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That's why we all need several bikes. One to restore. One to ride. One to race.
(Helps to have another 3 just to hole the engines until you can get around to putting them in your sidecar)
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...keep in mind, though, that if you weld up your cases, your bike and the engine become worthless to anyone that collects, restores, or simply wants an original bike.
How about if it comes with a receipt from Rich Enterprises dated 1972 ?
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How about if it comes with a receipt from Rich Enterprises dated 1972 ?
The esoteric stuff has to find its market, I suppose. Sometimes you can find real deals.
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I will just say my 61xlch still has the drive in place. Apparantly, not a death sentence. It has been working.
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The drive unit on my 66 wore out. Had a persistent oil leak that bothered me so tracked it down to the drive unit itself. Initially thought it was the gasket there. But no, turns out if they wear enough inside the seal (these are not rebuild able) wears out and leaks.
Who woulda thunk ?
So I've replaced it with a new one. No more leak but how long before it seizes now (no oil getting past the seal as designed ?) and destroys my cases ?

Side note. I ave to stop wearing his bike out. If I'm going to leave it to the Museum when I die I need to keep it pristine.
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again removing the speedo drive doe's not have to be permanent. IMG_0064 by Bruce Stoudt, on Flickr
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