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What did you do with your CB500 today?

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Post by eternally_troubled on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 5:43 pm

On a whim I took my bike to me MOTed this afternoon - the MOT isn't due until next month, but I thought I'd be ahead of the game and get it done a month early.

I hadn't checked the lights etc as I everything was working last time I used it; of course this meant that it failed.  The f*cking horn didn't work!  Aaaaaaaagh!

Amusing fact:  if you fail on the horn it is classed as a 'major fault' (new MOT regime), so I have a bit of paper that says my bike has a 'major fault' because the horn (that I rarely, if ever, use) doesn't work Smile

I dread to think what might happen if there was anything actually wrong with it...
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Post by Jameshambleton on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 9:00 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:
@Jameshambleton wrote:Yeah.. decided that working on the cairngorm mountain funicular railway was more fun


That's a tasteful outfit they've made you wear...

Chainsaw boots, 1 piece rubber suit, then the viking over trousers and jacket, 1 pair of gloves taped to the rubber suit then another pair ontop of them also taped up, then a welding helmet with replaceable perspex incerts, oh and ear plugs.

I work with water flowing at 26 Liters a minute coming out of a hole which is 0.85mm wide, at over a velocity of 1,500 MPH . Which is about the size of a 500ml bottle of coke a second, vaporises on impact. Means you get soaked with ph13 water (after it's hit the concrete) if you don't wear the gear.
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 11:51 pm

update on my 500.

changed the shims to get clearances back in spec, put everything back on and fired bike up. bike did not immediately fire up, but eventually it stirred into life, so I had at least put it back together correctly, but I then spotted oil pouring out between the head and barrel. I have a thread gone on the bolt hole for the rear camchain tunnel so it had not torqued down correctly so have had to strip head again. Also somehow managed to damage the metal gasket on the front in the camchain tunnel area so needed to buy a new one, along with a helicoil kit. I am hoping I can drill the hole out without having to remove the engine, as the spar that crosses over between the frame could be in the way. The worst thing of all is I have dropped a bolt in the camchain tunnel and it has dropped through into the gearbox housing. I put the bike in gear and turned engine over via the alternator nut and it turned over freely so I'm hoping the bolt has ended up in the sump and not in the gears - I really do not want to strip the whole engine apart, especially in this weather as I want the bike back running for the real winter so I'm not using the 600 in snow, cos if I drop that I cannot pick it up again
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Post by hh_12345 on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 7:32 am

Any chance to try and collect the bolt through the oil drain hole with some sort of magnet on wire.

Running an engine with a dropped bolt somewhere inside sounds scary to me.
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Post by ANDYC on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 9:41 am

I would strongly recommend getting the loose bolt out before continuing. 
Just taking the sump off may be needed. 
It's not what you want to hear I know, but a loose bolt bouncing around an engine or worse the gearbox could potentially seize the unit at any time. affraid 
I ignored a rattle in a gpx750 at many years ago and thought that 'I'll get around to it' after 3 days and fortunately at tickover warming up the engine suddenly stopped. 
It turned out to be a bolt from the camshaft sprocket had come out and jammed between the crankshaft and the cam chain. The chain snapped and locked up the crankshaft good and solid. Three of the pistons and 12 of the 16 valves were also wrecked. 
Engine damage aside, had it been at speed!!!!!
All of a sudden taking the sump off to retrieve your wayward bolt seems an easy task.
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 10:19 am

Hi Andyc , I'm not sure how to get the sump off, and did not know you could  so will have a look next time I go to the garage to work on it
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Post by ANDYC on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 10:49 am

It's straightforward, you may find it easier to take the exhaust off and certainly drain the oil. In fact draining the oil and using a small magnet through the hole may be worth trying before removing the sump.
The sump pan is held on by only the bolts around the outer edge of it, once you see it you'll understand.
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Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 12:20 pm

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@eternally_troubled wrote:


@Jameshambleton wrote:Yeah.. decided that working on the cairngorm mountain funicular railway was more fun




That's a tasteful outfit they've made you wear...



Chainsaw boots, 1 piece rubber suit, then the viking over trousers and jacket, 1 pair of gloves taped to the rubber suit then another pair ontop of them also taped up, then a welding helmet with replaceable perspex incerts, oh and ear plugs.

I work with water flowing at 26 Liters a minute coming out of a hole which is 0.85mm wide, at over a velocity of 1,500 MPH . Which is about the size of a 500ml bottle of coke a second, vaporises on impact. Means you get soaked with ph13 water (after it's hit the concrete) if you don't wear the gear.

