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  1. Just found a better picture of my goose, ca. 1993 in Louisville, KY right after purchase. Modeling this beautiful bike is my beautiful daughter, D1. The bike will go to her when I’m dead.
    5 points
  2. Sounds like you need a intervention.
    2 points
  3. My fellow riders always made fun of me because as we walked away from our parked bikes, I’d always turn and take another look at mine!
    2 points
  4. Yadda yadda, Osama and yo momma made Barack Hussein Obama... What year is the van? The hydraulics in the bucket are electrical over hydraulic? As in you have to have electric and hydraulic to operate them from the bucket? Option one. Remote starter on the van. Option two. Vehicle voltage gauge in the bucket. Best to use with option one or else you're going to be getting down a lot. Option three. Battery in the bucket that allows the solenoids to work, if they are electrical, to allow the hydraulics to release so you can get down if the vehicle batteries die. Option
    2 points
  5. Who didn't see that coming?
    2 points
  6. I've never heard of it so I'm guessing CA doesn't give that tax break, so surprising.
    2 points
  7. Yes, I now own the fastest and the slowest CBR ever made
    2 points
  8. So you have a turbo Bird and " littlest wee-BR"?
    2 points
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  10. The engine block, away from the exhaust, isn't going to get hot enough to matter. Basically whatever the coolant temp is is about as hot as the back of the block will get. I've run rags & paper towels in the valley of my Powerstroke for years.
    2 points
  11. I think he finally realized that anyone who can make the 90 mile swim to America at 11 months old isn't someone to fuck with.
    2 points
  12. This picture was from a Toys for Tots ride in Knoxville around 1995. That’s my son Jonathan. In the fall of 1997 I was riding on the BRP when the wiring harness in the cowl caught fire. (A known issue now). I parked it in the barn, and life happened.
    1 point
  13. Yep. Individual levers was usually a Lenco. Loved to watch Bob Glidden grab those levers with the precision of a robot. I saw an episode of Finnegan's Garage that showed a true, 6-speed w/reverse, sequential transmission for (mostly) roadrace cars. He and the builders were talking about it like an info-mercial. They didn't mention how much it costs, but guessing it was north of 8 grand.
    1 point
  14. It is never gonna happen but I wish they would build sport cars for enthusiast with lightweight flywheel, no synchros and sequential shifter. Synchros slow the gearchange big time. Trucks don't have them and one can change gears almost as fast as in the car despite the fact transmission is physically million times bigger.
    1 point
  15. I left the Excursion at the Ford service department overnight about a week ago....we're all fucked.
    1 point
  16. What do you mean? I frequently used a shop magnet to pull plugs out of the well once they were loose. They don’t always come out with the socket.
    1 point
  17. I guess my shame pales in comparison. I paid the dealer almost $400 to do the break-in service on the KTM.
    1 point
  18. I hear ya. Today, for the first time in my life, I picked up my bike. From a shop. For maintenance. Brake pads. Flushing lines. Chain and sprockets replaced. 600 large, plus the cost of a couple beers there. (What a great place!) I mean, I used to be a real biker. Now, not so much. The ride home was great. Loved the brake job, much better than I could have done myself, but you know, no grease under my fingernails. Tools not being used, no barn beer. When I got home I planted some canna gillies for wifey.
    1 point
  19. If it could be connected there's a good chance of smoke, but I think the connectors are different.
    1 point
  20. LOL. I understand. I figured that was something a person would do, uh, "in person", and then take it back home after the test. Definitely, wouldn't do an "over-nighter".
    1 point
  21. I still want a second fan. ....sitting in traffic for 2 hours in 98% humidity August heat with my friends on The Soo, as the locals call it, seeing the XX slowly fail was like watching a friend bleed to death. The heat gauge was creeping up and the starter started turning slower.... I kind of coasted s l o w l y into customs. I have thread somewhere on replacing the stator.
    1 point
  22. Portables of the time tended to skip in hard riding, and also none of them supported MP3 CDs. A single CD was too annoying to fuck with for long rides. That player could handle CD-RW *data* discs with MP3 files, and play them as normal discs. So IIRC, one disc could hold about ten normal CDs.
