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1  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Gas cap help on: January 10, 2018, 03:14:03 PM
Thanks for that, I'll be taking it all apart at the weekend, it's good to get photos of it all.

2  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Gas cap help on: January 10, 2018, 08:24:45 AM
Thanks for posting this, very useful.

It's a shame it sat proud because they both look identical. Did you work out why it didn't close properly?

I have a problem with my gas cap too, the mechanism is well corroded. I frequently lubricate it and it's fine for a while, then it gets stiff again. One day I'm going to snap my key in the lock. I could do with replacing it really, but because you've taken yours apart do you have any idea how easy it would be for me to take the latching mechanism apart to give it a proper clean up?
3  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: engine case paint? on: January 04, 2018, 03:40:10 PM
Nice job. I'll be using that on my engine in the spring time.
4  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: engine case paint? on: January 04, 2018, 02:30:04 PM
I've often wondered how good the 2k clear coat is. I rattle canned the rear cowl some years back, the paint was mixed to perfection by a local paint shop and put into cans for me but I used standard clear coat and the clear coat finish has not held up too well. I'll try a can of 2k clear coat next time. Do you know if you can spray the can of 2k over all rattle can paints or do you need to match them?
5  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: engine case paint? on: January 04, 2018, 12:45:51 PM
I used dupli-color alloy wheel paint for my forks and it was a good match to the engine casing, it's been on a couple of years with no big chips. It took a couple of weeks ta harden properly. I also used a top clear coat from the same manufacturer. But, my engine was resprayed some 7 years ago so I have no idea if it's in the exact factory colour or not. Also I'm in the UK so I'm not sure if you can get the same paint in the US?


6  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Tail bag on: January 03, 2018, 11:17:57 AM
I like the look of that bag, it's more subtle than a rear box. And it will save you having to have a backpack just for your sandwiches :-)
7  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: CB 1 no electrics on: October 27, 2017, 11:45:32 AM
With the side stand down ad ignition on you should still see at least the oil light. When you say ignition dead, do you mean you get no lights at all when the ignition switch is on?
8  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: After 15 years of neglect, first ride! on: October 25, 2017, 02:13:14 PM
Oh I can see them now. Great job! I wish mine was looking that good.
9  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: After 15 years of neglect, first ride! on: October 25, 2017, 11:45:03 AM
Great work! But I can't see any pictures. Is it just me? If so how do I get to see them?
10  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Rules to ride safely on the road on: October 17, 2017, 07:28:58 AM
Japanenglish is so funny. I once worked for a Japanese company and their technical manuals had us in stitches with phrases like 'Concentrate your mind or death might be quickly'.

Seriously though the skid demon has nearly caught me out on a number of occasions. Seems to be lurking on many of the country roads near me Grin

11  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re:'d better start listening - Yamaha XSR700 Coming to 'Merica in 2018 on: September 23, 2017, 09:37:27 AM
I had a good look at one of these when I was in Croatia last month and I think it's a great looking bike. I want one.
12  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Trouble starting - Power loss - Cut off on: September 23, 2017, 09:34:17 AM
If it's cranking slowly when you press the starter switch it's worth having a go at jump starting it from another known working battery. If it spins into life it's probably the battery. If it still cranks slowly it could be a bad earth or as a_mort says, the starter motor brushes.

That said, the fact that your bike has died a couple of times suggests some other electrical gremlin. After the bike has died, when you press the starter switch, is it cranking slowly?
13  Classifieds / For Sale / Re: FS: Detroit Michigan 1990 Honda CB1 All Original 8900 Miles Runs Good $900 on: September 21, 2017, 03:30:43 PM
Welcome zeer0.

I'm sure you will love the bike once it's sorted. I hope you have an easier time replacing the fork seals than me, took me ages and lots of heat to get them apart and I destroyed the bushes so be prepared to replace them too. Have fun :-)
14  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Irregular ticking sound on: September 12, 2017, 08:35:53 AM
Pod_70, great instructions and it looks even better now you have sorted the images out. Thanks for posting that.
15  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Irregular ticking sound on: September 11, 2017, 06:17:05 AM
Yes, it's probably the valve clearances. One of my valves ticks a bit when the bike is cold and then goes away when warm. Been doing it for years now.

It's not an easy job which is why I've never done it myself and I personally would get a bike mechanic to do it for me.

The valve clearances are set by replacing shims of differing thickness. You measure how much out of tolerance they are, then order a new shim of the correct size to replace it with. The shims are widely available but you need the right tools to compress the springs and remove the shims. I have heard that you can do some jiggery pokery with a tie wrap to compress the springs but I'm not sure I would use that method.

Probably pod_70 or a_morti will have more info for you.
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