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Old 06-14-2014, 12:48 AM   #61
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I bet they would've worked great for a younger me too....however, this older me feels the cold a lot more.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:30 AM   #62
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Ahem.... What is that seat off ? and the tail cowel (?)too please. I like the look of them and think they'd look pretty good on the brick
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:41 AM   #63
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XR750, by Euroglass in Christchurch.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:44 AM   #64
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XR750, by Euroglass in Christchurch.
Cool... I'll look them up next time I'm in Chch
If it's good enough for Motu and Evel Knievel, then it's good enough for me
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:19 AM   #65
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I find the stock seat puts you in one position, and I can't get forward enough for corners. The BMW solo seat is exactly the same, and cafe seats are wide too. With this seat I can move up for gravel, and in the tight twisty stuff, on the straights I move back and put my feet on the pillion pegs...just like a flattracker. I'd like a tank narrower at the rear too - one day I'll find another tank to modify.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:37 AM   #66
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one day I'll find another tank to modify.
I've got a rough tank that came with a project - no longer needed. You can have it if you can find a way to get it from Wellington.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:07 AM   #67
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Hmmmm, ah, thank you. I don't know anyone doing regular Wellington runs anymore, but I'll look into it.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:35 PM   #68
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Oh look, another exhaust on my bike. This is one my wife used on her T100 in the '70's, it's exactly the same inside as those other ones you see everywhere, and I've got a couple myself, but this one fits my pipe better. I could've made a simple elegant bent strap mouunt, but went overkill with a steampunk chunky thing. On the T100 it made a snuffly sound on the over run, and still does. Makes a lot of noise, but shit it makes some power, just wants to rev and the bike ran like it was in a tail wind all day. I'd prefer not to run it because of the noise, but I'll run a couple of tanks through it to see how it goes economy wise.



I also needed to try out my new Shinko 110. Shinko have realised that motorcyclists are obsessed with chicken strips, so have given us some guidelines. Numbered 1, 2 and 3 - I got down to the 3 mark, which is good because that little bit on the edge is a good safety margin.

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Old 09-27-2014, 07:32 PM   #69
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I've got a stainless front brake hose now, got a longer one for high bars so I can run the correct routing - works well not wooden like some I've felt. I had to go back to my dirttrack bars over winter because I couldn't fit the handlebar muffs. I don't think I'll go back to the low bars, they suit my riding style much better. The change was dramatic, after months of low bars it was back to toss it in late, toss it in hard, and get on the gas early, much more fun.

I've also rationalised my panniers, to change panniers I had to change racks as well, a bit of a pain. So now I've made racks for my fiberglass top loaders so I can just slip them on, held in place with a wing nut. To fit the BMW panniers only takes a couple of seconds, they drop on and secure with a latch, now I can fit the others in less than 30 seconds.



Or I can do this...



Or this...



I'll be able to take my auto welding helmet to work and back - at the moment it's at one place or the other, meaning I weld with a shit helmet at work, or at home, because it's always in the wrong place. When I use the car, auto helmet and grinding face mask stay in the car, always in the right place.

I repacked the reverse cone muffler and got it almost quiet - passed a WoF no problems, but the old guy who does it is half deaf and probably thinks it's a stock system anyway. But it dropped fuel economy again, so it's back to the Supertrapp which gets the best fuel economy. I've run plates from 12 down to 4 with no change in anything. Next I will make an end cap down to around 40 to 45mm.

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Old 11-24-2014, 12:28 AM   #70
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I've had to do some urgent repairs lately, the first real breakdowns in 40,000km. First I had a miss, just the plug caps, but only rode with my new plug caps for a couple of days before the next problem arrived.

It had been hard to get into 1st from neutral for a few weeks, not a problem because I could get there from 2nd. Coming home one day out of a 2nd gear corner I changed into 3rd, then 3rd, 3rd, 3rd.....Broken pawl spring. I haven't done an airhead gearbox since 1981, and since then it appears you have to be some sort of guru to be able to do them. All the online Airhead gearbox tutorials were on at the same time as Downton Abbey, so I just had to wing it on my own.

You need a very special and expensive puller to remove the drive flange - it must be this one here.



Another special tool is required to put it back on. I was lucky Motuworx had one in stock.



Very pleased to find this - so I could avoid the whole circlip issue.



Here is the broken $3 spring....but I had to spend $200 on it. Time to do things like repack the swing arm bearings, lube gear linkage and brake pivot, new driveshaft boot etc.

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All back together and running sweet....no more oil leak from the drive boot. It did run down the clutch arm, maybe I'll have to use an oil can to lube the clutch cable nipple now.

One possible issue - when I took the clutch off for a look, I saw white paint marks and thought,''Sweet, factory marks, that's all good then'' But when I went to put it together I found only 2 of the elements are marked, the pressure plate wasn't. Also, they didn't line up at 120 degree like it's said they are supposed to. Anyway, now I have a slight vibration at 5,000rpm it never had before. Hardly noticeable, but 5,000 was a real sweet spot it would run all day in. R65's are supposed to vibrate at the rpm, but this one never did.

Maybe if there were no marks on the pressure plate that means it's in balance?..? If the heavy spots are marked, they may not necessarily line up 120 degrees from another heavy spot - I just made sure they were on the next set of bolt holes around. I'll run with it for now and see how I feel weeks or months later. I'm either cruising at 4,000, or spinning up to 7,000, running at 5 grand in top is a ticket.
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