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Goin Ridin'... / Well, not exactly a ride but...
« Last post by Rikugun on February 18, 2019, 11:58:07 AM »
I'd like to say I went for a ride. There have been several unusually warm days where it would have been quite pleasant. Unfortunately, residual crustiness from brine and salt treatments on the roads have left them pretty crusty. Yech.

Whatever vehicle you follow kicks up a toxic dust storm of the stuff you then get to ride in. It gets on you, every fiber of your gear and every nook and cranny of the bike. The insidious part is how it's re-activated with moisture - even humidity in the garage on a rainy day.

What I have done is run the bike up to temperature at least once a month during the winter. The first time was early January and I wish I'd started sooner. Some of it was likely ambient temps but the enrichenener wasn't enough and a few squirts with the throttle were needed. Even after it started it took a while before it was running "normal" - kinda' like the first run of the spring.

Despite fuel treatments and religiously draining the carbs there are plenty of places for residual fuel to linger and turn foul. Subsequent runnings have been easier to start and quicker to achieve an idle and accept throttle properly.

It's not a ride but nice to hear her run just the same. I go through the normal visual preflight checks -  fluid leaks, oil level, etc. Once running I turn the headlight on and check both beams, brake light, turn indicators, horn and run her through the gears and back to neutral. Once the temp gets to about 160 or so I shut her down and drain the carbs. Going through this ritual has made the winter months a little easier to bear but it's not quite the same as a ride of course.

Just a couple more months.......
TechTalk / Re: Carburation Question
« Last post by Rikugun on February 18, 2019, 11:17:24 AM »
That is a good method to start with but if it's an intermittent problem I'd go a step further. Conditions may exist where the plug will spark outside the cylinder but not (or not reliably) under compression.

You can use an inductive pick-up timing light as a diagnostic tool. Auto Zone loans for free, borrow from a friend or $25-$85 new depending on where purchased. You could use an old school in-line type but the inductive pick-up allows you to go back and forth between the two cylinders while it's still running.

Be sure to check with the engine cold and hot. If you really want to be thorough, run it on the center stand at moderate RPM in second or third gear and load the engine with the brake. An erratic, irregular, or faltering light won't tell you specifically what element of the ignition system is at fault but it will narrow the problem down to ignition or not ignition.
Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2019
« Last post by fret not on February 09, 2019, 12:48:20 AM »
It looks like there will be heavy traffic near the sharp end.  At least that's the way I see the season shaping up.  Suzuki's motor is really good, but so are the Ducati and Honda this season, plus Yamaha has also made improvement with their motor.  This makes for very close (exciting) competition on the track.  If all goes well it should be a thoroughly entertaining season with a few surprises along the way.
General Board / Re: Said Goodbye to YellowJacket Today
« Last post by fret not on February 08, 2019, 08:13:25 PM »
 . . . . . or get it cleaned up and back on the road. ;)
General Board / Re: Said Goodbye to YellowJacket Today
« Last post by zore on February 08, 2019, 01:31:24 PM »
Sorry to see you go.  I still have mine but it hasn't seen the road in 10 years.  Might be time to give mine up as well.
Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2019
« Last post by Walt_M. on February 04, 2019, 08:16:10 AM »
Well, they now have competitive riders. Will the bikes measure up?
Off Topic / MotoGP 2019
« Last post by fret not on February 04, 2019, 12:28:04 AM »
The first testing session of the new season has just concluded, and things are looking up a bit for KTM and Aprillia as they are getting very close to the sharp end of the pack.

First race of the new season is in about a month.  Lots of healing and recovery going on as everyone is trying to be as well conditioned as possible, both mentally and physically.
Goin Ridin'... / Re: Nice ride today
« Last post by fret not on January 30, 2019, 12:50:15 AM »
Nice use of the day, Ken.  I'm envious as I spent the morning with a chain saw and a big old oak tree that blew down a couple years ago.  I saw it  when it was freshly down a couple years ago and meant to get up the hill to it to cut it up for firewood, but other things just seem to take priority as we go through our days and months.  I did get up to check it out a few months after it came down, and found a stripped carcass of a deer on the ground between the two large trunks (we have mountain lions around here).  Two years later the bones are still mostly there but scattered around now.  My saw just barely gets through the lower part of the trunk (saw has 16" bar).  The wood is dry mostly, and the bugs have made their appearance, though not as much as I had feared.  Around here oak doesn'r last very long  once it's juices stop flowing, as the bugs move in and bring fungus with them.  It's the fungus that really destroys the wood and makes it all punky.  You can't drive to where the tree is, so I cut rounds off and let them roll down the hill, where I have to find them and round them up to where i can drive my lawn tractor/mower and trailer to pick them up and move them to where they get split and stacked.  It's a lot of physical work but I'm too cheap to get a pellet stove, and we have twenty acres of woods to supply us with firewood.  It's nice that the poison oak hasn't leaved out yet.
Goin Ridin'... / Re: Nice ride today
« Last post by motoracer8 on January 29, 2019, 08:11:38 PM »
 I was out for alittle ride today after coffee with a friend at the Peet's in Eldorado hills. Salmon Falls road over to 49, then down into the Auburn Canyon to Auburn. Then to Loomis and some back roads home. Only about 60 miles, but the sun was out and the road was callin. Not on my Vision today, I was on a 68 BSA 441 Shooting Star. Nope, I didn't have to call the sag wagon.  That old BSA really enjoys the back roads.
TechTalk / Re: Carburation Question
« Last post by jefferson on January 29, 2019, 11:18:40 AM »
To check the spark you would need to pull the plug and ground the body of the plug and then look for the spark. If all those parts are new then the only thing might be the wire isn't inserted fully into the cap or coil and not making good contact. Don't forget that brand new parts can be defective although the chances of that should be slim.
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