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Old 03-22-2011, 09:37 PM
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Mike, the only time I lost a master link, I had put the retaining clip on backwards. So the open end was to the forward side of the chain's travel. Not saying thats what happened to yours, just the only time it happened to me.

Smoothe! I owe ya a beer or a cup of coffee. Removed the solid fork and replaced with a MTB fork. Is off a wally world $85 bike. So it cost less (the whole bike) then the springer failure, POS... It not only blends in color wise, also lengthened the wheel base, allows for the side pull brake with the Worksmans's drum brake and it looks sharp! I was a bit disgusted with it and how really bad it looked. One of those days I shoulda just walked away from the bike for a day or 3. But back to loving my baby again. Instead of looking old world 1920s, she now sort of looks like a 1960s import. I really have to paint the left side cover. Gots me powder coat gun. Also have a cool air filter and she is gonna look sharp. Pics don't do it justice but a whole lot better then the red solid ones. The really important part is these are far less likely to cause facial road rash.

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Old 03-23-2011, 12:54 PM
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My Diamondback bike w/Tanaka 47R engine was at my apartment in town. After work, my son dropped me off and followed me to his home, which was 8.5 miles away. I had an interesting conversation with my neighbor. He was floored that my bike can commute to work for 8 days on a tank of gas. He fills his large truck up every week, at a cost of $96.00!
On the way home, my son said I was flying!
He clocked the bike's speed at 37mph after climbing a steep hill, and I wasn't pushing it to the max. He said it was not easy to see the bike's engine while I was moving or at a stop, especially when I was pedalling. It looked like a regular bicycle, except for the moderate engine noise, slight trail of smoke and of course the speed. I passed a bus and a hot rod truck along the boulevard. You could feel their eyes on me, especially when the truck was pacing me from a safe distance.
At a busy intersection, I was riding in the curb lane. I saw a car approaching behind me. It had its right turn signal on, so I pulled to the far left of the curb lane. This allowed the sedan to squeeze through and turn right at the traffic light. He paused alongside me for a few seconds, then turned rightand pulled away.

It was a police car.

I passed a few bicyclists on the way home. My son said they all stared at me as I passed them. He also stated that it was an odd sight to see one guy pushing his bike up a steep hill, and me riding uphill at 20mph behind a line of cars.
Surprisingly, the bike performed flawlessly. I was impressed, because I had just replaced its GP460 engine with the Tanaka 47R. Its maiden voyage was just a mile or so before this 8.5 mile jaunt yesterday.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:18 PM
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Got with good ol UPS [the brown truck] My last big order they messed up. This was supposed to be put together this week. They tracked it down allegedly to a incompetent clerk. It was in town for two days here where the screw up was and they shipped it back this morning to the shipper when I was sleeping. lol I was on the horn clearing it up today. Oh well what can a guy do these days lol.

But next week..........something like that. It was UPS's falt they are clearing up with no charge. The folks in my city really impress sometimes

Gotta have a seance of humor aye.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:54 PM
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put new 415 chain on. just gotta break it in now. i put my chains on with no master link. dont know if any of y'all do it too or not
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:54 PM
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freed from dust....
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:50 PM
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I passed the 100 mile mark today. Now it's time to adjust the valves!
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:00 PM
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took it for a ride, half way through something start rattling badly. limped the motor back home thinking it was something internal.


nope.

it was the bolt for the front mounting bracket
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:20 PM
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I had the same thing happen to me. What I did to solve this problem was to get a stronger set of bolts from Sick Bike Parts and then double bolted anything that was hooked to the motor. It seems to be holding up pretty well right now although I really don't have that many extra miles on it.

Today, or last night maybe. I installed a tachometer it was an Enm unit. I haven't taken the bike out at so I don't know if it actually works. I still don't have a speedometer but,I really don't want one. If I feel like I'm going fast then and I am.

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:00 PM
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pulled the cylinder cap off, and saw all manners of nastyness in side. (carbon, carbon EVERYWHERE!!)

good news was that the cylinder wall was nice and smooth, no nicks or scratches anywhere.

flipped the cap around (angle fire one) so the spark is on the exhaust side, facing the intake, then raised the needle a little so it'd be a little richer, and the thing just took off like a bat outta .. well you know.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:33 PM
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Smoothe, ya gotta let me know where to send that beer. (cup of coffee would spill in the post) Long ride and #4 ride with the cheap forks off the $85 MTB. Rides better and safer then the $140 pair. Gonna go off on the next member who gives grief to a new person building with a cheap bicycle.

During the ride an older woman pulls up to me at a stop light. "You should put some reflective tape or lights on the back or some thing. You look like a tree" I was wearing a brown leather helmet and Carhartt jacket. I thanked her and rode away. After thinking about it, she is one of my biggest motorized bicycle fears. An old lady, a drunk and a car door tops my lists. After stopping, I put a battery operated flasher light on the back of my helmet. I wanted to take a pic but as I was doing this in a park, a seagull landed with 2 reflective things on his wing for some sort of research thing. So he could ride my bike safely as long as he flapped..

On the way and at the bottom of a long hill, my muffler fell off. Is the rubber blow bag so it bounced almost as fast as I was going. (kinda funny. took some great bounces) When it stopped, I turned back. Instead of screwing it back on, I just stuck it in my pocket. Man!!! HFs sound cool with s8t pipes! Like lil angry Harleys.

Left it off and warmed my pocket nicely. Smelled nice too. I checked to see if there was any burning rubber. Nope, just smells oddly like breakfast in a dinner.

Great thread. So far I learned a better ratio for this build and way better suspension. Really cool. Always some thing to learn from you's guys.




OH!!! duel front brakes rock!
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