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Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If the valves are too tight you can loose...

If the valves are too tight you can loose compression and this will lead to hard starting.

When pulling the carbs remove the insulating spacer between the head and manifold, then snake out the...
Forum: The Garage 12-05-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,094
Posted By Tim McKittrick
My brother towed his GSXR on a single rail...

My brother towed his GSXR on a single rail trailer from Michigan to Alaska behind my very old and tired Geo Metro. The bike on the trailer had a larger engine than the tow vehicle! Total trailer...
Forum: 2 smokers 11-22-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,414
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I ice raced an '85 and my primary issue was...

I ice raced an '85 and my primary issue was starting it when cold. Later models had better ignition systems that I believe provided a more powerful spark at kick over speeds as well a a redesigned...
Forum: The Garage 11-21-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,924
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Surplus center carries them from time to time-...

Surplus center carries them from time to time- this is the largest output unit I've seen there:
...
Forum: Alaska 11-20-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,134
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I do think there would be a market for this, or...

I do think there would be a market for this, or something like it. The shop could even charge a nominal fee for the trainer's time- in fact, a small fee would likely boost the attention and...
Forum: The Garage 11-20-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,375
Posted By Tim McKittrick
One roller would probably work- but the bike does...

One roller would probably work- but the bike does rock back and forth a bit and having both rollers driven provides a bit better grip onto the tire. With my 250 this isn't so important, but with my...
Forum: Alaska 11-18-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,134
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Years ago I dropped off a part for a minor repair...

Years ago I dropped off a part for a minor repair at a local shop- I was promised the repair the next day at a given price.

Three weeks later the repair was finally completed and I was charged a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I bought my 250 ninja used with 1400 miles on it...

I bought my 250 ninja used with 1400 miles on it and it had a surprising number of loose bolts. I spent a good afternoon going over every fastener on the bike and was shocked to discover probably 30%...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-11-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,294
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Since this thread has come back..... I had...

Since this thread has come back.....

I had severe icing issues with my '04 and installed the heaters. One large problem remained: the thermoswitch did'nt turn the heaters on until it was well...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-09-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2,334
Views: 623,981
Posted By Tim McKittrick
http://www.megacyclecams.com I've used a few...

http://www.megacyclecams.com

I've used a few of their cams in the past with good results.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,292
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The old adage of dressing in layers applies-...

The old adage of dressing in layers applies- start with a good base of thermal underwear and work out from there.

I have heated grips on all my machines and find I use them even on relatively warm...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-08-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 2,334
Views: 623,981
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Megacycle makes a cam that utilizes a roller...

Megacycle makes a cam that utilizes a roller bearing on either end- but still has the plain bearing in the center. See page 25 of their catalog.
Forum: 2 smokers 11-02-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,846
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I acquired a 1972 RT2 this year and have been...

I acquired a 1972 RT2 this year and have been running it on the highest test fuel I can get at the pump, and so far (500 miles) it has been doing fine. I had the head off twice, once to set the...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-31-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1,224
Views: 338,136
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I now own both the Aprilia RS250 and...

I now own both the Aprilia RS250 and (confusingly) a Honda RS250. The Aprilia does an amazingly good job on the track despite being a converted road machine but is let down by its wideish ratio...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-31-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1,224
Views: 338,136
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I have and race an RS250 Aprilla- how does the...

I have and race an RS250 Aprilla- how does the RGV compare? Did it come with that awesome dry clutch?
Forum: The Garage 10-25-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 958
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If you are far enough into it to remove the cam...

If you are far enough into it to remove the cam it's probably worth taking the time to remove the head and inspect the valves. Unless you did a leak-down test before you started and can rule out any...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-20-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 181,846
Posted By Tim McKittrick
It looks like most of those old racers are...

It looks like most of those old racers are running Heidenau race tires, although a few are on Avons. That's the first time I've ever seen those- anyone here have any direct experience with them?
Forum: 2 smokers 10-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1,224
Views: 338,136
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The whole 1970 350 test can be seen here:...

The whole 1970 350 test can be seen here:...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-19-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 1,224
Views: 338,136
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Most surprising to me is how evenly matched the...

Most surprising to me is how evenly matched the Suzuki and Yamaha are- and yet the Suzuki never reached the same level of sales or desirability.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-12-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,929
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Back in the late 80's I had a dispute with a...

Back in the late 80's I had a dispute with a local dealer over a minor repair and decided they really didn't need my business anymore. It was a hassle at the time as parts needed to be mail ordered...
Forum: The Garage 10-05-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Another advantage of a complete front end swap...

