Round 5, FOAK: 1982 Kawie KZ550 C3 LTD Restoration Options

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Biker Dude, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. He could always go for a moonwalk.

    Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!
    Shantideva Upasaka, Nov 7, 2009
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    S'mee Guest

    WTF are you talking about? sheesh...some peoples children.
    S'mee, Nov 7, 2009
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    S'mee Guest

    FOAD chickenhawk...your little guys are running faster and you are
    getting fatter and slower.
    S'mee, Nov 7, 2009
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    Biker Dude Guest

    This project set me to work to investigate tire valves. The
    automotive all metal tire valves, the ones with the nuts that tighten
    to hold the stems in place are also used for motorcycles.


    Next time I can simply go to a NAPA store instead of a motorcycle
    parts store to get one. How cool is that.............?

    Biker Dude
    Biker Dude, Nov 7, 2009
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    Biker Dude Guest

    Addendum: make sure you have the correct valve stem outside diameter
    for your bike:

    "Metal tubeless tire valve stem fits all cast wheels with .327"-.339"
    Biker Dude, Nov 7, 2009
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    S'mee Guest

    Maybe for tubeless tires. Tubed tire motorcycles have always (on the
    ones I own had a locking nut. If you meant the core for the's a schrader valve, buy them in bulk if it makes you happy.
    S'mee, Nov 8, 2009
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    Greg.Procter Guest

    Your front brake will apply 400-500% more power to your front wheel
    than your motor will to the back wheel. (obviously dependant on many

    Not really - tyres were originally made when much of Europe was still
    using those archaic English measurements. Some things are hard to

    Greg.Procter, Nov 8, 2009
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    Greg.Procter Guest

    Insane like 16 and 20 fluid ounces per pint, 5260 feet per 1760 yards
    20 links per chain, 7 separate measuring systems in common everyday use for
    parts of an inch, (not counting barleycorns), US measurements that are
    different to English measurements (ounces, gallons, lbs, tons etc)
    Nautical miles, yanks meauring weights in millions of pounds ...

    We haven't even touched on gauge, screw threads, clothing sizes ...
    Greg.Procter, Nov 8, 2009
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    TOG@Toil Guest

    *Cough* 5280 feet.
    Causes us no end of hassle at work (agro-industrial stuff). As you
    say, US gallons are just over 4 litres whereas Imperial are 4.54
    litres, US tons are slightly smaller than metric tonnes....

    I don't think that natical miles are too much of a problem, actually,
    as knots are just about globally accepted as a measurement of ship
    speed, aren't they?
    Clothing sizes: oh yes, especially shoe sizes. I'm a size 10 UK, which
    is 45-46 metric, and something different in US.

    Screw threads: years ago I visited a European factory for Carrier or
    Thermo King (can't remember which it was now: I think TK) and was
    gobsmacked to discover that all the machines were built with AF
    fasteners. Not a metric bolt to be seen. But they explained that as
    that was how it had always been, so it was still, and that spare parts
    for the older kit were still being supplied, and so if they switched
    to metric nuts and bolts, they couldn't supply after-sales service to
    old units. Which made sense.
    TOG@Toil, Nov 9, 2009
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    TOG@Toil Guest

    Oops, yes, of course.

    Any idea why?
    TOG@Toil, Nov 9, 2009
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    Greg.Procter Guest

    Didn't think anyone would have read my rant that far ;-)

    Knots is internationally insisted upon in aviation - they long ago
    figured everyone should speak the same language and that distances/speeds
    need consistancy.
    Ships are another matter, many marineers use kilometers because they
    understand them, and then use NMs in external communication.

    It does - I have three mills/lathes with US bolts but metric lead screws,
    two with metric bolts. I have to be very careful to keep parts and
    accessories separate, which is an absolute pain!

    I grew up speaking British imperial and then we went metric about 8 years
    later. Of course there were quite a number of "standard" British standards
    for bolts and the like, plus the US imperials. Was glad to be able to
    the much more logical metric. Now all this yank imperial has come back to
    haunt us!

    Greg.Procter, Nov 13, 2009
  12. I didn't know that. Thanks.
    The Older Gentleman, Nov 13, 2009
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