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  1. I was looking forward to seeing how the Alta bikes went too. So far so good. But the bikes they are riding are two that were cobbled together at the last minute; the race prepped bikes were stolen from Lyndon’s van on The way over to Austria this week. So the bikes he and his fellow rider have only have standard batteries, which won’t have the range for the full event. They were going to do the prologue only unless they could source long range batteries (24 hours ago this had still not happened). Addition. Lyndon has just announced that he will sacrifice his ride so they can do a battery swap on his team mates bike at the refuel station. So there will be one electric bike in the main event!
  2. Australian consumer law is pretty clear on the issue that you can’t change out of proportion for the cost of a service, or add charges for services not provided. The airlines were stung a few years back with online booking fees they were charging, and there has been a recent crackdown on vendors charging credit card fees out of proportion to the actual cost of the buyer paying via credit card. I would think a $30 booking fee clearly falls into this category. The shop cannot in any way justify $30 worth of labor or material to book your appointment. So demand a refund. If they refuse, complain (or threaten to complain) to the ACCC and name the vendor online. By that time you’d have fair play to name and shame. I’d want to know if I was going to be hit with such an offensive charge, at least so I could argue with it at the front desk. I never have the wit or wherewithal to stand up to someone over that kind of bullshit at the time, only afterwards I get pissed off that I paid it.
  3. Ah. Gotcha. Funny thing about those green whistles. Penthrane is the drug, it’s just ether. It used to be what everyone got for an anaesthetic. Also why a few operating theatres would explode each year back in the 1950s. It’s just like sucking on a can of “Start ya bastard”. It’s illegal in most developed countries, even for medical use, due to the rate of kidney and liver damage it causes. But it’s allowed in Australia because the damage is dose dependent, that is it only occurs with prolonged use.
  4. The green stick bit refers to bones that fracture with plastic deformation, rather than shattering. It is a property of children’s bones. By the time you hit your 20’s, bones are stronger but more brittle, so when they break, they don’t deform like plastic (or a green stick), they shatter.
  5. If it doesn't start first kick, at least you know you will have to look elsewhere than the carburettor for the problem! A worn out carb sneaks up on you, an overhaul is necessary from time to time.
  6. That's an old blue and yellow... I think they were owned by cagiva back then. They were the ones who moved production to Italy. BMW bought the production from cagiva and kept producing the machines, I believe at the same location.
  7. Do you mean the current bikes (blue and yellow) vs the late 2000's-2012(red and black)? Ktm bought husqvarna in 2013. Prior to that it was owned for a time by BMW. Under ktm, the bikes are blue and yellow and they have ktm motors and frames with some changes in running gear from their ktm/husaberg counterparts. BMW era huskies were built in lombardia, Italy, and finished in white, black and red. The "Italian huskies" are totally different bikes to the current ktm huskies. The factory that made italian huskies has been reopened and now sells bikes under the reborn brand SWM.
  8. Are they really any more hit and miss than other bikes? My brother has the 510 and I have a two stroke Italian husky in the shed at the moment, and it doesn't give any more problems than an average bike. Both are coming up 300hrs+. Some of the rubber parts were crap, and the marzocchi forks on the pre 2010 leak all the time, but they're simple bikes, seem robust. Now that the factory has reopened for the 4t bikes (SWM brand), I'd look closely at one again. Don't buy a 2t though, no more factory parts.
  9. Plenty of videos on YouTube that can show you the process if you are a visual learner; some good, some not so good, but it will help to understand what you are looking for especially when setting the float height. PeteV has given you a good run through there. It is likely a simple problem, just pull the carb out, take your time and work in a clean and well lit area. Any witness mark on the rubber point of the float needle or muck on the needle seat will allow it to leak, though usually only a little, while a jammed needle will leak a little or a lot, as will a flooded float. The only show stopper would be a worn needle/seat or flooded float. That would need new parts to fix it. I think most shops are open for 2-3 days this Christmas/new year period (my local bike shop is at least). Good luck. Once you have pulled apart a carburettor once, you will probably not understand what all the fuss is about.
  10. Even better than milk bottle plastic is a roll of film negative; stiffer but thinner. Though it is getting hard to come by in this digital age. I've had good results with this technique too
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