The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sabastian (‘Gus’)

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  1. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Fantastic write up Nutso. I'm surprised you didn't do the other side. I couldn't rest easy if I didn't make sure both sides were the same.
  2. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Let sleeping dogs lie. That one wasn't leaking. I'll do a compression test soonish, & that will tell me if there is an issue. It was running a little richer & retarded compared to the left side.
  3. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Good piccies, I did the cam chain as part of the r90 rebuild and the crank sprocket was a hell of a thing to get off. Maybe this younger single timing ones are better.
    off topic but it was mentioned in the thread....

    I'm putting in a crank fired programmable ignition this week, once its up and running I'll let you guys know. Its fully programmable, has a rev limiter, and can run dual plugs if you want.
  4. Rosie!

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    What could possibly go wrong? I sometimes leave the welding rods in Clint's oven when I'm cooking, and it hasn't done us any harm :twitch

    ...unless of course you put the sprockets above the food. That's just gross.
  5. advNZer?

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  6. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Finally found a sidestand that doesn't need the crashbars. Only EUR 219..Padmei, I wonder if you could get a similar pivot made like that? Also a lockable gas cap to replace the one that flew off my tank. And the leather tail bag that fits on the GS rack.

    Goodness me, I could go nuts in this site, on goodies that would be nice to have, but I don't really need...Worth having a look in the cafe racer section as well.
  7. Padmei

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    Thanks for the link Nutso.
    That tailbag looks cool- well it would after maybe being broken in & dusted up but a great design - very Indiana Jonesish:D

    That sidestand is interesting. I did think about welding a plate onto the frame with a sidestand setup like that but not actually bolting it onto the engine mount- a simple yet effective idea. For me the most important step with my one is to get it so it retracts out of harms way - that is why all the front mounted ones look so queer with the angled leg.

    There seem to be a number of bikes nearing completion on adv rider at the mo. Some very nicley put together ones at that.
  8. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    They also had the Hepco Becker platform that would allow a top box. Not so sure on that idea, but would be nice to be able to lock things (helmets) away.

    Pretty sure its the same one that Boxer Supplies is advertising at EUR 199, but better photographs. The stands are more robust copies of ones used by the R100R (?), which doesn't use the crashbars for the sidestand mount.

    Noteably Adventure 950 - very nice. Ontic - WIP. Interesting.

    One thing I've noted is that some people take forever to do stuff to their bikes. The guys doing the fork conversions have taken a whole year,

    Been bored, at home, crook.
  9. advNZer?

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    if you get a locking cap i wouldnt mind getting one at the same timeOr i will get one for you too?
  10. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    I have been working on the bike today, and have the timing chain area back together. I'll finish the write up on that shortly, but there won't be many pictures, cause my daughter nicked the camera for the day.

    As Bart recently commented, the type of riding we do is bloody hard on our bikes. And Gus has a huge number of km's on him.

    When I went to clean up the exhaust downpipes prior to putting these back on, I noted that the left downpipe had a hole in it. I had heard a leak from there recently, but assumed it was just the the collector /muffler joint. I have tried to weld this up, but because its rusted / worn, it just blew straight thru'. So I've welded a patch on it, using part of a 40mm downpipe from the RS (which got crushed when I hit a BIG rock from a slip coming back from the Kiwi one year). Unfortunately I think that's a temporary solution, because it sits right on the downpipe / collector joint, & won't allow that to push up properly.

    The pipes are probably original. Certainly the chrome is shot / not present on most of them.

    At this stage I'm thinking I'll replace both (& also the collector box) with R80G/S & ST Keihan stainless items. My understanding is that these bolt straight up, & that the major difference in the exhausts is in the mufflers, to account for the subframe differences. I've sent a PM to Beemerboff - I understand that he's done that to his R100GSPD.

    I can include this in the next order. I thought you already had one? Or is yours non standard, or just not a locking one.
  12. advNZer?

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    i dont know if its std or not but it is not a locking one.Can these be keyed to work with the ign key?You might try Damien(SP?) ex cycle works,i beleive he is working from home now.

    dont forget mines a r100gs(prolly no different eh?)
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    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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  14. Padmei

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    Wonderful Nutso.
    My bike too has a few holes in the exhaust system - one on the balance pipe junction.

    That Rooney site is great. Some things like the frames don't particularly grab me aestetically however as mentioned he goes for praticality & durability over style.
    One thing that intrigues me is his collector/muffler setup. I wonder if that actually has baffles or pipes inside it orit is what it is. Probably not much good for over here with river crossings

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  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    The balance pipes are split with a metal 'gasket' over them. Are you sure you don't just need to adjust that?
    I think that it's a normal muffler inside, with baffles. Just configured differently to accomodate the short length exhaust. Re river crossings, have you seen the picture of Tanami's bike bellied out on the gravel after a Russian river crossing? Think they do okay, just wouldn't want to stall, 'cause it would suck the water in fairly quickly.
  16. Padmei

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    No I can see the hole & feel it. I think I might have put some poo on it.

    I wonder what price those collectors are???
  17. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    I've got the same lock cap on my G/S it's a R100 GS model
  19. igormortis

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    I recall that they are around $950AUD
  20. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Feck, the age of Gus is starting to catch up with me.

    The exhaust downpipes are stuffed. I am going to have to replace them with new downpipes.

    The gearbox drain hole has previously been helicoiled & has stripped. It'll need a bigsert, a job for an engineer, or the case willl need to be replaced.

    The right side head central rocker cover stud have previously been helicoiled & stripped when I got Gus. But I need a good stud to run the hardhead valve cover guards. Another Bigsert & a job for an engineer.