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Episode 23: Paint Prep

Episode 23: Paint Prep And.....we're back! Hey guys, so sorry for the delay in new episodes over the last month or so. We've all been super busy throughout the start of the summer. RaceTech moving into new offices, Jarred & Brady working on new bikes, it all adds up.  So finally we're covering Paint Prep, a topic we've been asked about before.  Our paint guru Brady Young covers most of the steps for paint prep, and Jared and Evan bring up some good questions.  We also cover some recent emails and questions at the end. Prep notes for this show:

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Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review

Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review Awhile back, we posted this article after a listener told us about Jim March's "How to Build a Cafe Racer" guide. We skimmed through it, but never really went over it in detail or discussed it.  After we all read the document in depth we saw it had some really good points to discuss. Make sure to download the document below and follow along to the podcast with it. Jim March's Cafe Racer Guide (PDF) We'd like to mention that all credit for this document goes to Jim March. He definitely put alot of work into compiling all this information. In this show we are using his advice as talking points to discuss, and we are not criticizing him or saying he is wrong. You are listening to our opinions on his opinions! Jim has a link in his document to tip him if you found the document helpful, but the WePay link does not work any longer. His email is in the document and it sounds like he welcomes feedback. So, what do you think?

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Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering

  Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering If you're a couple episodes behind, you don't want to miss this one! We met Ed Sorbo, owner of Lindeman Engineering at Deus Ex Machina's Saturday School event in April. Ed had a booth at Saturday School and was leading excellent suspension seminars that drew a crowd every time.  We were very excited to have him join us on the show and talk in depth about suspension. Note: this is our first show recording a remote guest via Skype. There are a few sound quality issues due to our old computer hardware. We'll be upgrading soon to be able to record remote guests with much better quality. Make sure to contact Ed at Lindeman Engineering for any of your suspension needs! Make sure to tell him you heard his Motorbike Mondays episode. Lindemann Engineering 700 East Redlands Blvd. Ste U Box 410 Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 838-4587 ed@le-suspension.com

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Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2

Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2 Episode 20 continues with Part 2 of our series on Top End Rebuilds. We pick up where we left off after describing disassembly of your motor to prepare for a top end rebuild. This episode covers the tools necessary to rebuild your top end and the steps to prepare your motor for final reassembly. It's recommended you have listened to Episode 19 before starting this show. Notes for this episode: Assembly Piston skirt scoring: Debris between cylinder and piston Motor ran hard before at operating temperature Rebore Will discuss next episode Pistons Thoroughly clean piston ring grooves, if using same pistons Install new piston rings in appropriate orientation While installing piston to connecting rod, be aware of piston orientation mark on top of piston Slide wrist pin through piston and connecting rod and insert wrist pin clip Deglazing/honing: Adding a surface for the new rings to break in Oil the cylinder wall thoroughly and tool With triton hone or ball hone on drill move tool up and down through cylinder at a constant quick motion Remove tool out of cylinder whilst still in motion Removing old gaskets: Gasket scraper Razorblade Scotchbrite pad on

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Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1

Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1 Episode 19 is part 1 in our series about rebuilding the top end of your motor. This episode will cover disassembly of your top end, and goes over the important components of the motor top end as well. Make sure to listen to Part 1 before moving onto the new Episode 20, part 2 of Top End Rebuilds. Check out the notes below for the important points to follow. Episode 19 Outline/Notes: What is a Top End? The top end of a motor is anything from the cylinders and up Why? To replace worn or damaged parts Performance upgrades Burning oil She's just tired Engine in or out? Not all bikes require you to remove the motor from the bike May be easier to rebuild it on a workbench Where to start? Remove gas tank Remove air intake and carburetors Remove exhaust Remove cables (clutch cable, tach cable) Drain fluids (oil, coolant) Disconnect battery Remove spark plugs and wires If it's connected to the motor, disconnect or remove it Removing the head: Check manual for proper process to relieve pressure off of valve train Remove cam(s), rockers, or cam followers Remove head bolts/nuts Remove heads Removing valve springs and valves: With the appropriate valve sprin

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Episode 3: So you bought a bike, what now?

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Episode 3: So you bought a bike, what now?

