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  1. #91


    'if the clutch is too sensitive Anything with linkage can be modified to provide less plate motion for greater control.'

    Thanks, that actually worked. The hole on the clutch pedal was way to big for the linkage and was jerky even when I moved it by hand. So instead of filling it and drilling a new hole, I drilled a new hole about a 1 inch closer to the pivot point. Now I can go at a stop light without stalling it! It even looks a little like I know how to ride this thing!

    Gene, I think you might be right about the magneto lash. The noise seems to be coming from that area. When I was assembling the engine I had a tough time tightening up the mag bolts and getting all the adjustments right because the bolts are hard to get to. I think I might put a few miles under my belt and see what else comes up and then open up the cam case to see what's happening. I set the linkage like you explain it's way better now. I think it was mostly tightening up the loose linkage and moving the pivot hole down. I got about 10 degrees of free play in the clutch arm before it starts to engage.

    I kept the 50wt oil in the gearbox because it seems fine now. That was the next step I was going to do if this didn't work

    Thanks everyone,

  2. #92


    I found the noise in the valve train. I took the cam cover off and inspected everything and found the exhaust rocker arm was interfering with the front cylinder cam gear.


    I must have screwed up the cam bushing on the case or the steel rocker bushing on the cover. It’s not a lot of interference just enough to make a noise. My best idea right now is too redo the rocker arm bushing to keep the rocker arm from drifting out toward the cam gear I don’t think I appreciated the fact that the lip of the bushing kept the rocker arm from hitting the cam gear.

    If it’s not one thing it’s a million.

  3. #93


    Good weekend, I got a couple of twenty mile runs in today. Bike ran fine, the valve train noise is much lower but still there. It might just be 90 year old gears. I’ve still got two oil leaks, one where the magneto goes into the cam case and another back in the gearbox. I’ll look at thoose this week.

    The crazy thing is it’s been thirty years since I last rode a bike and I’m learning just as much about me as I am the bike. I find myself gripping the handlebars with all my might. I have to remember to loosen up or I’ll wear my arms out in an hour. I also have to perfect my motorcycle wave. I forgot you have to wave at every bike the passes by.

    In other news we got our support van last week. We named him Max. It’s a 2002 diesel Chevy van. It was a aircraft maintenance van in the Air Force. He still has his Travis AFB property tags on him. Hopefully he’ll get us completely around the country without any problems.

    The bike is running and we got a support van, this all starting to get real now. Still have lots left to do.

    12 WTR

  4. #94
    Join Date
    Jul 2010


    Quote Originally Posted by d_lasher View Post
    I also have to perfect my motorcycle wave. I forgot you have to wave at every bike the passes by.
    Indian riders (...or this one, anyway) wave with the right hand
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

  5. #95
    Join Date
    Jun 2015


    I really like your van Dana way to go. I know you don't have time but if you could get a summary of the motorcycle basic rider's course it really boosts confidence and reminds you of all those muscle memory skills you forgot you knew. Of course you don't need the whole 15 hour course (5 classroom and 10 riding on a skills course) but some of the excellent info in the books as well as some evasive maneuvers and cone skills course really boost riding skills. Short of a summary course I also used the book Proficient Motorcycling from Amazon to review skills like handlebar control and so many more great tips and techniques Even just reviewing and brushing on on a few skills you already know will probably make the marathon a lot more comfortable and safe. I even went so far as to cut a bunch of new bright yellow tennis balls in half and used them to set up courses for practicing skills in parking lots. That way you can pack them onto your bike and go practice without relying on traffic cones. I thought it was actually fun days of honing skills. Best of luck.

    Mike Love

  6. #96


    I have found riding motorcycles is a "perishable skill" and riding antiques even more so.
    living in Central NY with it long winters seems every spring I have to relearn and start with
    a series of very short rides and skill practice in a nearby vacant parking lot. I found the MST Mike
    mentioned very useful. Also I bought a "Ride like a Pro" DVD some years back and I will review
    that and practice skills from there: circling R & L, figure 8s, braking (really miss those disc brakes).
    most likely YouTube would have similar videos.

  7. #97


    I got the book Mike recommended. Lots of good information and I liked the physics behind it all. Iíve used an empty train station parking lot to run through some of the drills and itís really helped. Counter stealing, panic stops and figure eights.

    One thing Iím worried about is riding in the rain. I missed the rainy season here in California so the first rain Iíll see is on the cannonball. Anyone have any good suggestions on rain gear?


  8. #98


    I got in a couple of 20 mile runs on Saturday, mostly to get the oil meter dialed in and check the carb settings and spark plugs. Today we went on a long 130 mile round trip ride to pinnacles national park. We had a nice picnic lunch and met a bunch of nice people who all wanted to know how old the bike is. People don’t get to see a 90 year old bike very often.

    Here’s a nice pic from the side of the road up to the park.

  9. #99


    Beautiful Dana!

  10. #100



    I know it's for the best given the current environment but I'm still a little sad. I've worked on Oscar just about every weekend for the last 18 months to get ready for this and just as it was all coming together it's not going to happen. I guess I'll finish off a few last minute details and enjoy the bike on a few more rides and then put him away until next year. I've got another project waiting to start so I might clean the shop and start working on Oliver.

    Still a little sad, no cannonball this year.

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