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Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-14-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,467
Posted By mtothef
spring input

to add to your spring rate database, my stalled out conversion project is using DRZ forks, and i went with .50 springs. stockers are .44, which i feel was a bit soft on the DRZ itself, and would...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 09-22-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
i don't recall doing a build thread on that thing...

i don't recall doing a build thread on that thing here... or there was briefly, but then all the picture links got screwed up and it is long dead...

anyway, that's a 1975 rd350 that was sitting in...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 09-17-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
the initial hope, sight unseen, was that there...

the initial hope, sight unseen, was that there would be enough material on the swingarm near the pivot that i could just shave the ends off and then slip it in place. no go. the pivot on the aprilia...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-29-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
i was afraid you were gonna say that... ah well....

i was afraid you were gonna say that... ah well. here goes nuthin'.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-25-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
just to clarify, are you talking about the...

just to clarify, are you talking about the snorkels at the front of the airbox, ahead of the filter, or the ones that attach to the throttle bodies themselves?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-25-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
yeah, but then where would i put my massive gas...

yeah, but then where would i put my massive gas tank that will never get finished? where will i hide my dreams that the completely un-thought out, yet-to-be-fabricated exhaust will somehow magically...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-21-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
noted on both fronts. stalled out pretty...

noted on both fronts.

stalled out pretty hard the past couple months - shopmate is busy kicking cancer's ass and i have been involved in trying to close the longest escrow in the world on 85 acres...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-20-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
careful with offers like that, roadracer_al. that...

careful with offers like that, roadracer_al. that ranks right up there with inviting europeans to come visit. they will, and they will bring their entire family, and stay until someone dies. or...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-19-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
agreed. we have access to a monster hydraulic...

agreed. we have access to a monster hydraulic brake, and even if we end up using something like mockup number one, many of the triangles will be conjoined and bent. much of the initial tank shaping...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-18-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
i blame the tires

somewhere back at the beginning of this thread i mentioned that slapping on new tires was a surefire way to curse the progress of a build. and what did i do? i slapped on some new tires? and what...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-13-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 136,658
Posted By mtothef
ouch. while i don't mind the fact that it...

ouch.

while i don't mind the fact that it cost me a few hundred bucks more than this to get excel/rad/buchanan's done in utah by rad, it stings a little that it only took 4 days for you to receive...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-23-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 29,704
Posted By mtothef
hold the bike up to the phone...

it's always tough to armchair quarterback this kinda stuff, but since you posted the vids, here goes:

not sure what your preload/spring rate/sag is like at the moment, so all of this could be...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-16-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
shopdogs

gus has made a couple appearances. as have these man-princess-pony dogs, who sure manage to get in the way of any actual work taking place. to say nothing of leaving fur on the sofa:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-15-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
they've made it two months now and not shown any...

they've made it two months now and not shown any sign of wear at all.

...

that may have something to do with the fact that all they are doing at the moment is keeping the rims off the shop...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-11-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
with the RD rebuild i ordered a pair of the...

with the RD rebuild i ordered a pair of the stickiest "vintage racer approved" bridgestones i could get my hands on, and installed them AFTER i got the motor AND the bodywork back, thinking that it...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
the ned of the easy bits

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/mtothef/ninja/B7FCD4D7-3D75-46EC-93F9-A20F464D103A_1.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-10-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
laziness is the prime motivation

i thought about how to get the shock lined up a lot. the main problem was that using the stock dorsoduro lower mount, the upper mount would be outboard right where a few frame tubes intersect. it is...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-08-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 136,658
Posted By mtothef
i'll drink to that

damn straight. :freaky
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-08-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
motor mounts were all left bolted up during the...

motor mounts were all left bolted up during the upheaval. we will see how bad it gets when i take the motor out to finish it all. things started moving around pretty nicely once they got heated up...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-07-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
goodeye

yepsiree. running some file tread 34mm tufos on my cross bike at the moment, got a set of road tires and a pair of chunky mud tires hanging up waiting for the season to change. some purists bag on...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-07-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
uh oh

i was kinda hoping you wouldn't ask...

by blue wrench, i take it you are referring to our friend the oxy-acetylene rig?

so, the ninja frame needed to be spread out about 18mm to fit the...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
details...

a couple things i neglected to mention so far...

