Well it feels like a new year with a fresh new MOT on the bike. I went down to Oval Motorcycle Centre to fix my fork seals. Took rather longer than I thought it would, which ended up costing more money but was definitely worth it to me cos I learned loads about forks, fork seals wheels and brakes in the process. I had a few problems which would have really stumped me had I been alone and having the correct tools and expertise on hand was just what I needed so what might have cost me now will save me in the long run. Its high time I learnt to fix motorbikes and this is the easy way.
Fork seals done on Saturday I played dodge the raindrops today heading back down to Neil at Uralmoto opposite Brands Hatch to oggle at his Harleys and do the MOT. I'm not really into Harleys as is pretty obvious by now, but if I was I would definately prefer an old one to a new one, and Neil has an original electra glide in blue from 1965 as well as a load of others modern and classic.
Today is the most miles I have done since I picked up the bike and took it for an MOT this time last year. The first time I have had to fill up twice on a journey. I was almost hitting seventy miles an hour at some points down the A20. Was a bit scary especially over the bumps. Maybe I'll ride some more this year. happy new Year everyone.
Got back from Cornwall three weeks ago and this is the first day it hasn't rained. I am still off the road with a broken clutch cable but will hopefully sort that if I get time next week. I found a very interesting project just past Vauxhall called Oval Motorcycle Centre where you can pay them some cash and they teach you to fix your own bike. They fixed my clutch cable up gratis, shame I forgot to put the adjuster on first. I am going to go back to do my fork seals before the MOT is up next month. In a year I might have done 600 miles. Hopefully will do a bit more before the next MOT or maybe the aliens will come back in 2012 and turn it into an interstellar jet bike.
UPDATE: I tried to get over there and the gear lever fell off. the grip is sort of gnarled away on the inside. I tried to shim it with a bit of beer can and it fell to pieces. I called Oval to see if they had any ideas- they said try Heinekein!
Meanwhile here is some more nice stuff I have seen on ebay. Images link to the auctions.
Very unusual KLR 600 engined chop which looks like it would handle well at speed. With a big single trail bike engine and zero weight I bet it accelerates like fuck too. If I didn't have a bike already I would be tempted to buy this bad bwoy. On ebay here
Or maybe its just global warming. Anyway, hopefully I am going to have a bike I can ride from A to B without breaking down with A and B being a bit further than my house and the supermarket. Meanwhile here are a shed load of tasty bikes on ebay at the mo.
Firstly a really mean looking ZZR1100 engined bobber here which needs finishing.
I'm not really into paintjobs and rarely see any that I like. I like this. A really cool looking GS750 on ebay here.
Meanwhile I am back to square one, the rectifier melting its wires again. I think I am going to relocate the coils under the tank and secure the rectifier where the coils were. Here's hoping!
Breaking down again meant I got to meet another happy chap from SOS Motorcycle recovery. They have been consistently good. When I phoned up thru my insurance company the automated message asked me if I got my policy before or after Jan 2011. Apparently Carole Nash, my insurance company have switched to the AA.
The S.O.S driver laughed. "They'll be back." he said. "once they have received enough complaints about the AA sending non bike trained mechanics out then having to wait another hour for recovery, and all the bent handlebars from car mechanics strapping bikes on too tight..."
Well the weather is almost here, if you are not on the road yet maybe either of these might take your fancy. Firstly a one off Buel which needs finnishing, but will probably be worth a bit when its there.
Not by my tinkering though. I bit the bullet and took it to a friendly mechanic recommended by a mate. He fixed my wiring mistakes and fitted my new electronic ignition, then noticed a number of problems I hadn't been aware of, none of which I had the confidence to tackle myself. The back brake was out of alignment, sort of bent over on the disc and one side was seized. Also the clutch cable was pulling at the clutch cover which was why I had so much trouble getting the bike into neutral. Both of these problems he fixed by making up brackets. Taking the bike for a spin just before I came to collect it he noticed the bike wasn't charging. I told him about the burnt out wire on the rectifier and by the time I arrived he had unrapped all the gaffer tape I had put around it and built an isolating housing out of perspex neatly held together with cable ties. With brake pads and a full tank that came to three hundred quid.
I'm not unhappy. For London that could have been a lot worse. I am reassured now someone with a bit more knowledge than me has had a good look round the bike and hopefully now I am ready for summer.
I wanted to build something like this years ago. I really like single cylinder Jap chops. This one is for sale north of Aberdeen. I have bitten the bullet with my electrical problems and sent my bike off to North London. Should be ready for the sunshine when it finally comes. Will hopefully be able to ride further than Tesco.