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rufusswan



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Post Scooter Maintenance Vids Reply with quote
For the last couple of months I been running around on the scooter with a miniDV, still camera, and tripods as my contribution to "society". I've been 'volunteering' for the local historical society. Interviewing folk about the good and bad old days down here in the White River Valley and editing those tapes/photos on my Mac for permanent historical archives. The more I do this, the more I enjoy it, and the more I learn.

Holy Rufus, Swanman... If you could hang around the cabin, drink beer, smoke and cuss, and make vids that would be way cool Laughing

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All too often there have been requests for photos or vids to assist folk with their scooters. I got the stuff to make vids and the time to do it. I won't cost anything except some time and effort to make them, it would be fun, might be helpful.

So I am asking you, those who frequent this board (whether you post or not) to tell me what you would want to see. Offer some suggestions as to topic. Give me some guidance, be vague and general if you wish. Be specific. Use this thread to ask questions, offer opinions. Give direction. You will get to see the BuddhaPest up close and personal, warts and all.

Let me warn you in advance, attempting to wangle a miniDV under the scoot is a bitch (I don't have a lift). Some vids may look bizarre, there may some "shaky" camera work, but who cares. I can shoot, edit and publish from the Mac.

Let me know what you think.

Paz

P.S. I'll put cool music on the vids too!

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matty_x



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I'll take a stab at this. These are just some starter ideas. Please provide feedback and discussion.

I would go for the most common maintenance things first:

1. How to change your oil
2. How to change your spark plug
3. How to put on a spare tire
4. How to replace the headlight
5. How to replace a (clutch/gear/brake) cable
6. How to clean or replace the air filter
7. How to replace your battery
8. How to replace a blown fuse
...etc.

Then move on to the more advanced topics:

1. How to adjust your valves
2. How to clean your carburetor
3. How to change your tires
4. How to replace your brake pads
5. How to patch up a dent/scratch
...etc.

If these get finished, move on to the "big" stuff:

1. How to rebuild your top end
2. How to rebuild your front hub
3. How to rebuild the clutch
4. How to rebuild the whole engine
5. Drinking beer while working on bikes 101
...etc.

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cowboydoug



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Post 5. How to replace a (clutch/gear/brake) cable Reply with quote
Add ADJUSTING .....(clutch/gear/brake) cable

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rufusswan



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Post 5. How to replace a (clutch/gear/brake) cable Reply with quote
cowboydoug wrote:
Add ADJUSTING .....(clutch/gear/brake) cable

I agree here with the following caveat. Some adjustments are objective, and some are subjective. Take your valves. They can be obj. measured with a set of feeler gauges. When you check them and determine they are out of adjustment, then you do the job. During the process you notice that the .004 feeler is extremely "snug" ... that snugness is subjective and filming it does no good. I can show you how to adjust your front brake and 'play' in the brake lever, but I cannot film the "feel" of the brake lever. Same with clutch and shifter cables, soon that subjective "feeling" comes into play.

That's why it's nice to have a maintenance buddy especially when they have a similar scoot. You have two people and two machines to make subjective comparisons.

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rufusswan



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Matty,

Let's keep first things first. I want to do maintenance long before heavy duty mechanic work. So lets skip your whole Section 3 above Wink

I would also like to concentrate on the stuff that "should" be done by anyone with a minimum of tools, which might cost $25-$75 to have a mechanic/shop do when you could do it yourself for $5. (I'm a cheap bastard too).

Let's also be honest. Some folk won't want to do even minimal maintenance, but do want to know what they are talking about with their local scooter shop, just so they don't get hoodwinked. Like adjusting valves. Might not want to do it, but want to understand what's involved. So if the mechanic comes out and says, that's a three hour job, then you can say bullcarp, I know that doesn't take that long. Or when the mechanic comes out and says with serious a frown on face, "Jeez, we got in there and found out your semi-widget has been cross-hatched!", you know you are being lied to.

Knowledge is free.

Seems like to me the most popular topics mentioned here are:

Replace lights, fuse, etc.... simple electrical orientation.
Remove/replace gas tank, and understanding all those tubes you find inside the scoot.
Remove the carb and all it's tubes, cleaning, etc.
Adjust and replace various cables.
Oil change, plug change.
Adjust the carb. With video and audio, viewer could hear adjustments in A/F mix and idle speed. This is cool Cool

I'm sure others will respond and help to set some sort of priority if there is enough interest.

