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  1. Happy easter everybody
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  2. Hello, I've been a yammy man for a long time, since my first 350YPVS back in the very early nineties, I've built countless specials over the years and more recently I've been working through my bucket list, buying tired but low mileage cosmetically challenged bikes and restoring them back to mint original perfection, doing everything myself in my domestic garage, fabrication, plating, painting everything. I've always loved the unloved underdog, nothing better than stuffing an underpowered bike past a wobbly sunday barstool racer on his 'superbike' So I'd been half looking for a SZR660, they've always interested me, a nice single in a small light good handling chassis, the potential is there, just that Belgarda made a dogs breakfast of packaging it. Then a bike popped up on ebay, yeah the fairing was fitted all wrong and looked awkward but it already had a few desirable bits for the special I already had visualised and more importantly was much cheaper than the overpriced original bikes that dreamers on ebay seem to think are desirable. As soon as it arrived it was stripped and the project started.... First up get that fairing off and suddenly it looked much lighter The look I'm going for is naked, stripped down, lightweight - taking styling cues from the SDR200 and R-1Z, now the seat unit looked way too big as well so that came off as well, and then the engine came out and it was much lighter Few hours later and I was down to the starting point of a bare frame. I have a TIG but have never done any ally work so this was the chance to learn.....
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  3. Now that I've sorted myself out (didn't realise I had to become a member to get the "attach" option), here's a couple of pics of me and the FJ from a ride out a couple of weeks ago.
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  4. Oh. Dofus. Yoc remember. Should say 600 fazer. No gold star for you...
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  5. ponderosa was quiet and found a great new cafe too wasn't till i got on the m6 that it was busy
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  6. I couldn't find a 'middle finger' emoji, so...
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  7. Ok if it's going to be shit weather then let's leave it till it get's better, as Tommy said Stafford show might be fun anyway for a quick trip out and if some of us meet up there we can talk about it then.
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  8. See that's why nothing gets sorted. Your to hard to please PS the emojis have gone shit on here since I was last on, I was looking for the banana man wanking but he's gone
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  9. Hi Neo all sorted now had to adjust spring length but all working good now. Cheers Graham
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  10. Hi merv,, good to see your Back,,,, be good to hear from others, se if theyre still alive,
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  11. Yeah Mike, it seemed impossible until I realised you have to take up a paid membership to get the Attach Files option. I actually didn't even realise there was such a thing as the paid membership until this - maybe it was just me not paying attention, or maybe I missed something. TBH I really don't mind this, it's much better than paying a hosting service and it costs little enough that I think it's very worthwhile. Now I find posting photo's a piece of cake - hence I've put a few up There were people from all sides of the Armed Forces there, as well as Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel. It was a really moving day. I thought this was a stunning piece of work for a jacket and just had to get a decent photo of it. It's a really visual reminder of the Falklands conflict.
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  12. And a few more photos - this time from the "Ride To The Wall" event, at the National Memorial Arboretum, back at the start of October - truly one of the most moving experiences of my life. Over 8,000 people, on 6,000 bikes, all joined together in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in the Armed Forces and Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance etc) since the end of WW2, and in support of their families, friends and comrades. I joined with a couple of mates at Leicester Forest Services on the M1 for one of the 11 group ride-in's.
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  13. And a couple when I'd given her a good clean up to show at the Rugby Bike Fest. I LOVE this bike !!
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  14. That's mine sorted for this year
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  15. Well, the fat lady sang, but she didn't make the grade. Carb kit came. New o-ring on main jet and spang into life on 2nd kick. It's been an ordeal.....for me....pushed and tested me. But at my age I've got used to how it can be. I am very grateful for the support here and rex's for the coils rewind. Life certainly throws 'em at a person. I'm drained, haha. Thanks everyone.
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  16. It just means you chat the most and on a regular basis
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  17. Thanks, Iv give the carbs another full clean today, found a bit of wear on one of the slides and the slides seem to be sticking so not sure if that’s linked. I’ll pop them back on and see if it makes any difference.
