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Old 09-13-2010, 02:22 PM   #31
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Stationary is fine for me.... not like I wanted to pedal around a 300 pound bike anyway.
This is really cool! Keep up the good work! With 20+ more hp than the original and 5 speeds, I wouldn't worry about pedaling it either, but I'd definitely be putting some thought into how I'm going to stop it!
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #32
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #33
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Looks like (at least some) Merkels just had a lug on either side of the open slot at the top...and then ran a bolt between the lugs to close off the open end. Of course, if you over-tighten everything it could lock the forks solid, so maybe a nice shoulder bolt was the way to go

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:36 PM   #34
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Hey!

I really admire you guys who appear to know what you doing and tackle projects that the rest of us can only dream about.
mymindsok,

"..who appear to know what you doing...."
How nice of you.

take a better look at what he is doing. the word 'appear' just does not fit in this thread.

This project he is doing is spot ON!

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #35
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Looks like (at least some) Merkels just had a lug on either side of the open slot...and then ran a bolt between the lugs to close off the open end. Of course, if you over-tighten everything it could lock the forks solid, so maybe a nice shoulder bolt was the way to go

That's the ticket right there. Keep it simple. That 1950's R51/3 is way too tech for me (although thanks for the link).
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:54 PM   #36
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Have you see the scissor dampeners that have run on the front of old Castle forks? appears these might be well within your skills.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:04 PM   #37
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mymindsok,

"..who appear to know what you doing...."
How nice of you.

take a better look at what he is doing. the word 'appear' just does not fit in this thread.

This project he is doing is spot ON!

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He got it right, I just appear to know what I'm doing. Time will tell if I really know.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:15 PM   #38
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He got it right, I just appear to know what I'm doing. Time will tell if I really know.
You're having fun, you're building and you're so pleasant w/ the peanut gallery. Wow!

I've spent lots of time bending, forming and joining tubing. This is a fun thread.

I'm curious to see how that powerplant pans out. Your intent to also make the powerplant blend w/ the chassis design will be interesting. Have you started that phase of the build? Or are you going to wait to see what ideas flow at that point of the project?

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:36 PM   #39
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Have you see the scissor dampeners that have run on the front of old Castle forks? appears these might be well within your skills.
I've thought about that but the original didn't have anything (visible anyway). I have notice during mock up that since there are no holes in the lower tubes, and it's such a precise fit, the trapped air sort of works as and air dampener. Add grease to further seal it and I may not need anything else. Or it may just not work at all.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:54 PM   #40
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You're having fun, you're building and you're so pleasant w/ the peanut gallery. Wow!

I've spent lots of time bending, forming and joining tubing. This is a fun thread.

I'm curious to see how that powerplant pans out. Your intent to also make the powerplant blend w/ the chassis design will be interesting. Have you started that phase of the build? Or are you going to wait to see what ideas flow at that point of the project?

Carl
Like I said this is my first build like this and my first thread so I'm enjoying it. I like hearing peoples input.... especially if they Really know what they're doing.

I just started mounting the motor and it actually looks pretty good. I decided to mount it so the cylinder is straight up instead of angled forward like original. It's only about 5 degree and it being a dry sump oil system I don't forsee any problems.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:45 PM   #41
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Let's see, the old Merkel single was good for what? [ insert google search ] 3.5 hp.

The XT500 made a claimed 27hp (?).

Should be interesting.

More like 33hp with giant truckloads of torque... there will be wheelies...
I've had two of them, 90mph stock...
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:08 PM   #42
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:31 PM   #43
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mymindsok,

"..who appear to know what you doing...."
How nice of you.

take a better look at what he is doing. the word 'appear' just does not fit in this thread.

This project he is doing is spot ON!

Carl
What.... So you think I'm Damning with faint praise or would you prefer that I thought with your brain?

Read a little further before jumping in my shit please!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:52 PM   #44
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Here's an idea !!!!

Why don't ALL of you quit trying to spec the engine, suggest how to blend, suggest what is within his skills, etc, etc, etc.

Rebuilder has more skills and vision than most of the "I stayed at Holiday Inn Express last night" types combined.

Let him build the damn bike ........ watch, listen, and you may learn something !


Or ................... continue mucking up the thread until he stops sharing the build. Then you can return to your insecure life thinking you know it all.


Sounds like a bunch of crusty old farts yelling at kids to get of trhe lawn !





This is the exact reason I'll never do another build thread !
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:10 PM   #45
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Why don't ALL of you quit trying to spec the engine, suggest how to blend, suggest what is within his skills, etc, etc, etc.

Rebuilder has more skills and vision than most of the "I stayed at Holiday Inn Express last night" types combined.

Let him build the damn bike ........ watch, listen, and you may learn something !


Or ................... continue mucking up the thread until he stops sharing the build. Then you can return to your insecure life thinking you know it all.


Sounds like a bunch of crusty old farts yelling at kids to get of trhe lawn !





This is the exact reason I'll never do another build thread !

nah

Lots of people oohing and ahhing with a little jibber jabber. We're children and this isn't a lecture hall.

Awesome build. It's inspiring to see somebody doing such a thing. Most people can't fathom how a house is built, let alone something of steel.

I do wonder what the limitations will be on a machine like this - flex in that slender tube frame and so on. Those limitations should in no way whatsoever impede its production. Just wondering.
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