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1 month 1 day ago - 1 month 1 day ago #5117 by jnicks01
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So I'd like to start a little topic. One in which we admit some of our more embarrassing moments while working on or operating our wonderful machines. You know we all have them...

Luckily I found the solution to my issue this morning that has been bugging me for weeks now.

I've had this noise coming from what sounded like my flywheel or clutch area. When decelerating I would hear what sounded like clutch chatter or a vibration noise. I felt nothing odd through the seat or footpegs. Once I pulled the clutch in to downshift, the noise would go away. Then when cruising slowly in first I would also hear this chatter. Researched clutch, throwout bearing, timing chain, etc. but nothing seemed to match my issue. Yesterday I even readjusted the clutch and freeplay. Still no better.

Warming up the bike this morning and I heard it again. But now at idle just sitting on the center stand. Starting from the bottom I noticed nothing. But working my way up, I found it... it's my new gas cap that I got from an inmate. Cap is totally solid. It was just loose enough to where it was creating a new rattling noise.

At least I know it's not my clutch. Fix $0.00
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3 weeks 5 days ago #5152 by 15087
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Ha, good topic!
One of my best that I'll say I've done is after checking the oil, then getting distracted by whatever, is then taking off without screwing the dipstick back in.
Takes a mile or two before you feel the warm blow by oil on you pants, or dripping into your boot!
One if the only draw back to putting in your ear plugs and helmet on before taking off!

favorite airhead I've owned, the one I'm now ridin

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3 weeks 5 days ago #5153 by Wobbly
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I bought some work books that were good to wear for riding.... I thought. However, not once but twice the raised shoelace eyelets managed to pull the retaining wire off the RH float bowl. The first time I was miles from home, but luckily the bowl managed to balance on top of my foot, requiring only reattachment.

The second time I was test riding a friend's R75. I know where that bowl parted ways with the bike. I walked that stretch of road more than once, but I never could find it.

A new float bowl is $45.

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3 weeks 4 days ago #5155 by jnicks01
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Haha. Nice ones guys!! Anyone ever saddle up and reached over to put on the seat belt?

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3 weeks 3 days ago - 1 week 6 days ago #5158 by Wobbly
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This one is so common, I think it's become a rite of passage for Airhead owners.

There was the time I inadvertently hit the Kill Switch when pulling into a fuel stop. Went to leave and nothing worked. Fellow riders are already cranked up and pulling out to the highway. I'm getting panicky. Try the ignition switch several times. No go. Start to take my helmet back off and push it to the side when I notice the switch (which I never use) is knocked to the OFF position.

You could probably make a mint at Airhead rallies if you sold small stickers that said "Hey, Stupid ! Did you check the Kill Switch ?"

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2 weeks 1 day ago - 2 weeks 1 day ago #5177 by Wobbly
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I hadn't been riding much lately. I used the excuse it was August and way too hot, but in truth there was a nagging concern about the charging system. The voltmeter simply wouldn't go past 12.0V and I knew that was not a good sign. Short trips down the road and back showed no hesitance to crank the bike, so something was getting through to the battery. But was the issue getting worse ? I had already replaced all the wear items last year (brushes, regulator, battery, battery cables) so the easy work was already finished. This was really starting to bother me.

In 30 days or so it's going to cool off and club rides will pick back up. Autumn leaf rides are not the things you want to miss in North Georgia. The decision was simple, I simply had to brave the 90 degree shop and work on the bike until the problem was found.

Then this morning I had an idea. (That's really the reason I procrastinate. If I wait long enough the solution usually comes to me like an epiphany.) I went to the shop and put a voltmeter on the battery and cranked the bike. Straightaway I had the answer. My BMW voltmeter had failed. It was good 0 to 12, but wouldn't or couldn't push past that central position. Installed a spare voltmeter and Shazam !! back in business !!

What's the world coming to when motorcycle voltmeters only last 40 years ! :P

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