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    Nothing Important.......

    .........I just love my R50.
    That is all.



    I love the way it smells like hot oil when I stop.
    I love the fact I upgraded it to 12V. I can ride at night! Who knew?
    I love that it starts on 1 kick, even when I neglected it for almost 3 months.
    I love that the handlebars are low and wide.
    I love Earles Forks.
    I love that it makes me look huge!
    I love that it has 2 lights and a speedometer to look at, I am easily confused.
    I love how it feels like a big ol' rubber cloud when I am riding down the road.
    I love how one (or both) of my boots smell like gas because the carbs are from 1955.
    I love that it has 3 more horsepower than my lawnmower.
    I love that it has a toolkit and a tire pump. I hope I never need them.
    I love that the only storage is a tiny well in the gas tank, which holds the tool kit and maybe a tennis ball (if you wanted)
    I just freakin' love it!
    If I crash riding it, it will take the surgeons several hours to get the smile off my face.
    Edit: One I forgot,from barryg:It's total chick magnet.

    (Needs a carb synch though )


    Last edited by Rapid_Roy; 08-10-2009 at 01:34 PM. Reason: barrryg's notattion I missed one
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    OK. That's one demerit point for posting bike porn.

    Great pic.
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    Hi Bud. It is a Dirty old bike........
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    Carb sync's easy. I did my R50 by eyeball and it worked quite well. Just remove the downtubes from the air filter so you can get back and look at both carb slides at the same time (helps if you're crosseyed!) Make sure the idle speed screws are set equally by screwing them out and then back in to just where they start moving the slides. Remove any slack from the cables then, while you're looking at the carbs, slowly open the throttle and adjust the cables 'till the throttle moves both at the same time. Start her up and check the idle. If too slow then screw the idle speed screws in THE SAME AMOUNT to increase idle speed. If too fast, do the opposite. This technique assumes idle mixture is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbrackr756 View Post
    This technique assumes idle mixture is ok.
    It also assumes that the valves are adjusted the same on both sides. Remember, carbs are always adjusted LAST. A valve adjust is often all that is needed to get the bike running smooth.

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    Thanks all, but it wasn't a cry for help. I know how to adjust valves, and synch carbs.
    I just wanted everybody to know it wasn't perfect.


    I got it back from my mechanic last year, and I am lucky if I put 200 miles on it.
    I changed the oil and kept it charged up, and I have been riding it for short trips.
    I just remembered that it idled better than it is. If it's valves, I would be sorely disappointed with the rebuild. It's fine at speeds, so I am thinking just an idle adjustment. I may check the valves if, that doesn't fix it.
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    I love that it starts on 1 kick, even when I neglected it for almost 3 months.

    So true. My white 1967 R60/2 started on one kick after sitting for eight (8) months. She laughs off abuse.



    For perfect carb synchronizing, the EMPI Universal Carburetor Sync (you need two):

    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie....php?id=711883
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    Thumbs up

    Yup, in the firearms collecting fraternity, we would say those bikes have a "High Fondle Factor"................Beautiful!.................
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    I disagree with you heartily Roy -- I think this is very important indeed!

    You've itemized many of the reasons why we love these old bikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    For perfect carb synchronizing, the EMPI Universal Carburetor Sync (you need two):

    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie....php?id=711883
    I'm intrigued. How is that device put to work?

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    It's a vacuum gauge. You remove the air induction tubes and hold one up to each carb. Then you can compare readings. You need a third hand to twist the throttle, to see if the cables are synched correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    I love that it starts on 1 kick, even when I neglected it for almost 3 months.

    So true. My white 1967 R60/2 started on one kick after sitting for eight (8) months. She laughs off abuse.



    For perfect carb synchronizing, the EMPI Universal Carburetor Sync (you need two):

    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie....php?id=711883
    Thank you.
    I will look into those, or take it to Glen, if I am feeling rich and lazy.
    I will add, it took two to start it up after winter on gas from the snowblower.
    I forgot to twist the throttle a little.

    The R69S at 2Wheel Tuesday last night, started up on 1 kick also, the owner and I made eye contact and we knew, and we didn't have to explain.
    My brother was on his R90/6 and I told him real men kick start their rides.
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    The kick-start on the 1980 Yamaha triple that sold when I bought my airhead is one of the main things I miss about it. The other being 3 cylinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylRi View Post
    I disagree with you heartily Roy -- I think this is very important indeed!

    You've itemized many of the reasons why we love these old bikes!
    It just seemed to flow from my keyboard.

    I see this on HD shirts all over South Eastern Wisconsin, they make me laugh.
    "If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand!"

    EDIT: She is also idling better, could have been the gas. I should check inside the tank, just to see whats going on.
    Last edited by Rapid_Roy; 08-06-2009 at 03:12 AM. Reason: idle thoughts LOL
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    I love the way it starts first kick when people are WATCHING!
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