    1 point
  23. email mario at thunderbikes.i hear that he can sometimes source hard to find parts. https://www.thunderbikes.com.au/shop/
    1 point
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  25. More of a meandering whine than anything else, but describing my problem may garner some amusing ideas I haven't considered as a fix. Might even make me think through the problem. I have this van with a boom on it, or if you prefer, a bucket. We name most of our vehicles, even if its only for the color. Blue is blue, there's Big Red, and Pappy. Then there's the Big Fucking White Truck with the Bucket, or boom on it, which has shortened to The Bucket Truck, which is pretty good, only four syllables, but I think I'm going to name it Boom Shakala, which is only 1 syllable net short
    1 point
  26. She could fly out and ride it back. Kinda of a "Then Came Bronson" thing, probably the same size bike. 😉
    1 point
  27. Awesome little bikes. I wonder if you could put the 50 in a box and ship it via Greyhound? LOL. My sons each had the same 50, and loved it. My daughter will be 6 soon and needs to get her riding game on.
    1 point
  28. I hope I didn't steal your Guzzi thread with my project. Motivator; mine's running so get off your ass! 🙂
    1 point
  29. In playing with the throttle on generators I've seen 40 to well over 150v. Governors aren't perfect, but you can usually dial them in to keep within a good voltage range. The one on my Onan was a little off so I tweaked it. From memory there were 3 different things to adjust to get the voltage right at low, medium, and high load. The governor relies on a bunch of stuff, but in my mind the spring is what makes it less than perfect, there's just no way to not have some amount of rising resistance as the spring is stretched. I think I got mine down to around 4-5v. of variation, mo
    1 point
  30. In Wisconsin, there would only be a pile if rust with some plastic and rubber bits... The oil on the engine is a self-corrosion avoidance feature like a Scott-oiler. ...like this?
    1 point
  31. Hmmm, looks like what I was talking about?
    1 point
  32. Makes me wanna drag my Convert out and fix it up. It arrived dead, the seller didn't send the title with it but it would be coming soon. I jumped in and got it running, then set off fixing various stuff. After lots of questionable delays I started to think that the title would never show up so I stopped working on it. By the time the title arrived I had lost enthusiasm and it hasn't come back. I took a very short ride around the block, the 'automatic' transmission is interesting to ride.
    1 point
  33. Image uploaded. Appears to be SECDEM wind screen
    1 point
  34. I put some car manuals on Craigslist for free and couldn't give them away. I like paper manuals when working on a vehicle and still use them. Who wants to be messing with a phone with greasy hands trying to look at the little photos and text when you can use a book but times are changing for some.
    1 point
  35. "We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast."
    1 point
  36. The one on the left is the national defense service medal indicating he served. Not sure of the one on the right. Looking closer the one on the right might be the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal but hard to tell because of the bright spot on the picture. Color correctness is poor but that appears to be what they are.
    1 point
  37. I own said bike now 😆
    1 point
  38. His dad kept it for 20 years. That says something.
    1 point
  39. Happy birthday, Bill. Feel the love!
    1 point
  40. I like the color. You might want to post the window decal showing all it comes with. Honda’s website isn’t too useful in this regard...”bells and whistles” can mean a lot of stuff.
    1 point
  41. Yep, you bitched about how much more work it was than you thought. But...the pipes had a very deep type of rough surface that you weren’t expecting. But you fucking killed it. You asked for a couple hundo and I knew you did much much more work but felt bad asking the amount the job deserved. I would have spent a grand on new pipes but was destined to keep it stock but give it some polish. And you were the polish king. You tried to refuse the cash - I wouldn’t have it. You made the bike what I wanted which was priceless in my eyes.
    1 point
  42. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder buddy. If that's what he likes, then that's great. I think it's god awful.
    1 point
  43. The current economy is in flux, exacerbated by the ramifications of four quarters of pandemic-related (or blamed) disruptions (some anticipated - some not - and some artificially instigated/opportunistic). We are in for a paradigm shift, and it may well be global, as we endeavor to find our footing in whatever evolves to be our new normal. Look not to me for answers; I have none beyond what I feel will work for me. I suspect a bout of rampant inflation is as inevitable as higher taxes in the immediate future. I value self-reliance, judicious expenditures, and the acquisition of goods that
    1 point
  44. Hey Krypty... If you do get one for your Dad, don't be cheap. You really need to make sure it's a good one that will change in 1-25,000nth of a second. For the occasional welder the 1 in 10,000nth of a second is fine (the cheap model), but for the professional- constant user I recomend only the Best. You don't want to risk his eyes on $100 do ya? Just my .02
    1 point
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