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  1. Coastal Redneck

    Coastal Redneck Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't sleep (again), so I just watched all the videos on the preceding page... killer videos, the lot. As a fan of the old Crusty Demons videos, I like metal soundtracks, but that classical music in the Porcupine Wilderness video was a good call. Those classical pieces really stand out on the road, LOL. Reminds me of a couple incidents which occurred back in trucking days...

    One night, while heading toward Chicago, intent upon making a delivery farther west, I ran up on a big ol' jam in Gary, IN... there was a wreck being cleared from the interstate, and the troopers were only letting so many vehicles past at a time. I wound up in a staggered formation of a dozen or more trucks, all heading west on the highway through downtown Chicago. Some old boy in the lead hammered on it, and next thing ya know, we were all doing about 70 through town... no way any trooper could stop all of us, aye? I had my CB on, but I was also listening to "A Night On Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky, and that piece was so radical, it fit the wild ride PERFECTLY, LOL. I had to crank it as loud as it would go, because it was the best possible choice for that wild & crazy ride through Chi-Town at zero-dark-freakin'-thirty. To this day, I can recall that ride, especially through the turns downtown, where we all flew through the curves like rocket sleds on rails, LOL. Talk about some tight formation flying, the Blue Angels had nothing on us: a bunch of experienced truck drivers who just wanted to get through that burg as fast as possible, before the inevitable morning clusterf#% began. We were full-on ULFOs: Unidentified Low-Flying Objects, LOL. That was a crazy ride, and the radical music by Mussorgsky was right on the money.

    Another time, I had just loaded my wagon at a lumber & paper mill in southern Alabama, and I was rolling north through the piney woods on a beautiful spring morning. Nobody else around, just primo scenery on a narrow little two-laned blacktop highway, so I slipped a cassette into the stereo (dating myself here with the tape reference). The cassette tape happened to start with the "William Tell Overture"---composed by Rossini, it's the same piece used as the soundtrack to the old "Lone Ranger" TV series, or the introduction to each installment. The road wound through the woods in a really cool way, with minor changes in elevation and fresh scenery around every curve. The morning sun was streaming through the trees, and the view out my windshield looked like a constantly-changing postcard, it was so beautiful... nothing but wilderness, you understand, not a single man-made object in sight, other than the road itself. Once the music began, it fit the whole scene PERFECTLY, there wasn't another score written by man that could have improved the ride. That was a memorable moment in trucking, just cruising through the piney woods on a bee-yoo-ti-ful morning, the scenery incredible and the music spot on, LOL. And who among older site members can possibly forget the soundtrack to "The Lone Ranger" TV series???

    "HEIGH-HO, SILVER!!!" :red70: :red70: :red70:

    LOL. Okay, time for a snack, then I'm off to catch some shut-eye... y'all be good to one another.
     
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  2. kirrbby

    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    Nice greydoggy1658. What's the motor now?? Wasn't that one 125cc before? Did you just rebuild the same config for another 20,000 miles of fun? 142?
     
  3. greydoggy1658

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    It's the same motor I've always had. Modified Honda Nice 127cc built 6 years ago by Racerx. It still has most of the original parts. Replaced the crank, piston, cylinder, exhaust valve, clutch and oil pump. Yes, another 20,000 miles is the goal.

     
  4. racerx

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    The combination of sky-high compression ratio, hairier cam profile, increased rpm and a piston with about half the skirt area of the stocker all work against longevity. I've gone through used stockers, with gazillions of miles on the clock, some of which were heavily stained...inside the cases...and looked, from the outside, as though they were suitable for scrap only. The former beasts of burden sometimes have a couple worn gears, scored oil pumps have been common, timing chain slap - bad enough to leave deep grooves in the tunnel has been far from rare. A few of them had visible wear on the countershaft, from the sprocket - how many miles does that take? Have yet to get one with a worn crank or shift fork.

