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Misc / Open / Re: Lifespan of a helmet
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:54:32 AM »
Due to a broken neck sustained in a really bad car accident many moons ago I have to wear the lightest helmet I can buy these days or my neck hurts like hell after a few hours. I usually buy Shoei X Spirit helmets due to the lightness of them, I have 2 of them at present, both are around 9 years old and due to the extreme cost of them I have to make them last longer than they should. I've now retired the X-Spirit 1 and am currently wearing an X-Spirit 2 in Kiyonari colours. I'm looking at a Marquez X-Spirit 3 to replace the 2 in July this year, I tend to keep one for best and use the other for commuting so the newer one gets less use than the older one until I replace it.

The cost of original points these days makes the Hondaman system start to pay for itself even with little mileage. Around £30 or so to replace both sets IIRC, I bought a 3 sets from the USA a few months ago so I could run the bike for years even without the Hondaman system.

EDIT: Just seen that DS is charging £29.94 each for genuine points, so £60 not inc postage to just change the points, makes sense to protect that sort of investment.

Rather than go down the electronic ignition road consider the Hondaman system, retains the points and condensers but eliminates the wear on the points face by a nice little dodge. I'll be fitting one to my restoration when it's ready for the road.

Hondaman is a recognised and highly respected authority on the early Honda fours, even has a book out for the 750 which is like a bible to some guys. Can't knock the bloke, certainly knows his onions as they say.

Found a left hand switchgear if your interested.

This is what you currently have.

And this is what you should have

You can see the difference in the horn button arrangement.

Those are both copies BTW, they sell pretty cheap because of the quality of the switches inside IMO, not knocking them for what they are and if that's all you can get then they are worth having.

I have a genuine Honda one, in good condition, paint is still pretty black ( they do fade after a while even if kept indoors) all the bullet connectors are in good nick, no cut or soldered wires etc. I can test all the switches work etc. £45 inc P&P.

New Member Introductions / Re: New member UK 500
« on: May 25, 2020, 06:27:42 PM »
Green could just be paint rubbing off the tank onto the loom. Loom doesn't look to be positioned right though and the PO has clearly been mucking around in that area. Coil is wrong and looks to be off a CDI model.

There are diagrams on site showing the exact way for the loom to run so it doesn't chaff against stuff, I suggest you study the diagrams and alter the layout or you'll have a lot more of these type of problems. Throttle and clutch cables for instance work much better when routed correctly.

New Member Introductions / Re: New member UK 500
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:18:41 AM »
I'm thinking it could be an early CB250 tank now, would know better seeing a pic of the underside. Could also be a 750 tank, taps on the right side and it looks to be the same tap as the 500/750.

Is that pipe running across the top of the engine a link pipe to the other side of the tank?

Might be a couple of days or so before I post the points plate, need to clean it up a little as it's full of oily crap from the box it was in and I want to replace all the screws with new ones as even though they are pretty good it would be better if they were new. Won't have the electrical lead on it as I want that so muck around with but you can transfer your old one over no problem.

New Member Introductions / Re: New member UK 500
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:55:15 PM »
Tank looks wrong, looks like a CB500T tank, filler neck is too far back for a 500K

CB500/550 / Re: Valve stem seals
« on: May 24, 2020, 02:26:21 PM »
You sure they are missing, they do tend to hide. I use a telescopic magnet and suck the things off the head. Even with a powerful magnet you sometimes need to attach it and rotate as you pull up to break the oil seal.

What's worrying about the pics of the points plate is that the wires are exposed on the condensers, they must be aftermarket as genuine Honda ones are potted on the end where the wire comes out. There is a risk of getting a shock with the wires exposed like that and I have to say as someone who's had more than a few belts from a charged condenser it's not a little belt either.

I'd imagine all the threads are now ruined on the 2.3 plate screw holes as those are most likely imperial screws and probably bigger than the original threads.

I found a complete points plate the other day lurking in a box in the shed, screws are in reasonable nick, PM me your address and I'll send it down as soon as I can get to the Post Office, genuine condensers and the points are in better condition as well. Plus it has a proper felt pad for lubing the advance/retard mechanism, that looks to be a piece of carpet.

CB350/400 / Re: compression test.
« on: May 22, 2020, 06:04:00 PM »
Sorry not wishing to offend you but did you remember to open the throttle wide open as you spun the motor over? Easily forgotten.

Yeah I meant the 550F Graham, keeping forgetting there's a 550K. Not sure what shell the 550K3 uses, could be the same as the F.

CB350/400 / Re: 400/4 carb balancing
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:56:04 PM »
My brother bought me a set of Davida gauges around 30 years ago as payment for fixing his bike, they worked ok for a few times but the damping on them was done by the same things you use on fish tank air lines. the needles either bounced around all over the place or wouldn't move due to too much damping. One gauge then just stuck solid for no reason, I had to use 3 gauges and swap onto the 4th cylinder to check what is was running at. Threw them away in the end.

CB350/400 / Re: 400/4 carb balancing
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:48:37 PM »
Ebay 301337733424 are the ones i bought, there are £46ish sets on ebay from china BUT look at the dials closley they are utter crap.
These are the nearest to original Honda i have found and having done the job for as long as i have they are worth it, the others you may as well burn your cash

Same as the ones I bought last year Bryan, bought mine from the USA for around £80 IIRC, they also reminded me of the genuine Honda gauges  ;D ;D

CB500/550 / Re: CB550 K3 tank decals - best place ?
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:40:35 PM »
They are sticky as far as I know but you use soapy water to apply them, sorry but I can't get my head around that but it's genuine info. The soapy water allows you to slide them and avoids them accidentally sticking where you don't want them.

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