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Forum: Aprilia Mille RSVR - 1st Generation 08-11-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 27,473
Posted By Smithers
Just to update this thread. I swapped out my...

Just to update this thread. I swapped out my engine for another one while he was replacing the piston rings in the engine. He had another Mille that needed an engine so I let him put that engine in...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 07-09-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,138
Posted By Smithers
Very good. All the older Hondas are SO easy to...

Very good. All the older Hondas are SO easy to ride. They make a perfect tool for learning to ride and work the controls and such.

About the turn signals... when I was about 15 I used to ride...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 07-09-2016, 06:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,138
Posted By Smithers
Hi Ron, it sure sounds like you have been putting...

Hi Ron, it sure sounds like you have been putting a lot of work into that little bike! When Honda made them I'm sure they put the bare minimum electronics on the thing just to make them street legal....
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 06-02-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,208
Posted By Smithers
It's super easy for people that understand...

It's super easy for people that understand engines. I recommend buying the Honda Service manual for these bikes. They aren't like modern manuals... they have so much more information than you might...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 05-24-2016, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,977
Posted By Smithers
Here is another shot of the rim. It's a product...

Here is another shot of the rim. It's a product made in Norway and they are pretty proud of their work even putting a neat Made In Norway sticker on them. Too bad they turned out to be prone to...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 05-24-2016, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,977
Posted By Smithers
Here are a few more pics just to show some more...

Here are a few more pics just to show some more things that need attention in the upcoming KTM 540 build. The original sprockets are definitely showing some fatigue but hey it's a 60+ hp engine. It's...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 05-24-2016, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,208
Posted By Smithers
Just pop the cam gear/ chain off and pull the...

Just pop the cam gear/ chain off and pull the cylinder head off. See what it looks like. I rebuilt old Honda's with no money as a kid and was successful. Find an old hone tool and a drill to clean up...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 05-17-2016, 11:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,977
Posted By Smithers
This bike has a monster cylinder. And the right...

This bike has a monster cylinder. And the right hand drive hub is interesting as well. Supposedly the engine was for sidecars in Europe. The American distributor at the time demanded KTM use that...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 05-17-2016, 11:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,977
Posted By Smithers
You can always tell how used or abused a dirt...

You can always tell how used or abused a dirt bike it by checking underneath it. If you see dented frame tubing or scratches and marks on the engine cases then you know the bike has been ridden...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 05-17-2016, 11:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,977
Posted By Smithers
Thumbs up KTM 540 DXC 2 Stroke

Yeap it's been a while. I'm back with another project bike that I'm sure some people will find interesting. I met a very good dirt bike rider that was riding a KTM 550 dirt bike and I was amazed at...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 04-07-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,391
Posted By Smithers
Exactly. Those pesky heat sinks are critical to...

Exactly. Those pesky heat sinks are critical to their lifespan. I might be able to stop and pick one up today to play with it.
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 04-05-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,883
Posted By Smithers
Awesome. Old exhuast joint gaskets and manifold...

Awesome. Old exhuast joint gaskets and manifold gaskets are the lowest technology on any motorcycle up until the 90's. Very frustrating.
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 04-05-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,391
Posted By Smithers
I saw an LED conversion lightbulb at a friends...

I saw an LED conversion lightbulb at a friends shop the other day. It came with adapters that were in the form of removable collars around the bulb. You could use that same bulb with the adapters to...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 04-05-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,727
Posted By Smithers
Hope you're feeling better and your condition...

Hope you're feeling better and your condition improves boss. Yeap I agree. Just run the best fuel you want to spend money on and put some type of fuel conditioner in it to help lubricate things a bit...
Forum: The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration 12-26-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,257
Posted By Smithers
Our official oil thread! When motorcycle guys ask...

Our official oil thread! When motorcycle guys ask me or start talking about it I laugh because their bikes are much more likely to be stolen or wrecked long before any effects of the wrong oil would...
Forum: Additional Projects Area 12-25-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,924
Posted By Smithers
So it's running right? These types of older bikes...

So it's running right? These types of older bikes take a lot more work to get running than people think. You just have to assume all the seals are bad in the forks and the engine. Fuel pumps are...
Forum: Cool Motorcycle Pictures & Stuff 12-25-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 15,754
Posted By Smithers
I know I'm a little late here but that's pretty...

I know I'm a little late here but that's pretty neat! That's interesting that they could make a kit to mod on of those little Hondas like that. It's like a puzzle where you have to squint your eyes...
Forum: Events & Happenings 12-25-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 8,413
Posted By Smithers
Thumbs up Merry Christmas 2014 !!

Hey everyone I am chiming in to throw out a Merry Xmas to everyone here! I've been busy with restoring the house I'm living in here as well as the usual never ending work. In between working I've...
Forum: LEXUS 1UZ-FE Engine Swap 12-25-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,803
Posted By Smithers
Good idea! Cheap cars and old trucks are a dime a...

Good idea! Cheap cars and old trucks are a dime a dozen. A friend of mine picked up a decommissioned (from the Parks Department) Jeep Cherokee for $350! Keep your eyes peeled for a Jeep Comanche....
Forum: Aprilia Mille RSVR - 1st Generation 11-28-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 27,473
Posted By Smithers
I realized that I never posted the fix for this...

I realized that I never posted the fix for this problem with my Mille. I handed the bike over to a factory trained Aprilia tech who happens to have moved to this area from LA. The front cylinder had...
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