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Cynic last won the day on January 16

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About Cynic

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    Modern + Motorcycle= zzzzzzz
  • Birthday 02/10/1971

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    Yamaha Dt175mx (81) owned 32yrs TDR250 (88) CB175T (71) 1200Vmax (98)

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    Middle of middle England
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    Anything mechanical, from static steam engines to Rc helicopters......

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  1. That is probably your biggest problem. The DT has a nasty effect on its ebay values. parts are hoarded or sold piecemeal. Literally by the nut and bolt by some arseholes, while quoting how rare they are. A lot of the parts are not that rare but may be expensive. Tanks and side panels are a worry, side panels go missing and tanks rot. Clocks too if damaged, as long as your hubs are good the wheels will not be an issue. Likewise the frame is strong and unlikely to need more than cleaning up once stripped, just about all the engine parts except the obvious things like engine cases are available from Fowlers in Bristol. You can waste time going elsewhere but these days I find there is little point. (I have a DT175 and aTDR250, fowlers is my primary goto for parts for both). You picked a good one to build, no electronic rubbish to tip you up either.
  2. Should really start a fresh thread of your own, tagging onto a long dead line will get little response.
  3. What are they going on, the Suzuki?
  4. Goes on behind the lower piston ring, honestly I don't know what it does, seen it a few times on 2 strokes I have blown u...… er serviced! over the years. Bit of extra spring maybe, thermal gap, dunno. The opposite extreme on the daughters scoot, that only has one piston ring.
  5. Cynic

    Bollocks, ahh well

    Hmm, when I said expensive bits I didn't realise quite how far someone had taken it. This was a monster once. If only the last moron knew what he had. There is a good 7 to 800 quidsworth of go go goodies on this thing, the pipe is 200quid (for a scoot that's juicy) full circle all steel crank (150+) top end (160) considering a stock pot from the bay of evil is 30 quid with gaskets. Suitable crank bearings are c4 rated 20000rpm with fibre cages. Plus the uprated variator and clutch. All from the same firm, reading the technical its supposed to run fully synth premix (stock pump cannot cope), although in normal road work I think it will do, and a stronger drive belt Done right this thing is a rocket, a proper bullet. Brakes are monster too, front caliper is from the 125 (bigger caliper same disk). Considering the potential of this thing how did the morons who had it let it fall so far, it would have had god like status when I was 16. Yes I will be dialing the throttle back restricting the carb slide for her to get her early wobbles done with. The stock carb does hold it back. The blurb recommends a 24mm for all round performance or, get this a 28mm for racing.
  6. Don't know about anybody else but I have clocked up a few miles this winter. I have done my time being a full time motorcyclist and much as people may say otherwise, for me, fuck that!. My car is cheaper, quicker (yes if you include putting all your gear on, unlocking the garage, then the bike etc) and warm and dry. But I have been out using the bike. Bloody good it feels too. Its cold granted but the roads on the whole of late have been salt free and relatively clear of the usual winter slime. Even some sunshine. I know it cant last and Feb will blast us, or March for a late frosting who knows. But for now, yay.
  7. Cynic

    Bollocks, ahh well

    That's the thing drewps, this already HAS the expensive bits. Need to change the crank seals and that defacto means the bearings too. Would you believe the mag side seal had literally come out of its seat.when I pulled the rotor the seal fell onto the bench. I can only assume it was blown out by high compression of the sports piston kit, (one ring high comp). It already has the piston and head, the pipe etc. A bloody good clean and removing all the teenage balls ups. Like airline for coolant pipes, ???. Amazing how few bodywork fixings you actually need. Couple of hours and it was a big pile of bits, all came apart easy too, surprisingly no seized bolts etc. Granted one or two had me reaching for the plussgas but even the engine mounting bolt (as notorious as the dt one) slid straight out. Cannot argue can I. Whats good for the goose etc. Daughter number 2 did say she got serious cool points being dropped off on the max the other day, that would be the shy retiring type with matt black lid with electric blue pinstriping and ghost skulls..
  8. Cynic

    Bollocks, ahh well

    Not sure she needs the theory, doesent the car theory test count.
  9. Cynic

    Bollocks, ahh well

    Maybe, no1 daughter is in Shefield doing psychology. Maybe in the summer break, we might pay for her to do one of those week courses for her birthday. She only wants to ride my cb175 so the licence restrictions from her age don't matter.
  10. Cynic

    Bollocks, ahh well

    I thought I had bought a scoot for the daughter, needing nothing more than some spit and polish and maybe a mild de restrict went to collect. Nope sold to somebody else, sob story of forgot/my partner sold it….. Anyway, calmed down after that and now have an Aprilia sr50(ish), does have an 'oversize' piston. Bike is ok in the main. The engine.....hmmm spanners are getting dirty, really dirty. I should not be surprised at the state of learner bikes but I don't recall any of 'us' in my day doing some of the stupid shit you see on these scooters. Drive belt on backwards, the arrows are clear enough to see. No starter gear, just gone, removed, these things only start on the kick as a get you home (cos its hassle). Air line used as fuel pipe, coolant pipe and vac line, It was a dead duck (cheap) and has a bad crank seal so the motor has come apart, still trying to split the cases. Bit of a pain, think heat will help, but it has got some good proper sports parts in there and will be a rocketship with the daughter on it. Things like the coolant came out clean as a whistle and aside from being dirty all the fluids are good (little gearbox at the rear) and nothing seized up. Only stumble is the cases hanging. Stupid sidebar to splitting the cases, the cost of the proper tool to split the cases cost very little more than buying replacement cases from ebay. Actually fun to work on and when you get into them there is some very clever thinking to the design. Looks like were keeping it too as the wife fancies using it for work once daughter number 2 has passed through it.
  11. Any coolant suitable for aluminium engines will do if your really stuck. Use as per the bottle. You need to figure out where the coolant has gone too.
  12. Bet your arse it's not a run. Misspent youth making sure of that.
  13. Yep, the chilly willy run from Billing garden centre. Weather looking really good so will be loads there. Raising money for the air ambulance. 50 or so miles round Northants and into Bedfordshire a little. Bloody freezing last year.
  14. It still doesent compute in my mind slice but the last time I saw the inside of a class room as a student Maggie had the big chair at no10. Paul and Merv have far more current (geddit) technical knowledge and I know when to shut up.
  15. So why have a fuse block with 5a 10 a and 20 a fuses, by that line with 30a of load why do the fuses not pop. The current in the wiring of my house should be the same as the secondary of the step down transformer that feeds my estate then? I know im 20 years, er more like 30 out of date on the math, I just cant see it.
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