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Old 12-10-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Why I've never really liked Bings, or Need to Piss?

Riding down Ponce in Atlanta, breaking in the /5. She hasn't really been run in 20 years or so ... I decided to run her around for 10 miles per day to just get her back in the swing of things.

Suddenly, we're running on one cylinder. I look down, and fuel is flowing like a river over my boot, so I turn off the petcocks as I glide to a stop. It appears that the float bowl has gone missing. It also appears that the retaining clip is missing as well. Why not put a screw in there to hold it on? Why?

So, I begin the run up Ponce hoping that some SUV hasn't run over my bowl. Over 200 meters or so up the street, I see my float bowl on the yellow median line. I also see a Tahoe Driving Soccer Mom on her iPhone 6, looking in the rear view mirror adjusting her bangs, about to run it over. I jump in the street waving my hands ... she stops in shock. I pick up my float bowl, show it to her through her windshield. Then she begins to curse and flip me off. Great.



I looked for the retaining clip, and it was nowhere to be found. Curses. Now, I begin to scour the area around my bike, and within minutes I find one of those rubber bracelets that has an inspirational saying on it ... I found it mildly amusing, only because I was about to test its premise.



So I then tighten the rubber bracelet on the carb, and it actually appears to hold. I turn on the petcock, and there is a small leak, but this will get me home.



And it did. Upon a post modem, I probably kicked that clip off at some point and the carb was stuck for a a few blocks and then just came loose. It's more than likely my fault, but I have to say, a couple of screws / bolts would prevent this entirely. Just sayin.

A valve through the piston, a missing clip, and a seized oil ring, and she still hasn't left me stranded. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or concerned for my life. Adventure begins when you accept the fact that you may learn something vitally important in between the time you leave, and the time you return. Besides, the edge is kinda fun.

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Old 12-10-2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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A valve through the piston, a missing clip, and a seized oil ring, and she still hasn't left me stranded. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or concerned for my life. Adventure begins when you accept the fact that you may learn something vitally important in between the time you leave, and the time you return. Besides, the edge is kinda fun.
Man, that is awesome! Great quote! I love my /5 for its simplicity.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #3
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A valve through the piston, a missing clip, and a seized oil ring, and she still hasn't left me stranded. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or concerned for my life. Adventure begins when you accept the fact that you may learn something vitally important in between the time you leave, and the time you return. Besides, the edge is kinda fun.
* and this bike is teaching me loads.

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Old 12-10-2014, 05:06 PM   #4
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It was just telling you it needed to be replaced....

(Cool bike...it's been fun watching you put it back together)
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #5
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Suddenly, we're running on one cylinder. I look down, and fuel is flowing like a river over my boot,
She was just really excited to see ya!

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I see my float bowl on the yellow median line. I also see a Tahoe Driving Soccer Mom on her iPhone 6, looking in the rear view mirror adjusting her bangs, about to run it over. I jump in the street waving my hands ... she stops in shock. I pick up my float bowl, show it to her through her windshield. Then she begins to curse and flip me off. Great.
Classic Atlanta! She probably thought you were about to ask her for spare change!
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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"So I then tighten the rubber bracelet on the carb, and it actually appears to hold. I turn on the petcock, and there is a small leak, but this will get me home."

Well played, sir. Well played.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:01 PM   #7
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Why didn't you just use the bungee holding up the center stand.??



















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Old 12-10-2014, 08:14 PM   #8
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I begin to scour the area around my bike, and within minutes I find one of those rubber bracelets that has an inspirational saying on it ... I found it mildly amusing, only because I was about to test its premise.


Providence amigo... Divine providence
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:10 PM   #9
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Why didn't you just use the bungee holding up the center stand.??

Good call Jenna. Easy enough length in it to go under the footpeg and hook onto the spark plug cap.
You won't see that in the manual.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:02 AM   #10
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Why didn't you just use the bungee holding up the center stand.??
You're so silly. I couldn't use it, as it was holding up the center stand.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:15 AM   #11
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For future reference, strapping the bowl clip in the forward position with a small wire tie will prevent having a Groundhog Day on this (as will a good set of Mikunis).

(Mikuni carbs were invented by an Airhead rider who got tired of his boots smelling like gasoline.)
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:53 AM   #12
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You're so silly. I couldn't use it, as it was holding up the center stand.
. So are you out of zip ties? Xmas is coming......
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:24 AM   #13
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For future reference, strapping the bowl clip in the forward position with a small wire tie will prevent having a Groundhog Day on this (as will a good set of Mikunis).

(Mikuni carbs were invented by an Airhead rider who got tired of his boots smelling like gasoline.)
1. Love the Groundhog Day reference.
2. This one is about to get some VM32's


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. So are you out of zip ties? Xmas is coming......
heh. This bike is about to be 'modded' with a set of bags, and a tool roll. I'll be sure to include those in the 'roll'. But the center stand problem is due to the fact that this bike is supposed to have a single crossover header, and the one that is on it is a two cross over. The original header had a hole in it, causing the girl to sound a bit too 'beefy'.


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Heh. Indeed. PS - Your dash pad thingy went away a couple days ago. I'm guessing you'll get it in the next week or so. Enjoy!
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:32 AM   #14
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you just can't make up adventures like that!
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:41 AM   #15
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Ha! Man I love these stories when I'm not in them!

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Why not put a screw in there to hold it on? Why?
I LOVED that quick release on the Bings. 5 second access to two handfuls of gasoline? On a bike that I camp with regularly? I thought it was a great idea
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