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I took off tomorrow for the final launch of the shuttle. It may not happen but I am going to try n’ make the journey to Titusville anyways. I should be meeting Noki in Orlando. Does anybody else want to ride along?

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

This link has information about viewing spots:

 http://www.launchphotography.com/Shuttle_Launch_Viewing.html

I dont have tickets for the really good spots so I was going to view from space view park which is located here:

The journey from brandon is 2:45~ minutes. and there will be one fuel stop in the airport area. It is a bit of a long shot that there will still be good viewing spaces available, but I will take the chance.

Meeting spot will be here:

With the destination being here:

This is the route I was planning on.

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=11706+Tampa+Gateway,+Seffner,+FL+33584&daddr=Space+View+Park,+Titusville,+FL+32796&hl=en&sll=28.00998,-82.300632&sspn=0.009074,0.019054&geocode=FfxlqwEdKDEY-ylboZrI4cvCiDHtCoOlRXx5bQ%3BFaWctAEdOgcv-yG8wAOJ6rbgIg&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&source=embed&ll=28.309217,-81.551514&spn=1.692622,2.334595&z=8&output=embed
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We will launch from The TA travel Center and stop about mid way at a 7-11 for fuel and to meet noki. This segment will last about 1 hour and 12 minutes

Departure at 0700

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=11706+Tampa+Gateway,+Seffner,+FL+33584&daddr=3911+McCoy+Road+Orlando,+FL+32812-4109&hl=en&sll=28.00998,-82.300632&sspn=0.010533,0.017595&geocode=FfxlqwEdKDEY-ylboZrI4cvCiDHtCoOlRXx5bQ%3BFeIksgEdafEm-yn5PIOHLmPniDGxq3XueVeNQQ&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&source=embed&ll=28.22697,-81.815186&spn=0.846981,1.167297&z=9&output=embed
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From the 7-11 we will complete the trip to Space View Park. This segment of the trip should last about 47 minutes.

Departure at 0820~

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=3911+McCoy+Road+Orlando,+FL+32812-4109&daddr=Space+View+Park,+Titusville,+FL+32796&hl=en&sll=28.22832,-81.81797&sspn=0.672739,1.126099&geocode=FeIksgEdafEm-yn5PIOHLmPniDGxq3XueVeNQQ%3BFaWctAEdOgcv-yG8wAOJ6rbgIg&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&source=embed&ll=28.531449,-81.065369&spn=0.361953,0.411987&z=10&output=embed
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Parking is unknown and possibly every man for him or herself. The only information I have comes from the Google review of space view park and it says 20-40$. It also says you can park a mile or so south of the park for free and hike back. The pace will be whatever I can get away with.

I don’t like leading things so let’s consider this a loose confederation of riders with no one in charge.  If we are late or miss the launch I’m sorry.

  1. Bring binoculars
  2. Summer riding gear
  3. Water
  4. Sunpass
  5. 20-40$ for parking (unless you want to hike)
  6. Food money
  7. cellphone
  8. GPS
  9. wet weather gear

I will check the weather in the morning and decide if I still want to go. Feel free to use this route and leave without me should I be late or whatever.

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During my absence I have not been unproductive. Right about the time that the weather changed I developed a small problem in my normally delicious bike. You can see what I am talking about below

0:00 – normal acceleration
0:54 – Acceleration, Stall, Acceleration to 0-100~ mph
3:14 – 2nd gear slip to neutral (another problem I have)
3:21 – low idle
4:42 – Slowing down in neutral with a stall
5:01 – stall while clutch-in in 1st gear

I cannot abide with having a bike that shuts off so I decided that it was time to take some things apart inspect clean and service/replace as necessary. Since I bought the bike used there are several unknowns I have been living with that have been driving me up the wall. A major one being the condition of the two carburetors; are they dirty? Are they synced, have they been jetted yet, Is anything broken in there? These are questions that kept me up at night. Since I now had a reason too I decided to make an adventure into what is often considered too complicated for the typical owner or as I see it; a mechanical challenge. You will find out in the end that like anything else mechanical it is in fact very simple when broken you have the right tools on hand.

I had some objectives for this work.
1) Inspect the carburetors and fuel system
2) Clean the inner areas. Since the bike is 11 years old now dirt and grime have accumulated on the insides.
3) Install sync ports for future carburetor syncing
4) Inspect spark plugs
5) Inspect hose condition
6) Lubricate

Yes I realized that in the videos I mislabeled some things, but rest assured it is all ok.

To start with I removed my tank with an 8mm socket for the front two bolts and 10mm for the rear.

