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post #51 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 07:00 PM
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So, I bought my 77 T140 about a two months ago and surprisingly it was in really good shape. I had been around bikes growing up but hadnt ridden one in about 10-12 years. My first thought when I got it home was that I needed to put it in the shop to have it looked over, fluids changed, carbs cleaned, clutch adjusted ect. So, thats what I did. 500 dollars later I got my bike back. Started to ride it home and it wouldnt shift. Shut it off on the side of the road and wiggled some things. Went to start it back up and got nothing. Had power but she wouldnt fire. Tickled the carbs, and thats when I got really pissed. The floats stuck on both sides and I had to tap them to get the gas to stop pouring out. At this point I figured out that I had just gotten a 500 dollar oil change... My Bonnie has not been back to the shop and I have done all the work in my garage thanks to everyone here. I have had nothing but good experiences so far. I re-adjusted my clutch, re-did my carbs, replaced the rectifier and zenor with a sparx regulator and just have a couple more things to do, one of which is fix a stripped head bolt which scares the crap out of me to even think about trying to tackle myself...but hey, thats why I bought the bike. For what I spent on her originally is no where near the joy I get out of working on her..... Thank you all for all of your help and hopefully when I figure out what I am doing, I can return the favor.

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post #52 of 58 (permalink) Old 06-24-2012, 07:24 AM
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One more point...

Please read the entire post before responding (whether as an advisor or a poster seeking more info).

I've seen time and again where posters haven't read a post (or don't seem to have read it thoroughly) before replying...

Also, it may be a good idea to re-read your own posts after sending them, just to make sure they sound the way you intended.

I've edited and re-edited almost everytime due to finding mistakes or discovering info that was unclear when I posted something and then read it again afterward...

Just saying...

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post #53 of 58 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 08:42 PM
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This is a great forum and I have spent countless hours reading threads about models of bike I don't even own, just because the help, knowledge, and respect are so great. As far as getting crummy answers sometimes, ya gotta have elephant skin. Thanks for the great site!

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post #54 of 58 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 01:17 PM
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It's way past time for me to acknowledge that the Classic, Vintage & Veteran forum has been a first rate asset to erasing much of my ignorance about my T120RT. The responses have been very informed and polite.

I'm aware of other such forums but this one has been much more comfortable and educational. Keep up the great work folks.

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post #55 of 58 (permalink) Old 06-29-2015, 07:40 AM
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For the beginners.

Had the same issues on a sight for custom airbrushing. We created a thread for "1st timers". Experienced people at times talk over your head or assume you just know something. To them it's been common knowledge forever. Not a flaw just human nature. It's worked well and we found that some members were thrilled to have a place to share what they had learnt over the years and new members felt much more at ease asking questions. In the end the 1st timers started helping each other and the knowledge kept recycling itself. You may have this here already but if not it's worth looking into. Cheers
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post #56 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 02:06 AM
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Nice to find a forum online where people don't use the fact that they are hiding behind a monitor, as an excuse to act like ignorant morons. Sadly the years are catching up with the old school bike mechanics, but their wisdom needs to be passed on to the next generations of bike enthusiasts.
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post #57 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by whipiron geoff View Post
Nice to find a forum online where people don't use the fact that they are hiding behind a monitor, as an excuse to act like ignorant morons. Sadly the years are catching up with the old school bike mechanics, but their wisdom needs to be passed on to the next generations of bike enthusiasts.
I agree wholeheartedly. I am on nearly 20 different forums and facebook groups, and this one is definitely top 3 in class.

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A bit off topic, but one thing I find a bit annoying is when someone goes to the trouble to post an in depth response to a question and then there is no reply. I think it would be helpful for everyone if the person asking the question would at least bother to post back whether the suggestion worked like a charm or was a complete crock. Just the simple words "thanks, it worked great" would go a long way towards encouraging more people to post replies.
Got to agree with Htown's comments here. In my case I find it REALLY FuRKING annoying when guys write up well thought out in depth responses to a first time poster & then you get back NOTHING & you NEVER hear from them again. Makes you feel like they sucked your guts for the info & then buggered off into the ether leaving no feedback for us to file away for maybe next time.
Apart from that, haven't seen too many flame wars in here compared to the other forums I've frequented over the past 15 years. This joint is quite tame in comparison Oh whoops, a grown man using an emoticon LOL

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