Another G/S on the road

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bgoodsoil, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Bill told me to check compression before bringing the bike over since I removed the rings. He said they might not be seated right and it needs to be good right from the start to jet the carbs. So, I checked compression. 90 on the left and 60 on the right I had a good cry about it :cry

    The top end came off again. I scrubbed the cylinders with green pads and reassembled it bone dry with new rings. I hooked a toe strap from the crashbars to the back of my friend's truck and had him drag me around the block in gear. Jerk didn't even slow down for the speed bumps :jerko Man that was a wild ride! Compression was 125 on both sides afterwards and that oughta go up after break-in.

    Unfortunately Bill's been having a lot of health problems and he told me it doesn't look like he can get to me even this week. That involved more crying :cry


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    In the meantime, stupid projects will continue. :freaky

    These are aluminum mast steps. They're made to be mounted to a sailboat mast so you can climb to the top. I'ma bolt 'em to the valve covers and use them for highway pegs. :evil I had welded some 3/4" tubing to the crash bars for pegs but I couldn't fit the bike through the basement door after I made 'em :doh

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  2. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    The bike'll be at the shop in the morning! :happay

    I got the underseat toolbox finished since my rear tire would be throwing mud straight at the intake without it.

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    Nothing was straight so there wasn't much point in measuring anything. I don't think I could've gotten any more volume out of the box.

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    I made the whole thing out of 2 pieces of AL I got from a yard sale. One of my neighbors died and I got all sortsa goodies from his shop. One of them was this panel. It's got a GE part number whatever it is. It's the back plate.

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    The weight of the box rests on the frame and I put some rubber stripping where it contacts to keep it from rattling. I needed something to keep it from sliding off the frame though. I used an L-bracket bolted to the posts that held up the old battery tray. A 6m bolt acts as a locating dowel. I could put a nut on it but the seat keeps the box pressed down anyways.

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    I won't be getting much out of the back of that air filter.

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    It's a tight fit on both sides. I've got 1/4" of space from the shock. I think it'll keep the mud off especially if I get a shock sock.

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    It's 2 pounds empty so I'm adding more weight but it's solid and it'll hold all my tools plus a compressor. Besides, I dropped more than that when I ditched the stock battery tray/toolbox/airbox. I can keep all my tools onboard now even when I ditch the boxes.

    I also added some red oak toppers to the boxes. I rewelded my subframe frame so the boxes would be exactly 7 degrees--the angle of the luggage rack. With these, I've got a big flat surface to put my firewood box on.

    Since the boards are held on with jam nuts I was able to dial them in so that the surface is perfectly flat.

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    It was a cheap and easy project. The 4' board was long enough for both sides and a piece left over for under the battery. The board was $15 and the hardware was 5 bucks. For $20 I turned the bike into a flatbed :D


    So, anybody out there know anthing about the preservation and care of red oak? :ear ANYBODY!?
  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    You're kidding....right?? No poly, use an exterior deck sealer/oil, I have some olympic semi transparent. Canyon brown and redwood. Thompsons clear comes to mind. will you be using them as cutting boards??? Linseed oil, mineral oil FDA approved......but no polyurethane of any kind. You need something you can continue to apply and absorb.
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Yeah I figured you'd have something to say about it :D Thanks.

    How much do I need for these two boards? Will any of those make them a bit darker?

    I'm sure they'll get used for all sortsa stuff. The main use is to hold the firewood though. I cracked a bin hauling it on a trip in the Fall.

    This is like waiting for Christmas. I'm supposed to have the bike at the shop at 10 in the morning.
  5. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    for both? a half a pint, maybe.. but at least with linseed oil, (a great choice, imo) you can re-apply anytime. Actually you'll probably need to re-apply once a year at least. It will darken it slightly, but it will make it look richer, and more wonderful first.
  6. hardwaregrrl

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    +1. Widely available and cheaper than mineral. Shit, I'm surprised you didn't rub used motor oil on them. Do both sides
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    HEY!!! I want live updates....dammit.
  8. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Glad you mentioned a shock-sock... Dan Kyle Racing (among others) sell 'em.

    A small piece of advice... it is much, much cheaper to have a slightly worn Ohlins rebuilt than one that has been hammered for a long time... Ohlins recommends rebuilds every 10-15K or something for streetbikes.

    I had an Ohlins that looked pretty well used and found out it was so worn buying a new one ran about $50 more than the rebuild due to it being run so far beyond the scheduled service...

    Anyway, next winter I am sending mine to Dan Kyle...
  9. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    And the end grain, that is the part that will wick up the most liquid. and since it's exposed on the bike should be protected.

