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Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2010, 11:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
So I left the motor on the bench and resolved to...

So I left the motor on the bench and resolved to get back to it at the weekend.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg240/thistle1972/CL17503-10-10009.jpg

On to the forks that I picked up in...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 725
Posted By thistle77
Nice collection of bikes there mate. Nice pics -...

Nice collection of bikes there mate. Nice pics - keep 'em coming.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2010, 09:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
I know, I know... it's been forever since I last...

I know, I know... it's been forever since I last made a post on the progress of the CL. If my work would allow me to stay at home for longer than two bloody weeks at a time I'd have a lot more to...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-24-2010, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,281
Posted By thistle77
bmwhacker is correct. This would appear to be a...

bmwhacker is correct. This would appear to be a pretty clean example of a 1970 model CB175. This bike is way nicer than the one I picked up (a '73 model) - keep checking the forums to confirm what...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,862
Posted By thistle77
Hippies don't have this kind of taste. Me likey...

Hippies don't have this kind of taste. Me likey this room the best....

Very nice mate - my 'man cave' has oil on the floor...
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Forum: Old's Cool 10-14-2009, 08:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Well after a long hiatus racing the GSXR all...

Well after a long hiatus racing the GSXR all summer with the good folks at USBA its time to get back into the Fall / Winter build of the CL175 Vintage Racer. Where did I leave off? Oh yeah - forks......
Forum: Racing 09-09-2009, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,792
Posted By thistle77
I would endorse it. Pretty good idea. But I...

I would endorse it. Pretty good idea. But I would also echo the sentiments of an earlier post where it seems that Americans are somewhat reluctant to embrace any derivative of sports that are not...
Forum: Racing 03-26-2009, 04:54 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,477
Posted By thistle77
I appreciate your optimism - it's not the first...

I appreciate your optimism - it's not the first time that journos have managed to shape history in sport (or world affairs for that matter).

But, I've said it before on this site, DMG's biggest...
Forum: Racing 03-26-2009, 11:24 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,477
Posted By thistle77
This has got to be one of the best commentary...

This has got to be one of the best commentary ever printed on this whole DMG/AMA fracas. Henny Ray Abrams deserves a Purlitzer for this piece of journalism - finally someone has the balls to call it...
Forum: Racing 02-27-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 899
Views: 47,444
Posted By thistle77
+1 The depth of talent here is the best WSBK has...

+1 The depth of talent here is the best WSBK has seen for a long time - the 1% time differential is pretty amazing for the 1st race of the season. I see all the ingredients for a really good season.
Forum: Racing 02-05-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1,167
Views: 48,639
Posted By thistle77
True statement. It's gonna be a cluster f**k at...

True statement. It's gonna be a cluster f**k at best.
Forum: Racing 12-23-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 1,167
Views: 48,639
Posted By thistle77
</P> You know.... :wink: this is one of the...

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You know.... :wink: this is one of the most pleasant and congenial Matt Mladin's I've seen for a long time.

Maybe "Mr. Nice Guy" for the sponsors I suppose. Post Race interviews he...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-18-2008, 02:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Ahhhh.... I get your question now (sorry - bit...

Ahhhh.... I get your question now (sorry - bit slow today after another long night in the garage...) :wink:

You're dead on with rounding up the rim to the hub. On the hub to rim relationship,...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-18-2008, 11:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Ernest, If I understand your question...

Ernest,

If I understand your question correctly; the concentricity of the wheel is the relationship of the hub to the rim. It is important to ensure that the wheel is not egg shaped or that the...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Here's an idea - why dont you just part the thing...

Here's an idea - why dont you just part the thing out.... I know a guy that wants the forks..... :lol3
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 04:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Not sure actually. Just one of these tools that...

Not sure actually. Just one of these tools that I have seemed to collect over the years. I think I got it from an electrician I was working with - good for running conduit into electrical panels...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 04:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Run down to your local Harbor Freight shop and...

Run down to your local Harbor Freight shop and they should have a polishing kit consisting of a felt disc and two sets of rouge (red and white). If the parts are pretty dinged up I hand 'sand' them...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 01:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Yeah, the lowers are in good shape and are...

Yeah, the lowers are in good shape and are salvagable. Do you happen to have any contact info for where I can get the uppers?

Thanks in advance,
RC
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2008, 11:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
There has been some progress on the little 175...

There has been some progress on the little 175 this past week, there just does'nt seem much to show for it....

Saturday morning I got round to working on the front wheel. In an effort to reduce...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-05-2008, 11:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
After some degree of satisfaction on Saturdays...

After some degree of satisfaction on Saturdays wheel build I took the rest of the day off. On Sunday night I returned to the garage and ended up staying out there a little to long..... It was one of...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-04-2008, 08:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
And the build continues....

Saturday morning early AM (about 6:30am) I awoke to a blustery fall morning and rain and leaves were swirling in the drive way. It was a good morning to be in the cosy confines of the garage. Some...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-31-2008, 11:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
Rosko, Thanks - these help a lot. I just...

