Nice afternoon. Just nice.

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. Not doing anything except pottering with bikes. Doing all the small jobs
    that need doing on the DT50 and the Z200.

    New fork gaiters and grips on the DT (cor, doesn't front fork removal on
    a bike without a centre stand cause some head-scratching? Axle stands
    under the footpegs did it in the end).

    Change the oil on the forks while they were out - no drain plugs on
    those tiddlers, so you have to remove the legs to turn them upside-down.

    Fit the new right-hand switch cluster on the Z200. It came complete with
    twistgrip and even front brake lever, so the right-hand bar looks
    suspiciously new.

    And everything went on with no stuck or seized bolts, no stripped
    threads, and no hidden bodges discovered.

    Which was why it was nice.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004
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  2. That's exactly what I thought. I didn't need to get out the lump hammer,
    nor the hacksaw. Amazing.
    Ah, thanks. Throw in a couple of rounded 10mm headed bolts, would you?
    The sort where a 10mm socket slips and a 9mm one can't be hammered on.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004
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    sweller Guest

    I can't recall the last time I had fastener problems working on an MZ or
    Guzzi.

    Working on a Yamaha was this afternoon......
     
    sweller, Jun 27, 2004
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  4. Oh, yeah, I forgot about the XS400. How's it going?
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004
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    sweller Guest


    Fine. Its boring to ride, vibrates awfully, handles like shit and the
    brakes are wooden.

    Pretty much concours then.

    Actually I've managed to snap the (old, broken) tacho cable off in rocker
    box. Which is a pest. Rocker box to be removed to get the cheesy bit
    out. Deep Joy.
     
    sweller, Jun 27, 2004
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    Lozzo Guest

    sweller says...
    My tacho cable broke 2 years ago on the CeeBee, it's still broken now. I
    rely on the sound of the imminent death of the motor to tell me roughly
    how fast it's spinning over.

    The speedo cable broke too about 18 months ago. I fitted a bicycle
    computer that I had spare rather than spend 8 quid on a new one.

    On the old engine, the decompressor cable broke. I kicked harder and
    lined the piston up properly beforehand, instead of paying 14 quid for a
    new cable.
     
    Lozzo, Jun 27, 2004
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    sweller Guest

    It wouldn't bother me normally.

    I'm not used to tachos, the Guzzi doesn't have one fitted (I do have an
    old one I hook up if ever need to check engine speed), the MZ don't
    really need them. ES Trophy isn't fitted and barely has (need of) a
    speedo, the red TS 150 has three settings: engine stopped, engine running
    (1000rpm) and engine running fast (needle sweeps between 1000rpm and
    7000rpm), the Supa 5 isn't bad.

    Anyway, the only reason I'm fixing it on the Yamaha is because it looked
    fairly painless (!) and would make the bike all there up together ready
    to sell it in the Friday-Ad (£475).
     
    sweller, Jun 27, 2004
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  8. Just leave it as it is and tell the buyer it needs a new tacho cable.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004
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  9. For those who ain't seen sweller's Guzzi in the flesh, let me commend it
    as a classic, textbook, definitive example of the timeless "working
    bike".

    It'll never go out of style and it'll still be running when they sound
    the Last Trump.

    Jealous? A bit. It's the sort of bike I really, really like.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2004
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    sweller Guest

    Unfortunately that's not possible. Aside the fact I'm not particularly
    comfortable doing that, it leaks oil where the cable should be.

    TBH, its the latter reason that figures more predominantly...
     
    sweller, Jun 27, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, The Older
    Nice. I spent all morning sitting beside my ShiteOldDad in the Lister
    horsepiddle. He's on the mend now. Again...

    This afternoon I are mostly been fitting the fairing and panniers to the
    GlodWing and watching Lozzo balance the carbs.
     
    Nigel Eaton, Jun 27, 2004
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    platypus Guest

    I've known girls like that.
     
    platypus, Jun 27, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, platypus
    What where Champ has had a "Me too"?
     
    Nigel Eaton, Jun 27, 2004
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    platypus Guest

    This was back in the mists of time, when even Champ was too young to be
    interested.
     
    platypus, Jun 27, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, platypus
    <swings lamp>

    Tell me more, old timer.
     
    Nigel Eaton, Jun 27, 2004
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    Salad Dodger Guest

    Still sounds better than being cooped up in church while Linda's 2nd
    cousin has her First Communion.

    I had to bale after 25 minutes, when the bloke in the green robes went
    into overdrive.
    Ooh. I need to do that, too.

    --
    | ___ Salad Dodger
    |/ \
    _/_____\_ GL1500SEV/CBR1100XXX/KH500A8/TS250C
    |_\_____/_| ..66073../..15556.../.Going./.Going
    (>|_|_|<) TPPFATUICG#7 DIAABTCOD#9 YTC#4 PM#5
    |__|_|__| BOTAFOT #70 BOTAFOF #09 two#11 WG*
    \ |^| / IbW#0 & KotIbW# BotTOS#6 GP#4
    \|^|/ ANORAK#17
    '^' RBR-Visited:35 Pts: 705 Miles:2429
     
    Salad Dodger, Jun 27, 2004
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    petrolcan Guest

    the cont known as Salad Dodger says...
    They all do that sir.
     
    petrolcan, Jun 27, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Salad Dodger
    Well, it was OK, but I'm not sure it's worth you riding up just to see
    it.

    Anyway, they're done now. Probably won't need looking at again for ages.
     
    Nigel Eaton, Jun 28, 2004
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    Lozzo Guest

    Salad Dodger says...
    What? You want to watch me balance Nigel's carbs? Any time, mate.
     
    Lozzo, Jun 28, 2004
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    Salad Dodger Guest

    I thought he might, so I stationed myself diplomatically next to the
    door.

    --
    | ___ Salad Dodger
    |/ \
    _/_____\_ GL1500SEV/CBR1100XXX/KH500A8/TS250C
    |_\_____/_| ..66073../..15556.../.Going./.Going
    (>|_|_|<) TPPFATUICG#7 DIAABTCOD#9 YTC#4 PM#5
    |__|_|__| BOTAFOT #70 BOTAFOF #09 two#11 WG*
    \ |^| / IbW#0 & KotIbW# BotTOS#6 GP#4
    \|^|/ ANORAK#17
    '^' RBR-Visited:35 Pts: 705 Miles:2429
     
    Salad Dodger, Jun 28, 2004
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