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/mtothef/ninja/7A42AA89-E49C-4071-A52E-7B0A25EC0464.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
guilty as charged

_al, you've read enough of the other projects to know i can't resist polishing turds. at least i have left the ktm 950 bone stock except for the exhaust. i am learning restraint. maybe.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
shocking

forks done, it was time to get the rear sorted. first, i hacked off the mangled subframe:

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/mtothef/ninja/CEA73A9D-E236-4E80-9922-1DA075957E48.jpg...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-01-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
forking hell

OH, and another thing - using the ninja steerer, while resulting in having to leverage favors from friends with lathes, meant being able to use standard ninja head bearings. except the standard ninja...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-01-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
step by step

so, backing up a little, the first order of business was to remove all the crap that isn't going to get used:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-30-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
geometry lessons...

the dorsoduro swingarm is the same length as the ninja swinger. it is only a fraction lighter. the dorsoduro rear wheel/sprocket/brake assembly is (i think, need to go check some records) 16mm wider...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-29-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
sanjoh, sailah, your builds have steered me...

sanjoh, sailah, your builds have steered me through various problem solving crises on some of my previous builds, and definitely helped me line up what i want to do with this one...

the swingarm...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-28-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,213
Posted By mtothef
oh god, not another ninja mutant...

i am a bit loath to start this thread since a) previous build threads of mine have at times stalled horrifically, and b) there are a jillion ninja conversions already chronicled here, and c) i am...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-28-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 29,704
Posted By mtothef
fading memory...

so, i am trying to remember what the net effect of the old ATK torque elimination devices were. my dad rigged one up on my PE250 sometime back in the early 80s, and if i recall we had to do some...
Forum: Racing 06-19-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 423,590
Posted By mtothef
nope

according to my "big coloring book of grand prix motorcycles", the only year duc won was 2007. 1958 was won by MV-Agusta. Gilera won 5 championships between 52-58, but then the championship was a...
Forum: Racing 06-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 423,590
Posted By mtothef
quoted

because right fucking on!:
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-21-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,772
Posted By mtothef
standing ovation

:clap:clap:clap

that might just be the most awesome piece of orchard supply aerospace cobb-tech ingenuity i have ever seen! you, sir, are an inspiration!
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-30-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,916
Posted By mtothef
he makes it look SO easy. nothing like doing that...

he makes it look SO easy. nothing like doing that every day for a few decades, eh? Still, watching this video a year ago made me go out and buy an oxy/acetylene rig. twenty or so years and i might...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-26-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,818
Posted By mtothef
so true... i remember being about 13 and watching...

so true... i remember being about 13 and watching my buddy hauling ass on an at1mx down a flat, almost perfectly smooth straightaway. he hit what was basically a ripple in the dirt and proceeded to...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-12-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,274
Posted By mtothef
pipes and rearsets are new moto carrera parts....

pipes and rearsets are new moto carrera parts. swingarm is an old motocarrera piece. yeah, the pipes hang low on the right, but aren't too bad. the rear end ride height is substantially jacked up...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-11-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,274
Posted By mtothef
rd from satan's footlocker...

that RD broke my heart. i apparently didn't pay enough attention when i had the gearbox apart, and failed to notice some worn dogs on 4th gear. pops out of gear as soon as any hard load goes onto it....
Forum: Racing 11-17-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 423,590
Posted By mtothef
zing!

zing!
Forum: Beasts 11-03-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,447
Posted By mtothef
i've got one of the original 07 "scary nightmare"...

i've got one of the original 07 "scary nightmare" rxv550s. bought it new, plated it, rode it almost entirely offroad in terrain that was probably much better suited to much smaller bikes. still have...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 38,861
Posted By mtothef
wow, haven't seen too many relatives for this ol'...

wow, haven't seen too many relatives for this ol' thang around here... mine is a poor cousin, but it's plated!:
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