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1771  Selling and Buying / Wanted\Buyers Delight / Re: 750 K5 or K6 swingarm? on: April 04, 2009, 12:20:42 PM
Hondaman's notes on swingarm identification for K5/K6:

There are 4 "tells" about them:
1. There is one grease zerk, located in the middle of the arm's pivot
area (so, the collar is usually seized inside as a result of poor lube).
2. The bushings are one piece phenolic: if you try to scratch a small
screwdriver in along the outer end of the inside of the bushings, you
will find there is no wool washer grease seal in between the outer
flanged part and the inner bushing: it's all one. Earlier ones have the
wool washer and the end cap pops off.
3. The cupped steel washers that cover the ends of the tube portion have
a sort of rubber-lipped grease seal inside of them that is supposed to
seal around the very end of the swingarm tube (but generally does a poor
job of it). And, this cup washer is thicker than the earlier ons, to
support this new seal.
4. The big bolt that goes through the frame to hold it all together has
no grease zerks nor drilled grease passages, and it is a plain, straight
bolt with no machining steps or marks on it.

These steps were all cheapening steps for Production Cost Reduction:
they severely shortened the service life of the bushings. I usually try
to talk their owners into 'converting' to the system like your K2 has,
which is far superior and lets me offer the Lifetime Warranty on a
rebuild. The best I can offer on a full rebuild of a stock K5-K6 unit is
perhaps 50k miles.
1772  Selling and Buying / Wanted\Buyers Delight / 750 K5 or K6 swingarm? on: April 04, 2009, 09:57:46 AM
Hondaman of the SOHC forums is stocking up for an exchange program on the swingarm bushing replacements, he's looking for a K5/K6 specific swingarm complete with its collar and pivot bolt.  Apparently there were subtle changes from year to year that make them different enough for him to care about exchangeing them correctly.
Has anyone got one they'd like to get rid of, or sell cheaply?  I'll box it and ship it out at my cost.  I'll ask him how to positively identify a K5/K6 swingarm to be sure.

Many thanks to all who respond.
1773  General Category / General Discussion / Re: carbs on: April 02, 2009, 09:31:07 AM
I like the polished bits on the motor, that's the route I'm planning to go with mine.  It looks a little sparse on the right side though, I wonder if there's anything else to polish over there...maybe an oil pressure guage will dress it up enough?
1774  General Category / General Discussion / Re: carbs on: April 01, 2009, 10:25:57 PM
Yup, without the stator, and starter, empty of oil...they're a little more manageable, but still darn heavy.  Good thing you're a firefighter, and not just some slob like me.  Grin

Looks like you've got a K6
1775  General Category / Events / Re: todays ride on: March 28, 2009, 11:38:45 PM
It was a good ride, traffic wasn't too heavy and we kept a decent pace.  After a good lunch we headed into rockport then down to gloucester for a short stop.  The fog was pretty thick and temps were easily in the lower 40's.  Back in the saddle we headed back to 128 where Andy had to jam on home while the rest of us took the long way on 114 to 62, I stayed on 114 and headed home to Haverhill, while the others headed southeast on 62...back to 28 in North Reading I suspect.  It was a little cool being without heated gloves/jacket but I managed.
1776  General Category / Events / Re: Saturday 28th March - short ride this weekend? on: March 27, 2009, 08:37:24 PM
I think I'll be meeting up with Gene03079 somewhere up north here, the ride to the diner and the ride back...will add about 2 hours to my day that would be better spent at home.  So don't expect me in Norwood in the AM.
1777  General Category / Events / Re: Saturday 28th March - short ride this weekend? on: March 27, 2009, 08:25:01 PM
How's the route up from 128 on 28 to boxboro? I'm thinking 28 to 133 and follow 133 to glostah.
I know the area on 28 thru reading is nothing to write home about, but what of north of reading?
It's just more of the same in North Reading but much more sparse, there's a Honda shop to stop in to if we're inclined.  Then a few miles north of that I would recommend taking rt125 (the Andover bypass) They've done quite a bit of work there in the past few years and it's pretty nice, I haven't been there in a few months, I think maybe they're still unfinished at the very north end of it but I can't be sure, but it's a great backroad with only a few intersections and only one traffic light by the State Police next to the Harrold Parker State Forrest entrance.  125 north joins with 114 east for a very short bit after a traffic light, then 125 is a right turn north for just a little bit and 133 East is the next turn.

