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Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,599
Posted By coppertop
thread resurrection time!

Yes, it can take me a long time to sort things out.

The root cause of this trouble was at least one crappy connection between the stator and the wiring harness that I missed on the previous...
Forum: Airheads 02-24-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By coppertop
Removing/installing the brass bushing?

It is almost embarrasing how long I've put up with this damn leak. In fact, I have probably changed the O-rings 5 or 6 times over the course of 3 years. Last year I spotted a leak from seal around...
Forum: Airheads 02-23-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By coppertop
'82 R100 rear drum brake problem

Anyone else have trouble with the final drive lube sneaking past the O-ring seal on the brake actuation cam shaft? That freaking gear oil tends to make the rear brake completely ineffective...

It...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,106
Posted By coppertop
Reversed.

I had dropped off my bike at a shop for some work and was walking back to post, carrying my helmet. Guy sees me, stops, and asks where I'm headed and if need a lift. Also says the only reason he...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,147
Posted By coppertop
A little windy, but...

I rode to work today. 41 degrees on the way in, 50 something on the way home. Nice to be able to ride the bike in the middle of January.
Forum: The Garage 12-07-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,817
Posted By coppertop
I've read accounts...

of folks freeing up the apex seals in rotary engines by soaking them in ATF. (dump a bunch (cup?) of ATF into the spark plug hole, let sit a few days, gently bump the rotor to the next lobe and...
Forum: Thumpers 12-03-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,599
Posted By coppertop
I hope so, too

I have added a digital multimeter to my tool collection, and will check the wiring harness, grounds, etc. as soon as I can, which may be measured in weeks. Fortunately, if the weather turns warm in...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2013, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,599
Posted By coppertop
You may be on to something there...

When I cut the stock fuse holder out of the wiring harness and spliced the new one in, I had to cut one wire back over 3 inches to get to copper that wasn't corroded so badly I couldn't get it to...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,599
Posted By coppertop
so, how hot do these regulator/rectifiers get, normally?

Still chasing electrical gremlins in my '86 XL600R. I've redone the connections between the Ricky's hot-shot stator, the Electrosport regulator-rectifier and the wiring harness. I replaced the...
Forum: The Garage 11-20-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,004
Posted By coppertop
Another source

http://cycleterminal.com/index.html

I bought a small pile of male and female 3.5 and 4.0 mm bullet connectors from here and was very satisfied. I don't have a ratcheting crimping tool, but I...
Forum: The Garage 08-25-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By coppertop
To clarify: the plug from the stator to the...

To clarify: the plug from the stator to the wiring harness was correct in terms of location of conductors, and the plug did match the mating connector of the stock wiring harness; it just had very...
Forum: The Garage 08-24-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By coppertop
I have not called electrosport yet. The...

I have not called electrosport yet. The connector between the stock wiring harness and the regulator/rectifier was a good fit, though I did have to switch a few pins around in the plug so that they...
Forum: The Garage 08-24-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By coppertop
Some basic electrical troubleshooting help, please?

Here is the situation: 1986 Honda XL600R with the following changes to the electrical system: Removed battery and replaced with battery eliminator, removed stock turn signals and replaced with lower...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-23-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,357
Posted By coppertop
At 15, I bought a well-used 1971 yamaha 125...

At 15, I bought a well-used 1971 yamaha 125 enduro in November, in Iowa. I spent many hours over that winter sitting on the bike in the basement, drilling it into my head: clutch, front brake, rear...
Forum: Racing 08-09-2013, 09:12 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,074
Posted By coppertop
Did I miss something?

I recieved the DVD and information packet, but I haven't yet seen anything on what corner I am assigned?

I was at 13b last year...
Forum: Racing 08-09-2013, 05:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,888
Posted By coppertop
Extra points for you if you leave on your license...

Extra points for you if you leave on your license plate and use your turn signals during the event!
Forum: Racing 08-09-2013, 05:31 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,381
Posted By coppertop
I'll be there, cornerworking

Not sure which corner yet.
Forum: Airheads 04-12-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,677
Posted By coppertop
Hmmm.

1982 R100S, owned since new: I replaced the pushrod seals for the second time in 2007, had a leak at the engine rear main seal in 89, replaced the neutral switch in 2006, and the final drive seal in...
Forum: Airheads 02-12-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,919
Posted By coppertop
And here I thought it was just me...

'82 R100S. Always been a bit of a bastard to get onto the centerstand. It has the stamped steel deployment tang, and the textured, sort-of-square, steel foot placement pad. The stock sidestand...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,139
Posted By coppertop
A key to a master padlock, dead center in the...

