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I never win anything. I do the odd raffle type deal expecting to win nothing. I never waste money on the lottery.

A fair number of flat track bikes get sold via raffle. I never bother. Until last week. A Kawasaki 750 went up for raffle. Really good build, has some good race history. Winner gets the bike, 2nd gets $2,000.00, Rookies of 79 charity which helps injured riders gets $3,000.00. So I figured it was worth $100.00 to help a good charity.

I sent my money and started having an odd feeling about this raffle. Not that something wrong, but I was gonna win. Bull, last thing I won was 3 weeks in the hospital with a case of Covid.

This afternoon started getting messages congratulating me on winning. I figured I was getting my chain pulled. Then I got an email from the owner….I WON! My old race #43 was lucky.

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Never say never, congrats man

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Oh, man, I'd LOVE to take that for a few dozen spins on a nicely prepared track!!!


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That's a sweet bike! Congrats, man.


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I don’t know if I am going racing, but the shoe came off the wall for the first time in a long time…..

I used my old race # for the raffle….

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So what are we waiting for. swap the yellow plate for your #43 and hit your backyard I'm sure it will do a fast track out of your Trials course.. wink
To bad we have an ocean in between otherwise I would challenge you with my #57
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I told Rich that it would make a great pit bike at Mid-Ohio. I can just see him sliding sideways into the pathways in the swap meet!

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It does have electric start!


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Originally Posted by Rich B
It does have electric start!

Rich: Beware of electric start buttons.. just saying.

When you press the start button don't press to hard or you might get hurt..
I had my ligament and muscle end torn off in my right thumb in 1980 when the start button kicked back real fast and hard .. Surgery and plaster cast for six weeks .. see image for scare..
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Since then I only use kick start.. just saying.. 👍

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Congrats Rich !! That looks like a fast ride... A barrel of fun for sure... You deserve it


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Wow, price was right. And a serious dirt track weapon too.

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It is finally here. Arrived just before dark

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Rich -

What in the WORLD are you going to do with that? There's only 3 valid options ... the non-valid option is to just make it like a vase or flower planter and display it in the conservatory ...

1) Race it yourself.
2) You be the Owner and find a young fire-eater to race it.
3) Hang some lights on it (functional or not) and use it for local fun and games on the deserted Ohio backroads ....

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No. 4 is to use it as a pit bike at Mid-Ohio. It would be just the thing to blast up down the paths in the swap meet scattering the kids on mini-bikes and atvs in its wake!

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Originally Posted by Lannis
Rich -

What in the WORLD are you going to do with that? There's only 3 valid options ... the non-valid option is to just make it like a vase or flower planter and display it in the conservatory ...

1) Race it yourself.
2) You be the Owner and find a young fire-eater to race it.
3) Hang some lights on it (functional or not) and use it for local fun and games on the deserted Ohio backroads ....

Lannis

Likely #2 since I am already helping a young rider who is fairly talented.

But #4 remains possible! laugh

I started digging into it last night. I have my own standards for how a race bike is put together. While overall it is well done, there are some detail things I want to clean up. I did discover the Caswell coating inside the tank is falling off in LARGE chunks, eek


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Originally Posted by Rich B
I started digging into it last night. I have my own standards for how a race bike is put together. While overall it is well done, there are some detail things I want to clean up. I did discover the Caswell coating inside the tank is falling off in LARGE chunks, eek

Always good to go over someone else's work when you now have responsibility for it!

Same thing happened with my Caswell coating ... cleaned and primed the tank per directions with their cleaner, mixed it carefully, etc ... and 6 months later found that the whole coating, although still sealing the tank, was no longer CONNECTED to the tank; it was like a large clear plastic bladder inside. That was my last go at tank lining solutions ....

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I have had really good luck with the KBS Coatings for tanks. It is a urethane coating instead of an epoxy coating. I have sealed some Bultaco tanks with it and don't even bother to drain the fuel. It works that well.

Tanks that have had 2 stroke pre-mix in them are the worst to coat due to the oil impregnated into the glass fibers.

