Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Long timer

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    Picked mine up Saturday. Just couldn’t wait for delivery!

    I put 56 miles on it, mostly in the desert surrounding my house. Nothing but fun and giggles.

    My initial thought is that as long as I remember what I’m riding, this thing is a great exploring machine... it’s nearly silent and leaves very little evidence of its passing through the area. I had trouble spotting my own tracks. It’s probably as close to bulletproof as you can get as far as motorcycles go. That little engine has been around in one shape or form for a looong time, and Honda has it figured out.

    Maybe the mistake is modifying the shit out of it so you maintain 60 mph on the highway to get to Death Valley or wherever you want to explore. It is what it is.

    Just throw it in your truck and take it to wherever you want to explore. Problem solved, and you haven’t compromised the best part of the little bike- the amazing reliability and, more importantly, it’s amazing Stealth factor.

    Armor it up the best I can, dump stupid money in the suspension, and enjoy it for what it is, I think that’s my plan. I’m not touching the freaking motor. Honda pays engineers a ton of dough to come up with motors that are as reliable as an anvil. Big deal when you’re way out in the desert.

    Just my first impression.
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  2. Chillis

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    Good to hear you like it.

    Run 20 psi in the tires and don't be afraid to use the clutch when you need to get moving on an incline.

    I've abused the heck out of the clutch and it keeps putting up with it.

    You may even want to hear it down a little of you are getting into sand or climbing grades.

    As for modding, I agree it doesn't need much but as fun as it is to ride it is also so easy to work on that I'm getting a kick out of that as well.
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  3. lookatdirt

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    I wasn’t criticizing! Far from it!

    We’re all having fun and that’s what it’s all about. Nothing more.

    Thx for the advice, I’m listening.

    Besides, I might need your help with the fork kit!!
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  4. Chillis

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    Bring it over. I think I may start offering the service since I'm bored and it isn't really difficult but most average wrench turners are not going to want to mess with it.
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  5. Chillis

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    Exhaust has arrived. Beautiful craftsmanship costs time. Took about a month to receive. Have to check order date.

    Worth the wait for a hand built piece that doesn't cost a fortune. Total was just below $500.

    Hope it fits with the Takegawa clutch cover.

    Never repack again. Chambered design, removable quiet insert.

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  6. lookatdirt

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    Purty! Can’t wait til you install it!
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  7. Chillis

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    If it fits!

    I hope it does!
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    That took forever to upload.

    Tempted to try it out before going big bore but in case it doesn't fit that cover, I'll leave it new.

    Test fit can take place Wednesday.
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  9. Chillis

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    Everything is getting here quick!

    I'll have everything but the Power Vision today. PV arrives tomorrow.

    Need to sneak out and find an O2 sensor bung and assembly line. Plus plastic razor and gasket remover.

    This is going to be fun if I can be left alone to work on it.

    The piston, cylinder, and cam are so tiny. Cute even.

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    Enlisted a helper:

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  11. B10Dave

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    Brian; if you do use that exhaust, before it gets many miles on it remove the baffle retainer bolt and put copper high heat never seize on the threads. Might not do you any good but the next owner will thank you.
  12. Chillis

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    Barnett kevlar clutch kit/springs, Koso spring retainer plate, oil spinner delete, Takegawa Super Oil Pump are in. Clutch cover is going on and then I'll start on the stator side to install the heavy duty cam chain tensioner and crankshaft extra support bearing kit.

    Probably do that and big bore tomorrow. Plus oil cooler kit and intake.

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    Going to have to modify the clutch actuator arm to accept hydraulic clutch rod.
  13. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    We have some really good news in the form of the exhaust fitting!

    If I had the O2 bung I could fire it up. Going to try and find one in the morning.

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    After I get done with the build and put the exhaust on permanently I'm going to pull the baffle for maximum heat evacuation from the head.
  15. ZoomerP

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    How did the OE clutch look?
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  16. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Looks excellent with little wear or discoloration.

    Could have just put some stiffer springs and continued to use it as is.
  17. ZoomerP

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    Considering how much you've been slipping it, that's good to hear. Solid Monkey.
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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I've used that clutch a lot in rough terrain and hills. Thought it would be much worse but it looks great. Driven plates have zero discoloration.

    I don't do any clutch wheelies or abusive transmission work.
  19. lookatdirt

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    Hell yeah!
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  20. Chillis

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    It is pretty ridiculous that I cannot find an O2 sensor plug in my travels this morning. Haven't even started wrenching as I needed assembly lube and a way to open up the clutch actuator arm to accept the Magura Hymec pull rod.

    I'll have to figure out the plug deal for the exhaust. Most everything else is accounted for.

    Actually, my clutch cover did not come with the required spacers to push out the footpeg assembly for clearance. Need to address that as well.

    Edit: going to be a couple days before I can run the bike. Still work to do but I'll be waiting on the O2 plug and oil for break in.

    Mix in some responsibilities and time to work is being cut into.