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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Voltaire, May 23, 2012.
Japan?...whats the front end....XR or KDX ...? :huh
I take that all back . Good to see it being ridden.
I thought it looed like a TTR front like Nordies.
I bought a frame & bits off beemer89 last nite for Berlina - should be here later tonite.
I really should have waited till I had a chance to look at all the parts I'me taking off.
The LHS exhaust thread is looking a bit rahooted. The exhaust spanner I borrowed wouldn't fit so I resorted to the rough cold chisel & hammer. I was gonna made a homemade spanner but couldn't be buggered.
My swingarm is leaking lots of oil But I'm not worried this time
Anyway lunchbreak is over - back to stripping some more crap off it.
Shit you should've taken my advise ya rough bugger
Faaark i'm over taking oily bits off bikes for a few weeks I reckon.
Have any of you guys tried taking a fricking motor out of a frame single handed before? What a fricking performance. I lifted the whole frame & engine onto a wooden support for the engine then tried to slip the frame over. Of course it got to a point where the axle stands holding the frame fell & I had to get the frame around & off or I'd be standing there balancing the engine forever. Phew.
So where there nce was a bike there is now a nice pile of parts.
The final drive & UJ seems good & looks like fresh oil in the gearbox
Yeah...you really need two do do an engine...unless its a VW motor then one is fine.....
Went for a nice 100 km ride thru the Waitakeries ....I don't like the green centre strip on the road...
Apart from worn out throttle gears, slightly clunky gear shift worn out shocks Ruby is a nice ride....
Ran it up to 140 kmph....get there no problem but is more buzzy than I am used to on a flat twin.
Cruises along in the 100-120 range nicely and thru the twisties turns quickly.
Going out with a mate with his GB400 tomorrow, do the Kaiaua loop down the coast and back.
I think Ive only ever moved engines on my own. Just slowly with ropes and patience. But yes, I understand the pain.
Yeah, lifting the 400/4 into the frame was a mission.
Still don't have any engine mounts...
When I had my kombi (well Microbus really) the dickheads welded my towbar in so I had to drop the motor on the ground & jack the back of the bus up about a metre to drag the engine back under & out. Of course this was done with a few bits of 4x2 stacked on top of each other - Fricking stupid when I think back. That was when i lived in Titters - I loved cycling the Scenic drive.
Ropes of course- but when I thought of that I was already trapped inside the frame with a buggered back.
Rigid- oldschool - cooool
A beer crate used to do for me with VW's. Back when I had a Beetle and a Kombi...and one 1300 engine - I'd swap engines on the road outside my mother's place. I Baja'd the Beetle with a gas axe and tinsnips, a motorcycle tail light and number plate mount bolted to the air vents. I'd put them back to back (on a hill), drop the engine onto the beer crate, pull it out, turn it around and put it in the other body. The Kombi was good for carting motorcycle parts, but was crap on gravel roads....I'd be swapping engines every 2nd weekend.
I just resurrected the standard pipes for my bike - the mount bolts were seized and sheared off, so I bodged some bolts in there and fitted them today. There is nothing at all inside the mufflers, just empty shells, and I cut open and gutted the collector years ago, so just one big empty system. I can't believe how quiet it is - says 83db on the mufflers, I'll bring my meter home and find out for real.
Test ride tomorrow - you need exhaust systems to compare other exhausts to, I'll have half a dozen by the time I'm finished.
Ruby has covered 500 kms since picking it up on Wednesday. Did 300 today and it took 16 litres to fill up.... 5 and a bit litres to 100 kms....50 summit MPG (Imperial Gallons)
Piccy looking back across the Thames Estuary to Coromandal.....might have to take them on the loop before summer.
My friend on his GB 400
Week three and been using Ruby every day, my 46 km round trip to work. Actually the ride to and from work is the highlight of my working day.....
Bit of blue smoke on start up in the morning when left on the side stand...gearbox change has the odd graunch but I think that may be due to slop and adjustment.
I'm getting used to the 100 km buzzy feeling...and it gets up to 120 very easily.... shocks are a bit bouncy though.
Been thinking of when the tyres are worn fitting some 'adventure' tyres..... cheapest ones of course....looking at the Mitas ones?
I quite like the look of that 650 GS posted earlier.....would need a a set of spoked wheels for that....some say the r65's with Brembos can accommodate a 19" spoked one.
Filled it up after 9 days of commuting...hit reserve at 394 KM....took 20.2 litres to fill up....$45.00 ish...56 MPG ( IMP)....not bad for round town with about 5km of motorway each day.
My last cheap buy a 1987 Yamaha 200 Skootah would do 30 kmpl but ...interesting on the motorway.....with its top speed of 100 kmph.
That's what mine does, on open road touring - but on Waikato back roads 100km less to reserve. I don't ride enough in the city to see what it does, but doubt it would be the same as top gear economy.
I think the clutch is due for replacement as it catches between gears...
Put it on the bench tonight and changed the tranny oil and adjusted the clutch arm in the hope of some improvement....the oil was a bit tired looking/smelling.
Really enjoying riding it every day...so nimble....so cheap to run...nearly 30 years old....
pondering on G/Sing it.....or at the very least spoked wheels..... might get some new shocks for it....I'm a convert to IKONs after the racer and the now departed Thruxton ( but not the shocks)
Went for a ride with my mate with a Ducati 1100 Sport.....he thought he would be waiting for me to catch up....Sure I had to keep it on the boil but the R65 sure likes twisty roads.
Pretty quick up to 130 thru the gears, but needed to drop down to overtake cars.
Nice. I really liked the gearing of the R65 when I rode one recently. Perfect for the twisty stuff.
Farout - what is it with R65s at the moment? - Am i just noticing more & more new owners of them cos I've got one or are they having a revival???
Your one looks girly BTW
I notice cheap things....well the start off cheap.....Girly......is that the attraction for you...
Well actually I like big butch bikes with moustaches and bikers caps and ... oh hang on
At least if you start off cheap you're ahead for a while
Bought a set of dented Commando Pea Shooters ( one of finest sounding mufflers of all time) on TM for just over $20.
Plan was to make up a 2 into 2 for the racer.
Last weekend took the R65 out for a run and the r80/100 mufflers bodged on started to fall off....fortunately I had a roll of insulation tape.
After a week of riding to work the tape was getting a bit tired so time to do a proper job.....
Hmmm, wonder if the Norton ones would fit....not only did they fit the fixings lined up....only had to make a 90 degree bracket.
Sounds great now...more like a British bike without the oil leaks and breaking down