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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9,022
Views: 1,797,870
Posted By manic mechanic
Old hunting buddy was red/green colorblind. If...

Old hunting buddy was red/green colorblind. If we had to blood-trail a deer, the rest of us would trail and he'd shoot if necessary.
Forum: Airheads 07-08-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 783
Posted By manic mechanic
The holes are from the fuel solenoids and hoses...

The holes are from the fuel solenoids and hoses that were installed as part of the anti-pollution stuff. You might find between the airbox and the exhaust flange a metal tube to lean out the exhaust...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,872
Posted By manic mechanic
Bigger tank?

Bigger tank?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-06-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By manic mechanic
Maybe an urban myth, but a few years ago I'd...

Maybe an urban myth, but a few years ago I'd heard of somebody who would leave an empty holster on the tank bag. Never had a problem with curiosity seekers.
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,748
Posted By manic mechanic
Also if you insert the pushrod and felt from the...

Also if you insert the pushrod and felt from the input side, it goes a bit easier. At least it did this past December for me.
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,748
Posted By manic mechanic
In a word, no. There isn't room to do it with...

In a word, no. There isn't room to do it with the trans in place.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-26-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,968
Posted By manic mechanic
I've hit 3 deer with bikes, hopefully no more....

I've hit 3 deer with bikes, hopefully no more. All were in daytime. ATGATT helped. but broken bones still can happen. The critters can come out of anywhere besides forests, such as overgrown ditches,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9,022
Views: 1,797,870
Posted By manic mechanic
Rode to a local home contractor's place today to...

Rode to a local home contractor's place today to do paperwork for new siding. Weather is cool, drizzly, windy. Walked in, one of the guys inside remarks, "Don't tell me you rode your motorcycle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,774
Posted By manic mechanic
For those who don't know, BMW RA is holding their...

For those who don't know, BMW RA is holding their National Rally there May 29, 30, 31, June 1. Among other things, Keith Code's California Superbike School will be there.
Forum: The Garage 03-16-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
It also works if you install the damper into the...

It also works if you install the damper into the upper with the spring, install the cap, then install the lower and zap the nut with an impact wrench.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9,022
Views: 1,797,870
Posted By manic mechanic
I remember when I was stationed on the east...

I remember when I was stationed on the east coast, commuting, and I would consider myself having a good day when only three people tried to kill me.
Forum: Airheads 02-05-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 938
Posted By manic mechanic
One simple thing to check is if the needle is not...

One simple thing to check is if the needle is not engaged in the slide. I would remove the float bowl then the main jet and atomizer tube and see if the needle comes out with it. Go from there.
Forum: Airheads 02-02-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 771
Posted By manic mechanic
How do you mean seized? If the system is filled...

How do you mean seized? If the system is filled and bled, will the brake lever move the piston at all? There are times when I'm going to be disassembling a caliper I'll take a large C-clamp and...
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
Sorry, no pics. It's not uncommon to rewind...

Sorry, no pics. It's not uncommon to rewind recoil starters for snowmobiles at the shop, or to replace the recoil spring. However, today's task was the installation of a recoil spring on a Wankel...
Forum: The Garage 01-06-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,998
Posted By manic mechanic
The pressure is affected by ambient temperature,...

The pressure is affected by ambient temperature, according to the Ideal Gas Laws.
Forum: Racing 01-04-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3,297
Views: 215,577
Posted By manic mechanic
Egad! Alessi over RV! Nice holeshot.

Egad! Alessi over RV! Nice holeshot.
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
That's why we don't do just top-ends anymore. ...

That's why we don't do just top-ends anymore. The entire engine or go elsewhere.
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
D.T. I only mentioned it that way because our...

D.T.
I only mentioned it that way because our shop has stopped doing top-end only rebuilds. Folks would bring in the sled, want the top-end done so they can sell it. Then maybe 100 miles down the...
Forum: The Garage 12-23-2013, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
Let me guess, it's on the clutch side. If that...

Let me guess, it's on the clutch side. If that is the case, you might as well split the cases and replace the crank end seals.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,777
Posted By manic mechanic
Heard somewhere - "There are those who confuse...

Heard somewhere - "There are those who confuse breathing with living."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,777
Posted By manic mechanic
I ask, as a manner of reply, "Is there anything...

