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Vinduro / Harrow online entry form.
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:50:25 PM »

We're at 187 online entry's.

Online entry closes 20 July.

You'll be able to enter over the weekend at the event but a $10 late fee applies.

Vinduro / Harrow UVP Update.
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:57:13 PM »
Important information for those needing Unregistered Vehicle Permits for Harrow.

We have been advised by Vicroads that an appropriate UVP for the Harrow Vinduro needs to be organised by the club.
Tomorrow I'll post an application form that you'll need to fill in and return to us NO LATER THAN 15 JULY.


If you've already purchased a UPV, the club will provide the appropriate UVP at no additional cost.

More information tomorrow (Friday).

Vinduro / VERi Vinduro dates for 2018.
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:19:46 PM »
Our Vinduro dates for 2018 are now locked in.
 March 31-April 1 Shannons Ins. BBB
 April 28-29 Three Bridges
 May 26-27 Beaufort Raglan
 June 30-July 1 Yarram
 July 28-29 Harrow
 September 29-30 Bonnie Doon AGM
 November 17-18 Otways, Carlyle.
 Camping on the Saturday night will be available at all events.

Vinduro / VERi Three Bridges Vinduro 26/11/17
« on: October 06, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »

Good news everyone !

VERi have one last event for this year at the Sanders Three Bridges property (1120 Little Yarra Road Three Bridges).

More details to come but at this point...

Cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs available.

Sausage sizzle for lunch.

Riders briefing 8.30am and first riders off at 9am.

I'll post updates here and on the VERi facebook page.


Tech Talk / kdx200 '87 piston in an '83 barrel.
« on: May 30, 2017, 01:38:30 PM »

There is nil stock world wide of a piston/rings suitable for the '83-'85 200.

Plenty of people looking but other than getting a piston made (l made a couple of calls, not keen on making a 2 stroke piston and one maker that would look at the job was talking $300 plus each for a batch of 20) I'm looking at if the later model air cooled piston will work with minimal mods and be as reliable as the correct piston.

A '83
B '87
C I75 This is here because its also 66mm and l think the rings will be suitable for the '83 piston. They wont fit the '87 piston as the ring grooves appear to taper inwards and so the ring won't fit into the grove like it does on the 175 and '83 200.
Its not suitable in the 200 as the small end is around 3mm closer to the crown.

The skirt window is centre and the ring pins are marked.

The exhaust side shows the lube holes for the bridges between the exhaust and power valve ports on the '87.

Piston weights and the ring pin locations which l checked twice. The left side pins are in line and on the right the '87 pin is further outboard than the '83 . The inlet port may be wider and explain that difference...
The extra weight looks to be more metal around the lube hole area.

Both 200 pistons are the same height, ring groves in the same locations (the different profile of the groves is visible here) and small end is in the same location.

If l fill in the lube holes in case they're uncovered by the exhaust port in the '83, check the reason for the different pin location is the inlet port width and so shouldn't be an issue with the inlet...but maybe the transfer is close.

Have l missed anything ?

Wanted / WTB KX KDX Wheels
« on: March 31, 2017, 01:04:45 PM »

I'm getting parts together for a future kdx project and need some wheels and forks.

Front wheel/brakes and forks, rear wheel/brakes to suit

 1980 KX250-A6
 1981 KX250-A7
 1980 KX420-A1 (not rear brake on this model)
 1981 KX420-A2
 1980 KDX250-A1 
 1981 KDX250-B1
 1981 KDX250-B1
 1982 KDX250-B2
 1980 KDX400 (not rear brake on this model)
 1981 KDX420-B1
 1982 KDX250-B2
 1982 KDX250-B2
 1982 KDX450-A1

I could buy this pair out of the US for $100, but the postage !

Looking at parts, rolling frame or whatever's left. These wheels and forks are not fitted to Aust delivered kdx's.

Condition isn't critical as the parts will be restored.


