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Old 09-28-2004, 04:06 PM   #31
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I remember American Eagles. How about 6 cyl. Benelli's, remember those?

Or how about 500cc Yankee twins? betcha' don't remember those !
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Old 09-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #32
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One of the funnest bikes I've owned was a clapped out '79 R100RT with 75k miles on it. That thing was a damn timex, took a lickin' and kept on tickin'

It's one of the few bikes I've had that I wish I'd have hung on too instead of trading up.
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:08 PM   #33
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Oh yeah, I remember the Bennelli Sei both the 750 and 900 cc versions, and who doesn't remember the oddball 500cc two stroke Yankee? How about the Marushin v twin? The Cotton or Penton scramblers? VWW
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Old 09-28-2004, 07:24 PM   #34
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You are really asking for trouble by saying changing from a BMW to something else is a "step up". I can hear the dueling sabers being sharpened right now.
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Old 09-29-2004, 07:03 AM   #35
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I've heard of but never seen a Cotton or Marushin

I remember the Zundap or Sachs engined Pentons well, they were popular when I rode enduros and MX. How about a Rickman Matise?
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:18 AM   #36
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Default Re: mysterious laverda hot start problem

Alan Chalk wants to know if anybody experienced the won't start while hot problem he is having with his Laverda SFC. I had the same problem with a Norton Atlas. The problem turned out to be a bit of dirt in the float needle seat.

What happens is, the bike is hot, you park it, shut off the fuel tap (or in newer bikes the auto vacuum pet***** shuts it off), the fuel remaining in the fuel line leaks into the carb(s) flooding them enough that the bike will not start , after 20 minutes the excess fuel has evaporated, and the engine has cooled somewhat anyway (and wants a richer mixture), so the bike starts up.

You can verify this if you have clear fuel lines, run the bike, shut off the bike, shut off the pet*****, note the position of the fuel in the line, and wait and see if the level drops within 20 minutes or a half an hour. If so, check your float needle, seat and float.
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Old 09-29-2004, 12:03 PM   #37
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Theres at least one Cotton currently racing in AHRMA MX.There are plenty Rickmans still racing ,from Zundapp125's to Triumph 750 twins. The early Pentons were Sachs, but are you sure they ever put Zundaps in Penton's?
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Old 09-30-2004, 02:51 AM   #38
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Thanks for the memories. Back when I was a smarty pants teen - trying to wheedle enough sheckles to keep my Yamaha DT-1 in perishables - the Yamaha shop I frequented took on "American Eagle". A Laverda was the first exotic I ever saw.



Keep these great articles coming!



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Old 09-30-2004, 02:53 AM   #39
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Nope, it ain't just you. The bike mags of the day - Cycle, Cycle Guide, et. al., said exactly the same things.
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Old 09-30-2004, 02:59 AM   #40
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Been there and done that. Airheads have their little annoyances...just like any other bike. Weak charging systems, troublesome mechanical (!!) ignition advance units (even on last yr '95 models), shaft drive failures on Paralever models, brittle "snowflake" wheels...and on and on and on.



Still there just ain't nothing like an Airhead on the right road in it's performance envelope.



Still you are right...the knives are being sharpened as we type. I still belong to 2 BMW clubs....you have no idea how deep the addiction runs. Beemerphiles are the flip side of Harley fanatics - only better dressed.
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