Rosko,

Thanks - these help a lot. I just started posting on the caferacer.net forum and have gained a lot of information from these other sites you listed. I'm planning on racing the "F-175R"...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-30-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
I honestly had intentions of returning the bike...

I honestly had intentions of returning the bike to its former self. In my mind I pictured a nice little scrambler - lots of polished parts and some groovy candy red paint. The more I looked into...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-30-2008, 04:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,419
Posted By thistle77
CL175 into vintage road racer....

I'm posting pics of this build over on the caferacers.net forum as well, but I figured I'll get a double shot of inspiration here. There's nothing like the unrestrained comments of a 100 forum hacks...
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2008, 11:11 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 30,358
Posted By thistle77
oooh I love sportbike touring. In a...

oooh I love sportbike touring. In a sado-masochistic kind of way....

Here's pic # 1 from July 2006 (somewhere in northern AZ)
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg240/thistle1972/177.jpg
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Forum: Old's Cool 10-03-2008, 10:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,729
Posted By thistle77
Simon, Looks like your doing a great job. I...

Simon,

Looks like your doing a great job. I picked up a CL175 (for $30 off Craigslist) and am in the middle of doing a similar project. My bike was in a pretty poor condition when I picked it up...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-01-2008, 09:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,839
Posted By thistle77
1stzephyr - you missed this little gem at Miller

1stzephyr,

Did you get to see this little diamond at the Bonneville GP? This is one of the nicest examples of 160's I've seen yet. Owned by a wonderful gent out of the Lake Tahoe area.
...
Forum: Racing 09-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 28,685
Posted By thistle77
My 2 cents on this.... I'll be the first to...

My 2 cents on this....

I'll be the first to admit that the AMA Superbike series needed a makeover and a few adjustments here and there, but nothing close to the changes that Edmonson was...
Forum: Racing 06-27-2008, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,847
Posted By thistle77
Assen qualifying crash. Spoiler?.....

My brother just called me from Assen. Aparently Hopkins had a major get off this afternoon at the Ramshoek corner and hit the tire wall very hard. The on track TV screens showed Hopper lying very...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2008, 10:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
Jonnyxs, I stand corrected :doh Never was too...

Jonnyxs, I stand corrected :doh Never was too good at math.... That decimal point is pretty important....:D 0.16 cents / mile. All the more reason to get out there.

Thanks again for everyones...
Forum: Racing 05-22-2008, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Posted By thistle77
R2SL rescheduled - returning to Miller

:clap Road Warriors, Track Day fiends and Racers alert. :clap

Found this on Roadracing World website - awesome news. Racing 2 Save Lives has found an open slot at Miller Motorsports Park first...
Forum: Racing 05-21-2008, 01:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,431
Posted By thistle77
I actually got an all inclusive 4 day package...

I actually got an all inclusive 4 day package from my Michelin rep - I'm pretty sure you can buy a paddock pass for $50. Check out the Miller Motorsports Park website.
Forum: Racing 05-21-2008, 09:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,431
Posted By thistle77
WSBK Sunday ticket FS

I've got a pretty strange situation going on. My parents are flying back to Scotland on Monday and have arranged a family get together on Sunday - this means I'll only be at Miller for Thursday,...
Forum: Racing 05-16-2008, 08:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,247
Posted By thistle77
So sad.

This is so sad and a great loss. When I lived in the UK, I'll never forget seeing Robert racing the JPS Nortons back in the early 90's. His passing makes these memories so much more special. It...
Forum: Ride reports 04-22-2008, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,369
Posted By thistle77
Do you think there may be a little inspiration...

Do you think there may be a little inspiration here? Great ride report BTW. Thanks for sharing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/bagpuss_cat/france%202008%20-%20war%20graves/P4190152.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 04-22-2008, 07:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
A few statistics...

For the financially inclined... here are a couple of statistics for the trip (these costs do not reflect trip preparation - tires / oil / etc...)

Day 1 Mileage: 479 miles
Day 2 Mileage: 442...
Forum: Ride reports 04-22-2008, 07:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
Desert Solitaire final installment (Day 3)

Today was going to be a short one. I estimated approx 380 miles until I would reach home. Most of that mileage would be on I-15.

I decided I would stop at McDonalds in Price and grap a breakfast...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2008, 09:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
On my way to Blanding I decided that I would stop...

On my way to Blanding I decided that I would stop for a late lunch / supper. It had been a while since I had eaten and pizza sounded good. I rolled into Blanding 'Your Base Camp to Adventure' and...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2008, 08:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
I rejoined Hwy 95 and then decided I'd take a...

I rejoined Hwy 95 and then decided I'd take a quick look around Natural Bridges National Monument. Why not. This is a short little loop just off 95, it even gets its own highway number: Hwy 275.
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Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,493
Posted By thistle77
Desert Solitaire continued (day 2)

The ferry left for Halls Crossing at exactly 1pm. Right on time. My short sail across Lake Powell was shared with a Kane County school bus and two other cages.


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