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Rabid_Wombat



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As a noob I feel uniquely qualified to respond Smile

These would all be awesome - for me the following would be VERY helpful:

Replace lights, fuse, etc.... simple electrical orientation.
Remove/replace gas tank, and understanding all those tubes you find inside the scoot.
Remove the carb and all it's tubes, cleaning, etc.
Adjust and replace various cables.
Adjust the carb. With video and audio, viewer could hear adjustments in A/F mix and idle speed. This is cool
How to adjust your valves (maybe not the feeler, just how to turn the wrench, etc)
How to replace your brake pads

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matty_x



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So lets skip your whole Section 3 above Wink


What about point 5 in section 3? That seems very important!!!

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dermbrian



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matty_x wrote:

What about point 5 in section 3? That seems very important!!!


You know that paper towel commercial where the dad and the did look at a spill and try to decide if it is a 'three sheeter' or a 'four sheeter'? Same rating scale can be used to show how much time a maintenance can be predicted to take,

Oil change - a one beer job
Tire replacement - two beers per wheel

etc....


Brian

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rufusswan



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matty_x wrote:
What about point 5 in section 3? That seems very important!!!

dermbrian wrote:
Same rating scale can be used to show how much time a maintenance can be predicted to take,
Oil change - a one beer job
Tire replacement - two beers per wheel, etc....


You boys make a fine point. Beer is more than important though, it is fundamental. I have often wondered (after consuming many beers) if the 4 most important inventions of humanity are the lever, the wheel, beer, and cheerleaders. Wink

All joking aside, I ain't gonna mess with this if I can't drink beer and have fun doing it. The vids need to be to the point and short enough so that they can be copied between users on the 'wild wicked web' thingy, not a packaged DVD that requires mailing a disc.

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xcruckx



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if you are looking for a place to publish you can do it at 2 places (that i know about) besides youtube or google video.

one is veoh.com . as long as the movie is under 28 minutes anyone can watch it on the web. semi good quality, similar to the stage 6 site.

the second is vimeo.com . HD quality video i think any size and you can still watch it on the web, quality is alot better than veoh.

I'd love to help in any way i could. just pm me if you need any help with this, i don't have video equipment or editing programs but i'm eager to help!


as far as a list of tutorials i think the cable adjustment is a must. if you at least show people how to do it to spec then slap a disclaimer that says you don't have to follow spec but now that you know how to do it you can tweak it how ever you want, they'd be able to figure it out. but, yeah the normal other stuff, change a light, clean your engine, change the oil, replace a tire, rerim a tire.

How about a section of video about emergency repair, like how to repair without your garage? maybe not anything in particular but more about what to do and how to evaluate a road side repair.

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rufusswan



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Thanks for the tips.

I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about creating vids. I am just beginning to learn. I'm using the iLife '05 package on a MacMini, Canon ZR300 miniDV, and a Olympus D-540 Zoom still cam. Not at all fancy equipment. iMovie is a killer program for the non-pro. It's easy to learn, edit at the frame level, more vid effects/transitions/etc. than are needed. I can add two additional audio tracks so background music and voice over is easy. It will export vids in so damned many sizes, formats and compressions schemes I may never understand it all.

On the other hand, I been playing live music since 1963, acted in a few movies, been on TV and the stage a few times, am highly proficient with GarageBand, and have a minor recording studio here. All of which implies nothing in the way of expertise in any subject or field. I do enjoy beer, and have no fear of making an ass out of myself for others enjoyment, so what the hell Cool

Making the 'oral histories' I have mentioned involves little more than setting up the DV and recording the conversation and placing the tape in permanent archive to await transcription. But we do have a pro Flickr account which allows vids of <90 seconds. I've enjoyed reviewing the interviews and pulling out snippets of stuff. Visit our space at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrvhs and check out some of the various vid formats I have posted, your comments will be welcomed.

Paz

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cowboydoug



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Rufus...

It would great if you used bikini models in your videos just to help keep our attention & to go with the beers.
I vote for a how to wash your scooter video...
Please make that 1st.
I beg you...

