R80/7 + a newb = a long road to cafe

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by benthic, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    I'm guessing your bike has had more excitement in the past year than in all the previous years combined.

    good to see it back on the road again. :thumb
  2. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    Bill! It feels really good, but i have to admit i'm nervous every time I get on it - lots of changes and new parts and potential loose bolts, etc... I'm sure I'll get over it with time, but i'm back on this iron horse and that's what counts:)

    Runs really well:) It doesn't want to return to idle rpms right away after revving/riding. I'll come to a stop sign or light and the bike will stay at 2000rpm (or so) for several (10?) seconds before settling back down to the 1100(ish) rpms of idle. Renner suggested i might need to clean/lubricate the points, and I'm sure a carb sync, etc. would be a good idea. But over all the bike is pretty great. I noticed last night that my headlight is pointing down to far, but that's about it.

    the temporary seat is surprising comfortable. I'll put some more miles on it before going to a pro to make sure i like the amount of foam:)

    Happy Friday!
    Spencer
  3. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Run it. Check it. Run it. Check it. That's the drill.

    You have cause to be anxious. You came through the mishap OK, but it could ahve been much, much worse.

    Good call on the "beta of the seat". You are getting the best idea of what you like and need done. On my solo seat, I modified an old Mustang dual seat to solo and rode it for a few months. By the time I sent it off to BillMayer for a rebuild, I knew exactly what I wanted and relayed that info to the seatbuilder. I sit on that seat and it virtually disappears.

    Fret not. It took me decades to get imy bike close to the way I want it:

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    --Bill
  4. bill42

    bill42 Old-School BMWs

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    Your comment to me on another thread made me decide to look you up to see if you had a build thread. Sure enough! I just spent well over an hour reading this thread from start to finish. I billed my client, Comcast, the entire time so I got paid to read your thread which is nice. Anyway, what a ride! You started out as a total non-gearhead newbie and build your bike from the frame up, 1.5 times actually, and in just one year you have surpassed my building skill set! (I am pretty much a bike newbie but I have a mechanical background having been raised by a mechanical and electrical engineer)
    I just want to say here that your story is one of the best threads I have ever read... It could be a MOVIE!
    A movie that only airhead lovers would enjoy, but still...

    I work far too slow to do a build thread like this but maybe if I start posting pics when I am 3/4 done with my café it will appear I am as fast as you...
  5. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    indeed! I was over to Renner's yesterday for a quick hook up to his Harmonizer. did a quick balance and set the idle better:) Then I was off to a local bike night to put some miles on it:) It's running great! nice looking bike Bill:)

    HA! thanks for the kind words:) it has definitely been a great experience, crash and all.

    Last night i modified my bar-end mirrors. I kind of liked the mirrors swung down below the bars, but they hit the tank on tight slow turns, and i didn't like that i had to look down to see them. I did not like them swung up like some sort of crazy antenna on the bike. I had planned on buying some new round mirrors but decided to modify the ones I had first. really, i just drilled some new holes and cut the arms down. they are much better in my opinion, although i butchered the hole drilling i'm ashamed to say - but they work:)

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  6. Mike V.

    Mike V. Adventurer

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    I couldn't agree more Bill. Pretty comprehensive build, and overall experience. It's been a fun ride with Airhead Spencer.
  7. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    how's the bike looking these days?

    about time for an update, don'tcha think? :ear
  8. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    You're on vacation! Get back to sight-seeing;)

    to answer your question though, the bike is good! not much to report as I'm just putting a few miles on it while I ponder cosmetics. i DID put the side-stand back on the bike this weekend. I didn't realize how much I would miss it until it was gone;) I also had to tighten up my left rearset - the damn thing came loose and wouldn't let me downshift. Luckily I was almost home. It seems the bolt doesn't get a lot of grip inside the peg, I will try to replace next time I pull the swingarm...

    in the meantime, I've been cleaning the carbs on a honda CB550 I have (thanks again for the loan of the UC, Renner!) - trying to get it running good, but never fear, the beemer is always watching...

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  9. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    I did a bit of tinkering this morning:
    I tried making a helmet hook/lock
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    the hole in the end is to put a small combo lock to keep the helmet safe
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    it's not perfect - the helmet touches the muffler, but i think i can tweak the hook to make it work:)
    while i was making the hook, an electronic flasher relay i had ordered from superbrightLEDs arrived:) I had tried one from my local automotive store, but it made the turn signals flash even faster! THIS relay worked perfectly!
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    Now that I know it works, I'm going to work on a new tail light situation:)

    It's supposed to be Mods vs Rockers this weekend, but we have nothing but rain:( boo.
    spencer
  10. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    Hi all!

    Well, the weekend wasn't a total loss:) Mods vs Rockers DID happen this weekend after all. It finally stopped (or at least slowed) raining, and while the rides were canceled, the held the gathering Sunday afternoon, so some friends and I went out to play:)

    the beemer in the wild!
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    the scooters arrive!
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    it was a decent turn out all things considered
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    a respite inside from the cold
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    I had a good time, and my airhead buddy Shad took the beemer out for a quick spin so I could get a second opinion:) He came back liking the bike and wishing he'd had a longer, twistier road to try it on:)

    Big Mike V. was out too, but he would have broken himself getting on my bike;) I need to get Renner on the beemer next for his opinion...
  11. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    Hi all!

