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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Padmei, Aug 13, 2010.
they would at least keep it on the track
I just showed them the Russian hovercraft landing on the beach.
Our one actually hovered over the water but we weren't confident to have anyone sitting on it in case it turned upside down.
Can you tell it was made by an electricians kids?
Whats the blower from ? I reakon I could knok up another and we could have races
Infact..... we could get a whole fleet together and have a N.A.D.S. Hoverout (?)
*scurries off to scan trademe*
It is a leaf blower. I'm going to get the girls to make a short slideshow movie on how they made it when they have less on their plate.\
Unfortunately the one we made only hovers & requires a push to travel. Kinda like a bumper boat - spinning etc or swing around like a ski biscuit. I ave seen one where they put a blade on a razor skateboard electric motor to propel them.
Next task is to make up a suit of bubble wrap for whoever at school wants to have a turn - after I email the principal to see if it is ok to bring something motorised to school. I seem to have the same reputation at my kids school now as I did at my own one when I was a kid
Terriffic, is that a bit of TPS holding the motor down?
Just back from a great ride over the Maungatapu with Woodman. Gave Schmidt bit of a workout & loved it.
When we arrived a knarly old bow legged character wandered over reminiscent of the stereotypical old cow hand from a western movie. He had a looksie around my bike & we passed a few minutes chatting about it & old BMWs generally before pointing over to his one. He had a 84 G/S PD. It had a red single seat & rack with old plastic panniers.
We mosied on over & had a look at his. He had just got it back from Kane where he had replaced the thou twin sparked head with a 800head with new valves, seats & guides. He had also swapped the 40s for a couple of 32s. He was more than impressed with the power it puts out.
Of course I had to sit on it & start it up. What a lovely sound- & there was no vibration, valve or timing chain noise. The seat height was normal height which feels quite low for me & it felt like a comfy old armchair.
I looked at the dash with wristwatch strapped to the bars, turnbuckle to hold the screen in place & a warm feeling of optimism fell upon me. This was no HPN Gletter accessorised garage queen, it was a bike that had seen many miles, could tell a few tales & completely fitted its' 70+year owner. He intended continuing riding it for a long time even tho he confessed that he wasn't up to trail riding anymore.
We bade farewells & headed to the cafe for a long black where I counselled Woodman on the joys of airhead ownership. I reckon he'll have one with in a year.
I rode back over the Maungatapu to Nelson watching Woodman hang his arse out round the corners & felt very connected to my own lil airhead
Anyway onto more practical issues. I have a whirring whine which is bloody annoying. Trouble is it is hard to pin point where. About 5K I hear it reasonably loudly yet when I pull in the clutch it disappears. If I rev the engine with the clutch in it's not there nor is is there if pull the clutch in on a downhill.
I think it must be when the engine load hits the driveline. I know the UJ on the driveshaft isn't good but this sounds more like a bearing.
I also have pretty loud timing chain rattle. i have replaced everything in there apart from the cam sprocket. The tensioner seemed to have pretty good spring tension on it.
Wear earplugs. I do. Diagnosing every little whir & clunk gets expensive, & doesn't add appreciably to reliability. Vibrations however...
My experience is with a 1974 R90S, so take this with a grain of slat, but the last time I had a similar problem, it was simply the throwout bearings on the clutch shaft (#4 on this pic:
It sounded as if hamsters were arguing inside the engine :)
That, my friend, is something I didn't consider. Being a newer model however, it has the all in one plastic piston & I don't believe it rotates. Ola & obrigada
You're right Woodman, earplugs relieves one of a great deal of unnecessary worry. It has been getting louder lately & was the the same noise that led me to believe the gearbox needed attention.
Maybe I should fashion up some kind of stationery bike stand with a rotating mass under the rear wheel upon which the back wheel can spin & I can stand beside it listening to locate the area the whir has come from. In fact if I did it right I could hook it up to my laptop & potentially work out the torque & HP curves & read the air/fuel mixture. Hmmm wonder why noone has thought of that before.
While just a wee puppy of a lad, I fitted an oil pressure guage to my flash as Mk 111 Z car. Old and wise mechanic where I was learning looked at it and said "throw it away boy, it will only make you worry"
Earplugs might be the answer
Another option is to run a pipe over the exhaust and out the door of your shed to eliminate exhaust noise, mind you earplugs/muffs will eliminate a lot of noise and bring out any harsh knocking noises that may be there. Thought about a stethoscope or the large screwdriver to your ear method of sourcing internal engine noises?
Finally! A use for the salad fork!
That would make it a tuning fork, which in fork talk is quite a demotion.
I'm 47. I don't know if that's old or young to you guys but there it is.
I feel like the world is leaving me behind some days.
I used to go to the gym in my 20s & pump up the iron ja ! Every day with the dumbbells, bench press, pull up bars & the Lat machine. I used to walk out of there pumped, hungry, fit & tired in that weight lifting way you get.
This past Sunday I had a quick look in the window of the fitness centre at the swimming pool where I took my girls to have a play.
i didn't know what I was looking at. There were treadmills there- I know what they are cos I had a go on one back in the 90s - you had to queue up for a go on it. There were fitness machines that looked like bloody pinball machines. The guys didn't seem to have any hair on their bodies.
Thank fuck I ride an airhead
While I'm on a roll...
Does no one remember the Beachcombers from Thunder bay?
The air boat off Gentle Ben was the coolest thing on TV even better than Lady Penelope's Pink Rolls Royce
Did anyone else have a massive crush on Marsha Brady, or Haley from Metal Mickey?
Does anyone remember what innuendo was & how well the Old British comedies used it.
Nope. I don't remember any of that..
But then I'm older than you
Whats Willis talkin about?
On the Gym thing, yea same same, thinkin the other night of doing some weights, getting fit before its too late.
Or is it too late already? Marks? when does this happen?
yup - its already too late
you'd just rupture something and be unable to get out of your lazyboy without a winch for 6 months
So that's what went wrong....:
HAH !! 47..... Padders ya old bastard
Got a retirement home picked out yet ??