This is an overview with the tank off. Looks a bit complicated eh? Don’t worry it’s really not.
 Overview with the tank off

This is an overview of the lines that run out of my tank.

This is a view in which you can see the two mini air filters. These were actually missing when I got the bike from go eco,

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Without the velocity stacks you can see the 8 brass screws that hold the air box onto the carburetors. Don’t forget to stuff rag into the air intakes lest you drop a screw into your valve chamber!
This is an overview without the air box. The TPS is on the other side of the rear throttle arm joint.
This is what she looks like without her Air box. The O rings are in excellent condition and I cleaned them and added a little bit of all purpose grease.
This is the left side between Frame and carburetors. You can see the Stock automatic CCT which I will replace later on with more reliable manual ones.
This is the right-side between frame and carburetors. I believe that is a thermostat, but I would have to look it up.
In this picture we can see the carburetor sync adjuster. On this bike the rear carburetor is adjusted to match the front carburetor.
This is a short video on slackening and removing the throttle.
This is a picture with the cable removed from the upper guide on the pulley.
Oh boy is that ugly!
That grey thing is the TPS connector.
Throttle Position sensor close up. Say cheese!
This is the hose that runs coolant to (or maybe from) the water pump line, I disconnected this to drain excess fluid. Be sure to put a pan beneath this so your dog does not drink it.
This is the boot that connects the front carburetor to the engine. You only need to loosen the top strap. It is 8mm and is the most difficult part to work in the entire process due to the angle.
This is the front coolant line. Be careful while removing these as they do leak a bit of coolant.
This is the rear fuel enrichment plunger assembly. You use a 10mm open wrench on this after pulling the boot back. This particular plunger assembly will prove to be very troublesome later one.
Now it is time to drain. These are my carburetors in a pan. Unfortunately I did not snap a picture of the drain screws since gas vapor and flashes probably are not a good combination.
This is an overview of the removal.
Inside the carburetors
After removing the three partially stripped screws on the diaphragm cover we can see that spring is here! Holy Allah; these springs a pain in the ass to reinstall.
Boing! This is a close up view of the top of the vacuum piston. The diaphragm looks great and is very supple. This is great news of course because each vacuum piston costs 109$
This is a serious needle at the end of the vacuum piston. Though I suppose it has to be for the biggest set of carburetors Honda has ever put on a bike (48mm).
This is what would normally be a venture chamber. You can see the butterfly valve below. That small ring is where the needle pokes in and out of.
This is where a vacuum piston lives.
I threaded one of the diaphragm cap screws in and wiggled this assembly side to side until it came out of the vacuum piston/diaphragm. The springs and washers are all perfect.
Chemtool; I used to usually run sea foam, but one day got this because of the price. It proved its power to me when it literally melted the 1 OZ plastic cup I used to measure sea foam on contact. This solution only removed a small amount of particles with the front carburetor but changed consistency and got murky when I put in the rear emulsion tubes and components.
This is my forward set of floats. They are in perfect condition as is the plunger.
This is what happens when you run chemtool and sea foam through your carburetors every few tanks. The condition of the float chamber was nearly immaculate.
Plunger spring and clearance check out.
If you do not use chemtool/seafoam regularly this is why you should. In this view emulsion tubes and components are removed.
This is a butterfly valve. I think these are pretty.
This is an open butterfly valve as seen from below. I cleaned up the carbon deposit ring around and on the valve. In this view you can also see the enrichment ports and the pilot port.
Well I think I found a part of my problem? What does this say to y’all?
This is an overview of the carburetor sync mod that I made earlier in the process.
After reassembling the carburetors I began the process of reinstalling them. This is where I ran into problems. I had hand tightened this fuel enrichment plunger guide nut and did not like the way it was positioned. So when I touched my open end wrench to the PLASTIC freaking guide nut it snapped leaving the threads on the inside. The plunger could not be removed because it was larger than the threaded section. I decided to call it a night and do some research.
Oh Snap!
I forgot to take pics of the fact that I removed the heat shield and cleaned everything. The hoses and the piston heads and even the coolant reservoir. I also cleaned the grime off the outside of the carburetors and re-lubed and cleaned all springs and joints.This is a diagram of the broken part
The next day I picked (haha!) up where I left off. I removed the carburetors and removed the broken part as seen in the video.
Here we have a dramatic recreation of my first boot of the bike after the carburetor job.
And here we have the first ride. I rode her gingerly because of fear of explosion and as I realized once I got on; low tire pressure.
The bike sounds fantastic and after the cleaning I found that her idle was now set too high. She is faster to warm up and snappier on the throttle response.Any questions comments or concerns should go below.