Yes, I wasn't being serious.  What is/was the temperature up in cairngorm?
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Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 12:26 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:Amusing fact:  if you fail on the horn it is classed as a 'major fault' (new MOT regime), so I have a bit of paper that says my bike has a 'major fault' because the horn (that I rarely, if ever, use) doesn't work :)

I dread to think what might happen if there was anything actually wrong with it...

Fixed the horn.  It now goes 'meep' as it did before, so it's not much better than no horn, but it should pass the retest.

Just in case anyone else has this problem: I'm pretty sure that my horn had partially stuck with the internal contact open, so a bit of careful pushing on the round bit and removal of rust that was trapped underneath made it spring back into life. 

I could have fixed this without taking anything apart, so if your horn looses it's meep then it's worth a bit of poking to see if you can restore it.
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Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 5:41 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:
@Jameshambleton wrote:
@eternally_troubled wrote:
@Jameshambleton wrote:Yeah.. decided that working on the cairngorm mountain funicular railway was more fun
That's a tasteful outfit they've made you wear...
Chainsaw boots, 1 piece rubber suit, then the viking over trousers and jacket, 1 pair of gloves taped to the rubber suit then another pair ontop of them also taped up, then a welding helmet with replaceable perspex incerts, oh and ear plugs.

I work with water flowing at 26 Liters a minute coming out of a hole which is 0.85mm wide, at over a velocity of 1,500 MPH . Which is about the size of a 500ml bottle of coke a second, vaporises on impact. Means you get soaked with ph13 water (after it's hit the concrete) if you don't wear the gear.
Yes, I wasn't being serious.  What is/was the temperature up in cairngorm?
+3 to -4 wind was gusting to 70mph on one evening.
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Post by Jameshambleton on Fri 14 Dec 2018, 3:34 pm

Red cb500s in waitrose car park 1 New Union Square, London SW8 5AJ anyone on here?
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Post by ojacobs1 on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 9:51 am

Changing oil and filter before putting it on storage...


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Post by eternally_troubled on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 5:00 pm

@ojacobs1 wrote:Changing oil and filter before putting it on storage...


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brrrr.  Looks cold. Thankfully that weather hasn't yet reached the south-east of England...

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Today I finally got my MOT - horn remained working!  All proper respect to Cambridge Motorcycles who waived their re-test fee...
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 8:37 pm

put mine back together again today with a new head gasket and all the damaged threads helicoiled so everything is properly torqued up. the bolt that I dropped in the engine I found in the sump after taking that off (thanks to Andyc for that suggestion) so all good to go. unfortunately flattened the battery before bike would fire up so have no idea how well it will run
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Post by ojacobs1 on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 10:18 pm

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@ojacobs1 wrote:Changing oil and filter before putting it on storage...


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brrrr.  Looks cold. Thankfully that weather hasn't yet reached the south-east of England...

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Today I finally got my MOT - horn remained working!  All proper respect to Cambridge Motorcycles who waived their re-test fee...



Weather was actually fine so it was OK Very Happy . Forecast says more of the white stuff this weekend though... Shocked
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Post by mikethebike on Wed 19 Dec 2018, 1:07 pm

A bit light in the wallet by 8.30 this morning.  Went to pick my CB up from the dealers after a 64k service, coolant change, new front tyre and pads.  The bike is transformed though - why is it that I don't notice how crap the ride has become as it reaches it's 4,000 mile service limit? 

I've been assured that more financial pain is ahead in 2019 though. Sad   The front disk has now reached its limit, so will need swapping for a new one at 68k - as will the exhaust headers.  These are suffering from terminally heavy corrosion where they meet the cylinder block.  The front brake could do with a master cylinder rebuild really too as it's become progressively more spongy over the last six months - and the 18 year old rubber hose on the front probably needs to be changed for something a bit newer while that's being done too!  On top of that the valves will need doing when it goes in at 68k (last checked at 52k when the cam chain was changed), so it will be bang on the 16k interval. Still, I've got until May (when the clicks hit that mileage) to save up for it so, as long as we haven't all gone to hell in a handcart because of Brexit, I guess I'll have had the time to pawn everything else I own by then. Very Happy
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Post by r1ncew1nd on Wed 19 Dec 2018, 3:51 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:

@ojacobs1 wrote:Changing oil and filter before putting it on storage...


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brrrr.  Looks cold. Thankfully that weather hasn't yet reached the south-east of England...

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Today I finally got my MOT - horn remained working!  All proper respect to Cambridge Motorcycles who waived their re-test fee...
Looks bloody freezing, even for a supposedly hard Northerner !

