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    this was fresh oil.

    ran it for a min or two.. didnt really clear all that much..
    Ive pulled the carbs off again and will do a full rebuild.
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    Big day today, feel like we are getting really close.


    Got the front wheel back on and spinning well. Wasn't too bad putting it on.

    Next was the pillion pegs on, I soaked them in vinegar for a few days, and all of the rust didn't come off, so then I tried Oxalic acid and maybe left them in a touch too long, so after a few days of drying they went a bit green.
    Nothing a bit of Rust-oleum won't fix.



    Then I got the rear brake on, and the set in business.
    Bled the rear brake and it feels solid.


    Man putting the rear wheel on was pretty painful, the spacers kept falling out, and then the brake assembly would move out, and then this and then that, felt like I need 5 hands to line it all up. Not sure how it wen't in but it did.


    Took the old chain off, will wait til I have a tool to put the new one one.

    I gave it a test fit, and having the rear wheel around the middle, it almost looks like I can get rid of one link. I thought this chain was supplied at the right length, but do I take a link out? Or fit it as is and push the wheel back to tension it?


    Got some fresh 91 and gave it a quick start.
    After kicking over with the original plugs, it died pretty quickly and wouldn't go again, swapped the plugs for freshies, and she kicked over.
    Fair bit of smoke, wouldn't really idle, had to hold it above 5000rpm, but sounded ok above 10k.


    Pulled the carbs off again and will do a full rebuild with new jets now. I'm an expert at removing the carb assembly now.

    Closer, but feels further.
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    check the manual for if weight should be on the swing arm - or unweighted (ie on centre stand - -If you had one) to adjust the chain.

    as the swing arm moves the arc can/will change the chain length.and the 'slackness/chain movement measuremnt at mid run will take that into account

    if you have done it per manual - carry on
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    good call.
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    tip for mounting rear wheels is use a car jack to raise the wheel and line up the axle, I also loosely use some masking tape to hold the spacers in place.

    It's on of those things were it takes 45 minutes the first time then only 5 minutes every time after.

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    Another option is a lever under the rear wheel using some timber bits then you can use your foot/knee to lift the wheel up/down and hands to guide everything in to place.
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    This going in a museum after it's done?

    It will be the best example left, looks great
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    Managed to escape the office a little early this arvo, so had a little bike time.
    With the new tyres, the original paint was starting to chip a bit, so I got my Tamiya model paints out (enamel which I'm also using to touch up the fairings) and gave the chips a coat.


    Will probably take 2-3 coats.

    My chain tool arrived so I could now tick that off, all the cogs are cleaned and derusted as best I can.

    Comparing the last chain to the new one, I had one extra link on the new one, not sure why, but so be it.


    So I dremeled the pins off, and it's now one link shorter.

    She fits


    Lock and load.

    Using this chain with the lock pin is pretty easy, no worries with riveting pins.


    I also painted the chain cover, ensuring to keep the tyre info intact to make sure rego people are happy.


    I was finally working on the left side, so I had a few bolts to take off and de-rust. Good as new.

    Tomorrow we work on the front brakes.
    Carbs maybe next week,
    then finish the fairings, and put it all back together.
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    Looking pretty bloody good.. Keep it up..

    That last photo reminded me to a question I've always meant to ask...
    Why is 1st gear one step down from Netural, with the rest of the gears above? To make sure you know where N and/or 1st is?
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    Yeah I think it's a safety design, when you stop, click as many times you can down to get it back to first, safer than click all the way down and then end up in Neutral I guess.

    Racers tend to flip it, push down to shift up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    Is it just me or does that weld look cracked?
    They say i know fuck nothing, but i know fuck all!

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    I'll take a closer look tomorrow.

    I did just paint over it. Maybe the paint didn't get in. It's only the pillion anyway, which I can't legally use for over a year.
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    91? Premium dude, she needs PREMIUM



    Might fix the idle too... did on my 250 anyway.

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    Interesting. I heard somewhere that the older bikes like 91 more.
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    And it continues. The plan was to have the front brakes on today.
    I started by taking apart the calipers apart and pulling the pistons out.



