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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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Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: Ryca Motors CS-1

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Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: Ryca Motors CS-1

OK we’ve got an interesting one here. Maybe you’ve never heard of Ryca Motors, or their cafe racer kits. The CS-1 is the Ryca Cafe Racer kit. It’s built off of a Suzuki Savage 650cc bike. You used to be able to pick these up fairly cheap, but I don’t see the Savages for sale very often any more.  It’s a $1000 bike in running condition. The Ryca CS-1 kit is $2750.  Overall, you end up with a pretty cool package and a nice looking cafe style bike. However, is it worth $5500?  Here is the sellers info, and you can see the ad here:

This Is A Custom Café Motorcycle Built With A RYCA CS-1 Kit On A 2002 Suzuki Savage. 

– Painted Custom Carbon Grey Metallic (Professionally, Of Course)
– 650cc Single Cylinder With 5 Speed Trans.
– The Bike Currently Has 300 Miles Since It’s Completion. 
– It’s Registered As A 2002 Suzuki Savage Which Makes It Super Cheap To Insure And Register. 
– The Tires And Front Brake Pads Were Replaced During The Build
– Oil Change Was Done About 150 Miles Ago
– Gets About 50MPGs!!!
– It’s An Amazing Riding Bike And Super Fun To Rip Around Town
– Starts And Runs Great Every time
– Donor Bike 8000 Miles At Time Of Disassembly
– Has Almost Every Option RYCA Offers For The CS-1

This Bike Needs To Be Seen In Person To Truly Appreciate How Great It Looks And How Much Attention To Detail Was Put Into The Build!!

– The Bike Is In Absolutely Perfect Condition! It Has Never Been Tracked, Raced, Or Abused. Is Adult Owned And Ridden. Has No Scratches, Dings, Dents, or Damage. 
– Has Clear California Title In My Name And Is Registered Until June 2014! 
– Located In North Hollywood But Willing To Meet Up Within The L.A. Area For A Serious Buyer. 
– Test Rides Only With M1 And Cash In Hand. 
– I Also Have Brand New Suomy Flat Black Helmet With Mirrored Shield To Anyone Interested, Sold Separately Of Course. 

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What do you think? Is this a good deal ,or would you rather go find a Savage and build it yourself? We haven’t really talked about kit bikes here on MM, but I think it’s an interesting topic.

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    Carl

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    I’m searching right now for a suitable donor bike.

    My current ride is a 2012 aprilia Shiver 750 that I love but……I want to build!!!!!!
    Never did it before.
    I hope to pull the trigger by the end of the year.

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    Joebob

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    I just completed my CS1, a 2005 LS650. It is a great ride and a real head turner. The exhaust noise is just great for irritating or getting attention at traffic lights, need to adjust the idle air (hey a real carburator). The build is the real enjoyment. You will feel confident working on it and want to make tweeks so it is your personal ride.
    I am getting comments, sharp bike, what is it?
    It has started first time, every time. A solid lite weight machine. All that aside, if you want the look, then check out the Royal Enfield Contental GT.

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