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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #225 on: 20.09. 2018 09:59 »
I do GB. No pressure on anyone not going but they really might consider attending, they won't regret it.   *good3* *whistle*
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #226 on: 20.09. 2018 15:32 »
I found today that the sea air really is NOT good for a classic motorcycle. Orangy corrosion colour on the chromework. Bike is now back on trailer this morning ready for journey home....  Tomorrow I'll be gently washing off sea salt before it gets too bad.
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #227 on: 20.09. 2018 19:14 »
I found today that the sea air really is NOT good for a classic motorcycle. Orangy corrosion colour on the chromework. Bike is now back on trailer this morning ready for journey home....  Tomorrow I'll be gently washing off sea salt before it gets too bad.

You have to make sure the bike looks it's best for the DGR ride on Sunday!

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #228 on: 20.09. 2018 20:16 »
I fitted the pillion footrest adapters today. They look mighty fine! I tidied my shed and fitted an LED twin lamp, like this  https://goo.gl/ndGV3W in the roof. The shed is now much better to work in. I intend to take the head off the bike tomorrow.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #229 on: 21.09. 2018 13:13 »
 Got up at 2 AM, and tore into the primary and gearbox completely apart.

 The bike still shifts terribly when things warm up.

 The mail says my colortune is in town, and once the package from amal arrives I will be able to sort that out.

 Wife and I both have off of work today, so I am sure she will keep me busy with not very important stuff. *sad2*

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #230 on: 21.09. 2018 13:24 »
Wife and I both have off of work today, so I am sure she will keep me busy with not very important stuff. *sad2*
Before I retired I thought I'd have endless days of me-time; dinghy sailing, reading, programming, listening to music, hobbying and of course BSA'ing. My wife and I are pretty handy DIY'ers so we've been able to make the most of the house we moved into four years ago. Of course, doing stuff yourself takes less money but takes more time.

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #231 on: 21.09. 2018 13:30 »
Know what you mean, Greybeard. I retired some years ago, but the list of jobs that need doing just get longer. And getting older means things take twice as long to do. And then there's those I just can't do anymore. Will need to live to 150 to get my jobs done - and that's presuming the list doesn't grow. Which of course it will.
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #232 on: 21.09. 2018 14:45 »
The problem with DIY is that you are doing things for the first time which is why it takes so much longer than getting in a professional who has done it thousands of times before to do it. But still we persist...
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #233 on: 21.09. 2018 15:53 »
I tidied my shed and fitted an LED twin lamp, like this  https://goo.gl/ndGV3W in the roof. The shed is now much better to work in.

The lamp looks good. As you get older you need more light!  I bought an LED strip about a year ago and still haven't gotten around to fitting it. Maybe now is the time with grey winter days approaching......

Just about to head off to the shed to put the A10 clutch cover back on - again. I am really not sure what I did wrong but the SRM clutch slipped worse than before I tightened up the springs :-(
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #234 on: 21.09. 2018 16:25 »
Just about to go for a ride on Wednesday morning and the petrol tap plunger cork leaked. Decided to try the steam method to revive them but both were well past there best.
So ordered some new corks and fitted them today and now all ok, replaced all the washers/seals associated with the Taps so should get a ride out tomorrow.
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #236 on: 24.09. 2018 13:47 »
Building plunger No 3 And am ever grateful to the Forum and the person who posted the concept of inserting Washers between spring coils to extend the centre stand return spring. I must be getting old as I even measured the distance required and then made sure I had extended the spring sufficiently. it slipped on like a welding glove.  *conf*

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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #237 on: 25.09. 2018 10:39 »
Good one Gavin  *wink2*
I tried that ONCE *ex* must have had too much grease around. Nearly lost a tooth from an errant washer at high speed  *eek* *sick*
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #238 on: 25.09. 2018 13:05 »

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.... the concept of inserting Washers between spring coils to extend the centre stand return spring.....

   ....didn't have any luck with the washers or coins but accidentally discovered an even easier way by using a piece of thin flat bar (like a metal ruler) just wide enough to slide through the eye of the spring and slip the end of the flat under the spring -holder lug thingy, then slide the spring off the flat onto the lug...helps if the stand is in the loosest position (up or down, can never remember, but not hard to work out)

 I'm fairly sure I posted about it at the time....

**edit quick search- Found a reference here;
 
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    i ve cut down on the meccano these days as the old girl is a historic tart and mot exempt.
    one i never had success with was the 2p pieces inbetween the centre stand spring coils to expand it.
    remember that one? i should have asked for my 2/6 back but was young and nieve.

I tried it too and no success,  but in retrospect, I think I put all the washers in the same side- big mistake...I think the washers need to alternate for'n aft...or even every 90*
 However- I've also realised that on my plunger,  with the stand retracted the spring can be removed/added easily with a bit of thin flat bar

 ...and an earlier effort here;
 
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Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
« Reply #239 on: 25.09. 2018 16:18 »
Is this about getting the spring/centrestand on the frame.  After battling with the spring with pliers, an old sage showed me how.  Attach spring to centrestand and frame lug.  Position centrestand so that the spindle will go in the hole nearest the spring then force the other end into position before bashing the spindle through with a soft faced hammer.  Harder to do by yourself but only a few minutes with two. *smile*