JimRides... from Northern Cumbria in the UK

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JimRidesThis, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. JimRidesThis

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    Thanks, I’m happy with the result but as I said, the photos do flatter the finish.

    I’m really just ‘fiddling while Rome burns’ so to speak. The frame is the important bit to refinish because I don’t want to pull the engine out any more times than absolutely necessary. It’s a faff. Once the engine’s back in and running, I’ll attend to some of the ancillary jobs I intend to do.

    Progress at the moment is being hampered by ‘real’ work commitments! However, I have ordered the paint for the frame, etc. and I got an email yesterday to say the locating dowels have been posted, hopefully they’ll arrive tomorrow and I can get the top-end buttoned up. Once the frame’s done (it still needs prepping, is your DIY finished yet :jack) I can put the two together at last.

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    I left off waiting for locating dowels and paint. Well, the locating dowels arrived which allowed me to get the cam cover bolted down. I just need to double check the torque setting for the M8 bolt in the centre of the cover (this is my reminder!) and that’s it ready to go back in the frame! :D

    Look what arrived yesterday...

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    I’d already prepped and shot some primer on the frame so there was nothing to do other than give it some base coat and lacquer...

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    I’ve got one or two other bits to paint (rear rack, side stand, etc.) so I’ll do those before I attempt to put the engine back in the frame. That should give plenty of time for the paint to harden off.

    I need to figure out a way of protecting the frame tubes when I put the engine in - that’s where most of the chips came from last time - so I’m casting a critical eye over materials I already have in the workshop. There’s not a lot of clearance between the engine and frame once it’s in, so whatever I use needs to form a thin, protective cushion that can be cut/pulled out afterwards. Any ideas welcome!

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    The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted Hillary, my stuffed otter :-) in the second photo above. I found him/her (not sure which) in a pre-stuffed state, in the stable/workshop when we moved in. He/she holds a watching brief over goings-on in the workshop. :brow
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  4. pistonbroke 66

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    As regards frame protection I used an old computer cable tidy (corregated type) and cut it to the individual lengths I needed jim. Not exactly ideal but it worked. This was on a honda 400/4 so space was a little easier.
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    I think you might be onto something there Jeremy. I don’t think there’s enough clearance for the corrugated/convoluted stuff, but I do have some spare 20 or 25mm plastic conduit that I could cut to make some shielding. I only need it on the top side of the lower tubes and the ‘inside’ of the front down tube. Cheers :thumb
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    It’s been a rainy day here (the first rain for about two months which must be some sort of record), so I put the engine back in the frame. :wingsPics to follow at some point :D

    @brucifer recommended corrugated cardboard for frame protection and I have lots of that lying around, so that’s what I used. Worked a treat! :thumb
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    Looking forward to some pics, Jim. :thumb
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    Your wish is my command!

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    Looking good! :clap
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    While I’m lucky enough to have a workshop where I can store and work on my bikes, it’s not a huge space, especially when one of them is up on the stand. Especially as the ridged floor surface (it was built as a stable) means it’s a precarious operation to move the stand once there’s any weight on it. Therefore I was keen to get the XL back on its pins and mobile.

    In with the swingarm and rear suspension and on with the front end. An hour’s work, et voila!

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    It’s looking like a motorcycle again :D
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    I had an ear worm today, The Who song ‘I’m Free’. But unlike Roger, Pete, John and Keith, I wasn’t ‘waiting for you to follow me’! :D With travel restrictions eased in England I took advantage of the weather and took the Buell out to stretch its legs today, my first ride purely for pleasure for a few months!

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    The Brampton to Alston road is an old favourite...

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    There wasn’t much traffic about until I hit Alston where there must’ve been 60 or 70 bikes in the filling station and more on the Main Street - no social distancing evident! :csm For those who haven’t been, Alston’s a very small town on the slopes of the northern Pennines and a lovely place to visit on a hot sunny day like today. Apparently it’s the highest market town in England.

