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TechTalk / Re: Wire Wheels for a Vision
« Last post by artbone on Today at 06:22:00 AM »
The wire wheels are going on my second Vision when it get here. I will put them on the 83 just to make sure everything fits and I'll be sure to post a picture. I think I just got lucky with my wheels. My friend Charlie is visiting from SF CA and when I mentioned I was going to lace up gold rims he said, "I think I've got 2 gold rims you gave me when you moved to Mexico." I knew I had some but I didn't remember who got them in the move. He's taking the hub home with him and he's got a wheel smith who will make the spokes and lace it up for me for a lot less than Buchanan. When I get the front I'll figure out the disks etc and let him take the hub back and get it spoked up. One less job for me.

I don't know where the writer gets his info but I've had as many slow leaks on tube type tires as tubeless and, as I said, I've never had a total blowout. I like tubeless because they're easier to repair on the roadside but I don't see any difference safety wise. I don't think I want to try sealing up the nipples myself until a lot more people have tried it. I've read several accounts of people with good results but it looks risky to me.
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TechTalk / Re: Wire Wheels for a Vision
« Last post by George R. Young on August 17, 2017, 11:52:59 AM »
Wire wheels imply tubes which imply blowouts if you get a puncture.

I've had tube type tires on the majority of motorcycle I've owned in my life and my '17 Africa Twin and my '15 Triumph Scrambler both have tube type tires. I've had many flat tires but never a blowout on a motorcycle in 60 years of riding.
Alrighty, a reference
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/seal-motorcycle-wire-wheels-to-use-tubeless-tires
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TechTalk / Re: Wire Wheels for a Vision
« Last post by QBS on August 17, 2017, 09:22:04 AM »
Are you going to put the wire wheels on the '83 restoration?
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TechTalk / Re: Wire Wheels for a Vision
« Last post by artbone on August 17, 2017, 07:18:58 AM »
I'm going to order my spokes and rim from Buchanan's today. I decided to go with the an 18 inch and stock width on the rear. That way, I can adjust the rim a little if it needs it to line up with the front. I'm thinking polished SS spokes and nipples and anodized gold rim.
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TechTalk / Re: New Project
« Last post by artbone on August 17, 2017, 07:11:23 AM »
Mine doesn't have a metal plate. It has what looks like plastic glued on to the headpost. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't stand up to the heat of powder coating. I had to rebadge one of my Norton's and couldn't find to correct rivets so I just tapped the holes and used 10-32 (I think) round head screws. I later found a supplier for the little rivets but I've forgotten where I found them now. Ain't getting old fun?

We're lucky down here that we only have to worry about this stuff once. After you get anything registered it never gets checked again. True Story. I sold a V Strom to a guy and went with him to get it registered. He didn't have the right paperwork (a common problem down here) and was going to have to come back in a few days. He asked the young lady who was processing his paperwork, "So I can't ride the bike until I get this done?"

She said, "Oh no Senor. This is Mexico. If you get stopped just explain to the officer and they'll let you go."

Can you imagine an official telling you that in the US or NZ? I love living in a free country.
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TechTalk / Re: New Project
« Last post by ProphetOfDoom on August 16, 2017, 10:32:02 PM »
The metal plate on the steering column is attached with two rivets, and some glue of some kind.  The rivets drill out and the glue can be dealt to with some nylon fishing line or dental floss- using it like a saw up the back of the badge.  Same method can be used on tank badges if you have them, or sidecover badges.


I had a hell of a job finding replacement rivets of the correct size and ended up mailorder from USA somewhere at great expense.


I powder everything these days, but POR15 Blackcoat makes a decent job as it is self leveling which is important if brushing on.  With some care it's hard to tell from stock Yamaha.  It's also pretty durable.



 
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TechTalk / Re: Bad stator
« Last post by skucera on August 16, 2017, 09:28:15 PM »
I've got the week off, so I installed my new stator with my middle daughter this afternoon.  She wants to be a motor machinist's mate in the Navy, so she did half of the work, which was really nice, actually.  Everything went well except removing the Philips screws from the old stator, which took my impact driver to get done.  We bought new screws to replaced the buggared screws that came out.  The rest of the repair went by the book.  I'm also pleasantly surprised to see I have no leaks too, despite having to use the gasket.  All in all, a success, and the battery was charging strongly afterward too.

Thanks, everyone!

Scott
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TechTalk / Re: New Project
« Last post by artbone on August 16, 2017, 03:52:04 PM »
Thanks for that info. I'm doing up a Velocette and that will come in handy. I'm just as happy to have the frame painted instead of powdercoated. At least the colors will be the same. PC is probably more durable but if it does get damaged not as easy to repair as paint.
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TechTalk / Re: New Project
« Last post by turbosteve84 on August 16, 2017, 10:02:49 AM »
There is a way to powder coat a frame without damaging the VIN plate.

I don't know what it is. I've seen the results but was too dumb to ask how how they did it, or I did ask and the owner could't tell me.

But, you can remove the plate, powder coat the frame, and order a new VIN plate here...

http://www.vin-plate.co.uk
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TechTalk / Re: New Project
« Last post by artbone on August 16, 2017, 05:54:54 AM »
I sent the 83 to my painter yesterday. Twenty one pieces: tank, side covers, f fender, fairing and mounts, frame, etc. I decided not to have the frame powdercoated because of the decal on the neck. That would get sandblasted off by the powdercoater. $510 US which I think is a bargain. He can repair the decals somehow so I don't have to get new ones. He's done 3 bikes for me and several for friends and several jobs on my truck and he does excellent work.
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