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Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 929
Posted By manic mechanic
Some suggested items to have "just in case" would...

Some suggested items to have "just in case" would be the oil pump cover O-ring, new bolts connecting the driveshaft to the transmission, replacement parts for the throw-out bearing. How is the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 9,813
Views: 1,995,484
Posted By manic mechanic
But which gives more smiles-per-mile, or the...

But which gives more smiles-per-mile, or the bigger giggle-factor?
Forum: The Garage 11-01-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,433
Posted By manic mechanic
From somebody who routinely in the spring has to...

From somebody who routinely in the spring has to get folks' machine running after winter, here are some of the things that have been found:

- relatively newer sport bike with aftermarket...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-31-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By manic mechanic
I remember coming out of work one morning,...

I remember coming out of work one morning, walking to the parking lot. Bikes parked along the sidewalks. Buddy came out, got on his bike, was going pretty fast as he passed us and waved. At that...
Forum: Airheads 10-26-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,611
Posted By manic mechanic
Just from my own experience, when adjusting the...

Just from my own experience, when adjusting the idle mixtures, I usually adjust for peak RPM on the tach, then back out the mixture screw a touch (technical term) on the rich side. There are some...
Forum: Airheads 10-21-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,611
Posted By manic mechanic
According to the Bing book, main jet is a 150,...

According to the Bing book, main jet is a 150, needle jet is a 2.68, jet needle is 241, idle jet is 45, needle position is 2.
Forum: Airheads 10-19-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,611
Posted By manic mechanic
Are your float levels set properly? Also, are...

Are your float levels set properly? Also, are your slide needles set properly? My Bing book says the slide needle should be in the third position. From your description it could be either or both...
Forum: Airheads 10-03-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By manic mechanic
Look on the bottom of the master cylinder and you...

Look on the bottom of the master cylinder and you should find a number stamped there telling what the diameter is. I recently replaced the piston and seal assembly on an '83 RS, ~$70 from the dealer.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9,813
Views: 1,995,484
Posted By manic mechanic
Old hunting buddy was red/green colorblind. If...

Old hunting buddy was red/green colorblind. If we had to blood-trail a deer, the rest of us would trail and he'd shoot if necessary.
Forum: Airheads 07-08-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 955
Posted By manic mechanic
The holes are from the fuel solenoids and hoses...

The holes are from the fuel solenoids and hoses that were installed as part of the anti-pollution stuff. You might find between the airbox and the exhaust flange a metal tube to lean out the exhaust...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,334
Posted By manic mechanic
Bigger tank?

Bigger tank?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-06-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By manic mechanic
Maybe an urban myth, but a few years ago I'd...

Maybe an urban myth, but a few years ago I'd heard of somebody who would leave an empty holster on the tank bag. Never had a problem with curiosity seekers.
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,073
Posted By manic mechanic
Also if you insert the pushrod and felt from the...

Also if you insert the pushrod and felt from the input side, it goes a bit easier. At least it did this past December for me.
Forum: Airheads 05-03-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,073
Posted By manic mechanic
In a word, no. There isn't room to do it with...

In a word, no. There isn't room to do it with the trans in place.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-26-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,703
Posted By manic mechanic
I've hit 3 deer with bikes, hopefully no more....

I've hit 3 deer with bikes, hopefully no more. All were in daytime. ATGATT helped. but broken bones still can happen. The critters can come out of anywhere besides forests, such as overgrown ditches,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9,813
Views: 1,995,484
Posted By manic mechanic
Rode to a local home contractor's place today to...

Rode to a local home contractor's place today to do paperwork for new siding. Weather is cool, drizzly, windy. Walked in, one of the guys inside remarks, "Don't tell me you rode your motorcycle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,963
Posted By manic mechanic
For those who don't know, BMW RA is holding their...

For those who don't know, BMW RA is holding their National Rally there May 29, 30, 31, June 1. Among other things, Keith Code's California Superbike School will be there.
Forum: The Garage 03-16-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2,342
Views: 315,327
Posted By manic mechanic
It also works if you install the damper into the...

It also works if you install the damper into the upper with the spring, install the cap, then install the lower and zap the nut with an impact wrench.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9,813
Views: 1,995,484
Posted By manic mechanic
I remember when I was stationed on the east...

I remember when I was stationed on the east coast, commuting, and I would consider myself having a good day when only three people tried to kill me.
Forum: Airheads 02-05-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,088
Posted By manic mechanic
One simple thing to check is if the needle is not...