    The bike lived in a coastal suburb in Sydney, there was a fair bit of surface rust around.
    Once I got the pistons out and cleared the rust of, they were pretty well pitted.


    I reckon these are dead. Thoughts? it's $128 for 4 new ones.


    Cleaned up the rest of the bits and will leave them to soak a bit more.


    The handle bars were a bit worse for wear too. I wasn't sure what to do with them, I gave them a coat in matte silver, and didn't really like it.


    Stripped them well and I like the raw metal look, if it doesn't last long I'll get them powder coated black I think.


    Both foot sets are now done, the left had the shifter adjusted and feels all good for now.

    With the brakes needing parts I thought I'd play with the fairings a bit.


    There are a few cracks here and there, so nothing like a big of Q-bond to make them rock solid.

    I have white and red touch up enamels, which should be ok, but finding that metallic/pearl purple/blue is proving challenging.
    Anyone have a good touch-up paint mixer guy?


    They come up ok with a bit of a polish, but there are quite a few chips which need paint.



    the fun continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat910 View Post
    Is it just me or does that weld look cracked?
    Not cracked, I checked, it's just the paint/photo.
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    Caliper pistons are totally stuffed.

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    Same front brakes as the NC31 and NC36 CB400 if that makes your search wider.

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    $30-$32 seems to be the going rate for new pistons. I need 4 of them.
    oh well.
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    I like how thorough this tidy up is, almost surprising how much work it needs but I guess these really are getting on now. Will be a very cool thing to learn on when you're done. They're a surprisingly capable little machine in the right hands.

    How tall are you?
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    ^^ he's going to look like a monkey fucking a football on that thing.

    But that's how everyone looks on them
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    Yeah I was hoping to have had it all running by now, but it's the unknown element that causes delays.

    Take a part off, check it out, needs replacing, order part, wait a week or more, find something else, rinse and repeat.

    Yeah I'm tall, but have long legs and a relatively short torso, and am flexi, so crunched up isnt too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    Yeah I was hoping to have had it all running by now, but it's the unknown element that causes delays.

    Take a part off, check it out, needs replacing, order part, wait a week or more, find something else, rinse and repeat.

    Yeah I'm tall, but have long legs and a relatively short torso, and am flexi, so crunched up isnt too bad.
    Your knees won't fit the tank cutouts, and your thumbs will get trapped against the tank on full steering lock. You're welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaboy View Post
    Your knees won't fit the tank cutouts, and your thumbs will get trapped against the tank on full steering lock. You're welcome.
    Knee situation isn't too bad if I sit all the way back.


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    The only way I could ride one of these was to slide forward to corner and slide back for fasts *

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    I hope you can register it after all this work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    Yeah I was hoping to have had it all running by now, but it's the unknown element that causes delays.

    Take a part off, check it out, needs replacing, order part, wait a week or more, find something else, rinse and repeat.

    Yeah I'm tall, but have long legs and a relatively short torso, and am flexi, so crunched up isnt too bad.

    How tall is tall? I'm 179cm and was able to ride one but I didn't know anything else at the time. I remember riding a friend's years later after I'd upgraded to a Daytona 675 and finding it comically small. I could just step over the tail unit and sit on the seat. Most LAMS bikes are like that though.
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    I'm 187cms. I've obviously sat on it and it doesn't seem too bad.
    I do ride a road bike and get low on that.

    That said a new Ninja 300 feels tiny, while the same but naked Z300 feels fantastic.
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    I'm 188 and just couldn't make the thing work for me - the Mito I had at the same time was fine though. My RG500 (also had it at the same time) weighed the same as the 250RR, made double the hp and was far more comfortable - but wasn't any physically bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    I'm 187cms. I've obviously sat on it and it doesn't seem too bad.
    I do ride a road bike and get low on that.

    That said a new Ninja 300 feels tiny, while the same but naked Z300 feels fantastic.
    Christ on a (short) bike. I'm 170cm/68kg and riding my wifes RR feels comical, you'll be dragging knees whether you like it or not.

    What did you use to clean the wheels? I've been trying to get the ones on our RR looking that good and having no luck with the usual BBQ cleaner and high pressure spray I use.
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