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Forum: New Zealand Today, 02:03 AM
Replies: 1,246
Views: 64,684
Posted By motu
We moved to Waiheke in 1985 and left in 1996. I...

We moved to Waiheke in 1985 and left in 1996. I missed being able to go for an all day ride, exploring new roads. I could ride every road there in a morning. I did a lot of off road riding -...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 993
Posted By motu
I have 2 sets of cast wheels, on one I run street...

I have 2 sets of cast wheels, on one I run street rubber, on the other I use tyres for gravel roads. Currently on K180's, 120/90x18 front and rear. Race compound and very sticky on seal, wet or...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 03:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 993
Posted By motu
I did exactly the same thing a few years ago, a...

I did exactly the same thing a few years ago, a classic bike that could do all things for me. Time to get off the XT600...

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af212/bmwr65/PB240012.jpg

And...
Forum: New Zealand Yesterday, 12:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,494
Posted By motu
I've had to do some urgent repairs lately, the...

I've had to do some urgent repairs lately, the first real breakdowns in 40,000km. First I had a miss, just the plug caps, but only rode with my new plug caps for a couple of days before the next...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-21-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 608
Posted By motu
Have you got oil returning to the tank, a good...

Have you got oil returning to the tank, a good flow when you pull the cap? It must be wet sumping when left to sit. I don't think the breather ever had a hose on it....and not much came out even...
Forum: Airheads 11-21-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By motu
It's the same as an R80 mono, the engine is the...

It's the same as an R80 mono, the engine is the only difference.
Forum: Old's Cool 11-21-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By motu
The instrument panel was redesigned later to...

The instrument panel was redesigned later to become a sucessful bait catcher.
Forum: New Zealand 11-20-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 1,246
Views: 64,684
Posted By motu
We used to have a couple of Chargers running on...

We used to have a couple of Chargers running on the dirt track on Waiheke Island in the '90's, one as a street modified (had a 318) and the other in fender benders. I bet someone has fully restored...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-17-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,098
Posted By motu
We used to call those carbs the Type 6, I used...

We used to call those carbs the Type 6, I used one on my BSA M20 with the float chamber on the right to clear the mag/dyno. Type 6 and Monoblock have the slide over the central block with the needle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,886
Posted By motu
My 1987 BMW is similar to the bikes I've been...

My 1987 BMW is similar to the bikes I've been riding for over 40 years. A modern bike would be light years beyond my abilities.
Forum: Airheads 11-14-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,435
Posted By motu
Waste spark is a cheap and easy way to get...

Waste spark is a cheap and easy way to get acurate timing for a twin, otherwise it would need a cam and distributor, or twin points, both of which can give timing discrepancy between cyls. With...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-14-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,098
Posted By motu
Pity it lost the chainguard, the Matchless DA...

Pity it lost the chainguard, the Matchless DA chainguard is cool, you just know it's a Matchy when you see that, and the muffler, they are distinctive too. Don't lose the signature Matchless stuff.
Forum: The Garage 11-14-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,405
Posted By motu
Yes, apart from living a large part of my life in...

Yes, apart from living a large part of my life in Auckland where you are never far from water, I spent 10 years on a island off Auckland. We were 2 or 300 metres back from the cliff top, and you...
Forum: Airheads 11-12-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 773
Posted By motu
Lucky mine broke in 3rd - you can still pull away...

Lucky mine broke in 3rd - you can still pull away from a standing start, and keep up with 100kph traffic.
Forum: New Zealand 11-12-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,768
Posted By motu
I don't have much experience with 5 speeds - unit...

I don't have much experience with 5 speeds - unit construction and 5 gears was a bit flash for me back in the day, a bike has to be worn out before I'll buy it. But false neutrals when shifting fast...
Forum: Airheads 11-11-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,524
Posted By motu
More clutter - this is my '87 R65. All 6304's...

More clutter - this is my '87 R65. All 6304's are FAG and marked C3, this 6403 is an NTN and marked C3....you can just make out the numbers. Also has the very small radius. Virgin box, no one has...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-10-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,576
Posted By motu
When I take the bike to work I walk out the door...

When I take the bike to work I walk out the door 10 minutes earlier than if I take the car. The bike is securely locked in a securely locked shed out the back....takes 5 minutes to get the bike out...
Forum: New Zealand 11-07-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1,246
Views: 64,684
Posted By motu
Is there a brand/type of motorcycle that hasn't...

Is there a brand/type of motorcycle that hasn't got it's own culture? I've had a shit load of bikes in my time, and nearly all of them bring something with them that sucks you into wanting more. I...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 13,052
Posted By motu
http://www.jethro-tull.ru/uploaded/image/albums-co...

http://www.jethro-tull.ru/uploaded/image/albums-cover/Too%20Old%20To%20Rock%20front.jpg
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 13,052
Posted By motu
And 40 years ago I just destroyed VW's, just...

