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Forum: Airheads 05-19-2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,168
Posted By Wirespokes
Another possible problem spot that could cause...

Another possible problem spot that could cause you to think the clutch is shot is the throw-out assembly. There's a piston that sometimes jams in the bore. It's plastic and swells. Getting a now one...
Forum: Airheads 05-19-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 650
Posted By Wirespokes
My 11S is very smooth - except for the slightest...

My 11S is very smooth - except for the slightest remnant of surging down low. I think some more throttle cable synching might be necessary in your case. Something's needed.

Yeah, the 11S is a...
Forum: Airheads 05-18-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Wirespokes
The idea is that the tensioner part of the clamp...

The idea is that the tensioner part of the clamp has an open spot that doesn't tension the air tube. Because of that, oil can drip out of there. Positioning the clamp so the tensioner is on the top...
Forum: Airheads 05-18-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,116
Posted By Wirespokes
Or, perhaps this is a sign you should learn about...

Or, perhaps this is a sign you should learn about carbs. This is your chance.

Offer him $1500 and see if he goes for it.

These bing carbs are actually pretty simple. That's not to say, there...
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By Wirespokes
The Valeo is also a gear reduction motor...

The Valeo is also a gear reduction motor (planetary gears). The ND may be a nice piece, but it will also lighten your wallet considerably. Once these Valeos are clean and properly lubed, they hold up...
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,964
Posted By Wirespokes
Be thankful there aren't more tasks like that on...

Be thankful there aren't more tasks like that on these bikes.

I wonder if it would be easier pulling the engine mount bolts and raising the engine an inch than pulling that cross tube?
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By Wirespokes
I've got a key machine, but so far haven't needed...

I've got a key machine, but so far haven't needed to make any keys. I'd hate to practice on yours and maybe screw it up.
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By Wirespokes
1200 is a bit high. I like 800 to 1000 better. ...

1200 is a bit high. I like 800 to 1000 better.

Are you adjusting the mixture, idle speed and cable synch? Three individual steps.

If it was running fine and all that's changed is new cables,...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By Wirespokes
The exh valve seat may be ok - but is actually...

The exh valve seat may be ok - but is actually the reason the exh valve is going bad. It will need to be replaced. And the valve is tuliped pretty badly. It scares me to think of running it like...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 15,892
Posted By Wirespokes
I wouldn't use a metal ring to hook the plastic...

I wouldn't use a metal ring to hook the plastic side covers - it could wear through the plastic hook. Perhaps zip tie them together or use small zip ties on each end of the spring to side cover.
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By Wirespokes
Rick's starter is a good one. But it will drain...

Rick's starter is a good one. But it will drain the coffers.

Rebuilding the Valeo is a good option and much cheaper. More in the range of forty or fifty bucks. The new replacement housings (with...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,121
Posted By Wirespokes
Yes! Definitely! That's a HUGE gap. The...

Yes! Definitely! That's a HUGE gap.

The screws will loosen enough so the butterfly can be adjusted to achieve maximum closure.
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By Wirespokes
The 81 isn't the most desirable RS out there - in...

The 81 isn't the most desirable RS out there - in fact, it was a transition year and a lot of guys avoid them. There was something about the transmissions, but I forget what it was. And the clutch...
Forum: Airheads 05-12-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,121
Posted By Wirespokes
Sounds like one of three things: Shaft...

Sounds like one of three things:

Shaft o-rings.

Butterfly not centered. Hold the carb up to a light and look through the venturi. The goal is to see no light past the butterfly, though the best...
Forum: Airheads 05-12-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 15,892
Posted By Wirespokes
If the side cover rubber band breaks at speed,...

If the side cover rubber band breaks at speed, the wind can catch the left side and slam it against the lift handle hard enough to crack it. One of mine is that way, that's how I know. It probably...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-12-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 27,488
Posted By Wirespokes
Which Guzzis? All of them?

Which Guzzis? All of them?
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,258
Posted By Wirespokes
My first airhead (76 R90) 25 years ago came with...

My first airhead (76 R90) 25 years ago came with crash bars. Left them on a couple years (like training wheels) and finally took them off. Haven't missed them. The GS and G/S with the integral side...
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By Wirespokes
Thanks guys. :D Yes, the bezel is crimped...

Thanks guys. :D

Yes, the bezel is crimped on, and can be damaged if removed in a rough sort of way. It needs to be supported on the outside edge to prevent getting splayed out. I don't have a...
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By Wirespokes
A friend of mine has gotten new inner cable from...

A friend of mine has gotten new inner cable from (I think) a truck supply. That would be the cheapest way yet. Shipping from England (Motobins) has gone up recently so isn't quite as economical as it...
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,121
Posted By Wirespokes
The extra spring shouldn't cause a problem for a...

