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Old 11-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #1171
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I'll see if I can find the how to on the petcock conversion. I did it myself and it isn't hard to do. The factory vacuum system is notorious for problems. The charging system is a pretty straightforward install also. Hugh explains it pretty well.
Enjoy the good riding weather.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:52 PM   #1172
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Doesn't suprise me one bit that the charging system is crap

I love Yamaha's but they can't build a stator or starter worth a damn.Don't believe me? Ask any Virago owner.Anything after about 1990 is ok but I thought up until then they should be federally mandated to put a kickstarter on every bike sold in the U.S.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:07 AM   #1173
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Just a couple of photos from the weekend

Home away from home


Heading down into the Snowy River Valley
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:32 AM   #1174
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Just a couple of photos from the weekend

Home away from home


Heading down into the Snowy River Valley
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Do you think your really getting your moneys worth outa that 650?
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:40 AM   #1175
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Do you think your really getting your moneys worth outa that 650?

Well I'm trying my best to wear it out
covered some interesting tracks this weekend, took four hours to do 300kms [190mls], plenty of dirt

photo from another trip through here last year on 'Kenny' [the other one I'm trying to wear out]
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #1176
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Are you guys getting tired of seeing this bike yet? Because I haven't gotten tired of riding it or posting pics of it yet.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #1177
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Are you guys getting tired of seeing this bike yet? Because I haven't gotten tired of riding it or posting pics of it yet.

Jeez no, my bikes look like crap @ times but I still post photos of them,

keep riding them as well, mind you - I sometimes park them in the wrong spot!

all good fun though, I wouldn't have it any other way

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:43 AM   #1178
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Are you guys getting tired of seeing this bike yet? Because I haven't gotten tired of riding it or posting pics of it yet.
I'm loving all the pics. Yours, Hunter's...all of them!

I'm digging into mine a bit on Friday...need to upgrade the alternator, replace a couple seals, new fork seals...should be a great day! I might even snap a few more pics and post them up.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:56 AM   #1179
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I'll see if I can find the how to on the petcock conversion. I did it myself and it isn't hard to do. The factory vacuum system is notorious for problems. The charging system is a pretty straightforward install also. Hugh explains it pretty well.
Enjoy the good riding weather.
Charging systems are pretty reliable, actually. The brushes in the alternator will wear out, eventually, but other than that, they are pretty stout. It's when people start splicing into the wiring harness and trying to make a new space shuttle is when it causes issues. My 71 has the stock system, and it's not missed a beat in 20+ years (and that's with a bonkers 750 built motor).
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:40 PM   #1180
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Charging systems are pretty reliable, actually. The brushes in the alternator will wear out, eventually, but other than that, they are pretty stout. It's when people start splicing into the wiring harness and trying to make a new space shuttle is when it causes issues. My 71 has the stock system, and it's not missed a beat in 20+ years (and that's with a bonkers 750 built motor).
Dunno. Had two rotors fail with shorts- one of which was brand new.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:27 AM   #1181
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Probably posted before but what the heck, Huon Valley; Tasmania, circa '79, rode a lot of dirt backroads in snow down there
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:53 PM   #1182
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Ok! Charging system appears to be working since I installed a permanent magnet alternator.

Now I'm on to fiddling with the carbs/ignition. The right cylinder is running perfect...the spark plug is a nice light grey, just like it should be. The left one is running insanely pig rich, to the point that the bike bogs down hard at low rpm, has very limited power everywhere, the spark plug is black and wet, and the tailpipe for the left cylinder is also wet with sooty gas. It's definitely not oil...it smells like gas, and every now and then I'll get a little pop and a puff of grey smoke out of the pipe for the left cylinder.

Guess it's time for me to start learning everything I forgot about carbs...it's been over 20 years since I've had a vehicle with a carburetor. But really...I'm not old and forgetful
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:25 PM   #1183
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Are they BS38s?
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #1184
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Are they BS38s?
I'm honestly not sure what model the carbs are...nothing stamped on the carbs except for Mikuni, made in Japan, etc.

Here's the left carb:



I've been thinking about it a little more: the previous owner did say that the carbs had been jetted for the altitude, the non-stock exhaust, and the pod air filters. But, he had also installed the Pamco ignition. So it could be either the carbs or the ignition...just gotta figure out which.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:16 PM   #1185
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Check that all four pick-up pins are in place on your Pamco, had a couple free themselves & luckily attached themselves [magnetic pins], to the metal cover, one of those wriggling around is not good,
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