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Forum: Hacks 06-21-2014, 05:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,144
Posted By iantochips
Any chance of a pic of that interesting looking...

Any chance of a pic of that interesting looking suspension? Bell cranks????
Forum: Hacks 06-04-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,570
Posted By iantochips
Now I've gotta fit an SU to the VL, does it ever...

Now I've gotta fit an SU to the VL, does it ever stop....?!
Forum: Hacks 06-04-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,793
Posted By iantochips
It might conversely give the tranny an easier...

It might conversely give the tranny an easier time.

VW1200- 40hp maybe? And the torque pulses on a 4 cylinder will be less destructive than a twin.
Forum: Hacks 06-01-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,570
Posted By iantochips
Right. Beginning to get real echoes of that...

Right. Beginning to get real echoes of that Brooklands in the late 20s look. Absolutely love it.

Gonna go with a pudding basin helmet?

I'm dicking around with an old VL1500 and soon to be...
Forum: Hacks 05-01-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By iantochips
Question Anyone got a tape measure, a Dnepr & 5 mins...?

I'm wanting to lower my Dnepr chair for fitting to my VL1500- for lower CoG and the style to match the bike.

The ground clearance on the bike's lower frame rails is around 120mm with me on board...
Forum: Hacks 04-28-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By iantochips
I'll try and post pics as I go. Looking at...

I'll try and post pics as I go.

Looking at the bike and some similar hacked customs there's lots of heavy frame etc. to use for mounting, and for example just the footboard mount itself is massive...
Forum: Hacks 04-28-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By iantochips
If those numbers are a good start for a pro like...

If those numbers are a good start for a pro like Claude I'll go with them!

I'm contemplating exactly how to lower the rig as well, getting the CoG down can never be a bad thing I'd imagine? We...
Forum: Hacks 04-27-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By iantochips
Question Track width/wheel lead..

Claude says ' track width relates to wheel lead. Wheel lead is rarely discussed in relation to the wheel base of he bike.'

This is interesting to me- I'm hacking a VL1500, very long wheelbase (&...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By iantochips
Well, finally got all the bits to my house (after...

Well, finally got all the bits to my house (after various traumas) and well on the way to finally registering the bike here in Portugal.

Starting the project today!

Any ideas gratefully...
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
No no! Join me on my lawn, just don't sit on the...

No no! Join me on my lawn, just don't sit on the oily patches....mind that pile of clutch plates....

I've seen a lot of people put off a bike they'd love just 'cos the dealer is too far away....
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Guzzis always handled- in the 70s I had a T3 back...

Guzzis always handled- in the 70s I had a T3 back to back with a CB750.

The Guzzi could run rings round it in the twisties, and then it could stop with its state of the art (then) Brembos. The...
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Glad to see someone chime in with a boost for the...

Glad to see someone chime in with a boost for the Griso.

Why is it so many people just don't get Guzzis? I've had 4, all stone reliable, over the years. All I hear is bleating about the small...
Forum: Road warriors 06-30-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Had a Bandit a few years back, upside down GSXR...

Had a Bandit a few years back, upside down GSXR forks, decent shock and longer dog bones to quicken the steering. Great bike- but I've had one! Tremendous bang for your buck, but I need the buzz of...
Forum: Road warriors 06-30-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Oh- my list gets longer again, that is surely the...

Oh- my list gets longer again, that is surely the poster boy for hooliganism.......

Ps: any takers for a K1200R? Big hp, shaft drive, naked, what's, as they say, not to like? Anyone got/ridden one?
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2013, 02:18 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Hi! The HP2? I've only ever seen one but the seat...

Hi! The HP2? I've only ever seen one but the seat height looks like I'd need some serious platform boots.

I'm in the Alentejo near Mertola at the South end of this lovely country. Officially...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Quick, light(ish) & flickable will do me fine....

Quick, light(ish) & flickable will do me fine. The XT will handle the gravel- when I put a new 5th gear in this winter! The mile or so approach to my house though is fine dust rather than gravel, and...
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Hm. Maybe got to rethink my chain phobia? ...

Hm. Maybe got to rethink my chain phobia?

Best two cheap bikes I've thrown a leg over recently have to be a 1050 Speed Triple and a Cagiva Raptor, the latter a really characterful ride and quite...
Forum: Road warriors 06-26-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Should have been clearer- we have great roads...

Should have been clearer- we have great roads here in my quiet corner of Portugal and almost no traffic. Mostly local 150 mile days so not too concerned with range or seat comfort.

Rarely with a...
Forum: Road warriors 06-26-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,539
Posted By iantochips
Question Us ageing hooligans, what bike?

Ok, I'm almost 60, bit of arthritis in the wrists, short at 5'8", and 11 stone soaking wet. Still ride like I took my brain out before leaving home.

Can't help it. I've ridden like this for 45...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 15,316
Posted By iantochips
The Bonneville looks great, but is horribly...

The Bonneville looks great, but is horribly bland, like a pumped up Superdream, absurdly heavy for an aircooled twin. I know, I bought one.

Then sold it.
Forum: Hacks 01-13-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,261
Posted By iantochips
Yes, thanks, a moving story. It made me think of...

