"New" Ratty Hack... I hope!

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Leaf, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    I see...a real copper coin in the U.S. would be a 1964 or earlier. Today's pennies are copper coated steel. Think I will check out rods next time I'm at the store.
  2. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    Just love this thread... go on, the audience is reading.

    Cheers,
    Greg - Rat-SR500-Velorex-owner & -rider
  3. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Since I am going to look at a running CB900C on Sunday, that doesn't need everything rebuilt like the one I have sitting on my lawn at the moment....

    ... I took the big wide pullback bars off of the junk 900 and put them on the Hawk. Had to use the clutch cable off the 900 (with modifications) and reroute the brake hose and throttle cables.

    End result: Much easier steering with the wider bars, even though it looks a little goofy. It's not quite as comfortable as the lower, straighter vintage standard style bars that were on it, but I think the easier steering more than makes up for it.

    Also stole the mirrors off of the 900. I had some Kawasaki 500 mirrors on the Hawk, and couldn't see very well with them because they weren't wide enough. Much better with the new mirrors.
  4. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I went down the national forest road for some funtimes jumping over waterbreaks, and then got curious as to why I seemed to have so much more traction than usual.

    Turns out the back tire went flat! >:O So I rode it home flat.... Tires are about due for replacing anyway!!

    [​IMG]

    Let's see... I think there was 6.5k on the bike when I got it running and put those $37 Shinko 244s on it. Or maybe it was 4.5k. I don't remember... Getting the different bikes mixed up... Anyway, about to tick over 13k now. 6.5k out of a set (I rotated the tires when the first pusher was pretty much worn out; old pusher/new front now has more tread left on it than the new pusher, lol). That doesn't sound great, but I guess that is ok for a knobby that sees 80% or more pavement and pushes a sidecar. :3

    I think I can get better mileage with the next set. The first pusher was run at 28 psi and lasted a little over 2000 miles as I recall. The second was run at 32 psi and has lasted a lot longer.

    Haven't lost any knobs like I've seen on various fora. Nor any cracking. I think they're a pretty good tire for the $$$.
  5. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    On these chilly mornings, I've been getting some backfiring through the intake on the right-hand side when the engine is cold, accompanied by a little puff of smoke (or maybe water vapor, it is white). Can't really tell exactly where it is coming from (and haven't really looked), but I am guessing that I have an itty bitty leak on the carb insulator somewhere, or a missing felt.

    I'm not going to tear into it until I get the other outfit put together. Going to look at another tug tomorrow. I am pumped.

    Also...

    Why you should always use a catch can when you drain your puke tubes, and pour it into your used oil for disposal.

    [​IMG]

    It's a much bigger spot than it looks in the picture. Maybe a foot across or so. Oops.
  6. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Ordered four tires and three tubes yesterday. More Shinko 244s, and some bikemaster tubes.

    That rear tire has been pretty troublesome to keep aired up. I don't know if it's a problem with the valve stem or just what happens when I abuse the junk. If a new tube with the next tire doesn't make it behave better, I may get another wheel off of Fleabay and start hauling a spare with me. It'd make for good ballast too, I expect!
  7. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Tube pinched in the rim? It happened to me once and took months before it finally completely deflated. I kept putting air in it and checked it for nails and listened at the stem a zillion times first!
  8. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    It's still alive, but different!

    Now using the gauge cluster from a 1974 CL360, mirrors from an '81 CB900, and all the electrical and the rear fender from an '81 CM400E.

    It got a good bit of rust over winter from all the salt. :( I am afraid I might have to tear it down and repaint everything again!

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  9. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Most awesome! Good to see Ratbike rides again. What's up with the CB900 project?
  10. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    It's back on the chopping block next, once the 400 will pass inspection.

    I got consumed by work for most of the winter, and didn't have much time for bike stuff other than riding back and forth from work. :/

    But now I am laid off, so I have plenty of time again, haha.
  11. XL-erate

    XL-erate Been here awhile

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    Very interesting and enjoyable thread from start to finish, thanks! Somehow I missed it before.
  12. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    In other news, I had to put a new audio track to the video. I think it turned out a lot better than the first one... :rofl
  13. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    That upper rear sidecar mount I was worried about finally broke. I jumped a water brake on a logging road with my sister's boyfriend monkeying, and it tore out a little. Or so I am guessing. I didn't notice it until I was filming this video....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8tgodrwJHc

    Also, finally rebuilt some carbs that aren't pieces of junk (quite). Made a bunch of howto videos about it on my crappy youtube channel. I hope they're not too inaccurate! :slurp