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Forum: Road warriors Today, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2,597
Views: 687,345
Posted By noman
a beaut!

i still miss my 749. the torque, the brakes, the handling, oye! if i had a 20 year-old back, i'd still have it.
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
she's a looker

wow, very nice bike! i too run mine with no chainguard or sprocket cover (and no clutch cover) to show off the "mechanicalness" of these bikes. it's sort of a sideways homage to indian larry, who...
Forum: Road warriors 04-22-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-22-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4,425
Views: 303,000
Posted By noman
rain! grrrrr

just did a full refurb on my vf and she's running great! registered, inspected and ready to go but crappy weather until next tuesday. i really wanna get out there. hoping for a great summer of...
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
98 2v

with reg oil/filter changes and screen checks, the 2v engines and trans are pretty bullet-proof.

if ridden on salted roads, i'd pull apart every elec connection for cleaning then apply dielectric...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
a bit more progress, then shakedown run

the exhaust cans are unscratched and undented, but the paint was a little faded after 30 years, so i sanded and painted the cans. the right can was missing the exhaust gasket (a 1 1/2 inch wide...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-07-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 132,706
Posted By noman
85 vf500f cam

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/shoeman1952/vf500fcam_zpsd721afe9.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-07-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 132,706
Posted By noman
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/shoeman1...

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/shoeman1952/bikes/900ssengine_zps76dd574f.jpg
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,067
Posted By noman
pssst, don't forget about bud provin (a member...

pssst, don't forget about bud provin (a member here) and an excellant wrench! he's not one to self-promote, so:

www.thenickwackettgarage.com
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,458
Posted By noman
soft fork springs

agree 100%.

front end on my 96 900ss/cr was way too undersprung (check racetech's spring calculator and compare stock spring rate vs their recommended rate). i replaced the oem springs with...
Forum: Road warriors 03-17-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,458
Posted By noman
duc cr and ss

if you do start looking, i'd lean toward 97 and later. steering head cracks were common up to 96, and many bikes had the frames replaced under warrantee (no longer honored by ducati). take a...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-14-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,212
Posted By noman
i refresh jap bikes as a winter hobby, so i

wear safety glasses all the time, gloves only when changing oil, always a mask when grinding off paint (probably/possibly lead paint), and earplugs when grinding or wire-brushing anything.
Forum: Airheads 03-08-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,015
Posted By noman
bang, ding, ow

if the PO let the head bearing get that bad, i'd pass on the bike. if he ignored servicing a priority item (failure might cause an accident), i'd assume he didn't check/maintain anything else. i'd...
Forum: Airheads 03-04-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 613
Posted By noman
grease

according to my owners manual, the swingarm bearings on my r75/6 should be checked/adjusted as needed and greased every 10k miles. maybe yours is the same? if that were my bike i'd pull and...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-03-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
Thumb progress pics

phew! got a got done lately, but did take a step backwards too.

ordered a new EK o-ring chain and in their instructions they now officially recommend rivet links for street bikes, with...
Forum: Airheads 02-27-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,205
Posted By noman
Mt, pt, ut

re: testing aluminum for cracking

in my previous life i rec'd level II instruction/cert in magnetic particle testing (MT) and liquid penetrant testing (PT), and level I instruction in ultrasonic...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-21-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,353
Posted By noman
my "f" -- a little off-topic

i'm old, like the old stuff, and prefer to service and repair my old stuff. my duc is pretty new, but that's about as new as i'll get.

anyhow, am just now finishing up a mechanical and cosmetic...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-11-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,726
Posted By noman
re: stuck/dragging brakes

make sure the fluid return hole in the master cylinder is clear. on early cb's and my vf500f the return hole is extremely small, hard to see in the bottom of the m/c, and easily gunked up if the...
Forum: Airheads 02-08-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By noman
cracky

if a moto guzzi, you've likely got a busted spark plug cap. if a bmw twin and your bike simply tipped on it's side while parked thus cracking a previously damaged cover, just seal it and go. as mr...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-04-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pics

here's the second valve cover installed, came out pretty nice i think. all my work is well hidden, front cover behind the rad, rear cover under the tank. hopefully the next owner will be pleased...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-29-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pics