The extra spring shouldn't cause a problem for a short time, but the enrichener needs to come off and get cleaned up. It shouldn't take that much force to turn off.
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,252
Posted By Wirespokes
I've gotten the 10.9 bolts at Fastenall for about...

I've gotten the 10.9 bolts at Fastenall for about a buck a piece. You can grind off the threads, or use a carbide bit in the lathe like I did. They'll cut - not fast, but they will cut.

As for...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By Wirespokes
Since the needle moves when the input is spun,...

Since the needle moves when the input is spun, it's got to be the cable, or the transmission. No two ways about it.

The cable may spin on the test ride, but with no force against it (speedo...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,121
Posted By Wirespokes
Did you check the intake spigot to see if it's...

Did you check the intake spigot to see if it's tight???? :evil
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By Wirespokes
The R80G/S a lot of times came with the...

The R80G/S a lot of times came with the kickstarter. Those were made from 81 to 86. That should mate to yours. I'm sure the parts are there. But a kick start trans in the newer ones like yours don't...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,252
Posted By Wirespokes
Why were you taking it off if it's a new rotor?

Why were you taking it off if it's a new rotor?
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By Wirespokes
The coil isn't fixed. It's attached to the needle...

The coil isn't fixed. It's attached to the needle shaft and rotates around the magnet.

If you know what you're looking at in that photo, just above the coil you'll see a couple of rings. Those...
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,121
Posted By Wirespokes
Exactly! It's obviously getting fuel, so it can't...

Exactly! It's obviously getting fuel, so it can't be a clogged passage! :evil

Maybe a bad o ring on the adjuster screw?

Check to see if the intake spigot is loose. It may only wiggle 20 or 30...
Forum: Airheads 05-02-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By Wirespokes
Some more data would be nice - like how it runs,...

Some more data would be nice - like how it runs, what's been done in the way of maintenance or repairs, state of the rubber, etc. It's got 92K so it's possibly ready for a some serious work.

How...
Forum: Airheads 05-02-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8,076
Views: 1,661,134
Posted By Wirespokes
Very well done! You've turned a homely R100R into...

Very well done! You've turned a homely R100R into a thing of beauty!
Forum: Airheads 05-01-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By Wirespokes
Yes - it's part of the meter movement.

Yes - it's part of the meter movement.
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By Wirespokes
In that case, check there's no metal grit stuck...

In that case, check there's no metal grit stuck to the magnet. Make sure it's very clean.
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By Wirespokes
It's not the seal if loosening the ujoint bolts...

It's not the seal if loosening the ujoint bolts makes it go away.

One possibility is that they gave you the out-dated bolts. Earlier bolts were longer to account for a lock washer. It was found...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,225
Posted By Wirespokes
Love the R90! There's something special about...

Love the R90! There's something special about those bikes!

I think your head is in the right place - cleaning is always the best place to start.

Wobbles - there are several things that can...
Forum: Airheads 04-24-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By Wirespokes
Is this a mechanical tach? What model airhead is...

Is this a mechanical tach? What model airhead is this on?

The problem could be not enough clearance on one of the shafts. Or, it could be dried up lube that's gotten sticky, but I'd think the...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,135
Posted By Wirespokes
There must be a Murphey's law that no matter how...

There must be a Murphey's law that no matter how many vehicles you own, It's guaranteed a time will come when they're all down at the same time.

I also was in your position twenty years ago, so...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 15,892
Posted By Wirespokes
I've put off doing mine long enough. After seeing...

I've put off doing mine long enough. After seeing your results, I'm ready.

How much did you spend on paint?

Are you saying the only place to get the orange is Holt? He doesn't give out the...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,489
Posted By Wirespokes
Valve cover gaskets can be used over and over and...

Valve cover gaskets can be used over and over and over.

By the way - a good source of practical data on servicing airheads can be found on Snowbum's site:
...
Forum: Airheads 04-20-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,489
Posted By Wirespokes
Yep, that's how it's done. As for the high...

Yep, that's how it's done.

As for the high idle, my guess is the mechanical advance being sticky. If it was a vacuum leak or improperly set idle speed before completely warmed up, it wouldn't...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 959
Posted By Wirespokes
Seems like a great deal to me! I'd get it if you...

Seems like a great deal to me! I'd get it if you don't.

I think $300-$600 could get it on the road - battery, brakes, windscreen, mirrors and whatever else it might need.

Most guys toss the...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 688
Posted By Wirespokes
Well, what do you expect from us crazies? Of...

Well, what do you expect from us crazies? Of course our advice is to keep it.

Regarding having a bike in Bend - eastern Oregon is motorcycle heaven and I look forward every year heading out that...
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