Yes, thanks, a moving story. It made me think of my uncle, a ship's engineer torpedoed on the Murmansk convoys. Made me think too of 20 million Russians losing their lives, and the millions more who...
Forum: Hacks 12-31-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By iantochips
I've read it several times....... I...

I've read it several times.......

I understand the compromise in an asymmetrical 3 wheeler much better now! I'm still struggling to finalize some figures which will be hard to change post welding....
Forum: Hacks 12-29-2012, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By iantochips
Thanks Claude, what a fascinating link! I had a...

Thanks Claude, what a fascinating link! I had a GSA1150 as a solo for a couple of years and was amazed by its neutral steering and uncanny stability.

Tony Foale's final comment about variations in...
Forum: Hacks 12-29-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By iantochips
Thanks for the thoughtful and helpful replies. No...

Thanks for the thoughtful and helpful replies. No other sidecar pilots for miles around here so nobody to shoot the breeze with apart from here.

I think I get the geometry of the trail figure...
Forum: Hacks 12-28-2012, 01:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By iantochips
Effect of steering head angle?

I'm in the process of drawing the leading legs conversion for my VL1500/Dnepr sidecar. In deciding on trail reduction I began to wonder about the effect of the 1500's chopperesque steering head...
Forum: Hacks 12-23-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,059
Posted By iantochips
What he says! My Dnepr sidecar arrived last week-...

What he says! My Dnepr sidecar arrived last week- would like to do the same. Got some ideas but if someone's done it already......
Forum: Hacks 12-17-2012, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,253
Posted By iantochips
Thanks Val. It's not a wonder material after all!...

Thanks Val. It's not a wonder material after all!

I based my thinking on seeing quite thin walled titanium shelled blocks on racing yachts handle some astonishing loads (I'm a marine surveyor)....
Forum: Hacks 12-13-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,253
Posted By iantochips
Looking at it again I can see that it's not...

Looking at it again I can see that it's not joined and doesn't need to be.

Steel it is! I guess the best way to connect it to the fork bottom would be to cut up a spare wheel spindle and thread...
Forum: Hacks 12-12-2012, 10:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,503
Posted By iantochips
Go on Claude, spill the beans! In between the...

Go on Claude, spill the beans! In between the bollocks there's been some interesting stuff in this thread.

If only the word patent had never reared its ugly head....
Forum: Hacks 12-12-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,253
Posted By iantochips
Neat and it won't break will it?! Thanks. ...

Neat and it won't break will it?! Thanks.

Can't quite see how it joins to the U-shaped brace but I get the general idea. 3/8 steel is heavy- what about dural or similar? I used to live near a...
Forum: Hacks 12-10-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,253
Posted By iantochips
Leading leg ideas/pix?

Looking to build some leading legs for my soon to be joined up VL1500/Dnepr combo. No replies to my previous VL1500/Dnepr thread so I'm trying to be more specific.

I'm a small fella (not in the...
Forum: Europe 12-06-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,186
Posted By iantochips
Has it got a Certificate of Conformity? If not...

Has it got a Certificate of Conformity? If not any buyer in Portugal at least wouldn't be able to re-register it.

How do I know this? From painful personal experience.....take it back home is my...
Forum: Hacks 11-25-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By iantochips
VL1500 & Dnepr hack

I picked up the VL1500 about a year back on the Europe forum (sorry Toastmuncher...) bechromed and bright yellow. Instantly christened The Tinsel Banana.
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It has no, but no, cornering ability as a...
Forum: Hacks 06-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,278
Posted By iantochips
High quality inverters- Victron and the like ,...

High quality inverters- Victron and the like , will start induction motors needing start current surges provided the continuous draw is within their power rating.
Forum: Hacks 06-01-2012, 02:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,476
Posted By iantochips
Strike a blow against convention, wedge two Ural...

Strike a blow against convention, wedge two Ural engines in the BMW. You may need a spare........:D
Forum: Hacks 06-01-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,476
Posted By iantochips
Thumb No. Do it. Motorcycling has a long and honourable...

No. Do it. Motorcycling has a long and honourable history of specials.
Forum: Europe 05-19-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,627
Posted By iantochips
Hi from the Alentejo!

I've lived here in the Alentejo up a dirt road on the River Guadiana for most of the last 10 years. Love the Portuguese and have some great friends here. Have to say much more simpatico than the...
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,960
Posted By iantochips
It's an Mt16, has an electric start, but only...

It's an Mt16, has an electric start, but only 3500k on the clock. Tyres and condition reflect that as well. Not really run in to the point of discovering any problems. Green with tractor seats....
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2012, 01:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,960
Posted By iantochips
Thanks guys- seems a good price to me. 2450- the...

Thanks guys- seems a good price to me. 2450- the pound's pretty good against the euro at the moment. Have got some pics and it looks like new. I can pick up a Chang (almost new) at the same price...
Forum: Hacks 05-02-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,960
Posted By iantochips
Question Been offered a Dnepr. Should I?

I've been offered a Dnepr outfit here in Portugal apparently registered in 2007 and pretty well immaculate. 3500km.

Confused? Didn't think they were still made in 2007. Is this a good move? I've...
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