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Old 01-23-2012, 08:28 AM   #46
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"Rick is very proud of his balls...er...ball bearing packing skills...."

Just an fyi, those are tapered bearings, not "balls"!!!!(and yes I am proud of them.......the skills anyway )
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #47
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Looks like things are really starting to come together.
You guys are doing a great job on the prep which will make a difference down the road.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:56 AM   #48
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Terrific update guys.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #49
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Excellent report. Bike is looking great Always good to see the worker bees working and OC getting it done supervisory style
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:26 PM   #50
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I like the look of the Acerbis tank mounted on the front Forks
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:53 PM   #51
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I like the look of the Acerbis tank mounted on the front Forks
I like the look of the chain you donated to the cause!! Thanks Jon!! That's two years that you have sponsored our drivechain to Baja!!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #52
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Much accomplished...

The boys came down today and we got a lot accomplished on the bike.

I am going to wait for Allan's photos to be uploaded and then I'll do a proper update. I will tell you this, the bike was started today and sounded like a dream!! First time running since the rebuild, started on the fourth kick

And because we don't take ourselves too seriously...here's a funny trailer using clips from last year:





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Old 01-29-2012, 05:51 AM   #53
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:32 AM   #54
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Nice work on the trailer
Thanks,
Just having some fun with iMovie....makes it an easy fill in the blanks deal
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:37 AM   #55
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Just having some fun with iMovie....makes it an easy fill in the blanks deal
man i got to try iMovie...looks like it would even make one of my lame rides look epic
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:11 AM   #56
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...... I will tell you this, the bike was started today and sounded like a dream fire breathing, mexican country side eating SL!!





Just saying.

'Cause there ain't much about a Honda "dream" that's intimidating.
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Great Video Paul! I'll see you at The One.
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Just saying.

'Cause there ain't much about a Honda "dream" that's intimidating.


Good point.

It did sound a little mean and nasty having those straight pipes on there
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Good point.

It did sound a little mean and nasty having those straight pipes on there
Ah, the open pipe Honda twin.

A judge once told me he didn't understand why anyone would do such a thing.



I didn't try to explain the the beauty of such music.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #60
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...movin on up!

Allan, Luke and Rick came down to Lonnie's on Saturday for a good work day. I surprised them by showing them the freshly powder coated swingarm.



A local guy named Jessie does all of our powder coating, and so far, on this bike project, his turn around has been pretty amazing. Lonnie brought the swingarm to him on Thursday, and it was done by Friday! And it looked great. We did not mount it up this weekend (shocks not here yet), so I will hold off on detailed photos of it, but let me tell you this, Ray is real artist and metal and heat are his mediums. It is simply amazing. More on this in the next update!


Allan has a history of breaking things he is trying to fix, and we try to keep him busy taking photos to help us reduce accidents. However, seems this reputation may be misplaced, because it was Luke and Rick who decided to leave their mark this weekend!!

Luke was busy trying to get the old rusty XR600 front brake caliper apart when both pins sheared off on him. Not really his fault, but Luke rarely makes mistakes so I need to take advantage of the situation when it happens. Luke was also busy checking and hooking up the motor to his custom wiring from last year.





Luke also worked on getting the bushings mounted on the swingarm.



Rick was given a set of our spare carbs to rebuild. He is real good at this, except he forgot one of the golden rules, "no wire wheels on sensitive parts." And I have to keep reminding these guys that a wire wheels and grinders are not "buffing tools."










Believe me, It is not easy to keep a shop full of guys away from their tools of preference.

So, in a nutshell, here are the general guidelines I try to keep the guys within when working on the SL:

1. If something is not coming off, your probably not doing it right. These old Hondas don't need to be beaten when working on them, but rather finessed (paraphrased from Gary, our engine guy).

2. No regular phillips screwdrivers when dealing with stuck phillips bolts. Manual impact wrench only!

3. A wire wheel and grinder are not buffing tools (unless Lonnie is cleaning up some bolts or other hardware)

4. Plastic mallet first....then metal if absolutely necessary.

5. Vise grips, crescent and pipe wrenches are not "proper metric wrenches."


Trust me, its a full time job. And strangely, these guys are very happy when I leave the shop area for any period of time




Rick's little ding occurred when he was "buffing" the float on the wire wheel when it popped out of his hand and hit the floor. Not really a big deal as he has extra's at his house. I like to give Rick a hard time, but honestly, this man has forgotten more about all things mechanical than I will ever know







Here's me and Rick with the day's sacrificial parts:




Allan got the fork boots mounted up and they looked great. I always thought the SL's motor appeared a little too big for such a small bike. There were some concerns early on in this year's bike that the larger diameter forks would look out of place on the bike. But I think they just improve on the bike's looks. Its gonna look a whole lot beefier, but better proportional to the beautiful Honda twin motor. More photos of the bike when I get them uploaded.



Lonnie was in and out helping us out, cooking a pizza I brought, and generally kept the machine moving forward.

And yes, I was working too! Don't know why there are no photos of this......I helped button up the motor, get the air cleaners on, re-plumb the carbs, and generally get the bike ready to start.



It was really a great work day and Ray even showed up to mount a tab for our custom chain guide/roller system that the boys have come up with.








We got so much done, and thanks to Alex from Konflict Motorsports, our tasty new high-tech, high performance custom made shocks are on the way. According to Alex, they are almost too pretty to put on a dirt bike. C'mon Alex, this sure is one pretty dirt bike!





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Ah, the open pipe Honda twin.

A judge once told me he didn't understand why anyone would do such a thing.



I didn't try to explain the the beauty of such music.

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True words, Ken. Very true.

I'm not one for unnecessary fist-bumping, but after having the motor apart for months, and only a few months before we race in Mexico, it sure seemed necessary on this day! You can tell by the "little boy on Christmas morning" look on my face that I was pretty happy about this





You'll see Luke in the video removing the bolt on the engine head. We had no idea until Gary told us, that the only purpose of that bolt is to check to see if oil is getting to the top of the head. It was! And that is very good information that we will use at days end in Mexico.

The bike should be pretty much together for the ONE SHOW in two weeks. And its a runner!! This work day was just a reminder of how much of a collaborative effort this bike really is. If you want good results with any project, get good people involved and then let them do their work!

Thanks Allan for the great photos!!
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