Finally had a break in the weather so I got to ride to work today. Good run each way, had to tighten a couple of spokes before heading home, but that's why the spoke wrench lives on the 'biner with my keys. It's the original rim, so a few loosen up a bit sometimes.
It still has that 'new muffler smell' but that should fade in a couple more rides. I haven't got the lights aimed quite right yet. They helped in the blind curve, but aren't throwing the light far enough ahead for me right now.
Any day that starts with a good ride is already a better day, and a bad day riding still beats a good day working.
Fours of sleep and I was biking to work. Previously the chain was as tight as "high G" on a guitar! After the new motor mount was installed, chain adjustment was good. Tension was the same at day's end. Previously, with the old mount and a Chinese freewheel, the chain would tense and loosen within a few strokes, then tense up again. Now, chain tension is spot on and consistent. i can sense there is less undue tension on the chain, freewheel, sprocket, even the bottom bracket cartridge.
The ride to and from work went without incident. You never know how the commute will go without a test ride.
I had been searching locally for M6-80mm length allen bolts for years. The correct bolts were found on McMaster-Carr reasonably priced. They arrived today and were quickly installed.
MM gen 2 head: check
BU8H NGK plug: check
Piston to head clearance: check
dellorto clone carb: check
*starts bike* super low compression (didn't let rtv cure long enough)
me: balls to it.. *keeps pedaling until engine starts catching. then give a gentle lap around neighborhood, stops, checks the bike. starts it (harder to start this time).*
*gave it gas*
me: HOLY S***!!! *hangs on for dear life!!!*
verdict... this bike owns my last build now!
They see me rollin'
Originally Posted by biknut
Traditional bicycle riders think we're cheaters. Non riders think our bikes are toys. Bicycle shops think we're a threat. Tree huggers think we're polluters. The police don't know what to think.
Got stainless steel tubing for exhaust system out back of motorbike. 3 ft with 3/4 thread and two adapters to add at ends to make it to 1/2 pipe thread on the Briggs engine/spark arrestor muffler. Just will remove the rubber gasket for the water pipe use and put the Permatex 700 F copper forma-gasket stuff on the threads. Also go the clamps that I can hang the tube along with other brackets that I already have for assorted stuff to do on the bike. About $44 for the stuff for todays purchases.