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Misc / Open / Re: Electric vehicle.
« on: May 27, 2024, 01:36:16 PM »
My wife has a 2023 Jazz Hybrid ..  complicated yea but does 67 mpg even around town and lovely car to drive without any nasty laggy CVT gearbox to contend with and she can go to Leeds and back each week with journeys whilst she's there, without worrying about charging. So don't think we will ever go EV. A guy at work try to tempt us into buying a Renault Zoe but even the 55kW version of that would be borderline doing that weekly journey without charging. Probably OK for you though Johnnie if you just do short local journeys.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500K2 carb bit
« on: May 27, 2024, 10:09:09 AM »
My 500 did not have a screwed in retainer pin Ash I had to drill it out. The bearing at that end was partly missing as it had been dismantled previously.  I ended up with a replacement mounting unit from Ken that had a been later threaded and fitted with a one piece threaded pin.
So if I understand you correctly it's a two part arrangement on the 500 threaded with an end cap fitted on assembly to hold it at the right position!

As far as I can make out the retainer is a cheese headed M3 screw with a spring washer underneath. The end of the screw is machined to a slightly smaller diameter to engage in the groove in the chromed lifter bar and is just the correct length so that the screw doesn't 'bottom out' on the groove ...hence  the spindle is retained but still free to rotate. All new to me ..the 400F's I have owned just have a pressed in pin that's a bitch to drill out.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500K2 carb bit
« on: May 27, 2024, 09:16:47 AM »
The guy bought them in the end .. every day is a learning day ...thanks for the replies. Interesting that the 500 has a screw in bar retainer 'pin'  under the tiny peened-in steel cover but the 400 has one you have to drill out.

CB350/400 / Re: 50th Anniverasry CB400/4 Feature in CBG
« on: May 27, 2024, 09:06:54 AM »
Mr Curtis gives correctly the name of "wet OR dry" abrasive paper, I note  :)  A friend working in sales for 3M years ago always corrected the mention of "wet & dry" through gritted teeth, as it can't be both at the same time  ;D

Gritted teeth it ... presume 80 grade Nigel.

Graham is a top bloke and really good friend of mine. Evidently Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics paid pretty well for his articles ..he also did a CB250K2 restoration that had been owned by John Nutting and  had been acquired by Bob Berry but he never did anything with it ..... so Graham restored it for the magazine.

Reading those articles  it seems he got a set of tank transfers from Skellerns of Worcester ('HONDA Super Sport' ..... not the stripes) ... I got mine in 1986 from Fowlers and there was definitely a part number them. But all of the 'experts' ... mainly on F.B.   ::)  suggest I am talking nonsense and they were never available as a separate Honda part. I remember that I copied all of the part numbers I got from Fowlers into my 1986 work diary of these days I will find it in the loft somewhere and prove 'em all wrong. Unless somebody here has the part numbers of course. I must have phoned a dozen main dealers before I found some at Fowlers and then the bloke in the spares dept. (very knowledgeable as I remember) told me it was the last set they had. At the time there were also some genuine Honda stripes to bling up the somewhat bare tank of the CJ250/360. I guess they may have been from the USA model which did have stripes on the later model that we never got here in the UK.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500K2 carb bit
« on: May 26, 2024, 03:13:02 PM »
But of course he's going to be buying the whole assembly from you Ash so he doesn't need to remove them  :)

Not sure  Dave ...people often ask but don't end up buying.

When I got that out I found a whole bunch of 400 carbs stuff and set of yellow pass plated parts so I think I will put myself together another spiffing set of spare 400 carbs.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500K2 carb bit
« on: May 26, 2024, 02:03:09 PM »
Looking at the part with my camera microscope app ... I think this is what he means which case the bushes are OK

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CB350/400 / Re: 50th Anniverasry CB400/4 Feature in CBG
« on: May 26, 2024, 01:08:59 PM »
I know he is in business to make money but it would be a nice gesture if he gave a discount to VJMC or forum members especially considering all the free publicity he receives from the articles and the people who restore the bikes using his parts! Maybe a 10% sale of parts in January when we are all busy getting on with our restorations, just something would be nice (and I don't mean free P&P!).

UKPete on this forum summed it up succinctly "basically, he wouldn't give you the steam of his own p*ss"  Bit harsh I know but I think club discount would be a great Grahams write-up Tippets of Surbiton  gave him a 10% club discount.