    I got my new tail light sorted out this past weekend.
    I had ordered some LEDs from Custom Dynamics to replace the 3 lights I was using for run/brake/turn, and I fab'd up some new brackets. It's better than it was, but it has made me decide that I want to make a new rear cowling...

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    lit up:
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    the color is a bit off in the pic, but the center LEDs are dual intensity red, and the outer circle is amber LEDs, but with the red lenses, they are harder to see. the modules came with clear lenses as well and I'm going to switch them out this weekend. the tips of the license plate bolts also light up red when I hit the brakes and the LED clusters are bright as hell:)

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    as I mentioned, i've convinced myself to re-do the seat pan and cowling. I want the cowling to be taller and the seat shorter. with the new design I'm planning on mounting the tail lights right on the cowling... I think I've also convinced myself to paint the tank, fender and eventual cowling a nice baby blue... but i'm still thinking about that...

    Later!
    Spencer
  12. Bill Harris

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    Those LED modules are the same design as my all-amber front turnsignal boards. Very good design and should be bulletproof-reliable. Uber-bright, they left purple squiggles on my retinas when I bench-tested them. The clear lenses should work better for the amber turnsignals and when the lights (brake, tail and turn) are off the entire cluster will fade back to aluminum camo.

    Good thoughts on the Ver 2.0 seat cowling. The 1.0 wasn't a waste, you learned a lot. The rear clusters integrated into the cowl is good, and p'haps you can integrate some tiedown points for carryables.

    --Bill
  13. hardwaregrrl

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    ....will be an ongoing project, forever. I love that you're constantly looking at it and trying to get it just right. I feel your pain. Thanks for the updates:thumb
  14. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    yeah, it's a labor of love/hate;)
  15. Bill Harris

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    :) Freud* would have a field day with us ;)


    *along with Pavlov, Skinner and the whole crew... :eek:

    --Bill
  16. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    i made a few changes this week/end:)

    i had to get rid of the blue. It was a failed paint scheme, and I had just enough orange paint left. the paint is still temporary but i like it better already:) I also changed the mirrors out, to round convex mirrors. The mirrors are pretty cheap, but work:)

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    I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
    Spencer

    (PS, i've been working on my CB550 too, got the carbs cleaned and reinstalled, and rode it around the neighborhood today, still needs work, but i don't know local experts in hondas like I do Renner and Mike V. :( )
  17. Bill Harris

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    I like the NoBlue tailpiece. Sometimes you need to experiment and sometimes ideas don't work out. :)

    I like the self portrait in the last photo. ;)

    Nothing as exciting here. Monday is going to be a rainy old day so I'll stay in and replace a worn rear tire. :|

    --Bill
  18. dm635

    dm635 I Roll

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    The LEDs look great. Think I'll do something similar this next season just to light up the rear so idiots may take notice.

    Do you still have the stock handlebars, or did they get.smashed? I need a set for my R80/7. Picked up a set, but they're too tall. Put a strain on the throttle cables. Could get longer cables, but the stock bars are fine by me.
  19. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    I'm still around! and I've been making some progress;)

    if you recall, i wanted to make a new rear cowling:

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    I had hopes I might be able to save the mold, but alas, i had to destroy it to get my piece off

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    I added a "nose" section to the peice so the front of it rests on the frame under the gas tank

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    I added indents for the LED tail lights. They will move off the aluminum bracket I made to the cowling itself.

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    Bondo time!

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    I threw some primer on to see the areas I need to sand more

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    Seat pan time! With the cowling nearing completion, I laid some more glass to make the seatpan i'll put foam on.

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    foam!

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    I used a combo of carpet padding, and the foam that was making my previous temporary seat.

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    I still need to trim the foam a bit and add a final layer of 1/2" foam to smooth it all out, but I sat on it and it was pretty comfortable! And the firmness of the carpet padding lifts me up a bit which i hope will reduce strain on my knees. I was/am a small bit concerned about raising my center of gravity, but I believe the height is not much different from stock so it shouldn't be an issue.

    I've been working on a deadline for the seat pan - This week! My mom is actually in town, and she is going to help/teach me some sewing (i knew how to use the sewing machine about 18 years ago, but really need a refresher). She and I went out and bought the vinyl, thread, muslin, and the 1/2" foam on Friday, so this week we should have a seat cover done! I'm so excited!

    I hope everyone is well!
    Spencer

    PS - I discovered that my brake master cylinder is pissing fluid all over the place:( I hope to get that sorted this week too. I don't want to ride it until I get that fixed...

    PPS - i've been horrible responding to people about selling parts, and I apologize. I hope if anyone is still interested that they'll bear with me until things calm down a bit.
  20. Renner

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    let me know if you need good-used master cylinder parts, I have some.