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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #285 on: 22.10. 2018 10:57 »
Weekend riding up to the tip of Norfick from central Essex. Off road on the Peddars Way going up Saturday, back via the lanes yesterday. A gorgeous weekend weather wise. Clutch on my Camel became almost unusably Boolean – bike will be going up for sale in a few weeks. Phil on his XT250 had a bad gas episode (ooh err), then binned it out on the trail. He got to ride home yesterday with no front brake. Pigsy’s Serow threw an electrical melt down so needed a bump start (no kicker) after each stop. All that and very nearly too much beer on the Saturday night. Cracking. 
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #286 on: 22.10. 2018 12:00 »
correct greybeard but they are governed so they don't rev too high, disengage the guvna let them loose and they blow up *bash* *problem*

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #287 on: 22.10. 2018 17:52 »
Rode to Loch Lomond on the A10 to do a bit of island hopping. Had to leave the bike in the car park as I forgot the flotation bags.
With snow forecast for next weekend that might be it for this year. 
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #288 on: 22.10. 2018 20:26 »
Spot on GB.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #289 on: 22.10. 2018 21:16 »
Many early engines relied on oil mist for lubrication

I'm pretty sure that modern four-stroke mowers just have a finger on the Conrod that flicks oil around. Lawnmowerman?

Not sure about that GB as I tend to just use and abuse them and never have to take them apart which is fortunate as I need all my workshop time to keep the bikes on the road. Two of the mowers are Hondas and one is a Briggs & Stratton so they never go wrong.
I do have a Stihl leafblower which is a four stroke but runs on a two stroke 50:1 mix  *dunno*

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #290 on: 23.10. 2018 09:55 »
  " Forum rules expressly forbid detrimental comments concerning the reliability of any brand of Lawnmower Engine."

    How lucky can an old established partnership be!!!!   Learnt a few new words from folks trying to start their engines, thanks to that logic defying diaphragm carb design.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #291 on: 23.10. 2018 11:38 »
 Did not actually work on bike, its put up for the year.

 But I did decide to modernize my carburetor tuning process before I melt down a motor.

 I ordered a wideband O2 sensor and a controller.

 After I do some welding on an old exhaust pipe (put a bung in for the sensor), I should be able to hook this up and read air / fuel ratio in real time while under load (at Amal tuning steps). Than I can change jets as I see fit without trying to read a spark plug run with modern fuel.

 Plus I dont need the dyno guy, I really dont care about getting peak H.P., I just want it to run great with no worries.

 Its going to be a temporary set-up, so this modern junk is not wrecking the look of the bike.

 Winter is long here, this gives me something to do while getting ready for next season. There are only so many gaskets a guy can cut on a snowy day.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #292 on: 23.10. 2018 17:25 »
Bought a new table lamp and started work on my Ben Buckle Bandit - cutting ribs. Made me realise just how bad my eyes are for close up work now.
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #293 on: 23.10. 2018 18:31 »
Bought a new table lamp and started work on my Ben Buckle Bandit - cutting ribs. Made me realise just how bad my eyes are for close up work now.
Yes, I'm finding the same problem. I've bought one of these: https://goo.gl/WDmZg7 Good lighting needed also.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #294 on: 24.10. 2018 08:40 »
Thanks GB might give that a go. All set for brain surgery once armed with that.  (It's not rocket science).
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #295 on: 24.10. 2018 10:03 »
I put three bright LEDs above my work bench (250 volt, the kind you see buried in ceilings) as extra light when required, wonder how much of the stuff LEDs are made of exists, wonderful things I replaced our living room lights (6 X 40 w) with 4w LED bulbs, the kind that look like they have an orange filament, so same light - 1/10th the energy used
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #296 on: 24.10. 2018 10:43 »
It's pretty amazing that (as I understand it) someone discovered that if he applied reverse voltage to a certain silicon diode it glowed: "Hm," says he, "I wonder if that could be a useful observation". LED's have come a long way since then; just a few years ago, LED's were tiny components that just glowed red, blue or green.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #297 on: 24.10. 2018 10:52 »
I put three bright LEDs above my work bench (250 volt, the kind you see buried in ceilings) as extra light when required, wonder how much of the stuff LEDs are made of exists, wonderful things I replaced our living room lights (6 X 40 w) with 4w LED bulbs, the kind that look like they have an orange filament, so same light - 1/10th the energy used

I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #298 on: 24.10. 2018 11:02 »
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I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.

Ha do you have a wee bit of Scots blood Roy, I have but we have no street lights
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #299 on: 24.10. 2018 12:01 »
I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.
Have we jumped into the Halloween thread?