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Old 05-10-2013, 12:55 PM   #61
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MY scoot's ready today; after $400 to the shop to get it all leak free (as if, I mean it IS a Sportster). Looking forward to riding a LOT this season.

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MY scoot's ready today; after $400 to the shop to get it all leak free (as if, I mean it IS a Sportster). Looking forward to riding a LOT this season.
Ive never had a drop of oil underneath my sporty. And ive got almost 10,000 miles on it, but I just paid $300 for my new back tire a few weeks ago.
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Ive never had a drop of oil underneath my sporty. And ive got almost 10,000 miles on it, but I just paid $300 for my new back tire a few weeks ago.
I was told if you break in the engine right when new, and always let it warm up before beating on it, you won't have premature leaks. I bought mine new, and put over 14k miles on mine without a drip. It was bought this spring by a guy taking it to france, it had 18k on it, no leaks.Might just be luck, too.
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Is the second bike a Ariel? At least the gas tank looks like it.
Nope. 1971 cb350 with a yamaha dirtbike tank.
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Your bike had some features that were ahead of it's time. I too miss that two stroke sound and cloud of blue smoke. A good friend of mine had a Kawasaki H2 750. Very powerful engine but the frame was like a wet noodle:
Stratrider thast's true the GT750 I believe it was the first production water cooled motorcycle and front disc brakes for the 1973 model.
My Dad had a 1973 Suzuki GT 750 he purchased new back then,I started riding it when I was 11 or 12? Loved that bike,except I kept wearing the rear tire out stop light to stop light!! lol
Those Kawasaki H2 750 were some sweet bikes,I sure miss those smoke clouds along with the ring a ding ding!! tunes they produced.

I guess electric next in the two wheel world.
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Ive never had a drop of oil underneath my sporty. And ive got almost 10,000 miles on it, but I just paid $300 for my new back tire a few weeks ago.

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I was told if you break in the engine right when new, and always let it warm up before beating on it, you won't have premature leaks. I bought mine new, and put over 14k miles on mine without a drip. It was bought this spring by a guy taking it to france, it had 18k on it, no leaks.Might just be luck, too.
I was told to expect it to drip a little from my friends that have owned sportys. Mine was purchased used. They replaced the rocker gasket, the oil drain hose and the engine temp sensor as well and an oil and filter change. Now it's in need of a detailing but other than that she runs great a no drips...not a drop of a drip.
It's a great little bike...like I said little bike. I can keep up with my friends on their BTs but only for so long before the vibration of keeping in fifth gear just gets to me. After riding for an hour or so I pray for a 6th gear!!
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I was told to expect it to drip a little from my friends that have owned sportys. Mine was purchased used. They replaced the rocker gasket, the oil drain hose and the engine temp sensor as well and an oil and filter change. Now it's in need of a detailing but other than that she runs great a no drips...not a drop of a drip.
It's a great little bike...like I said little bike. I can keep up with my friends on their BTs but only for so long before the vibration of keeping in fifth gear just gets to me. After riding for an hour or so I pray for a 6th gear!!
I bought my bike used and ive never had a problem with it. Had to do basic things like brakes and tires, and oil changes. But never had a drop of oil out of it. When I get my new bike next month I will be making my sportster a little over 100Hp. Its gonna be one mean sportster, I love the bike but its to small for me. And my wife wants to ride with me but a sportster isnt made for 2 up riding.
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Lucky you all! I'm the poor sap with the drippy sporty!

It's all good.

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Lucky you all! I'm the poor sap with the drippy sporty!

It's all good.
At least you have drippy sporty and not a totaled one
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can't seem to find a pic of my '78 Honda 750k at the moment & don't want to take a pic of it since it's filthy & I have some of it apart replacing plugs & installing an electronic ignition.

this one is my budget screw around bike, '78 Honda CB400T. when I bought it, it had mini ape hangers, a big windshield, the red paint was faded orange, the mirrors were on the wrong way around, & the original tank had jb weld trying to hold a leak back. I found another tank on ebay, flat blacked it, put on some old clubman's, cobbled the dual exhaust together, & made the seat. total investment including purchase price is right around $500

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