Bike builders that have machine tools/shops

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  1. Tom from Rubicon

    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dennis, you need not worry about my fenders as they are made by Wald and their fenders a heavy gauge and so are the struts. As in stiff'
    Get the catch can, I thought I don't need no stinking catch can so I just ran a breather tube down between the chain stays in front of the rear wheel. Well I tell you when I when for the rear brake coming into a busy round about and my ass end almost passed me. I kept it up with my cat like quickness and am stupid lucky I didn't get road rash or worse.
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    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    It may snow before I get rolling again but got my transfer drive (reduction drive) chain remounted. /Removed the brand X drive chain and matched it to the good ole USA Diamond chain. Dremel' d off one side of the pin and used the new # 41 braker that functioned flawlessly. New chain hung and all is easy peasy. Maybe I get some saddle time before it snows.
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    I hear ya on that, I know that there is a lot of vapor and oil coming out of a breather hose so I took some foam and tie-wrapped
    it on and around the end of a 2 foot length of hose and brought it down lower than the pedals. The problem I knew I would have
    was that it would drip oil when the bike was parked like the HDs do. :rolleyes: Well, it's time I get a catch can on order it's a pain to
    forget to put newspaper under the bike to clean up the oil. Grab a hold of the foam and squeeze it and you will have a oil dripping
    from your hand. The hose is attached to a brass fitting I tapped into the shiny CNC valve cover I ordered from GasBike and is
    venting the engine.

    We learn by our mistakes that, lubricating brakes isn't a good idea.:oops: LOLs.
     
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    EZL Well-Known Member

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    Yeah Tom, I purposely took some time off yesterday just to ride the bike in the country and to see the Fall leaves. The farmers are
    out furiously working on the fields while the weather is good. I pretty well got 50 miles put on the ole bike doing the Fall run.
    Dennis
     
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    Back in the shop after work and dropped the front wheel one more time. The other day I didn't look hard enough to find the Acorn Nuts I was seeking as what I found the other day were nickle plated brass or in the Harley Bling section. So I bought the Bling or more aptly bullet nuts.
    Reversing the 10-32 button heads threads up through the fender, did a Loctite install and stepped back to assess my work. Damn nuts looked like breasts protruding from the fender without a brassier. Back to Ace after work today and got me some proper SS 10-32 Acorn nuts. Take the step back to assess my work and it just about likes normal. No brassier needed.
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    50 miles is a respectable run Dennis. Nobody harvesting here though some bean fields are ready but the fields are not. Only corn getting harvested is for silage.
    Tom
     
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    Ha Ha, did they look like the rubber bumpers on a '57 Chevy? Good thing you got things straitened out.(^)
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    My Landlord's Son told me he's got the beans done here and he and his brother are working on the corn now. There's a lot of
    fellas working on the corn and most of it is ready now.
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    Well, couldn't do much here since the power went down around 8am. I suppose a farmer clipped a pole which knocked service
    down for a lot of people in the area. When I got back it was online and I have to trace down a fuse out or a cable that went bad
    in one room. Power up and down is hard on things! The farmers in this area are just crop farmers and not many of them have
    dairy or cattle, too much work for them I know. Most of them are "snowbirds" in the Winter and go south and southwest to get
    away from the Winter weather. Some of them are drawing money from these stupid wind generators that are going up all over
    the place. I have a cousin who has 6 of these wind generators on his farm ground. I'm not happy about these idiots having the
    cropland ruined with these things. People are gullible, the wind doesn't blow all of the time and the sun doesn't shine in this
    area all of the time. These "green energy" will put the geo, nuclear, hydro and coal plants down then we will have problems
    since they will cause brownouts and power costs will climb sky high.
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    Time for cotton now here in the Territory.

    We have plenty of wind here, so much so that the wind generators are shut down quite often to prevent damage to them. Massive power output and we have them by the hundreds in my area alone with more going up continually in this area especially. They are ugly but don't think these don't produce great power. No reason traditional power plants can't exist along side new energy sources, except for radical politicians. We also have huge stores of natural gas to run traditional electrical generators and it is really clean energy as well. I hear you Dennis on the agriculture front I despise what's happening to ranch& farmland but with lower water pumping costs crop production per acre has dramatically increased so I look at it as win, win situation economically for us all, but I miss the horizontal lines of the open horizons!
    Oh yeah I also own farmland that's in production and requires lots of irrigation so I'm up on what's relative to us.

    Rick C.
     
