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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,078
Posted By SculptD
No, you may have me wrong. Deciding not to argue...

No, you may have me wrong. Deciding not to argue and add to the drama is normal. Or should be. Sometimes it seems rare around here.
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 06:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,078
Posted By SculptD
I'm not defending the man. I don't even know him,...

I'm not defending the man. I don't even know him, one way or another. But you didn't seem to have a problem coming to your own conclusion in an open forum. Are we being harmed?
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 05:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,078
Posted By SculptD
Some of this I agree with, but I am not sure...

Some of this I agree with, but I am not sure about him gunning for fragile newbies. That I did not see. And, as a newbie who came in while he was here, and hearing about how fun-holiday "nearly...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 10:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,078
Posted By SculptD
I wish he was still around. I'm not that...

I wish he was still around. I'm not that interested in what does or doesn't pass for nice online. Some of us are nice, some not, some in between.

Sometimes, times like these, I think of this great...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 808
Posted By SculptD
That plate aces the safety inspection with full...

That plate aces the safety inspection with full marks. When industrial safety inspectors check out a shop, they go straight for the bench grinders and check the gap.
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 808
Posted By SculptD
I'm going to be a little bit contrarian. Nothing...

I'm going to be a little bit contrarian. Nothing new there.

I've worked with college students in art studios for a long time. More and more they phrase their questions to me as: What's the "best"...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,261
Posted By SculptD
Thanks, guys. It seems these girls can dress up...

Thanks, guys. It seems these girls can dress up for any party.

All through that build I thought "this is the last one." This thread makes a joke of that idea. So many great ideas here. More!
Forum: Airheads 04-29-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 460
Posted By SculptD
I am pretty sure stock is a 160 or 165 main jet...

I am pretty sure stock is a 160 or 165 main jet for that bike.

What needle jet is in there? Should be a 2.66, I think.

Edit: Nope, I'm wrong on the main, 150 is right—I forgot, 32mm carbs...
Forum: Airheads 04-29-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 783
Posted By SculptD
For $500 its an easy question, and all about you....

For $500 its an easy question, and all about you.

As a "gear head" are you interested in a fun project? Maybe requiring some investment? (go for it)

Or are you interested in having an airhead...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By SculptD
Well, in San Francisco you see plenty of kids on...

Well, in San Francisco you see plenty of kids on old mopeds. Takes them a block to get up to speed, say, 30 mph. You are doing great against them!

Depending on history, the carbs could need a...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By SculptD
Yeah, I like it! I, too did my most recent...

Yeah, I like it!

I, too did my most recent build challenging myself to do every task (even though several would have come out better if a pro had done it). It's a great feeling, but I did reach a...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,261
Posted By SculptD
Hmmm. Mongrel airhead? Or varmint...

Hmmm.

Mongrel airhead?

Or varmint airhead.

Bit of a grey area. Or, not.
Forum: Airheads 04-26-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 639
Posted By SculptD
I have met several guys who said they owned a /5...

I have met several guys who said they owned a /5 until one day the brakes grabbed so bad that they went down. I had never had the problem, so I thought at first they were full of it, and something...
Forum: Airheads 04-26-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,272
Posted By SculptD
Absolutely great! Congratulations.

Absolutely great!

Congratulations.
Forum: Airheads 04-26-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By SculptD
A well made unit, fits perfectly (unlike my...

A well made unit, fits perfectly (unlike my experience with the Boyer). So, I don't mean to steer anyone away from it necessarily, but I had two problems with it.

One, my installation left too...
Forum: Airheads 04-25-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,261
Posted By SculptD
Some great looking bikes here. I love the...

Some great looking bikes here. I love the individual approach to owning an airhead.

But, I am here to defend the bathtub fender. I love it. It has charisma. Granted, 1970s German charisma, but I...
Forum: Airheads 04-20-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By SculptD
First, get into a happy place. Drink some herbal...

First, get into a happy place. Drink some herbal tea, perhaps. Put on some soothing music. Then, prepare for that mood to steadily degrade to a full-blown freakout rage. Or, if you are lucky, it will...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By SculptD
I would like to know how far out they stretch....

I would like to know how far out they stretch. Seems like they are pretty wide.

Edit: wait, no, was looking at them wrong. They look good to me.
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,711
Posted By SculptD
I can SO see somebody using oven cleaner for...

I can SO see somebody using oven cleaner for de-carbonizing heads. Making sure not to get any on the gasket surface of course.
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,711
Posted By SculptD
But much more slowly. It wouldn't take too long...

But much more slowly. It wouldn't take too long to do that to the aluminum.

I am, what does one say, a reformed chemical engineer. And, it's funny, I am all for Jim's explanation, but the engineer...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,711
Posted By SculptD
"Humbug" priceless! I'm buying it. Otherwise...

"Humbug" priceless!

