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Humour / Possibly the greatest memorial bench ever
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:55:11 AM »

Misc / Open / Anyone with a unbent 400 gear lever, need some pics
« on: April 28, 2022, 12:47:35 AM »
I'm trying to restore an old 400 four gear lever, replacing the rose joints, removing all the pitting on the chrome etc.

However this lever was really given to me as scrap for mucking about with and it's as bent as a Brighton resident, the linkage mount on the rear of the lever is really bent out of shape, the arm where the rubber goes is also bent backwards and the lever itself seems to be not only bent but twisted as well. I need some really good top down shots showing how the lever is shaped when it's on the bike. They need to show the mounting bush point as that's my reference point. The arm coming up from this bush mount for the rose joint etc. Some side on pics would also be good so I can ensure it's the right shape before modding it.

If it turns out ok and the recipient Ted on here gives the thumbs up on how it performs and feels I'll explain how it was done and where to get the parts to do it if anyone is interested.

As I'm altering the swinging arm bearings on my 500 there is little point having the 500 spindle fitted with it's 2 grease nipples as they won't be used. Looking for a decent 550F spindle and the torque arm bolt which goes through the rear brake plate, mines seen better days so I thought I'd replace it.


Site Feedback / FAQ / How to... / Lots of posts missing
« on: April 12, 2022, 03:41:13 PM »
Just noticed that posts made both by myself and other members are missing from a few days ago.

I have a thread called What would you do, it's about a seat pan, few posts with comments and suggestions from Andy, Trigger and Ash as far as I remember and they are now all missing including my reply from last night.

Why's that happening Steve, it's like the forum has used a backup from a few days ago and lost loads of posts.

Misc / Open / What would you do?
« on: April 09, 2022, 09:31:18 PM »
I've started to work on one of my seat pans off the 500. It was plastic coated (anyone remember that process) back in the late 70s and has been used on the bike the last time it was roadworthy. Since then it's sat in a garage being pissed on by rats for 30 years. Strangely the plastic coating has protected the seat pan really well, it has however started to crack and lift in small areas so I've decided to remove the coating.

I'm not going to say this was easy, the seen part of the pan I used a scraper on after heating the plastic in order to soften it, this worked pretty well and large areas would come off in one go. The coating was about 2mm thick. It took about 2 hours to remove all the bottom of the pan, it's not in bad nick considering. However the upper surface next to the foam is another proposition, that didn't want to come off with the same method. In the end I decided to melt it off using a MAP gas blowtorch, this was messy, smelly and time consuming, it's about 80% done. However whilst doing this I have noticed that all the seat cover clips and various other little ones, like the handbook pocket, were in really poor condition. Most as really rusty and starting to crumble, they were probably in this condition when it was plastic coated.

So as any seat recoverer doesn't AFAIK use these clips are they worth keeping. They promote rust, catch your fingers and are pretty much useless. If I removed them I can grind the spot welds off and clean up around them, which is difficult if they stay in place.

So remove them or keep them?

I may have a word with Tony Archer who does my seat recovers for me and see if he's ever used them, I wonder how they get the new cover to attach to a steel pan, glue? Tony used staples when doing my 1300 seat but that's got a plastic pan.

I'll be sanding down the pan before having some welding done on it, one of the captive nuts for the hinge plate has stripped so I'll get a new one welded on, I've spotted a small crack just next to the reinforcing plate welded to the top of the pan where the hinge plate attaches, this seems to be a weak spot as I've spotted other pans with the same crack, it's right where the plate stops so clearly it's flexing too much and cracking the pan as a result. I may have that reinforced when it's being welded.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Misc / Open / Anyone tried the Michelin Road Classic tyres?
« on: March 17, 2022, 05:07:58 PM »
Looking for a set of tyres for the 500 and I've got a thing about Michelin Tyres at the moment, just love them, spotted they do these Road Classic tyres and they look the part, also do them in 100/90x19 which is my preferred tyre for the front Lester.
Anyone got them fitted and what are they like if you have please.

Humour / The Picolax thread
« on: March 12, 2022, 09:43:46 PM »
Saw this on another forum and after reading it I thought I'd share it as it's so funny.

It's graphic and dirty but damn is it funny.

The 750 points cover has gone from £50 a few months ago to around £250. That's clearly because demand has out stripped supply.

So what do you think is the next part to do the same? When I say the next I don't mean parts that already command really high prices, like tanks, seats, ready painted panels etc

I'm of the opinion that it could be either genuine points/condensers or shell bearings.

Any other candidates.

Member 4 Sales / NOS CB550F rear brake pedal/lever 46500-390-000
« on: February 15, 2022, 10:31:46 PM »
Still in bag, perfect condition as far as I know. It's for the F model so is flat sided not tubed like the 550K.

£100 inc P&P. CMS still have a couple for £123 plus P&P, which at the moment seems to be out of control.

Offered first on here, will go on Ebay if not sold.

