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Old 07-09-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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any Austin area willing to help an out of towner put together a "postie" adv bike?

Hey y`all, I'm came down here for work a couple weeks ago for a one to two month work gig, and made the mistake of flying down with no transportation other than a BMX bike (the only thing I had that I could cram in a suitcase) and carpooling to work. After one weekend stuck in the house without finding much of interest in BMX range, I immediately realized I needed to find something to putter on. As luck would have it, I stumbled on a trail 90 while working, and picked it up for a song! The plan was to use it for the few weeks I'll be here and flip it before I leave. Then I made the mistake of searching the forums for ct90 adventures, and Nathan's epic postie trip made the prospect of leaving it here and flying home seem like a very silly thing to do. Im losing sleep thinking about doing sections of the TAT and/ or shadow of the Rockies trails on my way back to Utah...

Heres where I could use a little help... I dont have any tools here, and I`d rather do a little prep before I go (props to Nathan for the way he did his trip, but im not half as ballsy!) Besides, sortly after bringin mine home, it promptly quit running. I think it just needs a valve adjustment and possibly new points. Id also liketo weld up some pannier racks, but thats a secondary consideration to getting the bike road worthy, obviously. Anybody want to let me spend an afternoon or two in thier workshop? I'll bring the beer!

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Old 07-10-2014, 02:48 AM   #2
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Not worked on one of those before. But I have shop with welder and other fab equip. I am about 2 hours north of you
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:55 AM   #3
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You can work on your bike at my house, but I will prolly be out of town this w/e. I don't have a truck, so you'll need to get it there somehow, or I can bring some basics to check\adjust the points and get it running. Shoot me an email. I live 6 miles north of downtown. A couple m/c shops nearby as well.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:04 AM   #4
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I'm just about 7 miles south of downtown and you're welcome to use my garage as well. Should have you covered on all of the basic tools and I do like beer. Your 90 would look right at home next to my cb145.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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Oh hell yeah, thanks guys! Im in wells branch, so it sounds like eric2 would be closest... I tried to get the timing cover and points cover off, but both have stripped screws and rather than risk making them worse. I think im gonna need an impact driver (the kind you smack with a hammer) any of you have one?
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:32 AM   #6
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I've been meaning to pick one up for a long time now, and still don't have one. Harbor Freight does, though.

http://www.harborfreight.com/7-piece...set-93481.html

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think i got one, i'll check whilst i'm changing tires in the cool evening air
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #8
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I'm close enough to harbor freight that it seemed like a no brainer to pop in and pick one up. It could come in handy on my trip home too, plus, 4 bucks! I paid quite a bit more for the one I have back home, but now I know why. After whacking a half dozen screws on this little postie, the driver is on it's way out. Still, 4 bucks got the bike apart so I can work on it so I can't complain too much. Here's the bad news, the bike still doesn't run, after adjusting the points, timing and valves and rebuilding the carb. I reckon tomorrow I'll borrow a compression tester from o'rielleys. I'd hoped it wouldn't come to this, but it looks like my first trip on this bike may be to Topendville. :-(
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I'm close enough to harbor freight that it seemed like a no brainer to pop in and pick one up. It could come in handy on my trip home too, plus, 4 bucks! I paid quite a bit more for the one I have back home, but now I know why. After whacking a half dozen screws on this little postie, the driver is on it's way out. Still, 4 bucks got the bike apart so I can work on it so I can't complain too much. Here's the bad news, the bike still doesn't run, after adjusting the points, timing and valves and rebuilding the carb. I reckon tomorrow I'll borrow a compression tester from o'rielleys. I'd hoped it wouldn't come to this, but it looks like my first trip on this bike may be to Topendville. :-(
Harbor Freight has a compression gauge too! I have one if you need to borrow it.
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