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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2013, 09:25 PM
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Posted By Berck
In Clarksville, TN

I was on my way from Colorado Springs to East TN on my CB350. In full gear, in May. I'd just been through a particularly unpleasant stretch of something resembling a highway, which I was trying...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-28-2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Thanks for posting! I think my performance...

Thanks for posting!

I think my performance issues were mostly with pretty extreme conditions. 20-30mph headwind is pretty insane, and you don't really get that out east, whereas that's a normal...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-04-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Nice work. Makes me feel a bit like I didn't...

Nice work. Makes me feel a bit like I didn't earn it since I didn't actually have to do anything to mine, it's mostly original and was in great shape when I bought it. I'm guessing it's spent most...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-03-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Excellent, post pictures! I imagine that...

Excellent, post pictures!

I imagine that flying a DC-9 takes some actual skills. I was on the CRJ for a couple of years, but then I spent awhile flying a Dash-8. I discovered that having no...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-03-2011, 11:35 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I should report that I made it back safely a few...

I should report that I made it back safely a few weeks ago. I've been swamped with school work, so I haven't had time for a write-up, but I'll do the best I can now.

Overall, no significant...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I can't find any! Everything I can find is a...

I can't find any! Everything I can find is a "lead-free lead substitute".... Maybe the feds finally scared everyone away from selling the stuff, even for "off-road" use only?



Hi! I'm pretty...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 05:07 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Yeah, I mean, if it got uncontrollable, that was...

Yeah, I mean, if it got uncontrollable, that was my next plan. But the octane boost, going easy on the throttle up hills and/or 93 octane were keeping it under control until the very end when it was...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Ah hah! We have a winner. I *have* been using...

Ah hah! We have a winner. I *have* been using octane booster to try to get the detonation under control. The stuff sold at gas stations is just alcohol and doesn't seem to work at all. But I...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Update

Well, I went for a post-carb-cleaning-and-jetting ride today. Right off the bat, it hesitated like it has before, but didn't do it again. This was on the old spark plugs, and I rode to the auto...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Whoops, my facts were slightly wrong. The Energy...

Whoops, my facts were slightly wrong. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that 6.1 billion gallons of biofuel be blended into gasoline by 2009, and 7.5 billion by 2012. The maximum amount of...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
All U.S. gasoline is now federally mandated to...

All U.S. gasoline is now federally mandated to have 6.9% ethanol...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-24-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Stock airbox, stock filters. A little dirty on...

Stock airbox, stock filters. A little dirty on the filters, but at $80/each, I'm not replacing them until they're really dirty:)

I don't want to run 87 because it'll be pinging up every hill if I...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Yeah, other than the intermittent hesitation at...

Yeah, other than the intermittent hesitation at 5,000rpm, as well as the pinging when it gets really hot, it runs great.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2011, 09:24 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Oh, the bright shiny spots on the ring are...

Oh, the bright shiny spots on the ring are probably anti-seize compound. Compare to the bit you can see on the threads past where the brown stuff stops. But there are block spots on the insulator...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Me neither. The ones that were in there for...

Me neither. The ones that were in there for 3,000 miles of commuting over the last year before I left looked a lot better. Think maybe it's because they were sitting for a couple days before I...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Here's the plugs: ...

Here's the plugs:

http://nachzen.net/files/plugs.jpg

Well, it's not running rich, that's for sure.

Those were brand new when I left 1,500 miles ago. I'm not sure about all the brown. These...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I'm getting 50-55mpg. Maybe an indication I'm...

I'm getting 50-55mpg. Maybe an indication I'm running a bit lean? The electrical system is fine, as far as I can tell. Timing is right on, and the advance activates at the right RPM and the right...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-22-2011, 11:54 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Maybe running at 65mph for 60 miles at a time in...

Maybe running at 65mph for 60 miles at a time in 75 degree weather is just too much for it to handle? I mean, it's an air-cooled engine... I haven't done anything to keep it from getting air, ergo...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-22-2011, 09:31 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
It was indeed jetted for Colorado, but I went...

It was indeed jetted for Colorado, but I went back to stock jets before I left. The pilot jet and slow jet were stock sized, so I left them alone. When I got the bike it had #100 main jets, but I...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-22-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
As I rode through the farmland approaching the...

As I rode through the farmland approaching the Mississippi, I could tell that much of it had flooded recently, and there was still a lot of water in some of the low places. The very small country...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-20-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Hrm? I'm guessing not, since I don't know what...

