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Non-Technical Discussion / Couple Pics from EH circa 2001
« Last post by franknsr on November 21, 2019, 01:58:03 pm »
Just stumbled across a couple pics I took inside the factory in Belle Plaine when I went there for the auction that never happened back in December 2001. Thought I'd post a couple of the more interesting ones here.
These are from the R&D area an include a row of mules (test bikes), and a couple mock ups. I really liked that Fat Boy looking front end and wonder if that was the intended result for the American X and they just ran out of time. 
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Non-Technical Discussion / Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Last post by Donkey Hotey on November 20, 2019, 10:48:53 pm »
Last weekend was unseasonably warm. The forecast in Yosemite Valley was 74 degrees. That meant the higher elevations would be cool but, not unbearable. Even crazier, it's the middle of November and the road to Glacier Point and Washburn Point were still open.

But I am a cold weather wimp. Departing early in the morning from my house would mean temps in the 30s for the first few hours. Not going to happen. Fortunately I recently picked up an old Chariot Cycle Sled trailer I was dying to try out. After replacing the wheel bearings on Saturday, I decided it was Jennie's turn to go somewhere.

Loaded her up and killed the 260 miles between home and Wawona (inside Yosemite NP) from the comfort of my van. Fifteen minutes and she was unloaded and straps put away. It was 4.5 hours of pure, distilled riding: out to Glacier Point and back, down to the valley floor, a couple of laps down there to make sure all the pics that needed taking got taken, then back to the van: exactly 100.0 miles.

Loaded her back on the trailer and arrived home just after 9:00 PM.
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Non-Technical Discussion / Re: Place to stash your registration and insurance papers
« Last post by wytfut on November 16, 2019, 06:51:26 pm »
Nice save Greg....
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Bob, it's funny you mention that because the bike I did this on is the one that had the leaking filler bung: 0333. We had a discussion about it four years ago:

http://www.ehforums.com/ehwebsite/forums/index.php?topic=850.msg2291#msg2291

Since looking at my other bikes, the glued-in plug was an early bike thing. 0738 and all of my later ones have solid, one-piece openings (no glued plate). I fixed that leaky plate with fuel tank epoxy. Never had another problem as far as fuel leakage goes.

The paint was another issue though. With fuel getting up to the rubber gasket and marinating the edge of the paint in it, the clear and some of the black were destroyed.

I just finished with the paint restoration on that one. Pics attached. It was pretty bad but, I managed to save it. The repair got pretty far out into the black. Every time I tried to feather the black fill into the factory clear, more would cleave off, flake and leave another hole. That continued for quite a ways toward the decal.

Eventually the repairs hit solid clear. It was black splotches, bordered by factory clear. After color sanding the rest of the tank to 1000 grit, I put maybe 5-6 coats of House of Kolor show clear over the entire tank. Let it dry for a month and color sanded last weekend. The results are just as good in person as the pictures show: no visible repairs.
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Non-Technical Discussion / Re: Place to stash your registration and insurance papers
« Last post by Berlin Bob on November 14, 2019, 03:19:26 pm »
Greg...not to burst your bubble..I have had two bikes that that cavity seeped fuel !!! ...keep and eye on it
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Non-Technical Discussion / Place to stash your registration and insurance papers
« Last post by Donkey Hotey on November 14, 2019, 11:15:02 am »
I’m obviously not the brightest bulb on the tree. It took me nearly twenty years to figure out that once folded, the left gas cap is the perfect spot to stash the registration and insurance card. After pulling the bags off two of my bikes, that was my biggest, pressing issue and the solution has been there all along.

Now I’m disappointed that the key doesn’t fit there too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve arrived somewhere, only to realize I left the key at home. Doh!
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Technical Resource Discussion / Re: Cams and optimal engine configuration
« Last post by blackheart on October 31, 2019, 11:20:14 pm »
Yes, that is what I did.   Im sorry i've been busy and I travel but I intend to write down the factory timing then what I ended up with.  It sounds like a lot but I think by memory I advanced the cam timing in crankshaft degrees about 6 and this resulted in cam timing which was more like a cam "ground straight up" this statement from old school cam in block V8 days.

To your point this closed the intake earlier and should build a bit more bottom end at the expense of the top end.  I felt the top end was poor anyway so it couldn't get much worse.  I thought it should change the volumetric efficiency enough that the mapping in the ecm would need updated but it seems OK.  I am in engine breakin mode so I can't say if it resulted in a big power increase.  If I recall I advanced it one tooth on the lower idler to crank the retarded a tooth on the chain.  Visibly the timing marks at the head and upper chain driven gear were advanced where as before they were in perfect alignment.
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Technical Resource Discussion / Re: Cams and optimal engine configuration
« Last post by jimxt1338 on October 28, 2019, 07:48:40 pm »
Blackheart,
Please let us know exactly how you advanced the cam timing and if you think it actually produces more power. I had considered this myself years ago but didn't want to screw anything up internally like smashing the valves. Are you thinking that advancing the cam timing might gain bottom end but loose top end horsepower?
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Non-Technical Discussion / Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Last post by wytfut on October 28, 2019, 06:10:19 am »
Nice Greg!!
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Non-Technical Discussion / Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Last post by Donkey Hotey on October 28, 2019, 03:52:08 am »
I saw that others were commemorating the birthday of their bikes over on bookface. I never really thought about the fact that the manufacture month and year is stamped right on the VIN decal on the steering head. DOH!

Well, it's still October for a few more days. It's appropriate then that 1663 got some very much needed love during the month of her 20th birthday.

I finished up a long list of cosmetic repairs on Sunday afternoon and still had time to take her for a fifty mile loop through the mountains for fish tacos.

She got a VERY long list of new or refinished parts, including a new front wheel, new front springs, new tires, an upper steering head bearing, replated rigid fork, two NOS mirrors, new E-H grips, a new horn housing and emblem, Kuryakyn chrome levers, a rebuilt ignition lock, a proper black air cleaner emblem, a new oil filter emblem and these flame-themed IRC Wild Flare tires (pic attached).

The accessories came off and went on the shelf and all the original, stock parts went back on the bike. She spent her birthday looking almost as good as the day she was born.
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