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Old 10-10-2007, 10:48 AM   #31
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Man, sorry to hear that MSCUDDY, that just sucks. I had a reasonably bad experience with Buell prior to the newer models coming out, but yours takes the cake. Ever thought of monkeying with a sidecar operator?
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:06 AM   #32
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Man, sorry to hear that MSCUDDY, that just sucks. I had a reasonably bad experience with Buell prior to the newer models coming out, but yours takes the cake. Ever thought of monkeying with a sidecar operator?
Thanks, it does indeed suck. Every day is a new adventure in living. What kind of Buell problems did you encounter?

..the sidecar option sounds good, but I'd have to get one with hand-shift, and a linked system for the brakes, that operates both from the front brake lever.

You know...the Chang Jiang has a hand-shifter on the right side, and a sidecar...maybe someday. Now just to hypnotize the wife into allowing it...don't want to pi$$ her off any more than she already is...
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #33
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That's when the OHV 4.1 liter inline six came out btw. Fantastic motor.

I thought Jeep got rid of it last year, and opted for the Mercedes sourced 3.7 liter V6?
They may have - I know they used the inline in the Grand Cherokee through at least '02 or '03 - dunno how long after that.

And yep - that motor was every bit as good as the "Leaning Tower of Power". It's the restrictive head that was the Achilles Heel on the Slant, apparently developing a new, less-smoggy one would have broken Chrysler or something........ (actually, it probably WOULD have in the late '80s)
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:58 PM   #34
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They may have - I know they used the inline in the Grand Cherokee through at least '02 or '03 - dunno how long after that.

And yep - that motor was every bit as good as the "Leaning Tower of Power". It's the restrictive head that was the Achilles Heel on the Slant, apparently developing a new, less-smoggy one would have broken Chrysler or something........ (actually, it probably WOULD have in the late '80s)
..that used the same body style as the Candy Matic of that year, had a 255 cu.in. slant six that used big rectangular intake ports, with equally as large square ehaust ports, stock from the factory. I stuck an Offy manifold on it, with a 390 Holley, and Clifford headers (six into two), along with a Mallory dual-point distributor, and the thing hauled ass. Had a Offy finned valve cover too. Loved to use the "full service" lane at the gas station, to have the oil checked, just to hear the attendant say "wow" when he opened the hood.

Sixes are way cooler than V8's to hot rod.

They producted the last slant six powered vehicle around 1983, put 'em the D100 pick-up, with three on the tree. They were dogs.
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:10 AM   #35
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Ha, that's a good one. The motorcycle industry foisted works-type 4 strokes on the dirt riding public, under the guise of "getting rid of those dirty two strokes"...and we end up with complex, over stressed motorcycle engines with the lifespan of about 30 hours, before a TOTAL rebuild is needed, costing around three thousand bucks.

Heaven forbid we have a true 500cc two stroke that lasts for years and years, puts out fantastic power, everywhere in the powerband, and goes like stink. I purchased a CR500R in 1987 (the best year if you ask me) and it never wore out. Or sure, I put a few clutches in it, and a few rings, only one .60 over bore, but it lasted 4 ever, and was fast. The lower end was stock, with the exception of one set of crank seals.
Don't blame it on the industry MS! We (the riding public) demanded them. Remember 1997, when Doug Henry was campaigning the works Yamaha? People wanted THAT BIKE!

I, too mourn the death of the open-class two-stroke. I'm looking for a reasonable CR500, and I'll keep it until I can no longer ride. I know the bike will easily last that long.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:22 PM   #36
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Man, sorry to hear that MSCUDDY, that just sucks. I had a reasonably bad experience with Buell prior to the newer models coming out, but yours takes the cake. Ever thought of monkeying with a sidecar operator?
What is a side car operator?
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:30 AM   #37
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Sidecar: Havana Sidecar
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:16 AM   #38
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.... in Singapore! Except we didn't bother with the chilled glass, or the ice, or the lemon juice.... or actually the Triple Sec either.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:41 AM   #39
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What type of gut rot rum where you stuck with?
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:00 AM   #40
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Just how many types of rum do you think are available in a former British Crown Colony? The mind boggles.

There was one bar where the owner had a 100pound note in a frame. You could have the note if you could drink two of his layered Rainbow Mai Tais within 15 minutes, get up, walk to the bathroom and return without passing out. That bill had been there a loooong time.

His rainbow Mai Tais were tall drinks with several layers of rum of various potencies, 151 rum being the bottom layer. There was usually someone laying on the floor.
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