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  1. Thanks Erik. I know a manufacturer has to count fractions of a penny, but seemingly simple solutions that get ignored or shot down are annoying. Look forward to hearing what they have to say to your e-mail. Paul
  2. Glad you got it out. No other happy outcome as far as I was concerned when I started reading. Even with something soft-ish like solder So the first thing I did while reading was try to determine from the pic or from what you were saying whether it was a 2 or a 4. I've never heard of this test, never heard of using solder, and don't know every bike intimately enough to decide just from the pic 100% it was indeed a 2-stroke. I thought it might be, but wasn't sure. I was also obviously not noting the forum we were in from clicking on the link in the e-mail. Hardly ever note that. Just interested in the discussions. So many changes to the bikes and the tech over the years and I have not kept up with the details obviously. But all I knew was that, if a 2-stroke, you HAD to get it out of there. A buddy had a '71 Suzuki 250 that a wrist pin clip had fallen into. While I was heading over to my house to get magnets, needle nose and anything else that might help, he decided to just throw it together and run it. Because, hey, it's down at the bottom where it can't get into any trouble. Right? When I got back he'd just push-started it and was heading down the street. Thirty seconds later he was pushing it back. Yes, a metal clip is a LOT harder than a bit of solder I'm sure, but that sucker literally got sucked up from bottom in the crankcase to top and bounced around the combustion chamber for a bit. Made some nice grooves in the piston and cylinder wall, and lots of cute dimples and divots in the cylinder head and piston. I already knew the potential outcome from listening to my dad, but apparently he needed to learn the hard way. So for me at least, I was glad to read you'd got it out first. Paul
  3. supercross

    Guess I'm part of the problem too. Last time I had any kind of an extended subscription to a bike magazine was my beloved Cycle mag! Can't remember when they went under (late seventies, early eighties?) but I kept getting busier and busier, with less and less time to read a whole mag before the next one showed up. And speaking of print media, about the only thing our local newspaper did in the way of trying to future-proof themselves (even though they didn't know it at the time) was to actually buy the land they built their business on. Did it back when land was still a couple hundred dollars an acre, and sold it in the last couple of years for some obscene amount that lets them keep paying their rapidly dwindling pool of employees. Being still in print, they just had the opportunity to write about a 900 square foot house in Sunnyvale (just four or five miles as the crow flies from them) that just sold for something along the lines of $2388.00 per sg. ft.!!! https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/02/sunnyvale-home-shatters-new-record-with-enormous-price-tag/ Fun fun, for those that own. Dilly dilly! Paul
  4. Shame they couldn't just make a tiny tweak in the design at least so that the one in the lower pic is sticking out 1/4" to the left and simply sits in the pocket of the casting. I agree that as long as it's only touching the upper and not the lower casting it's not going to cause any mischief. But a slight change would have precluded even the perception of one. Paul
  5. It's always the last one, right? I agree with what's been said so far, but as a last resort before pulling it out and replacing it entirely, what about pulling all the needle rollers out and making sure there isn't just a tiny bit of debris in there taking up valuable space. It's a fiddly job for sure, but it might be worth 10 minutes of your time to pull, clean, and re-install them just to see if it's truly distorted, or just needs some grit removed. Good luck whichever hole you go down! Paul
  6. Oh, and that jacket just needs some patches and to be kept in a place of honor! Need to keep using that one for years. Great story starter for sure. Paul
  7. Great follow up! Thanks Glad you went back and I'm sure they appreciated the pizza (almost as much as the honesty!) too. The first thing I thought when I saw the preview pic in an e-mail was that a boot got a little too intimate with your pipe. But the colors were off and even the material colors looked odd. At that point your thought of sealant seemed the most reasonable. Glad to know first impressions are still reasonably accurate ones! Paul
  8. Did you guys follow the link? It's quite an assortment of dollies. Maybe I missed something (maybe the link was not originally there?), but I thought it was pretty funny. Paul
  9. Was going to say his looked like a '73 by the green hue, if that's original? I had a '74 125 as well! Fun times. Paul
  10. That actually makes sense. But isn't that an O-ring groove right there under the top of the spark plug wire itself? Kind of looks like the O-ring in question is larger in diameter than the groove I can see, but that could just be a trick of the image. But that sure looks like a groove under the cap. Paul
  11. What's the weight difference between the two? Thanks Paul
  12. Or all of the above... As often as not, the shorter riders (or even some taller ones) would raise the forks/lower the ride height for better ergonomics. And head-shake was a thing of horror to some (especially with older, less stable bikes anyway) and would often get tuned out by changing that geometry. So it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping! Personally I was never brave enough to get the older bikes up to that kind of speed on a dirt road or trail to find out. Glad you saved that bike bishop. Did you fix it up? Sell it? Or is it still sitting in a heap in your shed? Paul
  13. Three more culled from magazines.
  14. And finally, wasn't someone complaining about not enough Bultacos?