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Old 10-22-2013, 02:26 AM   #1
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What are your Winter plans?

For a lot of people on this site, winter will be heading in now, and a lot of riding will be curtailed until spring comes around again. Now we don't usually get winter too bad here in the southern UK, and can normally get out and about on a bike if the need takes us. But, this is still when most of the work gets done on the bikes.

So this winter, I shall be doing a top end job on the Guzzi, Valves etc, and a few other smaller jobs that I have not even looked at since owning the bike, I want to clean out the fuel tank, change the throttle cables, starter motor, and dynamo brushes. That sort of thing.



My Norton!

Well I still have so far to go on my Norton project, but this winter should see a lot of it coming together, with the wheels fitted, and the motor and gearbox in the frame. I need to find some parts, chain cases, mudguards, and stays, headlight, etc. I also need to make and fit a wiring loom, and get some paint on the petrol and oil tanks



And as for the Beemer..

I shall just do the usual service items, and keep it running for now, but next year sometime I really want to do the valves and pushrod tube seals...




So come on then, what will you be upto ?
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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Winter plans, go for a ride on my bike, maybe walk to the beach for a swim, just the normal sort of stuff.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:39 AM   #3
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Install the Hippo Hands, get out the heated clothing, carry on.

If there's no snow on the ground, I'm riding.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:24 AM   #4
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Rebuild the forks and add a new top brace, new brake shoes, reline the tank. I'm still having too much fun riding it tho.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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I'm planning to dig into the top end on my Yamaha, the head gasket blew again this summer, so I have to replace it at least.

I need to get some stuff out of the garage so my Land Rover, a couple of my Vespas and my Lambretta will get a solid once over so I can put them up on craigs in the spring when prices are right. This hurts, but my pocketbook and my garage space is hurting worse.

Hopefully I'll start on my Guzzi which needs literally everything.

And to make all this a little easier I am going to build myself a motorcycle lift. After 15 years of wrenching bikes, I think it's about due.

Hopefully I'll get out for a couple rides, but the snow tire laws here make it sketchy, even on a nice day.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:40 AM   #6
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I need to get some stuff out of the garage so my Land Rover,.
What Landrover?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:00 AM   #7
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Land Rover, a couple of my Vespas and my Lambretta
Dang, talk about having a few things in common. I sold my scoots a while back, but the Rover will be a permanent fixture in my life.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:23 AM   #8
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Dang, talk about having a few things in common. I sold my scoots a while back, but the Rover will be a permanent fixture in my life.
So you may like to read this (with pictures) in the USA too...

http://www.series2club.co.uk/forum/f...c,65793.0.html

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #9
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What Landrover?

It's a '73 Series 3 88. I've owned it since 97, took it off the road in 2003 for an engine rebuild, that I let sit around in my garage for forever since it was a backburner project. I finished the engine in 2008 right before I moved out east from BC. During the move it was damaged and I have never fixed the damage since I got here. It's minor, but I have to admit to myself I am too busy and repairing it and having to get it past inspection etc. is beyond my time budget.
It's going to kill me to let it go, but at the moment I own 8 vehicles and only 2 of them run, but neither of those are road legally registered.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:33 AM   #10
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I guess I'll do some extensive mods to my Jawa 350... I lowered the rear but now it's awfully hard to steer straight in big traffic when crawling with two up. :( I guess I'd need to lower the front a bit too. Which will mean modifying the exhaust, so I still can take corners with more than bicycle speed... but raising the exhaust, will raise the footpegs too... :) Also I would like to put a new fuel tank, and either the tank or the frame got to be modified. A new chain cover would be nice too... for that I should learn to cast things with epoxy. Any help on these ideas will be welcomed! :)
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:40 AM   #11
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Well,,,,continue to ride :)

- Plus, mod the 06 Scrambler in preparation for some ADV riding
- new layshaft bearing in the 73 Commando
- trouble shoot the tranny in the 70 Triumph to see why the clutch basket has lateral play
- oil change and service work on all bikes
- Yearly wax job on all bikes

That will keep me busy this winter.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #12
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-New rings and a rehone on the BSA to get the left cylinder to stop smoking.

Yuck!

-Get a new front rim and relace for the same.

-Pull the heads off the /5 to take a look if things need to be replaced. May pull the cylinders (and replace the pushrod seals, too) and do some measuring while I'm there, just for grins.

-Restart work on the /3.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:46 AM   #13
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Oh yeah, I also have to get the front wheel on my Yamaha back to round. I had the tires replaced this summer and the shop used the haydraulic tire replacer on my 40 year old spoke front rim. I was convinced it was the tire until I took a good solid look and realized the rim wasn't round anymore.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:16 AM   #14
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On the occasional dry day i'll still head out on the Cafe otherwise:
  • a few enduro's/hare&hounds events;
  • rebuild a new seat for the R45;
  • oil-leak whack-a-mole on the R45;
  • rebuild my DR125 engine and get the 61mm Wiseco in;
  • make the RM250 more enduroable with a flywheel weight, bash-guards, tugstraps
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #15
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winter

Paint the frame on my Bonneville and re-install the motor, freshly rebuilt by a Vincent engineer in Minneapolis.
And while it's apart, re-wire it...and polish all three Borannis...and make a new sidecar body to replace the beat and rustted one...and afford new Girlings...and send the fasteners for plating...and install new cables...and maybe LED rear lamps...the beat goes on.
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