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Forum: Road warriors 11-29-2009, 01:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By Snaildrake
Methinks -SV- too big

Maybe for a six-footer? Judging from the tank/peg/case/etc. rash all over my used SV, a 400 pound standard isn't the best starter bike for shorter people. Story was a Harley rider got one for his...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-26-2009, 09:53 AM
Replies: 777
Views: 274,568
Posted By Snaildrake
Calling Rusty Remover...

Hey Kid,
A wire wheel in a hand drill will make pretty quick work of the rim rust - stay away from the sides where the beads contact if you can. cheers, ~Snail
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 11-25-2009, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12,427
Views: 1,625,922
Posted By Snaildrake
'99 KTM 640 Adventure, Albuquerque $4K

Not my bike - impressive farkles. ~S

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/mcy/1482649268.html
Forum: Old's Cool 11-23-2009, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2,333
Views: 623,214
Posted By Snaildrake
Question What to look for in XLs?

I've been looking at bikes 450cc and under that I might be able to buy and run cheaply, mostly for me and my sons to ride around town. I know of a '79 XL185s for sale - what do you all think of...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 11-23-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,569
Posted By Snaildrake
R&S, ERH Moto in RR

I also buy tires at R&S - unbeatable even mail order. Be careful getting the order right - I tried to call them back a half hour later on a size change for my SV650, and that was a no-go.

When I...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 11-17-2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12,427
Views: 1,625,922
Posted By Snaildrake
Bul down in the 505...

'77 was a good year - I still had all my fingers back then!
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Don't see a '77 Frontera every day - handsome too. Not mine, though I'd like to find a 125, 175, or 250 to turn into a track bike....
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2009, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By Snaildrake
Next Q: Do I ream out the nail hole for the plug patch?

I picked up the plug patch kit this morning at NAPA and they look great - a S/M/L sized plug attached to a ~2 inch glue-on patch. If anyone wants to get somee NAPA P/N 710-1645 will save you time....
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-20-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By Snaildrake
OK, back on the plug patch trail tomorrow....

OK, great, Retro1, that's all I need to know - by the time I got to NAPA my eyes were glazing over from blank looks at every tire shop I went to, and I just looked at the displays and left. So I can...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-20-2009, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By Snaildrake
I'm with Hair on patchability

That's what I want, Hair - guess I'll have to do it myself. Looked for the combination plug-patch at AutoZone and NAPA, no luck. Back to the black rope that looks like really ripe dreadlocks...

If...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-20-2009, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By Snaildrake
Albuq, NM - What tire shop will plug-patch my tubeless tire?

I wanted to try having the nail hole in my rear BT-016 repaired with the 'plug patch' that I read about in a post, but I can't find a tire shop (open - it's Saturday) that will touch a moto tire....
Forum: Old's Cool 06-17-2009, 08:46 PM
Replies: 777
Views: 274,568
Posted By Snaildrake
MN Drive, what did you use for mufflers/exhaust?

Hey Minnesota-
I admire what you've done. I finally found some stock header pipes for my 160 racer and it's on to finish the exhaust cheapish. So far I've heard of 'Dunstall' type mufflers but...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2009, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,081
Posted By Snaildrake
Go in Beauty

Hey, always love to see shots of the Guadalupe R. at Gilman Tunnels. And doesn't that tufa wall remind you of Tattooine?
Thanks for posting - I'm on an SV650 since my heart did back flips on that...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-02-2009, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,650
Posted By Snaildrake
Try ebay - points coils are not special

Hey Sniper-
I'm doing a 60s CB160 project, and though I'm no expert, what I understand from the vintage guys I know is that coils for points ignition are a swappable part. On their advice I bought...
Forum: Road warriors 05-26-2009, 05:42 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 403,386
Posted By Snaildrake
Go fill out yer profile, noob, and we'll help

Michael-
If you fill out the field that tells us what part of the world you live in, you might get suggestions on bikes in your area. Some guys just love to cruise Craiglist looking for deals and...
Forum: Road warriors 05-10-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 403,386
Posted By Snaildrake
Broken chain = really Baaaaddd for yr complexion

Time did get away from me, didn't it? Well, if you still need to know, a rusty
chain on a 75HP bike is not something I would live with. Sounds like the chain is a clue to low owner maintenance that...
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2009, 09:04 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 403,386
Posted By Snaildrake
The answer to all your question lie below...

[QUOTE=Shalabi]Hey guys, I'm an Kawi Ninja EX500 owner who is looking at getting a SV650 naked bike as a next bike but I have a few questions.

Hi Shalabi. After 9 months including winter riding,...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-25-2009, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,134
Posted By Snaildrake
CL175 forks and triples are the way to go

If you haven't already dug up the answer, the short answer is that no, 250/305 forks are not what you want. The available replacements or upgrades are, in order of availability:

- 1968-7? CL175...
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,374
Posted By Snaildrake
Easy to make SV roomy - Buell footpegs ++

I have a naked SV650 since July (very similar layout to a 1000), and being 6' tall with a 32 1/2" inseam + size 12 feet, two mods made it *very* comfortable. First I added the aforementioned Buell...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 08:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,450
Posted By Snaildrake
Might take awhile to find better...

