tony_d123

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  1. That is a problem now, people seem to think that any wreck is worth megabucks. H2's have gone through the roof. H1's, there are still bargains to be had, but they are getting rarer and prices are rising. Best place to buy them is through the owners clubs or forums, definitely not fleaBay. The irony is that a lot of the bikes over here in the UK are imported from the US, because your prices are much cheaper and your climate means they are generally in better condition! Its getting less attractive though with prices rising, poor exchange rates and taxes. I see you are also a fellow KDX rider. I have a 2003 KDX220R that I use for trail riding over here.
  2. Great story and I love that budget paint job! Your old Dad would be very proud.
  3. How are you getting on with your project? Looks a good basis for a restoration, I am always envious of the old bikes you guys can pick up, with the climate over here everything over 10 years old turns into a pile of rust!
  4. HI Hillbilly, if you are looking to buy a triple with piston slap, don't worry about it. They are basic, unrefined air cooled engines with loads of clearances, and they all do that sir! We have a few triples rallies here every year and I hear a lot, we get 40 to 50 bikes together for ride-outs. They can be fairly quiet when first re-bored but they soon sound like a bag of spanners. If you have to alter the jetting on the centre cylinder, you are masking a problem, even tuned motors on race bikes have the same size jets. If you are doing it just in the hope that it will last longer, you are probably making it worse as the motor will never be "balanced". If you are interested, Google the Purple Haze Racing website and have a look at the Pro Street motors you guys use over in there in the US for drag racing. They trim the cylnder head fins on these very highly tuned engines, so cooling is obviously not that much of an issue.
  5. Don't worry about it. Urban myths, usually quoted by people that have never owned them. I have owned triples since 1980 and can confirm that they are just as likely to overheat and seize on any cylinder. Seriously, they are reasonably reliable if you keep them in a decent state of tune. Timing and air leaks are the cause of most seizures. Jetting must be the same on all pots. The other one that makes you laugh is the "widowmaker" tag. You just have to remember that you are riding with 70's brakes and handling, not a modern sportsbike, but it is all fairly predictable. A decent set of rear shocks, fresh fork oil and modern rubber all helps. What model have you got? They got slightly more refined and slower as the years went on. 74 onwards have rubber mounted engines which is a boon for road riding. My current rider is a 74 H1E...
  6. Yep, mine had the resistor mod but when I put the brake light on everything just dimmed. Fitted twin filament holder, rewired it with separate feed for the brake light and fitted LED bulb and its fine, bright enough to be legal and prevent awkward questions at MOT time. Just make sure you take the feed for the brake light from the red wire (same as the back light) not the yellow which is unregulated or you will be burning out expensive LED bulbs. Only problem is, the brake light is then switched by the light switch so you have to keep your lights on permanently on the road, but not a bad thing.
  7. Love it, he also has some good vids of the 70's street triples another passion of mine.
  8. Monty, 25w bulb in the front, one of those LED brake/tail bulbs that go into a normal bayonet fitting (sell em in Halfords) and its fine. Won't turn night into day but its legal.
  9. My KDX220R in North Yorkshire last week...
  10. I bought a KDX220 a couple of months ago and it has always seemed to stutter and miss at low revs, which made riding it a pain. Also seemed to take a long time to clear itself when cold, as though it was running rich. Was going to strip the carb to check the main and pilot jet sizes, but decided to check the air screw first and it was 1 turn out (should be 1.5), so gave it another half a turn. What a difference, suddenly it runs clean, revs easily and feels crisp and lively! From thinking I might have to sell it and go back to a 4-stroke, it is now a joy to ride, I couldn't believe what a difference half a turn on the air screw can make, no other bike I have owned has been that sensitive to air screw adjustment.
  11. We are metric in the UK, so I get my wife (who is a nurse) to get me 25ml screw-top containers from work, the type they use for urine samples! They fit perfectly in a fender bag and I carry about 7 or 8 so when I need to top up, its one container of oil per litre of petrol (40:1).
  12. I bought a KDX220 a couple of months ago and it has always seemed to stutter and miss at low revs. Also seemed to take a long time to clear itself when cold, as though it was running rich. Was going to strip the carb to check the main and pilot jet sizes, but decided to check the air screw first and it was 1 turn out (should be 1.5), so gave it another half a turn. What a difference, suddenly it runs clean, revs easily and feels crisp and lively! I couldn't believe what a difference half a turn on the air screw can make. No other bike I have owned has been that sensitive to air screw adjustment.
  13. That looks like the kind of thing I need, thanks.
  14. Hi Thomas, I am in a similar situation, going in April and fancy something other than the theme parks. I will watch your thread with interest. This is the request that I made....... http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=585635 Good luck!