One simple thing to check is if the needle is not engaged in the slide. I would remove the float bowl then the main jet and atomizer tube and see if the needle comes out with it. Go from there.
Forum: Airheads 02-02-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 870
Posted By manic mechanic
How do you mean seized? If the system is filled...

How do you mean seized? If the system is filled and bled, will the brake lever move the piston at all? There are times when I'm going to be disassembling a caliper I'll take a large C-clamp and...
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 2,342
Views: 315,327
Posted By manic mechanic
Sorry, no pics. It's not uncommon to rewind...

Sorry, no pics. It's not uncommon to rewind recoil starters for snowmobiles at the shop, or to replace the recoil spring. However, today's task was the installation of a recoil spring on a Wankel...
Forum: The Garage 01-06-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,719
Posted By manic mechanic
The pressure is affected by ambient temperature,...

The pressure is affected by ambient temperature, according to the Ideal Gas Laws.
Forum: Racing 01-04-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3,297
Views: 236,551
Posted By manic mechanic
Egad! Alessi over RV! Nice holeshot.

Egad! Alessi over RV! Nice holeshot.
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2,342
Views: 315,327
Posted By manic mechanic
That's why we don't do just top-ends anymore. ...

That's why we don't do just top-ends anymore. The entire engine or go elsewhere.
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2,342
Views: 315,327
Posted By manic mechanic
D.T. I only mentioned it that way because our...

D.T.
I only mentioned it that way because our shop has stopped doing top-end only rebuilds. Folks would bring in the sled, want the top-end done so they can sell it. Then maybe 100 miles down the...
Forum: The Garage 12-23-2013, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2,342
Views: 315,327
Posted By manic mechanic
Let me guess, it's on the clutch side. If that...

Let me guess, it's on the clutch side. If that is the case, you might as well split the cases and replace the crank end seals.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2013, 09:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,080
Posted By manic mechanic
Heard somewhere - "There are those who confuse...

Heard somewhere - "There are those who confuse breathing with living."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,080
Posted By manic mechanic
I ask, as a manner of reply, "Is there anything...

I ask, as a manner of reply, "Is there anything you do that you enjoy so much, that you can never ever see yourself not doing it anymore?" Usually followed by a blank stare, then a desire to...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,173
Posted By manic mechanic
Yeah, I remember that now. We don't get many...

Yeah, I remember that now. We don't get many Beemers in the shop, but a lot of MX'ers and dual-sports. I should look in the catalogs to see if there are any aftermarket cables without the liners...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2013, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,173
Posted By manic mechanic
Might I suggest occasionally removing the cables,...

Might I suggest occasionally removing the cables, then using a cable lube tool and flush the crud out backwards? As in towards the lever end. With some of the bikes I see, I'll put the cable end...
Forum: The Garage 10-30-2013, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,956
Posted By manic mechanic
No real need to remove the battery, either, as...

No real need to remove the battery, either, as long as you have the means to keep it charged. What isn't mentioned is that batteries self-discharge, even when disconnected. As they do (in the case...
Forum: Airheads 10-30-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,741
Posted By manic mechanic
Time to do a load test on the battery. I've got...

Time to do a load test on the battery. I've got an Odyssey PC680 in my '76 /6 and I've had no trouble starting after sitting overnight in an exposed parking lot in temps in the teens. Also take a...
Forum: Airheads 10-20-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,030
Posted By manic mechanic
Same item, different terms.

Same item, different terms.
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 778
Posted By manic mechanic
Also check that the return port in the master...

Also check that the return port in the master cylinder is clear.
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2013, 10:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,316
Posted By manic mechanic
One not-so-intrusive way is to remove the tail...

One not-so-intrusive way is to remove the tail light assembly so you can see the wires going to the bulb, then use a test lamp to determine which wire is live with the ignition on. Then splice in at...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,636
Posted By manic mechanic
Did you have the trailer hitched up? Either...

Did you have the trailer hitched up? Either that, or connect a ground wire between the trailer and the tow vehicle.
Forum: The Garage 09-19-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,229
Posted By manic mechanic
My HS shop teacher had us develop the "feel" by...

My HS shop teacher had us develop the "feel" by measuring the thickness of a piece of toilet paper without tearing it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,340
Posted By manic mechanic
Yes, but not in the way that you mean. So far...

Yes, but not in the way that you mean. So far I've killed three deer and a car with motorcycles, totaled the bikes.
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
Posted By manic mechanic
Thicker socks? Seriously, if they're just a...

Thicker socks? Seriously, if they're just a little loose in warm weather, maybe warmer, thicker socks when it's not so warm may make up the difference. Unless you get another pair of boots, one for...
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