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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

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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: Do low bars make a ‘Cafe Racer’?


Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: 1978 Honda CB750K
Do low bars make a cafe racer?

I’ve noticed a trend recently, of bikes being advertised as ‘Cafe Racers’, which often have little more modifications than the handlebars swapped out for low tracker or clubman bars.  This generally seems to raise the price by $1500 on average.  To each his own, but I don’t really think this qualifies as a Cafe Racer.
See the original ad on Craigslist HERE.

Motorbike Mondays Crew at Deus Ex Machina Saturday School this Saturday!


Motorbike Mondays Crew at Deus Ex Machina Saturday School
This Saturday 4/5/14 from 11AM-5PM

Deus Ex Machina
1001 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

If you’re in Southern California, make sure to head out to Deus Ex Machina in Venice this Saturday 4/5/14 from 11AM-5PM. The Motorbike Mondays Crew has been invited to join the Faculty at Saturday School, an awesome event to help you learn how to work on your own bikes. We’ll have a lot of RaceTech Electric parts to demo and a workshop on charging system component testing and troubleshooting.  Seaweed & Gravel will have a bike workshop as well.

 Make sure to come out on Saturday and say hi to us. We’ll be recording clips for the podcast too!

You can view the Facebook even page HERE.

Check out Deus Ex Machina on the web HERE.

Episode 17: Valve Adjustments


Episode 17: Valve Adjustments

Let’s talk about valves. Well, listen to the start of the episode…not valves exactly, but valve adjustments! This is a critical maintenance item that often gets overlooked or put off, because you don’t know how to do it. To a newer rider/home mechanic, valves and valve adjustments can often seem like black magic.  However, it just takes a little bit of understanding how the system works, and why they need adjustment to get up the courage to attack this job yourself.  Make sure to listen all the way through, and refer to this post for the examples we mention.  I’ll post all our notes from the episode, so you can easily follow along.

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