"new" 78


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southernshooter
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"new" 78

Postby southernshooter » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:25 pm



Just got a 78 3 days ago with the idea of reselling for a little profit. Bought it for $1k, thought is was a good deal. Has good tires, showing 24k miles, good brakes, runs and starts like new. Two questions that will seem very dumb to an old winger: what is the black plastic lever on the right handle bar next to the kill switch. Black lever that sticks straight up and will swing down. Looks like a reverse lever on a 4 wheeler. Also, where do you drain the oil from, can't see a drain plug yet.
Had to remove the floorboards, they were stretching my crotch when I stop at a light. I am 6' but they caused me discomfort trying to stretch over them. Sell it? heck no, I love it! Looks like the trans and engine share the same oil? weird. I am a newby but have been wrenching on all kinds of stuff in my 64 years. Had many bikes in my younger days. Gonna change that timing belt soon. Just did one on an old pathfinder, this one looks much easier to get to. Sorry about all the run on sentences but am just thinking as I go.



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Re: "new" 78

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:33 pm

The lever is a poor mans cruise controll or it's called a throttle lock.I think the drain plug is right next to the filter,on the bottom.Yes it's the same oil. I tend to use a heavy weight oil in hot riding

sfruechte
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Re: "new" 78

Postby sfruechte » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:31 pm

And yes, the engine and transmission share the same oil.
Good Luck, glad you like the bike and want to keep it. Same thing happened to me 35 years ago.

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Re: "new" 78

Postby D2D » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:42 pm

Enjoy your "new' bike, 78's are definitely a great ride. Now all you gotta do is pick up a couple more :D

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moose4jesus
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Re: "new" 78

Postby moose4jesus » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:30 pm

My 78 also has the throttle lock I won't use it since it must be manually dis-engaged and if I need to suddenly stop it will create quite an issue between it and the brakes.

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Re: "new" 78

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:48 pm

moose4jesus wrote:My 78 also has the throttle lock I won't use it since it must be manually dis-engaged and if I need to suddenly stop it will create quite an issue between it and the brakes.


My 1100 has a throttle lock that I used ALL the time. Properly adjusted, it will JUST hold the throttle in place against the throttle crank spring, and will allow you to easy close the throttle with the lock on.

In any case, the brakes on the bike can EASILY overpower (and stall) the engine. You could have the bike in first gear (for maximum torque), open the throttle until you get to redline, then jam on the brakes while holding the throttle wide open, and the bike will quickly come to a stop, stalling the engine in the process.

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Re: "new" 78

Postby moose4jesus » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:23 am

WingAdmin wrote:
moose4jesus wrote:My 78 also has the throttle lock I won't use it since it must be manually dis-engaged and if I need to suddenly stop it will create quite an issue between it and the brakes.


My 1100 has a throttle lock that I used ALL the time. Properly adjusted, it will JUST hold the throttle in place against the throttle crank spring, and will allow you to easy close the throttle with the lock on.

In any case, the brakes on the bike can EASILY overpower (and stall) the engine. You could have the bike in first gear (for maximum torque), open the throttle until you get to redline, then jam on the brakes while holding the throttle wide open, and the bike will quickly come to a stop, stalling the engine in the process.


WingAdmin thanks for the info. The first oldwing 'know it all' I talked to when I bought it noticed the throttle lock and told me this long story of how the company that manufactured it went out of business from being sued so many times due to accidents involving the lock staying engaged but I noticed with a simple twist of the throttle it does dis-engage- especially since the other day I took a 30 mile trip up the freeway and had a numb hand. This individual also pointed out the non-stock muffler and Jardine pipes and how difficult it would be to replace, etc, etc, drama drama. I'm thinking he was just a negative nelly and not to take it literally.

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Re: "new" 78

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:02 am

I know many times on my 1100 I would leave the throttle lock engaged by mistake, and would ride around town in traffic with it on for a while before even noticing that I still had it on.

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Re: "new" 78

Postby sfruechte » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:49 pm

You can force the throttle shut with the throttle locks but I find they do not really work all that well anyway and only use it when I need to use my right hand momentarily for something else. They are a simple throttle lock that merely holds the throttle in a single position which is not what is really need going down the road. As you ride your grip and wrist naturally become tough enough to make the minor adjustments that are needed in normal cycling.




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