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The swingarm has a crack through an existing weld.
Anyone know what the alloy is? (6061?) or the likely “series”. (6000?)
Or what sort of filler rod I should use with my TIG.

Also any clues as to the best replacement bearings, top and bottom of the vertical swingarm mounted “Full Floater” linkages.

Thanks for any clues.

Competition / Re: 2021 MoMS
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:34:18 PM »
I meant if they were trying to make some sort of ultimate “EVO” class bike.

General Discussion / Re: Rats and two stroke oils
« on: December 20, 2020, 11:01:01 PM »
I’d happily poison them - but it is creating a huge problem for their predators. Especially Owls :(
I love owls and pythons - doubly so since they eat rats and mice. :). (Hopefully no poisoned ones)

General Discussion / Re: RM125 A/B Optional Aluminium Swingarm
« on: December 18, 2020, 07:45:56 PM »
Or built from scratch, like a DG/FMF/CH one would have been.

General Discussion / Re: RM125 A/B Optional Aluminium Swingarm
« on: December 18, 2020, 06:48:51 PM »
Couldn’t you build whatever you want?
Like you could in 1977.

Competition / Re: 2021 MoMS
« on: December 14, 2020, 09:12:51 AM »
Am I in a time warp? This is the same shit that went on years ago. This is the same "rules interpretation" discusion that turned me off the vmx scene and i joined VTR. Same reason hunter classics club will do well. DIRT BIKE FUN

It doesn’t seem as bad in the Historic Road Racing scene.
I think one reason is; people would feel foolish saying: “He only beat me because his fairing isn’t an accurate shape.”
They seem extremely interested in people lining up, racing, and having a good time. (I’m still on a high from the QLD Historic Champs at Warwick.)

If someone cuts the water jacket off, welds fins on, and fits drum brake wheels to a 2001 KTM, then they deserve a trophy - maybe “Idiot of the meeting”, “Desperate Dan memorial award”?

General Discussion / Re: Who's smarter
« on: November 23, 2020, 09:27:24 AM »
Trying to look on the bright side (Of the “modern”, Nana State, world.)

1. The local council have built great Mountain Bike tracks, with clearly dangerous and fun obstacles. (The only nod to Nana - a sign advising of the risk, and pointing out people have been injured.) I ride them almost every day. (I’ve bought a Full Face Helmet - Nana’s influence? - more likely the 3 hrs I spent in the ED bleeding from my nose...)

2. With little impediment, I was allowed to ride my 1990 VFR400 as fast as I possibly could at the QLD Historic Titles. A few weeks ago. Thank you QEMCSC!!

3. Yesterday, I paid $13 which allowed me to ride about 160km (80 each way) along a beautiful beach. Speed limits and enforcement involved.)

General Discussion / Re: Who's smarter
« on: November 20, 2020, 02:26:39 PM »


that is so true Peter, its just ridiculous the amount of procedures and processes required to any thing these days.

i'm glad i'm nearing the end of my career in industry the red tape and bureaucracy is tedious.

This is a disturbingly common sentiment.

I’m beginning to think that we grow old and die, because we can’t stand what is happening to the world.

General Discussion / Re: Can of worms
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:15:36 AM »
What do people think of the Yamaha HL500
These seem to be a good investment

Like the CCMs of the era - I dont think anyone ever won a championship anywhere with these , but they have a cult following , probably just for being different and a 4 stroke

The NVT production bikes seem the most expensive , even though a well built replica is often a better quality machine

They were cool then, and are cool now. (Despite their limited competition success you mention.)
More in the “Iconic” class, than the “I had/wanted/watched” them when I was a kid.
A bit “specialised” (fetish?)

Personally, I’d rather a ‘73 CR (Same price/condition - I’d go the Honda.)

General Discussion / Re: Can of worms
« on: October 24, 2020, 07:20:56 PM »
Very interesting thoughts.

I think Hoony is correct about some vehicles now being “iconic”.
Many of them were rare and unaffordable (to most) when new - that’s one category.

At the other end of the spectrum you have things that at one stage you couldn’t give away, now commanding big bucks.

Z50’s, XR75’s, RD350LC’s (Seen the prices?!) YZ80C/D/E/F
Imagine trying to sell an RM125 A/B/C/N/T in 1981 when all the brands went water cooled/ single shock!
I guess most 1980 XL250s were just ridden into dust.

General Discussion / Re: Can of worms
« on: October 23, 2020, 09:31:58 AM »
Good post Pokey  :D Now in everyone's opinion ,what bike model year, will always weather the storms and stand out as the one to own?

As I alluded to, I think it depends on the buyers “Vintage”.
For me:
Kawasaki 75 - first bike
‘73 XR75 - Bike I wanted, but never had.
First CR125 Elsinore - Bike I assumed I’d ride when I grew up.
Z900 - King of the road when I was an impressionable 10yo. (Again, I assumed I’d get one when I “grew up” - still waiting to “grow up”...Still waiting on a Z900...)

General Discussion / Re: Can of worms
« on: October 15, 2020, 08:49:42 PM »
I think the current values are a very limited period in History.

I think bikes and cars that were “desirable” when guys (predominately) were between about 12 and 20 years old. When they couldn’t afford them are predominately the high priced vehicles now. When these “guys” are between 40 and 70 years old, they sometimes find themselves financially better off than they have ever been. Often with the family off their hands, and mortgage paid off. Suffering midlife crises they decide: “if I don’t own that Maico/Z900/Katana/Elsinore/Torana/Ford GT/ etc, etc now, I never will.” Or “I’d like to buy my first motorbike/car again” (Desperately “buying” their youth back?).

Like I’m not really interested in early ‘60’s or older bikes, most of the demand for the ‘70’s bikes/cars will likely reduce markedly over the next 20 years. (Or less).

For several reasons it’s unlikely that in 2070 50yo’s will be saying “I’m looking for a 2017 Hyundai. I30!”

Bike Transport / Re: Parts from the USA
« on: August 26, 2020, 12:16:43 PM »
259 $US in 7 days with forwarder on 40Kg.

I’m sure I’ve paid $80 for 50g before. And not bought many things when the freight exceeded the item cost.

General Discussion / Re: Dean Ferrris Injured
« on: August 14, 2020, 08:06:19 PM »
Good news update.

Kevin Williams – Business Development Manager for Raceline Performance

“Dean has a long road ahead of him in regards to recovery but I am very pleased to report the surgery was successful and there have been no further complications from the back injury. Dean has been able to get out of bed under his own power and walk around a little since surgery was completed and all reports are that he will make a full recovery. I know the question everyone wants to ask is when will Dean be back on the bike? At this stage it is early days, but with Dean’s championship mindset I know he will dedicate himself to rehabilitation and his recovery to ensure he is ready for a return to riding as soon as possible. We are optimistically anticipating a six to eight month recovery period before the injuries are stable enough to begin riding again.”

General Discussion / Dean Ferrris Injured
« on: August 09, 2020, 09:32:40 PM »
I rode at the “Ride Park Day” held at Green Park, Conondale, QLD today.
The sad news was doing the rounds that Dean had had a big crash and was airlifted out the previous afternoon. (I was entered Saturday as well, but numerous little “issues” saw me turn around before I arrived.)

Reports are: Broken ribs and vertebra. Condition “Stable but serious”.

Hoping for the best outcome possible.

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