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Old 10-16-2012, 05:22 AM   #241
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Fantastic read ! (Took me 2 days of sneaking it in during jobs in work !).
I love the subtle but unique colour choice. The old aircooled VeeDubs made nice
background scenery too !
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #242
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I know you're all on the edge of your seats wondering, "Boy, how does all that BLING hold up in a foggy coastal environment?" "Bet you have to keep after it every day."

Well, no, I've let it go about 6 months. Stored this winter in a damp place, no cover. The sun came out today, a spring training game was on the radio, and it seemed a good time to refresh the shine. Here's the before:



Looks like my bike pulls some pussy:











And after 4 innings (note the time stamps--camera is set to do so for an odd job Muriel and I share):









It's not perfect--there's some stuff that's hard to reach with the frame in the way and all that, but that's just a little patina growing and whatnot.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:49 AM   #243
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The seat

Awesome bike! May I ask you what was delivery charge for the seat?
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:08 AM   #244
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So connecting some dots here--I had some trouble with pinging, discussed here, and what I found was that the timing was fairly different from side to side. I had one "F" that rose in the window and then went out of sight, making way for another "F." I only saw this if I let the revs rise slowly whilst shining the strobe. If I just zinged the throttle, I'd miss the first "F." It may have been pinging only on one side. I understand that causes of floating or multiple timing marks can include bent cam noses or worn timing chains, so I started with the cam nose. DI all set up:



Sorry about the glare:



Running it around several times got me to a deviation on the order of .005". As point gap is barely 3X that, I think that would explain a lot of my problem. Meanwhile, I've come into a gently used Dyna ignition at a spouse approved price. Looking at it and the Dyna instructions, I come to realize that it's extra special, as it's a D35-2 for dual plug. I'm not dual plugged presently, but if the heads need work someday, it's on the list. Meanwhile, how to accommodate the wiring? From the directions, it appears that rather than two 6 volt coils in series, it instead wants two 12 volt coils in parallel. I have some of those, genuine German Bosch:



And they fit the OG coil brackets! So I spent an afternoon doing the install and fussing over the static timing, then reinstalled the tank and fired it up. Timing is now the same on both sides per the strobe, at idle and at "F." As for the riding, I'm happy to report that the Dyna slices, dices, and fillets like nothing else. Fired right up, idles smoothly, no ping going up a 6% grade at an indicated 75 (had to back off as I was catching up to CHP) in 5th, and a vibe that ran through the handlebar at ~3200rpm (round town in 3rd gear) with the points is now conspicuously absent.

Heeding all the warnings about those devil electronics, I am packing the old points ignition and wiring to make it work with the parallel 12V coil setup into my toolkit. I did the same thing for my Kombi when I converted it to a Pertronix setup 10 years ago. It really sets the tone, and makes the new ignition straighten up and fly right, knowing it can be replaced at any time.

To respond to Krantz--I have no idea what the seat shipping ran--'twas a gift.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:19 PM   #245
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you ready

for a rear rack and boxes ?? stu
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #246
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I got my old r80/7 back on clist last week been sitting the last eleven years back on the road again .So i will be putting the boxes and rack back where the belong . it did have a set of plastic krausers you can have if you want them FREE stu .....
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:08 AM   #247
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Oh my, it's been a while! Thanks for the boxes, Stu! I had just the one functional Krauser and always felt funny going out with one bag. The Dyna ignition (thanks Blitz!) is fantastic and I've done nothing else to the bike all summer but wash it after riding on dirt roads. I did have a wee off last week, though. It is possible to lock a single 38mm ATE IF the road is properly lubricated, as in this pic:



The road was covered in redwood duff, still moist from some rain a couple days before. End result was this:



And this:



And Muriel insisted, and I concurred, that untreated crash damage was not 'patina.' So off to fixing I went!

The timing was right for a valve adjustment, anyway. Intakes were spot on (.004") and the exhausts were at .007" and .009", so good news there. I made a fixture for the valve cover:





And clamped it to the table and had at it with this ScotchBrite wheel:



With this result:



And after more cleaning and degreasing, and a coat of paint:



Good to go! On to the clutch lever. After some coarse sanding:



And progressively finer grades of sandpaper:



And a run on the buffer:



All set to be put away until next week's ride:



Well, almost all set. The left peg is bent back the tiniest bit. I'd leave it alone, but the Kinematic shifter feels out of place. Anyone out there ever straightened one of these out on the bike? Maybe a big cheater pipe slipped over the peg?
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:08 AM   #248
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Hey, is that a potato cannon behind your bike?

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:16 AM   #249
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Nice job on the cover and lever.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:41 AM   #250
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Hey, is that a potato cannon behind your bike?
Yes, it is. Launches spuds over the 100+' redwoods in the yard with a sharp crack when the charge is right. Do it at night, and there's a sweet blue flash out the muzzle.

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Nice job on the cover and lever.
Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:49 PM   #251
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Yep, time for the spring re-bling. It was a regular season game this time, Giants at Padres, Lincecum pitching. Going from this:





To this:





Took the entirety of the 5th through the 8th innings.

I've been charging the battery, but probably should have done so last fall. It may be over for this one. I'd taken it out to see about hearing a $1500 Sportster run, and ran it down cranking that beast over.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:58 PM   #252
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Your bike looks great, Melville.

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:54 AM   #253
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Ernst looks great, Stu. Is there an end-of-season application that would help keep the corrosion at bay? Some WD-40 or some such?

I would also expect that you would need to address electrical connections from time:time for the same corrosive invasion.

Keep the updates coming!
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:40 AM   #254
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I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the effort, expertise, and resourcefulness you put into making that bike the looker it is now.

Thanks for that.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:18 PM   #255
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I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the effort, expertise, and resourcefulness you put into making that bike the looker it is now.

Thanks for that.
Thanks! Got some small refinements coming this summer.
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