Saturday, October 17, 2015

Airhead Tech Day

This afternoon, the local Airhead group got together to play with someone's bike. This is what happens when the riding season is over and folks get antsy to do something moto related. In this case it was removing the pulse-air system on this 35 year old R65. I had done this as well as it helps the exhaust valves run cooler. Easy to do, only 20 minutes or so if you have the correct tools, plugs and caps.

Here is a shot of the inside of the airbox before all of the extra bits and pieces are removed. This bike only has 20k miles on it and still looks as clean as the day it rolled out of the dealer (IMHO). After this, the group moved to another garage to start pulling the forks off of an R80 to change the head bearings. Probably something I need to do one of these years.

The temperature was just above freezing as sleet, blowing snow and black ice were in the forecast for later in the day so I headed home mid-afternoon. This is at the dog-mushers field off of Farmers Loop Rd. A frequent stop back when I was doing the Polar Bear Challenge videos. Something that I probably won't bother with again. Too much whining...

12 comments:

Erik R said...

I need more friends so I can have a tech day in my garage!

BMW HACKER said...

I need a garage....lol

RichardM said...

To work on the tractor or the bikes? (I vote tractor!)

RichardM said...

Everyone needs a garage! This garage even had a flat screen TV!

Erik R said...

Heck, the Allis-Chalmers would need a "tech week". hehehe

Unknown said...

Ha-haa, "extra bits and pieces"... In the mid-'90s I had a '69 VW Bus like that: Every time my dad and I removed and reinstalled the engine (which was too often), we were left with "extra" parts.

I love it: "Guys, it's too cold to ride, so what should we do?" "I know! Let's dismantle our machines!"

RichardM said...

In this case, the "extra bits and pieces" send air from the air plenum into the head next to the exhaust valve.

I wasn't the only one that rode to the "tech day" so not everyone thinks that it's too cold!

redlegsrides said...

Too much whining?

RichardM said...

Yep. Too much whining from others doing the PBC. They thought that sidecar rigs should be banned from participating. Not the organizers but others... I'd prefer to just skip it...

redlegsrides said...

oh yeah, I recall you mentioning it now....I get your point. How are your metal working skills, perhaps a ski attachment for the front wheel? :)

as to the whiners...."they see me riding...they hating". :)

VStar Lady said...

If you have a garage ... the friends will come. Wish I had a garage.

RichardM said...

Especially if it has a nice epoxy painted floor, coffee pot, microwave not to mention the flat screen. Good company as well...