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    Valve guides. . .

    Valve guides would be my guess, too. "Supposedly" you can diagnose this by noting the light blue smoke as you roll OFF the throttle. "Supposedly" you can diagnose an oil-ring problem by noting the...
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    No Problem. . .

    A little JB Weld, some light abrasives, and all that road-rash will buff right out.

    IF this poor lump really has only 5,500 miles (and I DO wonder), and depending on the price. . .could be a...
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    It Lifted Me!

    Roguetek,

    The only downside to a lift is that it just spoils the hell out of you. I've got MBD (Multiple Bike Disease), and sometimes don't want to take a bike OFF to put another one ON the ONE...
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    Good Job

    You've made the right call here, Kurt. I'm no expert, but I do know how to read and understand what the sages say, and just about ALL of them say DO NOT TRY TO OVERBORE the liter bikes. Besides, as...
  5. Wow!

    WOW!

    That "donor bike" was perfect for the bones. . .and you can be proud of your artistry. Let us know how she rides/runs.

    Bravo!

    Walking Eagle
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    T-Gauges

    The "snap" or "T" gauges pictured in Kurt's earlier posting (just above) can be had at Harbor Freight for MUCH less.

    Flame on, HF-haters, but consider this: The real measurement takes place when...
  7. New Baby

    Paint job? We don't NEED no stinkin' paint job!

    I think that might be the rare original and beautiful "Gilbert Grape" color -- one of the few colors that the factory applied by brush, versus...
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    Good Job!

    This looks just right on the rig. Well Done!

    Walking Eagle
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    Max's New Hampshire. . .

    Rusty Gill - Airhead Expert Parts Manager, is in the NH store.

    ++1 on the fiche information at Max's, which I suspect is mostly Rusty's doing.

    Great people, and fresh M & M's with every order....
  10. Rick Jones

    Rick makes/sells these for just a few bucks. EZ.

    Walking Eagle
  11. Fine Art

    Big fan of fine work of whatever kind. . .but pinstripers just amaze me -- if you've ever seen one of these artists in action, it's hard to believe the speed with which they work, and how easy they...
  12. Happy Thread

    I was cruising the internet last week for pictures of powdercoated exhaust systems, and ran into a LARGE site with literally hundreds of "postage stamp" type pix of all sorts of powdercoat jobs, and....
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    +1 Holt BMW

    These guys seem to know it ALL. . .

    Walking Eagle
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    Watts

    Snowbum says that you should be fine with using heated clothing on this machine.

    Personally, I only use my heated gear at highway speed, and I turn it off when I hit traffic. Probably not...
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    Rotor

    SAME identical advice that Typ181R90 offers: 60k on the clock of a '78 R100RS and was very lucky to be about a mile from home when the engine (battery power) finally gave out of sparks after the...
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    Pushrod Seals. . .

    Not suggesting that anything be "driven" -- that might dislodge the tubes from the heads, which is a very bad thing to do! Either a little hand pressure, or LIGHT taps of a plastic hammer is the...
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    Great Pix

    Thanks for documenting this job so well.

    Having just done this on a '78 Motorsport, and being a "regular guy" and not being a former (or current) machinist, mechanic, airhead guru -- here are a...
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    Thanks, Paul. Great info, as usual. You...

    Thanks, Paul. Great info, as usual.

    You remain the gold standard for moto-advice, and deserve a gold medal for your extraordinary patience and willingness to share your hard-won knowledge.
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    Clarification, Please. . .

    Sorry to hi-jack, but I've had the experience of "using an auto (?) compression tester" on both an old LOW mileage, pampered Honda Goldwing, which displayed cylinder-level psi figures that were about...
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    Poll: Solid or Two-Tone?

    As the owner/rider of two '78 Motorsports. . .there was a time when I would have said "definitely take it back to Pearl White. . ." or even, "do a fake Motorsport". . . but --

    After a friend...
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    dells. . .

    You can also BOIL the carb bodies in distilled (or reverse osmosis) water for at least 30 minutes to clean all the passages. Don't do this inside, unless you're single, as the aroma might not please...
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    Great Thread, Great Input. . .

    +1 on getting an Airhead to play with -- both for riding and wrenching.

    Small/medium size bike idea: Excellent, and you might find that wrestling it around the garage, etc., is a LOT easier...
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    I've been using that excellent green-colored...

    I've been using that excellent green-colored BelRay Grease for some years, ever since I found out that pure Moly 60 isn't the best for spline lubes. Mix 50-50.

    This is the GREEN GREASE (Brand...
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    Green Grease

    OH, NO! NOT ANOTHER QUASI-OIL THREAD!!!!!

    Yes, perhaps so. I'm preparing to clean, re-grease and adjust my stem bearings -- not my first time.

    I've currently got the aforementioned product...
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    Death, Taxes, and. . .

    . . .sinking more dough (and lotsa time) into a bike that has been sitting for several years.

    All these things are absolutely, positively guaranteed to happen, IMHO.

    Walking Eagle
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