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#61 Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed May 17, 2006 12:35 pm

Here we go, a bit before my woe time, I took some pics of the Maxim and what not....

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there...my project (the other one *L)


Heres my new chain Vs. Old chain.... stretched much?



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My Fuel Tank. Like the paint job?

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Heres a way to make your motorcycle more louder!

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My shed.... home away from home in the back yard.

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there we go...be back ina bit...
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#62 Unread post by camthepyro » Thu May 18, 2006 1:14 am

Do you have big plans for that bike, or are you just trying to get it running?
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#63 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 18, 2006 1:34 am

I'll settle for running right now. If it runs well, and is better then the Seca, the grand plan is to turn it into the daily driver. shine it up. I do like the riding position of it.

Side note - I went into the Yamaha dealership today to order parts.... (I know, I said I wouldnt go back, but apperently, thats the only place to get the parts I need) I had a walk around and saw a few Vstar Customs.... man, they look sweet... and the MSRP aint half bad....

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#64 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Thu May 18, 2006 7:43 am

A friend of mine has a V-Star 650 Silverado. NICE! And, he loves it. For the same price as I paid for my S50 but, mine was plain and his came with a windshield, running boards, saddle bags and a sissy bar. I don't think you'd go wrong with one of those.

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#65 Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri May 19, 2006 7:21 pm

it lives!! :lol:

I now have a running all pieces on Yamaha XS 400....

all the parts came in, I put them on and with the exception of some slight grinsing of the chain on the front sprocket (just a little, prolly just needs some adjustment with the new chain and sprocket and what not... but it works!!!!!

w00t...riding this week end if the weather is nice after work!!!!
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Re: Maniacal laughter!!

#66 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri May 19, 2006 8:08 pm

NorthernPete wrote:it lives!! :lol:

I now have a running all pieces on Yamaha XS 400....

w00t...riding this week end if the weather is nice after work!!!!
Better change your sig line. Bikes are sensitive y'know, they have feelings....... it might decide to "misbehave"!!! :mrgreen:
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#67 Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri May 19, 2006 8:13 pm

This is true.....

and fixed!
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#68 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Fri May 19, 2006 10:05 pm

:notworthy: :clapping: :jerry: :woot:

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1st ride of the season! (sorta)

#69 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat May 20, 2006 7:48 pm

Well, took the bike out for a spin today, put about 30 KM's on it, but had to cut it a bit short, a few mechanical reasons and the weather break has about ended by the looks of the evil thunderheads up above.

Mechanical reason 1- Front brakes are good! I went over to a friend from works to show him my bike, I arive to a group on his driveway sitting at a patio set, I drive up and when I apply the front brakes, i get nothing, after hitting the rears, and accidently twisting the throtle up (by tommorrow I'll have almost run over everyone there *L) I got it stopped and had a sit and a pepsi. I then went home, and added some brake fluid, which didnt help, so I then bled out the front brake lines, Which I have never done before until today. I now have front brakes again! w00t and what not

Mechanical reason #2 - the little linkage between the shifter pedal and the shifter mechanism has a little double ended screw to attach the two togther, twist it on, and it draws the peddle to the hight you want. it keeps unscrwing itself and Im left with a floppy gear shift peddle....not cool, but I think a bit of Loc Tite will fix that...

All in all, a short but fun little ride... I found a little bit of twisty road, fun I tells ya, long rolling turns and few shorts.... I likes it.
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#70 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Sat May 20, 2006 9:43 pm

Awesome! It's even cooler that you're doing this yourself. Makes me kind of wish I'd bought a project bike! (ok, not really but, ALMOST... :wink: )

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#71 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat May 20, 2006 9:51 pm

Scoutmedic wrote:Awesome! It's even cooler that you're doing this yourself. Makes me kind of wish I'd bought a project bike! (ok, not really but, ALMOST... :wink: )
I was almost convinced *chuckles*
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#72 Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed May 24, 2006 12:40 pm

Well, I commuted to work yesterday. was fun, if not cold in the AM. 3 degrees C outside (thats 37 F for you yankees *L) and that was just standing still, as you all know, its cooler when moving. brrrrrr... But ya know, after the shivering stopped, it wasnt bad at all! Didnt stall once, and even made the gravel road with ease! putted along at 40 KM/h and no problems, although you could feel the wheels slipping out a llittle. (thanks for the tips everyone!) waitied all day for the shift to end so I could ride home! (instead of just waiting for it to end for the sake of it ending :laughing: ) then rode home (splat splat bugs on the visor!) got the bike humming along at about 100 KM/h no problem, it seems to like those speeds a bit better, no sputtering or anything yet, maybe the engine finally got that crud out of itself that caused the fouling? (you watch, now thats Ive mentioned it, Ill be changing plugs constantly)

Maxim note - I should be getting my carbs back today, the mechanic that has them has been promising them to me for about 3 weeks now, and when I saw him yesterday he said definately today, and when I asked how much for the cleaning he said "Dont worry about it, nothing." Cheap as free! I like it, so Hopefully Ill have it runnign befire the week end, and then we can play, what does the bike need for a road saftey! fun fun fun!

Grinning and shivering! loads of fun!
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#73 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Wed May 24, 2006 2:48 pm

:woot: Glad you enjoyed your commute and, also glad you didn't have any trouble with the gravel! Now, go change some sparkplugs or something.... :laughing:

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#74 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 25, 2006 12:44 am

I rode around today all day...and still havent had to change my plugs... Im getting suspicious... something has to fall off my bike soon....
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#75 Unread post by KarateChick » Thu May 25, 2006 1:33 am

Sounds ominous..... :wink:
Ya right, :wink: there are only 2 kinds of bikes: It's a Ninja... look that one's a Harley... oh there's a Ninja... Harley...Ninja...

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#76 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 25, 2006 1:37 am

I heard evil music when I said it... Dah dah DAAAAAAAH!
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#77 Unread post by KarateChick » Thu May 25, 2006 1:41 am

Bring you & your bike out this way.... not only will we find you lots of riding buds but we'll get you past that first 500 km Real Fast
Ya right, :wink: there are only 2 kinds of bikes: It's a Ninja... look that one's a Harley... oh there's a Ninja... Harley...Ninja...

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#78 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 25, 2006 1:45 am

Apperently its over 2000 clicks as the crow flies....

I think its a 3 or 4 day drive... good road trip... one day maybe! let me know if youre gonna be in ontario at some point.
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#79 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat May 27, 2006 2:30 pm

Well, hows ya doin! heres some pics I feel I shopuld share....because everyone wants to see stuff!

First off.... My kid as of late!

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And they say reading to your kids is a good thing, and I agree, so here is first story time!

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And since I must do some bike pics as well, here is my Maxim, before I started ripping it apart (well, the carbs were off, but this is the second day I had it.

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and this is a couple weeks ago.... is this now a "naked" bike?

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I know I posted that before, but I wanted to again, for context.
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#80 Unread post by BigChickenStrips » Sat May 27, 2006 3:24 pm

thats a good looking baby.

cant wait to see the bike all done.
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