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I Have Gas – ethanol vs. ethanol-free performance effects

August 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Technology, Workbench

This is a story about my own experience and experiments with ethanol-free (E0) gas vs ethanol-blend (E10) pump gas. If you plan to make any performance modifications to your EFI-equipped motorcycle you may be interested in what I have learned.

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How to start a big-bore two-stroke

May 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

This video was put together by some AZ vintage riders — Bill Ramsey of The Motorcycle Accessory Shop made the video, based on a technique he learned from Mark Smith. I struggle to start my old big-bore CZs, and have repeatedly ripped the buckles off my cool vintage Hi-Point MX boots. Not cool. Maybe this […]

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Security: Keep your trailer secure

July 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Security: Keep your trailer secure · Safety, Workbench

We all know someone who’s had their bikes and/or gear stolen, if we haven’t been the victim of theft ourselves. Lately it seems that thieves are simply hitching up to the trailer and towing the whole thing off. I guess that’s the price we pay for increased popularity of our sport, and the rising value […]

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2009 Female Mechanics calendar

November 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on 2009 Female Mechanics calendar · Workbench

Here’s a pretty cool thing to hang over your workbench next year ā€” the 2009 Female Mechanics Calendar from Sarah Lyon Photography. Now this is not your typical bikini-clad, super hot, supermodel calendar with mouthwatering hotties draped over equally mouthwatering pieces of hot rod art. These are real women, working on everything from Ferraris to […]

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Blast it all!

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blast it all! · Workbench

One of the tools I’ve always wanted is a blaster for cleaning metal. A blast cabinet would be nice, for doing small parts in an enclosed area. But I wanted a bigger unit that would also let me work on frames and bigger pieces. A couple of years ago I bought a 60-gallon, two-cylinder, 12 […]

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Another cool trailer conversion and more Diamond Don’s pics

April 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Another cool trailer conversion and more Diamond Don’s pics · Racing, Vintage, Workbench

Two cool links today. First is another nice trailer conversion site I found while researching some RV awnings. I don’t know the owner’s name, but he’s done some really nice stuff inside his 7’x14′ tandem axle trailer. I especially this idea for a flip-out table that attaches to the E-Track cargo strips along the wall. […]

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Tools and tricks from Powersports Dealer Expo 08

February 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Reviews, Workbench

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis (called the Indy Show because it is always in Indianapolis) this past weekend. It was a great trip. I had a good time, met some old friends, made some new ones, and learned lots of interesting stuff. Iā€™ll be writing […]

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Project Big-bore lives

January 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

Got a call from old-school CZ builder Gary Davis today. A little over a year ago I visited Gary up at his home/shop in North Carolina. I left him several boxes that constituted my CZ380 motor. Back in the day Gary was known for his over-bored, reed-valved CZ motors and his inverted stinger expansion chambers. […]

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Rebuilding the Honda SL70

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Rebuilding the Honda SL70 · Vintage, Workbench

The first motorcycle I ever bought with my own money was a red 1972 Honda SL70. The picture is my younger brother David jumping the bike across the football field at Moore Jr. High when we were kids. Can you imagine trying that now? I think I sold the bike to David, but I can’t […]

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It’s a drain hole, Dummy

January 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on It’s a drain hole, Dummy · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

Turns out the hole in the bottom of the TM motor is supposed to be there. It’s a drain hole of some sort. Right there in the bottom of the motor. Whod’a thunk? Glad to hear that. Now it’s off to the post office.

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