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Forum: Vendors 11-11-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 28,543
Posted By arbalest
rivets for new clutch spline

Check around and see if you have an active antique car scene in your area. We have one in my area and we have a shop that specializes in rebuilding antique motors and keeping the cars on the road....
Forum: Hacks 09-04-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,896
Posted By arbalest
hack as first bike

A friend of mine (in his forties) got introduced to hacks when another firend and myself got hacks (a Chang, and a BMW powered Dnepr). He had never ridden a motorcyle, but had ridden snowmobiles, and...
Forum: Hacks 08-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3,790
Views: 646,676
Posted By arbalest
1990 Ural


The ad has been deleted. I doubt if it was a 1990. Urals were not imported to the US til 1996 (I believe). If the Ural is earlier than 1996, it should have bottlecap hubs (used for...
Forum: Hacks 08-05-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 527
Posted By arbalest
K-bike speedometer calibration software

I found the K-bike speedo software. If anyone would like a copy of it, just PM me. I have the software (in German, but self explanatory), the manual (pdf, also in German), and a detailed how-to from...
Forum: Hacks 07-07-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3,790
Views: 646,676
Posted By arbalest
Ural fairing

Post this up on Soviet Steeds. You might get more response.
Forum: Hacks 05-12-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,595
Posted By arbalest
snowmobile motored rig

Some of the GP sidecars of the 80's (I think), had custom built crankcases that could use either Yamaha or Honda 125 GP top ends (500cc motors). There is a class of sidecar rigs that allows...
Forum: Hacks 01-15-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 13,517
Posted By arbalest

The beauty of your setup with the girder forks is that, with the hack attached, if you find low speed steering a little difficult, you only have to lengthen the lower links in the girder forks to...
Forum: Hacks 11-23-2013, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3,790
Views: 646,676
Posted By arbalest
good bike for a tug?


The V65 is a V4, the CBX is an inline six. I believe the V65 has a full frame.
Forum: Hacks 10-29-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By arbalest
? for K100 right hand hackers

How do you check your oil level??
Forum: Hacks 10-22-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By arbalest
K1100 fork tube diameter


The measurement you have is correct, but a little misleading. I needed very short tubes between the triple trees on my K100, and 1 5/8" is as close to perfect as you'll find.
Forum: Hacks 10-06-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 655
Posted By arbalest
hack pictures

If I can remember how to do it, I will post the latest progress photos.
Forum: Hacks 10-05-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 655
Posted By arbalest
K100 hack - rear shock

I am nearing completion of my K100 hack and need to replace the rear shock. Can someone with K100 hack experience suggest a solution?

Forum: Hacks 07-12-2013, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,963
Posted By arbalest
Chang Jiang


That is correct. I have ridden Immulmen's rigs and they go very well. He really knows what he is doing.
Forum: Hacks 07-12-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,802
Posted By arbalest
Who did the center hub?


That is a Hannigan HPS rig, built by Hannigan. The front end was designed and built by Bill Ballou, who supplies them to Hannigan (I believe). He hangs out on He has helped...
Forum: Hacks 07-06-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,963
Posted By arbalest
Chang Jiang

A friend has a CJ sidecar rig. It has over 40k kilometers on it. It is a daily driver, year round, in Maine. It will cruise at 60mph, all day long. If they are built right, they will go well. Current...
Forum: Airheads 06-03-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By arbalest
K100 forks on R90/6?

I am hacking my K100, so have no use for the stock forks. I have an R90/6 with the single disc ATE brake. I have the stock brake working as good as it has ever worked, maybe better. My K100 has (done...
Forum: Hacks 05-08-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,906
Posted By arbalest
where to buy Dnepr

Well, since someone already mentioned Chang Jiang Experience, for Dneprs, I would recommend a private sale from someone who will be honest about what you are buying, so at least you know where you...
Forum: Hacks 01-06-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,361
Posted By arbalest
100kph K750


You need to hang out a bit on the Soviet Steeds forum. Get in touch with Immulmen (Chris Jordan). He has built TWO 750 flathead sidecar rigs that will cruise all day at 100kph. Chris did...
Forum: Hacks 12-04-2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,333
Posted By arbalest
leaner sidecar wheel toe

Does the sidecar wheel on a leaner require toe in or out?

Forum: Hacks 12-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6,651
Views: 2,477,450
Posted By arbalest

What did you do with the rear wheel adapter? What rear wheel did you use?


Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-15-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 641
Views: 215,643
Posted By arbalest
Beeza project

I used to have British bikes, but I'm better, now. If you plan on really riding that thing, if you haven't done so already, I would strongly suggest you do the roller bearing conversion to the bottom...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-17-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 45,554
Views: 2,707,924
Posted By arbalest

Copied over from Regional forums

I'd like to invite you to the Annual MEME (Maine European Motorcycle Enthusiasts) Spring BBQ. No, you do not need to ride a European bike. The BBQ will be the...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-16-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 444
Posted By arbalest

I'd like to invite you to the Annual MEME (Maine European Motorcycle Enthusiasts) Spring BBQ. No, you do not need to ride a European bike. The BBQ will be the first Sunday in May at Mike Stackhouse's...
Forum: Hack Vendors 04-15-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,054
Posted By arbalest
car tire on 17" rim

I believe that for less than the cost of a wheel adapter, you can send your stock motorcycle wheel to Kosman, and have an automobile tire appropriate bead grafted on. As I recall, you can either...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-14-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,467
Posted By arbalest
ADV swapmeet

Thanks to 2Twisted for hosting the event. This was my first ADV event, glad I came. I came home with a project fairing, and called a friend to come on over, as someone had a Yamato racing outboard...
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 886
Posted By arbalest
K100 exhaust

I am hacking my 85 K100RS. I am using a 15" Mini Cooper wheel, with a 185/65 R15 tire. I knew I would have an exhaust problem, so I bought the stuff to make a 4 into 1 collector, so I can route the...
Forum: Hacks 03-04-2012, 07:38 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 40,260
Posted By arbalest
M72 restore


Depending on your level of commitment to originality, I can give you a couple of bits of information. Carbs..probably are 26mm. If you can find old Bings, you are lucky. 26mm carbs are...
Forum: Hacks 01-26-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 24,535
Posted By arbalest
adventure sidecar build - neat concept

If you want to build an enclosed sidecar for sleeping, you could use some of this guys ideas. Very cool stuff.

Forum: Hacks 06-05-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,193
Posted By arbalest
new Chang


If you are new to Changs, you should drop a note to Chris Jordan, his email is immulmen AT yahoo DOT com. He currently has a Chang flathead as his daily driver. He built it up from a...
Forum: Hacks 06-05-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,611
Posted By arbalest
06 Ural Gear Up new to you


If you are new to Urals, you need to pay a visit to the Soviet Steeds site. All the help you need, no attitude. The collective wisdom is enlightening.

Mike Lydon
Forum: Hacks 05-04-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,056
Posted By arbalest
what di I do with this old sidecar?

It may be worth dismantling, making patterns, and recreating the sidecar.
Forum: Hacks 04-30-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,388
Posted By arbalest
Chang or Ural sidecar


Is the Chang a bare tub, or does it come with its sidecar frame? If it comes with a frame, it is a good choice. Depending on the vintage, you will find that the Chang tub is a little more...
Forum: Hacks 04-10-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,169
Posted By arbalest


Do yourself a favor. If you are not interested in a resto, be sure to do the roller bearing conversion. The timing side of the crank is supported by a bushing. When the bushing wears, you lose...
Forum: Hacks 01-01-2011, 08:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,001
Posted By arbalest
'67 Chang?

It is not clear in the photos, but if there is a distributor at the left front of the motor, below the gas tank, and the gas tank has two petcocks, it is likely a '97. The two petcock tank was a one...
Forum: Hacks 12-14-2010, 07:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,623
Posted By arbalest
CJ disparagement


I must take exception to your characterization of Chang Jiangs as unreliable, especially the flatheads. I personally know of one CJ flathead, one Dnepr with 750ohv CJ motor, and a 98 Ural...
Forum: Hacks 12-11-2010, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 954
Posted By arbalest
2wd BMW

Take a look at the MOBEC site (Germany) for a look at how complicated it is to get a 2wd BMW. I have heard some folks talk of just putting viscous coupling in the driveshaft to the hack wheel. Under...
Forum: Hacks 12-11-2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 29,801
Posted By arbalest
2wd Ural

Just a reminder here, folks. A two wheel drive Ural is not full time two wheel drive. A Patrol or Gear Up is just one wheel drive. Until you get stuck and engage the drive to the hack wheel. Once...
Forum: Hacks 11-14-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,203
Posted By arbalest

LCGarage, I have owned a 2wd Dnepr (NEVAL) with the 650 ohv motor, and the same bike with a 800cc BMW motor. A friend has both a Ural and a Chang. The Ural and Chang both have 12v flathead Chang...
Forum: Hacks 07-12-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By arbalest
100 kph on a Chang

My friend Chris Jordan (find him on Soviet Steeds) has a 12v, 24hp flathead Chang that has over 30000kms on it. It routinely will do 60 mph for extended periods, with a passenger in the hack....
Forum: Hacks 07-12-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,780
Posted By arbalest
Ural cover

I believe Holopaw has some that Jim Bryant had made up special to accommodate the tug and hack windshields. Check with Jim Bryant. He is in the states til Friday, then returning to Beijing.

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