Highland Motors

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by 805gregg, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. nsx

    nsx Been here awhile

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    Thanks, John. The problem I was having was that it took a lot of force to get mine to separate, more than I wanted to exert until I was sure I was applying the force in the right direction. They hadn't been apart in years.
  2. Thumber

    Thumber Sweden

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    Hi

    Friday 13:th.... Clutchcable broke on the highway on my way to work today. Luckily the spare was already on the bike, parallell to the one in use. (Old offroader trick that I picked up) I actutally made it through the morning traffic jams, two roundabouts, three big road junctions and across the tram tracks all the way to the parkingspace at work without the clutch. Good news is that I did not need tools to dismaount the old or put the new one in. All done by hand in less than 5 minutes. Bad news is that the cable only lasted some 5000km:s and there seems to be a problem to get hold of a new one.... Any one sitting on a spare or know a source for new ones?

    /TF
  3. John in Leeds

    John in Leeds Been here awhile

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  4. Assfault

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    Motion Pro can make any cable you need. Reasonably priced as well and top quality.
  5. nsx

    nsx Been here awhile

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    Since you have some experience doing this, how much can I lower the bike without messing something up? Specifically, what length WP shock did you use? I can have the forks shortened. I can also have the frame geometry altered if necessary. In fact, I already altered it, but in the wrong direction. The person repairing it, who alters frame geometry for race teams, says he can make it whatever I want. He also asked if I could find out what the original specs were for the frame geometry.

    If I am willing to spend the money to make the alterations, what would you recommend? This will never go offroad, so I don't have to be concerned about ground clearance, but for rough roads I would like to keep as much of the suspension travel as I can. I can get on my Husqvarna SM610 (barely), so it can be that tall, but lower would better.
  6. GreaseSnake

    GreaseSnake 2wheeled maniac

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    I had no problems getting my feet down, and I have a 30" inseam (almost 5ft 7")

    Think my saddle was approx 3" lower than stock motard

    I'd lower the front triple clamps/yokes and go for a shorter shock. You can lower it more in the rear than front to keep the angles like the 21-18" Outback line.

    So; source a shorter shock. How much shorter is up to your own needs/calculations which I explained earlier. :wink:
  7. Thumber

    Thumber Sweden

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    Hi again

    Next wire broke today. This time the speedometer wire broke just above the hub of the weel. Does anyone know if this is stock, KTM, Husa, Suzuki.... or special highland design?

    I know the speed anyways but now i can not find out when it is time to visit the petrol station.

    /TF
  8. 950v2

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    Why do you do this repair?
    How do you know when the torque limiter is not working?


  9. 950v2

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    Last time I broke the speedo-wire I just bought a Universal speedo-wire kit, just the inner wire, and cut it to the right length. It comes with a standardnipple that fits. Number 20-154 alt www.lellesmcdelar.se or 69-6154 at www.touringbutiken.se
  10. John in Leeds

    John in Leeds Been here awhile

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    Starter motor runs but will not turn the engine. Usually turns over once or twice then just labours. Makes you think the battery or starter motor is crocked. Good battery does not fix the problem.
  11. Lorretto

    Lorretto City Dweller Crushperado

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    Hey 950 - John and Johan are the experts to answer the mechanical issues.


    The symptoms my bike made were progressively harsh bad clanking grinding noises like the starter gear was not engaging properly. Hot starting was worse than cold starts. I replaced the torque limiter. Now with the old or new torque limiter the starter might engage for a moment only to spin like there is no resitence and it's not turning anything. My next guess as the culprit for my 950's non starting is the Sprag Clutch/Freewheel Hub. I haven't sourced a new Sprag Clutch yet but it does look like it is a Brog Warner part.
  12. John in Leeds

    John in Leeds Been here awhile

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    John, you do me too much credit. I'm an owner, rider and interested observer but mechanical expert nah!

    I leave that to Johan :wink:

    He da man :evil
  13. GreaseSnake

    GreaseSnake 2wheeled maniac

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    Sounds like the sprag to me too.
    E-mailed you today, before I read this post :D

    Kr
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  14. Lorretto

    Lorretto City Dweller Crushperado

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    Johan and John - you guys are the best.

    Johan thanks for the information on the Sprag - I sent an email to order two; need one on the shelf just in case on two levels; my known talent to FUBAR a simple RR and second the bike don't go when it goes.
  15. 950v2

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    Can you (or anyone) explain why?
    I dont really get the function straightend out in my mind.
    The torque limiter is there to pick up the reverse torque when the engine kicks back so the starter will not be broken, that much I get. But for the "forward" function I can not see why it can not turn the engine around if broken?
    Is it slipping?
    Is it grinding and stalling?

    If the starter would rev up and not driving the enging around I would get it that the sprag is broken. Nothing strange about that. But with the torque limiter... whats up with that heap of metal gears?
  16. Thumber

    Thumber Sweden

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    I clearly suffer from a sliping TL. I took it out to examine it and it slips at 28 Nm which is to soon. I have tried every tool in the shed to tighten it but failed. I also used them again to pick it appart for cleaning and reassembly. Another failure. I do not have those special brackets and i think that would be the key to success. Is this a standard bracket that any old mechanic has i the workshop or is it Highland special? Meaning: Do i have to make my own brackets or shall i go around in the nieghborhood to find a mechanic?

    /TF
  17. Thumber

    Thumber Sweden

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    The thing is that the TL is just a TL no matter what direction the engine is running and at what speed.If the engine runs faster (FWD) another freeweeling gear will compensate for that. This is what happens when the engine is running nomally after start up. If the engine runs slower than the starter it will slip. If the engine does not turn at all the TL will slip even more and if the engine finally runs backwards the TL will be slipping alot to make it possible for the starter to continue turning in the same direction whitout totally burning up. I had to open the cover and gently running the starter for short bursts to find this out. Not obvious for a non mechanical guy.

    BTW i just talked to Martin and Frank at Rollox. They explained that the small gear on this device is screwed tight all the way through the threads down to the bottom. If you want to tighten it you need to take it apart and put another washer / schims between the gear and the spring washer to increase the slip torque. Have to try this later. Frank told me
    brackets is the shit for this kind of work.

    /TF
  18. 950v2

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    New torque limiter. Solved my starting issues.
  19. Lorretto

    Lorretto City Dweller Crushperado

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    :clap:clapNew Sprag Clutch brings joy to this side of the pond.
  20. Thumber

    Thumber Sweden

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    Mine too. It only worked for 25000kms. Not good enough or has your lasted even shorter? Frank told me there is no autodecomp and the starter is a powerful thing that eventually wears the TL out.

    I tried to take the malfunctional TL apart but failed big time. I will not try again for some time....

    /TF