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What did you do with your CB500 today?

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Post by ZekeVal on Sun 17 Jun 2018, 9:25 pm

@Llewelyn1965 wrote:Actually, shouldn't his riding style make them last longer than most? After all, he uses all the sides as much as the middle , while most of us just use the center bit of tread!!! :-)

True !!  Very Happy

Otherwise, I rode around 700km in two days with the CB this weekend, my neck wasn't used to this kind of distance  Razz 

I went to pick up a new bike, which is gonna be a good project to get her running again.

A few clues: it was built in the same country as my CB

and this:

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Post by fgclark123 on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 1:11 pm

James, be in France for the night of the 21st - across the country is a giant knees up-  recommended!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%AAte_de_la_Musique
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Post by wornsprokets on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 1:13 pm

The cagiva.... elephant...
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Post by Beresford on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 6:44 pm

@wornsprokets wrote:The cagiva.... elephant...
Never seen one Ken. Have you? What are they like? With a name like that it sounds ponderous. But I'm used to a Tiger 955i which is really challenging - weight wise (at least when the tank is full).  So The Cagiva is probably a lightweight wee thing by comparison.
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Post by wornsprokets on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 7:22 pm

Cagiva elephant bike,  was simular to africa twin...but it had duke engine... cagiva used that elephant sybol i think before was taken over by ducati.
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Post by Jameshambleton on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 8:03 pm

@fgclark123 wrote:James, be in France for the night of the 21st - across the country is a giant knees up-  recommended!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%AAte_de_la_Musique
I'll be on the wrong side of Europe but thanks though.

Also went through the black forest today was good fun though as the saying goes "a picture is a thousand words"

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Post by Oafski on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 8:10 pm

For some reason I was expecting a picture of a Cake.
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Post by Jameshambleton on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 8:36 pm

Also obvious bandit is obvious What did you do with your CB500 today? - Page 10 EmptyZekeVal
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Post by ZekeVal on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 9:16 pm

@wornsprokets wrote:The cagiva.... elephant...

Good guess !

It's a 750 Cagiva Elefant (yes with an "F"), inspired by the beasts that rode and won the Paris-Dakar in the late 80's/early 90's.

Looks like this http://databikes.com/infophoto/cagiva/elefant_750-1996.html (mine is not in that good state  Rolling Eyes )

I like the way Italians thought about making dual sport bikes at the time: It's got a big fork (45mm diameter, 200mm travel), big tank (24L), and they squeezed in the Ducati engine from the 750SS (same as Monster 750), and it's still quite light (all things considered) at around 208kg wet.


About the "Fête de la musique" on the night of the 21st, it's a good time to stroll in any French city, yup.

James, looks like these tyres will live a short but intense life  geek
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Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 6:11 pm

0.5mm tread lost over 1600km.
Probably doing a brief bit of enduro this afternoon after a minor lapse of concentration followed by target fixation didn't help.

Managed to knock my speed down from 80kmh down to 20kmh on gravel before going up a hill and kissing the bars and the bike rolling ontop of me before rolling back up the hill. Only injury was a snapped clutch side mirror point so not too bad cable tied it back on to stop unwanted attention from the police.

Got it all on video for you all to laugh at when I get back home
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Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 7:38 pm

Oh if anyone wants to keep up what I'm doing my Instagram is the best way to keep track as its the only place I can upkoad photos to at the monent 
https://www.instagram.com/fourhammersjames/
If you click or tap on my Instagram photo it should show you other odd shots
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Post by Beresford on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 9:27 pm

I took off the £6 ebay wristwatch that I had stuck to the top of the dash and wired this in instead.

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Showing time, temperature, and most importantly charging system voltage.
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Post by ZekeVal on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 10:24 pm

Wow, that's a luxurious piece of kit! Is it weather proof?
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Post by eternally_troubled on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 10:39 pm

@ZekeVal wrote:Wow, that's a luxurious piece of kit! Is it weather proof?

No idea, but it (by the look of the photo) is a bit sheltered by the screen, which probably helps a bit.

