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Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-23-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,840
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You may discover that commercially available...

You may discover that commercially available tubing is thicker wall, and doesn't exactly match the MC OEM exhaust tubing. A suggestion is get friendly with your local MC salvage yard and pick up a...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,840
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nice work! That "WTF moment" will come when...

Nice work!

That "WTF moment" will come when you try your hand at making a compound fishmouthing at the rear-most horizontal tube of the subframe. You know, something like this: :cry
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-21-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I have a side gig building luggage racks. ...

I have a side gig building luggage racks. Matching side-to-side is very challenging.

I keep wanting to build a "leg" with an adjustable shelf which is symmetrical on both sides. It wants a big...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-20-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,840
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Cool build, I like your methodical approach to...

Cool build, I like your methodical approach to the job.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-18-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
The big pic behind him is the new V7 Racer. I...

The big pic behind him is the new V7 Racer. I had a few days with it for CityBike. It was quite pleasant, and I got a metric shit-ton of very positive feedback from "ordinary citizens" -- everyone...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-18-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I have never committed the funds to getting back...

I have never committed the funds to getting back purge set up, although I did recently buy a second bottle of argon.

I've been a Solar Flux user, and that improved the results from "un-possible...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Perun - I recommend trying compressed air to...

Perun - I recommend trying compressed air to remove the piston. Use a rubber-tipped blow gun. Remove the brake hose & banjo bolt and put the air gun in the hole. Should pop right out -- keep your...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-17-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Gas lens?

Gas lens?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-16-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Slack, Check your PM.

Slack, Check your PM.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-14-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
It's like magic: if you're a gearhead for long...

It's like magic: if you're a gearhead for long enough, you will eventually get a drawer/box/bin full of Earl's fittings, and none of them will be right for your project.

If, miraculously, there...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-14-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 2,081
Views: 102,084
Posted By Roadracer_Al
But then you'd have to dye your hair blue/gray. ...

But then you'd have to dye your hair blue/gray. :norton
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2,081
Views: 102,084
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nice new toy! Tow package?

Nice new toy! Tow package?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 4,851
Views: 428,335
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yep, it sure is a tough language. Very old, very...

Yep, it sure is a tough language. Very old, very peculiar grammar (agglutinative, i.e. all the grammar takes place with endings on nouns and verbs). And, there are only about 2 million native...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-11-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,323
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seriously. I have a '63 Dodge Power Wagon that...

Seriously. I have a '63 Dodge Power Wagon that is holding down my driveway. Even though you could stick a dime into the crack on the sidewalls of the dry rotted tires that are on it, the are...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-11-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4,851
Views: 428,335
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Thumb Quick Mongolian language lesson: Tzaaa - yes...

Quick Mongolian language lesson:

Tzaaa - yes
Ugui - no
Bayertaa - thank you (lit: with happiness)
Bayertala - goodbye (get a speaker to give you pronunciation help, it's about impossible to...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-10-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,323
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yeah, that is always an interesting milestone in...

Yeah, that is always an interesting milestone in any build. I usually try to keep some of those on the back burner for later, but it is so instantly gratifying to spoon on some new tires because...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-09-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 509
Posted By Roadracer_Al
My best friend lived in Vegas for 8 years. He...

My best friend lived in Vegas for 8 years. He worked for a vendor to the Casino industry. He lived up near the speedway.

I used to visit him once or twice a year. I'd stay 3 or 4 days, and that...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-07-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,323
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seriously, 18mm? I'd have shaved the swingarm. ...

Seriously, 18mm? I'd have shaved the swingarm. Do the motor mounts still line up? It seems to me that something would have to seriously stretch to achieve that.

Used bike? Probably not, but...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-06-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,323
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Could you essplain exactly what you did with the...

Could you essplain exactly what you did with the blue wrench to the unsuspecting Ninja frame?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,323
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Well, howdy! I see you can't leave your grubby...

Well, howdy! I see you can't leave your grubby mitts off anything can you? :rofl

A man of similar inclinations, for sure.

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Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 26,212
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Hey there Gregor -- late to the party. Looks...

