four hundred four handling slightly improved

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by mark, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. mark

    mark Guest

    Looks like I might have a frame for sale soon :)
    I found a tuit today and swapped the front mudguard for the newer item
    recently acquired.
    Strangely it fits differently tot he old one. On the brake side the old
    one has a 'bridge' of metal that curves from one mounting bolt to the
    other around the alloy pivot on the brake caliper arm. The newer 'guard
    has two tabs that protrude downwards; in any event it fits better than
    the old twisted item.
    While replacing the front wheel I noticed the BOL was showing the wheel
    spindle as being inserted opposite to the way mine was. I swapped it
    round and it appeared to make very little difference to the wheel
    position (OK measuring was a bit rough).

    A ten mile spin revealed the left hand cornering problem has gone away.
    It still pogo's a tad, it weaves when accelerating to terminal
    velocities(1) hard and I really need to overhaul the front brake :)
    Taking hands off the bars at various speeds has it tracking straight and
    true.
    Something taps like mad at the top of the engine when revving as well..
    But all in all I was rather pleased and I don't believe I have a bent
    frame or knackered swing arm bearings anymore.

    New tyres methinks. Does anyone know how to decipher Metzeler tyre
    codes?

    Cheers for listening...

    1. Today's T.V.: 95mph (2)
    2. On my private road here in NW.
     
    mark, Aug 22, 2009
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  2. mark

    Roger Hunt Guest

    This any use?
    <http://www.metzelermoto.co.uk/web/products/technology/readingasidewall/
    default.page>
    or
    Am I to understand that your private road is ten miles long, and am I
    also to understand that it takes ten miles to accelerate to top speed?
     
    Roger Hunt, Aug 25, 2009
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  3. mark

    mark Guest

    I did find that one.

    6. 3403 = the first 2 numbers identify the week (34 th ) and the last 2
    the year (2003) in which the tyre was produced

    On mine it says this: front 1406 rear 5406

    I'm a little confused by the rear :)

    No and no. I haven't really got a private road either.1406 on the front
     
    mark, Aug 25, 2009
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  4. mark

    Roger Hunt Guest

    Hmmm ... not even a Leap Year could account for that.
    I can guess that yer man at the tyre factory used the wrong number on
    the mould because he was distracted at the time by Tracey on Page 3, and
    it does not inspire confidence.
    One afternoon many years ago I declared the M40>A40 my private road.
    Unfortunately Plod did not agree with this. Ho hum.
     
    Roger Hunt, Aug 26, 2009
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