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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by kiffsta, Nov 3, 2013.
Yay! all back together again.....for how long no idea, already trawling ebay for more bits
It's a shame the Gumtree scammers don't get to see my reply...
In other news, I got the red across running, blew smoke for a bit, but cleared up. The rear brake wasn't moving, so stomped the pedal freed it. A bit. The piston didn't return, so stomped the pedal a few more times and it was working to bleed through. But this morning it was stuck, or at least not releasing, loosen the nipple and the brakes release. Guess I'm pulling the master cylinder apart tomorrow... No-shows on selling it, too.
Hey 2Fiddy Crew,
A Happy New Year to One and All!
Been away from the 2fiftycc fun for a bit (read: FAR) too long. Bought another '89 FZR 250 R 3LN (not running) so that I could combine parts with my earlier 3LN purchase. Now have a dilemma - sort of a good one. Both bikes weren't running - but with some elbow grease, swearing and rewiring, I have them both starting and running. Not well, I should add. Latest FZR seems to be running on three cylinders only - lumpy and one cold/cool exhaust outlet - though sounds and runs/rides OKish when warmed up (I have documentation/invoice to show she has had her carbies re-jetted, cleaned and balanced, and a few other 'issues' attended to). Cost the previous owner more than I paid for the bike! And she has brand new tyres - to boot, haha. Chucked in new plugs, and the HT lead/coil seems to be fine. Will need to get into her guts to see what's going on - unless someone out there in 2fiddy land has a 'quick sort method' I am unaware of or something fundamental I am overlooking (coz my brain is mush dealing with work and a very sick father)! Was the previous owner's daily ride but sat for a bit when he bought an alternative. I've flushed fuel, radiator, fixed the broken choke, fixed broken clutch activator, fixed this and that and so on. Keep pluggin' (when work and life permit).
Here she is before collection.
Managed to track down a few additional parts for the TZR in the last 6-8 months. Best score was a second-hand steering damper from the UK - Gecko Motorcycles (top bloke too). In perfect working order, operation smooth, perfect length, and seals intact - but bright blue and a bit grotty - arrived in no time. Not blue any more and clean as a whistle! Careful painting and masking. Also grabbed some 'ragged' alloy paddock-stand spools and 'half' a toe guard (was free). I cleaned that up and made a bracket to fit to the swing-arm. Lovely. While I was at it, I made up an aluminium instrument-cluster cover. Then had a test piece pro-cut. Fits beautifully over the foam original and just adds a touch of neatness/and balls - in my opinion. As the cover is the same on the FZRs, now I know it fits well, I'll get some more cut. (Anyone out there in 2fiddy or FZR/TZR land who wants one, I can get a few cut and work out a good unit price plus postage. I paid $30 for mine - but had to go through initial setup and material thickness tests. Not sure how much each - probably $20-$25 plus Postage? I'll make it as cheap as I can for all you 2fiftycc ladies and gents. If interested, drop me a line and I'll work something out for you.)
Here's a couple of piccies of the latest work, which included a lot of time applying the tail decals:
So, all the prettiness aside, it came time for her 'maiden' on-road test. I'd had her running a few times on and off over the past couple of years, so thought it was time. After fixing a small fuel issue (leaking line), a couple of kicks (well, 20 or so) and she fired up. She had been running very rich on lower cylinder (previous owner had a 'problem' with ignition/running/powervalves and plugs showed it but a fair bit of residual crap still begged to be 'cleaned' out) - so blue and black smoke and that irresistible 2-stroke smell filled the neighbourhood. Then ensued a ride - holy crap. Shiny old(er) tyres and her power-band an interesting and slippery mix. A couple of kms - and still all seemed well. Till I stopped her and she would not start again whilst warm. Fuel? HT Lead? Coil? Battery? Nope - dead plug? A few more days of pulling parts off and putting them back, some mixture adjusting, new plug/s and testing of leads/coils and I was hopeful of another blast of blue smoke. 43 degrees C and I'm trying to kick-start the little devil. Mixture still not quite right - pull and clean the plug (a few times) - and another 30 kicks! Away she goes. Another quick blat on her round the block - woohoo.
Have been away a bit and haven't fired her up since - so maybe this weekend I'll see if she responds. Fingers crossed.
Otherwise, next part of the project is to clean and respray an OEM 3XV Headlight Cowling (bought from Greece for a song) back to original colours - to match the original fairings I have. Want the option to be able to show it off as it would have been, at some point. And then to the FZRs. All the time trying to find additional hours to actually ride the bikes that are on the road!
Oh, and finding room in the garage!!!
Keep those projects happenin' - best wishes and have a top year to all!
"invoice to show she has had her carbies re-jetted, cleaned and balanced" Sorry, but that does not mean very much, unless you know the mechanic personally.
And the valve clearances? A 'tight' valve could be causing the not firing one one cylinder.
Yeah, fair point Maelstrom. Thanks Murdo, will look into it.