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    Several real tall wind generators are being put up and they are bigger than the average ones that were put up several years ago.
    I can't see the blades lasting very long in this area since there is a lot of dust stirred up in the farm country. The blades will
    suffer from erosion on the leading edges.
    Dennis
     
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    The plight of not only farmers but to all who choose to live in rural areas which lack population so they are under represented. Cities make the rules & we in the wilderness just follow them, but I still prefer the country life over the cities, I've lived in both...if you can call metro dwelling living. Existing is a better term perhaps.

    Rick C.
     
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    Same here on living in the country. The only time I lived in several cities was when I was married. My ex lived in the country
    when she was young but her parents moved the kids to a city. Existing is what it is called if you live in a big city.
    Dennis
     
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    Tom, I put another 14 on it this AM by going to the Dollar General store before it rains. .elec.
    Dennis
     
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    Fellas, I been evaluating that GPS speedometer and it is working flawlessly. The settings and menu selections do take time to get
    use to and it can be attached/detached from it's holder so no one will be able to steel it. Since it's a GPS unit you could carry it
    around and it would show miles jogging or walking. Even in a car it will show mileage and speed and like most of these GPS
    units, it takes a few seconds to adjust to changes in speed. Charging the LiPo battery can be done using a USB cable on a
    computer or a cellphone charger. Readout numeric speed is selectable in metric/imperial and the numeric data is 3/4" in height
    so it's easy to see in bright sunlight and at night it is back lit automatically.

    The more expensive models have all kinds of bells and whistles which tend to make them cluttered with menu selections that
    are hard to navigate through the menus selections since they are nested in menus, whew a lot of double-talk! I chose this
    one to get away from the clutter and it has better readability. I bought another speedometer about 2 years ago that used
    a magnet sensor which was wireless and and sent the data to the readout. The numeric data was small and hard to read and
    to make things worse, the menus were not intuitive. The old traditional analog speedometer was a lot better so I threw the
    brandnew one in it's box and set it aside and re-mounted the analog speedometer until it went bad. I've tried a notepad and
    a cellphone and the sunlight messes them up even if the brightness is turned all of the way up on them. The notepads are
    just too bulky to be practical for use on a bike.
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    Today Thursday at work I lost the first two hours productivity.

    I welded up a weld fixture for a Caterpillar part a second time because the designed components that I had tacked and was ready to weld yesterday had a design flaw and all but one components had to be re-lasered. the new "good components" lasered so I jumped back on and I got one part out of orientation. Everything got tacked but I only had a steel sheet that is a platform deck to check the registration points with and was right. So I set the amps for heavy penetration because all the fixture parts are 1/2" HRPO steel. Welded the whole fixture up on a https://bluco.com/ To ensure flatness Started loading the weldment parts and something ain't right.

    Got the designer down to look at the fixture and he said “ I hope you don’t mind cutting the weld’s on this part to make it right?” Well I did but it was my haste to complete a project already behind. So after two hours of fire wheeling and breaking welds, clean up, and rewelding in the correct orientation. Fixture component welded in correct orientation and the weldment parts all started to fall into place. The rest is a piece of cake. But the time I wasted is disdainful.
    My Sportsman Flyer is done and I thought to give it a shake down after work today, but I better have one more go thru.
    Tom
     
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    Yeah, I know what you mean with the brakes giving you a failure. I ran that 49cc for about two years without any other brake
    except a coaster brake and I've had the chain come off several times. After the first time that happened I anticipated my stops
    and was real careful in town. A fella never wants to get reliant on brakes to save you. The 49cc has some engine braking but
    the 212cc seems to freewheel and a single brake won't stop you on it if you have to do a hard braking on just one brake. The
    bike has more mass so I will be going to put a set of disk brakes on it this Winter.

    I have the CVT tore down checking things out on it and re-lubing the drive clutch on it with graphite. The new drive belt is
    far better than the one sent with the transmission. The GoPowerSports belt is far better quality and apparently GasBike
    is stocking them as replacements for that transmission. I am wondering what belt is shipped with the Comet CVTs?
    We have rain here again the AM so there won't be much getting done outside.
    Dennis
     
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    Thanks for mentioning GoPowerSports Dennis they look like a good source of parts for the Trail Buck mini bike a friend gave me. Rained during the night and drizzly now.
    Tom
     
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    Rain here all yesterday and a frost for Saturday. The weather is going down the tubes! :mad:
    Dennis
     
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    Down already, LOL.
    Snowed of and on all day yesterday, about 37 degrees, go about a 1" as of now this morn. Sorta split between two belts, over 2' north by Fargo, ND, comes here and goes up. The other belt goes south around Mpls. and over towards you and Tom, crazy but happens a lot. I think it has to do something with the great lakes. Ours will melt in a day or 2, but the rest i think will be here to stay. NOT READY..........Curt
     
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