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  18. i go out after 7:30pm to avoid traffic, or before 9:30am on weekend mornings. taking it easy preserves your licence and allows you to enjoy the scenery my last ride i decided to treat the bike to some salt air. stopped at Barton on sea to enjoy the view across the Solent to the isle if Wight. the car parks had cleared out a lot by the time i got there. its always nice to avoid other people when your a miserable old git like me
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  19. if you pay peanuts...
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  20. Well they let me book the Friday off so will run up then.
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  21. No booze last night so a wee 105 mile jaunt on my 1975 Trident. Stopped in Largs for a photo and tea Edit, eventually sorted
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  22. Nice picture bud. Unfortunately I was hungover today so the only bike action was 3hrs cleaning one
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  23. I've been on earlies last two days so roads dead on the way in (0400hrs) and chok a blok on the way home. Some crazy filtering yesterday by a load of bikes and scooters, which I let myself get caught up in. When I finally got through it all I was fkn angry with myself as there were some stupid risks taken No harm done tho (other than pissing off a load of car drivers) and a much better run into work today
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  24. Same up here , mobbed ,,first warm day,,,
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  25. Totally concur jcr, but as there was three of us going out to National Trust today I had no choice but to take the car. Seen so many bikers on the roads (motorways included) was very envious. But, and a very BIG BUT. the weather was so hot I don't think I would have coped too well in my full leathers being in my seventies. Mike.
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  26. Yamaha came through! They just e-mailed me the Service Manual. I am now the happy owner of mystical torque specs
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  27. Can't do the 21st weekend either. Other than that just got to see what I can get from work. Will call that pub merv highlighted and see what they cost. For end of May.
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  28. Snakebite68 and neversaydie, thanks again for your help and suggestions. I have an update if you're interested! Ref the stubborn castle nut, I finally managed to get it free using a vice and adjustable spanner (covered the nut with a rag first to minimise damage to the nut). I decided not to get the header and silencer re-chromed for now and used Simoniz VHT silver to re-spray the corroded sections. It is matt finish but you can't really see it because it's on the inside. When I removed the Kenzo exhaust the bike came with, there was no gasket so I fitted a new one and mounted the renovated exhaust. The difference to the bike's power is really noticeable, it pulls really well up to an indicated 65mph and when I get down towards the tank it reaches just over 70. Had some great fun ragging it around this weekend and the more I've thrashed it the freer the engine has become - I think it was crying out for a good blast. It's just a great fun bike to ride and so light compared with my other big bikes. Feels like being 17 and 1989 all over again -only this time I don't have learner plates flying around. I've attached a pic of the bike with the exhaust fitted. Cheers, James
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  29. Hi everyone I'm back, see I haven't missed much except bloody hell Jimmy that's a shocker, keep her bonnie shiny I'll be up in the summer to take her for a Italian service for you you lot couldn't organise a piss up in brewery Staffordshire show is on 23/24 April. I know drewpy is going as am I.anyone else we'll see you there
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  30. I,m in! If you can let me know where and I can see if there is a nearby hotel/guest house, YES I,m old!! bike is ready and setup for 1st of April anyway (Taxed on the 1st of April) I need to get out after 2 years of covid. Brixam is a nice spot, can be a bit full on tho, does'nt one of our regulars live down in the west country? Sorry can't remember his handle but he works in one of the small town harbours and has an FJ1200. Ah just had a flash of inspiration "DUTCH" anyone heard from him lately?
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  31. Ok as the bloody covid is at last coming to a conclusion we should start thinking about a meet, where and when? Can be nice and warm in April if you want to go early in the year or wait till June- July if that makes it easier for everyone! Down in the west country is usually warmer than anywhere in the UK, Devon or Cornwall would be great I suppose and the roads are tiny and Exmoor can be interesting or out to Lands end if you fancy a windy morning. Lots of camp sites and small pubs and even a hotel or two . Just sayin!
