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greg_in_london

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About greg_in_london

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  • Birthday 02/17/1967

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    London E3 3RG

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    As well as riding bikes I play quite a bit of traditional music - english, irish and scottish.

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    ex-teacher

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    United Kingdom

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  • Bike Year and Model
    1983 Venture Royale and QM1 sidecar

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    Greg

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  1. I'm glad to see that you've extended the sidecar chassis as to my mind these sidecars are WAY to light for a Venture. I know they are popular in the states, but here they came on the side of 350 Jawas - half the weight and a quarter of the power. With the standard wheel I've bent a stub axle on a Velorex 562 chassis with the extra power of putting one on a GS550. If you are always gentle with it, you may be okay, but if there is anything tougher on offer - or you can weld your own chassis - I'd recommend that option instead.
  2. It doesn't cover the sizes for the pilot jet, but it does reinforce the idea that the #37 .5 pilot jet has a hole 0.375mm. I had thought it was a measurement of flow, but it is obviously around that size as .25 goes through and 0.38/40 doesn't.
  3. The E-string from my fiddle was 0.22mm and much stiffer than the fuse wire and was perfect, except for the jet that wouldn't come out and was stuck in the housing. For that I took the plastic inner from a biro (rinsed the ink out and) cut a length 30-40mm long. Then I could thread the fiddle string through the middle and it was much easier to push it through the jet - or easier to know when I had it in place. I kept alternating between pushing the wire through, soaking teh jet in degreasant and an ultrasound cleaner. If done all four and rebuilt the carbs and done a bench synch. Now I need
  4. Thanks - the clutch seemed to be working fine now, though I didn't do many miles before deciding I had to play with the carbs again. Never mind a guitar - I play the fiddle and have old strings lying around. I suppose I might have thought of it eventually, but I'm glad you suggested it first. And the brass brushes - I have some somewhere and was planning to root them out, but thanks for saying it - it's a spur to get me moving. The short strands are much stiffer than the fuse wire. I'm hoping they are nearly as thin. I'll measure them anyway so they are a reference for others.
  5. I'm seeing a familiar pattern emerging again - if I can't get things done when I get the chance, it all starts to drag out for another year. I'm trying not to let that happen and have gone and collected the carbs again. (That's worrying - I'm talking about collecting them rather than taking them off the bike - kind of suggesting it's something I'm happy to keep on doing.) I've checked the diameters of the smallest nozzle cleaner (now listed as for carb cleaning on EBay !) and according to my old micrometer the smallest is 0.40 mm (0.38 on the advert). 3A fuse wire is smaller at 0.17mm, but
  6. I would not argue with anybody that says getting the wheel out while on the road is a PITA with these bikes. I once had completely unexpected levels of tyre wear, even though I began with a brand new back tyre. I actually changed the front tyre on a camp site in Scotland and the back tyre outside the in-laws house in Ireland. I'm sure most people know this, but in case anyone is looking at this on the phone while stuck at the side of the road, the key is to put planks down and put the centre on top of those (or over the edge of a kerb). The bike is much too heavy to do that unless you FIRST r
  7. Just do a search on Ebay for one you like the look of. I bought mine a few years - mainly for emergencies because the place I go to for tyres has reasonable prices and tools for you to remove them yourself. They charge for balancing, but not fitting. Anyway, the one I bought looks a bit like this and was just as cheap: https://pulsar.ebay.co.uk/plsr/clk/0/SADS/9?pld=%7B%22mecs%22%3A%222024166249796d2a181e3e894f63be56b8409604dfd0%22%2C%22enc%22%3A%22AQADAAACsBkojIFHYtWT%2BANpG6F7t2F09Z9Cbsu1X59rcQ4wVNT6A2C4dotaid1BlSqpY2v6yePzhOYc7cgk4BD5PFWI2SIa4CTkRla8x7l4lNmgi9HQgwzYslxWcGPRbQ2wQaEgSLYHzFwTC
  8. The kits arrived yesterday and so I've rebuilt both slave and master cylinder. Work is starting again today, but hopefully I'll make time to get to the garage and put them back on. Then I'll be able to see if the carbs are continuing to improve or if I need to do a better job on them (the nozzle cleaners were also due yesterday or today, though I'll have to see if they go small enough).
  9. Unfortunately the 'proper' way of checking the fuel level is to check it on the bike with the engine running and with the mid-cover off and the clutch bits off I don't want to start her up. I don't really want to take the carbs off before putting the clutch system back together - one thing at a time I'll know I'll get on with, but too many things at once and it becomes a project that gets left forever. I ordered a set of those welder cleaners though. I have found somewhere in the UK that does the pilot jets for £5 each, so I may invest in those once I check the engine numbers to be sure whi
  10. Thanks for a detailed answer. Float height - I measured the fuel level some time ago and recall it had been right (though the manual says 14mm in one place and 16mm in another..), but I'd brought them back from the garage and couldn't easily do a check with the fuel pump running. I had a recollection that the float height should be 19mm and that I'd followed a thread suggestion on reducing fuel consumption and set it at 20mm, which is what they were at. Looking back through threads the only concrete reference I could find to float heights was that the float by the cutaway should be level wi
  11. Okay, so this guy goes to his doctor and explains that he is worried about his health and not feeling well and all his symptoms as well as his history. The doctor is a bit distracted while listening to him, consulting the files on his PC, checking a few pamphlets and interrupting every now and then to ask a question. After a couple of minutes the doctor stops his patient and, hardly looking up, says, "I'm really sorry, this can't go on, you only have ten to live." The man hardly stops his flow, but obviously changes his tack, "Ten, ten. ten ? What do you mean ? Ten years ? ten months ?" Th
  12. I must admit that I tried a few things to poke the blooming holes, including the finest needles I could find. I deliberately put the drill bit box with the 1mm bits down out of sight to stop me from being tempted. I haven't seen those bag ties for years, but yes, they would have done. I sat trying to decide if I was blowing through the jet or just imagining it until the taint of petrol made my lips tingle ! I really hope they weren't blocked and there does seem to be improvement, so fingers crossed... Cleaning the slave cylinder may well help, but what puzzled me was that the lever pushed i
  13. Well I had a really busy early Summer with no free time followed by no work at all which allowed me to go on holiday for a month - touring through Germany, Poland and Czech, hitting music festivals and chilling in campsites by lakes and rivers in between. A beautiful way to spend August and not much different cost-wise to staying in London (except for a few days in Germany and France on the way back). That's another story though. I had a bit of work I was expecting cancelled (so a diet of bread, cheese, beans and the beer wine and vodka we brought back for a while...) and have had time to pull
  14. What are the bits you are after ? Clutch plates ? You should be able to get them anywhere - a quick search for Venture Royale Clutch Plates showed these up, even in the UK: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/262625010192?clk_rvr_id=1562859932148&vectorid=229508&lgeo=1&item=262625010192&rmvSB=true The other choice would be to put a washer under each spring of course, but that depends on how heavy the clutch is already. If I can get the gasket in the UK from Ebay, they should have hundreds available in the USA: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Athena-Clutch-Cover-Gasket-fits-Yamaha-XVZ-
  15. It's been a while since I've been able to do anything with the Venture. Moving garages took forever and then work didn't stop, though paying £36 per week for the garage is hurting. Anyway - I started her up again and yesterday I took her out for a run, which was very nice. Unfortunately the hot clutch did something with air bubbles and left me without a working clutch. That was resolved by taking the master cylinder off the bars and wiggling it to ensure there were no bubbles and then bleeding the bottom with a 10mm spanner and screwdriver (as I couldn't find an 8mm.... Grrr...) It may h
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