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The routine maintenance on these things is crazy.
our sales people generally wouldn't tell the customers buying sxv as road bikes that the schedule said piston replacement every 6000km. made for a few stressed people come 6,000km service time. no one ever agreed to do it ime.
 

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Service schedule on competition type bikes makes the assumption you are racing and want to stay competitive :/ and I think they expect you to be riding on healthy sponsorship,
personally I never felt compelled to replace my spark plug cap after every 6 races or change my piston rings twice a year. ymmv.
 

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Got my title in the mail. That's a win...
Still looking for the right combination tach and secondary gauges. It takes me forever to make a decision.
 

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Required in terms of I want or the state requires?

As far as the state, I don't think there are statues pertaining to dash lights. I recall reading there must be a speedometer, though.
As far as what I want? A tach, oil pressure gauge and temperature gauge if fine for me. As far as dummy lights, I can wire up an LED for shift light and neutral light pretty easily. I've got a bunch of single LEDs lying around.

What were you thinking?
 

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Here when bikes change ownership there needs to be a MOT inspection done before the new owner can licence it. Basically it has to have the factory safety lights or a replacement for the inspection.
I'd just go with the basics but I would add a small speedo. For those times I'm coming off the freeway and into a slow zone.
 

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oh, yes. i see. many states here require inspection, but i live in one that does not.

i am fortunate enough to have a bike i ride that is more suitable for riding with others and the general public. This one and my other barely legal track bike goes less than 5 miles from my house on public roads. otherwise, it's trackdays only. i just dont feel comfortable taking a bike I am unfamiliar with on the track and would like to break myself in with a little twisties riding.

point well taken though. If I feel like selling this hand grenade, i probably could demand a better price with a proper street dash. speedo, tach, neutral and oil light.
 

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headlight mount with holes for a tach/dash mount later.
yeah, headlight bolts are mismatched. just temporary..
 

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Burned out the starter. It was on it's way out anyway. No biggie, a spare was in the spare parts box. But these fukkers are between $120-170 a pop.
Bike spins up nicely now. While before, it would hesitate, spin for a second, then cluck to a stop.

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Bike is apart and I'll figure out the subframe design, seat height and angle, etc....
Right now, the angle forces my nads into the tank too much putting weight on my wrists. Not comfortable when you are braking and setting up a corner. Either the tank needs to extend back a little or the angle needs to be flatter or both.

I was looking through some old posts and links and I wish I lived closer to Tannermatic. I sweet tank cover/seat unit would be the bomb!
 

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Try adjusting the rear suspension ride height and setting it softer, race bikes are largely ridden on the rear wheel and stiff as :|
 

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So your announcing that here just to punish yourself? Everyone here has done stupid shit, not everyone will admit it. I drained the oil out of the leg of an OMC outdrive and wandered away. Launched it next spring and learned to always refill or hang the big red tag on the ignition.
Topped up my oil while camping in BC. Forgot to put the plug back in. Made it a 1/2 a km down the road with oil pissing out all over my leg. Had to retrace the route and actually found the cap. $250 riding pants fubar'd though. The things I yelled at myself that day left me scared.
 

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Topped up my oil while camping in BC. Forgot to put the plug back in. Made it a 1/2 a km down the road with oil pissing out all over my leg. Had to retrace the route and actually found the cap. $250 riding pants fubar'd though. The things I yelled at myself that day left me scared.
Just have the oil stains covered up with "reinforcement" patches
 

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Topped up my oil while camping in BC. Forgot to put the plug back in. Made it a 1/2 a km down the road with oil pissing out all over my leg. Had to retrace the route and actually found the cap. $250 riding pants fubar'd though. The things I yelled at myself that day left me scared.
Was it the bud or the altitude? If you are coming through the Coq , make sure you check the weather. Was out today on the MG coming across on the ferry. Spoke to a guy on a RT1200 headed east to Kelowna. His wife texted him and said it was snowing up there.
 

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I am ordering the tubing for the subframe and some silicon bronze. It'll be my first project with the brazing stuff other than practice.
Fit up is gonna be a bitch.
 

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Well..... I didn’t take one photo. Taking the ferry over to the islands has become sort of routine. I do it about 12 times during the summer and a couple of times during the winter. This trip cost about $60 return with the bike. Sometimes I just go as a walk on, so about $12. I’m heading back there next week, so will try and remember to take a few photos. It is amazing scenery.

Good luck with the bronze. I did that stainless intake a while back and it turned out ok, but hard not to melt the base metal. Hopefully it will be a bit easier with mild steel, but I gather you are using fairly thin stuff?

Pin this on your shop wall. I’ve posted it before.... pretty sure it was done with oxy acetylene though.

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This ain’t bad either. ;)

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Yes it’s an art form. Weld Porn? Reminds me of when I hide under the covers reading machine tool catalogs. I’ve always wanted to be able to run beads like that. Probably have to take out a bank loan to pay for the silicon bronze and argon. Speaking of stupidly... I needed a flange for a stainless exhaust stub. Instead of farting around cutting one out ( plus the stuff work hardens and knackers the hole saw) I decided to run a quick bead around the end of the pipe and then chuck it in the lathe. So anyway... just a quick bead, so why bother changing out of the short sleeved shirt. I now know why. The exposed area between the gloves and the shirt sleeve still looks a little fried. Doesn’t take much. Unless I’m missing something, it’s way harsher than MIG or stick. Still amazed how differently the arc behaves on DC. Buddy stopped by with an alloy oil tank off his flat tracker. Needed a cracked seam welded up and new mounts. Now I want a helium tank and a water cooled torch. Welding the stainless added a duel flow regulator to the never ending wish list.

So back to the photo... do you know if that is TIG or gas? I have the oxy propane setup for heating and have brazed with it once. Another different ball game. Hot part of the flame is nowhere near the same as Oxy acetylene. Not sure if that was part of the problem. I was just goobering together another torch rest/guide, so appearance doesn’t matter......can’t see myself running beads like that with gas..... ever.
 
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