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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Cauldron, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Who is close to Detroit?:deal

    Who wants to help me get an elephant home? (Peoria, IL):1drink

    Who knows what Desmodromic means?:evil
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  2. cbxtc6

    cbxtc6 On my Way...

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    1. Not me.
    2. I'll help you ride it, if need be!
    3. I do!

    Funny, I've been lookin' at those Elefant's lately too.
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  3. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    Dude, I hate you. :bluduh Not really though.

    What'd ya give for it? Pics, man, pics!!

    Hey, my truck seats four, albeit kinda cramped. Wanna drive up sunday and get it? Then I can keep it at my house till you come get it. :evil
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  4. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    BTW it's spelled Elefant doofus. This is one of those bikes I lust after. Fully faired or the older style dirtbike lookin one? The lucky strike one gives me a funny feeling, like when I climb the rope in gym class.


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  5. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    THE NUMBERS:
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    1995
    900

    The bank writes me a check on monday...


    I'll see if I can get it done Friday at noon if you are up for a road trip.

    I know how it's spelled! I've been getting a lot of miles at work telling the straights I bought an ELEPHANT.

    The bike has been in storage for the last five years. It will start and run, but the guy said he wouldn't ride it home.



    EDIT:
    Bank will now write the check on friday...
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  6. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    Verrrrrrrrrrry verrrrrrrrrrry awsome! congrats!
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  7. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    I called my wife at work and told her the good news.

    Her response:



    "Umm, honey..? A 900cc Dirtbike?!?:huh "




    So there you are.

    12Bmybestbuddysoon says we can drive up and get it on Sunday!

    Who wants to go???









    Don't all answer at once. There is only so much room in the s10.






    Hello... Is this on?
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  8. EZ OUT

    EZ OUT Sneaky Slow Cheap Bastid

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    Dood. :deal :clap
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  9. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    got it

    and a free truck...

    and a service manuel
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  10. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    Good to see you're home. Now get that damn thing running. Until I see you again,

    -12btrukn
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  11. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Don't tell Mutt. It'll just piss him off!!:deal


    BUT...




    New battery and an oil change and she started right up!!:clap

    With the gas that was in it!!!

    Sounds real good with the little carbon fiber exhaust on it. Little loud...:ear





    I SAID SHE SOUNDS SWEET!!:evil



    I just ordered tires from SWMT. Not much of a selection this tme of year in the correct sizes.
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  12. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Checked your phone messages lately?
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  13. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Bike runs good. It ran gooder after some fresh gas and a five mile ride. :D The little carbon fiber can on it sounds good. After the first three miles the popping stopped...

    The bike handles nice, but I didn't want to push it. I've seen softer tires on a shopping cart! (12 years old) The bike rides smooth, but the front end seems much firmer than the rear. The dual disks slowed it down with alacrity after the rust got eaten off the disks.

    My apologies to the guy on the harley with the open pipes. I passed him slowly and I guess my bike is louder than I thought. My buddy said his reaction was priceless.:eek1

    The brakes are a little thin, so a set of pads are in order. (or three) The brakes are Brembo so they may be the only parts that are obtainable from this country.

    The funny thing is that it has a cylinder, 250 ccs and about 100 pounds on my KLR 650, but it seems SO much lighter!! The engine is smooth after two years of thumpers. The dry clutch isn't as bad as I had heard, though it is as loud.:evil

    I will be taking a class at the Farm this weekend on my klr 250. I want to take my Elefant with me, but I only have one ass, and the 250 will be better to learn on. :deal I will miss it:cry

    I am totally in love with this bike. If I had to live with only one bike (shudder) this one would be it. I can't wait to take it on a long ride. The seat is comfortable, the ergos are good, power is all I could want and the sound of that L twin through the carbon fiber muffler is music.
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  14. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    ., power is all I could want and the sound of that L twin through the carbon fiber muffler is music.[/QUOTE]

    I believe in the Duc world it's called "sweet Italian Music":deal
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  15. Stuntman

    Stuntman Been here awhile

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    Congrats and enjoy her!!! I am on my third, 1994 Elefant. Can't figure out why I sold the other two previously. I must have gotten hold of some bad drugs or something. I regularly take mine off-road. They have very neutral handling and are real easy to stear with the throttle. Feel free to holler at me if you need any advice and welcome to "Club Pachyderm", the rarest of all the breeds!!!!

    Also, where ya at (thats New Orleans for where are you located)?
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  16. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    I love New Oeleans. I'm about 1000 miles to the north however. Pekin Ill. to be exact.

    I know what you mean about the neutral feel. The tires are 12 years old. The gas in it was old. I took it out for a little test run after I got it home and started. It died at 15 mph going left in a slight curve. I popped the clutch to bump start it and the back started to slide out. No drama at all, just a gentle slide and then back into line when the clutch lever was pulled in and the back tire could roll again.

    Tires and belts are on order...

    The only problem I have so far is finding the part numbers for the brake pads.
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  17. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Tires: got 'em on
    Tubes: new
    Brake fluid: changed
    Belts: in
    Regulator: new one on
    Clutch: bled


    ON ORDER:
    new speedo drive
    rear brake master cylinder
    front brake pads (still)

    Got it all sorted for this weekend. The peoria TT races are a big thing here. 30,000 people attend every year. (stadiums hold 10,000) There is a parade the day before from the track to the riverfront in Peoria where the party is. (Bike show, dealers, two stages, venders, Beer tents... good times...) Last year they had close to 1200 bikes show up in the morning for the parade. Friday night the chance for rain was at 80 percent.

    Then 60

    Then 40

    Then 30
    By morning the chance of rain was 20 percent and overcast.

    The first accounts were that there were well over 2000 bikes in the parade.

    I got there early and got to see them all roll in. 99 percent chance of Harley Davidson! Other than the occasional Japanese cruiser, there were 6 Triumphs, three other Ducatis (two monsters and an ST4), A handfull of sport bikes (including three Hayabusas) and two Husky dual sports (a 610 and a 400 something)

    Me being there early
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    It's the blue one on the end.

    More bikes start to show up.

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    I'll give you a dollar if you know what this bike is:deal

    Reading the name on the tank does not count...
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    Then the camera batteries went dead.:cry

    The Elefant (I'm thinking of naming it 'Stampy') did well in the parade. All first and second gear stuff, I think it was as good a test as any.

    Later that day on a longer ride it died from lack of charging. I re-wired the regulator on the side of the road, routing the positive to the hot side of the starter solenoid, bypassing the wiring harness. Jumped it (bottom of a hill) and got going again. The headlight got brighter and brighter on the way home!! Problem fixed.
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  18. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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  19. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Sweet bike ya got there!!
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  20. Queen

    Queen Happy Camper

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    I'll be home soon, I expect an up close and personal inspection of the new steed. :smooch
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