It is a very thin material. I was highly skeptical the first time I used it. But so far, it has been flawless.


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All I can say is "don't get hurt".

I know i probably would, it's just SO tempting!


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"All I can say is "don't get hurt"."

I need to fight temptation! It doesn't help at all that there are 2 facilities in Ohio that allow you to rent them for very modest cost for practice or testing.

Plus there is the Champion Bultaco that I know I am gonna take some laps with at a specific track. It was last raced at the Salem ¼ in the late 70's. I was "wrenching" on it that night. It has never run since. I feel the need to at least ride practice on that track with that bike.


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That's fantastic, Rich!

I'm sure whatever you decide to do with it with be a blast. I feel ya on the whole "digging into it" thing. Recently purchased a "running" (see: not sorted) '82 TMA Royal from a guy, original owner and long time Triumph enthusiast. He owns five T20,T100,T120 and T140.

Started wiring it for LED lighting, needed to pull the outer GB cover to fix the neutral switch wires and I'm now probably going to have to take it down to the crank b/c of what I've uncovered. Good thing I have the time and enjoy that type of work (see: sums of $$ spent after purchase).

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Originally Posted by JubeePrince
Started wiring it for LED lighting, needed to pull the outer GB cover to fix the neutral switch wires and I'm now probably going to have to take it down to the crank b/c of what I've uncovered.
Cheers,

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I don't know if this is your situation, but I bought a bike once from someone who had a reputation for taking stellar care of his equipment, who said that he had an A&P certification and had rewired and rebuilt the mechanics on his antique "Ercoupe" plane, and who was asking a premium price for his bike.

Which I paid.

And barely got it home. It had about 50 feet of brown lamp zipcord in the wiring, plastic wire nuts covered with duct tape connecting the zipcord to tiny 28 gauge wire, the coils hose-clamped to the frame and cracked and oozing dielectric goo, I had to pull probably 100 feet of horrible wiring out of it; it looked like a birds nest on my shop floor. It was the worst bodge-job I've ever ridden down the road, and it took a visit from Dr. KarlB to start it on the road to mechanical and electrical health.

How the seller got a reputation for "quality" work, I'll never know. He died about 6 months after I bought the bike, so I never went back to him or name-shamed him publicly, but it's the only time I've bought something on someone's "reputation" from friends and been sadly disappointed. Did he honestly believe he'd done a good job? Was he an idiot but friends didn't notice or say anything? Thank goodness it's rare - reputations are generally accurate ...

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Originally Posted by Lannis
Which I paid.

Fortunately (luckily?) I paid what I would consider a very fair sum of money (see: not premium) for the bike. I first contacted him about buying it two and a half years ago, but a sudden life change (see: divorce) forced me to back out. I found out early this year that it was still for sale. He wasn't trying that hard to sell it apparently.

Heckuva nice guy, long-time Triumph enthusiast, I expected a reasonably sorted machine based on our many conversations over the past couple of years. Picked it up in July with hopes of riding this fall, but it looks like I may have to wait until spring.....dodgy wiring, Sparx regulator installed with zener and rectifier still in the circuit, metal from a failing layshaft bearing in the gearbox, metal in the primary from a WAY too slack primary chain dancing, metal in the sump, metal in the frame's oil tank, two too tight valves, frozen spindle in swingarm, it goes on ad nauseam.....first world problems I suppose.

Oh, yeah: at one point he suggested I could fly in and ride the bike back to Maryland from Kentucky!

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Originally Posted by Rich B
I did discover the Caswell coating inside the tank is falling off in LARGE chunks, eek

Hugh Mackie of Sixth Street Specials has THE method for pre-treatment of tank coatings. His theory is that residual gas in the tank causes coatings to fail. No "normal" amount of drying or chemicals can totally remove the residuals. Solution: set the oven for as low a temp as you can get and put your tank in the oven for 24 hours.

Now all you have to do is clear this technique with the Wife. Good luck with that. laugh

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