New Airhead seeking knowledge, providing lunch

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by KGER, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. KGER

    KGER Adventurer

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    Hi all- First post here after reading many, pretty excited.

    I just joined the Airhead contingent after purchasing a 75/7 with 13K miles from a grease monkey in the Folsom area. He did a good amount of std maintenance (fluids, some rings, a tune up) and it runs/starts really great. So far I've been working on removing a bunch of touring accessories (windjammer, trunk, 60lb chromed trailer hitch set up, CB radio) and returning it to a more stock appearance. I just got new tires on it and reinstalled the headlight.

    I'm reaching out to find an Airhead in San Francisco who would be willing to meet up and take a look at her and just share your thoughts. I'm not sure how these things are supposed to sound and feel, so I'd appreciate someone taking it for a test ride and letting me know what they think.

    I'm happy to treat for a burger and a beer or two, plus my unconditional gratitude.

    Any takers? I'm near the presidio which is a nice place for a traffic free test ride. It would also be great if you were a good person and not a bike thief .
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  2. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Go to Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley this Wednesday night at 6PM. The monthly Airhead group gathering...you'll meet the most experienced guys in Northern California.
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  3. KGER

    KGER Adventurer

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    Ah damn-Can't make this weds, but thanks for the heads up. Is that the regular meeting place/time? I just joined the club last week and I'm still trying to figure my way around the site.
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  4. akabeton

    akabeton Adventurer

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    First of all Welcome to the asylum.

    You will find some great help on here.

    Not too many bike thieves lurking :)
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  5. Justus

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    Hey KGER, sounds like I'm in a similar spot! I just got my R75/5 a few months back. I don't have much experience with airheads yet, but I'd be game to meet up and swap notes sometime.

    (I'm in Oakland, BTW.)
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  6. Thorazine

    Thorazine Likes exhaust fumes

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    Welcome to the nuthouse KGER & Justus. Justus, do like KGER and join the Airheads http://www.airheads.org/

    They'll take care of you. I've lost count how many times they've helped me. They also do something real cool called Techdays. All the local Airheads meet at someone's house and they wrench on their bikes. An important part of this is the vets helping out the noobs with advice and pointers. Plus it's usually at a place where they have lots of special tools. Then there's the beer and brats! :D Can't go wrong. Lots of cool Bay Area Heads. PM me if you need more info.
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  7. Thorazine

    Thorazine Likes exhaust fumes

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    Ah yes. The Airheads know who the best wrenches and parts suppliers are too.
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  8. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Yup, every first Wednesday. Look for a tech day. Best day you'll spend.

    I would offer to help, but I'm still learning my way around these machines. And mine is currently a pile of parts...
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  9. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    im also in oakland- r75/6 got it about 2 months ago. and now have experience with replacing the transmission and clutch- as it came to me with a blown trannie and already removed.
    if you guys want to meet up sometime I am also game. I work in sf and live in oakland, so either side is fine.
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  10. KGER

    KGER Adventurer

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    Awesome info, looking forward to a tech day... and brats, whats not to like?

    I think I'm gonna to take the bike to a mechanic here in the city and just a get a regular tune-up and service done this first time around to make sure I've got a good starting reference point. The guys at Recommended Service seem to come with high praise. Eventually I want to be working on it entirely myself, but I'd love to really get it humming (and safe) faster than I'll be able to work thru it right now.

    dilandau and Thorazine-I'd be up to meet as well. My buddy here in the city 4 blocks away also just got a 75/7. I'm sure he'll be game too.
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  11. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    yes, Dave at recommended is the best. if you are in the city then he is your man. PM me if you want me to take a look. I've had 2 airheads now so I sort of know whats up - . Im at USF on Turk & Masonic most days-

    and oh yeah, post some pics man! can't have a new moto thread without eye candy
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  12. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    Dave is great and a wealth of experience. He'll also tell it like it is :clap

    Doing a /5 and 2 /6 restorations down here in Redwood City so I have some good takeoffs if you need some parts.
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  13. Justus

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    If you guys organize a meet up, definitely let me know. I'd love to come hang out and swap ideas.
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  14. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    I think we might meet briefly on thursday morning if you can make it- convenience being that I work only a few blocks from where he lives and ill ride in that day. give me a pm and maybe we can work out for that or another meet up.

    not to plug outside websites, but

    bayareavintageriders.com

    I am jetboy on that.

    is a good place to discuss and set up these types of things as its area specific and we don't have to bore a world wide audience on advrider.
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  15. KGER

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    Here are some pics, don't mind the clutter in the background:

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    dilandau cruized by today and took a look, said she's running pretty well and might just need a clutch adjustment to help with the gearbox "peculiarities".

    Also, here are the stats: 1977 R75/7, 13K on the odo (These have to be the only miles, not 113K, bc the original tires were still on the bike when I bought it), purchased three weeks ago in Folsom for $2500. dilandau said it's got a bub exhaust on it, sounds pretty deep and rich.
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  16. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    heh. im not sure they are bub, they just sounded like em. :)
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  17. KGER

    KGER Adventurer

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    I'll do some digging and see what I can come up with. There's gotta be a stamp of some kind on them.

    Thanks again for dropping by, much appreciated. Don't forget that rain check on lunch.
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  18. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    no problem. i think you helped me as much as I you: after riding yours i readjusted my throttle, did some work on the brakes (but failed to make them better-- i think a complete rebuild is in order) and got a bungee for my side panels.

    I think the miles on yours is accurate at 13k- it pulled like a new bike and it seemed like everything was well adjusted- timing and carbs, it was all smooth with good response. The only thing I'd check is your valve clearances- you were worried about noise, and I was worried about lack of it. you want to hear that tapt tat tapt tapt tapt sound loud and clear- (as far as I know). I think you stole that bike for the price- was it on CL? you must have been fast to get to him. in my experience any running airhead in these parts is gonna be at least 3k.

    btw- your pics dont work!
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  19. KGER

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    Pics should be working now.

    Hopefully this weekend I'll get to checking/tuning the valves and a few other things.

    The bike was on CL and I think I got in touch the same day or day after the post. It was also all kitted out for touring and looked like a completely different bike which may have cut down on the interest a tad.

    I wonder if anyone on here has thoughts on the rubbing sound? Starting in third gear during accelleration (not as noticeable), and especially in all gears during deceleration there is a clearly audible, constant, non-metallic, "rubbing" sound coming from the tranny area that matches the speed of the bike, not the RPMs. It doesn't make a difference if the clutch is in or out as far as I can remember.

    Any thoughts on this :ear
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  20. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    yes, i got that as well and not sure what it is. I wonder if its your real brake adjustment- maybe turn it out a bit and see if it goes away.
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