    I didn’t stop. Too risky with so many people about as my other half is one of the vulnerable 2 million who are shielding from The Virus! I did stop by the side the beautiful twisty road north towards Hexham. Lots of bikes passed by, many getting some ‘knee down’ fun :flip on the tight hairpin just up from where I sat for 15 minutes partaking of my bottle of water.

    Not much goes on up here, mainly upland sheep farming, this peat upland is usually wet and boggy but the run of dry weather we’ve been having has really brought out the moorland flowers.

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    Shortly after that stop I veered off towards Haltwhistle (the name has nothing to do with with the railway that runs through it) and home.

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    All in all an enjoyable run out in the unseasonably warm weather.

    There’ll be an XL rebuild update coming soon :D



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    Last pic looks like it's near Bowland Forest.
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    It’s about 80 miles north of the Trough of Bowland @Redoubt but it looks similar in the photo. In reality it’s quite different. It’s an unclassified road that goes east, then south from Plenmeller (nr. Haltwhistle) and joins Clattering Causeway.

    Photo taken here 54.9238710, -2.4082297
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    An XLnt Update:

    I've been a bit busy with other things for the past couple of weeks so progress on the XL has been a bit slow. I reinstalled the alternator and cover last weekend (no pics) so, this evening, it was time to switch attention to the clutch side. For your information, the workshop sound track for these sessions has mainly been The Warratahs :D

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    On with the oil pump and kickstart spline and gears...

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    And the clutch basket.
    Then off with the clutch basket and oil pump to instal the oil orifice I'd forgotten first time round!

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    In with the clutch plates, oil pump drive gear and ignitor...

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    And finally fit the clutch case, auto de-compessor cable and external oil line to the cylinder head.

    The mechanicals of the engine are now complete!

    I was enjoying myself so much I set the valve clearances and adjusted the auto de-compressor to correct tolerance before calling it done for the day. Here's where it stands :D

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    Slaggyford sounds like a wild night out jim !! :photog:lol3
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    Almost there...

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    Still to do:
    1. Fit the footpegs, bashplate, fairing and side panels (they're just on loose at the moment).
    2. Ride it :D

    Apologies for the overly contrasty image, I'll get some better ones once it's complete.
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    Looking great Jim. You won't want to get her dirty.
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    Chris Spedding might been Movin' on the Queens' highway lookin' like a streak of lightnin' but the Buell and I elected for a steadier pace for today's ride out to Kielder Water in Northumberland.

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    First a slightly chilly ride east on the Military Road, hugging the line of Hadrian's Wall. It's all moorland, sheep-farming country, barren and beautiful in its own way, particularly on a fine summer day. No photos of Roman remains today, I didn't stop until I turned north at Chollerford. By now it had warmed up a bit and there was hardly any traffic, right up to Kielder Water. Some bits tight and technical, others fast and flowing. Pure motorcycling bliss!

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    Kielder Water. Actually it's Bakethin Reservoir connected to Kielder by a thin strip of water. Kielder Water is the largest man-made reservoir in England, constructed in the mid '70's by damming the North Tyne at the village of Yarrow. It's all forestry and logging up here; it's the largest man-made forest in Europe and home to two observatories with 'Dark Skies' status.

    Time to break out the Trangia for a cuppa!
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    I'd heard that the 'back road' into Scotland was closed at Saughtree for bridge repairs but I decided that I should have a look anyway. If all else failed I could about turn and ride home via Jedburgh and Hawick. Happily the road wasn't closed so I pressed on to Newcastleton and took the short route home through Kershope Forest.

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    Looking north towards Scotland.

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    At the border. The nearest telephone pole's in Scotland, the second one's in England!

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    Looking south towards the Lake District fells. Home's somewhere in the middle :D

    All-in-all it was great to give the bike a decent run out. The Buell didn't miss a beat. :thumb