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eBay/Craigslist watch / MB5 $2000
« on: May 10, 2021, 04:12:40 PM »

eBay/Craigslist watch / Moto Carerras for RZ350 in Oregon
« on: May 01, 2021, 12:11:20 AM »
Currently at $250 plus shipping...who among ye shall snatch these up? Not mine, nor shall they be, as I anticipate many American dollars changing hands for them.

Good luck!

eBay/Craigslist watch / FPPs for RZ350
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:09:00 AM »

General Chatter / Shiny Hybrid
« on: April 22, 2021, 12:58:54 AM »
This bike is featured in the April/May issue of Café Racer:

Can't decide if I like it or not, but the article says Chuck did the cylinders, so it's got that going for it!

Events / One Moto Show, Portland OR
« on: April 21, 2021, 12:07:49 AM »
Is anybody planning to attend the One Moto Show in Portland this year? I'll probably go Saturday the 1st, and it'd be cool to meet some of y'all there.

General Chatter / Counter top = surface plate?
« on: April 04, 2021, 12:20:44 AM »
I noticed a local granite countertops place has some free scraps available; any chance that stuff is flat? smooth? enough to use as a surface plate? Too good to be true, I imagine.

Turning Wrenches / You probably knew this, but I'm exhausted
« on: November 26, 2020, 04:22:09 PM »
I probably came up with the same solution that you all did, but it worked so damn well I'm sharing. The RD350LC and RD350s have a pin across the outlet of the exhaust baffle, and it's just gotta be there for extraction. Forget pliers. Nope, Vice-grips won't do it either. Spring hook? Please, they've been in there 45 years, man! I found the largest diameter bolt I had that would slip in next to the baffle pin and cut the head off, then drilled a hole slightly larger than the pin diameter through it. Next, the cutoff wheel made an angled slot into the hole:

So now I dug up some ABS pipe, a nut, some washers and spacers:

I know, it looks like junk, and it was a little tedious switching spacers and washers and then to the longer pipe, but it walked those gungy baffles out with leverage-enhanced ease (the penetrating oil may have helped).
The RD baffles are out and sold, but I have two right side RD pipes and headpipes and one left side pipe, two headpipes as well as two 350LC baffles that all need new homes. Yup, they're dented and have some rust, but I'm tired of looking at 'em.

Turning Wrenches / Boyesen RAD valve
« on: November 15, 2020, 01:05:59 AM »
Does anyone have experience with the Boyesen RAD valve on the RZ350 or 350LC ('82) engine?

General Chatter / Interesting relationship?
« on: November 05, 2020, 09:40:40 PM »
Funny how different things can be so similar...

It's just about the right diameter for a RD, but...

Probably not interchangeable.

eBay/Craigslist watch / RDs Available
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:29:35 AM »
A friend is cleaning house and has two RDs to trade or sell; he has them posted on the NATS forum.

Contact him via NATS or pm me for his email address.

General Chatter / RIP Eddie Van Halen
« on: October 06, 2020, 05:21:03 PM »
Another great talent lost...what a legacy!

Turning Wrenches / Fuel tank conundrum
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:53:28 AM »
Looking at fuel tanks for my project: XS360 with one fuel valve, XS500 with two (one on each side). What do you think about a fuel valve for each carb...good, bad or indifferent?  :umm: :help:

General Chatter / mistermonkeyclaw
« on: September 25, 2020, 12:48:25 AM »
I'm looking at an XS360 tank on eBay sold by mistermonkeyclaw; anyone have reason I should avoid this seller?

eBay/Craigslist watch / Another 4LS Brake
« on: September 09, 2020, 09:12:03 AM »
Not mine:

If you've gotta have that vintage racing look, this one looks to be in better shape and less expensive than the one in eBay insanity. Still, that's a lot of money to me.

Turning Wrenches / Aluminum swingarm quest
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:18:07 AM »
Aluminum swingarms come up from time to time; we all seem to want them, but they're hard to find and/or $$$. Jim recently posted a link to a site in Japan auctioning a ZRX400 arm that was relatively cheap, aluminum and designed for twin shocks. I've looked for years at and for Zephyr 550 arms.
I'm thinking of RDs, but information for any twin-shock bike is of interest.
Besides the DG, Calfab and custom-made beauties, what else is out there in the OEM world that people have used? What did it take to make it fit?

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