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  1. runmikeyrun

    Cleveland DGR Sept 30th?

    Anyone going? I’m a definite maybe due to a pending visit from my daughter. And weather permitting, of course. Here's where I list all my bikes: '71 Kaw 250 Bison '81 KZ750 cafe '94 XR250L 2014 Yamaha Bolt In progress: '68 CL350
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    81 KZ750e start to finish (lol nothing's ever finished)

    I picked up this bike summer of 2014, traded my low miles 95% restored RD400 for it. I was looking for a bike more suited to highway at the time and didn't have any liquid assets. The previous owner had done some work- added the tail section, paint, wiseco 810 kit. As usual, it needed a...
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    This friggin clutch I can't adjust... argh...

    I don't know why I can't get this clutch adjusted right. '71 Kaw F8 250 enduro. Typical with the cable adjuster in the middle: And then the typical outside screw/locknut And internal cam Normally on my other bikes like this you adjust the middle adjuster for slack, seat the screw, back out...
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    Why is my voltage reading bouncing around like crazy?

    I have a 71 Kaw enduro with a magneto and 6v system. The battery charges ok, signals work etc. My headlight won't work, so naturally I went to check the voltage and the numbers on the meter are just scrambled, bouncing wildly and never stopping long enough for me to even read one. I tried...
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    pitted flywheel surface is wearing my points out- can it be fixed?

    Hi guys. The pitted/rusty surface of my flywheel is wearing the phenolic block on my points prematurely fast. Is there a way I can restore the surface? I took some sandpaper and sanded off the rust, but the pits remain. Can i fill them with JB weld and then scrape it smooth? If my...
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    Kawasaki enduro takes too long to warm up

    Hey all. Picked up this F8 250 last fall. Went through it and got it running like a champ. When winter came I put stabil in the fuel and put the tender on. Have had a few warm days since then so I took it out and started it up. It starts immediately like usual, but won't rev. It runs fine...
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    Need help to modify/fit a cafe seat to fit my KZ750e.

    So I don't like the seat on my bike. I hate it actually. It's a custom job but the lines are wrong, it's too wide, etc. So I'd like to possibly take a cafe seat off eBay and modify it. Please tell me what a bad idea it is, lol, I'm here to try to get some ideas so hear me out. This is...
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    Where can I get case seals based on measurements?

    Hi guys, Having a helluva time tracking down seals for this Kaw project (250 Bison). Nothing from eBay or google. I've heard you can get seals for bikes if you know the dimensions but I'm not sure who sells them... maybe Grainger or Fastenal? Anyhow, I have the seals mostly intact. The...
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    Any universal 6v regulators out there? Purchase or build your own?

    I've got this 6v Kaw Bison, has a magneto and simple diode rectifier but no regulator. I prefer a clean electric supply so I would like to build in a regulator somewhere. I've built some power supplies for guitar electronics and tube amps but this is uncharted territory for me. I was...
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    Whose got an Instagram?

    Post yours! I have a motorcycle specific account full of misadventures on the road and in the shop. @ride_everything
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    1971 Kaw F8 Bison 250 goin' down.

    Well. Finally scored one of these. I've been looking for years for either the 250 or 350 (F5/F9). Why? Back in the day my dad had a 350. Sold it after a few years to a guy. Fast forward to when I was 12 (late 80s) and dad bumps into said guy. Guy sells the bike back to him, which has...
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    I can't stop buying motorcycles...

    ... I say that like its a bad thing! I currently have a CB350 project I'm just starting to assemble and what happened? My dad sends me a pic of a bike at a garage sale yesterday, well now I'm the owner of it lol. My dad had one in the 70s and I've always wanted one so here we are. Runs...
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    Painting

    My daughter brought out a paint set I bought her a couple years ago. Now I've been a musician a long time but never really painted, not good at it. Drawing either. Well I thought I would present my first two masterpieces: Acrylic on canvas: Glazed on tile: LOL. While its fun I'm gonna...
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    Appliance paint vs powder coat

    Hey all. I'm starting a new project and while powder coating things like wheels, forks, frames etc has been the gold standard I've been reading lots about the appliance paint. I sprayed a couple of items and I really like how it lays down and looks after its dried. Durability seems good...
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    Changing the year on your title? OH/PA

    This is a long shot, but better than no shot at all. My CB is a 68 according to the vin, but is titled as a 69. I have a 68 plate with sentimental value that I want to use on the bike, so getting the title changed to the right year is kind of a big deal to me. I live in Ohio and hold an Ohio...
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    The design flaw of battery tender pigtails

    Apparently the exposed lead is the one from the positive cable and the negative is the one tucked into the plug. Twice I had my KZ die on me in the last two weeks, and both times the cap on the pigtail had come off and it was shorting the battery to ground. The cap is loose for some reason and...
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    plasti dip vs vinyl/pinstriping for bodywork

    Hi guys. I'm planning on blasting my tank and clear powder coating the raw steel for durability. I'm not sure on color schemes yet, I think I want to do some green pinstriping and see how I like it. I'm wondering if I do a good job masking how plasti dip would hold up vs getting some vinyl to...
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    indian scout- thoughts?

    I bought a Yamaha Bolt last summer from an Indian dealer. I didn't know about the Scout until I walked in and saw it. I really like the looks of it, and the specs aren't bad either- liquid cooled and 100 hp. I really like the lines too. They're opening an Indian dealer about 2 miles from my...
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    anyone ever fabbed a chain guard?

    as cool as my ride looks without a chain guard, I'd rather not have my leg chewed to bits if the chain breaks. However, we know most chain guards are not sexy or trick at all, the KZ750E being no exception. Anyone ever made one? I was thinking i could do it fairly simply, maybe cut from...
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    trying to figure out how to attach aluminum number plates to my bike

    Hi all, I have some nice aluminum number plates, and I'm trying to figure out how to attach them. I'd like to use the little rubber sockets in the frame that the side covers push into, but I don't know where I could get little metal pieces to fit into them. I'd like to avoid things like zip...
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