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charlie chitlins

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About charlie chitlins

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    1964 FLH

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    Near Philly
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  1. Picked up the 50 last night. I'd like to correspond with anybody who has/had one.
  2. The 80 was snapped up immediately, so the choice has been made for me. I have also found that most kids have no problem with a bike that is too small...even WAY too small. They like the feeling of being able to toss it around. All my sons and their friends would always gravitate toward the smallest bicycle in the pile. I like the idea ofmthe nsmaller bike.
  3. Hi, Nige. I've always thought a small 4T would be great for beginner kids. Easy throttle hit, grunty for climbing, less likely to stall, good engine braking for downhills...
  4. 50 is an '04, 80 is '09. Mainly concerned with dependability/build quality.
  5. SWEET!!! Any more pics? Pics of the build? I really want to build my son a bike with a small bore 4 stroke engine.
  6. There sure are a lot of cheap xr70s etc out there. Anybody go old school and adapt one for a beginner trialer? It seems to me like the venerably TY80 wasn't far from a trail bike. I'm a pretty good welder so I'm not afraid to move pegs or even change neck angle. Just looking to give an 8-year-old a bit of a feeling of a trials bike on a budget. It seems to me a grunty 4 stroke would be a good introduction.
  7. Thanks! My meniscus was removed 40 years ago. That's how they did it back then!
  8. Hadn't checked in for awhile. Thanks for the info. My clutch had ATF in it. I remember from back when I was working on GG, Sherco and Scorpa regularly, we were having clutch material getting un-bonded from the plates, and it was always bikes with ATF.
  9. I'm recovering from a knee replacement. In a tongue-in-cheek way, I said to Mama Chitlins, " I may bring the bike in the house for balance practice...y'know...as physical therapy." And a few days ago, something came up about my recovery and she calmly said to a friend, "Yeah... we're considering bringing Charlie's trials bike inside for the winter so he can practice balance and strengthen his leg." Yup... I'm bragging. I married RIGHT......this time
  10. Woah! Sweet! Interesting picture....looks like Iceland, or something.
  11. A penetrating oil that follows heat helps. I used Kroil. Several heating/cooling cycles helps, so does tapping sharply and repeatedly with a hammer to help loosen the interface and help the oil penetrate. Dissimilar metals make a small electrical charge that promotes oxidation and they virtually weld themselves together. I would say that 10-15 heating/cooling cycles would not be unheard of. That's a hostile environment. Put the new one in with high temp anti-seize.
  12. I have a 2000's bike, but my style is strictly pre-65 ? I just want to be well enough to feel what it's like to be in a stream bed with a motorcycle under me again.
  13. I think they're all good. I would suggest that if your nearest dealer is reputable, buy his brand and build a relationship.
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