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Old 11-08-2012, 08:48 PM   #16
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6K? Deal ... I will pick it up this weekend





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Old 11-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #17
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So, I guess with that response 5k isn't that bad even if the engine needs going through. Right now it starts with one or two kicks and the right cylinder has the lowest compression but runs okay. If you've read the above posts I'm sure you'll agree on the rebuild as I do. Having said that, I'm going to sort it out and just ride it after the rebuild.
By the way, the Alfas aren't mine. Thanks for the comments!

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:27 PM   #18
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So, I guess with that response 5k isn't that bad even if the engine needs going through. Right now it starts with one or two kicks and the right cylinder has the lowest compression but runs okay. If you've read the above posts I'm sure you'll agree on the rebuild as I do. Having said that, I'm going to sort it out and just ride it after the rebuild.
By the way, the Alfas aren't mine. Thanks for the comments!

Steve

Have you been watching ebay for prices? POS rust bucket /2s are going for 4.5k This is a good deal if that is the bike. That bike is a day of white diamond, steel wool, and wax away from being a really nice rider.

If I didn't have 3 /2s and a /3 i would be trying to get it if you didn't.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #19
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note taking compression on airheads requires taking off carb or raising carb slide to up position. better to remove carb. your compression reading will be low if carb is not removed.

that /2 has ADV sticker on it... who did it belong to?
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:08 AM   #20
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note taking compression on airheads requires taking off carb or raising carb slide to up position. better to remove carb. your compression reading will be low if carb is not removed.

that /2 has ADV sticker on it... who did it belong to?
The ADV sticker is my bike. Just for comparison. I'd not heard that compression should be measured with the carbs off. What's up with that?
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:42 AM   #21
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The other side

Another shot of Weeman's new? bike...




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Old 11-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #22
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Thank you for all your wisdom and info regarding my decision whether or not to bite the bullet to get this bike. I know that there are things to replace but can say that from your reactions it will be a solid purchase.

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Old 11-10-2012, 05:42 AM   #23
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The ADV sticker is my bike. Just for comparison. I'd not heard that compression should be measured with the carbs off . What's up with that?
airheads carbs have a sliding piston that blocks air flow when taking a compression reading even with butterfly open. to get an accurate reading one needs to take carbs off or jam piston open. BMW motorcycle compression testing instructions

if you are new to airheads .. take extra care torquing down bolts that thread into aluminum. which is pretty much all over airheads. when spec's say 7ft lb ... it means it. a 1/4in drive in lb torque wrench is a handy tool to have around.

spec's list compression at a low 7.5-1 ... so engine could be just fine if your /2 starts and runs good.

pretty safe to say several inmates, including me would be happy to take that /2 home.


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Old 11-10-2012, 08:14 AM   #24
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airheads carbs have a sliding piston that blocks air flow when taking a compression reading even with butterfly open. to get an accurate reading one needs to take carbs off or jam piston open. BMW motorcycle compression testing instructions

if you are new to airheads .. take extra care torquing down bolts that thread into aluminum. which is pretty much all over airheads. when spec's say 7ft lb ... it means it. a 1/4in drive in lb torque wrench is a handy tool to have around.

spec's list compression at a low 7.5-1 ... so engine could be just fine if your /2 starts and runs good.

pretty safe to say several inmates, including me would be happy to take that /2 home.

Fantastic useful information! I do know after reading this that the right cylinder does have the flat spot when trying to adjust the carb plus it's sound is not as crisp as the left. We shall see...

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #25
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Man, that looks like a good find. Certainly cleaner than my /2's.. and it runs! Nice.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:25 AM   #26
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Tell us about yourself!

Are you mechanically inclined?
What attracts you to that bike?
Do you want to ride it or just own it?
Have you ever heard of "slingers"?
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:04 AM   #27
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Are you mechanically inclined?
What attracts you to that bike?
Do you want to ride it or just own it?
Have you ever heard of "slingers"?
Started riding bikes at 13 (honda s90) then late teens raced motox campaigning a Husky 400. In my early 20's raced a Yamaha rd 350 in AFM until a nasty crash set me into street riding until I got married. Recent divorce launched me back into riding again with a 1995 r1100 rsl. In between motorcycles I've restored many English cars mainly Mini's or English Fords (locorts or GT's) with a few Lotus's in the mix. Right now at almost the age of 60 yrs. all I would like to do is enjoy riding a vintage bike any chance I can get before they pry my hands off the steering wheel or handlebars.

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Old 11-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #28
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Started riding bikes at 13 (honda s90) then late teens raced motox campaigning a Husky 400. In my early 20's raced a Yamaha rd 350 in AFM until a nasty crash set me into street riding until I got married. Recent divore launched me back into riding again with a 1995 r1100 rsl. In between motorcycles I've restored many English cars mainly Mini's or English Fords (locorts or GT's) with a few Lotus's in the mix. Right now at almost the age of 60 yrs. all I would like to do is enjoy riding a vintage bike any chance I can get before they pry my hands off the steering wheel or handlebars.

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Forgot to mention that I'm very informed about slingers......will have to do it on this one because no mechanical history at 52k.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #29
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That is such the RIGHT answer!

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Forgot to mention that I'm very informed about slingers......will have to do it on this one because no mechanical history at 52k.

Nice bike. You'll have fun with that!
Keep us posted.
Feel free to ask questions. You'll have more answers than Carter has Little Liver Pills...
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:49 AM   #30
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Nice bike. You'll have fun with that!
Keep us posted.
Feel free to ask questions. You'll have more answers than Carter has Little Liver Pills...
Thanks for all your encouraging words I do appreciate it! I will most definitely keep you posted.

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