Not sure I'll be fitting one on my naked bike, though it does look like a useful bit of kit.
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 11:58 pm

changed my rear shocks for the TEC ones due to a bloody oil leak from the left rear. bit of a pity really as I liked the gas shocks and their adjustability
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Post by Beresford on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 12:39 am

@ZekeVal wrote:Wow, that's a luxurious piece of kit! Is it weather proof?
There are lots of similar clock/voltage gauges on ebay, but this one has the advantage that the setting buttons are on the front. I weather proofed it (I hope) by smearing silicone electrical grease across them to prevent water being able to get in at all.
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Post by TheWizardofOdds on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 11:05 am

@Crash- Elmit wrote:changed my rear shocks for the TEC ones due to a bloody oil leak from the left rear. bit of a pity really as I liked the gas shocks and their adjustability
I'm looking to change mine very soon. I think it mentions in the haynes to remove the exhaust or muffler ...is that necessary? How did you take the weight off the suspension? I was thinking about jacking it or something?
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 12:06 pm

@TheWizardofOdds wrote:
@Crash- Elmit wrote:changed my rear shocks for the TEC ones due to a bloody oil leak from the left rear. bit of a pity really as I liked the gas shocks and their adjustability
I'm looking to change mine very soon. I think it mentions in the haynes to remove the exhaust or muffler ...is that necessary? How did you take the weight off the suspension? I was thinking about jacking it or something?


I did have to remove the end can as you cannot get the bottom bolt out otherwise and my bike just sits down on the front end when on the centrestand so i did not need to raise the rear off the ground but I just did one shock at a time.

 good tip for anyone when you remove the rear can, especially on motads, the metal from a soup tin or tin of spuds makes a greatgasket for the joint
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 12:08 pm

@TheWizardofOdds wrote:
@Crash- Elmit wrote:changed my rear shocks for the TEC ones due to a bloody oil leak from the left rear. bit of a pity really as I liked the gas shocks and their adjustability
I'm looking to change mine very soon. I think it mentions in the haynes to remove the exhaust or muffler ...is that necessary? How did you take the weight off the suspension? I was thinking about jacking it or something?


I did have to remove the end can as you cannot get the bottom bolt out otherwise and my bike just sits down on the front end when on the centrestand so i did not need to raise the rear off the ground but I just did one shock at a time.

 good tip for anyone when you remove the rear can, especially on motads, the metal from a soup tin or tin of spuds makes a great gasket for the joint
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 12:09 pm

Sorry for the double post, lappy froze when posting message
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Post by TheWizardofOdds on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 1:38 pm

@Crash- Elmit wrote:Sorry for the double post, lappy froze when posting message
Ok thanks. 

Is the bolt too long to remove without muffler off or awkward? Just wondered why it needs to come off.
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Post by trevor machine on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 6:45 pm

@Crash- Elmit wrote:
@TheWizardofOdds wrote:
@Crash- Elmit wrote:changed my rear shocks for the TEC ones due to a bloody oil leak from the left rear. bit of a pity really as I liked the gas shocks and their adjustability
I'm looking to change mine very soon. I think it mentions in the haynes to remove the exhaust or muffler ...is that necessary? How did you take the weight off the suspension? I was thinking about jacking it or something?


I did have to remove the end can as you cannot get the bottom bolt out otherwise and my bike just sits down on the front end when on the centrestand so i did not need to raise the rear off the ground but I just did one shock at a time.

 good tip for anyone when you remove the rear can, especially on motads, the metal from a soup tin or tin of spuds makes a great gasket for the joint

That's a great tip - but can I ask a bit of a rude question; do you really buy tinned potatoes?
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 4:14 pm

Bolt is too lomg to get out with can on, and yes TM I do buy tinned spuds cos Im too damn lazy to spend ages peeling proper ones when there is only me to cook for
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Post by Jameshambleton on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 9:10 pm

The last couple of days my bike has developed an issue, from idle up to 4k rpm the bike won't freely rev, I'm guessing this issue is likely to be ablocked jet as 4k upwards is fine and pulls easily.

To get around this if I use the choke under 4k rpm then the bike revs fine. So blocked pilot jets?

I've also drained the carbs once thinking it might have been water but the issue is still occuring.
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Post by ZekeVal on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 9:40 pm

James, with these symptoms I would come to a similar diagnostic.

On my side, it was brake job today, changed the front disc, cleaned the caliper and changed the pads retaining pin (it needed heavy persuasion to fit in!).

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BTW, the front disc is the exact same reference as the one for the 750 Elefant, maybe it's a sign from above  Rolling Eyes

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