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Old 04-13-2013, 10:42 PM   #76
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Thumb Bike show

Well that was interesting.
I dropped the bike off yesterday and went to the show today to see all the bikes.

Was I ever surprised to see this:





First place!









Mine wasn't the only tribute to the classic AJS bikes though, another builder entered this beautifully done Yamaha built as a cafe' racer:





I hope to be able to talk with the owner tomorrow at the show.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:45 PM   #77
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #78
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:33 PM   #79
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Nicely done!
Yes indeedy...
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:31 AM   #80
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:24 AM   #81
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Talking Surprise!

When I went Sunday afternoon to pick up my bike I found that behind the trophy there was a check for $100!
Whoa! Much better than a trophy!!!
While loading the bike on my trailer two other bike builders came over to tell me they liked my bike the best of all of those on display.
I am sure they meant "after their bike".
Made me feel good though.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #82
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really enjoyed reading your report! I have an early DR650 and a $200 Gixxer roller. Guess I should build a
companion to my '52 AJS 500.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #83
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But after getting a little electronic tach and looking at where/how to mount it, I decided I didn't like the stock indicator lights and don't need them since I can see the front blinkers flashing so I took them back off and stuck the tach on the mount instead.




Where did you get that littel electronic tach?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #84
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Cool2 Hour meter/tachometer

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The worldwide shopping center.
I remember when it used to be used items and an auction...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hour-meter-t...70834368552%26
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #85
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Awesome, thanks. Have you tried it out. Work well?

Is the DR650 a "lost spark" system like the DR350, where the spark plug pulsed twice during a complete four stroke cycle?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #86
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really enjoyed reading your report! I have an early DR650 and a $200 Gixxer roller. Guess I should build a
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Thank you Sir!
I have had negative comments for putting the "AJS" on it, so it is nice to hear from someone who has an original.

My father had a '49 Matchless hard tail scrambler when I was a baby.
Sold soon after to get a family car...

Probably why I love the old singles that are so far out of my financial reach.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #87
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Awesome, thanks. Have you tried it out. Work well?

Is the DR650 a "lost spark" system like the DR350, where the spark plug pulsed twice during a complete four stroke cycle?
Haven't ridden it yet after the rebuild since we still have a lot of snow.
It is warming up so it shouldn't be more than a few WEEKS! before I can ride.
It was 16 F when I took the dogs out in the morning.

I don't know if the DR is a lost spark design or not.
Seems likely to me as that makes the ignition system more simple for Suzuki to make.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:40 PM   #88
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WOW, great write-up and pics. One of the best builds I've ever seen. I'm a big fan of the DR, had one in Sumo trim, and my son still does. I would highly recommend the procycle TM40 pumper carb. With that, the airbox opened up and an FMF Q pipe, my sons DR put out 42.3 hp on the dyno. For comparison, my water cooled XMOTO (pipe and airbox mods) put out 48.4 on the same dyno right after the DR. From what I've read that's about a 10hp gain on the DR, really wakes it up. We have talked about the 790 kit.... maybe one of these days.

I do have one question for you, that hasn't come up. How you gonna get away with no front fender in Alaska? I live in the Seattle area and couldn't, at least, not if I actually wanted to ride more than a few times a year.

Anyway, Fantastic job.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #89
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My father had a '49 Matchless hard tail scrambler when I was a baby.
Sold soon after to get a family car... Probably why I love the old singles that are so far out of my financial reach.
don't ever call your bike a thumper, Disney has the copyright on that name. They made BSA stop calling thier singles "thumpers" years ago. I sold my first AJS shortly after getting out of the army for college funds. If you buy ratty enough, you might find a leaky old vibrating lump somewhat affordable
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #90
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WOW, great write-up and pics. One of the best builds I've ever seen. I'm a big fan of the DR, had one in Sumo trim, and my son still does. I would highly recommend the procycle TM40 pumper carb. With that, the airbox opened up and an FMF Q pipe, my sons DR put out 42.3 hp on the dyno. For comparison, my water cooled XMOTO (pipe and airbox mods) put out 48.4 on the same dyno right after the DR. From what I've read that's about a 10hp gain on the DR, really wakes it up. We have talked about the 790 kit.... maybe one of these days.

I do have one question for you, that hasn't come up. How you gonna get away with no front fender in Alaska? I live in the Seattle area and couldn't, at least, not if I actually wanted to ride more than a few times a year.

Anyway, Fantastic job.
Thanks for the kind words!
I would love to get a pumper carb but money isn't in abundance...
A 790 kit would be grand too.

I do have a front fender for it but it doesn't look "right" on a tracker so for the show it is in the lean, mean, racing machine condition.

I have a shock sock for the rear to protect it from debris but I wanted to show off the shock at the show.
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