Sitting in a villa in Mauritius at the moment (holiday).  Flying home tomorrow into Gatwick, then 8 hour drive home to Newcastle.  Been 31 degrees C here for the last 2 weeks.  Not looking forward to it.

Tell you what.  There's some mad bikers in Mauritius.  Mostly all on 125's (mostly Honda's, Suzuki's and chinese imports).  They make filtering an art form, generating space where before there was none.  And if they cannot, then they just beep their horn continuously.  It's probably the first thing they check is working on their MOT (if such a thing exists) - which by the standards of some of their bikes, I doubt it.  However, their motorcycle accident death stats tell you everything you need to know.

Merry Christmas to all  santa

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Post by hh_12345 on Wed 19 Dec 2018, 6:38 pm

As the tank and all panels are off for new paint I decided to go for a carbs cleanup and valve clearance check.

Carbs were  stuck so used a 1 meter pipe as a lever against the frame inner member to get them out, luckily not breaking anything. 

Next the heater assembly bowls were stuck and got damaged so I had to use a bolt extractor.

The impact screwdriver I bough yesterday was also really useful.

Pieces of the heater assembly joints  would break off too. They were also clogged with some kind of slime.

Finally one of the pilot screws broke off and is left in the carbs body, so it will be getting extracted too. That also means bying the more expensive full repair kit that contains spare pilot screws.

Most of the rubber seals were as hard as plastic, o-rings squashed,  there were remnants of the sub air filter inside the carbs as well as some big rust chunks - so it definitely was about time for overhaul.

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Post by hh_12345 on Fri 21 Dec 2018, 7:14 am

The pilot screw extended while being extracted and cracked the carb body No
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Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 7:58 pm

hmmm
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Post by Beresford on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 9:37 pm

Sorry James, but when I look at that I wonder where you are going to attach the pom poms. drunken
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Post by Oafski on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 12:37 pm

@Jameshambleton wrote:hmmm
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I quite like it but with a black engine. It's almost Rothmans colours.
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Post by r1ncew1nd on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 5:42 pm

Nice run out with the #1 daughter (me on my CB, her on her 125).  She's still learning and lacks confidence,  but am trying to encourage her to get her to sit her theory and practice Easter time.  Passed her driving test 6 months ago, so no reason why she cannot. She's got a sensible head on her.  Love her to pass and upgrade to a bigger bike so we can ride out together when home from Uni.  No surprises what I'd be recommending she gets  Very Happy 

Happy New Year to all fellow CB enthusiasts  !

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Post by Crash- Elmit on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 9:31 pm

Took mine out for a shakedown today after the rebuild.
What a job the rebuild was. When I stripped the bike, a bolt broke off on the water manifold that feeds the barrels, but enough was left so I could grip it with grips and undo it. unfortunately the remainder was stuck in the manifold and a piece of that broke off when getting bolt out but it has not stopped me from refitting manifold and so far there are no leaks.  a stud broke on the exhaust, flush with the block so needed drilling out but when retapping hole the tap broke off in the hole so ended up drilling a fresh set of holes in the other two blanked areas, but this meant the distance between studs was less so exhaust clamp would not fit on so had to elongate the holes. When bike was running it seemed to be struggling on tickover and flattened the battery ( alternator does not produce current below 1300 revs) 1, I had forgot to cover the vacuum spigot as I was using a improvised fuel tank so I could make any necessary adjustments. 2, it was only firing on one cylinder. I had a cracking spark, on that side, and it jumped a hell of a gap to earth out, so it ruled out a failed coil but as soon as cap was fitted on to the plug in the engine revs dropped again, but pull plug off and let spark jump to plug revs pick up again! I got it to work by just moving the ht lead position. As already mentioned elsewhere on here I dropped a bolt in the engine , but thanks to Andyc's suggestion I got it out by taking off the sump. there was quite a bit of copper coloured detritus in the sump, but the oil filter was spotless.

Anyway, bike runs ok, there is still a rattle that occurs when under acceleration but it goes when not under load.

I'm not sure about the cooling, but now the fan cuts in when temp gauge reads in the middle, the hoses get hot, and I have pressure but I don't know if coolant is circulating correctly - I can see it circulating with the cap off though. 

On a side note, I discovered it is easier to remove and refit the carbs and airbox whilst still joined together.
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Post by geewhizz on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 9:39 pm

Over the past cpl days....shims, oil and filter change, coolant sys fettled flushed and refreshed, helicoiled  oil drain plug...was running almost perfect bar a tired battery and then made a mess of the carb sync ... a few niggles attended to and a new battery on the way. 

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