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Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   05-09-2016, 05:35 PM
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Posted By Boanerges
Anyone hazard a guess...

... why someone would stick a couple of what appear to be oily terrycloth towels at the bottom of the airbox between the air filter and carbs? What would the effect be? I've removed the things, since...
Forum: What I learned today   07-19-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

I'd sooner be caught on an e-bike than a chopper.
Forum: What I learned today   07-17-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

Naw, I live in the bowels of SouWestO, physically southeast of Detroit about 40 miles. It's generally flat as a pancake around here. Great for farming; more than somewhat unchallenging for riding....
Forum: What I learned today   07-15-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

Aw, jeez. If I had something like that around here, I'd never be home. Instead, we've got flatlands and often poor roads, especially around the lake. Have yourself a good one, Hoyt. I envy you.
Forum: What I learned today   07-13-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

Thanks, Hoyt. That trip sounds challenging, but way more grueling than I could undertake these days. I trust you'll have a good time. The people I REALLY can't get my mind around are the marathoners....
Forum: What I learned today   07-12-2015, 05:06 PM
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Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

Sheesh -- 10,000 miles in 21 days is half-way to Iron Butt territory. Not for the faint of heart. Let me know what you find out.
Forum: What I learned today   07-12-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Why We Ride

Glad you liked it overall, Hoyt. I agree it dragged some in places, and it was somewhat irritating to have to wait till the credits to find out who most of the people were. Even Red enjoyed it, which...
Forum: What I learned today   07-07-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,374
Posted By Boanerges
Why We Ride

For those who haven't seen the excellent documentary "Why We Ride" (second only to "On Any Sunday", in my opinion), you should.

Great interviews with and about motorcycling people, from the...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   06-14-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 798
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Vintage riders are the best!

Yep, I'm inclined to agree. Last year, I wrote on the "What I Learned Today" thread about a breakdown and how I was helped by a knowledgeable rider on an older bike -- a Harley, as it turned out. It...
Forum: What I learned today   06-03-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,411
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Removing gasket gunk

Dunno, Custer. I'd try it on something old before actually, say, decoking a piston head or cleaning up a mating surface. Like I said, I'm no expert.
Forum: What I learned today   04-28-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,945
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Silly stuff I really shoulda thought of!

I used to ride Brit bikes, so I know away more than I want to about "routine" maintenance -- like finding the pieces that vibrated off and re-attaching them. The KZ440 is a doddle compared, but I...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   03-31-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,332
Posted By Boanerges
Re: KZ440 very poor cold start

Have the same problem on my '83 440LTD. I bought it used, and never have sourced an owner's manual. Are you folks saying NOT to open the throttle part way when starting? I ask because that was not my...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   12-30-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,268
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Best Way to Clean Gas Tank

There're probably different kinds of gunk of one sort or another available, and I'm sure the more up-to-date members will have suggestions. Back in the Stoned Age (on an RD 350 Yam), what I did was...
Forum: What I learned today   12-21-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,411
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Removing gasket gunk

Yah, Custer, for jobs like that, you need a different approach. What I was talking about were those really, really, REALLY annoying little pieces of gasket/gunk that defy conventional means of...
Forum: What I learned today   12-17-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,411
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Removing gasket gunk

They're also useful for picking out carbon from frozen piston rings. If you're careful. I used to spend a lot of time working on Brit bikes, which probably explains a lot.
Forum: What I learned today   12-16-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,411
Posted By Boanerges
Removing gasket gunk

Need something to extract those few remaining sticky bits of gasket and/or silicon sealant from a mating surface? Ask your friendly neighbourhood dentist if he's got any broken picks. Typically,...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   10-05-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,202
Posted By Boanerges
Re: KE125-A5 1978 Carb mixture problem?

One other thing just occurred to me from my misspent younger years: Have you done a de-coke of the exhaust baffle? That can cause excessive back pressure that would lead to rich running.
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   10-05-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,202
Posted By Boanerges
Re: KE125-A5 1978 Carb mixture problem?

By "air intake screw", are you referring to the pilot jet adjuster? If so, my understanding is that that will only affect the mixture at idle, not when it's running at any other speed. Admittedly, my...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   10-05-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,202
Posted By Boanerges
Re: KE125-A5 1978 Carb mixture problem?

According to the manuals I have, carbon-fouled plugs are down to too cold a plug; weak ignition; dirty air cleaner; too rich a fuel mixture; excessive idling.

I seem to recall from my two-stroke...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   10-04-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By Boanerges
Re: clutch adjustment

This information came from the Kawasaki manual for a late model KZ440LTD, which, from your description, has the same clutch cable set-up.


1. Slide the dust cover at the clutch cable lower end...
Forum: What I learned today   09-29-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,414
Posted By Boanerges
Re: The Next Time ...

@Steel Panther: Actually, I should get the Everclear for her, since she's had to tolerate my idiot self for more than 30 years. And that's just for my normal behaviour, never mind my mechanical...
Forum: What I learned today   09-26-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,414
Posted By Boanerges
Re: The Next Time ...

@kawibungha: Yeah -- defective gauges and adamant dads. Frightening combo.

@rbentnail: Not very long, really. It was a classic slaphead moment -- and thank God for reserve tanks. I've paid...
Forum: What I learned today   09-25-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,414
Posted By Boanerges
The Next Time ...

... your bike won't start, and your Redhead wife -- who's a far more gifted and intuitive mechanic than you'll ever be -- suggests the tank is empty, listen to her.
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   09-05-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 628
Posted By Boanerges
Re: 1980 kz440B Popping

Another problem that can cause popping, as suggested in various manuals (and which I've discovered to be true with other bikes), is air leaks at the intake manifold, the exhaust manifold or the...
Forum: Vintage Motorcyle Info   08-16-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 455
Posted By Boanerges
Re: Cafe scene in Toronto

Oh, man, what a blast. Loved seeing those classic Brit bikes, especially the Triumphs (I'll always be a Meriden man), along with all the newer iron. Not a lot of Mods, though. Just tell me it wasn't...
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