The head honcho was just about finishing up his Friday afternoon coffee at one of the Leon installments of a large coffee chain from Oregon when a flower salesman approached.
"No thanks, I don't want any flowers." were the head honcho's words, kindly but decisively turning away the salesman. As you know, salesmen are, more often than not, annoying. But he still proceeded in pulling out a pink rose from his bouquet.
"No, it is a gift from a very pretty girl." he said.
"It is a gift from an admirer. It is a very pretty girl. She is sitting in that car over there."
Rewind 30 or so minutes, as the head honcho entered the café. Indeed, there was a pretty girl at another table in the café. She was joined by five other people, out of which two bore shirts with the Guanajuato state government logo embroidered on the chest. Then no further attention was paid to the matter. The head honcho was busy sipping on his coffee. Minding his own.
His initial annoyment from being interrupted by the flower salesman was becoming replaced by amusement with the situation. The salesman pointed towards the parking lot, and sure enough, there was the pretty girl, sitting in the driver's seat of a grey tsuru sending him flowers. The head honcho waved politely and provided an acknowledging smirk. And off she went. Back home, wifey was furious of course, when she found the pink rose on the copilot seat of the glorious egg. No reason to get alarmed though, the head honcho has dealt with furious women before.
Our great leader is a family man. But we shall not judge any man who prefers to exploit the opportunities with the fairer sex that likely will be provided when letting ulbator care for your appearance. For the record, the head honcho was wearing a VD Shirt throughout the event. This mustn't have been a coincidence.
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A lot of motorcycle posts lately. But that's how I've been spending my weekends. This weekend I cleaned the carburettor. I tried boiling some of the parts in water. Seems to have worked pretty well and was fairly effortless. I never liked the way that carbuclean leaves the parts afterward so I wanted to try something a little less aggressive and less invasive. Also, a reason for me wanting to do this was that gasoline was leaking down to the oil carter. Which ought to happen through the needle floater one way or another. So I changed the o-ring on the floater assembly with a similar one I found at the hardware store, I just hope it can handle gasoline. Let's pray that solves it. Also changed the spark plug and bolted on a new coil. Different from the original one so I don't know if it'll work yet.
Spent today working on fitting the seat and the bag underneath it. It took a lot of effort, but the end result looks really good. I used a couple of worn out brackets, the kind you'd use to make a shelf, for support to make sure the saddle won't break in half (wood core, remember?) and made a simple arm out of some left over sheet metal. The arm allows me to lift the saddle as you would the hood of a car after just removing two bolts. Makes for easy access to battery / wiring and carb.
I didn't take her out for a ride this weekend. I'm waiting for that exhaust wrap still before I make the final assembly of the exhaust system. According to the online tracker, the package has been sitting in Mexico City for almost two weeks... I am really looking forward to getting her back on the road though.
Future projects will likely include:
But she is getting there. Starting to look dirt road back street worthy.
Apart from motorcycle mechanics, we've been working on a big order for ulbator. So no time for life. My new babe will also have a saying in a future ulbator project so her appearing here is not at all out of place.
We really want to encourage all of our readers taking up motorcycling and motorcycle maintenance and mechanics as a hobby. So far, I've been wrenching more than I've been riding but it is a lot more fun than working on a car. And a lot easier. Furthermore, it makes for a nice setting for a few beers and a couple of cigarettes. And it provides something to do while plowing through hours of country rock and hair metal. Oh, and your ol' lady won't like it so she'll leave you alone. No nagging from them womenfolk while you're out there.
So, we cleaned the tank. Then we made a new tailpipe / muffler. We're going for a straight pipe inside of which we've placed a washer (1 1/4" I believe) perpendicular to the tailpipe walls. It is riveted onto an l-shaped thingy that can be angled so as to increase flow / decrease resistance as one sees fit. We did try the washer trick out on the previous tailpipe (which was gutted) and it made a rather big difference versus running the pipe open. So even though we haven't tried the new tailpipe out, we're confident it'll work. We'll also try wrapping it, see how that looks.
But that was not it. The new seat is as good as finished, only missing attaching a couple of straps that will work to stretch the leather around the seat. The new seat leaves some space between itself and the frame. So we made a little bag that'll attach to the underside of the seat and that fills the newly created space.
The seat nucleus was made of a piece of scrap wood that we had lying around, with some scrap metal from the junk yard wrapped around it. Tools used? Hammer. Canvas and leather for the saddle and canvas for the bag.
Progress pictures for the seat and the finished saddle bag. You can just about spot the tip of the tailpipe too.
This weekend I cleaned the gas tank and had splendid results using vinegar and cat sand. Here's how you do it:
Drain tank and plug up the draining hole as best you can (I just stuck a rag in there). Throw some vinegar in there (about a litre, depends on the tank size) along with a cup or two of sand. Shake the shit out of the tank (try to make sure you remove the motorcycle first). Repeat as necessary.
For the first couple of vinegar shakes some brownish filthy sludge came out of the tank. By the third I quit pouring more sand in there and used the following vinegar shakes to rinse out remaining sludge and sand. By the fourth vinegar rinse the drained liquid was pretty much transparent. I ended up using two gallons of vinegar all in all, which was more than enough.
The most difficult part was avoiding flash rust after the vinegar rinse. I caught some rust but didn't have the patience to re-do the vinegar and sand shaking. Still a lot better than before.
After the vinegar, I rinsed the tank with water and then left it for a few minutes filled up with water and baking soda (baking soda supposedly neutralizes acid vinegar remnants). Then rinsed out all the baking soda with water. Ran some medical grade alcohol in there to dry the water out, then a few bursts of wd-40 (5-56 for our swedish readers) before mounting the tank back and filling it up.
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