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  33. Have just joined,hello to everyone, Am 65 bike since 16 first bike Fs1e great days Am living in North Wales uk
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  34. Welcome to the forum bud. Never been on a TDM, but have read and saw a few of Drewpys adventures on his. Sound great bikes
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  35. after being blocked out for years I am back good new or bad ? thanks for sorting it Alex
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  36. Just a quick post to put this thread to bed. So the stator got rewound, the three coils and all cleaned up and re-wired and tested. A superb job by Rexs Speed Shop. I also purchased a new old stock flywheel magneto ( My old flywheel was stamped F-140, as is this new one, which means, according to the manual, that my bike is a UK series DT175. If it wasn't UK series it would be a CT175 and be stamped F-130) because i needed a new advance/retard which sits in the bottom of the flywheel. I wired it up and put it all together. Very difficult as always to set the points because so awkward and at the highest point the contact gap can be seen but the adjustment screw can't be got to! Anyway, I took a stab at it and kicked over for a spark.........which I got.....hooray. So it should work, BUT, with the plug in I kicked it over and eventually determined that no fuel is getting through at all, so I am having to service the carb before I can start the engine. But it should work. The stator coils rewind and re-wire is a good job and i'm sure it is right, just like new and all tested with the results.
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  37. Hmmm. Im a little sceptical too. Trying to tax us to stop using fossil fuels just as its all starting to run out anyway, cutting down the very forests that we need to absorb CO2 to plant palm oil trees to make ethanol, still building houses without solar panels, no plans to capture the water that falls from the sky to ensure consistent supplies in the anticipated hotter climate.
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  38. ignore Jimm's reply when he chimes in
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  39. enjoying the good weather. had a bimble along the roads in the New Forest this morning. lovely scenery and some nice twisty bits. light traffic before 9:30 too where have you been on yours?
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  40. my last jaunt found me leaving the A/B roads and exploring some country lanes. one of the great things about biking in the UK, is all the lovely places waiting to be discovered once you leave the beaten track. passed through a scenic little village called Wherwell at one point. my pics dont do it justice-
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  41. Is that the trendy plaid shirt wearing version?
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  42. 1 I wouldn't. 2 Best to speak to them. From the tdr forums I use the zeeltronics units are the goto upgrade as cdi's for TDR's and TZR'S are getting harder to find and more expensive not to mention guaranteeing its working. 3 Yes. The earlier bikes have different cdi's that won't swap. Whatever bike you have will dictate the cdi you use. Often the cdi needs the corresponding flywheel and mag combination too so beware of what your changing and why. You could end up chasing down very rare parts. That's why the zeeltronics is such a tempting option.
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  43. They are 2 different systems, the servos may be the same, they actually use the servos in tdr250, the rd's all the way up to 500 as well as the vmax believe it or not. As to the control, they are 2 different systems, you either have the cdi and the control box that lives in the tail (early) or the later unit where it is all in the cdi, shooters choice on that one, or, junk the whole sorry unreliable mess and upgrade to a zeeltronic ZEELTRONIC - HOME unit that controls ignition and allows you to set up the powervalve to your preference. As to the bigbore, yes an athena big bore makes these into serious 100+mph motorcycles but the gearbox cannot handle the torque, lacking thrust bearings and positive lubrication so it dies. Considering how good and well rounded a sweet tzr motor is you don't need a bigbore. One thing that is utterly unescapable on yam liquid cooled 2 strokes, genuine or athena head gaskets ONLY, anything else WILL fail.
