Basic Basil"s corner

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I can't believe I've put up with the old clutch cable for so long. It's very smooth now, like new. The reason I never suspected the cable was, that it went bad so quickly after installing it, a few thousand k's at the most. The new one has got to be better.

    I also fitted the left indicator. It's not wired-in yet, but I have to say, it is an improvement over the stock indicators. Unfortunately, this is going to cost me $45, because now I have to do the rear as well. The first set was $25 off Trade me. Someone had bought them, but never fitted them.

    Better, eh?

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  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    The second indicator is now working. Somehow I have a feeling that I'll end up doing this again.

    Once I have changed the oils again I will see if I can find a competent upholsterer, who won't stuff up my single seat cover. It needs to be riveted onto the metal base. Then I'll need to tweak the rack where it sits on the cross-member that holds the rear fender. I am still not sure how I'll do it. I want it to look right.

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  3. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    i told ya it was a price of shite when i rode it. one day ya will get it handling like the majic carpet
  4. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    They've built an Enduro park on the section next door. Too bad that Basil had wash and is not allowed to play in the dirt.

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  5. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Oh bugger, they building next door. Just when you get used to having a paddock there. Hate that.
  6. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    if ya lucky its some bogans who have decided to leave sabulite road and go all upmarket. new house 1998 holden commodore. 16 year old daughter just had her 2 nd child. her boyfriend on home detention. what more could a ask for:D
  7. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    It's not a problem. We were hoping that it would be built on soon. A nice older couple have bought the section and it looks like they'll be taking care with their design. Unlike some other people around here. In a new subdivision there is always a risk that someone builds an eyesore and lowers the tone of the neighbourhood, like me with loud motorcycles. It's not so much that I am a snob, it's more the fact that all our dosh is tied up in the house, so we want the standards kept up around the house.

    Mind you an Enduro park would have been handy, especially with flood lights :lol3
  8. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    After five years, or so, the trusty Hornet needs a bit of R&R. $236 buys you a new pin-lock visor, a pin-lock lens, cheek pads and a new head liner. All that including freight.

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    It will be nice to have a clear view again and not having to face a very tired helmet interior.
  9. vege

    vege Been here awhile

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    hey koko the traditional upholstery guy in waimauku does good work...
  10. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    Where have you been, ya big Jessie?
  11. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    show some respect Oscar.

    Mr big Jessie
  12. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    He did seat cover on my R80G/S. I guess I'll have to talk to him about riveting this thing on. First I'll need to modify the seat rack a little bit. The Basic is a just a little bit different to the G/S.
  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    It took me a while, but I've now managed to install the rear indicators. But not without cutting and burning myself. Nothing serious.

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    Purists might shudder, but it would not be hard to reverse. I've never liked those big blob indicators and they kept falling of the stalk.
  14. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    My usual commute involves up to 6 km of lane splitting. I usually try to restrain myself, but still move at a reasonable clip. However, there are people out there who go a lot faster. I let them pass if it's convenient, otherwise they have to follow me for a while. One guy passed me just as I was pulling into the lane to let him pass, I also indicated. He went around me on the left and then pulled back into the gap. I don't like it when other people mess with my health and safety.

    When I see them go, I wonder why they are in such a hurry. It doesn't take much for things to go pear shaped. If you do this everyday, the law of averages will get you eventually.

    This morning, traffic was stopped before I got onto the motorway. It makes lane splitting a lot easier. Unfortunately, the reason for the delay was a fellow motorcyclist. People were looking after him and his black sport bike was parked on the side of the road. I hope he is all right and that his jeans worked for him.

    I guess after this I'll cut back one more notch. The 1150 is not a skinny cat. I can't wait for them to finish the bridge construction on my regular route. Better to be an old rider and leave the fast lane splitting to bold riders.
  15. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    Couldn't agree more with your approach Alex - the speed / risk with which some folks lane split IMO beggars belief ;) but then I'm just an old pipe n slippers fart
  16. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Yep, things are still happening here. I just got the single seat back from the upholsterer and fitted it to Basil. I'll need to get some outside shots, but it's getting dark and it has been pissing down with rain lately.

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    I've managed to tweak the seat-rack to suit the Basic's subframe. Now I'll need to look at an alternative solution for the toolbox. The original one does no longer fit. I'll have to test if one form a G/S will fit instead. Otherwise I'll fabricate something out of blue tac and an old shoebox. Oh, well I would if it was KLR, but I guess my options are limited.
  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    do you have any drawings for this and how much blue tac are we talking about - there is only a limited amount that I can recover from the walls in the kids bedrooms....?
  18. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    here you go

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  19. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    You know how water falls off the end of an infinity swimming pool onto the ocean? That's the extent of your skills my friend:norton
  20. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    blue tac is this some German product.

    we got blu tack here.