Another advantage of a complete front end swap would be the deletion of the stupid 23" front wheel- I think there are only two tires available now that will fit it.

The factory rear shocks are...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-25-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I was just using the comparison to other Honda...

I was just using the comparison to other Honda systems- I didn't mean to suggest any confusion with the Ascott thumper.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-24-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The starter solenoid can make noise but not make...

The starter solenoid can make noise but not make internal contact- you could try putting a test light on the main output lead and see if you are getting voltage when the starter switch is pressed. If...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-23-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If I recall correctly the damaged multi connector...

If I recall correctly the damaged multi connector in your picture is actually the output from the voltage regulator. These are a known failure point and yours may be overcharging- a possible...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-23-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,305
Posted By Tim McKittrick
In my experience the lighter weight oils do help-...

In my experience the lighter weight oils do help- but oil flow is still compromised when it's really cold. I'd recommend running as low as a 0-30 in any variant of the XR/XL series given they all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,305
Posted By Tim McKittrick
The Dominator has an air cooled engine with a...

The Dominator has an air cooled engine with a small external oil feed to the head. This motor was an outgrowth of the XL600 engine, and I discovered to my horror that those engines will eat cam...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,137
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I once installed some really cheap stuff obtained...

I once installed some really cheap stuff obtained on close-out from Home Depot. It was awful- it chipped easily and the joints were poorly fit.

The more expensive stuff seems to have a thicker...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-21-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 629
Views: 124,612
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I took the old RT2 out for exercise last weekend-...

I took the old RT2 out for exercise last weekend- seemed to be fitting to convert the picture to B&W

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1030156_zpsb1539017.jpg...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,137
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've installed a lot of laminate flooring over...

I've installed a lot of laminate flooring over the years and the Costco stuff is a good product- and it is usually discounted in the spring and fall. I have recommended it to clients and will again. ...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-20-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,611
Posted By Tim McKittrick
My 950 did exactly the same thing, and it was the...

My 950 did exactly the same thing, and it was the pump points. I elected to go with the Dr Bean fix and was very happy with the quality of his kit and instructions, as well as the reasonable price...
Forum: The Garage 09-19-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By Tim McKittrick
It sounds like you may still have a pilot passage...

It sounds like you may still have a pilot passage clog. When you had the carb apart were you able to confirm flow through the pilot passage? I like to test flow when blowing out the passages with an...
Forum: Alaska 09-15-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,137
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I rode the old nail up to the same spot today-...

I rode the old nail up to the same spot today- was nice weather for it, and a fun ride!


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t153/amazingmrfixit/P1030152_zps9d825551.jpg...
Forum: Alaska 09-15-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I've signed up for Carlile Package Express- they...

I've signed up for Carlile Package Express- they will freight stuff north for really reasonable rates. Has worked well for me so far.

Info:
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I had a very similar problem on an older BMW...

I had a very similar problem on an older BMW airhead and I chased vents and such for a long time before I discovered it was a poor flowing fuel filter. If you have an aftermarket inline filter,...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-13-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,487
Posted By Tim McKittrick
Rats- It turns out I tossed Dad's moldy old...

Rats- It turns out I tossed Dad's moldy old Belstaff, or so it would appear- it's nowhere to be found. I do still have the pants and the waxing kit.

I recently bought a 1972 Yamaha RT2 and I...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-01-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Tim McKittrick
If it flashes on one side and not the other the...

If it flashes on one side and not the other the flasher unit is good- the same current path is used for both sides. I would make sure the current path throughout the left signals is good- a poor...
Forum: Alaska 08-22-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,292
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I saw a black tri-wheeled Goldwing in Wasilla two...

I saw a black tri-wheeled Goldwing in Wasilla two days ago and noted it as the dual outrigger wheel conversion struck me as odd.... But I was busily staring at the wheel arrangement and don't recall...
Forum: The Garage 08-15-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,673
Posted By Tim McKittrick
In my region T1-11 is available both in primed...

In my region T1-11 is available both in primed and raw, and in various widths. The big box stores tend to only carry one variety, usually the sort you don't need.

Your best bet is to go to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,774
Posted By Tim McKittrick
On my old airhead BMW's the shaft effect was...

On my old airhead BMW's the shaft effect was great enough that adding power would raise the rear of the bike and increase cornering clearance. One technique was to add power and rear brake at the...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-13-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 979
Posted By Tim McKittrick
I have had a similar issue with a few machines of...

I have had a similar issue with a few machines of similar vintage- particularly if they have been sitting for some time. In my cases, the issue was the ignition advance mechanism being sticky and...
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