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Campfire Talk / Re: Most Enduring Motos
« Last Post by richard211 on Today at 05:14:54 pm »
It would be nice if there was an affordable v twin bullet based engine.
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Bullet Electra & AVL Models / Re: chain slack?
« Last Post by tooseevee on Today at 05:05:50 pm »
   The Owner's Manual that came with my '08 AVL Classic (it's actually an Electra-X manual) sez 1" on the upper run of the chain. Then there's a picture with an arrow pointing at the lower run of the chain.

    It also doesn't specify whether that's the "push it up" dimension, the "push it down" dimension or the whole range from up to down so who knows? I don't even think they know. Or care.

     I run the bike on the center stand in whatever gear I feel like & watch the chain. If it doesn't wave too much or tie itself in a knot, I'm happy. Also you get to know by feel if it's OK.

     I don't hear of many Enfield riders being thrown into a ditch by their chain causing acute eclampsia.
     
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Campfire Talk / Re: 2017 Aero Cycle Car
« Last Post by derottone on Today at 04:47:01 pm »
The owner of the Aero Cycle car did mention that cornering could get a little squirrely as the rear wheel can slide around a bit when stressed.

That wouldn't be the worst thing, some added fun factor.
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Cylinder Base Oil Leak
« Last Post by Ton1959 on Today at 04:40:04 pm »
It doesnt look like a lot of work to fix a leak like that. I still have to put my leaking Suzuki together again though and they are more akward. A twin  is a lot easier for working on.
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Campfire Talk / Re: Most Enduring Motos
« Last Post by axman88 on Today at 04:18:07 pm »
Probably way easier to just add R.E. accoutrement to the 650 Suzuki. Fenders and a tank would be a nice start, and all available fairly cheaply from ebay.

Putting a tall wet-sump OHC motor in a Bullet chassis would raise the CG a bit. The LS650 drive sprocket location would determine the engine placement in the donor Bullet frame because the chain needs to clear the swingarm. Adding tinware to the LS650 frame is low hanging fruit and you'd have a known non-lethal handling package. The LS also comes with real brakes, unlike the TLS Bullet item. Something about 60 years of additional design evolution...
Unfortunately, no amount of adding on will reduce the Savage or S40's cartoonish 35 degree rake angle.  Along with the chopper looks, it reduces the machine's maneuverability, and brings poor slow speed "flop" steering.  The RE's, with their 26 degrees feel much more refined to me.  Even Harley, maxed out at around 30 degrees on the most extended of their line.

One can cheat by cocking everything forward, longer rear shocks, shorter fork legs, smaller front wheel, bigger rear wheel, but this will likely result in the same chain / swingarm interference you warned us about.  That's something I've seen resolved with idler sprockets, but it seems to me that putting an idler on the tension side of the chain is only a valid solution for a show bike.

And all this changing adds up to a lot of parts.  If my goal is to revive my RE with a $700 replacement engine, building yet another Suzuki Savage custom doesn't seem like the best way to achieve it.  There's LOTs of custom Savages out there already, with their short, open pipes, cone filters, solo seats, and whimsical paint jobs, and one can be had cheaper than a stock bike. 

That popular, bobber look always reminds me of hip dysplasia.

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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Shortened intake stack performance
« Last Post by RecoilRob on Today at 03:49:45 pm »
#4 is just a drain hole and already plugged so no worries trying to block it from the inside.   I think it's there in case you submerge the airbox and some vehicles have a little rubber one-way valve to allow water to flow out but block airflow back in.   At first glance the clear flexible plastic plug appears to be such a valve...but I just pulled my spare off to check and it is not open.

Just vacuum out the box when you're finished and it'll be fine methinks. :)
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Campfire Talk / Re: 2017 Aero Cycle Car
« Last Post by NVDucati on Today at 03:00:53 pm »
The owner of the Aero Cycle car did mention that cornering could get a little squirrely as the rear wheel can slide around a bit when stressed.
Yeah, the rear wheel can break traction on the high powered rigs. But it is like driving a rear wheel drive car as opposed to a motorcycle.
You can find some very specific engineering specs about the ratio of the triangle dimensions and how to determine if a "2front" trike will tip or slide. Obviously, you want it to slide ;).
My experience driving them is limited. But I can say that with the Kawa powered one, it didn't take long to dial in the machin / man partnership. Big grins / adult go-cart.
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: pedal tips or...
« Last Post by Streetliight on Today at 02:59:31 pm »
Back in the eighties we used to look for that scuff mark to determine a rider from a t-shirt owner.

I wear my Red Wing Iron Rangers probably 80% of the time day to day, and 100% of the time while out riding the bike. I was initially a bit bothered by the scuffing of my new boots, but now I just see it as the boots having character, much like my Seiko watch that's been through hell and back, but is still mechanically sound  ;D
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Cylinder Base Oil Leak
« Last Post by JessHerbst on Today at 02:35:38 pm »
I would check the connections to the oil cooler as well before going after the base gasket. How many miles and how hard do you ride?
Oil cooler was my first thought.
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Cylinder Base Oil Leak
« Last Post by JessHerbst on Today at 02:34:48 pm »
Ya reckon? That would scream "neglectful owner" to me. One step away from JustRolledIn on YouTube...
I'd be either letting it leak or fixing it properly, me.

Cleaning and checking really closely where the leak comes from is a good idea though.
I just discovered, and love, ‘JustRolledIn’!
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