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    Registered User dieselyoda's Avatar
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    Not trying to make this string extend forever.............

    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    You're pretty funny - for a guy from Manitoba.
    Funny, except I grew up in Maple Ridge..................Albeit, I was born in Alberta. Then again, if you don't have a sense of humor living on the prairies, you could turn into one of those Salt Spring Island people pretty quick.

    So I tried screwing with the little weight inside the bell and quickly determined that it was the same as trying to find penguins in the Arctic. Next came the springy doo dad and realized that any tool I own is way too big for that little arm.

    I had an old cable with a square end on it. I might be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to keeping crap in my shop. I did a major clean up once and when I was putting stuff in my truck, I realized I had good stuff. I did get almost two bucks at scrap metal. Now, where did I put that bracket for the clutch on a Fargo truck?

    Sorry, "squirrel"............Oh yeah, my story...........I took the square drive and chucked it up and spun the speedo. Full speed and I made a little paint mark and figured I would just adjust it back a little. I had it figured out and I was feeling a bit like the "rain man" and found myself saying, "K-Mart sucks" repeatedly. It sort of was a very nice feeling to realize that the best solution is the simplest. I proceeded to try to pull off the needle. I tried again. At this point my neighbor came over to complain that I hadn't painted our mutual fence as I had promised. I asked him to pull the needle off as he is a bit younger and his hands don't look like old mechanic's hands.

    Well, they can't build computers and love their new Prince a bit too much if you ask me but damn, they can press a little needle onto a bitty shaft.

    My other neighbor hears some pretty harsh, ear bleeding words between the two us and volunteers that he is an Avionics guy. Quick Google to find out what Avionics meant and he's my new best friend almost. "No Problem" he says. "What is this?" he asks. I explain the story and let him read this string. He quickly pointed out that it is inherently a poor design and not very accurate. He tried pulling the needle off.................

    Now, he is coming back with a pitot tube and air speed indicator for me to install on my buddies bike. I am going to end my comments by saying I need to go now and Google "pitot tube".

    You're never too old to learn something stupid.
    1997 R1100RT (Restored Basket Case) , 1981 KZ 440 LTD (Restored Basket Case)
    1986 K75S(the beutch), 1993 K1100RS (blown engine), 1997 Chev Short Box (4x4 with an LT1)
    "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

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    My unimplemented solution - piss on it, modernize and make room for a GPS. I must say that the UK built speedo in the oilhead is a fine POS. I have one in my bike which is inaccurate and no longer resets properly. I have another with a damaged bezel which I disassembled to see what it would take to fix the first one. I found that disassembly is a treat and that getting the gear shafts out to fix the trip odo is challenging since everything is staked in place. I have decided to leave it alone 'til I feel ambitious. At that point a Trail Tech Vapor will replace both the speedo and tach, leaving room for a GPS hard wired in next to it. Someday...

    http://www.trailtech.net/75-704.html

    Have your friend start wearing a Go Pro after you "fix" his bike. I really want to see the look on the officer's face when the conversation about air speed and the impact of tailwinds on radar accuracy starts.

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    Antique "Motor" manual suggestions:

    I am a bit of an antique service manual collector. Oh crap, that makes me sound like I wear black socks with my Birkie's and a Tilley hat with pleated shorts and a pressed short sleeve dress shirt.

    If you are familiar with "Motor" manuals, they were the teaching standard for mechanics back before WWII. Neat stuff in them and some of the absolute wildest mechanisms and basic fundamentals. The kind of stuff that we forget and as to how stuff got more sophisticated. Well, I came across a description of how the speedo works and I might be paraphrasing a bit. The description goes something like this, "a fine piece of crap....can't be accurate....designed by angry people that want the rest of the planet to suffer." It wasn't exactly like that but reading between the lines, a pretty accurate description.

    I looked at rxcrider's comments and came back with a brilliant suggestion, "piss on it". The other gadget mentioned looked pretty promising too. I could use it on a basket case I have that I can't find a speedo for.

    Thank you for the weigh-ins. You proved these forums don't have to be heavy or complicated and some fun is allowed. I'm off to post on winguyd's string that rxcrider posted and ask the obvious question; "really, you want another what mpg?" I'll refrain from asking him if he missed the boat entirely and forgot it's about the riding. Maybe I will ask him to read this string and he will get that accuracy on a Beemer is marketing gone wild. Or maybe I will go with just, "piss on it".

    At risk of offending a ton of people by posting in the wrong forum section, I need parts for a South Bend 9. I couldn't find that section here..............Have fun, ride often, ride safe and ride by example. Snow could be just two months away.............
    1997 R1100RT (Restored Basket Case) , 1981 KZ 440 LTD (Restored Basket Case)
    1986 K75S(the beutch), 1993 K1100RS (blown engine), 1997 Chev Short Box (4x4 with an LT1)
    "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

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