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post #1 of 13 Old 03-17-2010, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Monday, I turned over 33,333 miles on my Hornet. I bought "Lil Red" new 2years and 7 months ago.
Original chain and sprockets ( 17t a month after buying.) No slack pulling up on the chain around the rear sprocket.
I have 1,000 miles on my 4th set of tires~BT021.
One set of plugs, not needed.
Checked valves at 25,000 ~ right on the money and a waste of time.
Every time,(twice) I hooked up my battery tender, it showed fully charged.
I average about 46-48 mpg every time I top up.
I have never owned a vehicle that is as maintance free as "Lil Red"
I know the chain oiler, throttle lock, and the zerk fitting in the top stem race gags some folks, but, heck, they work.
A little bit of grease and oil goes a long, long way with machinery.
Hours of pleasure ~ priceless!

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-17-2010, 02:58 PM
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What impresses me most is your gas mileage. Maybe I'm in need of a tuneup, but even on straight highway riding, I can only manage 42 a the most, and I'm a hair under 200lbs. geared up.

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I'm impressed with the mileage on the original chain and sprockets.

33,333 and counting!?

Dammit man! How often have you adjusted it?

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It is not uncommon for me to pull 50+ mpg out of my Hornet. Mind you our speed limit is 100 kmph (60 mph) so 70 mph is speeding ........

I needs a good thrashing around the hills to lower it into the mid 40's

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It is not uncommon for me to pull 50+ mpg out of my Hornet. Mind you our speed limit is 100 kmph (60 mph) so 70 mph is speeding ........

I needs a good thrashing around the hills to lower it into the mid 40's
I'm sure that's where I'm wasting. I ride I-70 if anything, and that speed limit is 70, so I'm usually around 80 or so.

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Gotta love that Honda reliability.

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picture of the chain oiler? how does it work?

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Congrats Dickey...Hope you have many more trouble free miles.

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I don't recall reading anything before about the zerk in the upper stem bearing race....I'd like to find out more about that, please!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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Drill,and tap a hole right below the top head race. Use grease on your bit and tap to catch chips. Then a shot of grease about once every 3 months, if you ride daily.The residue will ooze out the bottom race if you put too much. Once a month wipe it clean. I've done this on every bike I've owned for 30 years and never had a problem. Except about 8 months ago I discovered the factory top adjustor nut had vibrated loose somehow. As I had never put a wrench on it, I assumed it escaped the factory that way.
The oiler started out a LoobMan Oiler. I replaced the stock plastic pieces that fit on the swingarm and actually drip oil on the chain, with 6061 alloy that I carved and drilled on my milling machine. It is then pop riveted to the swingarm and won't move or fall off.
I stay on rural roads with curves and hills, I normally ride from 80-125 miles a trip. My longest for 2010 is 201 miles. I don't try to lift the wheels every take-off. I just get out in Nature and glide. I have one long river bottom with NO side roads where I'll go up to 100-110 each time I pass thru.
I just enjoy riding. :001_smile:

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Broke, I'd like to see a pic of your grease fitting on the steering head, if you get time.

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Hope this helps.
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Thanks, Bud! I think I may do that too...seems like a worthwhile thing to have.

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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