Back to the darkside.

Some Rg125 bits first, the stock four pot is a great caliper, but pretty heavy, measure against another four pot i had lying around.

So lets upgrade to the two pot sliding caliper! ok that make little sense, but lightness comes first when you have can’t have more power.

This drain nozzle on the bottom of the airbox is the only part of the bike that hits the s1000rr shock. specifically the rubber tube thats attached to this.

Since the depth is fine i just heated it with as heat gun and slowly squished it shut.

Next i started to take a look at mounting the top fairing, stock head lamp cage hit the brake lever, looking into ways of remaking the whole lot out of aluminium.

So enough of the crap piles, my two new bikes are a freshly restored DT175MX..

..and yet another cbr6! gah actually this is only a loaner, couldn’t stand the gb400 any more so although i know i should not go back, i went back, the darkside has tight suspension and shiny bodywork.

carbs needed a little clean from sitting so long, i had the seat/side panels/tank/airbox and carbs off quicker then my dad re installing the dt175 rear wheel, he didn’t know it was a race but a win is a win.

Bling!

So very distracting.

tiny bit of noise off of the camchain tensioner, i think my old cbr6 had a different shape, may change over.

Got those blind holes tapped with the help of a snapped tap, very happy to see it on, less happy when i realised i hadn’t taken note of the timing marks..

Bench cleaned for the new head, gotta copy the porting over from the race head since that was so wildly successful.

Complete head cost ā‚¬16, will those valves stand the abuse?

Divorce your bike?!

More throttle housing fixing, the cheapo epoxy didn’t set, probably not mixed right, so scrapped it all off and put some honest to god JBweld on it.

Then test painted it with all the colours i had.

the only good bit of paint was the cyan one, the red reacted and the yellow had a clogged nozzle, whatever, the guys in front will know i’m coming.

Investigating more front clonks, turned out this bush was melted from way back in 2013 when the bike was burnt out. Pic doesn’t show it great, but the metal sleeve is quite offset.

Where’d the rest of the packing go?

didn’t have any replacement bushings about the place.

So, a bit of floor mat (as seen in the background) shoved in under the sleeve and trim off the excess burnt bit’s, it’ll be grand.

could not get the other shock off, the bottom arm bolt was well stuck in there, no unnecessary movement of the shock so i left it..

In some major sad news the cbr6 is off back to the pile from which it came. 12 years and 10 months of service, touring, track days, pizza delivery, daily commute. I think the rear wheel is the only original part now.

It could be fixed again, but after near 13 years of continuous use it has to die now, you gotta move on. ‘still cried tho.

and it was fecking hard to look back over all the pictures, mostly of the cbr smashed up.

what to replace it with eh?

Don’t say nice things about my bike

Making the attempt to do weekly updates, i feel i’m missing notes with large drops.

Got that tab moved forward 30mm, a little too far, but it’s ok the welds are shit, no penetration with sticks for sheet metal šŸ™‚

After i said nice things the other day about the cbr6, fecking clutch cable broke, this is off a bros 400, inner is too long so this temporary mess was done just to get me moving.

probably stay like that all year now

the netbook, the 88cc and the rg125

So first a little update on the netbook situation, bought a dell 2120, super cheapo, didn’t realize they came in single core models..

upgrade time!

Whole motherboard upgrade,

*eyes wwan port* pci-e ssd?

failing purple msi wind gave up its ram and ssd to my new chunk top.

Anyways back to the fun stuff, clutch carb, and rev counter installed.

They don’t work, but they are installed..

Check out the rubbing from the carbon fiber pipe on the shock šŸ™‚

new old pipe is the best pipe ever.

springs installed to keep choke from closing accidentally, and the throttle from accidentally staying open šŸ˜€

Ford bits installed!

These will be where i install the rear sets, next week probably, no mig wire!

Pump and switches for runner 180 water pump mod.

Onto the Rg125, gs500 37mm forks fitted up quite nicely,they are a ton lighter and 0.59kg/mm springs seem to suit it

lock stops, steering lock, everything perfect.

Top yoke is ugly, but what are you gonna do?

Whole thing is sitting a bit high, we’ll fix that.

gs500 wheel is drop in replacement, if you needed to keep the stock gsxr forks.