Hrm? I'm guessing not, since I don't know what you mean?
Forum: Old's Cool 05-20-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Well, I pulled the caps and the diaphragms look...

Well, I pulled the caps and the diaphragms look just fine. I couldn't see any problem. If it were leaking somewhere, I assume I'd be able to see it?

This problem didn't exist on my 10 mile for...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-20-2011, 08:23 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I made it! Thanks for the kind words. I'll...

I made it!

Thanks for the kind words. I'll post the rest of the story soon, but first a plea for some mechanical advice...

I'm going to be here, out in the middle of nowhere, East Tennessee...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-18-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
On the road!

So, it's been a good trip so far.

I was pretty nervous starting out. It doesn't help that heading east from Colorado Springs seems the wrong way. Everyone knows what Kansas is like, what not...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-14-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I torqued it pretty snugly, and it didn't appear...

I torqued it pretty snugly, and it didn't appear to have moved, but it's possible. It would explain how quickly that happened. I'll check it again before I leave.



The saddlebags sit on top...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-13-2011, 11:42 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Good point about the weight. I bought a very...

Good point about the weight. I bought a very small tank bag, but it won't hold anything heavy. I wired a cigarette lighter socket with some alligator clips to the battery so I can charge my phone...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-13-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4,702
Views: 731,161
Posted By Berck
I have a hard enough time with 2 carburetors and...

I have a hard enough time with 2 carburetors and 4 valves, much less 6 and 24.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-13-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Almost ready!

I spent the last couple of days wrenching and learning. Yoshiko now has new tires, a new chain, new spark plugs. Her timing, points, cam chain, valve tappets and brakes are freshly adjusted. She's...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-11-2011, 08:18 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Wrenching starts tomorrow...

http://nachzen.net/files/motorcycle_trip-small.jpg

I'm digging in tomorrow morning. Hopefully the rain/snow/sleet/hail will have slowed down a bit, and the apartment parking lot won't be too...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-06-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,733
Posted By Berck
I'd vote for the sailing. If you haven't...

I'd vote for the sailing.

If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend:

http://vimeo.com/15351476

If you'd rather watch it high quality, you can download the 1.4GB version here:...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-05-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,733
Posted By Berck
Except that his bike is a 4-stroke with a wasted...

Except that his bike is a 4-stroke with a wasted spark system, which is common with 360 timing, which means that each cylinder is going to fire once per revolution--same as a two-stroke. Which...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-05-2011, 09:09 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
The sprockets look good to me. I don't think the...

The sprockets look good to me. I don't think the old chain is excessively worn, it's just old, so I'm being preventative. It's an OEM chain, so for all I know it's the one that came on the bike in...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Sweet. That project is for next week, after...

Sweet. That project is for next week, after finals. In the meantime, the new tires and tubes sit in the corner of my living room and tempt me.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2011, 06:44 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Just wait until I try to change a tire:)

Just wait until I try to change a tire:)
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2011, 06:00 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Okay, I'll leave it, since that's simpler and try...

Okay, I'll leave it, since that's simpler and try to wipe down the outside so it doesn't collect so much dirt.

The reason I figure it's old is because the packaging is ancient. Not what modern...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
On second thought, they did a really good job...

On second thought, they did a really good job packing that grease in there on assembly, so maybe I should leave well enough alone? It's not dried solid or anything, but I suspect it is congealed a...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
So, the NOS Honda Chain came today. Of course,...

So, the NOS Honda Chain came today. Of course, it came with a clip-type master link so I needn't have fussed about that....

But, new question. The chain is covered in some very thick grease. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-03-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Seems like things might behave differently when...

Seems like things might behave differently when spinning around at 1,200rpm than when sitting still? I've always thought that dynamic timing was more accurate... But, what do I know? The Honda...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-03-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
Cute, but having an AM radio is the problem. I...

Cute, but having an AM radio is the problem. I can get better weather on my Droid than an AM radio, so I won't be carrying one. I'm planning on soldering some short leads to a small light bulb with...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-03-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 29,243
Posted By Berck
I'm reminded of the parable of the beer can shim...

I'm reminded of the parable of the beer can shim on the BMW. I haven't read the other two books, but I'll pick them up.

It's funny, I've been wrenching on my own cars for over a decade and...
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