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Re: What did you do to your bike today --join in
chris l #689432 03/26/17 12:26 pm
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Glanced at my bike in the garage under it's sheet a couple of times yesterday. 76F and some sunshine.....I kept telling myself "it's still March, there's plenty of time" :bigt

Sometimes it sucks having to choose between good and good! First-world problems I suppose..... crazy

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Originally Posted by kevin roberts
lol

pulled out the 66 A65 bitsa to go for a ride and kicked her over. . . gently . . . and busted the kickstart return spring,

Use a bungie cord to hold it up and go for a ride! grin


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Broke down on mine again sick sick ,but did have a couple of rides this weekend that i will put n a thread


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chris l #689525 03/27/17 12:11 am
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Like Steve, I glanced over toward the stallion today. But I had to go a step further and throw a leg over the saddle. After several attempts to persuade the beast to start, it seems I need to spend some time inside the right hand side AMAL or the rearward set of points. Firing left side, notta on the right.

That's OK. Won't be too long of an effort to fire it up this season!

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DavidP #689529 03/27/17 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by DavidP

Use a bungie cord to hold it up and go for a ride! grin


alas

i had promises to keep . . .

i took the harley.


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I finally got the seat lock to open on the K100. It pays to use the correct key. I had been try to use the ignition key. Apparently it operates much better with the gas-cap key. DOH!!!
Took the battery out to charge. I'll use that tomorrow to power the timing light to check the BSA.


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I had hoped to ride the BSA today and synchronize the carbs. It only tried to start and wouldn't take throttle. Odd, it started on Wednesday and I was able to set the timing.
Then one of the throttle cables lost its end. I fixed that but still wouldn't start again.
Got a new battery ready to go in the BMW. Maybe the code will tell me what it needs to start.


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72 T120V cafe project "Mr. Jim"
72 T150V "Wotan"
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Still cleaning my cases on the BSA before I attempt installing the crank and setting the endplay. Just when I think it's clean, it's not. Sitting in a tub of straight gasoline and scrubbing with a brush until I'm satisfied. It's sunny out today and I'm thinking about taking the Bonnie out but's still kind of chilly. I hate being cold.

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Broke down again this weekend ,with oil pouring out the breather on the Triumph t100 1964.So fitted a new oil pump this aft hoping this might sort the problem.

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chris l #690531 04/05/17 10:04 am
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Well, While waiting for things to progress with my A65 rebuild I decided to progress a little more with my 6 year Norton build. It is getting close.

Fitted some nice new green Italian made fuel line and and Italian-made fuel tap with integral off/on/reserve function. This replaced leaky separate taps and fuel line that had hardened in the space of a year. Havent been able to locate good non-hardening fuel line locally (no McMaster Carr in Australia). Crimped at carb end and a quickly removable spring clip at the tank. The green is a bit over the top but it's mostly hidden anyway.


This started out as a chopperised frame and associated parts so I'm not concerned about originality. Frame repair was done by the person who ended up with Don Pender's frame jig. Only left to finalise the pipes to my final preferred shape and a coat of paint on the tank.

I smile when I walk into the shed, so this must be the right bike to be working on.

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I just installed a pair of those petcocks. Saved a little space under the tank.
Fresh fuel today. Started first kick. laugh


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Re-torqueing the head on my A65. Book says you only have to remove the intake rockers to access the center bolt, but I have "mushroom-type" rocker ends which can't be threaded all the way out from the top, so I can't dislodge the exhaust pushrods without removing the rockers.

During the process, my Harbor Freight click-type torque wrench broke internally, so I had to resort to my old trusty torsion-bar wrench. I guess a torque wrench is not one of those things you can "cheap out" on.

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Brought the Triumph out from under the tarp. Haven't ridden it in over a month I think. Plugged the battery terminals back in, turn on the fuel taps and walked away. Came out, tickled the carbs, but no fuel came out. Huh. Turn on the reserve, see fuel flowing through the filter, checked the gas tank, had enough gas, so off I went. Beautiful day!

