Lovingly restoring the worst bike I've ever ridden.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Mullet5, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. garrett the nerd

    garrett the nerd Sprocket Protector

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    :rofl


    But seriously, I applaud your effort, Mullet5! Its simply awesome to be able to bring back such a tangible part of the memories of your trip.
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  2. svejkovat

    svejkovat Been here awhile

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    Double fun.

    First part. I love the story. Mullet5, your sentiments are absolutely in the right place on this one. I'll be following the progress.

    Second part. I love the link to "top gear". I've never even heard of the show and just finished those eight episodes without pause... leaning forward with a smile on my face and not even realizing it.

    I was immediately sold right at the start with the show's theme. I'd watched a few minutes of VH1 "top 100 artists of all time" the night before and got bored and looked up the list on the internet. lynyrd skynyrd made the list. Sad enough when you think about the world of music being whittled down to 100 "top" artists. Ok, put them at 101 if you must. Fair enough. So I went looking for the Allman Brothers.

    WWWHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT the fuck? No Allman Brothers? They place lynyrd skynyrd and completely pass on the Allman Bros? I was so dissappointed in humanity I could have wept.

    So I open the link to "top gear" today and there she is. The instrumental 'Jessica' woven into the opening theme... of a wonderfully witty British show highlighting an adventure in Vietnam. Class act. There's hope for us yet.
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  3. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    So I open the link to "top gear" today and there she is. The instrumental 'Jessica' woven into the opening theme... of a wonderfully witty British show highlighting an adventure in Vietnam. Class act. There's hope for us yet.[/quote]


    Top Gear has become my fav show on tele. And I record all the episodes and keep the best ones on my DVR. I love the humor, and the incredible quality of the production value of the show. It is one of the first shows done at it's level of HD on the air and the videographers on that show are the best in the business in television bar none.
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  4. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    Great!!!
    The carb is Russian - K65 variant, possibly a К65И. Same as on my ИЖ.
    I have extra carb kits, you are welcome to one however the jets will be incorrect as my kits are for 4-stroke K65s - all other parts are the same.
    Удачи!!


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  5. OtterChaos

    OtterChaos Guzzi Guzzi Guzzi

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    Tejava! I buy a case of it from Trader Joes about every other week. Love it frozen in a plastic bottle so it stays ice cold as it melts and I drink off the liquid. My go to drink now that I'm off the soda wagon. No lie, I'm drinking some while I read your excellent report.
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  6. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

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    I know that this is slightly off subject, but can you actually watch top gear on the telly in the US? It is shown throughout the world on the BBC world service but I thought that it was pulled in North America several years ago when the car companies, who influence what you can see through advertising revenue, complained to the satelite and cable companies about the content.
    When top gear tests a car and think that it is rubbish they actually say "this car is a load of rubbish, don't buy it", something they have said about some American cars on more than one occasion. Not that they pick on American cars, the BMW X3 was declared about the most pointless car you can buy, a useless saloon car and a useless four wheel drive.
    I am interested to know.
    As you might have noticed Hammond and May are both motorcyclists and Clarkson hates them.
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  7. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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  8. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

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    Thank you, glad to hear it, I am not sure who started that filthy rumour but will have a word when I remember.
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  9. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    It plays on BBC America every few days.
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  10. garrett the nerd

    garrett the nerd Sprocket Protector

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    ...and several of the seasons (11 through 14) are available on amazon. Its around.
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  11. Kjharn

    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    Any news?
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  12. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    Oh boy, where did all the time go? I haven't done anything to the Minsk in, what? Two weeks? Come on man, get with it! I do have an excuse for my lack of progress... A good friend of mine was kind (stupid) enough to lend me his 2006 Ducati 999s, which meant that every time I walked into my garage to work on the Minsk, I was faced with the following decision: chisel, scrape, torch, and grind undoubtedly toxic paint off of a Soviet motorcycle engine, or go for a ride on this frightening looking Italian projectile. Yeah, Ducati every time.

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    He finally realized the terrible mistake he had made and picked it up from my house this evening, so now I am back to working on the Minsk. I only had about an hour, but I managed to get the engine about 90% stripped, I should be able to finish stripping it and paint it tomorrow.

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    More updates soon!
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  13. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    The call of the sausage monster is hard to resist.
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  14. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Good Call Mullet. I woulda picked the Duc every time also.
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  15. Treadless

    Treadless seeking adventure

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    Just a tip here FWIW, using a wire wheel for stripping paint while it works well, burnishes the material (the aluminum in your case) closing the "pores" and inhibiting the adhesion of the paint shortening the life of the job, and that kinda sucks (IMO) after putting so effort into bringing it back to life.


    I'm thoroughly enjoying your take and energy on this undertaking. :thumb :lurk
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  16. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    mmmmmmm. eye-talian go fast stuff. mmmmmm
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  17. Mullet5

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    Crap. I've never heard that before, but I can see it happening as I go along. In the open areas where I am using the bigger, higher speed wheel especially. in the little crevices where I am using a smaller bit not so much. Is there anything I should do to prep this thing for paint? Like rough it up a bit?

    Thanks for the tip!
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  18. Treadless

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    As it appears that since this project is budget driven I would suggest following up at this point with sandpaper (without seeing the surface, maybe start with something around the the 220 grit range) to throughly scratch up the surface and maybe also use a course scotchbrite to more easily get the nooks and crannies.
    If it is really necessary to remove the paint you might try paint stripper on areas not yet wire wheeled, ONLY after carefully masking off all openings. Most strippers can rinsed off with water and if you use scotchbrite while rinsing you are preping for paint while cleaning up saving time and elbow grease and that's a plus in my book.
    If you know someone with a soda blaster that would be the easiest way of all for doing the engine. If someone offers a glass beader for the engine politely (or not) decline.

    Hope some of this helps. Feel free to either post or PM with questions.
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  19. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    What about trying a soda blasting? I've seen it done in other threads before to sand and clean engine blocks.

    You basically attach an air nozzle to a piece of clear tubing stuck in a baking soda box, and go for it. There's some posts around....


    Here's one: http://www.aircooledtech.com/tools-on-the-cheap/soda_blaster/
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  20. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Common... you really think a little glass dust inside that motor is really going to affect the way it runs.... :lol3
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