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PostSubject: Learn something new   Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:29 pm

There are a lot of very talented people out there and some of them are into building bikes. It's time to start sharing all that stored knowledge so we will be kicking off a series of in-house learning sessions just for us bike nuts.
The first one is an invitation from the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club courtesy of Horace. On 18th Feb the guys are holding a session on motorcycle electrics at Retro Scooters at 5 Newton Road. Grey Lynn at 6:30. I will post the agenda tomorrow. Liam Venter will be running the session.

We will also be running a class in Tig welding for beginners at Salt Lake Cycles. Collin will be brining in his gear and some steel so everyone can have a go. That will most likely be a Sunday afternoon session if that suits everyone.

We want to run more of these sessions so if you have some tricks and tips to pass along give us a shout on here and we will arrange something. Remember that we will also be starting the club build of our Harley cafe racer and we want to get as many people involved as possible.


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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:42 am

IMOC is pleased to present a Bike Electrics Trouble Shooting / Pizza Evening, presented by Liam Venter.

When

February 18th at 6:30pm


Where

Christiaan's Workshop and finest scooter emporium, Alias Retro Scooter, 5 Newton Road, Grey Lynn.


Cost

Training - free.

Pizzas - shared cost (We will order these on the night).


Beersys afterwards to be paid as you go.

Agenda

- 101 understanding Voltage, Current, Resistance
- How to use a $25 multimetre to measure Voltage, Current and Resistance.
- Finding parasitic current draw (the stuff that drains your battery while you are fixing the other stuff on your Guzzi/Ducati)
- Fusing Accessories
- Tapping into existing wiring.
- Why is my headlight so dim and what to do about it.
- What voltage should my battery be charging at.
- Checking your bikes charging
- Types of batteries pros and cons
- Testing your starter motor and what goes wrong with them and why.
- How your ignition system works (detailed theory)
- Free horsepower from older bikes
- Testing your pickups, coils, spark plug leads and spark plugs with a multimetre
- Testing your pickups, coils, spark plug leads and spark plugs with a cheap scope
- Basic theory on ignition timing. (or what your ECU is trying to do)
- Your electron pathway guide for the evening

Liam Venter, FastBikeGear (N.Z.C.E) & Ducati Molester.

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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:10 am

Fantastic !!!, I’ll be there.
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:24 am

Sounds awesome! Are non-Italian bike builder/riders welcome too?
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:57 pm

Certainly. Liam said we would all be welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:56 pm

Damn geography, I won't be able to make it to the electrics evening.

Would it be possible to have the welding session the same Sunday as our next monthly meeting?
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:33 am

Yes I think that is ok.

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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:02 am

Great, now only need fine weather for the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:30 am

Remember that the bike electrics session is on tomorrow night.

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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:04 am

Are we still on for welding next Sunday?
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:44 pm

I'll have to check with Colin tomorrow. If it doesn't happen we can start on the project bike.

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PostSubject: Welding Class   Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:00 am

Just confirmed with Colin that we will be running a Tig welding session at 2pm this Sunday (8th March) at Salt Lake Cycles in Helensville. Everybody welcome. Bring your own beer. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:37 pm

I'm looking forward to it, but my attendance is weather dependent.
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PostSubject: Salt lake Cycles   Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:59 am

So who is heading out to Salt Lake Cycles today ?
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:15 pm

Hey Keith, I know it's late notice but I'm going to head out - do yu want to meet up and ride out?
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:55 pm

A big thanks to Colin for his expertise and use of his TIG welder today at the "Learn something new" session.
Personally it took me twice touching the ceramic part of the handle and the tip to the material at the same time to work out it's not a good idea, thanks Colin for being so patient.

A good turn out considering the weather started to look ugly at the end.

Be sure to come along next month with your ideas for the Grease Monkeys show bike.
I've already started sharpening my crayons.

Also, a big thanks to Jon and Sara for opening the doors and making us all feel very welcome at Salt Lake Cycles workshop.

Looking forward to our next catch up.


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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:20 am

Looking to run the next session around 12th April. This will be the first session on designing a Grease Monkey show bike based on a 1975 rigid Harley Shovelhead. We will mostly be using parts that are lying around the shop but the emphasis is on making as many of the parts as possible. I'd particularly like people to look at individual pieces like brackets that could be made differently to add a bit of style and individuality over the standard catalogue parts that anyone can get. This is our chance to learn new skills and make our mark on the custom bike scene. We should at least try and get the bike in one of the magazines at least.
So, dig out the colouring pencils and start making a few drawings to bring next month. We will discuss everyone's ideas and come up with a plan.

Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Learn something new   Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:06 am

Jon & Sara, once again, many thanks for the venue.
(The club bike is probably worthy of it's own thread.)

Colin, thank you so very much, not only for the teaching, but for helping with my parts. Cheers mate.
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