Honda CL350 – loves to rev! maybe a bit too much.

So it has been over 2 years since I started my project motorcycle. It’s a 71 honda cl350. I bought it in boxes and slowly put it together with the help of a friend over the last 2 years.

Last weekend I actually got to go out and ride the damn thing! I have to admit it was a little frightening, because it’s been 2.5 years since I last rode a bike, and even that was only for a 3 day licensing course. All in all it rode well, and most of the problems were with my shifting ability, or my riding ability.

The one issue that I did have was the bike continues to rev high after putting the clutch in. The only way I can get the revs to come down (at a stop sign for instance) is to downshift and brake all the way down into 1st gear. If I get it down to 1-2k then it will generally stay there.

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7 questions for my avid fans

Seeing as how I am constantly inundated by media requests – I figured I would use my podium here to ask the readers a few questions. I look at it as distributed googling really, and hopefully finding some vetted answers in the sea of confusion that is out there.

1) has anyone used CHDK here? It is a modified firmware for certain cameras, and seemingly it allows you to get very low level access to the camera. With it you can enable time lapse mode, Raw shooting, video, motion detection, and I think they are working on time travel. This seems like an amazing project. Does anyone have any success with it? Does anyone have any recommendations on cameras? Im kind of looking at the SD1100 and the SD600.

and lastly, does anyone have any recommendations on where to find said camera cheaply? I’m running dd-wrt on my home router and have a hacked xbox, so this seems like it is within my reach, just looking for people with experience in it.

chdk interface

chdk interface

2) does anyone know of any good anti flicker plugins for after effects (or anything else (on a mac)) that will remove the frame-to-frame luminance variations of a dslr time lapse?

3) does anyone know why frame-to-frame luminance variations happen on my d40 running in complete darkness with a manual lens and a flash?

4) does anyone know of a good guide to moving an arduino project towards a mass producible item? Lets say I would like to make a one board version of my arduino rss reader – how would I go about doing that?

breadboard arduino

breadboard arduino

5) How much does the average human heart weigh?

6) Does anyone know of a comparison between the online stock video sites from a submitter’s perspective? Does anyone have experience with any specific sites? (feel free to email me if you would rather not post publicly – “r” at this domain, no prefix.)

7) Enough about me – Why are you here? What kinds of projects brought you here, and what kinds of projects would you like to see here?

Thanks for your time, and hopefully your answers!

Motorcycle Mating in the wild kingdom

As you can see below, the engine is almost ready to mate with the frame.

After that, I only have all of the rest of the bike to put together!

Garage and engine

CL350: rolling chassis

rolling chassis at last!

I think my shit eating grin and the fact that the bike is missing about 200 pounds of parts ought to say that this has a long way to go, but I’m excited about every step.

This is my CL350 that I am rebuilding with a friend. We have cleaned and honed the cylinders, stripped and epoxy painted the frame, and are currently working on putting in new rings and then putting the engine in. Every step seems to be blocked by two or three tiny insignifigant steps, but I guess that’s just how things go when you’re working on a bike that’s almost 40 years old.

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