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Forum: Old's Cool 09-25-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I was just using the comparison to other Honda...

I was just using the comparison to other Honda systems- I didn't mean to suggest any confusion with the Ascott thumper.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-24-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The starter solenoid can make noise but not make...

The starter solenoid can make noise but not make internal contact- you could try putting a test light on the main output lead and see if you are getting voltage when the starter switch is pressed. If...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-23-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If I recall correctly the damaged multi connector...

If I recall correctly the damaged multi connector in your picture is actually the output from the voltage regulator. These are a known failure point and yours may be overcharging- a possible...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-23-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,400
Posted By Tim McKittrick
In my experience the lighter weight oils do help-...

In my experience the lighter weight oils do help- but oil flow is still compromised when it's really cold. I'd recommend running as low as a 0-30 in any variant of the XR/XL series given they all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,400
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The Dominator has an air cooled engine with a...

The Dominator has an air cooled engine with a small external oil feed to the head. This motor was an outgrowth of the XL600 engine, and I discovered to my horror that those engines will eat cam...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 846
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I once installed some really cheap stuff obtained...

I once installed some really cheap stuff obtained on close-out from Home Depot. It was awful- it chipped easily and the joints were poorly fit.

The more expensive stuff seems to have a thicker...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-21-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 117,752
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I took the old RT2 out for exercise last weekend-...

I took the old RT2 out for exercise last weekend- seemed to be fitting to convert the picture to B&W

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1030156_zpsb1539017.jpg...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 846
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've installed a lot of laminate flooring over...

I've installed a lot of laminate flooring over the years and the Costco stuff is a good product- and it is usually discounted in the spring and fall. I have recommended it to clients and will again. ...
Forum: Orange Crush 09-20-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 811
Posted By Tim McKittrick
My 950 did exactly the same thing, and it was the...

My 950 did exactly the same thing, and it was the pump points. I elected to go with the Dr Bean fix and was very happy with the quality of his kit and instructions, as well as the reasonable price...
Forum: The Garage 09-19-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By Tim McKittrick
It sounds like you may still have a pilot passage...

It sounds like you may still have a pilot passage clog. When you had the carb apart were you able to confirm flow through the pilot passage? I like to test flow when blowing out the passages with an...
Forum: Alaska 09-15-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I rode the old nail up to the same spot today-...

I rode the old nail up to the same spot today- was nice weather for it, and a fun ride!


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1030152_zps9d825551.jpg...
Forum: Alaska 09-14-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've signed up for Carlile Package Express- they...

I've signed up for Carlile Package Express- they will freight stuff north for really reasonable rates. Has worked well for me so far.

Info:
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I had a very similar problem on an older BMW...

I had a very similar problem on an older BMW airhead and I chased vents and such for a long time before I discovered it was a poor flowing fuel filter. If you have an aftermarket inline filter,...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-13-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,516
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Rats- It turns out I tossed Dad's moldy old...

Rats- It turns out I tossed Dad's moldy old Belstaff, or so it would appear- it's nowhere to be found. I do still have the pants and the waxing kit.

I recently bought a 1972 Yamaha RT2 and I...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-01-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If it flashes on one side and not the other the...

If it flashes on one side and not the other the flasher unit is good- the same current path is used for both sides. I would make sure the current path throughout the left signals is good- a poor...
Forum: Alaska 08-22-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I saw a black tri-wheeled Goldwing in Wasilla two...

I saw a black tri-wheeled Goldwing in Wasilla two days ago and noted it as the dual outrigger wheel conversion struck me as odd.... But I was busily staring at the wheel arrangement and don't recall...
Forum: The Garage 08-15-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,402
Posted By Tim McKittrick
In my region T1-11 is available both in primed...

In my region T1-11 is available both in primed and raw, and in various widths. The big box stores tend to only carry one variety, usually the sort you don't need.

Your best bet is to go to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,853
Posted By Tim McKittrick
On my old airhead BMW's the shaft effect was...

On my old airhead BMW's the shaft effect was great enough that adding power would raise the rear of the bike and increase cornering clearance. One technique was to add power and rear brake at the...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-13-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I have had a similar issue with a few machines of...

I have had a similar issue with a few machines of similar vintage- particularly if they have been sitting for some time. In my cases, the issue was the ignition advance mechanism being sticky and...
Forum: 2 smokers 08-04-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1,121
Views: 307,174
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I just added this to the collection of things...

