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Project Board / Re: Unusual use of 400 four engine
« on: Today at 05:35:19 PM »
If he painted the crankcase the same colour as the frame it might blend in better.

He cold call it a Hoglas.

Project Board / Re: Unusual use of 400 four engine
« on: Today at 04:48:31 PM »
Maybe the original engine was knackered and the electric start was a bonus / excuse.

Looks like the Honda bars were fitted! 🤔

   The trouble with waiting is the clock keeps ticking. ;)
At the moment my body is telling me to wait never mind the life clock running down!
Just wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable as the diagonal  part of the belt pulls on the scar.

Bruising is still coming out hence tenderness / soreness. Currently no sign of infection or bleeding so fair progress for my age.

Humour / Re: Upgrading to new style blade fuses
« on: Today at 12:45:16 PM »
Might be less soldering if you used the very large blade fuse rather than the micro or normal car sized ones you?

You could just bend the ends to fit the holder to gain "Bodger of the Year" award for DIY Sparky.

Blade fuse options by Macabe Thiele, on Flickr

I would have thought if you put the bike in gear with the rear brake on - then whilst depressing the kick start start pulling in the clutch at the point of slipping the starter pedal will go down. Might be a 2 person task. Then adjusting the clutch mechanism will move the bite point to your chosen position.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello all
« on: Today at 09:54:57 AM »
Will you sell the petrol tank seperately ?

PM me with details as to its condition & asking price please.

CB350/400 / Re: Blow-By Gas/Breather Case
« on: May 19, 2022, 06:36:55 PM »
I have one if it's the plastic part that fits underneath held in place by a screw from the inside?
If you PM me your e-Mail I'll send a photo.

A mate had a red CB72,

and like so many, off came the super quiet silencers
And fitted with a pair of Goldies,

That did sound rorty!!!

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Those were the days - I used to look admiringly at the Goldstar silencers in the window of a local motorcycle parts shop - I eventually fitted them to my Triumph 21.
Can't remember the name of ther shop it was just down a narrow alley off the Spot end of Osmaston Road in Derby near Palin's Motorcycles - a brilliant shop that catered for all the popular brands - it might have been Wymans.

For many months they had an unregistered Vincent Black Shaddow in the window that was said to have been a packing case find from Liverpool Docks - it was for sale for what seemed crazy money.

Tbh the quietness of the Hondas was something I grew to like - a sort of stealth mode. That said it did replace an Ariel Leader that was far from noisy with the nice swirl of 2T smoke from the rear when accelerating.

Interesting video I love the black & red Hondas in the second photo reminds me of my second Honda a 250  below.

Nostagia is a strange thing indeed.

Ted's Honda 250 circa 1967 by Macabe Thiele, on Flickr

Just a brief update I still haven't managed a decent ride out on the 400.
Post Covid my right eye has been causing me issues but am happy to report that the condition seems to be easing on it's own albeit at a glacial melting pace.
Yesterday had a visit to Dermatology to have an "iffy" mole removed from the middle of my belly. I kid you not it was barely 2 mm in diameter. Painless procedure with only 5 sutures needed to close the resulting quarry dig. Clearly it would be stupid to ride the bike until its healed up. Appointment for stitches to be removed on the 27th May so if its a clean heal I'll be looking for a dry warm day on or about 30th May 2022.

Watch this post for what will be a long awaited trip from Derby  to Ashbourne & back.

Humour / Re: Possibly the greatest memorial bench ever
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:27:29 PM »
The bench looks as though the wood is well weathered - the metal sign is new so I'm guessing its staged or a photoshop job - still good punch line.

CB350/400 / Re: Loose baffle in original silencer
« on: May 15, 2022, 03:51:27 PM »
Is this any good Steve as an alternative to DS it's made in the UK?

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