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Old 03-21-2011, 07:31 AM
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I didn't do anything but ride in the rain, putting my rainsuit to the test. As I speak we have a thundering and lightening storm in Orange County. A few times out earlier I had random small bits of hail bounce off my glasses and helmet. Some puddles out here big enough to swerve 2 lanes out from! Hope it goes away soon lol
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:31 PM
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Wow Dan. That's a crying shame about those springers. Have you considered using suspension forks from a mountain bike? I'm really happy with mine.

RebelHell: The difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke is night & day. I went over to KC's yesterday and rode his 2-smoke Trek, it felt like I was riding a toy compared to my bike. -No disrespect intended KC, it's a nice bike.

I rode to work this morning and did 8 miles in 20 minutes. I have my bike parked in front of my desk at the office so I can stare at it all day. I'm going on a "Putt" for lunch.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:43 PM
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Ya know Smoothe, just as soon as I got done putting the solid forks on, I realized I had 2 MTB forks that would fit and blend in better. Even said that to Carol. Be worth it. With all the stuff I had on the bars, GPS, speedo and dash board took a while. All that is off now so gonna try it. I was in a rush so I could ride to work this morning. Trying to save every penny for the floating hot dog cart. then it snowed this morning! snork

They Might replace it with a HD one. The HD is actually welded.

LOL@ "Putt" for lunch"
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:02 PM
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I'm in Hartford and also opted not to ride in the snow flurries this morning!

This weekend I painted the engine cover of my GX35 Dark Hunter Green to match the frame of my old Humber 3-speed. I like the look. Filled up my gas can, too, so I'm ready for the next nice day...
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:17 PM
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Cool Noisy. Don't forget the ride picnic thing in may. Gonna be in Hartford or again in Wethersfield this year. Will post when it gets closer.

Gonna go put MTB forks on my MB. Really can't look any worse, (famous last words) The deciding factor is keeping the fender. After a good ol' crash, I went a yr or so with out em. (fron't fender failing was the cause) Just not as much fun and any little bit of rain or slush.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:18 PM
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Tested bike with the previously mentioned Mini-gen and though the light works fine as I'm trying to crank the engine, the engine won't crank. Ummm so it worked fine before the mini-gen. I checked all connections and have wiring blue to blue and black to black with kill switch going to ground and blue wire of CDI. I disconnected the wire from the mini-gen and tried again with no luck. I'm thinking it blew my CDI. Geez, ordered a new one from Piratecycles guess i'm back to riding once it arrives. The mini-gen shares ground with the motor internally so this is a bit of a concern, maybe the feedback or something fried the CDI.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:03 PM
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A common ground system is quite common, no pun intended.
The mini gen should not have affected the CDI unit in any fashion.
They are 2 completely separate entities simply bolted to the same engine.
One question though....What did you do with the white wire that is part of the original mag unit?
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:41 AM
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More paint, a bit of painting, and a coat or three of paint. Oh...and I've been sizing up the layout of the fuel line to leave room for the glass-bowl fuel filter I picked up at NAPA. Would you believe they had a couple right there in stock. I will always ask at the store level now, before ordering online. I didn't have to worry about shipping and I had it in my hands less than a minute later. It never hurts to ask. I had the same luck with the metal throttle mount I bought there - they had some in stock. Right there. I'm beginning to think my local NAPA stocks it all, everything NAPA carries. I haven't found anything yet that wasn't right there on the day I asked. The manager must be a real wiz, he knows if they have at least one of something when somebody comes in to ask for it - he makes money.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:08 AM
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I replaced the drive sprocket. The previous gear was set up for the smaller size chain which came with the kit. Since I had modified my motor a bit, it has a lot more horsepower than that little chain could handle. Within 40 miles the chain had stretched and weakened so much that it broke. When it broke the chain bunched up and stopped the motor, and bent a few teeth on the drive sprocket. I tried to bend a few of those teeth back, but they broke.

I called Gasbike and ordered another one. Unfortunately the one I got back was not the right size. The spindle on my engine was too small for the cog and the keyway was much wider. I thought about shimming the sprocket but before that I had one more option. I had a dead happy time sitting in a box. I got out my cog puller and it was the right size shaft but had a bigger keyway. I then got out my dremel tool and shaved half of the keyway so that it fit both my current shaft and new/old cog.

I have the new 415 chain on the bike now and I hope that it will work for tomorrow. I seem to be working on this bike as much as I ride it. In the Air Force they called those type of planes hangar queens. Since I started this hobby I have gone through about three engines and two kits, two rear hubs, two Mtn bike frames and two sets of rear dropouts (I changed my current bike from a vertical drop to a horizontal track type with a added derailleur hanger.)

I will see tomorrow if all of this will pay off.

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Old 03-22-2011, 08:29 PM
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Well,I put the new chain on today and the master link broke. It happened about 3 miles from home. First I had to walk back about a block or so to pick up my chain, sigh. Lucky for me I was still able to peddle my bike home. So I said the heck with it and got out my chain breaker.

I had an extra bit of 415 chain and a chunk of steel that was half an inch wide by 4 x 8 inches. I then attached the extra chain with my chain tool and then hammered on it with the chunk of steel behind it.I then took the bike, little two-mile ride,this time it seemed to hold.Slowly but surely I think I'm just about there.

Question: has anybody else blown a mater-link or was I just that lucky?

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