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  44. went out with a mate to Southport carousel Took it really easy as too warm and the car drivers just CBA driving sensibly. Avoided a few situations if I'd been a bit faster. Lots of harvesters and tractors out too ATM
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  45. Says the file is unavailable You'd think a moderator would be able to upload them properly
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  46. Thanks for the welcomes, as of yet I'm not on the road but I'm working on it - my CBT is next month and the project bike I got is gradually getting to road worthy (1998 virago 125)
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  47. There's really not a great deal to tell lol. Most of it (being run over several times, falling from height (I used to free climb), various impact injuries (we used to go mountain biking in the woods (on racers, before mountain bikes were invented!) was just a mix between a youthful flagrant disregard of personal safety crossed with the indestructible-ness of youth. The rest, well, I had a friend whose dad ran an Army adventure training camp in the Lake District. We used to go over for the summer holidays. 5-6 weeks of orienteering, climbing, abseiling, cycling, canoeing, un-officially joining in on the training operations the Army ran out there like mountain rescue... We were woken up at 02:30 (after having gone to bed about 01:00 lol), taken out silently in a Land Rover into the middle of frigging nowhere. We got out, and in the dim light of pre-dawn, I was pointed at a line of hills about 3 miles from where we'd stopped. Given a water bottle and told to 'Find a good place to rest up and break a leg!' The story was, 2 hikers were missing on the hills, the Army was going to assist the mountain rescue. I was one of those missing hikers. I wasn't allowed to attract the attention of the searchers, but I wasn't to actively hide. It took them about 5 and a half hours to find me, they were in my general vicinity more than once (I'd found a ledge half way down a 20' cliff face lol). I got carried down the mountain strapped to two of the old frame burgens... Anyway, we used to have a bomb fire every night with fallen wood we collected in the surrounding forests. Big ring of stones, big pile of wood, half a gallon of petrol and a match. It was my job to light the bomb fire each night. Well, this night, apparently, someone had had the bright idea to help me out and put half a gallon of petrol on the fire for me! Unfortunately, he wasn't the only one... At best guess after the following investigation, There was about 9 gallons of fuel on there when I waddled up with my jerry can..! The ensuing fireball was seen from 20 miles away! Went higher than the surrounding trees (about 120'). It lifted me from my standing point on the ring of stones, and deposited me (strangely unharmed) on my back some 15-20 feet away! Still holding my box of matches and a surprised look..!!! As I say, I was relatively unharmed other than a rather dazed 10mins following the explosion, however, everyone else around me (up to about 30 feet) had singed hair and were not in possession of all their eyebrows!!! Well, that's kind of a snippet of the strange life I've lead... I wouldn't swap any of it, but quite a bit of it has left injuries! lol
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  48. definitely a clutch pusher ball. I smashed grease around it and stuck it back into the hole where it contacts the throw bearing pushrod. dummy. i should have seen that one coming. but she runs like a champ mostly now. especially after i removed the old cigarette butts and woolen bits of rats nest out of the air box. might have to enrichen things a little now. gonna ride it for a day and decide later.
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  49. the only times i seem to be able to avoid heavy traffic in daylight are early mornings at the weekend (pre 9am) and late on Sunday evenings. i took the Ace down the country lanes between Hampshire and Wiltshire, just to get away from all the cars. i got lost for about an Hour and ended up in Salisbury. to be honest, i think the bike is just too big and heavy for those types of roads though. i think a Royal Enfield might be in my future.
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  50. How you getting on with the Helicoil quest Alex? Based on the assumption that its a standard metric thread then the socket size should give you an idea of the stud. the general rule for standard sockets for metric threads are as follows: m5 nut/bolt/screw = 8mm socket m6 = 10mm socket m8 = 13mm socket m10 = 17mm socket m12 = 19mm socket I've done a bit of googling and found the stud on the parts diagram for the MT-09 cush drive of the rear wheel. https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/en/yamaha-parts/2016-mt09-tracer-abs-motorcycles/rear-wheel (regardeless of year they all seem to share the same nuts and studs) The stud (15) is part number 90116-10048-00 and the nut (16) is part number 95602-10200-00 Putting those in Google I managed to find that the nut takes a 17mm socket therefore its likely its an M10 stud. I then stumbled across the break down of the Yamaha part numbers 90116 = are indeed studs and all self lock nuts start = 95602 the next two numbers are the M size= 10. That confirms that then! Unfortunately none of the rest of the code indicates the thread pitch! However, i did manage to find a close up photo of the stud part number : https://www.bts24.co.uk/en/transmission/chaindrive/rearsprocket/mountingbolt/screwsprocketoriginalsparepart901161004800.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook Although the photo could be a generic photo I found one for sale on ebay that someone was selling showing the actual packet and the stud with it and this shows that it has the same thread on both ends. The reason I mention this is studs that fit exhausts, which are also double ended, have a much coarser thread for the stud part that screws into the engine block. However, in this case the ebay photo confirms it is the same thread on both ends of the stud. Using the first chart shows M10 being available in three pitches, 1.0, 1.25 and 1.5mm, unfortunatley I couldn't find any confirmation of the pitch size for the nut or stud other than the standard metric thread for an M10 appears to be 1.0mm. The other two are finer and I don't think you can decipher which it is just by the photo, unless someone knows any different. Hope this helps you Alex. NE0
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