I'm buying it. Otherwise I say a previous owner had the brilliant notion to clean the heads with muriatic acid. Effective, but he shouldn't have gone for a beer before rinsing...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By SculptD
Another one of those "Ken Sean" mirrors snapped...

Another one of those "Ken Sean" mirrors snapped off like a twig. Damn! those are to be avoided, IMO.

Got a Napolean to replace it. And, ugh, they are huge and bulky-looking. Seem less breakable,...
Forum: Airheads 04-16-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 747
Posted By SculptD
Buying bikes from buddies...can't see any problem...

Buying bikes from buddies...can't see any problem there.:evil

Anyway, I don't know the specifics on that year/model, but the mileage is pretty low, so it might be a great bike, and thus well worth...
Forum: Airheads 04-16-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,027
Posted By SculptD
I believe the feeling is that with the amount of...

I believe the feeling is that with the amount of expansion/contraction, and overall movement that these seals undergo, you are kidding yourself if you think the sealant is staying stuck to both...
Forum: Airheads 04-16-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By SculptD
I've tried all of those. I would choose Pilot...

I've tried all of those. I would choose Pilot Activs.

My priority is not longevity, though the Pilots may be as good as others. Just saying I never ride tires to the flat and bald stage.

I am...
Forum: Airheads 04-13-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By SculptD
IMO if you like to ride the bike with some gusto,...

IMO if you like to ride the bike with some gusto, I would never pass up an opportunity to upgrade the shocks. I've used Ikons and YSS, and my vote would be for the YSS, but they are a bit more...
Forum: Airheads 04-12-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,065
Posted By SculptD
155 wet here, so it's the bikes that feel heavy...

155 wet here, so it's the bikes that feel heavy to me.

If a muffler for an airhead sounded like Termignonis, I wouldn't care if it weighed 20 lbs.
Forum: Airheads 04-12-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,065
Posted By SculptD
A few pipes lying around the shop: Stock...

A few pipes lying around the shop:

Stock Zeuna: 6.31 lbs. (old, but not too blown out, probably a half pound donated back to the universe)

Mac: 7.8 lbs. woof.
Keihin: 6.8 lbs.
Cone...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By SculptD
Yeah, I did a double take on that question of...

Yeah, I did a double take on that question of whether they were mounted right in that photo. As I recall that was a pre-ride shot, but I don't remember changing them. Here is a more current shot with...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By SculptD
And I got these from Bob's. Can't remember the...

And I got these from Bob's. Can't remember the brand name (edit: Ken Sean). I love the look, but the construction is lacking (hey, they are only $25, so that's what I expected). The mount is rubber,...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By SculptD
Albert. My favorite of any bike I have ever been...

Albert. My favorite of any bike I have ever been on—looks, construction, and function. For my body size, I can see perfectly, and the vibration range of the long stalks is not bad at all.
...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,197
Posted By SculptD
Not that it does consequential damage to the...

Not that it does consequential damage to the piston, but for the sake of honor, I choose wood. Wood does not leave you piston looking like this:
...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By SculptD
You don't need #15. That was a fiber, or plastic...

You don't need #15. That was a fiber, or plastic washer added to later models to smother perceived metallic clicking that was coming from the valve. Sounds crazy to me. I certainly have more noises...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,197
Posted By SculptD
I have used a wood dowel as a push tool. I have a...

I have used a wood dowel as a push tool. I have a piece of 3/8" on hand in my special tools drawer, but 1/2" might be even better. Get the starting end of the ring stuck in the little gap on the...
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By SculptD
I'm looking at the wear on this part, and I'm...

I'm looking at the wear on this part, and I'm backtracking on my previous comment. You may have enough wear that things are well out of line and creating a lot of stiction.
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By SculptD
Well, that wear isn't necessarily going to create...

Well, that wear isn't necessarily going to create the "stiff and unresponsive" quality you described. It might create a bit of slop, as I'm sure the lowers look pretty bad, too. But, I bet a lot of...
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 799
Posted By SculptD
FWIW I am currently running #8. One point...

FWIW I am currently running #8.

One point that should not be lost is that we can offset these curves. Most of these show high advance levels at idle. And three curves top out at a high 30...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 799
Posted By SculptD
I got the dual, but no chart. I would take a...

I got the dual, but no chart.

I would take a pic of my black box and we could compare, but it will be a few days before I get at it again. The scribble on the label is hard to figure out.

Your...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 799
Posted By SculptD
I see we both got our packages from Germany, yah?...

I see we both got our packages from Germany, yah?

But, I am confused. Where is this graph from? Is that what I have or do I have the 7 single plug curves and the two dual plug ones? (I know you...
Forum: Airheads 03-28-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 348
Views: 37,920
Posted By SculptD
Some would say that on an R90 32mm carbs would be...

Some would say that on an R90 32mm carbs would be too small, but I would give them a try for sure.

The main and idle jets are okay for starters. The needle jet is quite a bit larger than most of...
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