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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by buffaloborn, Jan 12, 2011.
This is my '79 Special that I just did some work on. I used the All Balls tapered steering bearings and TC Bros. Choppers bronze swingarm bushings, and recommend them both.
That's very nice original looking bike, hope you enjoy it, do you do much travelling on it?
Thanks! It will mainly be used just for country road exploring and fun, but I'd love to do some long trips on it sometime.
Did a similar treatment to my Honda CB750. Huge difference. Would also do steering head bearings too if at all possible. Those combined with progressive springs/shocks has yielded the best handling motorcycle I have ever owned.
I updated (err, well... still updating, really) my bike in bits and chunks. I can say the biggest single change came with the bronze swingarm bushings. Nothing else came close. More power here and there with carbs and pods, better handling with shocks and bearings, more reliability with ignition and charging upgrades, so on, so forth. But: New bushings = totally new and better handling. I dunno how the needle bearings compare, but the bronze bushings upgrade should be the first thing you change.
Nice Special with good up-gradage.
Just found half a circlip on the sump plug while dropping the oil out, :eek1
motor now coming out for a good look-see, easier to work on anyway! :huh
keep you posted [with photos]
Photos of progress on the motor surgery later today
As promised; photos of motor surgery,
two half washers [on left] found on sump plug
Culprit is on the left [right photo] - has been squashed flat allowing the collet washers to fall out!
circlip pliers show position of kickstart gearing behind clutch basket
MikesXS bottom filter;- worth it's weight in gold!
Stuffed clutch plates, guess it happens after 45k hard kilometers!
made of steel & works a treat! bashplate shows 'war wounds'
K460 Dunlop [16"] - my favourite tyre, others used Dunlop 606 [18"], Chenshin [19"] & Metzler ME880 [16"]
All the gear is on the way from MikesXS, so for the time being I'm hooting around on my '81 Special 'Tourer',
might even stick the trailer on behind for next weekend's rally
That is really nice looking. Much less 80's factory chopper looking than most Specials I've seen. Are the bars stock? Looks like aftermarket pipes? Any other details you can share?
I'd jump the gun for him and say stock pipes, aftermarket bars.
Very clean bike.
Thanks! Those are Bikemaster "European" bars. The pipes are stock. It has a Saddlemen seat cover, fork gaiters for a Triumph, an XJ750 front rotor, braided brake lines, and the chain guard is painted black. Other than that it is mostly stock, and still has the original paint on the tank and side covers. Here is a link to the photo set of the work done on it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/speedfourjoe/sets/72157627478817247/
Thanks! I just looked through the photo gallery. Excellent job! I have been looking for a good deal on a standard, but after seeing what you were able to do with yours with just a few minor changes, I may take another look at the more common specials that I see for sale around here.
They sure are easier to find. One suggestion is to look for a '78 or '79 Special. Basically, they are about half way between a standard and the '80 and up Specials. They still have the side hinged seat, metal side covers, the BS38 carbs, and a standard style tail light, so easier to make a roadster from.
I have a project '75 standard, and when I first got this '79 I was really surprised how close they were, and I actually like the looks of the slimmer Special tank better. While I prefer the 18"/19" spoke wheels on the '75, the overall height of the 16" rear wheel is about the same as the 18". It has more side wall than the 18", so a little heavier, but handles fine. It feels like my SR500 on the backroads.
I was surprised how well behaved a Special is on dirt, given the right tyres of course!
I run Dunlop K460 x 16" on rear, Dunlop K70 19" on front, great combo for all round riding, tar & dirt
In addition to the swingarm and steering head bearing upgrades, what other improvements do you folks recommend? I'm putting a shopping list together.
Anybody in AZ looking for a clean XS?
Not affiliated, just saw it today, and can't afford to buy it so I thought I'd post it up here.