And 40 years ago I just destroyed VW's, just drove them to death and walked away. In the same period no one knew what my Rickman Metisse was, and the Cheney Triumph just drew a blank - I couldn't...
Forum: Airheads 11-06-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,770
Posted By motu
I'm 61, and had my first Airhead when I was 27,...

I'm 61, and had my first Airhead when I was 27, an R60/5. At the time I also had a '61 Norton 99 - there was no contest, the Norton was better in every way, the BMW was heavy and slow, quiet and...
Forum: The Garage 11-03-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 584,987
Posted By motu
Spark arrestors will cut your pressure and flow...

Spark arrestors will cut your pressure and flow rate,not a problem, you just wind them up until it works - but the pressure on the gauge won't be what you see at the torch. I use a Henrob torch...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-02-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,330
Posted By motu
You can't ride trials without being able to lift...

You can't ride trials without being able to lift the front wheel in a controlled manner, it's a handy thing to do off road, and it's just part of what happens naturally. But on the road,...
Forum: Airheads 10-25-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By motu
My owners manual says 42F/58R for the mono - more...

My owners manual says 42F/58R for the mono - more on the rear than I'd of thought too, but might explain why I want to get more forward in corners.
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 584,987
Posted By motu
I don't do much gas welding these days, but it's...

I don't do much gas welding these days, but it's my happy place when working with metal. I spent 20 years sticking bits of metal together before I used a MIG - previously 90% of my welding was with...
Forum: Airheads 10-19-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By motu
My '87 R65 has done over 100,000km (60,000ml) and...

My '87 R65 has done over 100,000km (60,000ml) and hasn't had much done to it. My plug caps wore out last week and after changing the neutral switch I seem to have 1st gear selection issues from a...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-19-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,848
Posted By motu
The hole in the seat tube frames were pretty...

The hole in the seat tube frames were pretty common, but SU carbs certainly were not. I collected bits for years, even finding some in Aust, but was never able to get a complete carb together. SU...
Forum: Racing 10-19-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 14,780
Posted By motu
As mentioned in the comentary - we won't know how...

As mentioned in the comentary - we won't know how good MM is until he's as old as Rossi and still winning races. Outstanding from Rossi, and throwing away a 4 second lead - doh.
Forum: Airheads 10-17-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By motu
I swap between 22mm and 7/8 with no problems.

I swap between 22mm and 7/8 with no problems.
Forum: New Zealand 10-14-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 934
Posted By motu
I'm curently reading a book called His Way - a...

I'm curently reading a book called His Way - a biography of Muldoon. I didn't realise he was so what we call left these days, he was very much for the welfare state. He was such a softy too - he...
Forum: New Zealand 10-14-2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 934
Posted By motu
That's not a joke - our Prime Minister of the...

That's not a joke - our Prime Minister of the time (Rob Muldoon) said that about the brain drain to OZ. He said a lot of other things too. Everyone hated him, and no one I ever came across admitted...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By motu
Yeah, blown bulbs, but the horn will sound great...

Yeah, blown bulbs, but the horn will sound great - just don't get carried away riding around town with your thumb on the horn button, it'll fry it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-14-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,091
Posted By motu
I don't have a problem riding in the rain, some...

I don't have a problem riding in the rain, some of my gear is waterproof, but it's a pain in the arse to put it on just because it might rain - I'm not going to stop somewhere and stagger around on...
Forum: New Zealand 10-13-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By motu
Outside 246.

Outside 246.
Forum: New Zealand 10-13-2014, 01:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By motu
We used to go to Queen St on Friday nights, park...

We used to go to Queen St on Friday nights, park up and look cool. Sometimes we didn't get home till late - after the shops shut at 9pm.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-10-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By motu
Back in the day ('70's) I used to prefer the BTH...

Back in the day ('70's) I used to prefer the BTH over the Lucas mag, less variation in timing between cyls - Lucas mags were terrible, up to 10 degree out between sides. But the 6 ball was the most...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-10-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By motu
Your tests indicate the magneto itself. Try and...

Your tests indicate the magneto itself. Try and compare the tension of the springs to the drag of the mag.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-08-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By motu
The most common type of magneto advance unit was...

The most common type of magneto advance unit was the 6 ball type, you didn't see those 2 weight types very often. They should just flick back of course. Is your magneto tight? It has to move the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-01-2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,405
Posted By motu
When I worked in a Honda shop a few years ago,...

When I worked in a Honda shop a few years ago, the water cooled MX bikes came from Japan, all the air cooled dirt bikes came from Brazil, and all the Quad bikes and the CT110 came from North...
Forum: New Zealand 09-27-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,494
Posted By motu
I've got a stainless front brake hose now, got a...

I've got a stainless front brake hose now, got a longer one for high bars so I can run the correct routing - works well not wooden like some I've felt. I had to go back to my dirttrack bars over...
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