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Misc / Open / My Messages ITALICS of read messages
« on: Today at 10:58:00 AM »
It might be me but I keep on getting a number 1 in the messages box that does not go when I have read or replied to the message is this normal or do I need to tweek something on settings?

CB350/400 / Making your own gaskets
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:02:19 PM »
I need to make a set of carb top gaskets any pointers as to how thick a sheet of suitable gasket paper I need ?

Links to suitable sized paper would come in handy , unless anyone has some proper  left over gaskets they want to part with ?

400 carb top gasket by Macabe Thiele, on Flickr

Misc / Open / Cleaning up carbs - general
« on: August 05, 2022, 03:10:14 PM »
I've just started cleaning my spare set of carbs for my 400 - they are almost fully dismantled - they have had a clean in my Ultrasound Bath at 65 deg using Allendale carb cleaner after initial general degreasing with clean petrol.

I am pleased with the overall results especially on the insides - needing a little extra cleaning with a soft tooth brush in a few areas.

The main body is a slightly coarser casting with a bit of a blue tinge whereas the carb bowl & top cap are a much smoother finish.

Whats the easiest way to give a polished finish to the top & bottom - I don't want to use paint or spend days polishing them?

Carb top cap by Macabe Thiele, on Flickr

CB500/550 / Hond CB 500 height question.
« on: August 01, 2022, 10:14:44 PM »
Can anyone tell me the distance when off the stand from the ground to the seat please?

I'm trying to work out how much taller the 500 is compared to my 400?

Thanks in advance.

CB350/400 / 400 slow running jet cleaning.
« on: July 29, 2022, 12:57:41 PM »
I'm currently doing a rebuild of my spare carb set that I bought a while back from member here - Pops - they are in generally good condition..

The float pedastals on my current carbs are not in great condition so these will be my back up if needed.

I assume that the slow running jet that screws into the base old the carb inside the bowl should have a clean hole. Mine seem well blocked up & so far Ultrasonic cleaning has not unblocked them.

Is it okay to push a fine needle through or is there a better method that does not risk damaging the orifice ?

Misc / Open / Ultrasonic cleaner solution for carb parts etc
« on: July 27, 2022, 09:37:02 AM »
I have a small ultasonic cleaner that we used for cleaning some old jewelery - its not large but okay for smaller items such as jets, emulsion tubes, carb bowl etc.

Can anyone recommend a cleaning solution please?

Misc / Open / Petrol in a bike how long is it good for?
« on: July 23, 2022, 05:36:18 PM »
I recently had an issue with old petrol (SUL) causing a misfire in our Merc - it had half a tank of fuel that was left over from October 2020 when I last filled it up to the brim. Luckily I have managed to save the old petrol after adding some Octane reviver from Halfords- once I am close to reserve I will put new fuel in the tank - (the misfire then went within a mile or so of driving).

I did a bit of internet research where advice varies for petrol stored in a vehicle quoting an optimum shelf life of between 3 weeks -

This got me thinking about winter storage & what do folk here do if their bikes are only ridden in the summer months - my worry would be that if the tank is drained over winter then there is a risk of tank rusting?

Any comments / advice / observations welcome.

CB350/400 / Where to fit a small analogue voltmeter ?
« on: June 23, 2022, 06:21:23 PM »
I presently have a small digital voltmeter mounted on the handlebars between the mounting brackets.
It works just fine but in bright daylight you can't read the display.

Has anyone here fitted a small diameter Analogue guage -the old headlamp mounted units would be ideal you could fit a raised type unit in a suitable housing?

CB350/400 / What is the right way to check the 400 oil level?
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:53:06 PM »
A really basic question - to check the oil level is this done with the dipstick resting on the casing thread or fully screwed back in?

CB350/400 / Removing the petrol tank without damaging paintwork how ?
« on: June 19, 2022, 08:00:45 PM »
My Petrol tank has been removed several time by me & the PO the tongue seems to have the paint chipped/scratched  in the process.

Is there a safe way to pull back the rear rubber retaining strap to avoid damaging the paint or ripping the strap ?

Fortunately I have not had the tank repainted (yet) so not an issue probably the thick re-paint it partly to blame. 

How do members here remove the tank without causing paint damage?

CB350/400 / 400/4 is popping & banging with poor mpg where to start?
« on: June 16, 2022, 09:29:15 PM »
This evening I fired up the 400 from cold I let it run at between 2- 2500rpm for some 20 seconds then checked the front pipes.

Number 1 & 3 cylinder are virtually cold - number 2 & 4 nice & hot.

So where do I start to diagnose what the problem(s) are please?

An Idiots guide if you will of the best logical steps I need to take in sequence please?

CB350/400 / Running in a new engine after rebuild how many rpm?
« on: June 13, 2022, 08:48:42 PM »
My engine has had a rebore what sort of rev limit is sensible and for how long?
When is the ideal mileage for first oil & filter change?

Misc / Open / Eye Candy
« on: June 12, 2022, 10:57:13 AM »
Came accross this today ----wow.

Cant seem to post the link from the start so you need to rewind -  some great bikes.

Lovely red Honda at 9.43/38.23 looks like an early twin.

Some nice bikes in the last half of the Bike Shed Motorcycle show London 2022- money bling.

Misc / Open / Anyone seen this Yoshimura ?
« on: June 10, 2022, 11:21:05 PM »

Ideally my next project will possibly be another 400 that someone has given up on or has a blown engine. This would enable me to use my spare engine & various other 400 parts that I have built up over the last 18 months.

I liked the look of  Nashers 500 & various 550 bits he is trying to sell for a widow - it might be a project too far - not to mention the distance involved. Anyone here know of a 400 at sensible money with a duff engine?

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