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1Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Using the centre stand Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:43 am

gregbrodietyrrell

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Chaps,

Years ago I had an R75/5 that had been thoroughly abused, but even so it took me no time to fall in love with it completely. After a series of Japanese monsters of divers brands it was a real thrill to be able to climb onto a bike that went where I pointed it without wallowing or bucking or changing line through the corners of its own accord. Even (very) rough surfaces were no problem; it was as though the bike was saying "Yeah, we're going over some rough stuff. Don't you worry, I'll handle that and you just steer." Wonderful stuff. Then came families and kids to take to school, and the bike was no longer practical.

Now the kids are grown up and have their own transport, I no longer work for the man and more of my time is more my own. I watched the clouds of fools roaring through our hills on Japanese iron, flinging themselves into the paths of cars and under guardrails, and thought "Not for me." I also looked at the lines of Harleys parked in rows outside pubs and thought "Are you blokes out for a ride, a piss-up or a pose?" I rode a Harley once and have regretted it ever since. So the choice wasn't hard, really. I just bought a 1989 K100 RT, because there was one available, the price was right, I had the dollars and the bike in good nick; couldn't pass it up, really.

This leads to my question. Given that I am a short-arse (and always have been, being only 5'6") and am no longer as strong as I was in my younger days (it's really disappointing to find out what you can't do any more when you're 65), is there a knack or trick to getting the bike onto its centre stand? Or do I just need more Weet Bix and upper body strength training?

I also note that the speedo doesn't work, or at least works intermittently. When it works it works well, but sometimes it starts to give low readings, saying that I am doing 30 Kph when the tacho says I'm doing 4,500 rpm in top gear, which I know equates to roughly 110 Kph. Then it will stop reading altogether. This suggests to me that there is some loose or dodgy electrical connection. Before I begin to dismember Berthold BMW, are there any known trouble spots? Can someone say "Oh yeah, the connector at the base of the xyzabc always causes that!", or alternatively, "Well, you could try looking at these things." All and any help would be greatly appreciated.

Greg BT

    

2Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:25 am

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G,day Greg with regards to putting the bike on the centre stand you could try using a piece of box tube on the end of the stand itself approx 4"- 5" long this mod my father did to help him seamed to work well for him at 74 years old . But I have seen somewhere on the net a foot that bolts to the stand that does the same job.

For the speedo you will have to take it off the bike take back cover off and if its an early model push the contact 3 pin module back on maybe tighten the contacts as well
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3Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:56 am

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Greg, The technique I use for pulling the ol' girl onto the centre stand requires that you place the stand squarely down against the tarmac, a steady left hand on the left 'bar, a right hand on the hide-a-way lever so that the bike doesn't fall away from you, a left leg held straight, a right leg bent slightly at the knee, a firm, downward press or step onto the end of the 'stand and a steady pull-through as the bike rocks up over the fulcrum point into position. It's a smooth, steady motion that requires little in the way of Charles Atlas bully-kicking-sand-in-the-beachgoer's-eyes musculature.

As for the speedo operating erratically, give the multi-pin connectors at the back of the instruments (one Phillips head screw - don't drop it down into the fairing) a thorough cleaning and treatment with DeoxIt and the transducer at the final drive that sends the rotation signal to the instruments (one Allen head bolt and it's out) a good wipe off - it gets gummy if the gear oil is allowed to sit there a while.

Welcome to the forum.

    

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Hi Greg!
About the intermittent speedometer: it`s also a connector between the sensor and the speedo, which makes problem now and then.

This connector you`ll find at the frame tube under the right sidecover, it`s a two pole connector with a yellow and a brown wire.

Check and clean if needed.

Inge K.