Disc is a 320mm vs 310 and the speedo drive is a smaller outer diameter

Replaced the lower bearings with ebay specials, no rubber seal, unlikely to do so many miles i’ll need that. Dogbones need extending to lower the back about 3cm according to my calculations

extended 6mm, or at least i planned to, actually got 5mm, best i could do with a angle grinder and a stick welder.

Dropped fork 50mm, threw on the clipons i bought, i bought 38mm clipons cause i’m an idiot, rushed to buy them, nothing an angle grinder and some filing couldn’t fix. I like the radial master cylinder.

Onto some plastics mock up.

Fitting the under tray and some of the electrical loom

Probably gonna have to tidy that, quite heavy too!

Big gaps, need to move tail piece forward 30mm

2T oil tank i don’t think will fit under the plastics, thinking of making a tank and putting where the batter lived.

Moved forward here,

Much tidier, gotta weld it up next time i’m out there.

And also my cbr was sick!, ran rough as feck, very close to happily dumping it in the spares pile (already on DoneDeal looking at other bikes) but then we found the blanking plug for number three vacuum port, fallen off an sitting in the vee behind the cylinders… pop’dĀ  it back on and the cbr’s butt was saved again for another day.

slap that 88cc together

Went with boring paint in the end, figured everything else is a bit mad, so tone it down.

Needs second coat and lacquer asap, but didn’t turn out that bad considering how much i hate paint prep

Order a very cheap radial master cylinder, wasn’t really surprised when i saw this shitty casting, at least only on the clamp part, the body seems ok. i hope.

VJ21 race fairings, strangely modded road ones, was expecting much more straight forward molds, ejit store sent me a smoked screen after i asked for a plain one. sigh. still rg125 ought to look much slimmer with these clothes on.

Race 88cc, in one piece now, gy6 88cc piston installed, used a 107cc head, of the two i had the 107 had better castings and i have a lumpy long cam for it, head with the smaller chamber used a shorter cam so i gave up on that.

very direct tillotson carb, should work great!

That is of course if i can get the valves to seat.

after some lapping there are still not so good, but alright for testing purposes!

new piston is much bigger then the stock 50(right), and has a lot more compression then a stock 107 (left)

perfect deck height.

107 head on right, you can make out the combustion chamber size difference, plus the extra cooling fins.

some Runner 180 info, gotta build up an electric pump kit, toyota prius inverter pumps are perfect, but finding a switch to turn it on is not cheap, so i’ll probably settle for a switch.

uprate the cbr6 brakes, eventaully.

nifty fifty 2018

New years day run 2018:

Like the colours, if it makes other people go what?! i’m down for it.

Want to race this guy, but he said the rain plays hell with the traction so he went home šŸ™

68 years old and getting used, top class.

Race c90 back after test run, taller rear tire is a tiny bit more unstable, but grip was fantastic.

Oh look, my fecking cbr6 ain’t charging again.

also found that the plugs are getting a bit fouled from short runs to work, gotta change those, so i bought this to help:

knew that spare frame would come in handy!

getting nearer race day! lightening program is making progress..

Fitted temp gauge because i was hoping i had blown something, but no it’s fine damn it.

attempting to get someone elses race transponder charged

Final though before nifty fifty 2018?

Race Day!

Well first thing that went wrong was a burst water main, Thomas Maxwell could not make it, but he had a friend that could take his place so. ok then. Paul has ktm dirt bike is half my age and never been at a tarmac race… this was the night before the race as i sat in the car driving up to dublin..

Three people on our team myself colin and paul, we can still split up the race between us, have seen my bike do 1h30m of racing before so decided i’d go out for an hour and thirty minutes, you’re never sure how long the race will be and paul didn’t have any experience.

went out for 1h27m, ran out of petrol but still made it to the pits with out stopping, loads of bouncing about trying to slosh fuel into carb. Had huge battle with team manly, some fella name cody nally? never heard of him, he kept up ok. i was third in class as i pitted, absolutely buggered,Ā  knees and shoulders wouldn’t work right for days after, footpegs so far forward made hopping about alot of physical work. the straight bars wrecked my right wrist as well.

