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Desperately Seeking!! / Re: Spoke weights
« on: Today at 12:33:49 PM »
I sold a load of genuine Honda spoke weights just a few years ago, on this site actually. They were in various weights, the lighter 5g weights were in essence just like doughnuts and clamped around the nipple of the spoke. The larger 25g? were very similar to fishing weights, I did a lot of fishing and they were like the teardrop shaped weights you use for ledgering, they also were shaped at the bottom end to clamp around the nipple. All the weights had a slot to allow them to be put onto the spoke and then knocked down onto the nipple. If you were making a mould I'd use an old spoke and nipple and make a cast that surrounds that, you'd get the correct shape at the bottom then to allow for secure clamping, allow to cool, pull spoke and nipple out from bottom, slit the weight so it can be put onto the spoke and that's it. Weight can be altered by trimming the top of the weight off.

If you can't pick up a 500 after a spill I'd seriously consider a gym membership, it's not a heavy bike, especially for it's age and the fact it's built mainly out of decent metal. I'd certainly consider it a good town bike, it's nimble, accelerates reasonably well considering how old the design is, pretty good on fuel and easy to get onto the main stand.

I've raced a 500, travelled extensively on one, one of my engines has 263,000 miles on it and is still going strong on the original bores, you can keep your Transalp, I prefer a decent bike with bags of character, there are very few modern bikes these days with character.

One other thing, they'll be nobody walking over to talk to the rider of a Transalp, same can't be said for the 500/550, they attract crowds of appreciative people if only for the nostalgia kick.

The 500 is far better looking IMO, the 550 has the edge in engine design, no pushrod clutch and a better designed gearbox, so the 550K is the best of both worlds.

CB500/550 / Re: 550K1 - carb questions (022A)
« on: June 25, 2019, 05:18:28 PM »
Where is SK? just trying to see what your location is.

Ha Ha not near Stockport then Ken :)

It did cross my mind Paul, thought I could pop over and sort the carbs out for him.

CB500/550 / Re: 550K1 - carb questions (022A)
« on: June 25, 2019, 11:58:57 AM »
Where is SK? just trying to see what your location is.

CB500/550 / Re: 500 colours
« on: June 22, 2019, 08:30:30 PM »
The white on the badge is like an ivory colour or cream, not brilliant white by any means. I have some in my toolbox which were NOS and taken off after just a few months of use so that's what I'm basing my answer on.

Other Bikes / Re: CB200
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:40:52 AM »
Yeah, strobing one ended up with your strobe gun getting a light misting of oil droplets

Other Bikes / Re: Cb900 carburetor problems
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:39:17 AM »
I remember doing one of these back in the day, everyone in the workshop tried to solve it and no one managed to cure the problem, I remember dismantling the carbs completely and there are some small rubber diaphragms bolted onto the side of the carb under some small covers, all these were holed for some reason, so they were replaced, bike ran better but the problem was the ignition boxes, they were known to have a problem but only known by Honda, they didn't let anyone else know.  2 new ignition boxes later and the bike ran so well I got done for speeding on the road test. I seem to recall the boxes (not the correct term but it's been 30 odd years now) lived under the right hand side panel. 

Out & About / Re: OUT AND ABOUT 2019
« on: June 19, 2019, 09:59:49 PM »
I had a Yoshi on one of my 500s and it was a lovely sound but nothing even came close to the howl of a Piper exhaust on full belt, my wife could hear it from 3 miles away as I came down the valley we lived in back then.

CB350/400 / Re: Play in caliper
« on: June 18, 2019, 03:23:42 PM »
Do they do ceramic pads for the Cb400, just fitted some to my CB1300 and the noise level is very low, they are reputed to squeak far less as well due to materials used. Excellent pads I may add, as good as sintered but quieter and far better than organic.

CB350/400 / Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:14:23 PM »
It appears they have made a mistake, last page shows a pic of the suppressor caps, the article states that only number 3 has been changed, the pic shows cylinders 3 and 4 and they don't share the same coil as stated in the article, if they'd said they should have also changed number 2 cylinder they'd have been correct but that's not what the pic is showing.

Out & About / Re: OUT AND ABOUT 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:16:37 PM »
Never was a fan of the Moto Gutless but that one is excellent.


Thanks Ash thats really interesting - so from 1967 on fasteners moved to ISO standard.

Having said being a bit anal I still see some weird stuff. For example when I last put my head back on I misplaced one of the flange nuts so temporarily used an M8 nut whilst waiting for the replacement correct flange nut from DSS. Weird thing was the M8 nut used a 13mm socket whilst the correct flange nut need a 12mm socket

That would be correct Paul, the ISO standard that Honda used was an 8mm size which used a 12mm head, however most nuts of that era in metric used a 8mm with a 13mm sized head, seem to recall Yamaha were guilty of this, it seemed only Honda used the 12mm headed size which made working of different makes of bikes a little confusing.

Misc / Open / Re: Decided to have a few of these made
« on: June 11, 2019, 11:56:42 AM »
I've been thinking off having some plates made like those Graham but backing plates the same shape but slightly smaller than the side panel badges for the 500 four, they have a habit of breaking at the bottom of the letter U in the four part as this is the thinnest part of the badge, a plate glued to the back would reinforce this area and allow broken badges to be repaired without risking them snapping again in the exact same place, you think your contact could punch out a card like that one, with say around 30 of the plates on it. 

Misc / Open / Re: Decided to have a few of these made
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:51:12 AM »
My first thought was the neutral switch but I knew they had a large blob on the end and you deliberately showed them from the other side to throw me off I reckon, does look like the contact plate from the regulator though.

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