Second lesson today, theory booked and no CBT to do for me so that's £160 I don't have to spend.
30mph is crazy fast on a motorbike compared to when in a car.
Here are the results from my Saturday test ride!
That Speed Triple was something else. I am definitely picking one up when I am in the service.
This BMW 1200 RT was not so different from my bike, just newer.
I test rode a Ducati Monster, not this Diavel, but the Diavel was really low to the ground and had a great engine noise and features. The gears on the Monster were too tall, it did not want to go at all until it was at speed.
I will Probably buy a Brand new Husqvarna Te 449 2011 soon. Enduro class bike, street legal, BMW engine.
If i do it, i will post a video of the first start.
Sweet, got £1000 for my first bike.
Hoping to get a Honda CG for around £500 and get some protection for less than £200 then i'll have £300 left for insurance.
Thinking of spray painting my bike (pedalslol) lime green, but im going to tape the logos and shit so it doesn't look stolen
also maybe spraying the rimz gold
Passed my theory test on Tuesday, I was really tired and hungover so I'm not sure how the hell I managed 49/50 on the multiple guess. Only got 1 over the pass mark on hazard perception though.
Hopefully if I get my CBT done before I go away then I can do my practical next summer for my full license.
Hey there, OP here with a small update on my SR.
Thought, I might take this here beautiful bike on a trip to france and HEY what's that smell...
Hey, wait, no no nononono, stop it, what the fuck are you doing? NOOOOOO!!
But, but, I thought you were...
how did this...
Yes, the entire wiring loom decited to fucking catch on fire. First the lighting stopped for some reason and I had to abort my shopping trip. Ignition still worked, so I thought it had something to do with my previous repairs on a loose battery cable. So when I got home and checked, it was all out of juice. Figures, it might have been screwed over by the loose contact. But even a fresh one didn't give any better results. I checked all the connections, but nothing showed any malfunction. That was until I checked the wiring behind the lamp where every fucking cable had molted into a big mass of shortcircuit, failure and bad timing. All the plugs are molren shut, everything is fucked. I need to replace all of them.
Shit luck man, I assume that's a rarity for any bike?
Woke up this morning at 1am and spent till 5am drooling over the thought of a Ninja 650r/ER6-F for my first bike next year, 2.5k for the sexy black and red and insurance at £500. GOTTA SAVE LIKE FOUGH
My beloved TT250 has gone back under the wrench to fix some things:
*Leaking base gasket
*Leaking fuel tap
*Leaking float bowl,
*And unreliable lighting.
So a cheap replacement commuter bike was purchased so I didn't have to go back to driving in peak-hour traffic. A '96 Suzuki GSX250F with ~40,000km on her.
The change in ride smoothness going from a single with knobbly tires to a transverse four with street tyres is ridiculous O_o
So first I set about replacing the base gasket. That was fairly easy, but while I had the head and piston out I figured I'd better remove the carbon build up.
Soaking them in carby cleaner sort of worked, but it was taking a looooong time, so on the recommendation of a friend I got some phosphoric acid (also known as rust converter).
It worked much better and in no time all the lumps of carbon were gone and they were good to go.
Reassembly was simple enough with some help from the service manual.
The rubber seals for the fuel tap (between the assembly and the tank as well as the turning part of the assembly) were replaced, same with the seal around the carby float bowl, so they can go back on and if everything goes to plan, the bike will run again
I've started on the electrical side of things, my plan being to convert the head and tail light to DC (~30% brighter, apparently, compared to running on AC) as well as changing the standard rectifier (a single diode) to a bridge rectifier so I have full-wave rectification instead of half-wave (much more efficient that way).
Full-wave ^ (images courtesy of Wikipedia)
Stock diode on the left, bridge rectifier on the right.
I also need a new regulator as the old one was stuffed and caused the battery to fry itself because the voltage would rise well over 6v.
That's pretty much where I'm at, at the moment. I hit a bit of a snag and need to work out how the high-low beam works on this bike, because it seems that the low beam is actually tapped from a different point on the coil in the magneto, meaning it may be running on a lower voltage to the high beam. I'm hoping the low beam filament in the globe can handle 6v so I can just run it on that, otherwise I'll need a separate rectifier/regulator just for it.
Well, I'm shit out of luck. The short circurit burned all the way up and fried my Ignition lock.
I ordered a complete replica wiring loom for the front wiring. I also found the problem... one
of the previous owners must have decited it was a good idea to bypass the main fuse.