Dragged out my 1982 Suzuki GS125 from the back of the shed(sitting since 2013), fitted a new brake master, cleaned the carb, changed oil and filter, air filter, valve clearances, a bloody good wash,rego some other minor service items and i was off on a 100km round trip:
Looks a nice little bike Stubanger.
Was given a Chinese pit bike engine that had no compression a while ago. Looked at it today and the inlet valve had no clearance and was just a fraction open, allowing the compression out. Owner had spent $300+ replacing it with new one because he thought it was worn out. He could have adjusted the valves and been riding again for nothing.
I hear what you are sayin', Murdo. Will be dismantling and checking at the first opportunity.
hand honed the bmw r65 master cylinder.piece of dowel with slot cut in end and fine emery paper fitted into slot and rolled to diameter of bore. lubricated with washing up liquid. rotated by hand and emery washed under tap and bore sloshed out with metho. rubbers looked servicable so reassembled and brakes bled. do far so good. filled a spare fzr radiator with clr so will drain and hose out tmr.
Not that it's a 250 (sorry) but...
Bought some Carbon Engine Case Covers from TYGA for my RC390. Decided they needed my creative touch as they cover the Orange 'Racing KTM' Stamps on the Cases... so, designed and cut, then (very fiddly) hand-applied vinyl graphics with a clear topcoat.
Can't help myself.
Now back to work!
very nice-must have a steady hand.
Thanks Risky. Yeah, involves being patient and careful. Type was so small on this that I had to use a magnifying glass to 'weed' (which means pick out) the lettering!! Pretty happy with the result though. Cheers.
I bought a gs500 for wrecking , the previous owner blew the engine and fitted another , after hooking everything up, the bike wouldn’t start, he left it for 6 months then put it up for sale, it arrived with the Loom loosely placed on top of the engine and the tank and airbox in a separate box.
I thought I would take a look at it this morning , with a jump pack connected the gauges would light up but nothing from the start button . I bridged the clutch perch switch and she turned over , I thought great , let’s add some fuel. As the tank wasn’t hooked up, I used a custom aux tank (tomato sauce bottle) and filled the fuel line enough to fill the bowls. I hit the starter and she cranked over backfired and blew the carbs clean off their manifolds , I was like oh sheeeet
After changing my pants, I went back and refitted the carbs, swapped the wires to each coil, stood in front of the bike and hit the start button, she fired up , never seen that big of a backfire before , scared the bejesus out of me .
Mental note to self , always check what someone else has done before attempting to start a bike
Not long after that I received a call from a guy leaving the country on Monday to take up a job in LA , he was very keen to offload his mc19 so I bought it , he was even trying to sell me his car which I declined. I will service it and get some new tyres then it will be up for sale
My older brother spent a few weeks in hospital after a car backfired and lit him up, melting his shirt on on to him. He also had a reaction to the burn cream, too. Backfires can be serious.
I had that happen to an XL350 many years ago out in the bush. Blew the carb out of the rubber manifold and I had to get two green sticks to lever it back into place. Started fine afterwards.
Made a choke bracket for the Honda to go with my new choke cable. Original one had been butchered and chromed. Then fitted an alloy gear shift arm (eBay bargain) and rod-end to make the gear change lever actually work. Yes, original one had been butchered and chromed. Will do until I make the entire foot control units later.
Well the Across finally came off the lift today.. all the fairings are back on it.. .Still not running but I am sure it is only the the pilot jets (I forgot to remove them last time I had them apart) that is stopping it from running. If someone comes along wanting to buy it as is I wont worry about sort ing them out.. if not, eventually I will strip them down again..
I put the CB400 up on the stand and next weekend I will start on the SRX again.. a few minor mods to the frame for the 3WP rear sets (the mounts are slightly different) and a mount for the rear brake reservoir... maybe I will get my TIG set up and play with it to get the hang of it again.. last time I used a TIG it was a rather expensive bit of kit with a pedal.. my one is a cheapy so no pedal.. should be fun to play with..
Spare time is like Gold at the moment, so I had some this weekend and thought I'd better have a look at the 1989 ZXR250A I have entered in the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) National Rally in Tamworth next week.
I pull the cover off it and grab my Log Book (Club Reg) and realise the bike has been sitting for 17 months and it has half a tank of fuel and the battery is connected...Farck! I know it's going to be bad, but I trickle charge the battery while looking for a paid rego slip (Log book rego expired 8 months ago). Find paid rego (phew) and drain fuel. New fuel and she starts. Running rough, so decide to take her for a ride to run some fuel through the carbs and check for anything else that might be an issue. Plenty of problems, so a tear down is in order. Carbs need a service; idle and air issues, front end stutters under braking and tank is full of rust. Yesterday, carbs off and full rebuild. Will do front end and tank next weekend. See you in Tamworth fellow VJMC members.
looking forward to it . evenning meal thurs nite?