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OneWheelDrive
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Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 7:06 pm

Hello,

  after a very long winter (which started some time last August...) in the shed in bits (the bike, not me...mostly), today was one of the 8 or 9 days of sun we get up here in Scotland per year, so I put the final few bolts/screws/things back in place and took a picture...



I've also changed the coolant, changed the brake fluid, sprayed the engine with Halford's Silver Brake Calliper paint, sprayed the exhaust headers with some sort of high-temperature black paint (super-generic-brand from Screwfix) and painted various parts of the frame with japlac...and I took the thermostat housing out, cleaned it and changed all the hose-clips for stainless one...

Next plan is to save up for a stainless exhaust...although I've found one of my header studs has sheared, so that'll be a fun old job... Rolling Eyes

Here's an obligatory "bloke on a bike" picture...

I'd like to say I'm not as fat as I look in this picture, but that'd be a lie Embarassed

Thanks for all the help I've had getting this far!

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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by teamster1975 on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 10:22 am

Well done mate, looking very nice! Very Happy
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by cb1300rider on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 11:00 am

Looks good . . . . keep meaning to do something similar to mine.

Did you leave the engine in the bike to paint it?

When the fork lowers were powder coated, how did you stop the powder coating going inside the fork leg?

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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 12:58 pm

Thanks Smile

I left the engine in to spray it - just used a lot of newspaper and masking tape - I mainly just wanted to spray the front of the engine where it looked pretty corroded...

I didn't do the powder coating myself, so I don't know how the chap who did it kept the powder-coating from going inside the legs, sorry.  It was Lloyd at Highland Powdercoating who did it, though, and he was very helpful on the phone, so I'd ask him...I took the legs to a local garage to use their air-line to blow any dust out before rebuilding them and they were impressed with the finish and depth of the powder-coating...
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 1:47 pm

Looking good.  Does it ride well?
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 1:56 pm

I haven't ridden it far enough to tell if stripping the forks down has improved them (or made them wose!), but if feels pretty much the same as it did before I took it to bits, so that's good Smile
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by eternally_troubled on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 12:38 pm

My ride felt a lot better after redoing the bushes, seals and fork oil...
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Wed 11 Mar 2015, 2:33 pm

I'm just waiting for some swingarm bolt end-caps to turn up, then I'll get it re-MOT'd and give it a blast and let you know how it feels...sod's law I'd get pulled if I rode it any further then the road outside my house with no tax or test on it Smile
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Fri 20 Mar 2015, 7:54 pm

MOT'd the bike today - also my first proper ride since putting it back together.  I think the rebuilt forks must have made a difference, as I got home thinking I'd really nailed the back-lanes getting there...can't imagine I've suddenly become a much better rider overnight, so the bike must have improved rather than me Smile

Incidentally, if anybody's lost/fed up with the tacky plastic-chrome swing-arm bolt covers, these fit perfectly if you get the 41.2mm ones...

Oh...it passed the MOT with one advisory - play in the rear wheel bearings so - hooray, it passed and - hooray, I've got a reason to take bits of it it apart again Smile
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by ashcroc on Fri 20 Mar 2015, 8:28 pm

Yay and...  um...  yay!

Those caps look like a more secure fit to the originals too.
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by OneWheelDrive on Fri 20 Mar 2015, 8:50 pm

They certainly are - a smart persuasive tap from a rubber mallet seats them home nicely and I had to sand out one of my holes (not as painful as it sounds) due to rust...

"um yay" is right...I've just got really into replacing horrible corroded rubbish with new bits...it's quite good for the old OCD Smile
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by wornsprokets on Fri 20 Mar 2015, 10:24 pm

it looks like u did a great job on the cb,  looks really good,  in ireland theres no mot well not in the south anyway, some of couriers do be on like mad max  rat bikes Rolling Eyes. looking forward to doing some work on mine too Very Happy
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Re: Finally out of the shed...

Post by Ayrton F on Wed 25 Mar 2015, 11:01 pm

wornsprokets wrote:it looks like u did a great job on the cb,  looks really good,  in ireland theres no mot well not in the south anyway, some of couriers do be on like mad max  rat bikes Rolling Eyes. looking forward to doing some work on mine too Very Happy

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