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Spring clean

Spring clean

The old Suzy was looking decidedly scruffy & unloved after spending the winter in the garage. It was covered in coal dust, dog hairs, etc. & it was badly in need of a freshen-up as the riding season is almost upon us
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Numerous attempts to bring it to life were unsuccessful so it was time to get the spanners out & find out what was wrong. The plugs were rotten after the failed starting attempts so they were cleaned & gapped ready for action. The plug from the left cylinder was much dirtier than the plug from the right cylinder – more about that later
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The ignition system is old school, wouldn’t have it any other way. I found that there were a few issues with one set of points. The threads on one of the adjusting screws had given up the ghost resulting in the points having partly closed. A bit of daw-faking sorted it out but I’ll be giving Crooks Suzuki a buzz to see if they’ve got replacement screws
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The engine fired up immediately after the bit of maintenance but I could tell that it wasn’t running smoothly. A check of the carb settings showed that the mixture screw on the left carb was screwed out a full turn more than it should have been (can’t remember doing that :doh:) The correct setting is 1 1/4 turns out. After sorting that out it ran like a Helvetian chronometer
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The front brake is about as much use as a handbrake on a canoe, a single disc set-up with tiny brake pads. It was never any good & I’ve learned to live with it in the ten years that I’ve owned this bike. I removed the caliper, stripped, cleaned & reassembled everything. The pads were in perfect condition & the piston was free & in good condition also. I put it back together & I bled out the old brake fluid. The brake is still bordering on useless but I’m used to it by now. I might fit a braided brake hose to it this year in honour of it’s 40th. birthday in the hope that it would improve stopping power. We’ll see
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When the mechanicals had been sorted I just gave it a quick squirt around the estate to see if all was OK & then I adjusted the slow running to get it ticking over the way that I like it. It needed a major clean before I put it back in the shed & it looks a bit more respectable now. I might throw it into the Paddy’s Day Parade at Carrigaline on Sunday if I bother to get out of bed that day. Anyway as I said earlier the spin season is almost upon us so the work was necessary. My application form for the Youghal Vintage Run arrived in the post this morning so that will be my first ‘official’ vintage run of the year. Can’t wait :bikerie:
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Vintage tax

Vintage tax

Have an 88 bros here,what do I need to do to get it classed as vintage for tax purposes?


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Leinster classic motorcycle club Easter sunday Show

Leinster classic motorcycle club Easter sunday Show

LEINSTER CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB SHOW SUNDAY 21st Of April 2019 will take place in CBS School Carlow beside Train Station. Yamaha Gts will be raffled day of show tickets €2.50.Entry to show €7


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sean egan

sean egan

Any got a phone number for Sean Egan motorcycle painter new ross


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Selling a classic bike ?

Selling a classic bike ?

Is dungdeal the only option for selling a classic bike in Ireland or is there another classic bike community of some sorts.

I’ve a fairly rare 1981 gsx1100 that I was thinking about moving on :thumbsup2:


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Last weekend shopping

Last weekend shopping

Picked up these last weekend


The TS400 is a pretty rare auld yoke


Must tear into them and get them up and running

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Classic brakes – sharper MC?

Classic brakes – sharper MC?

My VF1000 is very, eh, classic in the braking department.


It has 2 piston sliding calipers on 296mm discs, so never marvellous, and even worse hauling up a kerb weight of some 258kg.


It has braided hoses, freshly cleaned and greased calipers and Goldfren carbon ceramic HH pads running on Brembo discs, but it seems to take a long time for the lever pressure to build into braking effect.


Would moving from the OEM 5/8″ (15.875mm) master cylinder to a 14mm one give me more pressure for better performance?


Would a radial master cylinder work with this set up?


All the radial cylinders seem to be quite large bore, do they work differently to the axial ones?


Cheers,

A


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Mystery Motorcycle Seat?

Mystery Motorcycle Seat?

I was doing a bit of early spring cleaning in the attic and came across this which I got in a job lot about 12 years ago, I’ve no use for it and was gonna fire it up on Fleabay but i’m not sure what’s it off.


If I was a guessing man I reckon its from 1980s Honda CG125 or Suzuki GP100/125. Whatever its off it would seem to fit a bike with a rear fairing or hump behind the seat.


Its in really good shape with only a very minor nick in the covering a few mm long in one spot where it folds around the plastic base.


Any ideas what it might be for and what it might be worth?


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