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Old 10-14-2010, 02:05 PM   #181
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I digress

I'm getting WAY ahead of myself here. This thread was supposed to document the history and development of the bike I got, in pictures, words and music....
OK... no music....


1st day in the driveway, with her cousins....
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:14 PM   #182
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Carb Flanges


When I see this shot, I see a carb flange that's never been "straightened"...
The original machine and casting marks....
Most /2 carbs I've run into eventually warped from tightening, heating, using...leading to intake leaks near the gasket...like mine....

...you can still see the OEM surface, but you can see the "ears" have been sucked inward, eventually allowing air leaks {the dirty area in the middle...}
That gasket isn't as forgiving as you might think...
I was taught to attach 150 grit sandpaper to a FLAT surface...(tablesaw, glass), and reflatten the mating surface.....

...it's basically pot metal! Eventually you'll see this....


...it made a big difference on my bike.....
Now...if I can just figure out how to KEEP 'em clean![/quote]
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:57 AM   #183
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Originally Posted by Barebow
This looks almost identical to the horn/dimmer switch on the 1968-1970 Yamaha enduros (DT1, CT1, and AT1). Does the BMW version have just one screw in the bottom that holds it on? The Yamaha piece that it mounts to is different but the switch and housing may be the same. It also doesn't have the ribs on the switches. The Yamahaone is rare but nothing compared to the /2 one. If you didn't need an exact OEM one, it may work.

The Yamaha part no. is: 214-83975-09-00
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:13 PM   #184
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it's THAT time of the year...again



...42 degrees....pourin' rain...super yucky....
that's a REALLY good lookin' woodstove!.....
...time to start telling stories......
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:39 PM   #185
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/2 or not

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A 1954 has an open shaft, I have seen it. I am not to sure about this either, but I have heard to from 2 different people. My bike had a very small tail light, that did not look like the /2 tail light, and was made in 1955.
Would they change the tail light and some other features and not call it a new model?
55 to mid 57 had a small taillight, and small battery, frame gussets added in 61 started the /2 series. changes were made during production, not just at model year change. many changes and aftermarket bags, pipes and fairings were offered both euro made and usa made, Slabon book and Bjetman book cover most of them.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:36 PM   #186
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55 to mid 57 had a small taillight, and small battery, frame gussets added in 61 started the /2 series. changes were made during production, not just at model year change. many changes and aftermarket bags, pipes and fairings were offered both euro made and usa made, Slabon book and Bjetman book cover most of them.
Got a pic of the small taillight?

My conversion rig
is a '57. I guess it's a late one. realoem kept telling me it's an '86 coupe. Must be a really late '57.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:58 PM   #187
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Riding an antique scooter...crappy or crazy?

There's a guy on faceplant who just got banged up, and he's saying it's because he was riding a bike with inadequate lights/brakes..... but there was nothing he coulda done even if he were on a SS1100RR......
....I wonder the same thing...
....here was my response....
Scorpion,
I wish you well and a speedy recovery.

Your post about this experience, brings up that 400 pound gorilla that's been sitting on the sidelines of my mind game.....
I've been riding 2.9 years...started riding at way over 50...and ride the shit out of a vintage bike with antique lighting and brakes...
All of your points are valid...but with your permission, I'd like to explore this idea, that riding a less than modern bike is FAR more dangerous, than the slickest, shiniest farkled up "loaded", road runner....
I'm of the opinion that it's not WHAT you ride, but HOW you ride it....
...I make no judgements whatsoever on what happened to you or who's fault it was, etc... you're the guy paying the big price on this one, but maybe we can start a discussion (restart?) a discussion, that might help myself and maybe some others to evaluate our decision to ride a cute looking deathtrap...or...what are we thinking?
I think your original post sums it up nicely....
Lessons learned:
Do not ride a vintage scooter, only ride bikes with modern technology good brakes and lights.
And/Or......

There was no time to do anything.
The snow might fly at my house , and it looks like you're gonna be eating "Heart Healthy" birthday cake tonight, so there's no rush to judgement here...
But I've no fear of riding my antique bike in modern traffic...I am (of course)terrified that 95% of modern drivers have no business being on my road....
...those people are scary..... am I crazy too?

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Old 11-06-2010, 04:56 PM   #188
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Got a pic of the small taillight?

My conversion rig
is a '57. I guess it's a late one. realoem kept telling me it's an '86 coupe. Must be a really late '57.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #189
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #190
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I would love to have that motorcy.... wait a minute.

Life is good.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:37 PM   #191
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no pinstripes?... I like it!
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:56 PM   #192
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Bad levertop



My levertop retainer has failed. Not only has the fibrous washer disappeared but the distressed shaft has worn through the top. My temp solution was to secure it with a zip tie, which proved to be gasoline resistant. At least I didn't lose the lever...
I'm thinking a blob of JB Weld on the right spot as a new retainer...
Any flashes of brilliance out there?



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Old 12-28-2010, 02:25 PM   #193
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hell,i don't even know what i'm looking at.i think it's the top of a carb.no help here.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:31 PM   #194
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hell,i don't even know what i'm looking at.i think it's the top of a carb.no help here.
It's your tickler!
Mine fell apart.... a new one is $93 US... I'm too cheep
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:35 PM   #195
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It's your tickler!
Mine fell apart.... a new one is $93 US... I'm too cheep
and when did you see my tickler????
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