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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Airhead Wrangler, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    I've got that same seat... I had a Black solo too. Asked around how people felt 'bout the blue and since everyone hated it I sold the Black one.

    :lol3
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  2. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    The black bike looks bent and well used.
    You could get some money for the single seat and rack.

    The red bike looks a little better but I wonder why either bike was painted.
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    We have a winner. The red bike ended up being in good enough condition that I bought it without even looking at the black one. The seller accepted my offer of $4000 and I rode it home 3 hours from Guadalajara in the rain without a hitch. It needs a few little things, but all in all it's in great shape. The paint is not original, as mentioned previously, but the PO went to the trouble of buying and applying all the original factory warning decals over the repaint. Super anal. Let's just say there's an MOA sticker on the back fender and leave it at that. :D The color is even REDDER than the photos show. ELECTRIC RED. It was dark and rainy all the way home yesterday and I could still feel the thing glowing underneath me. The bike was imported into Mexico in 2000 from California by an older guy, now in his 70s who sold it to the seller in January of 2011. He's barely ridden it since then and now had to sell it to cover some costs. The engine is very leak-free and makes good power. It blows a little puff of smoke when you crack the thottle wide open, but didn't consume any oil in the 200 miles I rode it. It got over an indicated 100mph without any trouble and fuel consumption appears to be about 40mpg at a constant 75-80mph. Steering head bearings are knocking a little and the shock could use a new rubber bushing on the swingarm end. Also, the brake light doesn't currently work, so that needs addressing too. I'll start with that, a valve adjustment, and all new fluids tonight. Only minus is that it's missing the original tool kit and box. Anybody got a spare they'd sell? More later.
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  4. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Man, I love buying from owners like that.
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Damn, you quoted me mid-edit. By the way, your name idea is the current favorite. The thing is SO red. Photos can't convey the redness.
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  6. darklight79

    darklight79 drink it , ride it , nail it

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    Both ,,,as you cant get pd tanks anymore the value will keep going up .. Finally with a new wilbers and a new driveline two years of penny rolling ... worth more in parts
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  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    awesome. I just re-read the thing and somehow i missed that it had the sport shock. THat thing is pretty trick.

    Now your heart will always be unsure if you like mono or para better :D
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  8. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Congrats Wrangler. Looks like a fun ride for your area.
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Dug a little deeper last night. I dropped the motor oil which was pretty dirty and changed it. Final drive oil looked brand new, but got changed anyway. Only typical fuzz on the magnet. I opened the fill port on the trans to see how the oil looked and very clean oil came gushing out. The PO must've leaned it over on its right side to fill it and then REALLY filled it. I didn't end up changing it because what came out was so clean. The left side valves were right where I like 'em, .10/.17 intake/exhaust, the crash bar needed a good kick of a boot heel in order to get the rocker cover off though. The right side exhaust was also .17, but the intake was almost closed up so it got a little more wiggle room. The bike still has all the clean air crap on it, so I need to order up the parts to rip that out and block it off. Also, I think the shock might be due for a rebuild. It's got a bit of knocking going on internally. It compresses well, but then rebounds undamped a bit before the rebound damping suddenly kicks in with a knock. Anybody know where I can order new seals and bladder for this thing? What weight of oil to use and nitrogen pressure? This'll be my first shock rebuild on a bladder shock, so a little bit of learning involved here.
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  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    After a little more research it looks like the shock shares a lot of spare parts with the WP 4681 BAVP shock used on early LC4s and I think the early dukes. Turns out it's not a bladder design, but instead a floating piston keeping the nitrogen and oil separate.

    Owners manual here:
    http://www.fichier-pdf.fr/2011/02/04/4681bavp-owners-manual/4681bavp-owners-manual.pdf

    ...and a later version here:
    http://ktm.kicks-ass.org/ktm/KTM_manuaalit/Suspension%20repair%20manual/KTM%204681%20BAVP.pdf

    Rebuild thread here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=653302

    Kind of an obscenely huge shock:

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    As far as rebound damping is concerned, "mine goes up to 11." :rofl

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  11. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Turn it up to 11!!!
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    New shoes for the for the GSPD. I was pleasantly surprised that enduro 3 saharas are a lot cheaper here than in the states - under $200US for a set. The MT60s that came on the bike had a little bit of tread left, but i didn't like how dried out and cracked they were so they got replaced. I took the bike out to the mountains for some dirt road exploring today and put another 200 miles on it. All went well, except the dirt roads really let me know that the shock and steering head bearings need attention badly. Lots of knocking. That'll be next on the list as soon as some relatives fly down for xmas and act as parts mules.

    Still some tread on the MT60s
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    ...but these cracks aren't too reassuring and are a lot bigger with pressure in the tires.

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    Work time...

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    New shoes and my new favorite tire irons. Wow, these things make tire changes on tubeless rims a LOT easier. Not exactly travel size though.

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    ...and out for a ride in the mountains today.

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  13. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    AHh thats real nice.
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  14. Clay Spinner

    Clay Spinner Been here awhile

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    How does it feel when compared to your monolever? I'm thinking of weight,balance etc.
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  15. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Don't touch it, don't even look at it.
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  16. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Longer, no shaft jacking, tracks better, and a hell of a lot heavier. I'd say the GSPD is better for nice, fast, smooth hard pack dirt roads, but the monolever would be better for the hairier stuff, just because it's lighter.


    ???
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  17. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    +1
    :clap
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  18. Ras Thurlo

    Ras Thurlo Desert Lion

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    +2 :clap
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  19. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    I just shipped off the shock to racetech to get a full rebuild; new seals, bushings, heim joints, oil and maybe modify the reservoir cap to use a schraeder valve instead of just an allen bolt as a nitrogen fill port. They should have it done soon and shipped off to my parts mule... I mean... mother in law who's going to bring it down in a couple weeks along with oil filters, an air filter, new ignition wires, steering head bearings, a swingarm boot, a toolkit, and the necessary bits to rip out and plug up the pulse air system. In the next couple weeks while the thing's immobile I'll replace the fuel line, clean the carbs out, flush the fuel tank, as well as do some general investigative disassembly. I should have this thing ship shape before too long.
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  20. Daithi

    Daithi Destination Unknown.

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    +3 :clap
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