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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,570
Posted By vfxdog
Fuel pumps

there's a lot of fear about FI fuel pumps on bikes- truth is, there's usually an equivalent (or even a perfect match) in the car world for a lot less $$$.

You just need to find a decent...
Forum: Australia 05-14-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,258
Posted By vfxdog
Explore-R visor with peak

Just a quick note to mention that Shark have released a retrofit hinge kit that allows you to use the visor with the peak. Obviously had a lot of requests for this.
Superb helmet, BTW.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 05-06-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2,532
Views: 179,636
Posted By vfxdog
SA Test ride

Managed to get a few miles in on Saturday- demo bike was from the Rocket Centre in Blackburn, north of Manchester, UK. Needless to say it poured with rain so not all aspects of the bike could be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,473
Posted By vfxdog
Is the thread about most impressive engines of...

Is the thread about most impressive engines of OUR time, or of ALL time? And are we including all engines, or just motorcycle powerplants?

Of all time, the Napier Sabre 3500HP H-24 supercharged...
Forum: The Garage 04-04-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,579
Posted By vfxdog
Use a small cutoff wheel in a Dremel and cut a...

Use a small cutoff wheel in a Dremel and cut a slot across the race (doesn't need to go all the way through). One whack in the slot with a sharp cold chisel should split the race.
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,277
Posted By vfxdog
Make sure your master cylinder piston is...

Make sure your master cylinder piston is returning fully when you release the brake pedal. In fact, make sure that there is clearance between the piston and the actuator in the resting position...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,240
Posted By vfxdog
I just use two regular axle stands with the...

I just use two regular axle stands with the Parnes balancer.
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 34,383
Posted By vfxdog
Did you by any chance have the kickstand down...

Did you by any chance have the kickstand down when you were trying to get the bike onto the lift (it's down in your photo).

That would be a dead cert to throw you off balance when it hits the lift...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,182
Posted By vfxdog
I just had a pair of Ducati fork stanchions...

I just had a pair of Ducati fork stanchions refurbed by a shop (in the UK) that specialises in hydraulic ram repair. The process for dealing with rams is pretty much the same as that required for...
Forum: The Garage 02-06-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 249,417
Posted By vfxdog
Don't want to hijack the thread, but when the...

Don't want to hijack the thread, but when the cleaner is not in use do you drain the solvent into an airtight container, or just leave it in the washer?
I'm thinking of buying a similar unit but am...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 249,417
Posted By vfxdog
Solvent?

What are you using as solvent in the parts washer?
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,328
Posted By vfxdog
The name is an odd one to have on your back...

The name is an odd one to have on your back pocket, but I really like the Diamond Gusset brand.

Their Carpenter jean has a handy set of extra pockets on the right thigh, and in terms of comfort...
Forum: The Garage 12-12-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,368
Posted By vfxdog
I would have thought that instead of galvanic...

I would have thought that instead of galvanic corrosion, relative lack of strength and thread galling would be more of an issue with the OP's proposed use. Interesting table though - it would be good...
Forum: The Garage 11-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,617
Posted By vfxdog
It's not unusual in classic road racing to see...

It's not unusual in classic road racing to see r/h shift conversions. Usually fairly straightforward; often done running a shaft through the swingarm pivot which on many bikes is hollow.
There's...
Forum: The Garage 11-26-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,798
Posted By vfxdog
You can order the Carbtune on line direct from...

You can order the Carbtune on line direct from the manufacturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mine arrived in California within 5 days. It's very light so air postage isn't much.

The Twinmax is a...
Forum: The Garage 11-13-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,798
Posted By vfxdog
It should work. You may get some slight...

It should work. You may get some slight differences in readings given an equal vacuum to all four, but that's easy enough to compensate or adjust for. The other thing you will need with most of the...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 744
Posted By vfxdog
I've never tried the penny technique with that...

I've never tried the penny technique with that kind of spring.
However, another trick I've used a few times is to attach the spring both ends before putting the pivot bolt/s in. The stand itself...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 744
Posted By vfxdog
Stick one end in a vice, bend the spring as much...

Stick one end in a vice, bend the spring as much as you can, and push pennies into the gaps until the whole spring is spaced out enough to fit over its retaining hooks/pins.
Forum: Americas 09-30-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By vfxdog
Just wanted to add a thumbs up for Pack All. The...

Just wanted to add a thumbs up for Pack All. The best crating outfit I have ever used, with extremely reasonable prices. Shame they don't have branches all round the world.
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,230
Posted By vfxdog
Yes, seen it done several times. Google Africa...

