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Forum: Canada 07-08-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Posted By DaveBall
That goes both ways. Lately there has been some...

That goes both ways. Lately there has been some news items of US Customs asking Canadians going south if they have ever smoked marijuana. Some people have admitted that they did try if 30 or 40...
Forum: Road warriors 06-20-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 421
Views: 28,255
Posted By DaveBall
I am not all that impressed with the HD electric...

I am not all that impressed with the HD electric bike.
It is not the most powerful, takes a long time to charge and the range is pitiful.

I have a strong feeling that HD has bought into Zero...
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,002
Posted By DaveBall
Great to hear you have it sorted. And easy...

Great to hear you have it sorted.

And easy way to keep an eye on things is to replace oil every 3000 miles and while it is draining to check the valve gap. After you have done it a few times it...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,002
Posted By DaveBall
I think that a lot of the anecdotal evidence...

I think that a lot of the anecdotal evidence about valves has to be taken with a grain of salt. As with any issue that anybody may have, once it gets published on any internet forum, it becomes...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,738
Posted By DaveBall
The rod is not all that hard to replace, but...

The rod is not all that hard to replace, but pulling the tranny and checking everything else is an excellent idea. That way, even if the clutch itself is good, you will then know what you have.
...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,061
Posted By DaveBall
Originally posted by walkingbear Not quite...

Originally posted by walkingbear

Not quite sure what you are talking about there. The clutch is definitely not a part of what is commonly called the "top end". With engines, the top end usually...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,002
Posted By DaveBall
Well now, everyone has laid claim to the heads...

Well now, everyone has laid claim to the heads need to be rebuilt or replaced, the rings are probably shot and the tranny may explode at any time. Don't forget that the wheel and swing arm bearings...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,061
Posted By DaveBall
Me thinks some people get way to picky. The...

Me thinks some people get way to picky.

The stock BMW clutch will take a beating and keep on going. Many, many people have ridden 10s of thousands of miles on bikes with clutch parts that have...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 885
Posted By DaveBall
Open up the headlight bucket. There should be...

Open up the headlight bucket. There should be fuses in there. And, as it has been bastardized by a previous owner from RT to naked cafe, a lot of the wiring is bound to be dodgy.

I would almost...
Forum: Airheads 04-26-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 570
Posted By DaveBall
Even though they are only 10 watts each, you just...

Even though they are only 10 watts each, you just added a 20 watt load to your high beam circuit. I would advise putting in a relay. The wiring system on these bikes are not getting any newer, along...
Forum: Canada 04-13-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,091
Posted By DaveBall
I have always ridden old BMW Airheads. Always...

I have always ridden old BMW Airheads. Always made certain I have the full stock tool kit, added a larger set of tire irons as well as a patch kit for tubes. Added in some spare bulbs and some wire....
Forum: Canada 04-09-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,605
Posted By DaveBall
Don't know about back east, but out here in BC,...

Don't know about back east, but out here in BC, they really watch for shoulder checks, even on bikes. And be as smooth as possible on the clutch and braking. Oh, and keep BOTH wheels on the ground....
Forum: Canada 04-08-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By DaveBall
Maybe it is a sign of the times. But I think that...

Maybe it is a sign of the times. But I think that it may be time to move the swap meet to a different venue in a different municipality.
Forum: Canada 04-02-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By DaveBall
Seems odd that Ladysmith can support 2 dealers,...

Seems odd that Ladysmith can support 2 dealers, while Nanaimo can only support 1. I wonder how long this will last.
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,425
Posted By DaveBall
Take the bearing sizes to a good bearing supply...

Take the bearing sizes to a good bearing supply distributor. I got a set last fall for less than $50. That is for 2 full bearings.

They are standard SKF / FAG bearing. I remember the counter...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,472
Posted By DaveBall
What they said. Just be glad is isn't all...

What they said.

Just be glad is isn't all over your floor, marking the bikes territory. Hogs are famous for that.
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,152
Posted By DaveBall
It depends on what sport you might be wanting to...

It depends on what sport you might be wanting to do.

A Ural makes a fine bike to go sport fishing with. Gets you to those out of the way fishing holes.

Seriously, just go with the original -...
Forum: Canada 03-20-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 879
Posted By DaveBall
I was at my local dealer last summer getting some...

I was at my local dealer last summer getting some parts. He had in a 2013 Vulcan in the shop that was involved in a low speed crash. Just over 1200Km on the bike. Bike was laid down at 20KPH and slid...
Forum: Canada 03-18-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
I am looking forward to putting some serious...

I am looking forward to putting some serious miles on over the next few years. I figure the Shoei is an excellent investment.

As I have never owned any modular helmet before, is there any problem...
Forum: Canada 03-18-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 879
Posted By DaveBall
I would be very careful buying any ICBC writeoff....

I would be very careful buying any ICBC writeoff. Car or bike.

