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    If cheating is too easy to get away with people...

    If cheating is too easy to get away with people who otherwise wouldn't think of doing it, will. Also, one has to wonder how many races were won over the years, and championships awarded, by engines...
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    Does anyone know the details of how the...

    Does anyone know the details of how the "no-support" policy is implemented? Most bikes will have been delivered to the starting point, and will be retrieved at the ending point by the same vehicle. ...
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    For what it's worth, I made a torque plate for my...

    For what it's worth, I made a torque plate for my 1928 Ariel (81.8mmx95.0mm BxS) and measured the distortion after I had bored the cylinder and removed the torque plate (held by 4 bolts). The...
  4. Wow, I should be selling $1 capacitors for $26. ...

    Wow, I should be selling $1 capacitors for $26. Clearly, I'm in the wrong business.. oh, wait, I'm not in business at all.
  5. The reason for using two 0.082 uF capacitors...

    The reason for using two 0.082 uF capacitors instead of one 0.16 uF (or 0.18 uF) in the cramped space of a rotating armature magneto is simply because the latter is too fat to fit. For external use...
  6. A few years ago I conducted a series of...

    A few years ago I conducted a series of experiments to identify a suitable replacement capacitor for rotating armature magnetos. These experiments are described here:
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    Don't feel bad. Remember, because of inflation...

    Don't feel bad. Remember, because of inflation that $100 is equivalent to a lot more in today's dollars. Using a Cost of Living calculator it's as if he sold it for... $880. OK, on second thought,...
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    You need a direct reading dial on your lathe. ...

    You need a direct reading dial on your lathe. Not only are the divisions further apart, if you want to reduce the diameter by 0.003" you dial in 0.003", not 0.0015". Or should that be 0.006"?...
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    Your suggestion reminded me of something so, at...

    Your suggestion reminded me of something so, at the risk of going off topic...

    Several years ago I rode a Ducati to a city ~500 miles away to give a talk. The Ducati's ignition switch has three...
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    You might change your opinion after kick starting...

    You might change your opinion after kick starting a 500 cc single with 10:1 piston a few times.

    Even if a bike has perfect jetting, and the fuel was drained before being put away, they don't...
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    Coincidentally, I just loaded the weak battery...

    Coincidentally, I just loaded the weak battery for mine in the car and am about to drive out to get a replacement. Although I'm using it to start a Gold Star I just finished refurbishing, I also...
  12. Thread: F.B. Mondial

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    The only book I have (and that I'm aware of) on...

    The only book I have (and that I'm aware of) on Mondials is:

    Perrone, Gianni and Jolanda Croesi, Mondial, Rimettersi in Moto, The History. Vimodrone, Italy. (Giorgio Nada Editore, 2000)
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    That's a great clip. I was impressed with how...

    That's a great clip. I was impressed with how easily the 4-cylinder Matchless started and how smoothly it idled.
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    Oh, I don't know about that. Going to a museum...

    Oh, I don't know about that. Going to a museum is worth doing, and it's easy. Also, more than once I've told the trainer I started going to to prepare for the Cannonball that I do not subscribe to...
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    When you run into a problem while working on a...

    When you run into a problem while working on a bike at home you can set it aside for a day or two while you think about it, devise a possible solution using your garage full of tools, machine a new...
  16. What test did you do? If you simply checked its...

    What test did you do? If you simply checked its resistance, and even if you found a high value, that's not good enough. If a condenser fails the resistance test with a standard ohmmeter it...
  17. This almost certainly isn't necessary, and isn't...

    This almost certainly isn't necessary, and isn't consistent with the symptoms anyway.
    This is very easy to do and should be done, but the symptoms may point to a problem with the coil. But, change...
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    I live where winters are a bit warmer than in...

    I live where winters are a bit warmer than in Nebraska. When I read your post a few days ago I had just walked in from outside where it was 51 degrees at the time thanks to an unusual cold front. ...
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    Your workshop is way too clean and uncluttered. ...

    Your workshop is way too clean and uncluttered. Did you post those photos to make the rest of us feel bad?

    Happy New Year to you, and may 2019 find your workshop messier than it is now as you...
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    I can see where your van works well for a single...

    I can see where your van works well for a single rider, but I guess I'm thinking in terms of a two-person team. That said, the tour bus with two-story trailer was for a single rider...

    It's tough...
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    I have to solve the logistics problem. This...

    I have to solve the logistics problem. This year's event taught me that a U-Haul truck carrying the minimal tools and spares that can be shipped to the start is sub-optimal. The sweet spot on the...
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    Kevin, it doesn't feel like I've accomplished a...

    Kevin, it doesn't feel like I've accomplished a lot on the bike since the end of the Cannonball, but somehow that work has resulted in 14 pages of posts starting at:
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    That's a very neat honor your fellow...

    That's a very neat honor your fellow motorcyclists gave you. Your picture will be close to their, um, hearts, for the next year. Congratulations.
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    There is no "navy" or "aircraft" grade cadmium...

    There is no "navy" or "aircraft" grade cadmium plating. Rather, the same Mil-Spec applies to all agencies allowing a choice of three thicknesses (2, 3 or 5 mil) and two possible post-plating...
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    In addition to teflon tape, I rely on 'EZ Turn'...

    In addition to teflon tape, I rely on 'EZ Turn' sealant from Aircraft Spruce to seal connections in gasoline lines where the tape won't fit (e.g. compression joints) as well as lubricate petcocks.
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