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rufusswan



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I can assure you that if I had a pistol grip sprayer on my garden hose, a pail of warm & soapy water with sponge, cold brewski's and bikini models that the scoot might not even be on the agenda. Bikini models are in short shrift in this part of the county, so let's dispense with the adolescent machismo. I'm sure you can figure out how to wash your scoot Wink

I have a blank tape so I'm thinking that I'll try to cut some raw footage of "What's Behind the Cowls" as a way of experimenting with natural light, camera placement and operation, audio fidelity, etc. Maybe if I get lucky, I can have something to share by the end of the weekend. That would include sending the sample vid off to someone who can easily get it to others. I have a 24KB not GB connection, so I am hindered in that respect.

I'm also thinking that the "Remove and Clean the Gas Tank" might make a good first vid. Post your opinions.

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cowboydoug



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should I be hurt or offended by your lack of apparent humor?
Or was your response intended to be humorous? Shocked
oh well..
I thought it was fun.

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rufusswan



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It was fun, and my intent is humor, as long as we can also have a serious discussion of the production of scoot maintenance vids. Both are allowed.

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I have a very fast machine for ripping dvds and re-encoding video. I also have a good connection to the net. I would be happy to convert and post videos for you. YouTube, Vimeo, whatever. PM me if I can help out.
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cowboydoug



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I think the video on the gas tank removal would be great...
from what I understand these tanks are funky inside from
day one.


I made many training films while I was in the Navy & continue to
work in film & photography. I would be happy to do what I can to help.

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rufusswan



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There's probably several of you out there who would be better skilled at doing this than I. I should be encouraging you all to make some vids too!

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What a great idea...

I think starting off with some of the basic essentials is great (cables, breaks, lights, hoses, oil change, etc...), and then moving on to more.

I'm definitely a noob to this stuff, and have my 3000 mi service due in about a month or so. I really want to do it myself. Covering some of that stuff would be great too.

Change Oil, clean filter
Clean Air filter
Spark plug - clean / gap / replace
Clean / Overhaul Carb
Clean fuel filter / fuel line
Check / adjust valves
Cables adjustments
Check / adjust steering column
Check / adjust brakes

...and while you're at it, why not do a complete tear down and rebuild? Maybe you could sell it Haynes... Wink

Anything that you do Rufus, would be great!

Everyone so far has some great suggestions. I look forward to seeing how it comes out

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No that this post is any help to anyone, but I am rooting you on, BIGTIME, Rufus. Argo Al should hire you if you could get some good vids on this forum; if simple repairs were made as easy as they are on the Bajaj for the average Joe in America, I would imagine he could persuade Bajaj India to get back in the export business.

In fact, I am surprised that things dried up right at the start of the run on oil I predict a resurgence of the Chetak (in some form) to the U.S. in the next 2 years. We'll see.

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rufusswan



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Thanks for all the responses to date. All inputs are valued, specially since I am sitting here listening to and watching the first 18 minutes of video recorded this evening. Although the content/topic is rather fundamental, I can remember my first few days with my scoot, and wondering what went where and what stuff did.

I can get this down to 15 minutes easy. Shade and shadow made things too hard to see but audio is real good. I have to make a pointer of some kind cause I kept getting my own hands in the way of the camera's line of sight. It will take some thinking to get the right camera angles and close ups as I can't run the camera while I am being Brad Pitt. I think you're going to see some "Blair Witch" type camera work, but that may add some pizazz.

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Maybe you could pick up a laser pointer...

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When can we expect the vids?

I know I can use them. If it helps may I suggest you look at a small download fee per vid?

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rufusswan



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Most honorable, paraasari-san,

It has been 99 degrees and 99% percent humidity here in the Ozarks the last week, and nearly as bad a night. I have been content to hide in the A/C and suck mint juleps, thank you. Been working at bit on the background music for the intro though. The heat broke last night and though it may be cloudy tomorrow I've been laying plans to shoot the final stuff for "Behind the Cowls". Will try to burn the first DVD this weekend.

I did take the time to Red Green the DV to the top of the headlamp and shot some exciting 'scooter on the go' footage. 2:27 of raw Chetak power eating up the pavement. (A helmet cam would be less shaky, but not nearly so exciting) so there will be an extra scene, and maybe more, with the first DVD.

""may I suggest you look at a small download fee per vid?""

Let's worry about money after we have good product. (Anyway, we have a small community here so ain't noone gonna get rich selling something to 14 people). I've gotten advice/offers to upload in various places where vids can be downloaded for free, and of course I can burn and mail myself. Other options also exist......

Paz

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These vids may be so good that Bajaj decides to re-introduce scooters to the Western world!!

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