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Old 12-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #13876
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Festive season

And to all DR owners that have ever graced this site with their prose and wisdom, I wish each and everyone of you the same as for Mark. Have a very happy Christmas and a great new year. Maybe you'll find that hidden Dakar team bike somewhere in pristine condition and the owner will pay you to take it away.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:02 AM   #13877
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Hello there, hello Lloyd,
thanks for that amount of kind wishes. Although being a bit early as I think, I also wish the best to you all here and especially for Mark, who got this thing going ...
Concerning this:
'Maybe you'll find that hidden Dakar team bike somewhere in pristine condition and the owner will pay you to take it away.'
I do know somebody (I think, you all know him) who's got at least 3 of them. One of them in pristine, but non-original condition. I dare saying even much better as it's been on the starting-grid for the Dakar. But 20 years later the possibilities during the restoration must be better than even those of Suzuki in their days of preparing for Dakar. The other two are in different restoration-stages ... I bet, he won't part with one of these bikes, even when offered a lot of money.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #13878
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Hi guys, do any of you know where to get a carburator's drain screw?

Despite my suspicion that my fuel pump is not working the way it should be, I finally got my "Scarlet" going using trial and error, turning the Fuel: Air intake mixture and Bump/push starting repeatedly, all the while draining the carb before each bump start. Turns out the bike can't start because it was running way way way way too rich. I got an incredible fuel consumption of 11km per liter for the last 178 km!!!

But along one of my test rides, the drain screw dropped out and petrol was spluttering everywhere while riding. I can't get one here in Singapore. What I have done for now is to get a smaller screw wrap it with aquarium air hose tubing and screw it in.

Drainage hole still drips like no tomorrow, so I got the reminding aquarium air hose to plug up the drainage hole, the tubing also acts as a fuel gauge to check the level of fuel in the carb and drains out any excess fuel if the carb floods. Not bad for some asia engineering huh?

But still I would want to get a proper screw to plug the hole up, because my wife just gave birth to a healthy baby boy and seeing that I will not be riding much in the near future, I have put my bike up for sale, and it would not be fair to short change the new owner.

So any leads to get the screw?
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:55 AM   #13879
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Hey..."Big" Congratulations.

It takes a man to make a man, you know.


The drain screw is really nothing you couldn't make with a grinder or small file. It's just a metric screw (M4....maybe) with a tapered end. Get a screw and file/grind a taper into the last threads and it should work.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #13880
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Thanks Ladder! :)

Thing is I can't find a screw with the right threads! Most are too wide apart.
I found one with the same thread width, but its the wrong size, it's too small and goes through the hole easily without touching the threads.

Probably will need to visit some workshop to ask if they can dismantle some old parts to get one the right size.

Anyway, I went online and found a shop selling it at 4 pounds, but the shipping is 8 pounds!!!

By the way.... Happy Doomsday everyone!
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:57 PM   #13881
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Gidday.

Drain screws are metric fine thread with a tapered end, as Ladder mentioned.
I make these screws with a 6mm hexagon head, so you can easily drain the carbs using a 6mm wrench or (as I do) with a 120mm long Allen screw (Inbus).
I'll see that I upload some pictures this weekend...

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Old 12-22-2012, 02:58 AM   #13882
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After years of reading and not posting on ADVrider i think it`s time to introduce myself :

My name is Leo and i live in the netherlands and the bike below is my 7th BIG since 1997 so i think i have a strange love/hate relation with the drBIG



This time it`s gone be a project bike that has to become a sort of allroad/mx/sm bike all in one. The future will tell if we succeed and if not we had a lot of fun building it.

I`ll keep you all informed with the progress made by posting pictures now and then.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:10 AM   #13883
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Hi Leo,

welcome here :)


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Old 12-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #13884
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Yes Leo we all love pictures, keep posting mate.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:06 PM   #13885
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Hi Leo,
welcome to the herd!
Colour of frame and swinging-arm are already correct to build a Marlboro-replica ...
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #13886
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Merry Cristmas everyone , ride safe, and looking forward to another year of the BIGS.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:31 PM   #13887
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Merry Christmas

From us in NZ
http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...post1130454409
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:12 AM   #13888
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I hope all you blokes in the northern hemisphere have a bloody nice white christmas. This is a photo I took of the TV when they were showing the weather for Xmas day and the rest of the week. You will notice that tomorrow, Xmas day, will be 39 degrees (C) then wednesday we get a cool change to 37 and from there it's up again to 40.
This is Perth in Western Australia.



Sorry for the quality of the photo. And seriously, I wish all of you a great Christmas and an even better New year.
Catch you all in 2013.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:10 AM   #13889
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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Just a short video of me and Scarlet charging up her battery before Christmas.

Warning!!!! Nothing happened, very very routine ride.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esad80bOt6o
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #13890
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Have a great Christmas, to all of the worlds Motorcycling ADV'ers out there . Wet and grey here in the UK (nothing new)
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