more swapping bits!

Teds finally got a superlight xl250!, looks a bit rough in this pic, but it’s aleady got a bit of tart up and it looking very tasty, the k1/2 xl250 is much lighter and more sought after then my k3, and is much less broken.


it’s stillย  broken mind, piston and barrel scored to buggery, teds going to use a cb250rs piston in the k1/2 barrel, it a got a few differences, couple of mill bigger, crown is higher but squish is lower, ted will be looking for some thing low compression, easy to start. but thats all later, need a barrel and piston now! so, take one unloved xl250k3:


Add twenty minutes of bolt undoing:


And we left that there, ted changed tyres on his XL and i got lunch. after lunch i had a stupid idea..


It rolls!, chains fine, air still in the never used sava race tyre.


TDR is not doing anything, so out it came and nope, bottom bearing is huge, listed it as 48mm, probably the earlier tdr with the tube frame, this TDR is 55mm o.d. bottom bearing. pity as it was a clean front end, even it was two long.


RD200 front end is also a possibility, wouldn’t mind a drum brake, as long as it’s better then a stock rxs. don’t have one right now but it might turn up in the future.


Bolted my cbr back together, new found respect for my tiny 276mm after the shot bros brake. new axle collar for the bearings make me happy, i could now tighten up the axles and still rotate the wheel, great! wheel is still banjaxed tho, couldn’t find my spare.


Arcade is going ahead soon, a day spent playing retro arcade games at Sarges house has convinced me it will be excellent


f2 front end swap

Well I’ve had enough of the amazing collapsing bearings, just went ahead and ordered the new bit from Lee M/C, only โ‚ฌ22 as cheap as the internet. Not in stock unfortunately, so what to do for the rest of the day?

Yep trawl through the crap around the place in search of a replacement anyway, i’ll have to change the front rim since the bearings are falling out of it as well (the O/D is worn too). so, rg215? bit far gone, needs springs, cb-1? bit melted in the fire. gsxf600? really really rusty. bros 400? only one shot fork leg, tyre and brakes are all there. not very good but there.

So, off with the bros frontend, off with the cbr’s frontend, chuck some wood under the bros so it’s not lying on the ground all winter and on with the swap! and it’s done, just like that, the whole lot including putting the tools away and cleaning the brake pistons. 2 hrs.

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Steers like a sick hippo, forks are little too high and the tyre too big (110/80) springs are just a touch too soft and the wheel bearing are rumbling, but it’ll do until i have the cbr’s bits rebuilt. At least the wheel won’t fall off this way.

Mondello, trackday 24th june 2015

Didn’t die! despite the brakes boiling over twice and being lumped in with the advanced class, totally unfazed. i only did 13 miles/10 laps but the cbr didn’t embarrass it’s self (brakes on fire don’t count) as i did in fact pass a gsxr750. ( yes it was driven by a ejit, but a win is a win) after that, the cousin’s share his GSXR1000 with me for the rest of that day had three 20minute sessions, got better each time, but the wheelie’s were too much, it was a fine line between getting the power down or smacking your face with the clocks.

going again next week to watergrasshill, but first we needed to fix teds ypvs/banshee, the athena/banshee barrels have massive water jacket ports just under the exhaust, the ypvs case doesn’t cover ’em.

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No Pics of me on track yet, didn’t think i’d have time for photos so only phone camera shots.

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Didn’t manage to blow them cobwebs off anyway. some slicks, calliper seals and fresh brake fluid for next day ๐Ÿ™‚


3ma with 3xv forks, makes a beautiful sound.


new pipe for the Runner 180

Runner 180, snarkie email from PM tuning saying they couldn’t sell me an expansion pipe with out the silencer as that’s where the profits are, prompted me to buy a Jolly Moto instead, ha! no profits for you!
yes my wallet is very sore now but it was worth it. Decent reviews of it too.

Got some ants in my pants last week and instead of throwing out all the cardboard from the new house, i built an arcade machine out if it!





cad to cam, it’s all about the cardboard.

Also couldn’t find my measuring tape at the time, so i came up with a new standard of one jvc remote width, which roughly equates to 1.5 hogs feet.


Trackday tomorrow, will the cbr survive? will they let me on the track? will i be a funny crash picture in next months work letter?

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Zero titles given.

Xl’s carb is clean,all thats left before i attempt to start it is one wire and some engine oil.


Took the thicker bros 400 top tee piece to use with the cbr,


Gave it a lick of paint, this will fit on my cbr and give me Mx bars. where to attach them is a whole other problem.


Front bearings

So they died again, lasted the summer, something maybe a bit worn out in the front end.

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So the only thing to do is get another bike, off to the scrappy now,


sprained my wrist, goosed the rad cap again, broke brake lever and ruined the frame paint! entirely my fault not the extra speed, cold tires, crap brakes, crap suspension and second hand tires at all…..

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but more importantly i broke the little glass jar that i kept my drinking chocolate in ๐Ÿ™


also i suppose i bananaed my sony xperia, still works tho, so now i’ll have to paint it yellow…..

cbr, bloody valves

So the other day after i changed the front tyre, the rear went flat while i was speeding to work, que two days of driving the chromtastic cb550 before i got the spare time for cbr6 shenanigans.

ted got the supermoto wheels off the dominator,


Apart the obvious chain chewing, it not a street tyre, not much point in putting it on when it’ll be ripped up too quickly.


Luckily, it was only the valve, stupid thing is too long and the metal neck flops about the place.


So what else is buggered up? the carrier bearing AGAIN and my underused rear brake rusted up in pretty much every fucking place.


Probably need a new one of these…


Ah feckit, often do i use the rear brake anywho?


Cleaned, greased and ready to roll for just until i get the yzf on the road which right after i will chop the shit outa the poor cbr. i mean it this time!


mechanics work out

changing tyres, whole lotta grunting going on. you can’t see it but the tyre is cracked as well as worn.



Newish michelin pilot power, and some front wheel bearings.



Painted the tank badly, but that’s ok, you can’t see it under the truck ๐Ÿ™‚


cbr6 gets some love

Yep really leaky now.

Single Sided Funny Front End?

Arty shot win, camera fail. ought to do a photo shoot with a real camera soon, before it get mangulated again.

Next week should be YZF love time.

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