    With an estimated ~40% power increase, there's going to be a corresponding increase in mechanical stresses. Bone-stock, these things make ~1.5hp per cubic inch; this tune pushes specific output closer to 2.0. The average 2016 car engine makes less than half that. At some point, mechanical limits are reached...then exceeded. The Takegwawa piston is a high-quality piece but, it's a race-type design...nearly skirtless and with teflon strips on the thrust sides. Ostensibly, this reduces weight & friction. That comes at the cost of increased rocking inside the bore, which stresses the rod & crank, too. The OEM would never use this configuration. High compression & 21st century pump gas = increased risk of detonation and sky-high peak combustion temps, which can burn motor oil, as well as parts...either of which can result in rapid, seemingly instantaneous, failure. But, it's not like sourcing a set of pistons for a small block Chevy; choices are limited, unless one's budget is not.

    It could have been a lot worse. Some race kits, like the Takegawa Scut (uses the classic 49cc lower end), are good for a few races. I know of guys who have run them on the street and consider 4K miles between top end rebuilds "pretty good". By that measure, this was "knocking it out of the park". There's a world of difference between OEM daily driver and race. And this may be the price of admission, for this level of performance, with available off-the-shelf aftermarket parts. I seriously doubt that there will ever be enough guys running these tunes, over enough miles, to ever get a clear picture of what constitutes a reasonable service life expectation. What keeps rattling round in my mind, in addition to loose marbles, is the number of stockers I've known about, still running, with 2-3x the mileage...
     
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    If you're talking about I-94, that stretch has been the home of some of record-setting chain reaction pileups. Downtown Chicago is high on my top 5 list of least favorite places to drive. Chicagoland roads are a terminally constipated clusterf#% anyway.

    I suppose you could have used "Ride of the Valkyries" as your theme, if you're a fan of Wagner... it worked in "Apocalypse Now":usa::21:. The headbanger choices might include selections from Motorhead, Rage against the Machine, NWA or Guns n Roses. I've burnt-out on thrash tunes and, after 2 million road miles, am none too fond of urban centers, either.

    The ride through the Porkies was a bucket list ride, where reality turned out better than expectation. There are still two more installations, in the proverbial can, to be uploaded. I wanted to save these things for the winter months, when we could mostly all use a break from winter. They just take for :censored: ever to upload.

    Heading into decade #7, riding is mainly about being "in-the-moment", with an emphasis on motorized meditation..."Zen and the art of mini-touring". Metal doesn't really fit, for moi. Someday, you'll see the edited version of yet another such ride...70 miles without seeing another vehicle, along the eastern shore of the Keweenaw; that soundtrack will be a hypnotic combination of engine and music. Consider yourself forewarned:16:
     
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    I've seen this video before.....not sure what I enjoy more, the bike, or a rider in black slippers and white tube socks!
     
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    Looking forward to it... sounds like my kind of jaunt. When I mentioned metal soundtracks, I was thinking more of the hardcore MX scene with riders going all-out, LOL. Otherwise, I could hear anything from reggae to classic rock, new wave to post-punk, country to classical, as long as the music "fits" the video.

    Anyway, I'm still cleaning up after the worst of the rains, the yards are a freakin' mess and the old roof on the house has developed new leaks... thank goodness I'll be relocating soon, and the new owner won't care, he's sure to raze the house to the ground and build a McMansion or some ugly condos, 10-4?

    Ya know, now that the house has been stripped down to bare bones inside, I feel as if its soul has also been stripped. The good news is: in accordance with Hindu or Buddhist principles and beliefs, the "soul" of this house shall be reincarnated in my new digs, which shall be STYLIN' with the very best furnishings and decor this old house has to offer.

    Just an observation from this old hand upon the true nature of one's home, as opposed to mere physical dimensions of housing, yeah? This place has seen so many good times in the past... lean times too, but even then, this home provided a sanctuary from the world and its often harsh realities.