Thank you for watching!


A very wet squid I saw on the way home from sears where my spark plug socket was not in stock despite what the database said. This guys intake(?) cover and front fender were shaking so badly that I was amazed the bike was not falling apart.


First watch the video

My bike started acting up about two days ago. It used to steady idle between 1100-1200 RPM. The weather changed a couple days ago and since then my bike has been idling at about 800-1000 RPM. The needle seems to bounce around a bit and at times the bike just shuts off! there is a slight odor of gasoline when it cuts off, but otherwise I don’t hear any noise or notice anything else out of place. I have put over 5k miles on the bike since I got it at the end of February and with 48mm carbs I assume that maybe they need a good run through? Leave comments below.

0:00 – normal acceleration
0:54 – Acceleration, Stall, Acceleration to 0-100~ mph
3:14 – 2nd gear slip to neutral (another problem I have)
3:21 – low idle
4:42 – Slowing down in neutral with a stall
5:01 – stall while clutch-in in 1st gear


Well boys and girls; after 1 year and 5 days one of the moments I have most feared has happened. I dropped my bike. This was completely and totally my fault. After spending last week prepping and completing my chain and sprocket install I decided to swap my front wheel bearings. Loaded with hubris and new tools I placed my bike for the first time ever on a front fork stand and removed the wheel. Did you catch my mistake there? I used a front fork stand and not a center stand! I partially removed the front axel and slump,,, crash! The damage so far does not appear too major and my frame slider and tail fairing took the brunt of the damage. Looks like it really is time for the tail fairing to go. Good news is that the bike is paid off next month. After everything was said and done I cleaned my bike like never before and she is looking fantastic.

Egad!

Post fall; I purposely have her leaned over.
Purposely leaned over

This tail has been burned and stress cracked. Time for a new sub frame and tail fairing.
Time for a new tail and sub-frame

05-23-11 Testing intros.

Posted: 05/23/2011 in Uncategorized

I have been lacking an intro for awhile now. So today as I was vegging out I decided to throw something together. I know this one is a bit long, but I still want your opinions. What are your favorite moments from the various videos on this site.

On another note; This site is transitioning from a vlogg format into a how-to format. The original intention of this blog was to track my entry into the motorcycle world. As I approach one year of riding I feel as though most of this goal has been accomplished. This site will now focus mainly on the geekier mechanical aspects of owning and riding a motorcycle.


Last week I purchased a vacuum brake bleeder and cleared my brake fluid. It was gross and had a red ting. Front and back are running clear now so this week I decided to clear my clutch.

I was shocked at what I found

Before we start I want to show you this fantastic soufflé I made in my toaster oven with bacon flavored spam and an extra sharp cheddar cheese center.

This is the view of my clutch fluid from above

Another view

This is the fluid after it had been flushed. There is actually good fluid mixed in here too and it’s still this nasty.


After work I headed up to my cousins where my bike is currently living (broke down about a miles push from his house) and fitted the R/R to the bike. Surprise the Main fuse didn’t blow. As an added bonus she fired right up and ran strong. Voltage sits at 14.45 at 1k rpm and 14.45 at 6k rpm!!! Where my last R/R was blazing hot after a few seconds of running this one was cool to the touch after some time. Perfect! I used 12 gauge wires for this project. After cutting up the Fins of the R/R with a hacksaw and some beer I discovered that I need to make one side beveled. for a cut that precise I am going to need a vice so tomorrow morning I will take care of that. I am some cutting and a one way bus ride from Brandon to Wesley chapel away from riding again.

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Just a quick update.

Today after work I took  some time to buy a new wire crimper and some 12 gauge wire. I spent my evening measuring cutting and crimping and these are the results. I have my fingers crossed hoping I did this right!




Adapters were provided by www.easternbeaver.com.


I rode about twenty miles this morning to pick up a cellphone from a craigslist seller. 
About 100 feet from my destination I lost all power to my bike. Awesome....

Info
- Main 30a fuse blew out
- 10a Tail-light/horn fuse blew on the ride over
- I have blown high-beams on 3 headlights in a week
Steps
- Removed tail light - Plugged in new fuses (tail and main)
- Main fuse blew instantly(no ignition)
- Disconnected all connectors removed all fuses. 
- inserted main fuse and reconnected main fuse harness. No blowout 
- Reconnected an fuses. No blowout 
- Reconnected computers and flasher relay. No Blowout
- Reconnected Regulator rectifier. Instant blow out.

- Tested out the R/R as shown.