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    Jerry must be a mind reader because this is...

    Jerry must be a mind reader because this is exactly what I would have written. Although, I might have put generators ahead of inner tubes because I, too, use Michelin.

    Without looking for the...
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    I do most of my riding alone and also enjoy it. ...

    I do most of my riding alone and also enjoy it. However, I don't normally set out alone a 3000-mile trip on a 90-year old motorcycle.

    While there are a few people on the Cannonball who ride as...
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    Kevin, rather than throwing away those plastic...

    Kevin, rather than throwing away those plastic oil containers after you empty them into your Indian, do as I do and recycle them as shatter-free Laphroaig decanters.

    This reminds me of the time...
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    I certainly have, but the measures I've taken...

    I certainly have, but the measures I've taken aren't for discussion on a public forum.
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    This reminds me that 20 years ago I was at a...

    This reminds me that 20 years ago I was at a conference in Crete where my room had an air conditioner that was virtually silent. I'm reminded of that every time I stay in a hotel and the window A/C...
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    Mine was a 1928 Ariel with exposed valves on...

    Mine was a 1928 Ariel with exposed valves on which I had O-ring primary and drive chains so some of the tools are specific to that.

    Fire extinguisher on rear fender (required by Cannonball...
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    I forgot to mention, it's for bikes made in 1948...

    I forgot to mention, it's for bikes made in 1948 or earlier.
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    I won't speak with David until tomorrow afternoon...

    I won't speak with David until tomorrow afternoon my time but I've received more information that doesn't mention his name so he may not be involved. I used Google maps to plot a route between every...
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    Thanks very much for your post. Unfortunately,...

    Thanks very much for your post. Unfortunately, it is the internet, after all, which means there will be trolls.

    I tried to make that list as comprehensive as I could to help anyone preparing...
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    It's easy to take cheap shots, but if you found...

    It's easy to take cheap shots, but if you found yourself halfway across the U.S. in a motel parking lot in Pierre, South Dakota with an oval valve guide and lack of compression you'd need those tools...
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    I don't,* but I will be speaking with Dave on...

    I don't,* but I will be speaking with Dave on Tuesday on another matter and I'll try to remember to ask. Meanwhile, the contact information is ipcannonballclassic@bigpond.com

    *other than it will...
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    Trailer & Tools for the Cannonball

    I rode a 1928 Ariel in last year's Cannonball but the timing of an interesting project I'm involved with made it impossible to even consider entering again for next year's. As an aside, similar...
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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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  24. 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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