Hey there Gregor -- late to the party. Looks like it will be another excellent build.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By Roadracer_Al
IMHO, if you're going to the trouble of doing an...

IMHO, if you're going to the trouble of doing an engine swap, you might try something closer to home: XR650R motor.

Yep. Ninja/Versys 650 motors have a similar deep sump.

One problem is an...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-05-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4,851
Views: 428,335
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I had a similar vintage 125 as my third bike,...

I had a similar vintage 125 as my third bike, also loved it!
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Everything is a trade-off. If you get better...

Everything is a trade-off. If you get better highway cruising, it will absolutely be at the expense of low-RPM grunt.

That said, if you're not planning on doing anything you'd need to crawl...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Actually, what you want is softer aluminum -- the...

Actually, what you want is softer aluminum -- the dirt bike radiators don't fail because they are dead soft. They just bend, and they don't crack.
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seems to me that the only way to grow it would be...

Seems to me that the only way to grow it would be fore and aft -- i.e. if it's currently a single-row, make it a double row. That would double it's volume, but not double it's efficiency --- it...
Forum: Equipment 06-30-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,356
Posted By Roadracer_Al
An Aussie friend of ours (we met him on a...

An Aussie friend of ours (we met him on a roadside looking at a map in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia), has done 3 RTW trips. He said his daily food & lodging budget on his last trip was around $5 usd. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-26-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2,746
Views: 748,343
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Is that Pikes Peak?

Is that Pikes Peak?
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
The bulb socket broke out of the back of my '08. ...

The bulb socket broke out of the back of my '08. I expoxied it back together. If you take the reflector off, you'll find that there are some bits that have come adrift.

But, seriously, have...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 938
Posted By Roadracer_Al
THIS! Forgot to mention it in my 10-point...

THIS!

Forgot to mention it in my 10-point list. Best $20 you'll spend on tire changing, and a gallon will last eleventeen years if you don't kick it over in the garage.

The RuGlyde dries...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,356
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Shu's advice is EXCELLENT. DR650 is a fine bike...

Shu's advice is EXCELLENT. DR650 is a fine bike for the trip.

You'll want to include a couple of feeler gauge leaves to set valves mid-way on your trip. They can come with the box of dirty...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 938
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Changing street tires on big bikes with spoons is...

Changing street tires on big bikes with spoons is a PITA.

I recommend NoMar tire changers. They're expensive, but extremely good.

They also sell balancers.

http://www.nomartirechanger.com/...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 697
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Got my wife a set from Helimot in Freemont, CA. ...

Got my wife a set from Helimot in Freemont, CA. Very nicely made.

These are a true pant, not an over-pant.

https://shop.helimot.com/shopping/default.asp
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-23-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By Roadracer_Al
If you want more power, increase displacement: ...

If you want more power, increase displacement:

http://www.xr100.com/ttr230.htm

Then add a blower.

http://www.elsberg-tuning.dk/supercharging.html
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-23-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,256
Posted By Roadracer_Al
If you get this thing up to a level of spit &...

If you get this thing up to a level of spit & polish, they'd eat it up over at Pipeburn.com.

I love pre-RVFC Honda singles!
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'd have to dig up the tools I made, but pretty...

I'd have to dig up the tools I made, but pretty sure they are 5mm.

a
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-21-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4,851
Views: 428,335
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I rode to Alaska on Heidenau K60 Scouts on my...

I rode to Alaska on Heidenau K60 Scouts on my VStrom. They feel and steer "odd" and unlike most other tires, the front wears irregularly and more rapidly than the rear. When we got home, the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Kinky! :huh :rofl

Kinky! :huh :rofl
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, I do. Even more so after the front heat...

Yes, I do. Even more so after the front heat shield mounts on the pipe vibrated off @ 5k miles. I pretty seriously burned my Aerostich pants. Talk about pissed. I even burned holes in JEANS...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 17,653
Views: 1,860,502
Posted By Roadracer_Al
It's true, but the source of the problem is that...

It's true, but the source of the problem is that the cord is flapping around loose. If you use some zip-ties and tie it down so there is as short a loop as possible it won't hurt the USB port.
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