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by Tincan3
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in Moffat this Sunday 25th October 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Northern Meet in Moffat this Sunday 25th October 2020

My beemer needs a new back tyre fitted, I don't want to get the Yamaha wet/clock up too many miles on it (as I would like to sell it) and - worst of all - my new bike is nowhere in sight as all those that arrived last week went to dealers down south. Plus, due to the restrictions, I can't stay at my...
by Tincan3
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Changing Fork Oil Viscosity
Replies: 67
Views: 1491

Re: Changing Fork Oil Viscosity

[continuing off-topic . . . . ] We have the brown variety - unlit of course - on our roads. One evening in the dark I was on my small Honda CD175. I saw the cow ahead of me but not the one recessed in the ditch to the right, rear end towards me. It decided to cross the road just before me, so I was ...
by Tincan3
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Changing Fork Oil Viscosity
Replies: 67
Views: 1491

Re: Changing Fork Oil Viscosity

This is a situation with multiple variables all influencing the outcome so that it is no wonder there is much discussion and opinion. We have: progressive springs continuous springs spring rate oil volume oil viscosity suspension travel Have I left any variables out??! Normally, with three variables...
by Tincan3
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet at Trossachs Pier this Sunday 11th October 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: Northern Meet at Trossachs Pier this Sunday 11th October 2020

Well, my new bike is delayed too and looks like being available in the week beginning 19th. Sunday remains forecast dry so I am keen for a decent run on my recently resurrected solo machine to get some practice in. I have been driving a combination since 2006 and the solo seems very nimble by compar...
by Tincan3
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in Biggar this Sunday 27th September 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Northern Meet in Biggar this Sunday 27th September 2020

A good meet in bright sunshine - on the other side of the street. Myself on the combo, Gordon, Keith, Peter and newcomer Kyle (did I miss anyone?). We were joined for a few minutes by an 80-year-old driving an orange beach buggy that could roar mustang-style and was a historic vehicle. Another rider...
by Tincan3
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in Biggar this Sunday 27th September 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Northern Meet in Biggar this Sunday 27th September 2020

The forecast looks good, so social distancing outside should not be a problem - just remember to bring your own megaphones as we can't share one!
(Must brush up on my semaphore).
by Tincan3
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Advice on fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1809

Re: Advice on fuel consumption

Neal, thanks for introducing that. My R75/6 has a sidecar attached and I have always assumed my consumption was a lot higher than a solo machine. Lately it has seemed higher than 'normal' and has been around 35 to 38 mpg as best as I can estimate, when before, a couple of years ago, it seemed around...
by Tincan3
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet at the Highland Folk Museum,Newtonmore this Sunday 13th September 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 887

Re: Northern Meet at the Highland Folk Museum,Newtonmore this Sunday 13th September 2020

A soggy ride there and back. Feet wet but trousers dry so a new pair of boots looks justified! The venue proved a perfect place to demonstrate and try out the atlatl and both Gordon and Keith had a go. We sheltered in the shinty pavilion overlooking the pitch - perfect for longer range shots. There ...
by Tincan3
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Rigid brake lines (with stainless fittings).
Replies: 28
Views: 845

Re: Rigid brake lines (with stainless fittings).

Rob, when I worked in my uncle's garage back in the 1970s he had a kit for flaring car brake tube ends. It might be worth asking in local garages. I am aware that 'local' in your case is relative! All you would need are the old pipes, for pattern and length, plus your sourced stainless fittings.
by Tincan3
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Proposed Northern Meets for 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1984

Re: Proposed Northern Meets for 2020

Yes, it was a pleasant day out to a new part of Fife for me. On the return, filled up in Perth Tesco at 113 miles since Loch Awe filling station. The sidecar increases consumption so I get around 150 to 160 miles to a tankful. Light traffic on the return by Loch Earn but turning off to Dalmally at T...
by Tincan3
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Proposed Northern Meets for 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1984

Re: Proposed Northern Meets for 2020

An organic farm shop - I shall definitely need my sidecar!
See you there.
- it is even "Pillars of Hercules" on the map - how come?
by Tincan3
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Winter Happy Hour
Topic: Northern Meet Sweepstake
Replies: 47
Views: 3208

