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CB350/400 / Re: Noisy steering head
« on: August 02, 2022, 11:03:20 AM »
Sometimes especially when I first start out I'm getting a noise like a rusty derelict crane turning slowly in the wind,  :o I've looked all over to no avail, anyone know a usual suspect I can go back and check?

Do you mean the noise is from your creaky bones or from the bike?  :D

David Silver did have the lifting handle available.  Only fitted on the left hand side normally, to help lift bike onto centrestand. They had engine bars as well, but a bit lightweight compared to period ones.
For a luggage rack contact Renntec, they should be able to help you.

Incidentally,  if you fit a rear luggage rack you won’t need the lifting handle as well.

Tricks & Tips / Re: Anti-sieze options
« on: July 31, 2022, 10:54:07 AM »
Always referred to as 'Ginger grease' where I'm from. ;D
Just keep in mind that Copper Slip, Anti Seize as well as Molycote Gn+ are "living entities"...
Drop a small crumb somewhere on the shop floor, walk to the opposite corner, sit down and wait...
Aprox 20 minutes later you'll find it on your elbow, another 15 minutes and some portion residents on your forehead, within an hour or so all your tools will be heavily contaminated...


Very true, I think it is searching for the 10mm sockets!

CB350/400 / Re: Heavy clutch
« on: July 28, 2022, 12:54:09 PM »
If you get a modern cable most of them are teflon lined and don't need oiling.

CB350/400 / Re: Heavy clutch
« on: July 28, 2022, 12:19:15 AM »
Check that the lever pivot has no resistance. A wee drop of light oil helps. Maybe need a new clutch cable, the old one might have a bit of resistance. And check the cable routing, any tight bends increase resistance too.

CB750 / Re: 750 K2 Strip & Rebuild - help please
« on: July 27, 2022, 02:41:24 PM »
Thanks Nige / Ken; I guess I’ll just stick with the parts manual drawings; if for no other reason than originality.

I’m away from the bike now for a couple of weeks; but do balk at doing the clampings up ‘D washer tight’: yesterday evening I went to my comfort limit wrt what I reckon a M8 Stanchion bolt in an alloy casting should take. (I did though pre-measure the D washers at 2.3mm thickness - maybe there’s an issue here?)

I’ll stick a torque wrench on it later and double check my wrist calibration…


If the nut is tight but the D washer is still loose, the nut, or the head of the bolt must be catching on something else and tightening on that. Maybe part of the yoke casting? Are the bolt head and nut the original sizes across the flats? Any increase in size might cause a problem.  Just a thought.

Misc / Open / Re: Petrol in a bike how long is it good for?
« on: July 25, 2022, 11:12:27 AM »
They used to use Castor oil in WW1 aircraft, however the fumes used to give the pilots the shits , so much so that after a lot of missions they had to hose out the cockpit.

Think of people behind you sucking in all that diluted castor oil, do you really want to make them shit themselves?  :) :) :) :)

A lot of the early WW1 aircraft had rotary engines which flung out neat oil and the airflow blew it straight backwards into the pilot's face. A much bigger problem than burning castor oil at 100 to 1. The clowns sitting in metal boxes with filtered air won't even notice. 😁

CB350/400 / Re: Refitting exhaust and stud for collars too short 🤔
« on: July 15, 2022, 11:48:47 AM »
When I stripped my engine down I found 2 gaskets fitted in each exhaust port! They must have been too lazy to pry the old ones out, or didn't see them. That explained why the exhaust collets had all been ground shorter. 🤨

Other Bikes / Re: Wot, no OHC!
« on: July 10, 2022, 12:52:33 PM »
I love it. Beautiful work Dave. 👍

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: CB 250 or CB350 Wanted
« on: July 03, 2022, 07:13:58 PM »
I hope this works.

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: CB 250 or CB350 Wanted
« on: July 03, 2022, 01:32:24 PM »
There are a CL350 and CB350f for sale by  Scottish Classic Bike Club member if they fit the bill. I can forward you the details if interested.

Project Board / Re: Honda CB750K5 Restoration by Royhall
« on: July 03, 2022, 01:28:57 PM »
Looking good Roy. As good as new. 👍

Out & About / Re: Out in the Outer Hebrides.
« on: June 28, 2022, 01:02:11 AM »
It looks like you had a great time. It's bonny when the sun is out. 👍

Out & About / Tiger country
« on: June 24, 2022, 01:24:51 PM »
Getting some miles on the Triumph Tiger at last. I found a suitable jungle for a Tiger!

Other Bikes / Re: New bike
« on: June 14, 2022, 11:14:31 AM »
Tidy! Enjoy. 👍

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