A key to a master padlock, dead center in the tread of the rear tire, buried all the way up to the keyring hole. If it had been a nail, I'd have patched the tube and moved on, but this left a cut...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2012, 05:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,350
Posted By coppertop
Just my opiniorn: The one that is trying to...

Just my opiniorn: The one that is trying to maintain a classical appearance and still be modern looks like a plow ought to be an available accessory. I'd like to see the "classic, but unwieldy" done...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-26-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,350
Posted By coppertop
it is a fuzzy, fuzzy line...

Just throwing out a few generalizations: Radial tires=modern. Spoke wheels (and tube-type tires)=not modern. Liquid-cooled=modern. Air cooled=not modern, but Nikasil plated bores=modern (!?). ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-26-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,350
Posted By coppertop
What is classic? What is modern?

Right now, newest street bike in my garage is an '86 XL600R. Every once in a while, I hear I should get a "modern" bike. So just what is modern, anyway? I can think of several ways to draw the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,770
Posted By coppertop
Bmw r100s

Bought it new in 1982. A couple of other bikes have come and gone since, but this one is THE one. It's kind of funny how the perceptions of others have changed over the years. Was it referred to...
Forum: The Garage 11-14-2012, 05:42 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 15,994
Posted By coppertop
fair warnings...

The senior design project (mechanical engineering) I worked on involved a lot of hand lay-up fiberglassing. We used epoxy resin at one stage as we were building a plug on shaped polystyrene foam...
Forum: The Garage 11-13-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,775
Posted By coppertop
Does it sweat?

I bought a set of snap-on screwdrivers back in the 80's. Black plastic handles. One of the set (of six or seven) started sweating an acrid fluid from the handle a few years ago. Funny that none of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-19-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,156
Posted By coppertop
here's mine:

Out on a Saturday afternoon doing a shake-down cruise after a protracted bit of repair and customizing, I decide it is time to head back to the house and hop on the freeway to speed the process. As...
Forum: Racing 08-21-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,707
Posted By coppertop
13b reporting...

Informally known as "highside central" on Saturday. I had a good time. My only regret is not having time to hit vendor alley or scope out the paddock.
Forum: Thumpers 07-14-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By coppertop
electrical help; stator, regulator. rectifier

The stator went bad on my '86 XL600R, and I replaced it with a Rick's Motorsports Electrics high-output unit. The bike starts fine, and the headlight works (runs from the AC regulator, i gather from...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 282
Posted By coppertop
electrical troubleshooting help?

An '86 XL600R. Stock stator bit the dust, replaced with a Rick's Electrics high output stator. Prior to the original stator dying, the following modifications to the stock setup were in place and...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-23-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 13,086
Posted By coppertop
about those brakes...

For a '79 Daytona Special, it was pretty easy to fab a mount and put a caliper from an R6 on the front. Of course, you'll also want a braided stainless steel brake line and probably will want to...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By coppertop
Sure, why not?

You won't have an absolutely huge selection to choose from, but there are good, sticky street tires in both 21 and 18 inch sizes.
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2012, 05:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,069
Posted By coppertop
Sym Wolf 150

There was an advert for the Sym Wolf 150 on the back of a recent Motorcycle Classics magazine. Comparing numbers, it was close to a Honda CRF 150F. It has retro (like 1960's) motorcycle styling,...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-07-2012, 05:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,265
Posted By coppertop
Anybody messed with the epoxy resin?

It is more costly, but might be the way to go if you are making your own tank. I don't know off the top of my head how resistant it is to fuels or alcohols after it is cured, though. That info...
Forum: The Garage 03-04-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By coppertop
Follow up

Yeah, it takes me awhile to get things done. The new stator arrived, I took the things apart to remove the faulty one and realized I would need a new alternator cover gasket. Dang it, I should have...
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By coppertop
A quick web search tells me a Rick's Motorsport...

A quick web search tells me a Rick's Motorsport Electrics stator at Dennis Kirk is about $145. The genuine Honda stator is about $265 at Service Honda.

I'll be going the Ricky stator route...
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By coppertop
Well, this is interesting...

I figured I would start with the easy stuff, so I consulted the shop manual, pulled the seat and tank, checked the spark plug gap (ok at .032 inches), then unplugged the 2 pin and 4 pin connectors...
Forum: The Garage 01-30-2012, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By coppertop
Thanks for the advice!

I'll check the valves and exciter coil and see what I find.
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By coppertop
Warm start problems

Hey there, folks.
The bike in question is a 1986 Honda XL600R. Engine is stock, jetted for a Supertrapp pipe, and did not have this problem before I did a top-end job on it at about 20,000 miles. ...
Forum: Racing 01-09-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 27,438
Posted By coppertop
The contact info on the first page is still good.

I called and spoke with Sandy today, and filled out the application mere moments ago. Fingers crossed!
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