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CB500/550 / Re: USA scrap yards
« on: June 23, 2022, 07:14:11 PM »
Thanks Roo. Yep got that mag. I think it's an old Jarma (the 'Jota' built for the US but failed to sell so Slaters bought them cheap from Laverda, hotted them up a bit and sold them here!
I know Keith Nairn very well and my 120 is up with him in Scotland (Laverda Scozia) having a rebore with special pistons and rods.
The primary cover on the 120 is very rare and I'd like to find a spare as they are normally toast if the bike gets dropped!
Bet you wish you kept that Monty and the Formula 500, rare beasts indeed!

CB500/550 / Re: USA scrap yards
« on: June 23, 2022, 04:53:30 PM »
Slightly off topic Roo but did he have any Laverda parts at all?
I'm looking for a left hand 120 Jota primary drive cover.

CB500/550 / Re: USA scrap yards
« on: June 23, 2022, 11:39:48 AM »
Absolutely amazing Roo who you bump into unexpectedly! Great story and obviously a real character much like your goodself👍.
I've had a similar experience a couple of times, you go to get something, get talking and the day is gone!
I went to see a chap called Miles who owned Morgo (they make the rotary oil pumps and 750 big bore conversion for old school Triumph twins), he was such an interesting guy I was there for 6 hours!
Glad you got the bits you wanted, I bet you back there before you leave the US even if it's just to buy the model kit!

Other Bikes / Re: New bike
« on: June 16, 2022, 09:10:20 AM »
Lovely looking bike with a great colour scheme.
I have been tempted by the RE for a couple of years now. They look great if left standard but can take on a different character if modified, there are so many bolt on parts available you can really make the bike your own.
Looking forward to hearing how you get on with it Mike.

Well done Ted, no record racing now 8)

Other Bikes / Re: Porous wheels
« on: June 11, 2022, 05:59:22 PM »
From what you have all said it sounds like potential rim leakage. This is strange though as I have checked the rim and all appears to be fine, no dings or cracks either. The tire fitter (he's actually an ace mechanic, used him for 25+ years) also checked the rim inside and out and he could find nothing wrong BUT he did say only slight damage would cause a leak at the pressure involved. The green gloop did slow it down but did not eliminate it so maybe it is the critical area between the rim and the tire that is slightly damaged.

Nigel & Ted, yep, I did the soapy water test a couple of times and could find nothing on the rim but there was a very, very slight weep on the valve head, bubbles took over 30 minutes to show but they were tiny. Anyway I replaced the valve (twice) and the problem is still there.

I will install the new rim with my new tire and see how it goes. I won't use the paint, Honda never did so if all is fine it will point to the old wheel being damaged and fit for the bin.

Thanks for all the replies.

Misc / Open / Re: Anyone seen this Yoshimura ?
« on: June 11, 2022, 05:45:24 PM »
It's horrible! Fairings didn't survive, no doubt, because they don't really flow with the 400/4 styling.

I agree, they look better on the CB250RS with the rectangle headlight. I searched for two years before I found an old battered one on ebay. Piki made the decals whilst Menno did the paint to match the rest of the bike.

Other Bikes / Porous wheels
« on: June 11, 2022, 11:22:36 AM »
This is not SOHC related but still has a Honda theme! Actually it’s a request for my 1999 VF800fi so four cams and not one :o

I’ve been having problems with the rear tire losing up to 10psi over 3 or 4 days. I originally put this down to a slow puncture/leaky valve but after changing the tire twice and four new valves later it is still doing it. I have tried everything from using a green anti puncture gloop in the tire to using rim sealer and nothing works. The tire fitter is sure the rim is porous as he has seen this before and especially with Chinese cast bike wheels. I bought the bike with the ‘slow puncture’ four years ago and have lived with it but now it’s become a pia when I use it for trips away.

I have bought a s/h VFR wheel from ebay, it has its original paint and is in excellent condition. The tire fitter has advised I seal the inner rim with anti-porous paint before fitting the tire and new valve just in case this wheel has the same issue.

Can anyone recommend a suitable anti-porous paint, all I can find is garage floor paint and I really don’t need 2.5 litres of the stuff at £50!
I know 1960’s Royal Enfield’s had a problem with porous engine castings and they used to seal the inner halves with a special paint although that was a high temperature paint and I don’t know what that was called either ::)

Any recommendations welcome otherwise I'll have to travel with my air compressor in tow!


Misc / Open / Re: Anyone seen this Yoshimura ?
« on: June 11, 2022, 10:57:42 AM »
I noticed that bike on ebay last year when I was looking for a Harrier.
The front fairing is a genuine Honda item and was an extra for the CB250RS (and I think the MB50/80's). They are as rare as hens teeth and are made of very thin plastic, they dont survive a drop hence now being rare!

It appears to policymakers that there could be one solution that will solve all situations, in reality that's likely never going to be the case.

Interesting balanced overview and consideration of more nuanced approach.

That was a very interesting watch Nigel. EV's are a blind alley with the present technology available and lack of real investment in the infrastructure required to charge them.

Humour / Re: 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
« on: June 09, 2022, 07:15:31 PM »
That got me ;D ;D ;D ;D

Looking good so far James. It's going to get a bit tight in the shed once they start growing parts!

CB500/550 / Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« on: June 09, 2022, 08:30:01 AM »
If you do use the dishwasher make sure you run a cleaning cycle afterwards and before the o/h gets home!

It's sold! Did you buy it Ted?

The seller has not replied to a couple of basic questions so for me it does not get off the starting blocks.
Would you not look for and find the V5 before you put it on e-Bay?

I agree with you Ted, why would anyone put a bike on ebay without finding the V5 beforehand, very dodgy. And why is such a sorry looking bike kept in the house! The wonders of ebay never cease to amaze, if it wasn't for ebay all these ‘barns’ and their treasures of classic bikes and cars would have remained undiscovered!

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