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by FL54
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: /2 Sidestand seems too short
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: /2 Sidestand seems too short

When I got my R50, it had no side stand and a bolt was broken off in the frame. After much frustration and some expense, I replaced the side stand. Like Skylar, I rarely use it as it makes me nervous it leans over so far. I just use it to temporarily leave the bike to go through the man door to open...
by FL54
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Hard starting r69s
Replies: 14
Views: 1708

Re: Hard starting r69s

I’m having similar starting issues with a ‘48 Harley Panhead that was recently rebuilt. Previously, starting was very consistent hot or cold. After the rebuild, I seem to be wandering in the wilderness trying to come up with the right combination of choke and throttle positions, number of prime kick...
by FL54
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Long Engine Warm Up ‘55-‘69
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Long Engine Warm Up ‘55-‘69

My ‘63 R50 is definitely cold blooded. It takes several miles for it to warm up and smooth out. I just accept it as the nature of the beast.
by FL54
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Engine dies when I pull right side spark plug cap
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: Engine dies when I pull right side spark plug cap

Classic troubleshooting a problem that appears is to go back to the last thing that was done. (Clean carbs? ).
by FL54
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Ok explain the patina thing to me
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Ok explain the patina thing to me

I’ve got an unrestored R50 and a restored R60. I ride them both but as previously mentioned, I worry about road chips etc. on the R60. There is something liberating about not worryingly about getting blemishes. If it were me, I would just clean it up to the point that pleases you and just ride it an...
by FL54
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Tweaking repro pushrod tubes so they fit
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Tweaking repro pushrod tubes so they fit

I can’t understand why, if you’re going to repop a part, why can’t you duplicate it exactly? How much harder/costlier could it be?
by FL54
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Joe's Speedometer
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Joe's Speedometer

I had a speedometer done by Joe a few months back. I actually found him do be very conscientious and prompt. The lens was bad and the speedometer was frozen. Came back good as new, $240.
My guess is this Covid fiasco has something to do with it. He is in California after all.
by FL54
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: BMW R50/2 with Duna Sidecar
Replies: 6
Views: 746

Re: BMW R50/2 with Duna Sidecar

Love the nose cone on the hack.
by FL54
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Bike wobble due to grooves in freeway
Replies: 15
Views: 2857

Re: Bike wobble due to grooves in freeway

Have some sections of roadway with grooved concrete where I ride some old Harleys with vintage tread patterns. Very squirrelly. I have found that riding where the wear patterns from car traffic helps considerably. Traffic wears down the grooves and exposes the aggregate. Not a solution but maybe a h...
by FL54
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Simple Device for Carburetor Tuning
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: Simple Device for Carburetor Tuning

The EMPI synchronizer is reasonably priced and works well. Especially for those of us who can’t synch by ear.