Came home and replaced the fuel line. Now I don't have to rely on the reserve as my primary!

I painted the A65 side panels yesterday and I love the blue! A decal and some clear coat and they'll be set.


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I use a screwdriver as a lever on the rocker arms to compress the valve springs. You might try that.

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I pulled the Trident out of the corner yesterday, it wet sumps really bad so I pulled the sump drain plug and the primary plug, I didn't ride it much last year so the gas got dumped in the truck tank. That's where I left off because it was time to get the lawn mowed before the kids came over for a cookout.
While the tank is off it would be an ideal time to re torque the head and adjust valves.


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...hello Mark, beware that those needle torque wrenches are nothing accurate. Try to have a comparison between those and the other ones to see how big is the difference in the final numbers.

-I am doing a lot to one of my bikes but she refuse to cooperate.

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rode it!

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Awesome jhays!


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Originally Posted by BrizzoBrit
Mark
I use a screwdriver as a lever on the rocker arms to compress the valve springs. You might try that.

Cheers
Ray


Ray, can you elaborate? Where do you pry, and what do you use as a fulcrum?

Could be academic; I'm getting a little weepage under one of the outer head stud washers. I thought (perhaps foolishly) that re-torqueing the head might take care of it. It didn't. So it looks like the head is coming off sometime soon.

BTW, I also rode today (to work)!

Originally Posted by reverb
...hello Mark, beware that those needle torque wrenches are nothing accurate. Try to have a comparison between those and the other ones to see how big is the difference in the final numbers.


I've heard that said before, but I don't get it. It seems to me that the spring rate of a torsion bar would be linear and consistent. That is, assuming it was accurately manufactured, it would not change thereafter. Anyway, I'll be shopping for a *good* click-type torque wrench and I'll do some comparisons when I get one.


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Street bikes: walked by and looked, daydreamed about riding, checked batteries on charger. Looked outside and wondered when the 5 foot snow berm will be gone, and when temps will rise into the hi 40's, my minimum for Spring riding in a snow machine suit and gauntlet gloves.

Race bikes: verified parts and tools got to LA, read my to do list for next week in LA, wonder how danged hot it is going to be at Willow and how we will manage that.

In a word, not much, unless thinking counts as doing...

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Linker, can you elaborate on your racing involvement? What sorts of bikes and what sorts of racing, etc.?


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I think I'll finish the Trident today, maybe even throw a bucket of soapy water on it and ride it the daughters Easter cookout tomorrow


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Saturday, April 15, returned from the first 2017 ride on the Bitsa, this is after servicing the steering bearings, fitting new fork tubes and "Leak Proof" brand fork seals, cleaning out the dampers and such. Just a 20-mile test ride, runs great, all good. I had experimented with increasing the fork spring pre-load (with 1" lengths of PVC pipe), a bit too much, so I took them out, and bouncing in place seems 'way too soft now, so I'll cut some 1/2" spacers and try them. Using 20w fork oil, 6 oz. per leg. No leaks ...

:bigt

... or so I thought. Sunday morning, found some leakage from the right side fork drain screw, tightened both, cleaned off, will check tomorrow after returning from family visits.

Sure looks better with gaiters.

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Took a short ride on the BSA. Wasn't quite right, so I annoyed the neighbors by checking the timing. A bit retarded, so I reset and annoyed them some more. laugh

Then I drained all the old fuel out the Beemer. Goofy siphon pump pissed gas all over the place, but it got most of it in the can.
Then I installed a new battery, total PITA! The Motronic brain lives atop the battery, and some other brain box lives on the back of the battery holder.
Now, I gotta try to start it and read the codes.


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92 BMW K100rs "Gustav"
72 T120V cafe project "Mr. Jim"
72 T150V "Wotan"
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Started stripping the old paint from my good petrol tank. Finally gonna get it painted by a pro.


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