CB350/400 / Re: 50th Anniverasry CB400/4 Feature in CBG
« on: May 26, 2024, 10:48:01 AM »
Here is the link to the resto articles.

This link will self-destruct by this evening so grab it while you can.

CB500/550 / CB500K2 carb bit
« on: May 26, 2024, 08:55:25 AM »
I give my wife bits to sell on eBay to keep her sweet and to promote tolerance of by obsession.

She listed a 500 carb plate and lifter rod and someone message to see if she has brass bushes etc ...see pic ..but I can't even see anything like that on my own set of 627B carbs so she can't really help him out. I thought he may have been getting confused with later PD carbs (that I have no experience with) but he says its for a 500K2... She told him to join us on here and ask for help  but it's difficult conversing details on eBay (phone/email etc)  for the fear that eBay police get onto you for attempting to deal without going through them. This would deffo have been a question for Ken !

I do recognise the other bits.

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CB350/400 / Re: 50th Anniverasry CB400/4 Feature in CBG
« on: May 26, 2024, 08:09:14 AM »
Problem is Dave ..there are SO many articles on the 400F it's like old hat now ..  regurgitating the same old content from other magazines previous issues..

I think they should just reprint my mate Graham Curtis's 400F restoration project he did for Classic Motorcycle Mechanics back in the mid '90's and perhaps bring it back up to date again with extra features. Like listing sources of the best resto stuff not available back then. Like Diego (pikis) Decals for the tank etc. and also telling prospective buyers that, to date and as far as I am aware,  nobody sells repro double-skinned exhaust headers ...unless you count the exclusive run done by Sankei this year but as far as I know not being sold by the likes of Yamiya, DS or CMS etc. They could also seek out the girls in the publicity shots to add a bit more glamour to the occasion. May be knocking on a bit now though.

They would also, for a 50th year celebration,  have been better doing a feature on the  UK Press Bike JGC 606N , owned by a member on here IMHO. But perhaps that may be in the pipeline for another magazine, who knows.

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Out & About / Re: OUT AND ABOUT 2024
« on: May 24, 2024, 10:19:09 AM »
Difficult to use FB when you’re not a member.

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I know what you mean about FB Steve but closed groups like the CB72/77 UK are truly excellent ..with absolutely no nonsense (unlike the 400 and 750 ones where everyone is a so-called expert) ...if you own a CB72 or other early 1960s Honda and not a member you are seriously missing out IMHO.

CB350/400 / Re: My New Project arrives after a 44 year wait!
« on: May 24, 2024, 09:56:30 AM »
BTW my pic was from the mega money push-mile bike
.was it £16k ? It went for at auction at Silverstone Auctions. Seems the routing was all wrong.Always had my doubts about that bikes authenticity. Wonder who bought it?

CB350/400 / Re: My New Project arrives after a 44 year wait!
« on: May 24, 2024, 09:52:45 AM »
Cheers! ... Spot on  Dave ..just realised.I need to get a wire clip bracket that the rubber strap thingy mounts on to from Yamiya.. have the rest of the harness mounting rarities though.Going to BZP my original horn today ..that will be fun 😁 Speaking of horns horn on that diagram?

Out & About / Re: OUT AND ABOUT 2024
« on: May 24, 2024, 08:18:06 AM »

[/quote] Ash, you'd have got the Glensanda boat from Port Appin wouldn't you? They're lovely all weather fast boats...Foster Yeoman have sold the quarry now but it's still working and I used to enjoy fish and chips at McTavish's too but the place is now a shop...I can see Glensanda from my house and now and then can hear the dull thud of blasting 😄👍

From memory (a long time ago now  ;D) Foster Yeoman had their own boat and it went from Ledaig near Benderloch to Glensanda. I seem to remember that the stone  produced at that time mostly went by boat to be Tilbury. It was a bit of an unusual job because our arch rivals Goodyear had sold them a conveyor belt splice failure monitoring system ..that didn't work  :-[  By some strange 'old pals' act between the top brass where I worked and Goodyear in Akron, Ohio, yours truly was sent there to re-design the electronics to get it to work properly. A long drive from East Yorkshire though in a 1.8 Escort Diesel !

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