Hey, welcome to episode 3 of Motorbike Mondays! Hopefully you’ve listed to our first couple shows, and you have a good idea who we are, and what we like to talk about.  After last week covering buying a used bike, what to look for conditions-wise, and specific makes & models, we’re ready to help you figure out how to get started with it.  If you’re new to motorcycles, and you’re not sure just where to start with a new (to you) bike, this podcast will help get you going.  If you follow the pretty simple steps we’ve outlined and discussed, you should be able to get your bike running. Keep in mind, the point here is to get an old engine running in order to make sure there is no major damage or issues with it, so you can move forward with your project, this podcast doesn’t cover any major engine repairs. We are also starting this podcast under the assumption the engine is not running.  Anyways, here’s an outline of the show:

  • What’s in the shop?  (segment where we discuss what we’re currently working on)
  • What now!? I bought a shitty old motorcycle, how do I get started? (main topic)
  • How is the battery? Measure voltage with meter, fully load test, inspect battery cables (ground especially). Clean terminals if ANY corrosion is visible, replace ground cable especially if questionable at all.  If battery doesn’t check out during ANY test, replace it.
  • Drain the oil and inspect it (color, smell, consistency). Drain oil through paper towel or coffee filter to catch any pieces or contamination.
  • Inspect and/or replace oil filter. Refill oil (10W40 to 20W50 is fine for pretty much all bikes, if you can’t find what the owners manual recommends.) Use cheap oil (Wal-Mart) if you are going to be doing more work and draining it again.
  • Drain gas tank and carburetor float bowls. Inspect gas tank for rust/corrosion. Add fuel filter. Refill gas tank and carburetor float bowls with fresh high octane (91/premium).  Use auxiliary fuel bladder if the gas tank is too dirty and un-repair or clean-able.
  • Pull the spark plugs. Clean or replace them if questionable (cheap insurance).
  • Why was the bike parked? Specific things to look into based on why the seller said it was parked.
  • A motor needs 4 things to start: Fuel, Air, Spark, Compression. Make sure it has all of these things.  Spark & Compression can be visibly tested.  Fuel and Air are carb/air filter related and more difficult to check.
  • Try to start the bike.  Give the throttle a few twists (prime cylinders with accelerator pump). Make sure fuel is on.  Attempt to start. If the bike doesn’t start, pull the air box/cleaners. Spray starting fluid, carb cleaner, brake cleaner, into carb throats. Try to start again.

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    Aris Economou

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    Hey guys,

    Great work on the show so far I have been really enjoying it. I am in college and I have a 1972 CL175. The tank on the inside is pretty rusted, needs new tires, and burns a fair amount of oil. Thinking that this is going to run be about 200-300 bucks and that I payed 700 for it I am not sure whether it is worth the money or to just get a new bike. What are some models you guys recommend for just running errands around but that don’t look too small. I’ve been looking at the CB350. Any other models?

    Aris

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    Evan

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    Hey Aris,
    Thanks for the comment. A CL175 is a fairly rare CB model, and may be kind of hard to find parts for. The CB350 twins, and the CB360 twins are a lot easier to find parts for and have more info and aftermarket support. $700 is probably not too bad for a running CL. I would look into the 350/360 twins for a better starting point.

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    John

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    The show is great! I’m an older guy interested in motorbikes. I’ve never owned one but have a fantasy of having one just to take out for a weekend drive.
    I have to convince my wife that I won’t kill myself and that’s a tough sell. In the mean time, listening to your podcast puts me in that space and fuels my enthusiasm. I’ve listened to each of your podcasts a couple of times. I hope you can keep this going. Can you work in a segment for listener’s questions?
    Thank you.

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    Evan

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    Hey John, thanks for the feedback. Really stoked to hear that we can help keep you excited about bikes! I hope you can get permission to get one soon, you won’t regret it. Starting with Ep4 (I will be posting today or tomorrow) we are reading listeners questions and discussing them at the start of each show. We will read yours on Ep5 next week. We’re having a great time with the show and we will definitely keep it going!
    Thanks,
    Evan

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    Ramiro

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    Hello guys, I just found this podcast and I see that it’s been a few months since your last episode. Will you continue releasing episodes?
    I was wondering if you could go over how to lower front ends. I have a 1978 Suzuki GS 750E and have restored and changed gas tank for a slimer look but the front end still looks off. I have not found a “lowering kit” for my bike, do you have any advice on how to lower at least a couple of inches? Thank you, Ramiro

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