    

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yep i agree inge ....one of the places that gets forgotten ...

but do all the suggestions greg ...worked for me .

i pulled my shoulder really bad whilst learning the "knack" of centre stand technigue .....but i found a little trick is to use my right thigh against my hand on the "lifting bar " bracket to help launch that centre stand pull up, whilst pushing down on the stand lever.

funnily im in adelaide right now ...but hope to leaving around knock off time thursday ....great weather huh ? last time i was here it was blowin a beauty ..

welcome aboard greg

    

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Welcome Greg
You are lucky, a whole thread about speedo's and not one lecture on the purchase and use of DE OXIT from Jaycars. Buy, use liberally
live long and prosper.
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@Two Wheels Better wrote: As for the speedo operating erratically, a thorough cleaning and treatment with DeoxIt

You've missed it, RT, whilst you were busy doing your Vulcan mind meld.
Using the centre stand Banana13

    

8Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:03 pm

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DeoxIT

C'mon guys, it's not hard...

not DE OXIT,
not DeoxIt

DeoxIT

Oh yeah...welcome Greg!



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I can see I'm going to like coming here; so much detail so quickly, and all of it useful. I posted the message last night and here at 1000 next day is all this stuff! And yeah, I'm gonna go buy some of that DeoxIT, whatever it is. Is it good on your cornflakes too?

Thanks to all of you for the help and I'll let you know how it works.

Greg

    

10Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:45 pm

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I wouldn't gargle the stuff, but see how you go with it on your Cornflakes Very Happy

Available from Jaycar stores (jaycar.com.au) or their resellers. Can be seen as a tad expensive, but hoo boy, does it work a treat!

Use it on anything that even remotely looks like it has electricity going into it or going out of it.

...and I'll be in Adelaide again at the end of September visiting the outlaws. Nice place, especially up in the hills.



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11Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:24 am

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Man I'm getting old, how could I have missed that. Now I look stupid, but used to that.

    

12Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:07 am

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theres hills around here ....?????

well i supose when they let me out of the salt mine ..i might get to go see ....but i guess not ..staying another night ...full day tommorrow ..then home hopefully by 10.00pm

i can feel a burble comming round about lunchtime....

    

13Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:07 am

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Hills around Adelaide? Charlie, where you been? Four roads out of town; try Magill Rd or the Greenhill Rd or Gorge Rd first . Any of these take you up the hills face, although the Gorge Rd climbs more slowly. If you gotter GPS ask it to take you to Lobethal, from any of these starting points. Then the rest is up to you; there are lots of side tracks and interesting windy roads, although the Gorge Rd is the haunt of those idiots who all reckon they are as good as Mick Doohan or Casey Stoner but have yet to be discovered. At this time of year take it easy; damp roads throughout the day, leaf litter and even clay from heavy trucks, and on a few (though thankfully far between) occasions, fuel spills from trucks that resupply service stations.

You can also head up the South-Eastern Freeway, which is the road to Hahndorf (tourist trap; don't go), Mount Barker, Murray Bridge and eventually Melbourne. Take the exit at Stirling and head for Echunga, Meadows and Strathalbyn and via that through flatter country but still good roads to Goolwa.

From Lobethal or Balhannah/Oakbank (Hahndorf exit off the freeway, or the Gorge Rd through Chain of Ponds and Williamstown, go to the Barossa Valley and buy some wine or have lunch inna pub. We got lotsa good rides, mate; come and try them out.

If you have time, give me a call on 0418 853 209 or e-mail me at greg@brodie-tyrrell.org (cut and paste the address; the spelling is critical) and I will find the time to point you in the right direction and perhaps even go with you, if work permits.

Greg

    

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Welcome gregb. Your initial write up sums a lot of us up. You have arrived at the right place for info on your purchase! Good luck with it. Geord'

    

15Back to top Go down   Using the centre stand Empty Re: Using the centre stand Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:44 am

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sounds magnificent greg ......its a ontha list mate ....unfortunatly its always fly in and out ....every now and then i get a weekend whist away ...and have had a couple of nice trips ...around mareeba to port douglas ....keri keri to kaitaia in nz ....even an afternoon in littleton (christchurch)...

i have great plans for one day revisiting all that i have attended for work but never time to "get away "...great offer mate ...and i will take up that offer to explore....ill bring the bike next time ... i think ive seen them hills ..from the plane....this last time i arrived ...(just a 5 minute glimps really) ..the time before was through clouds ..... sniffle
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