    I'm looking forward to relocation: the way this country is headed, I feel the time is right. But I'm also gonna miss this old house, and fondly remember the good times I had here with family and friends. I won't miss sweeping rainwater from the flat roof sections at zero-dark-freakin'-thirty, that's for sure, but I'll look back with pleasure on all the good times my family, friends & I had here in the past. :red70: :yellow70: :red70:
     
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  8. Coastal Redneck

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    Holy Toledo!!! Talk about a FrankenBike!!! LOL. :43: :13: :43: :13: :43:

    I just watched that video on the dude from Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA) who built the 60-m.p.h. Honda Cafe Racer, and THAT thing was CLASSIC, LOL. It figures, the dude being from Huntington, where good friends of mine used to live... I used to ride my rice rocket up there with AC/DC's "HIGHWAY TO HELL" blasting on ear buds under my helmet. Funky build, but definitely faster than my FrankenBike... whether he could outride me in the dirt (slippers and all, LOL), well, THAT remains to be seen. Gotta give the dude credit for innovation, he sure put some man-hours into the bike. Ah, well, to each his own, and there probably aren't too many monkeybikes that can beat that dude's ride straight off the line, as far as acceleration goes. WTF, if I win the PowerBall jackpot tonight, I'll build a FrankenJATObike that'll leave him in the dust... and leave me in the hospital, no doubt, putting that $5000-deductible ObamaCare to good use at last. WOOHOO!!!

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    Okay, back to the Steelers game, so far Wing's Bengals are laggin', LOL.
     
  9. racerx

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    Ride videos are an art form of their own. They can range from straight-up "meat & potatoes" helmet cam footage, to photo montages to impressionist/mood pieces...and they're all valid, in their own ways. That's the coolest aspect, all improv/no rules...until the editor creates them. I agree, FWIW, that the music should fit the visuals. "Semiramide" (Rossini) would be kinda ridiculous paired with supercross footage, as would "Highway to Hell" (AC-DC) paired with a serene shoreline ride...maybe not. I reckon that would be up to the person creating the work. There are some truly creative folks out there and there is such as thing as irony. This retired road warrior is pretty well done with the thrashier aspects of motoring.

    FYI, 60mph isn't the threshold achievement it once was. When I got back into this game (late `90s), it was the small bike equivalent of "doing the ton"...but then 110cc was "huge" displacement. A well-tuned 110 can pull 65mph and, of course, a reliable 175cc has been possible for some years now. Hell, I've pushed my daily rider to 67mph, with a stock 110 Honda in the boiler room. Doesn't really matter, IMHO. 60-65mph is about where the basic lightweight/short wheelbase/small tire diameter setup reaches the practical limit, for anything except a short banzai blast. I've seen the high side of 80mph on a CT, it's not what you might think - better for bragging rights than fun and 80mph isn't really brag-worthy speed, for anything but a small bike. For sustained road cruising 45-60mph is where practical range lives and I usually find myself settling-in around 52mph+/- (the "natural" speed of the bike) if I stop checking the speedo for a while.

    As for what you're experiencing with your relocation, it sounds all too familiar. I've noticed the same thing when there's a death, or divorce, in a family. The energy of the place just evaporates. It's the life experiences that remain with you. Zen philosophy (among others) says that possessions weigh one down & bind you to the world. Thinning-out the household inventory, once in a while, is liberating. Starting afresh, in a new locale with less stuff, by that definition could be viewed as a rebirth, of sorts. It'll become clear enough...in 20/20 hindsight.

    You definitely have to take that bucket list ride; if you don't, you'll regret it. Discovery awaits...
     
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    Oh, I'm going on the bucket ride, no doubt about it... been looking forward to it, just had this monumental task to complete, and of course my family and I all mutually agreed to give it a rest over the Christmas/New Year holiday. I'm back on the task, big-time, with renewed determination and vigor... with so much stuff piled up here, we were long overdue to streamline things. No worries, it's being taken care of now, and that bucket ride is getting closer every day. :red70:
     
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    Incredible
     
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