BYPASS THE MAIN FUSE
It looks like my budget of £500 for a Honda CG125 is pretty low, the only bikes I can find in that price range have kick-start engines.
Will a kick start engine be a problem compared to electric start engines? When I did my test/training I did stall a few times, so would it be different with a kick start engine when I stall?
If the engine is in tune (valve clearances right, carbs jetted right, etc) then it should start in two or so kicks from cold. Warm starts should be a single kick (unless the bike's been on it's side - that can be a whole other story ).
There can be a bit of a technique to kick starts, but mainly just depress the lever until you get to a power stroke, give it a boot and away you go.
It's not as fast as e-start, but not really an issue once you're comfortable riding that specific bike and very rarely stall.
Just got my 1949 Velo solex working again, looks like shit, runs like shit, but damn it's such a joy to ride!
So facepunch I have a dilemma; I love my ninja 250 but I also love the classic american cruiser bike and I come to you to help me make up my mind.
I want to sell/trade my Ninja here.
Then get a V-star like this
Then add a bobber seat and cut down the rear fender and lower it 1", add drag bars, and paint it to look similar to this.
All in all the modifications to do this would not cost too much only about 4-500 for the seat and drag bars.
stick with a sports bike. get one of the newer ninjas (2008+) though. they look much better and have some improvements over the older ones.
cruisers are slow and look like shit
Sound is also a factor, a 4 cyl inline sounds way different than a V2 twin, it's just matter of preference.
The same way I like older sports bikes and the newer supermotards but a friend of mine who is taking lessons too likes the newer sport bikes and the older cruisers.
My next road bike is probably going to be something along the lines of a bobber/flat tracker/cafe racer.
I need to find something cheap and crappy looking so I don't feel bad about cutting things up, repainting stuff, etc.
I'll probably wait until after I've got my open class license (so I can ride bikes larger than 250cc) before I start looking for something.
It probably won't be as fast or agile as my Across, but it'll look and sound awesome.
My bike has turned into an endless piece of work. When I installed the new wiring loom, I had a chance to check all the electronics. Basically everything the previous owner ever touched it fucked and fucked again. Instead of replacing cables, he just took his crimping tool and connected a new piece of cable with new plugs. The result were endless unneded plugs that were faulty for the most part, since every connection is a weak point when it comes to breaking the wire by vibration.
But that is not all. The rear fender is a horrible piece of fuckery. It is not an original but it looks cool on the outside. But on the inside, he just screwed it in place. You never see the bullshit he made, unless you remove the fender but when I finally did I saw that the holes where it is held in place are differend sizes and drilled at an angle for no reason other than being a lazy fuck and drilling by hand. Also, he pulled the screws so tight that the fender is bent and the paint broke off. Rust ensures in the near future.
But the worst thing is all the faulty elecronics. The rear light has its cable running aaaalll the way under the fender (again one of this guy's ideas). SR500's are infamous for their shit suspension, since the angle creates such force that even the hardest springs give in. So the fuckign tire ripped the cable up real good over time. It was BARE BRASS. And that's SIX FUCKING WIRES.
How the hell did this never short out before?
Anyway, The electronics are getting a complete makeover. Guess I'll not be leaving for France today.
Getting my 600cc (Ugh, any cc to be accurate, as long as it's restricted to 25kilowatts for 2 years, then it's unrestricted) driver's license in a couple of weeks.
Too bad it's gonna be winter soon. Oh well, i can still ride my pitbike during the winter.'
I loved riding my moped during winter tho. I rode through last winter with supermototyres Loadsafun.
Great, as soon as I get my money for a bike they all suddenly go above my budget, fuck
After raising my budget to £800, I found a sweet Honda CG 1999 in great condition
The last owner put a CBR 600 race sticker on the tank for some reason
Actually, i will wait the next spring before buying the bike, financing the full price will make a total price of 12600$ for the bike, 150$ per mouth for 7 years! So i will save 5000$, then another 4000-5000$ to complete the payemnt, it would be 150$ per mouth for 2 years instead, plus id rather use my snowmobile this winter.
Alright, bumping thread with some content!
Here, have an ugly custom motocross/moped thingy (it's mine I built btw, original engine was busted so I changed it to a 120cc pitbike engine)
I can't weld for shit.
All you HD fans and Duc fans and sports bike fans are gonna hate...
My 07 Buell XB9SX Lightning
And this is what she sounds like (before and after)
That's one beautiful bike man
the bike looks alright, but from what I read Buell's quality is lacking