Re: Northern Meet Sweepstake

Hi Guys,
I have been planning on the House of Bruar this Sunday. The weather forecast too, looks reasonable.
by Tincan3
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Scenic rides in Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Scenic rides in Scotland

. . . . .and don't forget the Inverness to Wick train that got lost in the snow for quite few hours one winter . . . . . . !
by Tincan3
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Sticking brakes
Replies: 55
Views: 3725

Re: Sticking brakes

As Rob says, it is most likely piston sticking due to corrosion. I have just overhauled the brakes on a Yamaha Diversion. The front brake calipers float on pins into the mounting bracket. Both holes are lined with rubber tubes for the pins to move in. In all holes there was corrosion of the bracket ...
by Tincan3
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: RT to XR
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: RT to XR

So, Gordon, very nice to get something shiny and new! It looks like you could go anywhere on something like that. Having looked up Google images, I wonder what happens at the rear wheel with surface water on a road - does it just get sprayed up? Is the hugger in any way effective? Can you take it ba...
by Tincan3
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Getting out there...
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Getting out there...

Rob,
In France it would be the "col de Lawers" !
by Tincan3
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Numb fingers
Replies: 14
Views: 933

Re: Numb fingers

Much the same sort of problem happens to kayakers when they grip the paddle too tightly causing tendon problems. When the muscles are contracted the blood vessels are constricted, reducing blood flow just at the time when the muscles need more oxygen and tendon lubrication cells require more energy ...
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Early points or beancan?
Replies: 26
Views: 1091

Re: Early points or beancan?

Mjolinor, do you know anyone who has done that successfully? It is a solution I considered as my camshaft end has a limited life, but how would you set up for straight drilling?
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Early points or beancan?
Replies: 26
Views: 1091

Re: Early points or beancan?

Hi, I agree with you that a simpler system (to fix) on a long run is more reassuring. My R75/6 had points ignition. Currently, the points are mounted in place, correctly gapped, and the timing weights are in the spares box I carry (the mounted points are static and not activated). The Sachse electro...
by Tincan3
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: /6 petrol cap seal
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: /6 petrol cap seal

Until your post I have never looked at the seal on my /6 fuel cap! Yes, it is cork (mine is 1975) and probably has never been replaced. There is no leak I can detect but my cap needs a good push down to click the catch. Perhaps your catch may need adjusting? Also, it looks like it may be possible to...
by Tincan3
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: RT written off....
Replies: 41
Views: 2680

Re: RT written off....

Really glad to hear you survived the encounter Pete, without major damage to yourself. I have a mate who seriously scored under similar circumstances (well, roughly similar...). He was going up a steep hill on his Honda 90 when an old dear in a Morris Minor turned across (to her right) in front of h...
by Tincan3
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Good candidate for first renovation
Replies: 17
Views: 1666

Re: Good candidate for first renovation

If you live somewhere cooler, like me (north of Scotland), the best thing about airheads is that you never get cold feet!! :grin:
by Tincan3
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 3557

Re: Front Wheel Removal

CV, when you are fitting the new pistons check their fit first without the sealing 'O' ring and with caliper and piston dry and clean. It is possible a piston might move in and out easily in one orientation but be a bit stiffer when a few degrees rotated. So, find the orientation that provides the e...
by Tincan3
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 3557

Re: Front Wheel Removal

Well done CV! That's good news. How is the piston? If it is too rusty you may need to replace it - but have a look at the other one first to see if both are the same. I have a Yamaha Diversion to sort out and it looks to have two pistons per caliper - six in all I think. They are all seized so I am ...
by Tincan3
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Silent Hektik Embargoes UK
Replies: 11
Views: 1405

Re: Silent Hektik Embargoes UK

Well, I fitted a elektronik-sachse ignition system to my R75/6 airhead and it has been great. Smooth tickover, no more cleaning and checking points and nine ignition curves to choose from. I fitted it for peace of mind because, if it ever fails, I only need to swop over the condenser wire at the coi...

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