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    BTW, just about anything you think has yet to be...

    BTW, just about anything you think has yet to be invented has already been invented.

    pmdave
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    Tilting Motor Works is currently proving the...

    Tilting Motor Works is currently proving the concept of a free-leaning 2F 1R trike.

    http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2007/11/20/tilting-v-max-trike-by-tilting-motor-works/

    pmdave
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    The "safety notches" in the rim are intended to...

    The "safety notches" in the rim are intended to help hold the tire in place during a loss of air. With the valve stem held in place with a nut, that prevents the tire from collapsing into the valley...
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    Yeh, I parked my R75 Toaster on the sidestand for...

    Yeh, I parked my R75 Toaster on the sidestand for a couple of hours, angled toward the street in a motorcycle slot. I noticed a passerby had just sat down on the bench behind the bike, but I didn't...
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    Yes, I often refer to Max BMW for their parts...

    Yes, I often refer to Max BMW for their parts fiche. I've had excellent support on parts, quick delivery, etc.

    The learning experience for me is that just because a part numbered on a diagram...
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    Greg, Thanks for the lead. I've been looking...

    Greg,

    Thanks for the lead. I've been looking at different versions of the parts fiche, and hadn't seen this one.

    pmdave
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    R75/5 Rocker support seals

    I have a 1972 R75/5 "toaster" with the original heads. There are white silicone O-rings (square cross section) that insert in the reliefs in the head around the tubes for the studs. The rocker blocks...
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    There will be more wear when you're trying to...

    There will be more wear when you're trying to steer it. And of course even more wear as you learn to drift it around turns.

    It's more of a psychological thing. With a bike you don't notice the...
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    Since sidecar rigs are not symmetrical, uneven...

    Since sidecar rigs are not symmetrical, uneven pavement, changing surface camber, etc. will impart some directional control. IOW, the outfit will weave and dart a bit from side to side.

    The "two...
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    The authoritative guide on pricing is the...

    The authoritative guide on pricing is the Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide, available from Whitehorse Gear for about $16. Up front there is a very practical guide to condition, and the...
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    Yes, the rotor could have been bent during the...

    Yes, the rotor could have been bent during the tire change. However, it's more likely the rotor (or "disc" as you prefer) has developed an uneven lump, or has collected a patch of pad debris.

    You...
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    Voni, Thanks. Now, how about something with a...

    Voni,

    Thanks. Now, how about something with a bigger bike, say wrapped around a tree?

    pmdave
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    Nice to have someone share video on sidecar...

    Nice to have someone share video on sidecar operation, but a better demo would be to fly the car at walking speeds, since it's a matter of steering--not speed. It's not like doing a wheelie on a...
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    Want Crash Photos

    I'm working on a second edition of one of my skills books, and I could use some high resolution photos of crashed motorcycles, with permission to use in the book.

    Naturally, I don't have any...
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    Mark, I've volunteered in the past, but I won't...

    Mark, I've volunteered in the past, but I won't be there this year.

    There are a number of sidecar/trike courses offered in Virginia, and the guy in the know is Cundiff Simmons. He tows a trailer...
  16. Thread: Selling Sparky

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    No decisions yet. I have a sudden assignmenet...

    No decisions yet.

    I have a sudden assignmenet to rewrite a book, with a July deadline. That's going to occupy my thoughts for a while.

    pmdave
  17. Thread: Selling Sparky

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    Well, Sparky is gone. The sun shone today, and...

    Well, Sparky is gone. The sun shone today, and the new owner couldn't help but stop by and see if he could take it home. A check changed hands, the title was signed over, and after a bit of...
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    Foveal (central) vision and peripheral vision...

    Foveal (central) vision and peripheral vision have separate missions. Peripheral picks up potential objects of interest (although fuzzy and unfocused), and rings up Foveal vision to take a look.
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    Sounds like it's time to do a general overhaul of...

    Sounds like it's time to do a general overhaul of the carbs. Since the cork bowl gaskets are above the normal fuel level, it they are leaking it would indicate fuel is overfilling the bowl. Likely...
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    BMW AG didn't exactly "sanction" a sidecar...

    BMW AG didn't exactly "sanction" a sidecar outfit. The sales force simply decided that a sidecar might make a good sales gimmick, so they commissioned a few to use as a prop for the new cruiser. So,...
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    I'll have to get around to the various dealers...

    I'll have to get around to the various dealers one of these days, studying the various machines.

    The R100 makes a pretty good hack hauler, but I want more POWER!

    However, the relative ease and...
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    Ideal hack hauler?

    I'm thinking seriously about a sidecar replacement for my Spyder. My use would be several trips to rallies each year--most likely BMW rallies since that's what I'm familiar with, and they match my...
  23. Thread: Timing light

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    Naw, you can leave it up on the museum shelf. The...

    Naw, you can leave it up on the museum shelf. The dwell on an airhead is so long it doesn't matter, firing once every 360 degrees.

    pmdave
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    You were thinking perhaps of "criterion"? ...

    You were thinking perhaps of "criterion"?

    Reminds me of the super-macho guy who wrote to a magazine with the intent of announcing to the world that he was just about the biggest dog in the...
  25. Would it be legal to do this in New York? ...

    Would it be legal to do this in New York?

    pmdave
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