I ask, as a manner of reply, "Is there anything you do that you enjoy so much, that you can never ever see yourself not doing it anymore?" Usually followed by a blank stare, then a desire to...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By manic mechanic
Yeah, I remember that now. We don't get many...

Yeah, I remember that now. We don't get many Beemers in the shop, but a lot of MX'ers and dual-sports. I should look in the catalogs to see if there are any aftermarket cables without the liners...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By manic mechanic
Might I suggest occasionally removing the cables,...

Might I suggest occasionally removing the cables, then using a cable lube tool and flush the crud out backwards? As in towards the lever end. With some of the bikes I see, I'll put the cable end...
Forum: The Garage 10-30-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,693
Posted By manic mechanic
No real need to remove the battery, either, as...

No real need to remove the battery, either, as long as you have the means to keep it charged. What isn't mentioned is that batteries self-discharge, even when disconnected. As they do (in the case...
Forum: Airheads 10-30-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,376
Posted By manic mechanic
Time to do a load test on the battery. I've got...

Time to do a load test on the battery. I've got an Odyssey PC680 in my '76 /6 and I've had no trouble starting after sitting overnight in an exposed parking lot in temps in the teens. Also take a...
Forum: Airheads 10-20-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 909
Posted By manic mechanic
Same item, different terms.

Same item, different terms.
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By manic mechanic
Also check that the return port in the master...

Also check that the return port in the master cylinder is clear.
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,120
Posted By manic mechanic
One not-so-intrusive way is to remove the tail...

One not-so-intrusive way is to remove the tail light assembly so you can see the wires going to the bulb, then use a test lamp to determine which wire is live with the ignition on. Then splice in at...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,478
Posted By manic mechanic
Did you have the trailer hitched up? Either...

Did you have the trailer hitched up? Either that, or connect a ground wire between the trailer and the tow vehicle.
Forum: The Garage 09-19-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,609
Posted By manic mechanic
My HS shop teacher had us develop the "feel" by...

My HS shop teacher had us develop the "feel" by measuring the thickness of a piece of toilet paper without tearing it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,177
Posted By manic mechanic
Yes, but not in the way that you mean. So far...

Yes, but not in the way that you mean. So far I've killed three deer and a car with motorcycles, totaled the bikes.
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,154
Posted By manic mechanic
Thicker socks? Seriously, if they're just a...

Thicker socks? Seriously, if they're just a little loose in warm weather, maybe warmer, thicker socks when it's not so warm may make up the difference. Unless you get another pair of boots, one for...
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By manic mechanic
Suggest going through the routine when you park...

Suggest going through the routine when you park at night, then check in the morning. On a trip, once a day is sufficient.
Forum: The Garage 06-26-2013, 05:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 999
Posted By manic mechanic
One place I usually find an air bubble is at the...

One place I usually find an air bubble is at the banjo fitting at the master cylinder. Squeeze the lever, crack the fitting, then tighten it. Take appropriate precautions for the fluid with regard...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-09-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,390
Posted By manic mechanic
IMHO, the biggest lesson you learned is that not...

IMHO, the biggest lesson you learned is that not everything will cause you to crash. Anything can cause a crash, but doesn't necessarily have to. You used what time you had to stay sane and not...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-05-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3,471
Views: 168,408
Posted By manic mechanic
Indeed nice to have met everybody today. I ended...

Indeed nice to have met everybody today. I ended up wandering about looking at bikes and visiting with folks. Then headed home by way of a winery, as I needed to restock.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-04-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3,471
Views: 168,408
Posted By manic mechanic
With any kind of luck I should make it. Like to...

With any kind of luck I should make it. Like to meet up with faces that match names. Only about 3 hours from here.
Forum: Road warriors 04-20-2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,481
Posted By manic mechanic
Since it sat for a time period, did you check out...

Since it sat for a time period, did you check out if it has a fuel filter that needs replacing. If I remember correctly, there was a filter between the pump and the carbs that sat cross-ways in the...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1,983
Views: 251,056
Posted By manic mechanic
On the premise that Spring will eventually...

On the premise that Spring will eventually appear, I rearranged the garage a bit by putting the snowblowers in the back and the mower in the front. Maybe it will be used sometime in the near future.
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2013, 03:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Posted By manic mechanic
Take the bike for a nice long ride (at least 20...

Take the bike for a nice long ride (at least 20 miles), then change the oil. That should also get rid of most of the moisture that may have condensed in the exhaust.
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