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  1. Frankster

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    The final chapter...

    After changing the fuel petcock, I was ready to take the GSF for a spin around the block. Put it in gear and road out of the shed with no revving issues. Went to ride out of the back yard and it revved up again. I was just about to turn the engine off when I realised I had the handlebars turned left. As soon as I turned them straight the revs dropped. I thought I'd checked the cable routing, but obviously I did not check it thoroughly. Pulled the throttle apart and put it back the right way and now no revving issues. I was just about to ride off and I noticed the fuel gauge was reading EMPTY.

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    Years ago I would have had to ask a sparky mate to fix this, but after hanging around with Murdo I knew exactly what to do to fix it. After fixing the fuel gauge, I eventually managed to get the bike out for a quick spin. This engine is a bit smokey, but being unregistered I'm unable to put any miles on it or the new tyres to determine if there are any issues. I didn't rev it too hard going around the block. It seemed to pull okay with a slight stutter at 8,000rpm, so I kept the revs low. I may have to take this thing to Broadford for a track day to see how it goes. The engine was purchased by the PO from a wrecker in Sydney. It doesn't have good compression, which could be due to sitting and doing nothing for years. Bike looks okay, but I don't understand why these bikes don't have a temperature gauge (unless this bike has the wrong cluster on it?).

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    No temp gauge but it will have a temp light on the dash that will come on when it reaches critical temperature, indicating you should shut it down. The radiator fan is also very quiet on this bike.
     
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    I worked on one of my bikes for the first time in a long time! I got the dodgy VTR out, put fuel in it, connected a battery (much more involved than it sounds) and tried to start it. It almost fired, went bang at one point, but then just cranking over. Checked plugs, still no good. Guess it needs new plugs and carbies cleaned. That was the point when I realised I don't like working on bikes.... Sigh
     
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    @James Mclaren stopped by the shop on his nc30, Vfr400


    Such an amazing bike

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    Not taken recently maybe some time late last year, I cut the side stand switch straight of from the bottom only to realize I could've easily disconnected the thing from the wiring box, it was too hard basket giving it a thought at the time I had to get rid of the thing to eliminate all faulty electrical errors...


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    I got a bit inspired by project binky , so I bought a car

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    Trying to create a plan , this as far as I got


    Anyone got a 1600 twin port ? I have a line of a 1900cc kit for one

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    Does anyone know of the inspiration for the build above ?
     
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    Started on the electrical work.

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    Trying to create a plan...

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    Big day in the shed today as we are locked up and cannot go anywhere.
    Started by moving a couple of bikes around, then I wiped the dust off some others, charged two batteries, stacked some boxes of parts in a corner, swept the floor and sat in my chair to admire my work.
    Tomorrow I might get busy and polish my sockets and ring spanners. :D
     
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    I actually went for a spin on the CB400FS this afternoon... about a 15 minute ride, just to clear the head a bit. Been stuck in the damned office at home for too long now.
    At least the weather is getting a little better so I can get back to doing some stuff on the bikes.
     
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    I got my bike up on the bench at work yesterday for a little maintenance.

    Found the exhaust hanger nut missing, replaced with a longer bolt and new locknut (not a nyloc nut, a flanged locknut)

    Replaced brake fluid front and rear, lubed the clutch cable and adjusted at both ends.

    Tyre pressures.

    I finished my studies end of last year and have finally become a qualified mechanic, got my tradesman certificate and all. In the future I will be doing the course to be able to do blue and pink slips. So now I'm "the mechanic" instead of "the apprentice" :minigun:

    Have to move home, a royal pain during this lockdown nonsense here in Sydney. Luckily, it seems we have found a place very close for the same money, and with a carport with rear lane access and a secure roller door. No more streeth parking hopefully :neo:
     
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    Congrats mate , how far have you come from riding the dodgy ninja 250 to being a fully qualified mechanic . super proud of you , but you will always be the apprentice to the long term members
     
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    I did a thing...
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    Got my brother to collect it, now the wait until I go get it.

    In the meantime, I went to work on the VTR again, didn't get far, again. The carbies were pretty clean, but there was this:
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    There wasn't a lot going for this bike, both wheels are broken, bars are bent, tank is the victim of a gang bashing, front and rear brakes are seized, it would need a chain, probably brake pads and the usual set of tyres. I could buy a complete and running VTR for a similar sum and save myself the effort!

    So on to the DR350, instead. Our old farm bike, taken a beating (they are a tough bike, it fought back), and I'm trying to put it on the road. Scrounged around for parts, found indicators, battery box, the headlight I bought (need to make mounting brackets), a neutral position sensor, and a couple of other bits. We still have the original gauge cluster, but the mounts have been broken for 2 decades, and gluing them back on was futile, so an alternative will sought. Then I noticed 2 cut wires on the cluster for the turn signal light - that was a painful and dodgy task, let's hope it works! Didn't get far, but it's a start.
     
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