left side caliper braket polished and installed. will polish the right side bracket, clean up both calipers and install. fork seal leak on the right side soaked the pads, so they're history. have...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-27-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pic

on the early honda sohc stuff that i've refreshed before i've found that the oem honda paint is tough as nails, and to easily/quickly remove paint to expose the typical georgous castings it's best to...
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 196
Posted By noman
Free Vortex Sprocket for KTM 50/SX50 - 2000/2005

i ordered a JT front sprocket for my vf500f online, and rec'd a Vortex sprocket for a KTM 50/sx50 instead. :huh

my paypal account was reimbursed and no return of the wrong sprocket is...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-26-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
agreed. tonight i did a disass on the clutch...

agreed.

tonight i did a disass on the clutch slave as a preventative measure and found it already had a new seal and banjo washers, the bore does need a slight buffing. got some superfine...
Forum: Airheads 01-25-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By noman
800 or 1200

following a home tune-up on my r75 a few years ago i developed a minor but annoying rattle on accel only. i had set the timing perfectly at idle (dyna III ignition). i re-checked everything (carb...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-25-2015, 05:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
moving forward

attempted to polish the valve covers the other day but quickly found they were too gooked up, my first block on this project. they're off at the powder-coaters and should be back by tues. in the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
yes, re: racetech.

after reading mcjamies' post i used the spring calculator on racetechs' site and did find the vf500f to be quite undersprung. i can get a pair of correctly rated racetech springs (and cool stickers)...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
a bit more progress

am making good progress when time permits, and thought i' post a few pics. i cleaned up the stem, then packed and installed the bearings (new upper, lower looked new). installed the steering stem,...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
allo Canada!

hi, it is a fun project so far. everything is coming apart easily, or with just a bit of heat. have found loctite or anti-seize here and there, and in the right places too. :D

stripped...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-12-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pic

a bit of progress on the frame and front suspension.

the lower steering stem bearing looked new, so it was cleaned in solvent and stored for a bit. half the balls on the upper were stained (?)...
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
betcha the dudes over on ducati.ms (supersports)...

betcha the dudes over on ducati.ms (supersports) would know.
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
duc suspension

no idea, just familar with the 900 carb'd supersports. come to think of it, iirc i had to respring/set the sag my 2002 750 monster also. i had bcm do that for me, my first duc and wasn't wrenching...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-06-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pics

front is completley stripped and ready for refresh. have been really lucky on this bike, apparently a fussy PO. neversieze found here/there, carbs clean, wiring harness not chopped, and with no...
Forum: Airheads 01-03-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 1,526
Views: 112,048
Posted By noman
wow, very nice. do they make a combo...

wow, very nice. do they make a combo bar-back/riser for these?
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
900ss

the forks do suck on this style 900ss, the cr's are non-adjustable and the both the cr's and sp's are way too soft. however, i re-sprung the forks on my 96 cr, changed the fluid, set the sag, and...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-02-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By noman
progress pics

frame painting is finished, next up is a full disass of the front. check/lube wheel and head bearings, paint the caliper brackets, clean the caliper/pads, disass the forks (needs seals/wipers),...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
sp spec

thx for the kind words, she's a cr w/full sp specs. PO had this CR but crashed so he found an sp donor and robbed all the good stuff. fatty on the rear, aluminum swingarm, fully adjustable forks,...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-30-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,942
Posted By noman
winnie the poop

"You can't just put a halogen lamp in an old reflector and get good results"

i've done just that for decades, on multiple bike brands and eras. since i have no experience with the OP's particular...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-26-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,942
Posted By noman
let there be (some more) light!

mr ricer,
have you considered / tried a H4 100w? a cheap improvement that would only run you $16 and may get you what you need. you'll def be seen during the daytime to prevent left turns in...
Forum: Road warriors 12-23-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 198,656
Posted By noman
good tidings

sorry about your crash, hopefully you'll get another and very glad you're ok.

meanwhile, merry Christmas!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/shoeman1952/xmas4crop_zps9ef67d35.jpg
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