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May 10th 2017, 09:12 AM   #31
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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From what I have researched the engine is basically a 80's Peugeot 4 cyl. fuel injected automobile engine that they rotated on its side. Part of the reason they go 180k miles is that it's designed to move a car frame and wheels on a light bike that has about an eighth of the weight. Working on this engine was more like working on a car than a motorcycle. The engine is part of the frame the rest of the frame bolts into the engine at the front and back. I can put wheels on it from. K1100 to get a little fatter footprint but I think I'll keep those little pizza cutter wheels for now. It is very light now for sure. It has aluminum tank and the tail is very light fiberglass. I added some steel for the mounting brackets but I have taken at least 60 lbs off it by taking off the highway fairing side pieces and big stock tail. The luggage and brackets were not light either! I'm going to have to turn the adjustment way out on the rear shock cause it's not carrying all that weight from hard shell luggage and monster big fairing. There was not much give in it on my test ride.
Wow... get that thing on a scale! You probably need a new shock spring after dropping 60+ lbs.
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May 10th 2017, 09:24 PM   #32
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

'87 BMW K100 Project

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Wow... get that thing on a scale! You probably need a new shock spring after dropping 60+ lbs.


I still have the smaller RS shock from the donor bike I might swap over. The shock on it now was an after marker shock the original owner put on that was much more adjustable so I kept it on but if I don't know if I can adjust it soft enough to keep it from feeling like a hard tail



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May 10th 2017, 09:28 PM   #33
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

I forgot in the spirit of trying something new I'm going to try my hand at sewing to small bags to put in the triangle where the side covers used to be since I don't have a trunk anymore. I've done some sewing but this will be my first stab at making something you can actually see. ::: crossing fingers:::


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May 27th 2017, 08:59 PM   #34
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

Took the brick on a real maiden voyage today ( about 30 min ride) while moving it ran like a champ! But after the ride and letting it idle at about 1K rpm for 5-7 minutes it got hot and popped the rubber top off of the stock expansion tank and the fan never turned on. Also the battery was drained. I stopped while on the ride to get fuel and battery had plenty of umph after riding it at speed for 15-20 minutes. I replaced the stock gauges with a little Acewell computer so I don't have a temp light. The expansion tank did have some sludge in it so I'll do a good garden hose flush and hook the fan up to a battery directly just to make sure it functions at all. After I get that data depending on what I find I may just replace the thermostat with an after market auto parts one and wire up a the fan outside the wiring harness. Or maybe put it on a switch. The battery is a little troublesome. I'm thinking I may have an open circuit somewhere pulling power that I don't know about. BTW have I mentioned I HATE MOTORCYCLE WIRING!! Other than that I am very happy with how it has turned out thus far!


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May 28th 2017, 05:41 AM   #35
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
You know the saying, if it has tits or a motor it will be trouble...a love hate type thing. I would love to hear that run and will look you up next time I get deployed to Spokanistan.
May 28th 2017, 12:15 PM   #36
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  Apr 2016
  Auburn, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
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Took the brick on a real maiden voyage today ( about 30 min ride) while moving it ran like a champ! But after the ride and letting it idle at about 1K rpm for 5-7 minutes it got hot and popped the rubber top off of the stock expansion tank and the fan never turned on. Also the battery was drained. I stopped while on the ride to get fuel and battery had plenty of umph after riding it at speed for 15-20 minutes. I replaced the stock gauges with a little Acewell computer so I don't have a temp light. The expansion tank did have some sludge in it so I'll do a good garden hose flush and hook the fan up to a battery directly just to make sure it functions at all. After I get that data depending on what I find I may just replace the thermostat with an after market auto parts one and wire up a the fan outside the wiring harness. Or maybe put it on a switch. The battery is a little troublesome. I'm thinking I may have an open circuit somewhere pulling power that I don't know about. BTW have I mentioned I HATE MOTORCYCLE WIRING!! Other than that I am very happy with how it has turned out thus far!


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Assuming that the temp sending unit is a simple switch, installing a basic temp light is fairly easy (says the guy who used to repair radar equipment and make custom harnesses). PM me/call me and maybe we can walk you through some of this. As far as a possible parasitic drain, I may be able to help there as well. I am out of the motorcycle service business, but I'll give you some time, Mark, if it can help.
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