stop leaking ya bastard

Spent a little time playing hunt the petrol leak, pulled apart the vacuum tap and found a little bit of corrosion built up on the tapered seat, cleaned that up, poured a litre in and left it sit for a while.
Looked fine when i came back, no leaks! but when i picked it up to toss back on the bike the lip of the fuel pump had a little lake built up in the there. pump to tank seal is not right, probably shouldn’t have disturbed it in the first place and i wouldn’t have this problem.
Cleaned the face’s (lots of pitting and corrosion) sighed at the ruined paint and applied a thing smear of gasket goo.


Came back after helping with a R6 engine, no leaks, cautious optimism, shake the tank a bit, suck on the vacuum pipe, tiny weep from correct fuel outlet (after i stopped sucking) Success! ( in my book anyway)
Threw it together and went an spent 4 hours at the local kart track racing ourselves, there’s a little more to be gotten out of the engine, more compression and the cam needs dialling in, but it held out against the other two bike and their 125’s. I definitely won the not crashing contest. Colin however ran away with all the other prizes. worst brakes, best engine, most damage to the track by hitting it with his head…


After all the fun, no leaks under the yzf! score!

decided not to try to replace the cbr yet, i’ve no dry place to put the YZF as is and i think i’ll try to keep this one clean. well clean for me anyway.

start ya bastard


Yzf runs! manually fed the carbs with a funnel and attached a battery directly to the starter motor, will attempt to put it together next day i have off.


bike insurance is up, so i’m tempted to retire the cbr and make the yzf my main road bike. many break downs will occur.

Always wanted to take a shot of a stock corsa next to mine. amazing how you see the same colour car as your own all the time, despite thinking to your mind no one in their right mind would buy a car this colour. Finally tracked this bugger down, and i had my camera on me this time.

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Tall isn’t it? if i could only find a three door in this shade dropped to the floor..

YZF fettling

I debated with my self about taking off the old original 21 year old dealer stickers, then i realized it never came from any dealer with a purple windscreen. ejit!


Put on the top fairing and the side panel with the reserve switch, much faffing about with bolts and rubber grommets, tucked the loom into the fairing out side the forkleg, not sure that’s right. Unstuck the rear brake caliper, put the seat on it and made some brum brum noises, i like it alot, haven’t actually sat on it since i fixed the ride height.


spent some time fiddling with a trx90 we’re turning into the shop tractor, pics next time

Ubuntu Phone

the tl:dr is crap gui, nice filesystem, good hardware, android bits everywhere, much hope(prayers) for future gui/os forks.


3ma got stripped for race bike bits, forgot how gorgeous it is under the plastic.


2xt rear rim finally installed, ted seems to be serious about going track-daying, next will have to start the yzf, but next week i’ll be off drugs again, that means another three weeks until i get the mental game into fix bikes gear.


Nearly there!

looking lovely in the sunshine.



Got it spinning over, but the closer i look at the loom the worse it gets, it seems a dodgy starter relay to me, but to the PO it looked like a dead battery, so he applied enough voltage and current to melt a few (not shown) spade connectors and wires


Welded up the clock cage, then took it off along with the upper fairing stay and the bars ends for painting. Really glad those bar ends are there, i hate the high frequency vibes from un-weighted bars and i haven’t seen this type of thread in one before, hard to find?
Welding was super awesome easy with my new auto darkening helmet, might never weld with mig again 🙂


Took a picture this time to prove where these bits are, no losing them like the top yoke!

YZF on it’s wheels

No scratchs! also is that sunshine? weird..


bleeding brake lazy style.


there is a soundtrack for this pic:
wheels of fire

needs a better pics but you get the idea 😀

track day on schedule!

Weel foook! so that was where the yzf bits were, hiding under a bunch of camper gear stuff, who put that shit there?


Once it’s on the wheels, i’ll roll it down to the real shed and weld it up.