Tech Talk / kdx power valve setup
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:03:40 AM »

I'm assembling my first P/V 200 engine from an '87 and I'm looking for some input if there was anything l should or shouldn't do in relation to the valves and rack. Its well and truly second hand so nothings tight but its not worn out either. Looking at the condition of the bike I'm surprised how serviceable it all is.

Bike Transport / Transport frame from Canada
« on: March 12, 2016, 02:52:41 PM »

I'm trying to price moving a frame and parts (20kg) from Canada. Had 2 online quotes of $550 and over $800 which makes it unviable.

Any one moved a frame or 20 kg from Canada ?



General Discussion / David Bowie RIP
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:11:37 PM »

How to feel your age, now David Bowie  :'(

Vinduro / Provisional VERi calendar for 2016 announced
« on: November 10, 2015, 10:31:28 AM »

Just found this information for next years rides  :)

March 26 - 27 Penrite Broadford Bike Bonanza
 April 24: Beaufort
 May 29: Hopetoun
 Jun 26: Stratford
 July 30 - 31: Harrow
 August 28: Naracoorte
 September 25: Blackwood
 October 30: Tallarook

 Please note that all of the above dates are subject to change.

Kawasaki / What do you get in a kdx for $331.85 ?
« on: October 29, 2015, 06:42:37 PM »

I've just picked up this 200 today.

Not sure if its a parts bike or something l may fix up some day. Its fairly complete ADR bike that was registered in NSW at some point in its past. I bought it off feebay and had Shaun deliver it to me from Sydney.

Its frame number 50 of the new model for '86 and has this paint dab and number on the headstem.

Recently, someone was having a go at trying getting it started as the carb has been fiddled with. When cranking it over it was clear the magnets had come adrift so off came the rusty flywheel. There's been some water in there over the years.

The good news is that 2 magnets had come adrift and naturally the bike stopped with no damage to the magnets or the stator. From there it looks like the bike was left alone, outdoors for many year going by the corrosion on the engine.

I'm hopeful after l repair flywheel we may have spark.

General Discussion / You had one job...
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:48:20 PM »

Things I've seen (not done)  ;D

Tech Talk / Long(ger) range kdx200 fuel tank
« on: August 15, 2015, 02:13:40 PM »

There were a few bikes that ran out of fuel a Harrow this year and l was very close to empty myself at the second fuel stop. I had read somewhere in internet land that someone had fitted an '83-'85 kdx250 tank to a '83-'85 200 so l thought if the 250 carries a bit more fuel it'll be worth the effort.

I didn't measure the actual capacities of the tanks but only the differences.

The 250 tank holds around 2 1/4 litres more than the larger later model '85 200 tank. The '86-'88 200 tank holds around 2 1/2 litres more than the '85 200 tank but wont fit onto the '83-85 frame.

The front mount on the 250 tank lines up well on the 200 frame and l used 2 rubber insulators on the frame. As the 250 tank is longer the 200 rear mount went and l used a broken exhaust rubber mount to support the rear of the tank. A washer under the mount got the height right so the tank has 4 points of contact/support with the frame

The 250 tank sits around 20 mm further back than the 200 tank at the rear so l took 20 mm of the front of the seat trimming off and shaping the foam with the angle grinder. l kept the seat sitting firmly against the tank for extra support to the tank as I've just used a cable tie on the rear mount until l can work out something better.
Clearance around the exhaust for the 250 tank is simular to the 200 tank.


Looks like a bought one  :)

If l could sew l would have trimmed the front of the seat cover to match the shortened seat but the excess gathered well enough under the seat.



Tech Talk / Modify ring end profile to suit location pin.
« on: July 06, 2015, 06:31:35 PM »

Can l modify the ring ends on the top set of rings to suit the piston that the bottom set of rings came off ?

Bike Transport / Bike storage in Albury Wodonga
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:45:00 PM »


I'm looking at a bike in Albury that l may not be able to pick up for 3 to 4 weeks.

Would anyone be local to Albury Wodonga that could pick up and store for a few weeks ? 



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