What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by dynax » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:24 pm

Took a chance on having a look at Bridgets starter motor before shelling out on a new battery, and i am so glad i did, after taking it off and taking it apart one of the brushes was totally siezed and not moving, gave it a squirt with a bit of WD40 and got it moving, gave it all a good clean and a regrease fitted it back on and we now have a good strong motor and she fires up on the button :thumb:

quick update, found a refurb kit for the starter £25 ish, but while i'm ordering that will also order a side stand but i need to check and see if the footrest bar is the right one otherwise i will need to order one, i am starting to like this mechaning malarkey :lol:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by linuxrob » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:06 pm

Not today exactly but......

Last Saturday (9-02-20) before the real nasty weather arrived it was the February meeting of the North Yorkshire VJMC club at the Black Bull in York (11.00 - 13:00).

I had hoped to go down on the GS125 for the Dec and Jan meeting at this new venue but weather put a stop to that.

"Go in the car" my better half said, but no I would not feel right turning up in the 20 year old Focus to a Japanese bike meeting.

Anyhoo, after my early morning shift I gave the GS a good spray with GT85, got layered up turned on the 10W £4.99 Chinese heated grips and off I went. Head wind on the way down had me sub 45 MPH and had to to stop every 10 miles to clean the salt spray of my visor.

54 miles later. Great meeting and a lovely small breakfast, had a pleasant tail wind and dry roads on the way home. A little over 125 miles to the gallon, not bad.

Hosed the bike down when I got home and lightly sponged down my jacket, boots and trousers.
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Spent Tuesday day giving it a good wash, while the breeze got rid of the water my drying towel could not get to I took the chain off.

Before
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After
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Done RH side.JPG
First cleaned in diesel followed by a dunk in old engine oil warmed in an old deep fat fryer. This non O-ring chain takes quite a lot of effort to look after through the winter. After a drip dry gear oil was applied with a clean toothbrush then refitted.

All set to get filthy again as the wind and rain continue.

Will be posting more of the Z500 refurb in the projects section soon

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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm

How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Richzx6r » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:38 pm

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
When I used bar muffs I had to fabricate something to keep them rigid as they were interfering with the brake and clutch levers, so me personally wouldn't go down the route again
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by skyrider » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:53 pm

other than that you could use barkbusters
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:08 am

Richzx6r wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:38 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
When I used bar muffs I had to fabricate something to keep them rigid as they were interfering with the brake and clutch levers, so me personally wouldn't go down the route again
I know that's an issue with some but reviews of others say this isn't a problem. It's really whether they work in terms of keeping your hands warmer. Probably not going to be needed until next winter hopefully.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Mr Fro » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 am

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
I highly rate bar muffs in the cold - I have them on the CG commuter. I wear summer gloves all year round now without getting cold hands.

The drawback is that they look crap. :-D

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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:57 am

Mr Fro wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 am
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
I highly rate bar muffs in the cold - I have them on the CG commuter. I wear summer gloves all year round now without getting cold hands.

The drawback is that they look crap. :-D
Yeah - well, I'm not exactly a picture of elegance myself so looks aren't the key issue.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by linuxrob » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:35 am

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:57 am
Mr Fro wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 am
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
I highly rate bar muffs in the cold - I have them on the CG commuter. I wear summer gloves all year round now without getting cold hands.

The drawback is that they look crap. :-D
Yeah - well, I'm not exactly a picture of elegance myself so looks aren't the key issue.
Well. I do rate them for keeping my hands a bit less cold. Yes they look crap. Had a set of tartan ones (thanks Mum, what else do you get for your motorcycling sons 18th) on my 400/4 late 70's and they looked crap but i could still feel my fingers and therefore concentrate on the fun bits of riding. They really help keeping the limited heat from the Chinese heated grips, without the muffs anything over 30MPH the wind cools them too much.

here they are and now 15W and only £3.28 wow order now for next winter!!!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-Universa ... Swbn9cxmmr

These work very well and heat up within 20 secs, the wires are too thin really they lose about 1.0V in the short run so around 2W wasted in total, also I used an inline 5A fuse and better heatshrink that actually shrinks more to grips the elements to the bars.

I use 2 x 10W LED Aquarium lights on the front as DRL and LED tail and clock lights to keep the generator load down, with all on it is around the same as with the 35W candle headlamp on but a greater chance of the people who do take the bother to look of seeing me.

looks a mildish day today so will be in the shed with th Z500.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by linuxrob » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:42 am

Richzx6r wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:38 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
When I used bar muffs I had to fabricate something to keep them rigid as they were interfering with the brake and clutch levers, so me personally wouldn't go down the route again
These have a semi rigid collar to get your gloved hands in and out easy, I did have a concern about the Front brake getting pushed on but even at 45 MPH+ the cloth does not push on the lever at all, it does take up a bit of the free play on the clutch lever though but not a problem. I do use a few reusable cable ties to keep them in position as the cloth strands are not up to it.

Hope you are doing OK, Regards

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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Richzx6r » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:10 am

linuxrob wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:42 am
Richzx6r wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:38 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:15 pm
How do you rate the bar muffs?

I am nearing the age when comfort takes precedence over appearance.
When I used bar muffs I had to fabricate something to keep them rigid as they were interfering with the brake and clutch levers, so me personally wouldn't go down the route again
These have a semi rigid collar to get your gloved hands in and out easy, I did have a concern about the Front brake getting pushed on but even at 45 MPH+ the cloth does not push on the lever at all, it does take up a bit of the free play on the clutch lever though but not a problem. I do use a few reusable cable ties to keep them in position as the cloth strands are not up to it.

Hope you are doing OK, Regards

rob B
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Stu » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am

Richzx6r wrote:
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Yea I'm back to full health now just still scratching around trying to find a job.....
Go do mine while I'm on sick.......
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Richzx6r » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:17 am

Stu wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am
Richzx6r wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:10 am
Yea I'm back to full health now just still scratching around trying to find a job.....
Go do mine while I'm on sick.......
What do you do?
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Stu » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:19 am

Richzx6r wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:17 am
Stu wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am
Richzx6r wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:10 am
Yea I'm back to full health now just still scratching around trying to find a job.....
Go do mine while I'm on sick.......
What do you do?
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Re: What did you do to your bike today? (part 4)

Post by Richzx6r » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:30 am

Stu wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:19 am
Richzx6r wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:17 am
Stu wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am


Go do mine while I'm on sick.......
What do you do?
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Something I can do.....so when do I start
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