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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #175 on: May 18, 2018, 10:10:35 am »
t500 lives.
https://youtu.be/9oq8Bt-GtyI


down to cosmetics. 3d printed sidecover and tank emblems.

tank (to be printed) and sidecover. (sidecover was printed clear, black was painted on back, silver on ft.)

A T500 was my first bike...!  Brings back memories... :motonoises:
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #176 on: May 18, 2018, 11:17:29 am »
Rode my 1970 CL350 about 75 miles tonight. Discovered a new problem to fix, if I drive at close to 70 mph for several miles the velocity of the intake air will over come the "notch" holding the choke open and suck my choke closed, which of course then makes the motor run bad.  Ah, another problem to fix.
mine used to do that! had one when i was 21.. drove me nuts (as i used it to commute on it back then).  had forgotten about that.
deeper groove on the shaft cam helped via a file


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A T500 was my first bike...!  Brings back memories... :motonoises:


did a week at deals gap with it and my RD just a week or so ago for the 2 stroke meet. It did great.



 






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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #177 on: May 18, 2018, 11:42:05 am »
The T500 turned out great Mark! :great:

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #178 on: May 20, 2018, 01:59:49 pm »
This is in the other bike section because it's my son's C10.  This is a project that has been going on for too long.  Both of us have worked on this.  It has been off the road for a few years for upgrade work.  It has :ZX9 forks, brakes and front wheel.  Tapered roller steering head bearings.  1 inch bars that taper to 7/8 inch at the grips with pro taper risers.  Spiegler front brake lines and clutch line.  Barnett custom length throttle cables.  A meanstreak rear wheel.  A Corbin seat for the moment.  Madstad windshield off of my 05, while it's down for a fairing replacement.  The headlight was damaged when he got it so it was replaced with a good one that also had the protector installed.  I repaired 2 broken tabs on the upper fairing and fixed a broken tab on one of the turn signals.  It has not one, but two cup holders in holes the previous owner cut for speakers.  The oil and filter have been changed.  The final drive oil has been changed.  The coolant has been changed as well as a good scrubbing of the coolant recovery tank.  The valves have been adjusted as well as a new valve cover gasket.  The tires are Pirelli Angel GT's.  The fuel in the tank was dumped and replaced with fresh gas.  The petcock was also replaced with a brand new one. 

My first comment is that the wheel, tire and fork upgrades have transformed the feel of the bike completely.  It handles a lot better than before and deals with bumps better.  I'm amazed that the carbs managed to take that much sitting and come back to life running great!  I attribute that to running 2 stroke mix from a test tank from time to time.  First start, it fired right up with the enricher.  After a bit of running and coaxing, the high speed jets cleared and it runs like a top!  I really feel like we were lucky to have dodged the "plugged up carbs" bullet.

For a 1987 (same age as my son Bud) with 100,247 miles, I think it's a pretty nice bike.  My hope is that he keeps it FOREVER! 
« Last Edit: May 20, 2018, 07:05:38 pm by Bud »

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #179 on: May 21, 2018, 08:54:37 am »
Very nice , wouldn't even think it's a Frankenbike! It was a labor of love and that might make your wish come true.   :great:

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« Reply #180 on: May 21, 2018, 01:51:11 pm »
This is in the other bike section because it's my son's C10.  This is a project that has been going on for too long.  Both of us have worked on this.  It has been off the road for a few years for upgrade work.  It has :ZX9 forks, brakes and front wheel.  Tapered roller steering head bearings.  1 inch bars that taper to 7/8 inch at the grips with pro taper risers.  Spiegler front brake lines and clutch line.  Barnett custom length throttle cables.  A meanstreak rear wheel.  A Corbin seat for the moment.  Madstad windshield off of my 05, while it's down for a fairing replacement.  The headlight was damaged when he got it so it was replaced with a good one that also had the protector installed.  I repaired 2 broken tabs on the upper fairing and fixed a broken tab on one of the turn signals.  It has not one, but two cup holders in holes the previous owner cut for speakers.  The oil and filter have been changed.  The final drive oil has been changed.  The coolant has been changed as well as a good scrubbing of the coolant recovery tank.  The valves have been adjusted as well as a new valve cover gasket.  The tires are Pirelli Angel GT's.  The fuel in the tank was dumped and replaced with fresh gas.  The petcock was also replaced with a brand new one. 

