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Old 11-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #1191 (permalink)
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picked this tiger up thursday and yesterday was mid 70's. Who could resist?

beautiful!!!
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #1192 (permalink)
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Cleaned out my PCV breather tubing from the primary to the valve. When the temps drop, there is a lot of moisture in the primary that mixes with the vapour and solidifies.

Yuck.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #1193 (permalink)
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Today I rode the Daytona to cambridge (about 12 miles) it was cold, no more than 5degC and the roads were damp.

On the way back I managed to squeeze about 70 out of it in third gear (it won't pull 70 in top) after running on full throttle for about a mile in 3rd I simultaneously braked and pushed the kill button (also on the RH bar) with the intention of stopping in a lay-by up ahead to do a plug-chop.

I don't know if it was the action of pulling the brake while pushing the kill button but somehow I pulled too hard and locked up the front wheel (at 70!!!). That was a nasty moment indeed, as soon as I let go of the brake lever the bike snapped back upright and went into a nasty wobble, but thankfully we recovered.

Close one that!

After that spent the rest of the afternoon trying to balance the carbs with my CarbTune gauges.

managed to get it so that the gauges were sync'd at idle and both deflecing the same amount when the throttle was slightly opened.

It seemed great until I went for a test ride, the engine was backfiring like a bastard above about 3000rpm.

Seems the only way to stop the backfiring was to close down the pilot air screws and screw in the idle screws. The backfiring stops when the pilot screws are somewhere around 1/4 - 3/8 turns out, but the idle isn't as smooth. I don't think I have any air leaks.

I still don't ssem to be any closer to solving my engine's lack of power. I have a Morini 350 so know what 30ish HP feels like and I have to say I doubt my Daytona is kicking out much over 10, very dissapointing!

Both cylinders seem to run at about the same temperature (quite hot), plugs usually come out sooty. I'm wondering if my Boyer unit is breaking down above certain revs, although there is no sign of this when I stobe it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:04 PM   #1194 (permalink)
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And as a perfect end to a perfect day, just went out to put the cover on it and noticed a small puddle of oil, from either the gearbox or the primary drive.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:01 PM   #1195 (permalink)
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Today I rode the Daytona to cambridge (about 12 miles) it was cold, no more than 5degC and the roads were damp.

On the way back I managed to squeeze about 70 out of it in third gear (it won't pull 70 in top) after running on full throttle for about a mile in 3rd I simultaneously braked and pushed the kill button (also on the RH bar) with the intention of stopping in a lay-by up ahead to do a plug-chop.

I don't know if it was the action of pulling the brake while pushing the kill button but somehow I pulled too hard and locked up the front wheel (at 70!!!). That was a nasty moment indeed, as soon as I let go of the brake lever the bike snapped back upright and went into a nasty wobble, but thankfully we recovered.

Close one that!

After that spent the rest of the afternoon trying to balance the carbs with my CarbTune gauges.

managed to get it so that the gauges were sync'd at idle and both deflecing the same amount when the throttle was slightly opened.

It seemed great until I went for a test ride, the engine was backfiring like a bastard above about 3000rpm.

Seems the only way to stop the backfiring was to close down the pilot air screws and screw in the idle screws. The backfiring stops when the pilot screws are somewhere around 1/4 - 3/8 turns out, but the idle isn't as smooth. I don't think I have any air leaks.

I still don't ssem to be any closer to solving my engine's lack of power. I have a Morini 350 so know what 30ish HP feels like and I have to say I doubt my Daytona is kicking out much over 10, very dissapointing!

Both cylinders seem to run at about the same temperature (quite hot), plugs usually come out sooty. I'm wondering if my Boyer unit is breaking down above certain revs, although there is no sign of this when I stobe it.
Check your battery. Very critical with a boyer. Turn your key on and turn your headlamp on for 3-4 minutes with the bike not running. You should have a minimum of 12 volts at the terminals. Any less, toss the battery.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:36 PM   #1196 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion TD, I'll check it. I thought the battery was OK but it is the one that was fitted when I bought the bike 2 years ago so may be a bit weak.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:18 PM   #1197 (permalink)
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Oogie, I can't remember the history of you troubleshooting but along with battery have you checked your fuel flow? Sounds like you may be fuel starved. Have you thoroughly cleaned your carbs, I mean thoroughly? Remove gas gap too to make sure it's not something simple like cap vent plugged.

Boyer has a good trouble shoot page here too: http://www.tioc.org/boyertest.htm

Nice save on the brake lock up. Glad you're still around to write about it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #1198 (permalink)
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Stopped in at the shop and took some great pics of my "Ride To Be" under constriction. Pics on my blog that is linked below.

Nothing but love for her.
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When I arrived at work today I realized I forgot to put the oil cap back on when I checked the oil level this morning (I did it again! ). Bike pants were lubed.
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When I arrived at work today I realized I forgot to put the oil cap back on when I checked the oil level this morning (I did it again! ). Bike pants were lubed.
Okay, this is something a geezer like me would do. No excuse for your younger riders acting like dottering geezers. You sound like the guy that goes into the men's room, steps up to the urinal, unbuttons his vest and pees in his pants.

Here's the rule. Same rule applies to cell phone, sunglasses, pistol, and wallets. When you have them in your hand, you never set them down. You do what you have to do with them and then put them back where they belong. Only exception is your wallet when you've given someone your credit card. Then you sit it on the table in front of you until you get your card back.

When you check your oil you go to the bike prepared with a rag or paper towel. Pull the cap, wipe, check, replace the cap.

Geesh... kids.

Everyone thinks you peed in your pants for the rest of the day, right?

Your pal,
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