New Old Bike

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by vtwin, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Here are a couple of scans from the magazine where they rated the GR650 a "Best Buy".

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  2. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Well, seeing all this just makes me want to get busy on my Tempter. I'm wrapping up a full-scale resto on the T100R triumph,and I will be dragging the Tempter out of the barn in the spring. It is currently blocked in by a boat and an old Farmall F-20. My Dad must have seen that issue of the magazine-he bought this bike new in '83.
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  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Jeep, drag that bike out there and get 'er going.:lol3 Parts are still available and the bike just loves tootling along secondary roads just fine. had mine brielfy up to 55mph and seemed ok doing that. It was the speed limit at the time this bike was new anyway.:rofl
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  4. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    in by a boat and an old Farmall F-20.


    YOu are my hero, my great granddad according to my grandad had an F-20.
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  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Since I didn't feel like going out today, I decided to change the front tire at this time. [​IMG]

    I had gotten a few needed toys for doing the job. :evil


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    New valve and air soft "dyna beads"..

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    I must be getting better, it only took an hour from start to finish.:D


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    I realized when I took this picture, I screwed up. Oh well, we'll see how it is on the open road. It's raining now though. New tire + rain = :eek1
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  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Look what I scored!:evil

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    It doesn't come with a seat pan, but I don't care I have one.:lol3

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  7. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I plan on cutting this down and getting the Russell Daylong grafted onto the pan.

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    I'll probably cut down the foam enough to accomadate the Russell and stitch the sides to the original sides of the higher original pan. I already have a nice original seat for it, so I can pretty much waste this one. I'll report when I start working on it. Gotta find that electric knife first.
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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Update, got the new chain and sprockets on.

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    Decided to take them out for a spin.

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    All in all, a productive day.:D
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  9. Inane Cathode

    Inane Cathode Cheated Anion

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    I love going through these threads! Especially when they dont stop halfway through with "I ran out of money, and i parked it in the garage".

    An inspiration to all who have that one bike in the shed they havent looked at in years!
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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks IC, I always did like a mechanical challenge.:D I think as long as the bike has some sort of value to the owner, it's worth fixing. I too, feel bad about "blue tarp's diseased" bikes. This has been fun to work on as it's so simple and an unusual model I didn't even know existed. I'll be taking it out today to meet up with my brother for brunch and a ride. I've convinced him to ride his TDM even, a bit of a rare bike as well.:lol3

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  11. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Glad you decided to persevere. Bike looks beautiful. Bravo!:clap
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  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks Blaine, good luck on the CB.
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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Today we had our "Patriots Ride" in celebration of the 4th of July. We gathered in Los Gatos Diner. These guys must have had the same idea.

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    And these guys....

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    Our group today...

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  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    We ride up highway 9 to Saratoga Gap and then north on highway 35. We stop at the overlook and admired the day.

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  15. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    We get to Alice's and some pretty cool stuff is there.

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    A Bumblebee, not the Transformer variety either.:lol3

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    High mileage BMW. Better invest in some new rotors pal.:eek1

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    CDF was even on hand...

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    And a nice GT40...

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  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    It was down highway 84 and through the cities of Redwood City and San Carlos for lunch. Sorry forgot to take pictures of my French Dip.:dg

    After lunch, we continued onto the Hiller Aviation Museum.

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    And the crew.

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  17. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Sorry for my bad indoor photos, I need lessons.:shog
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    I think this is the engine that was used in the Tucker automobile...

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  18. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    So, it was a fun day at the museum.:lol3 It was nice to take suki out for a ride.
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  19. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    I actually got my Tempter dug out from the corner it was jammed into, and moved it to a much more accessable location. Sooner or later, I will turn my attention to it fully. Right now, I'm just getting the '69 BSA back together. Seeing these pics makes me want to get that Suzuki running again.:clap
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  20. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Jeep, just be extra careful with the chain adjuster. It's a self adjuster and it takes a little fiddling to get right. If not :kboom :cry to the engine. The guy with the Silverwing had one and it broke the timing chain. Just like mine was. Also, there was one on craigslist not long ago that had the same problem. Good luck.
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