My first comment is that the wheel, tire and fork upgrades have transformed the feel of the bike completely.  It handles a lot better than before and deals with bumps better.  I'm amazed that the carbs managed to take that much sitting and come back to life running great!  I attribute that to running 2 stroke mix from a test tank from time to time.  First start, it fired right up with the enricher.  After a bit of running and coaxing, the high speed jets cleared and it runs like a top!  I really feel like we were lucky to have dodged the "plugged up carbs" bullet.

For a 1987 (same age as my son Bud) with 100,247 miles, I think it's a pretty nice bike.  My hope is that he keeps it FOREVER!

Really like the cupholder liners.  :great:
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« Reply #181 on: May 21, 2018, 02:00:24 pm »
That turned out to be a good application for those! ;D

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #182 on: May 22, 2018, 08:48:38 am »
Don, just put a little dab of JB Weld on that choke. It won't give you any more problems!

Yer welcome!

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« Reply #183 on: May 23, 2018, 01:31:11 am »
Thanks Jerry but sometimes I do need it to close..at least for a short time.  Did some filing, found a better tab on a junk 450 Honda twin carb  in my shed, some bending, hopefully problem has now gone a way (but I haven't tested it yet.)   

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #184 on: May 27, 2018, 09:05:21 am »
The Honda finally got a complete set of new shoes. Got my own tire changer cause it was such a hassle to get tires changed. No close independent shop to bring wheels with new rubber for a change. Dealer stopped matching internet prices and raised the price and the amount of time waiting for a tire change. Read where one of our members shared my frustration and bought a tire changer. I said I could do that. 1st tire took an hour to change (just the tire, getting it off and on is another story), 2nd only about 20 minutes from dismount to balancing. Technique is acquired and things go faster. But how do I tell the GF that my 2 tire changes only cost $500 each?

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« Reply #185 on: May 27, 2018, 04:00:23 pm »
My Triumph Bonneville is getting new pads/rotors,calipers, master cylinder and the forks are getting a good going over to make the bike safe again. I'll be doing the small stuff later, air cleaners, fuel/oil lines, fuel taps, peg rubbers, etc...
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #186 on: May 29, 2018, 04:24:18 pm »
But how do I tell the GF that my 2 tire changes only cost $500 each?
Simple- you DON'T!!  :))

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« Reply #187 on: May 30, 2018, 10:23:53 pm »
But how do I tell the GF that my 2 tire changes only cost $500 each?
Simple- you DON'T!!  :))

Listen to George! :great:

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« Reply #188 on: August 24, 2018, 08:27:51 pm »
Hmmm...crickets. I can hear the crickets.

Anyhow, I just put a Shoodaben Engineering sticker on my 650 Versys. SiSF flashed her up yesterday. I like.

The bike is also getting a new chain and sprockets and new rear tire in anticipation of the COG September Trifecta. Should be close to 4k miles. I did manage to wear out a set of tires plus an extra rear on my recent four month Roadtrek/ride about.
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« Reply #189 on: August 24, 2018, 09:46:37 pm »
Can't wait to hear the improvements to your ride Steve!!

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« Reply #190 on: August 24, 2018, 10:38:04 pm »
Hiya Sailor Rich. Here is a copy of what I posted on the Versys forum yesterday.

Oh, and say howdy to Canadian Steve and Mrs. Canadian Steve iffn you run into them for me.

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My '15 got flashed today.

I rode over to Steve in Sunny FL's house this morning. Both of our intent was to compare my stock bike with now over 46k miles on it to his bike with his flash in it over a varying route and nit pick on the flash. We did maybe 10-20% of the route and I told Steve that I want it. So we cut the ride short and went back to his place to do the deed. It's done.

