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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Dec 20, 2012.
Nice. . Last few days have been very nice here & I thought it'd be real nice to be out in it.
I've finally managed to install new (homemade) exhaust gaskets and secure the exhaust pipes. then I thought lets have a closer look at that single seat, because I remembered Phil's request.
I hadn't realized how loose these seats sit. Then I looked more closely at it and noticed a missing screw. Turned out that two were missing and the last two were about to go missing. Just imagine if the seat had flown off with me on it . All fixed now. I blame the bad roads around town.
For those who wondered why this assembly fits onto a Basic. I had to heat up the rack rails and squish them a bit so they could clear the crossmember on the sub-frame, it seems to work ok.
This has been quiet for a while, mainly due to my laziness. I managed to cure the stumble that Basil had just off throttle. Even without a synch, he's running well now. I installed two new throttle cables as well. I also bought a new mirror to replace the cracked one, but it was the one for the earlier models, bugger. I'll do better next time. It will give me the opportunity to get a new choke cable and new pushrods tube seals. The bloody seals are leaking quite nicely. That will be a job for summer, along
With the fork oil. I'll just stay out of rivers for a while.
Ok, I caved in and reordered the mirror. If anyone needs a left mirror for their older boxer let me know.
I also got the bits for the pushrods tube seal repair.
Finally, instead of the clutch cables, I went for those Motorworks short choke rods. The coke cable bits were expensive and looked like a pain to install. So what do people think about these?
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I've installed the motorworks choke thingies and like them but as my bike aint running I can't comment on how well they work.
I like the fact that there is one less cable to push out of the road to check your oil.
I made my own choke pulls, but abandoned them eventually because:
they were a pain to close while warming the bike, especially when idle was patchy;
the big tank interfered with them anyway;
the choke pull isn't a straight pull - there is a dogleg in it. The home made ones didn't have the nylon which the Motorworks ones come with, which gives some 'resistance' in the pull. When you fit these you need to remove the springs that hold the choke closed. As a result, on the homemade ones, vibration was opening the chokes mid ride, which killed gas mileage.
Padmei has some homemade ones in Schmiddty. The size of the Methven knobs may have given a more positive closure. You may want to talk with him as to whether he likes it with the small tank set up.
Thanks for the feedback. I usually close the choke within a few hundred meters. Is t a problem doing them one at a time?
Not really. Just runs funny when one choke is open & the other closed. But one choke on Gus is a bit sticky, so I occasionally get that anyway.
I usually close my chokes as soon as I get out on the open road ( less than a minute from starting off). It gives me a nice feeling that I'm off on a voyage somewhere - kinda "chocks away Ginger!"
I don't notice the difference between choke on & off really while riding. Nutso's right about the 'feel' of the choke lever - My wires holding the choke open are semi bendable so kind of bend as I close it. Must get round to fixing the other one I spose.
Oh well, as long as it starts all right, I can live with it. One less cable to unhook. Hopefully, I'll have the stuff by the weekend.
New tyres on the way too?
Yes, organising tires now. Was going to go T63 rear and MT21 front, but apparently the T63 is not tubeless. Now I want to put MT 21 Frontend rear. However, the rear is taller than it should be. Is that Ok? I want either both tubeless or both tubed. At the Moment have one of each.
Getting a little closer to a well running bike.
Got the carbs done, well apart from a synch, but work got in the way.
Fitted a fitting mirror
Still to go the pushrod tube seals, no water crossings for a while
and the fork oil and the tires.
I am still not sure which way to go. Looks like it will be tubed again, with what I want. Probably a rear EO9 and an MT21 front.
The tyre combo is still the best (cost / grip compromise) I have found for the type of riding we do...