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Alright, I have to share this with someone: I thought I'd heard everything when it comes to bs, but this is new to me: A friend of another tech stops buy to swap a few tires, no biggy, I offer to help (mostly because he's slow and in the way) so I start by dismounting his old tires. When finished, I notice he's about to start mounting the new tires but appears to looking for something, so I offer, "need some rim grease?" To which he replies, "yeah, but what's it made from?" Bewildered I said, "Grease." He continues with a quizzical and concerned look on his face, "Yes, but is it petroleum based?" I answered, "probably, it is grease." I offer the tub of grease and he dips in a pinky to inspect the substance, he does not taste it, (which I half expected)rather he smells it then cleans off his finger of the offending substance and states, "Nah, you can't use that, it's petroleum based and you can't mix hydrocarbons with hydrocarbons; that would be like mixing brake fluid with power steering." :/ For the first time in my life I rolled my eyes at a person without attempting to hide it, and glanced to the heavens whilst walking away in confusion. Am I nuts, or is the professor of hydrocarbons? I've briefly calculated that after 20 years or so of slinging tires I have several thousand to my credit and I've never had a hydrocarbon/hydrocarbon issue (whatever that is), does anyone else know what he's talking about. He seemed deadpan serious and even argued the point with another (bewildered) tech.
He was probably worried about the grease having a solvent effect on the rubber. Things that are soluble in oil are generally dissolved by oil and oil derivatives. Synthetic rubber is not soluble in oil to any significant degree. Hence, as Blake notes, oil lines are made of rubber. The grease seals on ball joints and tie rod ends are rubber. PE, another oil/gas derivative is effectively impervious to chemical reactions at normal temperatures, and is highly resistant to solvents, including gasoline. Good thing too, because they make gas tanks out of the stuff. I think your buddy's friend is a bit off.
Well, I thought of all this but I'm coming up empty handed. Using rim grease on rims seems to me the thing to do. Especially on steel rims, and I have never heard of a tire slipping, not from a credible source anyway.
From John on another forum... Why does everyone experiment with everything but what was made to do the job? I bought a gallon of tire lube (Ru-glide) at the local NAPA twenty years ago for tire changing. Works great and still have some.
Also... "rim slip" to mount tires,its made for this purpose and works great!
Erik had problems when racing the 1125s and 1190s with rear tires slipping under acceleration, why would anyone use anything but a purpose formulated product?
H-D to which I go does not use the concoctions mentioned in posts above and certainly not on my track bikes.
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 12:28 pm:
need a tech in Tucson area that is willing and knowledgable to work on my 085 1125R. Any suggestions except do it myself are appreciated. I don't have the time, tools, or garage space for DIY. Thanks in advance, Art
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Did you finish repairing this bike? I like people who customize their own bike, I used to customized my own bike but not anymore because I'm too busy to do those things. Right now, I'm working as an engineer at an online store that sells http://www.petstreetmall.com/DT-Systems/3699.html dt systems which used for training dogs. Anyway, I hope you finish your bike.
Hey Guys, I'm trying to buy a bike in Tennessee and ship it to San Diego. I had no idea it cost this much. Best quote so far is $750.00. Anyone know of a better source? firstname.lastname@example.org aka: thunderlust
That time of year... This has been a nice & handy find - soft silicone measuring cup I picked up at a grocery store. Makes measuring and pouring Stabil in the tanks a lot easier as you can bend and funnel it.
Hey all I'm Chris. I'm looking to pickup am 07 500 blast as a play bike. I've got several other bike so this isn't a first bike for me. Anything I should look out for our keep in mind? How's the maintenance on these?
They are ridiculously fun and simple as a rock to maintain. There is a TON of info for mods and everything right in the Blast section. Seriously, everything you could want to know.
I got one and was able to completely resurrect it and customize it, and never had to ask one question from the Blastards who have taken the time to log all their experience I did send a thank you though...
Hey Buell-heads. My name is Ben, I'm a new member and just wanted to cast a line: I'm a former owner of a near-pristine '02 s3t. Unfortunately I was hit back in February by a distracted driver. Thankful to come out of it with minimal road rash and some bruised ribs, but unfortunately the bike didn't make it. Anyways, I'm anxious to hop back on the saddle and was curious if anyone was aiming to let go of their s3t. I've checked out the classifieds, but wanted to put out a post. Thanks ya'll, and happy riding.
Hey Ben! Welcome to the fold. I lived in RIC for 16 years, moving up to Buena Vista in 2000. Relocated for work to BLT in 2017. I am a former S-3 Owner, an early adopter with a '97, equipped with the "T" bags and Fairings. I put 45,000 miles on mine, selling it in '09. It's somewhere in NC, I think...
Gosh, what a great looking S3T. Perfect color combo.
What a heartbreak to lose that to a careless driver. Good that you came out of it relatively unscathed though!
My dad has a 1997 S3T without the fairing lowers in front. It is well worn, not a cosmetic beauty, a few scrapes here and there. It has about 40K miles, but the engine was rebuilt a few thousand miles ago. It features Cycle Rama custom headwork, race kit exhaust, Mikuni flat-slide carburetor, and many other extras including custom Corbin seat, and it runs well. It's in Kilgore, Texas. Tried to sell it on eBay last year. Didn't get any takers. If you're interested, I can send you more info. PM should work via my profile. Click on my name to the left here, then find the messaging link.
That really is good looking . . .I recall when Henrik sold his . . essentially the perfectly kitted out S3T . . . I was so tempted!
I logged some heavy duty miles . . . including the hilarious stolen diesel fuel incident . . . testing the S3T the year before it was released and I had a black factory unit that I traversed a lot of the USA on.
I found, while digging last year, some of my old test reports . . . the day I broke the shock in half on I-35 and the day I had the first side stand switch failure.
Thinking back on it, I hardly had any "Buell" failures. I had the side stand switch fail on the Cherahola SKyway( I had it diagnosed before I came to a stop, and bypassed by the time the other guys caught up to me!), isolators, and the left footpeg snapped off. Everything else was Hardley-Ableson Engine-related... Still have dark thoughts about that...