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Xj750 Seca, Adjustable Hossack Front / Mono Rear / Mad Max Style

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 08:59 PM

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 09:28 PM

Set up for ice riding, going to a lake tomorrow.

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 08:58 PM

Got to the lake and found I could not start the bike. To $%#@ cold, even with starter fluid is only chugged some. Which sucks, because I had a BLAST riding it around on iced up streets and parking lots when I loaded it on the trailer at the shop.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 08:38 AM

That blows. I was hoping to see some action pics
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 02:18 PM

Yeah, its also pointless for me to go to Milwaukee for Mamma Tried if I can't cold start, because there's no indoor parking for the crew I'd be riding with.

I have the battery inside charging, I'm thinking maybe it just can't make strong enough spark with a cold battery. If that's the case, I can just transport the battery in my car.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 02:29 PM

Lithium batteries warm themselves up if they're too cold. If the starter doesn't have enough juice to turn over, just keep the starter engaged and the slow trickle of power will warm up the battery so that it eventually generates more power.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 04:03 PM

View Postseb, on 05 February 2018 - 02:18 PM, said:

Yeah, its also pointless for me to go to Milwaukee for Mamma Tried if I can't cold start, because there's no indoor parking for the crew I'd be riding with.

I have the battery inside charging, I'm thinking maybe it just can't make strong enough spark with a cold battery. If that's the case, I can just transport the battery in my car.


Another trick often overlooked, is warm oil. Drain the oil, keep it inside where its warm, and fill it before you try to start it.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 06:56 PM

Yeah, the battery was just to cold - had enough juice to spin the motor, but spark was weak. Brought it inside overnight on the charger, hooked it up to the bike the next day, BAM, started on the first try. No worries about warming the oil or carbs, though it did run a bit odd.

So of course I hauled it to the lake.

I think this picture pretty much says it all. Took me an hour and the help of a couple dudes who were fishing to go a quarter mile, because I kept getting stuck. The studs work great on ice, but as soon as there's more than a half inch of softer stuff, I'm fucked. In a fun way if its just an inch, but 2+ inches, I run the risk of drifting and getting stuck.

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Like I said, they do work pretty good on harder stuff.


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 07:38 PM

Yep. Even with the little XR100s we need plowed, clear ice for reasonable traction.
Did you just dull all your screw tops after all the hard work to put them in?!? Such a waste!

Like the project though. Good work!

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 08:11 PM

I don't think they contacted the pavement, there was a pretty solid layer of snow / ice on that road. I could break the tires loose pretty easy, and I didn't hear any of the sort of sound I used to get when I'd ride my studded bicycle tires on clean pavement. Hopefully they are still in decent shape. I suspect they are gonna see a lot of such abuse though. I did this setup more for shits and giggles than serious lake riding.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 08:05 AM

They'll stay sharp a long time on ice, but as soon as they scrape a hard surface they'll wear. I hope that road had lots of ice cause spinning tires will eat through the ice quickly.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:21 AM

The lake had pickups driving on it, and looking at frozen fishing holes, I'd say the ice was 18" or more. I barely even cut into the ice; the wheel in that picture is stuck in snow.
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