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PostPosted: 03:10 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

had a new tube fitted to the front of my project Yam 125 LC mk3 as the one installed was 13 years old and poped when trying to get the old performance bikes valve cap removed..no biggie as the head stock and front wheel bearings already needed replacing! took 40 grams of balancing as well on top of the front tire thats 6 months old!!
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PostPosted: 11:34 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Collected the ZX6R and its new MOT after leaving it there in the week. I'm hoping the workshop has solved the leaky forks issue. The fella reckons the rechromed stanchions (coated and then supposedly ground down to spec some time ago at a specialist place) were a fraction too thick, so he's fitted K-Tech seals which are "a bit softer". That would explain why I had some difficulty fitting the OE seals. He also said one fork was binding and there was some lower bush seat damage which needed refinishing. With hindsight it would have been cheaper to buy replacement stanchions. They'd be shinier too. Back on the road though!
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PostPosted: 17:14 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rode it half of the distance to work with a broken gear change pedal and in first gear. Rolling Eyes

The bit you put your toe under to change up, just sheared right off.

Managed to nurse it to work without once bursting into hysterical girly tears.

I'm so glad it was in first, else I would have been fucked as soon as I had to stop for one of the (many) sets of traffic lights on the way.
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PostPosted: 17:33 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

struan80 wrote:
Is it bad that I moved my bike in full view of passers by just so I could see it out of the window.


No - that's comparatively normal.

I've got one of mine in my kitchen. This has only been possible since I moved out of the marital home and bought a cottage in the country.

You have a fair way to go into madness before you find yourself having your breakfast right next to your motorbike.
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PostPosted: 17:41 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Courier265 wrote:

Using this bike this week so I can scrub in my new BT45 front tyre.


I fitted a pair of them on my Triumph Street Twin a couple of months ago and they transformed the bike's behaviour. It used to twitch horribly on over banding and even thick painted lines. Scared the crap out of me a couple of times. Much much better now with the Bridgestone BT45s.

Enjoy.
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PostPosted: 17:46 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

RhynoCZ wrote:
Kickstarted it! Cool



Lovely looker that. Enjoy it. Glad you aren't going to 'mod' it. A guy I know has one and he messed it about horribly trying to make it into a 'cafe racer'..... Ruined it.
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PostPosted: 20:03 - 10 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

BusterGonads wrote:
RhynoCZ wrote:
Kickstarted it! Cool



Lovely looker that. Enjoy it. Glad you aren't going to 'mod' it. A guy I know has one and he messed it about horribly trying to make it into a 'cafe racer'..... Ruined it.


No worries, I'm not going to ruin the motorcycle. As said, I enjoy my machines stock, or at least period correct. Every single time I buy a motorcycle/car, I take off all the aftermarket crap and sell it, then I fit the original parts, or at least the period correct parts. When I say crap, I mean tinted windscreens, LED turn signals, alichina levers... ''tuning'' exhaust systems and idiotically big wheels on cars, you name it.
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PostPosted: 19:08 - 11 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of things done on a nice Sunny Sunday afternoon Very Happy

First off, my Black Inazuma, slight oil leak, discovered it was from the over flow pipes and there was too much oil in the engine so I removed some with one of those soap dispenser pump mechanisms. Then I adjusted and greased the chain.

Second job, replace the front brake switch on the CBF500, just as well I did because it fell apart when I removed it. Replaced with a Genuine switch bought for a CB250 which also fits the CBF and my Inazuma.
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PostPosted: 19:32 - 11 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

RhynoCZ wrote:

No worries, I'm not going to ruin the motorcycle. As said, I enjoy my machines stock, or at least period correct. Every single time I buy a motorcycle/car, I take off all the aftermarket crap and sell it, then I fit the original parts, or at least the period correct parts. When I say crap, I mean tinted windscreens, LED turn signals, alichina levers... ''tuning'' exhaust systems and idiotically big wheels on cars, you name it.

Buying a stock vehicle in the first place would save you the hassle. Plenty of unmolested cars and bikes for sale.
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PostPosted: 22:03 - 11 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

BusterGonads wrote:
struan80 wrote:
Is it bad that I moved my bike in full view of passers by just so I could see it out of the window.


No - that's comparatively normal.

I've got one of mine in my kitchen. This has only been possible since I moved out of the marital home and bought a cottage in the country.

You have a fair way to go into madness before you find yourself having your breakfast right next to your motorbike.

Cool Laughing

I did once try to fit my 125 Shadow through the back door and into the spare room when I went away offshore. Failed with a bit of wood.
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PostPosted: 14:57 - 12 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

grr666 wrote:
RhynoCZ wrote:

No worries, I'm not going to ruin the motorcycle. As said, I enjoy my machines stock, or at least period correct. Every single time I buy a motorcycle/car, I take off all the aftermarket crap and sell it, then I fit the original parts, or at least the period correct parts. When I say crap, I mean tinted windscreens, LED turn signals, alichina levers... ''tuning'' exhaust systems and idiotically big wheels on cars, you name it.

Buying a stock vehicle in the first place would save you the hassle. Plenty of unmolested cars and bikes for sale.


It's always minor things. Not buying a motorcycle only because someone put LED turn signals and tinted screen on, I would never be able to buy any used machines. However, I do avoid ''custom ruined'' stuff.
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PostPosted: 16:21 - 12 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

RhynoCZ wrote:
custom ruined


I prefer the term "personalised" Laughing
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PostPosted: 21:30 - 12 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replaced the rear pads with sintered ones.
I was amazed at how quick and easy it was - Brembo caliper with just one pin holding the pads in. Didn't even need to undo the caliper from the swing arm either.
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PostPosted: 21:37 - 12 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sister Sledge wrote:
Replaced the rear pads with sintered ones.
I was amazed at how quick and easy it was - Brembo caliper with just one pin holding the pads in. Didn't even need to undo the caliper from the swing arm either.


