinking of the '80s CB750SC. I didn't realize they put self adjusting valves in the 90s models. Nice. =:3
Forum: Hacks 07-06-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Posted By Leaf
I find the valve adjustments on those DOHC bikes...

I find the valve adjustments on those DOHC bikes to be a huge pain in the butt. Never seem to have the right shim and have to wait wait wait for parts, if that 750 is anything like my 900s. And...
Forum: Hacks 07-05-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,985
Posted By Leaf
Hm! Was there something wrong with it? ...

Hm! Was there something wrong with it?

Since putting decent carbs on my CB400T, I am getting 72-ish mph at redline on the flats with a chair. May have to go back to the stock gearing now... ...
Forum: Hacks 07-03-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,985
Posted By Leaf
I didn't have too much trouble learning with the...

I didn't have too much trouble learning with the Velorex. I'd say it's probably 70 lb or so. It flies really really easy when empty.

IMO, just add a crapton of ballast, then lighten it up a...
Forum: Hacks 07-02-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 27,641
Posted By Leaf
That upper rear sidecar mount I was worried about...

That upper rear sidecar mount I was worried about finally broke. I jumped a water brake on a logging road with my sister's boyfriend monkeying, and it tore out a little. Or so I am guessing. I...
Forum: Hacks 07-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,985
Posted By Leaf
I had to go up a tooth on the front sprocket on...

I had to go up a tooth on the front sprocket on my CB400 to maintain 60mph in 6th gear on the flats with a Velorex 562. And it still takes a long time to get there. High gear was completely useless...
Forum: Hacks 05-06-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 27,641
Posted By Leaf
Thanks! In other news, I had to put a new...

Thanks!

In other news, I had to put a new audio track to the video. I think it turned out a lot better than the first one... :rofl
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,642
Posted By Leaf
The GL500 I rode was a torquey little booger. I...

The GL500 I rode was a torquey little booger. I think that whole class of bike would make a real nice tug, if you can solve the open-frame issue and get some mounts on it! I hear they can have some...
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 27,641
Posted By Leaf
It's back on the chopping block next, once the...

It's back on the chopping block next, once the 400 will pass inspection.

I got consumed by work for most of the winter, and didn't have much time for bike stuff other than riding back and forth...
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2013, 02:02 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 27,641
Posted By Leaf
It's still alive, but different! Now using...

It's still alive, but different!

Now using the gauge cluster from a 1974 CL360, mirrors from an '81 CB900, and all the electrical and the rear fender from an '81 CM400E.

It got a good bit of...
Forum: Hacks 02-21-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,139
Posted By Leaf
I did something almost exactly like that on my...

I did something almost exactly like that on my CB400, too, except with no welding (and a lot uglier). Hang on a sec and I'll go out and take pictures.....

http://i.imgur.com/hfjbTLr.jpg

Jeez,...
Forum: Hacks 02-21-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,139
Posted By Leaf
I may have an extra Velorex-style U-clamp kicking...

I may have an extra Velorex-style U-clamp kicking around somewhere that you could clamp to your downtube to replace that threaded rod. Probably not the /best/ way to do it, but I think it would hold...
Forum: Hacks 02-18-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,139
Posted By Leaf
That's gonna be mighty cool! :lurk

That's gonna be mighty cool!

:lurk
Forum: Hacks 02-16-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,862
Posted By Leaf
Nice. Real nice! I dig it!

Nice. Real nice! I dig it!
Forum: Hacks 02-11-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By Leaf
If you do it, your other bikes will turn into...

If you do it, your other bikes will turn into garage queens. ;P
Forum: Hacks 02-07-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By Leaf
Disclaimer: I am just a shadetree mechanic, so I...

Disclaimer: I am just a shadetree mechanic, so I may not know what I am talking about.



I don't think so. I have a 16x2.0 SC wheel and 18x2.5 front and pusher. The SC is on the first tire I...
Forum: Hacks 01-26-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 17,001
Posted By Leaf
Bravo!!!!!!!!!!! How's the steering with...

Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!

How's the steering with those narrow dirtbike bars?
Forum: Hacks 01-11-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Posted By Leaf
Maybe try a scrapyard, if you don't mind taking...

Maybe try a scrapyard, if you don't mind taking care of a little rust. I don't know if they'll sell scrap rather than just buying it, but I say this because I get my metal bits from the scrap pile...
Forum: Hacks 01-10-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Posted By Leaf
That pairing makes me drool. :3 I wanted to...

That pairing makes me drool. :3

I wanted to build my outfit with a mid-range XS (I was looking for a 650, but I'd have taken a 400 too), but the CB400T was what turned up in the beer-money...
Forum: Hacks 01-10-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,229
Posted By Leaf
If it's chain drive, maybe just carry an extra...

If it's chain drive, maybe just carry an extra front sprocket around and swap when you need to switch between street and trail gearing. For me, the difference in size changing the front wasn't...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,862
Posted By Leaf
It was a tradeoff. The chair flies much easier...

It was a tradeoff. The chair flies much easier now. With a heavy load, it acts pretty much the same as it did with the wider stance, except it doesn't seem to struggle as much once up to speed (but...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2013, 05:34 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,862
Posted By Leaf
I pulled mine in about 10" from where I started,...

I pulled mine in about 10" from where I started, and the difference in the amount of throttle/brake skew was very noticeable.
Forum: Hacks 01-01-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,229
Posted By Leaf
I can hit 70 on a good flat spot with plenty of...

I can hit 70 on a good flat spot with plenty of room to wind it out with an old 36-ponies-when-new CB400T and a Velorex. It does 55 no problem. But it's a little iffy on the interstate; takes too...
Forum: Hacks 01-01-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,862
Posted By Leaf
That looks really good.

That looks really good.
Forum: Hacks 12-31-2012, 03:40 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 40,235
Posted By Leaf
Wow, and I thought my bikes were basket-cases...

Wow, and I thought my bikes were basket-cases when I got them. :P

I demand a build thread! :clap :freaky
Forum: Hacks 12-18-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,293
Posted By Leaf
I would ride/drive something like that, if the...

I would ride/drive something like that, if the seat was more in the middle! Ugly is groovy! The uglier, the better! :clap

Well, ugly in a good way. That one has it! A lot of, um, "custom...
Forum: Hacks 12-18-2012, 03:35 AM
Replies: 6,646
Views: 2,475,711
Posted By Leaf
I need to build an outfit that can do that kind...

I need to build an outfit that can do that kind of stuff!!! Or at least get another dirt bike. Oh how I miss them. :3
Forum: Hacks 12-16-2012, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By Leaf
I think the OldWings like that from back when...

I think the OldWings like that from back when they were a muscle bike instead of a tourer are the bee's knees. I'd go for it!!!
Forum: Hacks 12-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 17,001
Posted By Leaf
Gonna change the gearing or anything? I had to...

Gonna change the gearing or anything? I had to go down a tooth in the front on my CB400 w/Velorex, or it bogs down something awful in 6th gear (sure does wheelie good now when the sidecar is off...
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