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What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by edd1e, May 3, 2012.

  1. unKle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 1,261

    Location: Kent

    As I'm still on furlough and can't access my tools (at work) I've had to service at home.

    Managed ok with a Halford socket set, GS are a really easy bike to service. It's done 10k miles, carried out a 12k/yearly service per the manual - oil and filter, plugs, final drive oil, air filter, brake fluid and valve clearance check.

    Reset service via MotoScan android app. Just need to get out and use the thing now, not ridden it properly since I came back from a Eurotrip in September last year!

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    Couple of defects found and rectified. Tank filler neck securing bolts had some corrosion showing (aftermarket ones for SW Motech tank bag) so cleaned them up and ACF50 applied, plus re-balanced front wheel.
     
  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,856

    Location: West mids

    Replaced engine case bolts with stainless ones, polished up some washers that you can't get in stainless, spaced out my left hand pilly hanger to bring the exhaust away from the swing arm as a slightly twisted subframe is pretty common meaning aftermarket cans can be a little close to the swingarm.

    Knocked the rust off the oil cooler lines and gave them a coat of acf 50 grease and noticed my new clutch cylinder has a small weep from the threads of the bleed nipple so need to strip that down and see if there's anything in the seat or if I've scrapped it by over tightening it :rolleyes:
     
  3. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,856

    Location: West mids

    Cracked my first hollow link riveting the chain this afternoon, actually tried to follow the torque specs on the riveting tool for the first time.
    I think I'll carry on doing it by feel...
     
  4. Smok3y

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 6, 2002

    Posts: 1,295

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Last part of home service. Finally got round to changing the oil after doing the plugs and fitting a K and N a few weeks ago.
     
  5. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 15,175

    Location: In a house

    Got chatting to one of the neighbour's wife today as she was walking by whilst I was fiddling with stuff on the driveway. She mentioned her husband has a little cbr125r which he was having a problem with.
    I said I could take a look if he wheeled it over to my driveway.
    20 minutes later, it's in bits on my driveway, looks like a stuck float causing it to spray fuel out everywhere from an overflow.
    I have stuck it in the garage and will try and sort the float out, give it a little service/clean and if I get time wrap some of the panels and see what else I can upgrade from my parts bin :D
    I do really enjoy turning little bikes like this around. Makes sense to at least change the oil as it may have had some fuel in it, and I have time during lockdown!
     
  6. Mickcas

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 21, 2017

    Posts: 400

    Location: County Durham

    Fitted a new exhaust today, went with a black widow slip on. Given the price and the decent reviews I thought I'd would be worth a punt.

    So far I'm pleased, sound good that's for sure, it's now got that v twin bark, I've left the baffle in for now but I'll see how it goes, it might end up out.
    Finish is nice, I felt like I'd find an issue or two given its half the price of things like scorpion and arrow, but I can't find anything.
    Included clamps aren't great and one has cracked as I tightened but I've emailed them and hopefully they will send a replacement, if not I'll pick one up easy enough.
    Exhaust paste included is far from great, I'm tempted to pick up something better and refit at some point

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    Cracked clip
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  7. Maccapacca

    Tea

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,841

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Jumped the rallye today

    Next time take the kids cottage pie out the top box

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  8. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Baked beans in a cottage pie. Heathen.
     
  9. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,856

    Location: West mids

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    Finished fitting my chain and sprockets after cracking the first soft rivet last time :rolleyes:
    Also got around to putting on the ez grips that have been sat in the draw for months.
    Finally ready to ride again.
     
  10. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Love the chain.
     
  11. khemist

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 9, 2006

    Posts: 5,098

    Location: Scotland

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    Changed from Powerbronze to Puig windshield.
     
  12. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 2,032

    I like your bike, that's a good one mate.
     
  13. khemist

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 9, 2006

    Posts: 5,098

    Location: Scotland

    Thanks, it's a fun bike, great to have almost 100hp now instead of the 25 on my 250 before.
     
  14. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,658

    Location: Жит&#10

    My new bike lift arrived. For those of you who do your own maintenance, this thing is worth every penny! Lifts bikes up to 450Kg up to 770mm.

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  15. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,916

    In March I realised that my bike was struggling to start after a few months of inactivity and I’d forgotten to put it on trickle charge...

    Thought I’d recovered it a bit after a while on the Oximiser and a few rides recently. However, I went to fill up just now as I’m back to work soon, it struggled a bit but thought nothing of it but ended up having to bump start at the petrol station :p

    Ordered a cheap replacement battery as I couldn’t find a Motobatt in stock anywhere.
     
  16. Scythe

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 23, 2005

    Posts: 5,230

    I had a Oximiser on two bikes which killed both batteries by overcharging and failing to switch off, causing the cells to fail and display symptoms as you suggest. Keep an eye on the charging unit.
     
  17. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,916

    It definitely seems to be working fine from what I can see.

    Just in case though, what would you recommend instead? Optimate 3?
     
  18. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 27, 2005

    Posts: 20,773

    Nice Bike :)
     
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  19. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,122

    Location: /* */

    I checked out how much the garage would part exchange it for a new bike, and I was very pleased with the results.

    I will have owned it for 2 years for only £600 decrease in value if I trade it in.
     
  20. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,856

    Location: West mids

    Rode it to work for the first time in over 2 months, arrived with big grin, neighbours will soon hate my pre 6am departures though. The Black Widows with baffles out are rather fruity.