ABR moto/Driving miss daisy/Funky Junkys had alot more power, past me going at least 5k quicker, ABR/BMD are both english teams so they had 107cc engines i’m sure. in plop enduro racing you have to keep the 19mm carb, no such restrictions over here so they were bored passing everyone.
Colin went backwards unfortunately, new guy paul rock kept us in place and was steadily improving when the flag dropped.

6th in class, 9th overall 1:26.160 77.298kmh
teds team finished one lap behind us! on a stock 70!
dry race, tyres fantastic, i would have been well into the 1.25 if i had not changed the gearing combo down to 36 tooth rear and not taken into account the taller rear tyre also stretching the gearing.

ABR moto Driving miss daisy / Funky Junkys had alot more power, but they couldn’t take a corner to save there lives, next year will be the year of the my 89.3cc BBK! Seriously next year is Win or i’m bringing a two stroke to nifty fifty 2020

 

 

Best 86cc bike out there, A Fish Called Honda

and one week later we were all balls deep in snow.

Back to normal,Fucking cbr.

Other things that happened

Oh whats this for?

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But never mind that, time for a spin!

Tasty noise

Bought a new bike! only new bike ever, yet to drive it, stock is too slow!

Race bike got it’s tyres, it started too. Ready To Race.

Fixed my shaver charger, “fixed”

Flat battery,

Fecked rectifier

Soldered all in again top job.

15 years plus that stone has been in my knee, so nice to have it gone.

naughty

Dog has a help out spot, but only when the weather is nice.

Runner is dead, wibbly handling isn’t as fun when you have no one to race!

Engine will live again in a decent go kart frame

Got that front end on!

feck it these clocks weight tons! steering loads lighter, that may have to do with different trail figures and the lighter wheel

Very cracked

shed upgrade!

TerriCab

TerriCab, nice name for the latest project, been a while with babies, work and winter(s) so lets get back to doing a few things.

first the backlog, Aixam is still not up and running, seems to be a dead ESC.

so i obviously ordered an upgrade! course the batteries are dead now, so it’s still sitting there.

Cbr got fresh tyres, badly needed

need more free days to get the chicken strips off

nifty fifty 2018 went a head, great race, except the bit where it got called early and i didn’t get to go out. šŸ™

and on to TerriCab, i do have some other pictures, it’s the basic shape of a zaxxon cab, can i find those pics? nah.

so lets skip a few step and head to the feet design! MDF soaks up any moisture so putting it straight onto the garage concrete floor is not a good idea, wheels are the best solution, but they cost money, i’ll use a random feed plastic feed bag as a damp proof membrane and two other bits of normal wood

is any of the random pots of paint left around the house non-water based?, no but this can of stone chip seals things nice.

gotta buy a super cheap plastic chopping board to go underneath the feet again, should slide around great.

 

all quiet

Ted got a go-kart, we’re investigating engines for it.

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Brakes for the cbr turned up,

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Ass of the 109″ got unbolted, need extra hands and better weather to finish it off,

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Cbr spent it’s first night in the shed, very wet this weekend, poor bike is feeling quite tired now.

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Arcade software is getting quite polished now, played bomberman too much already, thumb is killing me, land rover rebuild project get priority (because baby + winter) but i’ll have to squeeze in time for shed/arcade woodworking projects.

project stop ya bastard. or cbr6 f2 brake upgrade.

ok cbr upgrade plans have taken a wild jump off the tracks and settled right here:

vfr400 calipers (same as an rc30!)

gsx600f discs.

gsxr750 wheel.

and some bracket, spacers and swearing.

First i was still looking at fitting some 90mm c2c yamaha calipers, the bracket would not have been pretty but it would stop great with sumitomo’s/blue dots or even the yzf750 six pots!

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scouting about i found the bros 400 frontend just sitting there

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that caliper has a scored piston and a broken bleed nipple, but see how it bolts up to the fork leg?

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on the cbr leg, a flat plate behind the caliper and the lugs on the legs, should perfectly level the caliper on the new discs. but theory and practice and all that jazz. I’ve ordered the calipers anyway off ebay, ā‚¬85 most expensive part so far. we’ll see what braided hoses cost..

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I do like the logo hidden on the inside.

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Pic’s of the new wheel and discs soon, will probably paint everything strange colours.

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