    Show pixkchurs when you finish them,

    Whats the story with all the brass hardware? I might have missed it, but are you going for some post apocalyptic meets steam punk funk? cause if you are, it's kind of working.
  10. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Something like that. I wasn't willing to lose anything functionally for a 'look' though. I didn't want to add weight or use weaker brass hardware. Swapping washers and fabbing a few things out of brass and copper, that I needed to make anyways, didn't violate the function over fashion rule for me. Also, it was cheap! :D

    I'm on one of my sailboat-dreaming kicks again. That's why marine parts like the mast steps and hatch latches are popping up. I ordered some cleats, deck hardware for mooring up a ship, to mount on the outside of the boxes as tie-downs. Damn I want a boat.

    Of course, that'd all be really great and functional if the bike, you know, functioned. I actually had to go DOWN jet sizes for the carbs even though they were jetted for a 350 2-stroke. The idle jet was 48 and spitting gasoline out the exhaust. The lowest the mechanic had was a 40. It'll run on it but it won't idle. I'm ordering jets now.

    The exhaust's obviously a lot louder than stock but it's not nearly as bad as I expected. I think the boxes help to keep it quiet. The exhaust is pouring into a cavity created by the two boxes and the underside of the fender. Maybe that acts as a sorta muffler? :dunno

    I dislocated my shoulder a few weeks ago climbing. It was feeling better and I was doing my physical therapy exercises until yesterday. While pushing the bike I slipped and all 500 pounds of the bike wrenched my shoulder and pulled me to the ground. I spent some quality time rolling around on the ground in the fetal position. My arm's rurnt. I don't know if I could ride a bike anyways.

    Well, I guess that's bullshit...if this bike ran I'd be on it :lol3 But I wouldn't be making any cross-state motoclimbingcamping trips.
  11. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I'm sold. I'll get some linseed oil after I spend the next 12 hours in my hammock half-drunk, popping Ibuprofen, reading a book. I could sure use more wonderful right now :D

    That shock rebuild's gonna have to wait for me too, Solo. I've spent way too much on this already.

    I'm already putting parts together for the next rebuild. I really think I can run those races with Jason and Jenna next year. I've got an aluminum r1100s tank that weighs 8 pounds(versus 19 withOUT the tankbags on the HPN) for $90 shipped. I've also got a new seat and subframe to build to shed all this crap I just created. There's no reason to haul all the touring gear at a rallye.

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    Which, again, would be great IF THE DAMN THING RAN :becca

    *edit: You know how long this bike's been down? So long that I felt the need to add that smiley to my 'favorite smileys' list. I think I'm going to be using it a lot in the near future
  12. Bulleteer

    Bulleteer Aimless Wanderer

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    Darn. If only you had a good old reliable Honda 350 in the shop as a backup bike. No, wait. There it is.

    p.s. +1 on the linseed oil.

    And I like your rallye bike ideas. Less weight means you can be going faster when you crash.
  13. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    :lol3 That's not the one I got from Matt. I fixed it up and sold it to pay for this one since it had a disk. I did a lot of work to it but it's got a few issues that I'm not dealing with until MY bike runs.

    The bike runs!.....kinda. It fires up alright but it wants to die on me I putted around the yard a bit but my shoulder's all jacked up. It blew a lot of dark smoke out at first. I did the 'rev it up and kill it' thing a few times and the amount of smoke went down a LOT. It's still super rich and I think that's the rest of the smoke. The smoke reeks of gas.

    Anyways, I'm going to take a crack at tuning this myself. I bought an air fuel gauge and I'm going to mount it permanently on the handlebar. How cool will that be!?

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    Has anyone ever used one of these? I have to weld the mount for it into the exhaust and I need to hit both pipes so I don't have a lot of choice on where to put it.

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  14. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Brad I'm sure you already have the AF meter, but check this link out for a smaller one. I'll see if I can find where I bought it and send you more info.

    Koso Mini meter..http://www.koso.com.tw/products-detail.php?id=314&lang=en

    I think I bought it on Ebay at a decent price.

    I'm kind of guessing that use it to tune it then you may want to take it off as there are times it will run lean or rich depending on throttle and load.
  15. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    How has it worked out for you? I didn't even know these existed until that mechanic told me about them.

    I still need to get jets but at $95 I should be able to buy a box of keihin jets and still come out cheaper....but it means it'll take more time.

    Luckily I dislocated my shoulder and GA's hot as blue Hell right now. I don't want to leave the air conditioning anyways.

    Man I really stepped in it this time. This is going to be a job. I oughta know these carbs well by the time I get done though.
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    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    the A/F meter is for the TR6 (car) I'm working on, motor is still at the machine shop, shouldn't be much longer. But what I gather is it's something you will use initially for tuning, but it will drive you nuts hoping it stay stoichiometric at all times..which it won't. I think you could get pretty close without it, but then again you have NO idea what's really happening as you've got no base line for the carbs.

    I have a K&N one (narrow band) which I'd sell but it just has an LED bar of 7 lights.
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    The narrow band isn't going to work for me. Like you said, I'm waaaaay off. As in, Gasoline shooting out the muffler off.
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    I could be wrong, but I think you're a tad rich.
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    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Brad you are running a tad rich....now you can burn those cats instead of taking them for walks..



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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    More wonderful.

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