Let us know how you get on with them after they broken in a bit Smile
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PostPosted: 18:19 - 13 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took my new (23 year old) CB250 down to Newcastle and back - a journey of 95 miles. Met up with my eldest son and his bike (CB300) and we rode back up here and he picked up my Triumph and he had a run out on the Street Twin, because he is interested in buying it. We went out together to Lanercost Priory near Carlisle and he left me for dead when he opened up the Triumph up a steep hill and went over 85 which I could not keep up with. Caught up at Lanercost and had a coffee and a scone in sunshine outside the Priory. Good crack, pissed down with rain on the way back.

The new old CB250 is a peach. Runs great and is going to be a favourite I think. Passed its MOT yesterday with no advisories. My worries about the slightly weeping fork oil seal were mistaken.
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PostPosted: 19:21 - 13 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

BusterGonads wrote:
We went out together to Lanercost Priory near Carlisle and he left me for dead when he opened up the Triumph up a steep hill and went over 85 which I could not keep up with.


Don't let him on a Triple then.
Woo hoo!
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PostPosted: 21:13 - 13 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitted a Bagster Spider tail pack so I can have the freedom of not wearing a backpack while riding and also having somewhere to put the bike's raincover besides in my house. It has effectively halved my seat space so I have to lean over the fuel tank more than I normally would to get off the bike but otherwise it fits very well.

I'm tempted to give it a more secure fit with zip-ties, but then I'd officially be a loner by using up my pillion seat.
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PostPosted: 22:20 - 13 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

recman wrote:
BusterGonads wrote:
We went out together to Lanercost Priory near Carlisle and he left me for dead when he opened up the Triumph up a steep hill and went over 85 which I could not keep up with.


Don't let him on a Triple then.
Woo hoo!


Yes - he was talking about getting one of those. He's forty this year, so I can't stop him doing what he wants. He might have mine, if I agree to part with it. To be honest, for the kind of riding that I do - miles and miles of quiet, winding back roads, the heavier bike is not the best tool. I don't need five grand tied up in a bike I don't use as much as the tiddlers.
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PostPosted: 22:31 - 13 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I started ruining personalising my bike Wink

Step 1: new levers. The stock ones aren't adjustable and the clutch particularly needed bringing in a bit. While I was at it I tilted the handlebars back a hair. Out on it tonight and instantly feels more comfortable!

Next month: the exhaust Smile
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PostPosted: 09:58 - 14 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
Sister Sledge wrote:
Replaced the rear pads with sintered ones.
I was amazed at how quick and easy it was - Brembo caliper with just one pin holding the pads in. Didn't even need to undo the caliper from the swing arm either.


Let us know how you get on with them after they broken in a bit Smile


Will do. Only did about 80 miles since replacement. Mind you, they do feel different - less of a gradual braking effect as more pressure is applied. They now have a slightly shorter range of effect which is what I was aiming for anyway.
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PostPosted: 10:53 - 14 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
Today I started ruining personalising my bike Wink

Step 1: new levers. The stock ones aren't adjustable and the clutch particularly needed bringing in a bit. While I was at it I tilted the handlebars back a hair. Out on it tonight and instantly feels more comfortable!

Next month: the exhaust Smile


I can understand replacing the levers, I fitted an adjustable to a CB250 and made the world of difference.

why the exhaust ?
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PostPosted: 13:56 - 14 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Courier265 wrote:
why the exhaust ?


The stock exhaust is so quiet you can easily have a conversation while the bike's idling...

But more importantly it's huge!

https://powersports.honda.com/street/cruiser/-/media/products/family/rebel-500/gallery/media-thumb/rebel-500/2019/2019-rebel-500-gallery-04-750x750.jpg

It brings the width of the offside out to about the handlebar end and I have trouble wresting it through my front gate Sad
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PostPosted: 11:15 - 15 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

referbing back brake caliper and replacing disk...
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PostPosted: 19:37 - 15 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually spoke to [a very nice man] at the parts dept at Warrs Shocked
I may have agreed to let them set me up an account Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: 19:42 - 15 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've finally fixed a complex series of problems on the NC23.

First problem was a slow leak from one of the carbs, I'd already had them off to sort this and had found what looked like a fingernail trimming in one of the float valves. The final fix turned out to be replacement of the valve and seats - the leaking carb was actually the only one that had a new looking valve and seat in it which was rather baffling...

Second problem was that it was only firing on two cylinders - irritatingly enough it was two off of a single coil so naturally I suspected that to be at fault. It tested perfectly though, and everything else seemed alright in the ignition side so I ran it up again. Still only firing on two and two different cylinders each off of a different coil at that (different pair to the first run). Cup of tea and thinking cap on and I realised that I'd never heard the fuel pump actually run. I temporarily bypassed the cut off relay and it ran perfectly - on three cylinders this time. Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall

OK so maybe it's down to a badly fouled plug - after all this time the non-firing cylinder was the one with the original carb issue. New set of plugs and the loan of a long reach Honda plug spanner from the local mechanic (top bloke Thumbs Up ). Fired it up and YES!! Running on all cylinders.

For the moment, the relay remains bypassed and for the life of me, I can't see any reason why it shouldn't remain so. The original relay is ridiculously expensive and eBay only has second hand ones from the States or Europe (it's a Shindengen CF 304). It's obviously a fast semiconductor relay so if I do come up with a reason it should be there then I'll cobble one up out of an SCR, a transistor, a diode and a couple of resistors. Mr. Green
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