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Introducing DD03DJD

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DD03DJD
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Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Mon 08 Aug 2016, 11:03 pm

Good evening All.

Allow me to bore you to death with the life story (so far) of my CB500S; a semi-cowled, private-plated vision in blue.
I became a thirty-something biker in March 2003 when I bought her fresh out the box from Chiswick Honda for £3,700. I knew I wanted something “sensible” rather than a one litre weapon, as I believe the bike you ride dictates your riding style.
And the riding style of a novice like me should not mean your belly on the tank with your backside higher than your ears.
I probably spent the same again on gear for me and the bike.
Leathers, all-weather gear, little alloy upgrades, shed, tank cover & bag, etc. etc. and yet more etc.
That first summer was fresh and new and 4,000 miles.

She was loved.

But over the next 3 years she was not so active. Weather (no excuse) and work (valid excuse) limited her to about a thousand miles a year.

And then the love stopped altogether…

Last tank of fuel ? September 2009
MOT expiry ? June 2010
Tax expiry ? May 2011

She was hidden under her Oxford Cover in her spider-infested shed.
She became a shelf for gardening gear.
Leathers & helmets were taken off their rack and put in the loft.

I was an ex-biker and she was an ex-bike.

Prior to a house move, a clear out was taking place, and after 7 years of being idle she was one of the things deemed surplus.
I did a bit of research and reckoned I’d maybe get £500 for spares or repair, but thought I should at least make an attempt to check what did and didn’t work prior to selling her.

Her battery was irrecoverable, so I ordered some new electricity for her.
The seven year old fuel was drained and some fresh out the pump RON 95 purchased.
The tank was off, so I thought I might as well give the plugs a squirt of WD40.
And it also seemed worthwhile sloshing some nice new pink coolant down her tubes.

Battery fitted. Choke out. Fuel on. Start button pressed.
No action.
She tried and then she tried a bit more, but despite the enthusiasm she could not be resurrected.

Engine would spin with a socket, so nothing seized. Fresh battery, so lots of juice.
Maybe fuel starvation I thought ?
So I started to suck things !
Anything black and rubbery from the tank to the breathers via the carbs.

I asked her again, and this time she answered !

“F@ck my hat !”, I said out loud.

Her words were stuttered at first. Syllables missed or repeated.
But gradually, she settled down to the familiar murmurings.
It was like she had never been away.

Throttle blipped.
That was enough for me to change my mind.
She is going nowhere.

In her previous life, the only thing I would check was the oil level. Honda dealers dealt with the rest.
But now it feels like she has been revived by me changing her oil, coolant, fuel, filters & plugs.

Insurance quotes obtained. MOT to be booked. Tax to be bought.

Her name is DD03DJD and she is loved once again.


Last edited by DD03DJD on Mon 08 Aug 2016, 11:08 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Spelling)

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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by sullivj on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 7:16 am

Glad to hear you've rekindled the romance - nice write up!

When your relationship advances to the "can I take some photos of you to keep in my wallet" stage, please post them up here!
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 5:40 pm

Let's just call this the "naked" look !

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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by sullivj on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 7:19 pm

She's looking very nice. I bet she looks even better dressed!
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by Alvi on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 9:42 pm

Yes she looks great, no wonder you fell in love again
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 9:53 pm

Damm that bikes looks clean, then again with 5k on the clocks.... Wink
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 10:09 pm

She’s got the usual surface issues around the radiator, engine & downpipes, but thankfully she seems happy enough mechanically after 6 years of neglect.
Air filters & rear shocks should be here in the next few days.

Couple of nasty threads / seized bolts to sort out.
The exhaust is off and I had considered a stainless replacement, but it's really only the top of the downpipes and their collars that are a bit rough. Wire brush, Kurust & high-temp paint will do for now.

Spent a couple of hundred quid on servicing / cleaning / shocks / OEM nuts & bolts, but given the fact I’ve spent nothing since 2010, I think she deserves it !
But will the love last or will it be like so many other things in life...
You see what your neighbour has and fancy that instead !!  Laughing
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by Beresford on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 11:11 pm

@DD03DJD wrote:You see what your neighbour has and fancy that as well !!  Laughing

Corrected for you.
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by serviceman on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 8:58 pm

As a born again biker (40yr out of the saddle) I bought a CB500s and reading through the old Mot's she had done just short of 900 mile since 2008 since getting back in the saddle she's done just over 1000 mile in just under a month. So it would seem if they are loved they just purr.
Enjoy and don't put her under covers again

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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by muttley1 on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 9:23 pm

HI and welcome along. The bike is looking good, time to get it in one piece and put some miles on it imo. Plenty of time for fettling in the winter. I'd bleed the front brake through (dot 4) as brake fluid is hydroscopic.

Btw I've resurrected several cb5's over the years and once you've got it going, keep it going and it'll get better as it settles down and you get used to it.

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DD03DJD
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 2:21 pm

From naked to nearly there...

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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by ashcroc on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 2:42 pm

Looking good.

At this rate you'll be finished before the weather changes.
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by stormbringer on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 7:51 pm

@DD03DJD wrote:Air filters & rear shocks should be here in the next few days.

Holy cow that's one good looking CB.

Out of curiosity; what is wrong with the rear shocks? I'm on the lookout for a new(ish) set, and if you are simply changing yours to be on the safe side, I'm a buyer. Mine are shot!

Oh; I like the colour Wink
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 8:34 pm

Those shocks look like tec ones, bike looks well and you even attracted a red car while you was at it
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 12:00 am

Yep, the shocks are from Tec.
I'm sure the old ones are fine apart from the usual (i.e. usual if you don't look after them) breakdown of the chrome. They're fairly rusty and so I took the easy option to buy new rather than attempt to clean them up.
The lower front shocks are a bit tarnished, the engine paint is typically flaky, as are the radiator sides, but other than that she is pretty fresh.
Did the whole Kurust / VHT Paint thing on the exhaust with so-so success. Painted it before the bike was ready to run, so didn't cure it properly. Net effect was a bit of peeling around upper bends on the down pipes when it did get up to temperature. Very minor though and the rest of the exhaust looks fresh.
Took the advice of muttley1 and changed the brake fluid.
To use the workplace hydration chart as a guide, what came out suggested recent organ failure and what went in was that healthy straw colour !
The outlay so far might seem a lot at £400. £275 is on or in the bike in the shape of parts and fluids, with a battery, engine oil, rear shocks and OEM bolts accounting for £200.
The balance of £125 just means the shed shelves are full again.
On the plus side, I made £100 on eBay selling a Dynojet Kit, Scottoiler & Bar Ends !
Bear in mind she has been shed-bound without a penny spent for nearly 7 years, so the investment this month to get her running is well deserved.

MOT tomorrow though… Shocked
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by DD03DJD on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 9:11 pm

Not even an advisory !

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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by Llewelyn1965 on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 9:31 pm

cheers

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Post by sullivj on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 9:38 pm

Excellent news
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Re: Introducing DD03DJD

Post by jonnyteabag on Fri 03 Mar 2017, 7:05 pm

Great story,well done sir cheers cheers 

Another CB lives on once more!! Cool Cool 

JT Rolling Eyes

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