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    1. Geriatric Member Aonarch's Avatar
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      02-16-2017 12:28 AM #5451
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Last time I flushed brake fluid I had to replace the two up front. Why did I buy all those flare nut wrenches when all I needed was vice grips

      At one point, I looked at the floor and there was:

      3/8 flarenut wrench
      3/8 box/openend wrench
      3/8 socket
      9mm flarenut wrench
      9mm box/openend wrench
      9mm socket
      1/4 drive ratchet
      hammer
      vice grips.

      I stopped for second and thought to myself... "That's waaaaayyyyyy too many tools to bleed brakes."
      Not a motorcycle, but I just replaced the brakes (Calipers, flex hoses, pads, rotors) on my brothers project 850R. Needless to say I had to walk away for a bit, oh also 2 trips to NAPA.

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      02-16-2017 08:08 PM #5452
      Got rid of the Vespa that was my commuter after crashing the Aprilia, finally managed to convince the wife that a small TU250x was the ticket by virtue of being more stable than the small-wheeled scooter. Plus she used to own one.

      Anyway, got a used one, and quickly started screwing around with it:
      • oil change
      • removed rear seat and frame hoop
      • removed rear pegs and brackets
      • fabbed up a new exhaust hanger (was integrated into the peg bracket) out of aluminum stock
      • changed front sprocket to 16T (from 15T)
      • wrapped the header to ensure it deteriorates into nothingness
      • rebuilt the front suspension, fresh oil, added washers
      • put on fork boots while everything was off
      • valve adjustment
      • covered the headlight with yellow film just because


      Still to do:
      • change front fender to a shorty
      • change rear fender to bobber or something
      • change brake light
      • change indicators (and reposition rear indicators)
      • change mirrors
      • change muffler to something else than the gigantic thing that's on there now
      • fab a new chain guard
      • paint the clutch cover and crank cover satin black (maybe?)
      • repaint the tank and side panels (maybe?)
      • find some damn tank knee pads that aren't terrible
      • get some dual tires


      Bike is dead easy to work on, although I did have to buy a new allen key sets so I'd have the 12mm and 17mm.... and that was the largest expense on parts.

    3. Member Auzlndr's Avatar
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      02-17-2017 03:12 AM #5453
      Since we had some days without rain, dried out roads, and temps barely above 50 (not from here, cold kills me, sorry!) I... rode! Just short trips for lunch, took the Brammo (electric) since lunch isn't far enough for the motor to get warm on the others. Also, since we're still not to riding season I didn't want to haul a gas-burner out for a one-off trip and need to put them back in to hibernation immediately after.

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      02-19-2017 06:05 PM #5454
      Fabbed a chain guard. Failed miserably at brazing aluminium, resorted to bolts and nuts.

    5. Member XwalkerX's Avatar
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      02-20-2017 02:17 PM #5455
      finally got around to building the front end for the panhead.

      6 over tubes
      shaved and polished lowers
      polished narrow 41mm trees
      flanders bars
      5" dog bones
      chromed panhead split bar risers

      still need to fab a new headlight mount so i can swap out the headlight but babysteps lol


      1930 Ford Roadster - 1972 C10 - 1955 Panhead - 1990 Blockhead
      Quote Originally Posted by smoothsix View Post
      Harley riders are a massive pain in the ass. Oh, let me take this fat cow of a bike, make it as loud as humanly possible, and pretend it actually sounds good...

    6. Member Triumph's Avatar
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      02-20-2017 06:08 PM #5456
      that thing must be punishing to ride.
      -Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

      I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called, "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."

    7. Member turbinepowered's Avatar
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      02-20-2017 06:41 PM #5457
      Quote Originally Posted by Triumph View Post
      that thing must be punishing to ride.
      It's a nice color, at least.

      Sent from the Future via Google SkyNet
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

    8. Senior Member @McMike's Avatar
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      02-25-2017 01:33 PM #5458
      Found a broken saddlebag support the other day. Replaced it today, as well as my rear bleeder screw & re-bled the brakes.

      From what I've read, these left-hand supports always break. Mine lasted 45K miles.





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      03-11-2017 02:44 PM #5459
      I think this Lucas bulb is at least 35 years old. What could go wrong?






    10. Member Auzlndr's Avatar
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      03-13-2017 12:04 PM #5460
      Discovered yesterday the run/kill switch on my Duc is intermittent. In run position, squeeze the housing, and the motor shuts off. Switch stays depressed in 'run' position, but if you push down firmly on the 'run' side you can hear the electrics come back alive. From what I've seen so far it can't be disassembled for cleaning so I'll be looking at picking up a used one.

      Kicking myself for leaving it in the garage and not putting it in the house this winter.

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      03-16-2017 01:17 PM #5461
      Still unsure how I did it, but I stripped the plug hole on my oil pan. Last time I did the oil change I torqued to 15lbs. When breaking it loose this time, it completely snapped all the threads off from the oil pan. I've done at least a thousand oil changes in my life time and have never done this.

      So, I ordered a new pan, gasket, plug, crush washer, and oil -- but I have rides I want to go on this weekend. In the interim, I picked up a +1 oversized plug and it worked great!

      In celebration (and also to make myself feel better for being an idiot), I installed my new TST tail light:



      Sorry for the crappy vertical video. Don't judge my messy garage.
      Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Dreadz View Post
      This place is going to hell on a Thule roof rack.

    12. Member Auzlndr's Avatar
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      03-20-2017 02:16 PM #5462
      Quote Originally Posted by Auzlndr View Post
      Discovered yesterday the run/kill switch on my Duc is intermittent. In run position, squeeze the housing, and the motor shuts off. Switch stays depressed in 'run' position, but if you push down firmly on the 'run' side you can hear the electrics come back alive. From what I've seen so far it can't be disassembled for cleaning so I'll be looking at picking up a used one.

      Kicking myself for leaving it in the garage and not putting it in the house this winter.
      So, looking for what's loosely billed as the "right hand switch" I found nothing on ebay.com, but around a dozen on ebay.ie. WTF? And, the cheapest of all of them was in Florida + free shipping. OK, sign me up!

      Switch arrived Thursday, installed it that night, bike fired up proper and no amount of banging on the switch housing causes it to stall out. Before installation I took the opportunity to try to get inside with a wire brush and clean up the contacts, then loaded up the contacts plus the harness connector with dielectric grease, which I should be doing to the rest of the bike, anyway.

      Then, went out for a ride yesterday, first run since she was put away for winter, which was flawless. Woke up with a sore lower back, of course!

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      03-20-2017 09:34 PM #5463
      Solo ride started off great but ended up with a tow back home from across town.
      Turns out I have a faulty stator. Ordered the parts on Ebay and will install once they arrive.





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      03-24-2017 04:31 PM #5464
      Installed Vagabond Motorsport's FE kit on my Grom.


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      03-24-2017 04:39 PM #5465
      Quote Originally Posted by dcjwlee View Post
      Installed Vagabond Motorsport's FE kit on my Grom.

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