I just added this to the collection of things that make blue smoke:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1030027_zps7eaf29e7.jpg...
Forum: Alaska 07-27-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 773
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I'll keep my eyes peeled for ya!

I'll keep my eyes peeled for ya!
Forum: Alaska 07-26-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 773
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I have a pair of 1975 dt175s- one was purchased...

I have a pair of 1975 dt175s- one was purchased as a parts bike but it's recoverable. The other is about 90%. Neither have a title, but for a trainer they might do what you need. They are a 3/4 scale...
Forum: Alaska 07-24-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1,116
Views: 156,647
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Twinmax balancer

Twinmax balancer with various adapters. Very lightly used and in original packaging. $75.
Forum: Alaska 07-18-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,348
Posted By Tim McKittrick
In 2009 I used Alaska Airlines cargo and sent my...

In 2009 I used Alaska Airlines cargo and sent my Ducati from Anchorage to Seattle- I think it cost about $550 including the hazmat sticker. I had to deliver the bike to the Anchorage depot with no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-13-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,912
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I think the answer here is back to basics- a...

I think the answer here is back to basics- a small dirt bike. I learned to ride on a 250 enduro on gravel roads where the tires were pretty much ALWAYS sliding. If the OP can wrangle more seat time...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-09-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,079
Posted By Tim McKittrick
And once again, Advrider shows itself to be...

And once again, Advrider shows itself to be totally awesome! 100 points to Andy!
Forum: Orange Crush 07-07-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,079
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I had a similar failure and it was the points in...

I had a similar failure and it was the points in the fuel pump burning out- mine came and went a few times and I was able to get the bike home under its own power.

I installed the Dr. Bean kit and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-06-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,304
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Here in the north, the issue is less about...

Here in the north, the issue is less about avoiding killer storms than keeping warm, dry, and comfortable.

My best tip is wool socks and trash bags: wear wool socks and put your foot into a small...
Forum: Alaska 07-02-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The Alaska ferry website is just.......terrible....

The Alaska ferry website is just.......terrible. I can never make heads or tails of it and have found it best to just call and speak to one of their schedulers. I have made the passage from Whittier...
Forum: The Garage 07-01-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 674
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've made replacement filters for various...

I've made replacement filters for various machines using uni filter stock and ordinary Wellwood contact cement. The seams need to be painted with a brush, allowed to dry for a few moments, pressed...
Forum: Alaska 06-30-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Your best bet may be to try to get a few spokes...

Your best bet may be to try to get a few spokes fast freighted from either Woodys or Buchanan's. If you only need three or four they might ship in an overnight express envelope.
...
Forum: Alaska 06-23-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 835
Posted By Tim McKittrick
For the curious, I have a little info on the RV...

For the curious, I have a little info on the RV in the hole:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1020940_zps32fc2220.jpg...
Forum: Alaska 06-23-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,116
Views: 156,647
Posted By Tim McKittrick
2006 Griso

Still available- and now at a new lower price!

Fully mended after it was dropped last fall- new tires, new agm battery, ready to go. It does have a reconstructed title and the price reflects that-...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-18-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I think any XL unit from 1984 on up would do, or...

I think any XL unit from 1984 on up would do, or you could use an aftermarket pressure switch that replaces the banjo fitting:
...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-18-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I had a 250s as my first bike many, many years...

I had a 250s as my first bike many, many years back. As I recall the swingarm bushings were plastic and didn't last very long...... Back then there were aftermarket bronze bushes available which...
Forum: Alaska 06-16-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 826
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I keep a Ducati ST2 in the states and would...

I keep a Ducati ST2 in the states and would recommend against the a Gran Canyon only because of it's required maintenance. The old 2-valve mill is certainly reliable and robust but routine...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-09-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I never had that model of 250 but I did work on...

I never had that model of 250 but I did work on its big brother, the XL600r...I had 4 of those over the years. When installing the kickstarter you had to hook the return spring and twist the start...
Forum: Road warriors 05-25-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 37,203
Posted By Tim McKittrick
He ran the Iron Dog last winter, I think, but the...

He ran the Iron Dog last winter, I think, but the Palins only make the news now if something bad happens.
Forum: Road warriors 05-25-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 37,203
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Nah- you would be fine. She moved to Arizona...

Nah- you would be fine. She moved to Arizona after the locals quit talking to her.
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 37,203
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've one for sale- but you'll have to travel.... ...

I've one for sale- but you'll have to travel....

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