Yes, seen it done several times. Google Africa Twin sprocket weld for some examples. The Africa Twin arrangement does not have a nut holding the sprocket on in the conventional way but is the same as...
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,230
Posted By vfxdog
Pretty common practice on Africa Twins. If you...

Pretty common practice on Africa Twins. If you have no spline left on the CS the weld is going to have to work mighty hard, but if there's some left it's a seemingly barbaric but effective repair....
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By vfxdog
Have you checked your sprockets, specifically the...

Have you checked your sprockets, specifically the front one?
Forum: The Garage 09-08-2014, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By vfxdog
Is the lever/piston returning completely? If it...

Is the lever/piston returning completely? If it isn't, you won't recharge the cylinder with fresh fluid and it will then have nothing to pump.

I've encountered this with things like bad lever...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-01-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,207
Posted By vfxdog
If you're going to go tubeless, check that your...

If you're going to go tubeless, check that your rims have raised lips adjacent to the wheel well just inside where the tire bead would sit. Idea is that if you get a flat, this keeps the tire more or...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,713
Posted By vfxdog
Toured France on an '85 V-Max 28 years ago (about...

Toured France on an '85 V-Max 28 years ago (about a 1500 mile trip). Fuel range was a problem but we planned refuelling stops carefully (95 miles on a tank).
Had a backpack, a small tank bag and a...
Forum: The Garage 06-11-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,477
Posted By vfxdog
Love my W&B. So do a lot of NASCAR engine...

Love my W&B.

So do a lot of NASCAR engine builders, apparently.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,560
Posted By vfxdog
As pointed out above, anodising is principally a...

As pointed out above, anodising is principally a treatment for aluminum, but it can be applied to steel. However wear resistance is poor.

Hard chroming is definitely the way to go. I recently had...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-19-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 203,314
Posted By vfxdog
There was a New Zealand-assembled version of...

There was a New Zealand-assembled version of these called an N-Zeta- no doubt the outcome of some strange exchange deal involving shipping lamb to the Czechs. We got their Bata shoes, too.

Had the...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,141
Posted By vfxdog
This.

This.
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,834
Posted By vfxdog
I'm using an 8 Gal 5.5Hp gas compressor rated at...

I'm using an 8 Gal 5.5Hp gas compressor rated at 11.8 CFM@90psi, and it only just keeps up with demand from the HF unit.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-10-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,131
Posted By vfxdog
Have you tried running the engine with your float...

Have you tried running the engine with your float height check tubing in place to make sure you're not getting a fuel flow problem (blocked tank breather, that kind of thing)?
Forum: Old's Cool 04-05-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,477
Posted By vfxdog
I'd describe that bike as a rebuild rather than a...

I'd describe that bike as a rebuild rather than a restoration. There are several visible issues, so I would be wondering what's up with the bits we can't see.

Why it's white I can't imagine- the...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-18-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,595
Posted By vfxdog
I was recently given a couple of dismantled 305...

I was recently given a couple of dismantled 305 Supersports. I haven't yet figured out what is there and what isn't, but one question I do have is- what model year or market of the 305 Supersports...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,804
Posted By vfxdog
Aluminum wrenches will not be capable of dealing...

Aluminum wrenches will not be capable of dealing with normal steel fasteners, but if you hunt around you will find suppliers of titanium wrenches that will do the job perfectly; tire levers too.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-05-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By vfxdog
Looks like a James ML- Military Lightweight....

Looks like a James ML- Military Lightweight. Designed for use by British paratroopers and manufactured until around 1946. Engine is a Villiers 9D.

I have one, still in olive drab matte finish and...
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 1,844
Views: 391,196
Posted By vfxdog
Not sure Cyclegear are still offering that...

Not sure Cyclegear are still offering that warranty. Used to be lifetime on the Megaboost range, but now it's 1 year.
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,097
Posted By vfxdog
A friend has a barn full of bikes, and he's run...

A friend has a barn full of bikes, and he's run parallel bare cable pairs at about 8 feet height above each row of bikes. He runs a drop down to each bike which connects to pigtails; the overhead...
Forum: The Garage 01-21-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,726
Posted By vfxdog
I note the lower-capacity Xantrex is rated at...

I note the lower-capacity Xantrex is rated at 10A- does the unit regulate current down if charging a smaller battery for which 10A might be a bit on the high side?

Appreciate your posts and the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 14,636
Posted By vfxdog
You should be able to get new diaphragms from NRP...

You should be able to get new diaphragms from NRP in the UK- they're making them for a huge range of bikes and will manufacture to order if you want a non-stock item. For EFI on your Hawk look at...
Forum: The Garage 12-05-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,805
Posted By vfxdog
Good idea, but might it not be better to stay...

Good idea, but might it not be better to stay with the coarse thread and go 14 X 1.5?
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