Is that the exit with the big dog?
  Yeah, but this route is tons better.   Looks like maybe I'll ride down to the diner, 9am is it?

It's going to be colder and gustier on the coast than inland tomorrow, isn't it? Any chance of going west?
The forecast for Gloucester, Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southeast wind between 7 and 9 mph.  Should be OK.
1778  General Category / Events / Re: Saturday 28th March - short ride this weekend? on: March 27, 2009, 07:51:13 PM
I'm in, the weather looks like above freezing overnight to highs in the high 50's with partial cloud cover at worst. 

Congrats Phil, that's great news in these times.
1779  General Category / General Discussion / Re: carbs on: March 27, 2009, 07:44:08 PM
I'd agree they're early carbs, but from one of the models...uh...I forget what year the petcock went to the left side of the tank, whatever year that was, those are the years I'm thinking of.  Someone chime in please.

Sorry for the incoherence, I just changed the oil in the Nighthawk, and I'm all giddy still.  (Rotella)
1780  General Category / Events / Re: Saturday 28th March - short ride this weekend? on: March 27, 2009, 09:57:25 AM
Hmmmmmmmm, maybe I could join in a little further north...?  It all depends on what I can get done saturday morning.   133 from Haverhill to Gloucester is a good ride, maybe you could swing by... it's 495 exit 48 to rt 125 north, 133 is a few miles to the north.  I'll have to check with my other half....
1781  Motorcycle Stuff / Tips,Tricks, and Ideas / Re: Rotella? on: March 25, 2009, 08:41:50 AM
Is that why Harley guys mostly ride when it's cool out or at night?
1782  Motorcycle Stuff / Tips,Tricks, and Ideas / Re: Rotella? on: March 24, 2009, 04:03:18 PM
Some guys are blaming it for clutch slippage, this is the non-synth oil specifically.  They figure with all of those detergents it's loosening chunks of gunk that find their way into the clutch....  But realistically, all of those detergents are there to keep any chunks, or even particles... in suspension so that they will make their way to the filter.  That's the way it was explained on a deisel truck website I forgot to bookmark, sounds good to me.   Also recomended was to use a middle of the road quality of filter, high flow filters will pass particles larger than the high quality filter materials will, but the high quality filters will fill with particles before the change interval arrives...  so a middle-grade filter was the recomended choice with rotella 15-40.

It all made pretty logical sense to me the way it was written, wish I bookmarked it.
But I'm a believer, I picked up two jugs today, one for the Nighthawk and one for my K3, Advance Auto parts has it on sale for $11.99 BTW.
1783  Motorcycle Stuff / Tips,Tricks, and Ideas / Rotella? on: March 24, 2009, 11:01:36 AM
There was some talk about it last time at Jakes, I've read all of the horror stories on the SOHC/4 forums, and a few glowing recommendations too.  I read that Andy will be going back to 10-40?  What's up Andy?  I'm thinking of the non-synth 15-40.
1784  Motorcycle Stuff / Tips,Tricks, and Ideas / Re: Oil filter cross reference on: March 23, 2009, 06:21:06 PM
My company cars in 2004 and 2005 were on a 7500 mile interval per the leasing company, and my Yaris specifies a 5000 mile interval.  I work with a guy who used to lease cars and never would change the oil....nice.  it makes one wonder doesn't it?
1785  Motorcycle Stuff / Tips,Tricks, and Ideas / Re: Oil filter cross reference on: March 23, 2009, 08:36:55 AM
How's the popcorn?  Mine's a little too salty, better pop some more to mix in.    Comparisons always seem to be skewed one way or another.  Generally I've found that whatever oil and whatever filter are chosen, the regular interval of change is most important.  On a bike I owned since new, and planned to keep forever.... best of oil and best filter, short change intervals, etc.  But in this case good enough will suffice, and reliability doesn't suffer at all.
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