Lucky teds is doing the painting, coz i’d have the tyre on all ready and all the paint chipped.


whats left? put on tyre, test drive.

racing fiftys and restoring 7fiftys

So nifty fifty 2015 race report, it’s not good people, first i got a camping stove so that i wouldn’t smoke out brahams van. then brahams van died, so i stayed in a B&B with stephen.


morning of the race..


race was a complete fail. the transponder was flaky, the tyres had 30psi in them from the new years day run, i fell off, braham fell off, i was 7 seconds off, dropped tyre pressure to 24psi instead of 20 thinking the tyre was hot, not quite enough but better, at the end of the day i took the last 15 minutes of the race and got down to a 1.32, still two seconds off but lessons learned for next year.

Next important thing is the fix up the yzf750, gotta do some trackdays, yzf is perfect.

Decided to change the front wheel, i knew it was cracked and had been welded very well, but it leaked and anywho i had a better wheel. Also reason to change from badly painted orange wheel to yellow, mismatched lurid wheels are so 90’s right?



no contest in the end there was only one yellow at halfords and i can’t be arsed to go any further, on with the white primer and soon on with the fiat bloom yellow.


More bits lost, fucking clueless as to where everything is. they have to be in a bucket somewhere!


this upper bar is supposed to be horizontal as far as i can tell from yamaha brochures. i’ll weld it up when it’s back on its wheels and the body work is going on


Future bajacorsa tube bumper?


Mega updatesZ!

No excuses I’ve been doing feck all.
Got Married and now i have a proper welding mask, wedding gifts don’t come better.


Also a lathe turned up, nope it’s not working yet 🙂




Took the motor out of the dominator for the GB400, supposed to take the CR gearbox out of the GB and put it in the 650, i’m all for just swap and go playing!


In other news i got this for free… i may have been robbed… (figure of speech mum, your car is lovely!)




Picture do not show ‘orrible hub caps. Recognize the grey paint?

Leaks in the rear, fixed by making a rubber gasket out of a car mat.



Leaking in the front fixed by liberal application of cheap army surplus store stuff. Yes i breath through that pollen filter.


Bit dead that one..



Looking at the stut tops up there and the rear axle..




I have a new found respect for the x10xe, it seems to be pulling the remains of a vectra A/cavalier C. I.E. a fucking huge fat car.

If i fit Vectra rear springs and dampers, Corsa Combo font struts, a winch, some 620mm winter knoblies with the archs cut up and disconnect the EPS, i should feel right at home 😀

Sunroof is a prime spot for a turret too 😛

Lastly (that i can remember anyway) is the yzf750, i got some cheap forks and a non busted front wheel. the fork as a bit shite but they don’t leak and a change of oil and some fine tuning of the chome (wet n’ dry ftw) should see the yzf bombing about the place looking oh so 90’s.




That would be, if i could find where the feck i put the top yoke!

also the XL250K3? yep that runs 😀


bit of this, bit of that.

yz250f in the garage, shock has a good 4 inchs of travel (without the bump stop, nearly 5 inchs), since then i’ve dropped the idea of using a mx damper, found a qa1 59 series shock, 9″ travel, shock valving to suit me and €48 a corner.


Wanted to know what year yz i had, left the pic here, because of just how sharp it is, really get the hang of my phone + focal app.


Gotta repair the land rover tank, gave it a massive power washing, found tiny hole by the drain hole.


so for the price of some two pack epxoy, i tried to seal the bash plate to the tank, cost about €30. worth a shot i thought.


tommorow this seam will be dry, and i’ll give the tank a coat of paint then see if it will keep diesel in it.


After that i still hadn’t enough exercise, (new job , sitting on my butt, loads of spare time + money!) so to help getting on with the yzf i slapped on a new tyre we had lying around.


eek! rim has been welded, possibly why the front tyre is always flat. may have to sort that later with a can of tyre weld.


Done!, also had to replace the tyre valve.


michelin pilot sport hpx, should suit the weight of the yzf. tomorrow more work.

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