Could very easily have a tweaked frame, forks or other issues that you may not be able to see from a photo. Frames can be very...
Forum: Canada 03-16-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
It is rare for me to win a score like that....

It is rare for me to win a score like that. Probably used up all my purchasing luck that day. I did buy a lottery ticket that day, but no further luck was to be had.

It seems that every now and...
Forum: Canada 03-15-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
It was last years Neotech. Just peeled the...

It was last years Neotech. Just peeled the original price sticker off it. Original price was $629. Got it for 1/2 price less a $30 gift certificate I got for Christmas. It was the last one in the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,642
Posted By DaveBall
See it here on Vancouver Island a lot as well....

See it here on Vancouver Island a lot as well. Trailer or haul the Hardley so they can take a couple of short rides here. Hell, you can't really take a long ride on this island. I have even seen one...
Forum: Airheads 03-15-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By DaveBall
And if you have not done so, get rid of the OEM...

And if you have not done so, get rid of the OEM Rubber hose. Those things expand quite nicely and more so as they get old. Change to braided lines and you end up with a more effective brake as well....
Forum: Canada 03-15-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
Yes, the Neotech. Very pleased. Now if we could...

Yes, the Neotech. Very pleased. Now if we could just get some decent weather, I could get out and ride. Not as bad as you guys back east, but it can be difficult to leave a nice warm den to go out...
Forum: Airheads 03-12-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By DaveBall
I have posted this before, but it looks like it...

I have posted this before, but it looks like it needs to be stated again. The method described below works for both back and front brakes on almost any motorcycle. Many people have changed over to...
Forum: Canada 03-10-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
Well, after all the discussions about different...

Well, after all the discussions about different helmets and trying on different ones at every bike shop around (all 3 within 100KM), I ended up at my local shop and checked out their clearance shelf....
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,093
Posted By DaveBall
luckychucky, That is extremely BAD advice if you...

luckychucky, That is extremely BAD advice if you are meaning the middle of the lane you are traveling in. NEVER ride in the middle of the lane you are traveling in. That part of the road is always...
Forum: Canada 03-04-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,633
Posted By DaveBall
Modular Helmet question

I am looking to purchase my first modular helmet. I have been riding for over 45 years, and never went that route before. Have always been either a full face or a 3/4 helmet. But now with my needing...
Forum: Airheads 03-01-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,167
Posted By DaveBall
The stock RS seat is mounted to the cowling. You...

The stock RS seat is mounted to the cowling. You remove them together as one piece. You cannot just remove the cowling, it just doesn't work that way.

Method of removal.
1. push button on left...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,514
Posted By DaveBall
Their is absolutely nothing wrong with riding the...

Their is absolutely nothing wrong with riding the RE in high temperatures. On our trip to Mexico last summer, we put in numerous days in 110-120 degree heat. All of our bikes were air cooled, and 2...
Forum: Canada 03-01-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,203
Posted By DaveBall
I realize I am probably older and have ridden for...

I realize I am probably older and have ridden for over 45 years on the road. But, it has always been a standard thing for us that use real helmets to replace them approx. every 5 years. Back in the...
Forum: Airheads 02-28-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,167
Posted By DaveBall
The stock RS or RT seat (both are the same) is...

The stock RS or RT seat (both are the same) is fully interchangeable with the older looking, but with much more passenger comfort /7 seat. Same mounting points.

Have you looked at maybe taking the...
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,514
Posted By DaveBall
I don't have an RE, but a few of my friends have...

I don't have an RE, but a few of my friends have them. All of them have over 20K on them with few issues. They all do their own maintenance and they have not had to take them back to the dealer for...
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,617
Posted By DaveBall
Oh get real people. Exhaust only gets that nice...

Oh get real people. Exhaust only gets that nice patina if the bike is ridden. If a BMW exhaust has no patina, then it is either brand new, or the owner has more time and money than he knows what to...
Forum: Canada 02-25-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,210
Posted By DaveBall
Well, I know it won't directly affect me, but I...

Well, I know it won't directly affect me, but I also know of several people who are rightly PO'd about it.

I have to agree that it is a tax (licensing fee) grab, as well as the additional costs...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,283
Posted By DaveBall
Consumer Reports reminds me of Ralph Nader. ...

Consumer Reports reminds me of Ralph Nader. Total Idiots, both of them.

Nader killed the Corvair by having it driven with way too much air pressure in the tires, almost twice the recommended...
Forum: Airheads 02-12-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 44,390
Posted By DaveBall
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Metro-Vac-Mo...a8e9cc&vxp=...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Metro-Vac-Mo...a8e9cc&vxp=mtr...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 741
Posted By DaveBall
We are all waiting for yours.:rofl

We are all waiting for yours.:rofl
Forum: Airheads 02-09-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 820
Posted By DaveBall
As has been said, a stiff piece of wire was and...

As has been said, a stiff piece of wire was and still is the standard tool to get the o-ring out. I have had one in my tool roll for 30+ years. Simple to make if you know how to use a pair of pliers...
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