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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #75 on: August 01, 2017, 03:55:18 am »
I washed it today. We've been camping on the Pacific Ocean beach so I had to get the salt spray washed off.

On TDY at South Beach Campground south of Forks WA. Relocating to Oregon coast tomorrow.
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #76 on: August 18, 2017, 02:51:58 pm »
Washed my horse.... err... trike.

Right in parking space for site, I pulled the derby cover, drained the primary case, and filled it with Redline V-Twin Primary gear oil. Torque wrenches are standard tool kit now.

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #77 on: August 19, 2017, 07:07:58 pm »
Disassembled the driver footpegs and buffed on wire wheel , followed by paint and clear coat.  Soaked the battery box in vinegar overnight.  Sprayed it with primer.  Removed horns before soaking the fairing mount and associated hardware in vinegar to remove rust.  Vinegar is cheap and works amazingly well if you have patience.  Cleaned and painted the rear shock.  Drain the old oil from the rear shock.  Sooner or later I'll run out of parts to clean/paint.  Thinking of masking unpainted parts of the alloy wheels and painting the black parts. Any suggestions on wheel refinishing that are cheap will be considered.  I'm probably going to spend too much on this project as it is.

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Look into "Plastidip" for coating your wheels. If you don't like it you can peel it off! Resists chips, is fairly durable... etc, etc.

Good luck!

Jerry, thanks for the tip about plastidip!  That brought on thoughts of doing my Dodge Neon, but that's something for the future.  So many projects to think about! 

Have been still cleaning and painting various small parts on the Silverwing.  Have done the side stand, center stand,rear foot pegs, the rear suspension links, turn signal/saddlebag brackets, inner parts to the fairing bracket were nasty rusty.  Soaked until clean and then primed and painted.  Removed all the collars from the pivot points on the rear suspension then cleaned and coated in Honda's high dollar moly grease.  Did a bit of paint work on the frame.  Re-assembled the rear suspension and torqued all suspension bolts to spec.  I'm sure I'm missing some things, but progress is slowly being made.

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #78 on: September 03, 2017, 12:03:39 pm »
installed and jetted a set of PJ34's to my rd project. (stock size was a vm28) this is on my hand built 4130 foale-style framed lightweight RD350.   since the carbs are a bit.. large...  >:D ... had to modify the engine casing to fit them.  freakin rips now, and actually has midrange! the pwk 32 powerjet carbs just weren't doing it.  (ported and full built motor now can actually breathe)








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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #79 on: September 03, 2017, 06:34:03 pm »
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #80 on: September 03, 2017, 06:43:41 pm »
I just got done removing my west coast entomology collection on the itty bitty six fiddy. Fixing to start a new collection of the SE and midwest with maybe some Canadian specimens as well.
Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #81 on: September 03, 2017, 07:46:25 pm »
 Working on the CSC RX3 small adv bike that is Carrie's.
 The front wheel had a problem that turned out to be a flat spot after examining the rotor/wheel/tire. CSC under warranty sent a wheel and cured that.
 The original battery (after much of the last 2.5 yrs sat idle) was replaced and lasted 30 mi with stop and go until last 1/2 mile had to push the bike home.  You then realize even a small bikes suddenly gets heavy. LOL
 Battery failed load test. Internet battery (thru WallMart) sent replacement battery quickly.
 Bike is running great again. Fun riding a 250cc. Rev, rev, rev...
 Removing the top and side cases along with mounts to lighten the bike. Lowering a bit raising the forks and looking at reducing the shock preload as it is cranked up a lot  to lower the rear. CSC sells a lowering link if needed.
 
 

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #82 on: September 09, 2017, 12:34:59 pm »
Got her a 14' v-nose trailer to ride in like a proper Queen.
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #83 on: September 10, 2017, 09:25:43 am »
You pulling the trike which pulls the trailer?

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« Reply #84 on: September 11, 2017, 04:42:01 pm »
not mine but in my garage and helping with this quite a bit. so, 'sponsoring' ... added a turbo to 77 xs400  the most unremarkable bike, ever, just got real interesting. all the piping is from old damaged rd350 headpipes and the exit pipe is the headpipe from a 73 kawasaki S2 triple. (i have some scratch and dent spares laying around).  carb is from a polaris snowmobile, its a vm38. turbo is a 'small engine' unit , new, cost was 200 bucks. oil cooler is a spare smaller on i pulled off the grom, have a 5 row on it now.  only thing we need to do is actually get the oil lines made (braided stainless) and plumb them.

we just got it fired last night. need to add the o2 sensor for tuning with the wb sensor.   (that will be all me on that one). goal is the DGR in a few weeks.



