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by Tincan3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Early points or beancan?
Replies: 26
Views: 279

Re: Early points or beancan?

Mjolinor, do you know anyone who has done that successfully? It is a solution I considered as my camshaft end has a limited life, but how would you set up for straight drilling?
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Early points or beancan?
Replies: 26
Views: 279

Re: Early points or beancan?

Hi, I agree with you that a simpler system (to fix) on a long run is more reassuring. My R75/6 had points ignition. Currently, the points are mounted in place, correctly gapped, and the timing weights are in the spares box I carry (the mounted points are static and not activated). The Sachse electro...
by Tincan3
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: /6 petrol cap seal
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: /6 petrol cap seal

Until your post I have never looked at the seal on my /6 fuel cap! Yes, it is cork (mine is 1975) and probably has never been replaced. There is no leak I can detect but my cap needs a good push down to click the catch. Perhaps your catch may need adjusting? Also, it looks like it may be possible to...
by Tincan3
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: RT written off....
Replies: 37
Views: 1177

Re: RT written off....

Really glad to hear you survived the encounter Pete, without major damage to yourself. I have a mate who seriously scored under similar circumstances (well, roughly similar...). He was going up a steep hill on his Honda 90 when an old dear in a Morris Minor turned across (to her right) in front of h...
by Tincan3
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Good candidate for first renovation
Replies: 11
Views: 811

Re: Good candidate for first renovation

If you live somewhere cooler, like me (north of Scotland), the best thing about airheads is that you never get cold feet!! :grin:
by Tincan3
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

CV, when you are fitting the new pistons check their fit first without the sealing 'O' ring and with caliper and piston dry and clean. It is possible a piston might move in and out easily in one orientation but be a bit stiffer when a few degrees rotated. So, find the orientation that provides the e...
by Tincan3
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

Well done CV! That's good news. How is the piston? If it is too rusty you may need to replace it - but have a look at the other one first to see if both are the same. I have a Yamaha Diversion to sort out and it looks to have two pistons per caliper - six in all I think. They are all seized so I am ...
by Tincan3
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Silent Hektik Embargoes UK
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: Silent Hektik Embargoes UK

Well, I fitted a elektronik-sachse ignition system to my R75/6 airhead and it has been great. Smooth tickover, no more cleaning and checking points and nine ignition curves to choose from. I fitted it for peace of mind because, if it ever fails, I only need to swop over the condenser wire at the coi...
by Tincan3
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Allo allo
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Allo allo

Are you sure those 'Americans' are not just French otter hunters?
by Tincan3
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

Brake fluid does not compress (well, probably only a tiny, tiny bit) and that is why it is used for the brakes. The fluid effectively acts like a flexible solid. Achieving the same pressure with compressed air means a lot of explosive force is stored up. If the piston were to come loose, all that ai...
by Tincan3
Fri May 29, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

The only way I could get a stiff piston out (when they were the steel originals) was to reconnect the brake lines and refill with brake fluid and pump with the brake lever (once the system has been bled of air). This was with the other caliper blanked off with a disc thickness insert as described be...
by Tincan3
Thu May 28, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

Where I live steel rusts quite easily. I fitted stainless pistons to the calipers some years ago and haven't regretted it. Before that the stock steel pistons used to stiffen up regularly.
by Tincan3
Sun May 24, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Front Wheel Removal
Replies: 60
Views: 2070

Re: Front Wheel Removal

"I have re-installed the wheel without the wheel-side pad. It screws up the braking performance but frees up the wheel . . . " Won't the piston still come out when you brake? I had one brake pad of four run to the metal with more than 100 miles to the nearest stockist (in France). This was on a Kawa...
by Tincan3
Sat May 23, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Swing Arm
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Swing Arm

HI John, The international polyurethane paint is in two tins so it needs mixing in the correct proportions (3:1) then allowed to stand for a few minutes for the bubbles to dissipate. There are application instructions on the web and the main supplier seems to be internationalpaint[dot]com. I forgot ...
by Tincan3
Thu May 21, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Swing Arm
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Swing Arm

The two part polyurethane is excellent paint. I use it on my steel sidecar chassis and fibreglass sea kayak. The paint does not become brittle and forms a thicker layer than normal paint and resists abrasion. My 1984 kayak has been painted a couple of times over the years and each time the hull has ...
by Tincan3
Wed May 20, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?
Replies: 203
Views: 7291

Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Finally, today, sorted a mystery that had been ongoing for the last few months. Long ago, in the mists of time (2016?), I rewired my sidecar to bike connection with a fancy, super waterproof, six pin connector. All was sweetness and light. The lights in particular worked - main and dip on the sideca...
by Tincan3
Sat May 02, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Screeching gearbox in 4 and 5
Replies: 21
Views: 801

Re: Screeching gearbox in 4 and 5

You can take any normal 27 mm socket and trim off a bit from the outside wall of the socket on a lathe. The wall only needed thinning for a short distance back, about 6 mm if I remember, on the socket I modified.
by Tincan3
Fri May 01, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 40 year tax exemption
Replies: 33
Views: 1176

Re: 40 year tax exemption

It may be a case of timing. When I had my B&W three line plate made, it had to be with a registered supplier and I had to provide ID and prove I was the registered keeper of the vehicle. Something like that anyway. However, within a year I think, I noticed that the supplier's name had to be on the p...
by Tincan3
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?
Replies: 203
Views: 7291

Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

The highlight today was a spin to Oban, 16 miles away, to collect bread flour along with a hit on M&S and fuel. The Watsonian 'Monaco' boot easily accommodates a 25 litre fuel can and could fit two if it were not for the battery. This was my first trip off the island since 22nd March. DSC03011_fuel_...
by Tincan3
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 40 year tax exemption
Replies: 33
Views: 1176

Re: 40 year tax exemption

It is a nice feeling not to have to bother about road fund tax (paying of, that is). My bike acquired that status a few years ago so now it is only a few clicks online to make it legal each year. Prior to historic status I thought it was automatically conferred but it was thanks to this forum that c...
by Tincan3
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?
Replies: 203
Views: 7291

Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Yesterday was flooding day for the millpond, today, trying to finish an ezine article. The pond stream is low due to the dry weather but it has started raining just now so the level should rise. here's an overview: DSC03001_overview_20200428_small.jpg A small leak at the outflow is preventing it com...
by Tincan3
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?
Replies: 203
Views: 7291

Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Mill pond update! I thought the weather was going to break on Sunday but it looks like I shall have a day or two longer as it appears to be Wednesday now for rain. One plank is now on, raising the level by about 12 cm. This floods about one fifth of the area with a few inches enough to tempt back th...
by Tincan3
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Twin shock seat locking pin
Replies: 9
Views: 457

Re: Twin shock seat locking pin

You could try something squishy, like bluetak or warm plasticine on each of the rubber supports to see if one or more of the supports is a bit too high preventing easy seating of the pin. Surely you want some tension otherwise the seat will rattle? On my R75/6 I replaced the hinges with Snowbum's me...
by Tincan3
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Canvas
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Canvas

I have used that "renovo" product on my sidecar hood. It certainly is a powerful dye and restores the fabric to a good, intense black. I would wait until the panniers arrive to confirm the material will take the dye - experiment on the inside with a felt tip marker perhaps?
by Tincan3
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?
Replies: 203
Views: 7291

Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Still digging the pond
DSC02904_1st_phase_pond.jpg
and still whitening the gable!!
DSC02911_gable_20200412.jpg
Stopping when the muscles start to stiffen up. Who needs a gym!

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