Member 4 Sales / Heavy duty camchains for the 400/500/550/750
« on: February 12, 2022, 05:49:33 PM »
As per my other thread I have since found that the GSXR-750 camchain fits the CB500/550, not sure about the 400 (does the 400 use a DID 219T chain?) the chain is a DID (original Honda chain supplier) 219FTH, however there appears to be a lack of 88 link chains in the 219FTH range. I have sourced some 94 link chains and rivet links for the 500/550 and an exceptionally good camchain splitter/rivetter which gives results identical to the factory, there are pics on the other thread of the results.

I am seeing if there is any demand for these types of chains, they can stand greater load (ideal for big bore conversions) and have a greater tensile strength, they are also flat sided so not only are they kinder to the tensioner blade but they will be quieter in operation as well. I'd imagine they'll last longer due to the stronger construction.

I can order a few chains and cut them down to 88 links, post them onward for a price of £35 inc P&P. This could be subject to a change, depends on postal rates but it's a good ballpark figure.

I'll make a small profit, the cutting and riveting is a time consuming job and the special tool to do this was expensive so the profit will cover the costs of buying that. Hopefully I'll break even after some time.

I need 10 committed to buying, I have 2 already, another 8 and I'll move on it.

Let me know either here or via PM.

Hope this is ok Steve, once I break even and if demand is still there I'll donate a sum of each sale to the forum.

Misc / Open / GSXR-750 camchain in a CB500/550?
« on: February 04, 2022, 03:05:48 PM »
Been reading about one riders experience using a 1990-95 Suzuki GSXR-750 camchain instead of the usual DID chain in the 500/550 engine. Evidently it's flat sided so kinder to the tensioners, has a larger contact area so is quieter than standard. It's longer so means you need to split the chain and re-rivet which is a set back but can be done with a push bike chain splitter, he reused the existing rivets.

Evidently he's fitted one in a race engine revving to 10000rpm and he's done over 20 races with it fitted without any problems, most of them at insane RPM.

Anyone ever heard of this or tried it?

Since found the same chain in 90 links, unfortunately there appears to be no 88 link available, 90 links is only just over £22, soft link another £1.20. From all accounts the chain is stronger than the standard chain being a 219FTH chain.

Member 4 Sales / NOS L/H CB550F side panel Flake Sunrise Orange.
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:35:38 PM »
Been storing this for a few years now. It's immaculate, no scratches, no dints, no broken lugs. Still in original bag IIRC. Still has part label with ZB paint code.

Seen panels identical to this going for over £170 on US Ebay, just want to clear it out so anyone off the forum needs one, £120 inc P&P.

Misc / Open / Is this price ridiculous.
« on: January 31, 2022, 02:53:19 PM »
I sent an email to Philpotts the other day asking if they could hard chrome the damper rods on my Marzocchi AG Strada shocks. They are 12mm in diameter but only 133mm long.

I got a reply last night quoting £95 inc VAT each. Considering the price they charge for a fork stanchion is that exorbitant?

Found 3 91002-283-000 bearings for sale on US Ebay, these are very rare and whilst not cheap they may be worth buying for someone on here desperate for one.

Maybe be worth buying all 3 and splitting the postage costs when selling the other 2.

Humour / Unlikely but possible I suppose.
« on: January 17, 2022, 10:27:19 AM »
Two Scotsmen go to Hell.

A demon approaches the devil and says "Dark lord! Two men from Glasgow in Scotland have been sent here. What should be done with them? "
The devil says "Glaswegians? Their kind are normally very friendly, helpful and honest, so we do not see many such men in my dark domain... Hang them in a cage over the lake of fire for now and I shall check on them later."

But when the devil flew up to the cage to check on the Scotsmen, he found them happily lounging around with their shirts off.
"What is the meaning of this?" The devil cried. "You're supposed to be in torment!"
The Glaswegians looked surprised "Naw" they said "it's pure quality taps aff weather here man. It's no drab an' dreek like Scotland, you know that way?"
Fuming, the devil flew to the great thermostat of Hell and cranked it all the way to the top. And the next day, the temperature was so high that even the demons were sweating, the stones of hell were melting and the flames from the lake of fire were leaping higher than ever before.

So the devil was surprised when he visited the Scotsmen and found that they had somehow procured plastic lawn furniture and Buckfast tonic wine.
Raising a glass to the devil, one of the Scotsmen said "Hey big man! If I'd known it was so lovely an warm doon here, I'd've done a whole lot more sinning! Weather's always shite in Glasgae. Always freezin' ma nuts off, you know?"
"I see." The devil replied, smiling though clenched teeth "your dismal country has given you a great love of heat. The hotter it is, the happier you are. Well, we'll see about that."

So saying, he flew to the great thermostat of Hell once more, but this time, he turned it all the way down.
The next day, the lake of fire was frozen solid for the first time, sinners were frozen in blocks of ice and demons huddled in corners for warmth, their teeth chattering. But when the devil visited the Scotsmen, he found them jumping for joy, tearfully cheering "Scotland! SCOTLAND!!!"
The devil's jaw dropped. "What? Why? How? I burn you and you are happy! I freeze you and you celebrate! What is wrong with you?"

One of Glaswegians turned back and said "Is it no feckin' obvious ye daft bastart? Hell's frozen over! Scotland's won the world cup!"

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