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    Nice Luv!!

    What's with the 3 wheeler in the pic? Your's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Nice Luv!!

    What's with the 3 wheeler in the pic? Your's?
    Yep. That's my "big scooter", a Piaggio MP3 500. It's a blast to ride (when it's running). The maintenance on it is pretty intense, though. It currently needs a trip to the shop to get running again. That will have to wait until I sell the Nomad and Blur 220i (with me luck with that). With those two gone, I'm hoping I can trade the MP3 in as a down payment on an URAL Patrol or Gear Up (I want the 2WD). My ultimate goal is to narrow down the fleet to bikes that can be used in the tour group. So the TWs are definite savers. And the URAL can be used for folks that want to travel with the group, but cannot drive their own bike (like handicap folks).
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    "Waddya think? Can y'all think of anything else I should do?".

    Add a Ricochet skid plate or the like. Also a cycle rack would be cool, if you care to spend the money. Then of course there's replacing the stock mirrors with a single (one side) www.procycle.us fold-down unit (they are brilliant!). I'd personally go for the inexpensive NON-LED mini (bendable/flexible) turn signals from Procycle. Consider changing the gearing if it would benefit your philosophy of use for this particular bike. Maybe consider one of the ultra-light batteries (although that's getting spendy if the bike isn't right yet...). Check the brakes and change the brake fluid (and consider a new brake line - possibly stainless steel braided - , as it's not a young machine), maybe even a new master cylinder if it needs it. Check the tension on the wheel spokes (properly tensioned spokes in trued wheels won't bend or break). Go through all other regular maintenance items since you don't know what it's been through. Hmm. Anything else...anything else? I feel like I'm not being thorough enough, haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvNot View Post
    Yep. That's my "big scooter", a Piaggio MP3 500. It's a blast to ride (when it's running). The maintenance on it is pretty intense, though. It currently needs a trip to the shop to get running again. That will have to wait until I sell the Nomad and Blur 220i (with me luck with that). With those two gone, I'm hoping I can trade the MP3 in as a down payment on an URAL Patrol or Gear Up (I want the 2WD). My ultimate goal is to narrow down the fleet to bikes that can be used in the tour group. So the TWs are definite savers. And the URAL can be used for folks that want to travel with the group, but cannot drive their own bike (like handicap folks).
    Hmm. I've not seen good things regarding those Urals' reliability. Have you read up on them much? If your heart's set on it, then by all means...but I'd personally trust one of the Urals about as far as I could throw it with my pinky finger, lol...

    Here's a little sample of the Russian machines', uhh, hard earned reputation, if you've not seen this sort of stuff before.

    http://quickthrottle.com/2014-ural-m...car-right-box/


    On top of that, the new ones are 17 grand...you can buy just about anything with that (ATV's or side by sides).
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    Congrats on an awesome day all around!

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    Well, I got a new battery installed, added a fresh spark plug, got the oil changed, and added some Marvel Mystery Oil to both the gas and the oil. I tested the light, high beam, turn signals and horn... they are all A-Okay (though after getting used to the LEDs, the regular bulbs seem mighty dim and blink really slow). So since everything else checked out, I cranked him up!

    And he sounded TERRIBLE . Lots of clacking. I let him run long enough to see the oil weep from the top screw, but cut him off shortly after that.
    Would the clacking sound indicate a valve-adjustment is needed?

    Tomorrow I will clean the air filter, scrape the crud off the chain and sprockets, and check the tires. Don't think I'll do much more than that at this point if he needs real servicing. I'll take him to a shop for valves - I'm not ready to tackle those yet.
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    For sure you could adjust valves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvNot View Post
    Well, I got a new battery installed, added a fresh spark plug, got the oil changed, and added some Marvel Mystery Oil to both the gas and the oil. I tested the light, high beam, turn signals and horn... they are all A-Okay (though after getting used to the LEDs, the regular bulbs seem mighty dim and blink really slow). So since everything else checked out, I cranked him up!

    And he sounded TERRIBLE . Lots of clacking. I let him run long enough to see the oil weep from the top screw, but cut him off shortly after that.
    Would the clacking sound indicate a valve-adjustment is needed?

    Tomorrow I will clean the air filter, scrape the crud off the chain and sprockets, and check the tires. Don't think I'll do much more than that at this point if he needs real servicing. I'll take him to a shop for valves - I'm not ready to tackle those yet.
    When are you going to show up in Green Ridge. If you get there early enough I'll teach you how to adjust your valves.
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    Check chain tensioner
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    So today I took advantage of the BEAUTIFUL weather to ride to Virginia Beach to have coffee with a friend - from the Peninsula - even though I hate riding on the south side and I don't drink coffee. But hey, it was finally Warm Enough to Ride. For those that aren't familiar with my area, there are 2 bridge-tunnels and 1 bridge that connect the peninsula with the southside. The tunnels can either be a race track or a parking lot, depending on the season and time of day. Luckily for me, this is a between time, so we had pretty steady 55mph travel. Like most of the natives here, I know the ramps on and off that are closest to the tunnel, making the trip less stressful, no matter the traffic pattern. One day I'm going to put my helmet cam on and film the whole ordeal.

    That's neither here nor there, however, for the purpose of this thread. What IS important is when I got home, I watched a couple of YouTube videos, screwed up my courage, put on some mechanics gloves, and pulled the carb off Charlotte (the new bike - named after Charlottesville where I bought her. Yes, yes, I know I called it 'he' earlier, but the more i work around it, the more feminine it becomes. I don't know man - I don't make up the rules... ).
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    Looks like I pulled her heart out.

    Of course, by now I'm looking at this and trying to match it with the half dozen different carbs I've seen in the videos and am getting confused. <~sigh~> So I take off the top, find the float and realize I can't get the pin out. Find the pilot screw and the main jet. Don't see the pilot jet. Spray some carb cleaner in the bowl area and swipe away the crud with some q-tips. Get nervous about tiny parts, and decide to wait to take the whole thing - bike and all - over to my mother's boyfriend who has a magical shop full of tools and a noggin full of know-how. If he can talk me through it, I'll feel better about the job.
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    Bits and Pieces make me Nervous

    So... I installed (another) new horn on Frank (my original TW that's been Frankenstein'ed) instead. This one is nice and LOUD. Hopefully it will stay that way for a while.
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