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Old 11-25-2009, 10:52 AM   #121
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^^^ You're planting the seed. I'd like to see that one grow.
maybe someone will try it, but it wont be me. Im planning another RTW trip, maybe in '11, I've sorta narrowed it down to 2 or 3 bikes, but keepin that under my hat for now.
Wont be a chopper or a rigid tho, as I am planning to do the 'stans & the road of bones. But, it'll be old. and as usual, people will say how crazy I am, & it wont make it, & all the other BS I have to put up with.

or maybe I'll decide to do something else. I dunno.
for now, I'm gonna get the shovel built for next summers middle east tour.
as soon as I have time to get started on it.......

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #122
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Wow, when you go to auction to pick some stuff up..you really do.

Another great thread.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:07 PM   #123
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:21 PM   #124
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If there is anything I have learned from my rx-7 friends, it's that rotaries are always a bad decision, if your lucky, a wonderfully bad decision.

cheers to doing the same thing me or any of my friends would have done
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:03 PM   #125
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Hey Doug! It's nice to see someone with a real man cave where you can have fun with some sweet bikes. I was just wondering about the older bikes you buy. What's a rough ball park figure on how much you'll spend on one (purchase price)? Any bike around here from the 50's or 60's are going for $4000-5000 which I think is nuts. 1980's I can pickup plenty under $1000. Looking forward to more garage updates! Hijack over.
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #126
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maybe someone will try it, but it wont be me. Im planning another RTW trip, maybe in '11, I've sorta narrowed it down to 2 or 3 bikes, but keepin that under my hat for now.
Wont be a chopper or a rigid tho, as I am planning to do the 'stans & the road of bones. But, it'll be old. and as usual, people will say how crazy I am, & it wont make it, & all the other BS I have to put up with.

or maybe I'll decide to do something else. I dunno.
for now, I'm gonna get the shovel built for next summers middle east tour.
as soon as I have time to get started on it.......

Doug

Pure speculation, Not a single.
Probably not an American V-twin. He's been there, done that.
Old means not the Victory.
My guess is a twin ,probably a V-twin. And the winner is Moto Guzzi.
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:58 PM   #127
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Pure speculation, Not a single.
Probably not an American V-twin. He's been there, done that.
Old means not the Victory.
My guess is a twin ,probably a V-twin. And the winner is Moto Guzzi.
nope.

no more guessing. but as MG was too easy of a choice, I'll nip that one in the bud.

unless I change my mind

but I think I know what I wanna try next.

maybe.

been out workin on the hercules tonite. anyone have a wiring diagram laying around?

Im thinking the PO had the battery in backwards, & its not positive ground.
fat red wire goes to ground, small black wire doesnt.
looks to be original wiring. aint found no info on the web.
never seen a german bike with pos ground before.
but then I've never dicked around with a hercules before either....

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Old 11-27-2009, 02:11 AM   #128
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been out workin on the hercules tonite. anyone have a wiring diagram laying around?
Why, yes!

http://www.herculesig.de/Plaene/SchaltplanW2000USA.zip

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Scroll down to W2000.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:20 AM   #129
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Thanks Flood!

yep, some dumbass hooked the battery up bassackwards. now I hafta figure out if they hurt anything.
or actually what they did hurt, as one of the fuses keeps blowing.
carb is done, hopefully I can fire it up today

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Old 11-27-2009, 12:45 PM   #130
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Thanks Flood!

yep, some dumbass hooked the battery up bassackwards. now I hafta figure out if they hurt anything.
or actually what they did hurt, as one of the fuses keeps blowing.
carb is done, hopefully I can fire it up today

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Video please Doug!
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:50 PM   #131
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I tracked the short down to the rectifier, when I unplugged it, no more fuses blew. I dont need a rectifier right now, gettin it running is the priority.
The wiring is uncut, but not the easiest to figure out, as the wiring diagram is in german, well, at least now I know all the primary wire colors in german. I had to learn italian colors a few years ago
so I got the lights to come on, cleaned out the carb (CV Bing) and......
no spark.
ok, the points probably need cleaned
hmmmm
where the hell are the points?
I looked all over, & finally had to break down & call someone. They are behind the front cover, & under the fan. Not the easiest to get to, but I got em cleaned & got a good spark.
GREAT! lets fire it up!
spun it over, nothing. again. again, again.
nothing
checked everything. all looks fine.
nothing. not even a fart.
dammit
so I let it sit while I worked on flushing the biggest rust chunks out of the tank. It had about a gallon of brown stale gas in it. Finally it started flushing out mostly clean.
My friend Peter stopped by, & I was showin him the bike. He used to fool with mazdas, & said sometimes if you stick a little motor oil down the plug hole, it'll raise the compression a bit, which might be the problem.
So tonite, I gave it a try. and yes, it started!
of course it being a 2 stroke, and the added oil really filled up the garage with a nice white cloud!
It finally quit smoking tho, & actually ran pretty good.
Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to take it for a ride!

lotsa fun wires


big fat red wire is ground. oh those crafty germans.....


rectifier is up inside the frame, not so easy to get to


it still had the original air pump up under the gas tank


the easy to adjust contact points
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:00 PM   #132
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:25 PM   #133
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Pretty neat. Maybe you can find some new apex seals for that thing. Prolly be good to have around. It looks like the motor can be rebuilt while in the frame, handy for roadside repairs!

About the electrical problem, it might be that the PO has the rectifier hooked up backwards too.


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Old 11-27-2009, 09:21 PM   #134
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Man, that's too cool! I always thought those Sachs and Hercules wankel bikes were pretty neat.
The frame design is remenisant of the Rickman -Areomachi. And that air cleaner looks like a high -po ram-air velocity stack.
Great job on getting it going. I hope to see in person someday.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:21 PM   #135
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Who makes that turbine, GE?
Doug, you are too freakin' cool for words. That is just..........................well, awesome.

Looking at that rotary, one good part came to mind. Leave the cover off, attach a propeller to that front bolt, and you get an extra 20mph from it. Might want to put a cage around the prop though, or else no highway bars.

Or, mount a driveline to it and a generator to the other? Wankel powered electricity for the shop??????

Two words: Salad Shooter.

Belt driven huge saw blade?

Can you mount that engine vertically? If so, Hovercraft?

The possibilties abound. But seriously for a moment. I knew that would be the first one you'd try to get riding. It was unique, and yet still pretty intact. Wish I was able to throw a leg over that thing. It just looks so different, that it is cool.

BMW running tommorrow?
KLR ideas? Remember?
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