 

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« Reply #85 on: September 11, 2017, 05:21:33 pm »
not mine but in my garage and helping with this quite a bit. so, 'sponsoring' ... added a turbo to 77 xs400  the most unremarkable bike, ever, just got real interesting. all the piping is from old damaged rd350 headpipes and the exit pipe is the headpipe from a 73 kawasaki S2 triple. (i have some scratch and dent spares laying around).  carb is from a polaris snowmobile, its a vm38. turbo is a 'small engine' unit , new, cost was 200 bucks. oil cooler is a spare smaller on i pulled off the grom, have a 5 row on it now.  only thing we need to do is actually get the oil lines made (braided stainless) and plumb them.

we just got it fired last night. need to add the o2 sensor for tuning with the wb sensor.   (that will be all me on that one). goal is the DGR in a few weeks.



 

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #86 on: September 19, 2017, 10:28:29 am »
Replaced the petcock on my 82 GS1100GK :motonoises: :motonoises: with a new OEM, changed the oil and took her for a ride.

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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #87 on: September 22, 2017, 01:17:02 pm »
Sort of spur of the moment to make it work with some (re)scheduled surgery for my dad and other plans besides a careful check of the weather reports. I installed the RDL seats, rear top box and Bagster tank bag. Loaded up the luggage and me and the wife headed out on our first overnight longer distance ride on the ST1300.
After waiting out a morning rain shower we headed out for the north up to the little town of Bigfork, then east toward the Boundry Waters Wilderness Area access town of Ely, MN. About 10 miles east of Ely we had almost an hour delay from some road "construction". Since it's a lot of Canadian Shield rock, they drill and blast. Apparently the blast went better than expected as we had to wait for bigger equipment to arrive to clear the debris from the road. State Highway #1 is a very curve/turn infested old road. The recent heavy rain and seasonal dropping of the pine tree needles made for a lot of extra attention to corners. Wet pine needles are incredibly slippery and a lot of the road is like a tunnel thru the forest. Many corners are 90* and posted at 10 mph with a large portion of the road posted at 50 mph. A good share of it is due for repaying after many years of freeze/thaw taking its toll.
We made the west shore of Lake Superior well before evening and headed north up the shore to find a room. Most places had "No Vacancy" signs out, but pulled out all the stops since it is/was our 40th anniversary, and checked into Bluefin Bay resort. A bit spendy for my usual "frugal" (cheap, as most refer to it) ways, but the views and accommodations were worth it. Complimentary bottle of champagne for the anniversary couple didn't hurt, I guess.. Lake Superior almost calm at sunrise from the bed is a pretty nice view.
Next morning load up and north up the shore to Grand Marias for some late morning breakfast and too soon time dictates it's time to turn around in order to make it home thru local deer infested rural country before dusk. The San Francisco type hills in Duluth made for some challenging red light uphill starts but all went well with (hopefully) minimal clutch abuse. Some supper at Savanna Portage in Floodwood and then on to home. The Honda performed flawlessly and averaged 50 mpg.

Learned a few things. I guess I already knew them but had them impressed upon me clearly. The ST (like the Concours before her) is a top heavy beast when loaded up and full of fuel. Having never been close to a tip over before I was humbled by two on this trip. One on each side. Both while stopped, one at the gas station coming down off the center stand the other while parking at a way side rest. The factory tip over bars worked perfect and prevented any damage to side luggage or footpeg brackets. A couple scuffs on the covers. The tip over at the gas station was almost disastrous. It went over on the right side toward the pump. How the top box didn't hit the pump, I'm not sure but the image that sticks in my mind is the big crash barrier pipe at the end of the pump island went between the tank and windshield/faring. Didn't touch a thing it appeared, but later inspection revealed a bit of red paint on the throttle cable housing and front brake master cylinder. Wow!! Once it's over center a bit a guy my size isn't going to keep it from going over. The Bagster tank bag limits the turning ability a lot in parking and other low speed turning. RDL seat needs some (re)work for both riders, maybe some beads. Other lessons(s) learned were mostly clothing, gear, equipment related and easy to correct.
Sorry to ramble but had a good shake down run and the passenger was a real trooper with no complaints other than a bit of sore butt.
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Snowmobiles, I have a bunch.
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Re: What have you done to your _______(insert other bike here) today?
« Reply #88 on: Yesterday at 11:24:34 am »
Pulled the rear cover off of the GL650 so that I could see what's up with the starter clutch.  Hoping I don't have to replace the starter gear due to starter clutch slippage.

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My 91 VFR750 took me to the RTE at Tellico Plains tn today. It was a little over 300 miles round trip and she never missed a beat.
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