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Old 11-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #3091
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Oh god! That just hurts every bit of me....it also compels me to ask the complete story.

Thieving bastards managed to get it out through the pedestrian gate, with panniers on, steering locked and dragged it down to a local park. When they couldn`t work out how to hot wire it they kicked a fuel tap off and torched it.

All this happened quite a while ago, but I am still pissed off about it. That bike was going to be a keeper, with improvements (twin plugging, circlip mod, capacity increase) being made as needed.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:16 PM   #3092
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That really sucks.

Reminds me of AndyT's 100PD a few years back. He'd owned it for less than twelve hours and hadn't even had time to insure it. I don't think he'd even ridden it.



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Old 11-07-2012, 09:51 PM   #3093
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guess we can start a thread about burnt down airheads, bought and picked the R100 GS up in Melbourne May 2011, she was running like a swiss watch, after 5 day and more than 4800km in the middle of the Victorian desert, riding in deep sand she caught fire and burnt down on me in minutes, uninsured!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:59 AM   #3094
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Oh my gosh! This SUCKS! Seriously I can't even imagine what that would feel like, does really make me sad to see those beautiful machines all burnt to bits...
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:07 AM   #3095
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What causes this?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:29 AM   #3096
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:40 AM   #3097
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I'm gonna atart carrying a fire extingisher and Smith & Wesson every time I ride now.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #3098
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What causes this?
Vehicle fires are usually caused by leaking fuel that either gets too hot by exposure to such things as the exhaust or can be ignited by stray spark from ignition systems. Fuel and heat, usually the Oxygen is not a problem.

Was common some years ago with air cooled Volkswagens that had a bad fuel pump. That era when a fuel pump went bad on almost anything it leaked, on the VW the fuel pump was on top of the exhaust system.

Ever seen the sparks emitted by a poorly running '70's V8? Open the hood on one on a dark night and watch the light show.

Have also seen engine oil caught fire on the exhaust header once. Oil leaked from the valve cover. Put out fire with my map. (Was an expensive map. Customer decided she didn't need a Cab. This happened as I was making the P/U, in front of her house in Georgetown. About 20 years ago)

I had the front seat of a 1950 Plymouth catch fire from a cigarette that fell into the cloth seat. Seats of that era were padded with some kind of fiber that may have been horse hair. Boy it really stank.

Put out a burning Harley Davidson once parked on MacArthur Blvd. Found owner. He thought it was enemies. I wasn't sure. Might have been leaking gas from a faulty petcock.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #3099
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....a lot of petcocks are right over hot exhausts....


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Old 11-08-2012, 09:16 AM   #3100
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That is (was...) an interesting bike: I know R65's were done with mono-shock, but is that /7 style tank? ... and what is that tank-bra/tank cover?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:57 AM   #3101
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A monolever tank can be made to fit a R65. There is a mounting bracket that holds on the mono tank that is different from a R65 mount ... but those mounts actually bolt to the frame in the same way ... so you need a mono tank and the frame mount, and instantly you get 1.5 more gallons.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #3102
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Oh my gosh! This SUCKS! Seriously I can't even imagine what that would feel like, does really make me sad to see those beautiful machines all burnt to bits...
It does me as well, and as far as the stolen ones- god help me I just hate to think about what I might do after something like that.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:35 AM   #3103
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A monolever tank can be made to fit a R65. There is a mounting bracket that holds on the mono tank that is different from a R65 mount ... but those mounts actually bolt to the frame in the same way ... so you need a mono tank and the frame mount, and instantly you get 1.5 more gallons.


Or you can just find a monolever R65 produced during 6 years... You'll get this tank fitted by the factory...
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:43 AM   #3104
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My curiosity was that I own an R80ST, which has an R65 tank (more fuel, and better looking than the ST tank) but I really like the looks and capacity of the /7 tanks.....

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #3105
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Or you can just find a monolever R65 produced during 6 years... You'll get this tank fitted by the factory...
Which 6 years are you thinking about? Because the mono-R65's were only imported into our neck o' the woods for one year ... so here, that tank, mount, and bike is kind of rare. So out of curiousity, what did I say that 'rubbed you wrong'?
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