One of the things that I requested is to mellow out the throttle response in the very low rpms to help with off road riding. This he accomplished. When on the pegs the throttle is much easier modulate. This only comes into play below 3k rpm so the mid range and higher is not affected. This is truly awesome.

Speaking of mid range, a noticeable improvement in smartly applied throttle. Where I used to get a rush around 6k or better, now that rush is not so pronounced because the bike is already making good power. Throttle response and performance is much improved in the 3k and up range. 4k actually has some umph now.

One more thing, Steve set the cooling fan to come on ten degrees cooler. Seems to work well with my Therm o Bob.

All in all, I like it. It ain't 100hp, but, oh well. The low-mid range extra punch and response is welcome and the reduced response below 3k is just plain awesome.

Gonna head up to the north GA mountains after Labor Day to really have some fun with it. Yeehaw.
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« Reply #191 on: October 18, 2018, 08:55:29 pm »
My '15 650 Versys got it's brain's electrons manipulated at Shoodaben Engineering yesterday. Steve is definitely talented. This bike now runs like it should and proudly wears the Shoodaben Engineering sticker.

Today she got a new rear tire mounted up and is also getting an oil transfusion. Getting ready for a week or two up in the Smoly Mountains.



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« Reply #192 on: October 19, 2018, 07:26:42 am »
Installed Projekt D helmet locks on the rack. They should be standard equipment. $65 and about 15 minutes.
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« Reply #193 on: October 20, 2018, 05:08:58 pm »
I managed to pile more stuff on top of the Super Tenere as part of the return from evacuation/Barbers/two BDR/return from Seattle cleanup. I'll eventually get to wash the desert off of it... just not sure when.

At least my wife considers it somewhat normal to have a dirt bike on the patio. That will wear off soon. :)
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« Reply #194 on: October 23, 2018, 11:48:47 pm »
First oil change done (by me) on my 2014 CTX 700 today  Oil filter had me worried for a moment but using an "official Honda" oil filter socket it soon came off.  At least Honda is nice enough to sale you at a reasonable price a package with an oil filter and the socket to take the filter off with. Otherwise it was sure easier to change than my (now gone) C10 was.

No more problems with my 1970 CL350, rode it in the "Gentleman's" fund raiser on a cold (about 50 degrees)  misty sometimes light rainy Sunday in Omaha, NE.  Can't say I enjoyed the ride much on that miserable day but the old 350 ran perfect all day (did about 70 miles).  Day did not end perfect however got home, took a picture of my now very dirty classic bike that should not have to go out in the rain, in looking at the picture notice the old girl had spit out the left turn signal-fender bolt and not a bolt you can go to your local hardware store and buy.   Runs perfect all day but has to spit out this hard to replace bolt!  I did find a bolt in my pile the correct threads and length then put a piece of rubber hose where the original bolt is thick, it will work till I find an original. 

No, I couldn't skip the ride, I had pledges to fulfill.

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« Reply #195 on: December 01, 2018, 07:48:36 pm »
Installed heated grips on my '08 GL 1800 Goldwing.
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« Reply #196 on: December 01, 2018, 10:54:52 pm »
Installed heated grips on my '08 GL 1800 Goldwing.

Seems like an appropriate time of year to do that.

I thought about turning on my grips a couple of days ago.

Have fun up there.

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« Reply #197 on: December 02, 2018, 03:33:18 am »
I just rode my bike to the prison this morning as the sun was just coming up.  Lots of low hanging clouds and fog in places.  You could see the hillsides covered in the fog with just the tops of the clouds coming up.  Temp was 36.5F.  Nice with heated gear.  It was a beautiful ride.

The way back wasn't like I had thought it would be.  The Puget Sound Convergence Zone changed the actual weather to a light sprinkle.  It was supposed to be clear and dry.  Oh well...that's what we are used to here.  Temp rose to 41F.

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