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CB350/400 / Re: alternator wires covering
« on: November 13, 2021, 09:22:12 AM »
I seem to recall its called systoflex, probably wrong spelling

Sounds like a urine infection  :D

Humour / Don’t forget clocks go back tonight
« on: October 30, 2021, 09:19:50 PM »

Misc / Open / Re: Tyre sizes imperial to metric
« on: September 16, 2021, 07:59:48 PM »
Thanks chaps.

Misc / Open / Tyre sizes imperial to metric
« on: September 15, 2021, 07:53:46 PM »
My 650 needs tyres. Currently 3.5 x 19 and 4.5 x 17 imperial.

I realize 3.5 is going to be approx 90 mm width and 4.5 is going to be 110 /120 mm.

When looking on the web for replacements they have the second number which is guess is the profile as a percentage of the width (the same is a car tyre)

My question is what profile percentage would be closest to the original imperial tyres, most of the ones seem to have listed 70,80 and 90.

Hope this makes sense.

CB500/550 / Re: Ethanol?
« on: September 02, 2021, 03:35:22 PM »
So if they’ve thinned petrol down by another 5% does that mean the price is coming down as well?

Tricks & Tips / Re: Exhaust clamp modifications
« on: July 13, 2021, 07:04:51 PM »
I noticed today whilst banging my head against the engine of my 650 (carb issues) that the exhaust clamps are very similar to my 550 except they are aluminium.
Will take some measurements the weekend to see if the 650 ones will fit the 550.

Misc / Open / Re: Rip offs
« on: June 26, 2021, 10:12:01 AM »
I have a couple of 550 tyre valve caps, £6 each or £10 the pair.
Free postage  :)

Put the new switch in yesterday and did about 5 miles, no leaks at all.

The old switch still worked normally, it was leaking around the brass insert that the wire to the bulb is screwed to.

Found out the other day that my oil pressure switch is leaking at the screw thread where the wire to the light goes.
The switch is just over 3 years old so I’m wondering if it’s just switch failure or there is something more sinister going on?
Did over a hundred miles last Sunday, bike behaved perfectly, except the sprocket cover had about half a cup of oil in it which is now over the front lawn.  :(

Big thanks to Nurse Julie who sorted me out a replacement switch in mega quick time  :)

Misc / Open / Dehumidifiers in Aldi
« on: March 13, 2021, 07:25:23 AM »
Just got an email from Aldi with their latest offers on.
Home dehumidifiers £119.99, might be good for a damp garage, looks like it’s got good reviews.

Humour / Re: SOHC Disorder or Lock Down Fever which is it ?
« on: March 12, 2021, 09:43:52 AM »
On a serious note, since I was pretty ill a few years ago with the big C my confidence of doing mechanical jobs has fallen.

I have and would attempt anything, biggest job I ever did was replacing the chassis alone on my 1967 VW Beetle by jacking the body a couple of feet in the air on 2 fence posts and a stack of bricks.

Now I find some days I don't have the confidence to do anything. There have been days when I've gone to the garge, got the tools out to do something then put them away immediately and gone back indoors.

Some days I'm okay, I rebuilt the carbs on the 650 the other day and I hope to fit them later if it stops raining.

Misc / Open / Re: Vacuum bags
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:52:17 AM »
I assume she doesn't have access to sohc then Steve or your in big trouble.

No, luckily  ;)

Misc / Open / Re: Vacuum bags
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:25:37 AM »
I’m having trouble with my old bag.

She won’t let me keep the bikes in the house.  >:(

Misc / Open / Re: Alternatives to PD50 carbs?
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:41:28 PM »
Thanks Bryan, I’ll borrow the carbs of my 74 550. If they fit I’ll try and source another set.

Misc / Open / Re: Alternatives to PD50 carbs?
« on: February 26, 2021, 07:06:38 PM »
Slide carbs.

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