Thistle, nice work - I won't ever get my parts that buff. I have been going through this finding forks for a 175 sloper frame. I did but I had to lower my standards. If you want a nice looking...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2008, 10:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
GP200s: the look, the midget's roar, the essentiality

Sr. Baker, I know 350s can be damn fast - Steve Brown lives here and wins AHRMA championships on 350s and 450s almost every year. It's all a matter of taste: to me, they're just not sexy. I'm old...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2008, 08:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Lovely cafe job, hog

Nice cafe Beemer, hog! Like that little front fender. Could you give up riding it on the road (track bikes seems to become uglier and non-roadworthy quite quickly)?

Full disclosure - lt blue bike...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-29-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
CB160 vs Thruxton - You're the smart one

Man, Thruxtons are cool, I admit, and must be a blast to race - but bring along a wheelbarrow of cash to compete with the ones I saw at the Sandia Classic. Most of those guys looked like Hollywood...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-28-2008, 08:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Oh, about (...) that much

$150 to $500 in my part of the world. I bet less out east where rust always wins.

Why, do you have one you want to give me? :D
Forum: Old's Cool 10-28-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Moron CL175s

This thread has been neglected too long. I made progress on my 160 engine - it now looks more like this:
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2008, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 403,386
Posted By Snaildrake
Share your grip heater installation?

Disconnected, do you have any tips or tricks on the grip heater installation? Where did you tap in, where did you put the control switch?
I have some DualStar heaters that I need to get on -...
Forum: Equipment 10-19-2008, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By Snaildrake
What's "good enough" protection at the track?

Any opinions about the minimum level of protection you want on the track? Lots of heel and ankle armor? I saw an intense crash video the other day, multiple bikes/riders going into a tire wall, parts...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2008, 05:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,583
Posted By Snaildrake
I'm thinking about a track suit too, though not a...

I'm thinking about a track suit too, though not a 1-piece - I'm hearing that 2 is as good, more flexible, get more use out of them. Not that I know anything...

You might just lurk in Racing and...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2008, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By Snaildrake
Good boots for track days?

I've never had street or track boots before, but I got bitten by the vintage race bug and am going to try some track days. May I have a sampling of opinions on what boots are...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-10-2008, 09:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Paging Cowboy to the white courtesy phone....

Hey Cowboy, did you ever hear anything about the little CB you mentioned in September? Inquiring minds....(I have several all by myself). Thanks. ~Snail
Forum: Old's Cool 10-04-2008, 10:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
What do you want for it?

Hey JoeBob-
I'm interested. So I know how interested, what were you thinking of asking? P.S. I thought any 160 blue seat or otherwise was a 'Sport' and the 175s were the 'Super Sports' -Dan
Forum: Old's Cool 10-01-2008, 03:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
PMed you, c'boy

PM coming your way. ~Snail
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2008, 09:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Ouch - Try f-160 group

Simon, I'm sorry you're stuck on the seat - that must hurt:rayof . Seriously, wish I could help, but you see what shape mine is in. But if the inmates here don't come up with pictures, I'd ask on...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2008, 03:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,321
Posted By Snaildrake
Here's mine - $175

Found this at 'Honda Dave's in surburban Moriarty, NM last week, just got it home yesterday. I'm a happy man having this junk sitting behind my desk....
Forum: Old's Cool 09-27-2008, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,082
Posted By Snaildrake
Oh, yeah - I copped that photo

All right, I confess. Until mine comes home (Monday), I'm using it as the "before" example - though actually I have yet to find one that nice, or even all in one piece. Let me know when you have it...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-27-2008, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,370
Posted By Snaildrake
Historic tags, didn't think of that

Yeah, I will, for the next one if not the current wreck. These things are so cheap a guy could sink thousands of dollars into them! :D ~S
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-27-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,370
Posted By Snaildrake
OK, track bikes for the track, good advice

OK, I get it - track bikes should be track bikes, good reality check.
At least it would need a seat with more than a foam pad...

This was just a thought brought on by the size of my son's college...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-27-2008, 03:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,370
Posted By Snaildrake
Is titling a salvage CB160 frame possible in NM?

OK, it's the middle of the night, so here's a question for you law-abiding citizens (there must be one):

Have any of you New Mexicanos ever made street-legal an untitled frame/engine?

I got...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-26-2008, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,082
Posted By Snaildrake
Oh, you likee 160 racebikes?

Absolutely - and there's lots more where that came from - it's the dream world I live in right now. Here's a great race shot:
...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-26-2008, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15,500
Views: 2,380,600
Posted By Snaildrake
The CB shall rise again!

Got it, Brain - replied.

This is better news than the last hit - a craigslist contact said, "I know where a 175 sloper bottom end is." By the time he checked they had thrown it away. Dear lord,...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-25-2008, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,082
Posted By Snaildrake
Reminds me of...well, now

Mark, the first picture is the sweetest. I have a similar one, but mine is of an orange Capri bicycle, my first sewup tire racing bike in 1975. I might have liked such a 'misspent' youth as yours...
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