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  1. You might find you are greatly limiting your options if you insist on a black exhaust. The draggie ceased being manufactured quite a while ago, so aftermarket exhausts are beginning to dry up. I've got the v&h cruzers on mine (chrome) and been very happy with them. They are a bit shorter than stock. Or you could go for the v&h shortshots, which are, well, short. Still chrome though. Or you might want to give the Delkevic exhaust a look. Sounds great, would suit the bobber look and has a brushed stainless finish.
  2. Smartpartz: yes, very good, recommend them. Although: try the tuner first, if you eliminate almost all the popping you might not mind the exhaust being as loud as it is.
  3. Hi, has the rear monoshock on the bike been removed?
  4. Pretty sure it's a straight swap. Have a look on Fowlers at the diagrams for the classic and the custom, mounts should be the same.
  5. This is just great dude, I'm lovin' this!
  6. ... involving a hit-and-run, and a largish insurance payout to me, some of which went on, well, you can see for yourselves.
  7. many thanks Jimmy! It's been a while (4 years!) since I posted those last pics. A lot has happened since then:
  8. Still can't figure out how to upload photos since p/bucket has gone $$$. Any admins figure it out yet?
  9. I've gone from 60+mpg to 51-54mpg. I can feel the increase in power, but will have to dyno the bike to know the exact figures. Remember she's a V-twin, not a 4-in-line high revver, so um, mileage may vary? (I'll get me coat...) Edit: mpg went back up to 60+mpg after a couple of fillups and has stayed there ever since. Don't ask me how, I've no idea!
  10. Hi Cynic, fixing the carb rubbers was a preventative measure; the old cracked ones were only cracked on the outside, but were still holding a seal, though for how much longer who knows, hence their replacement. So no perf increase from renewing those (and none expected). The jet size increase from 92.2 to 120 is a measure of how much more air the hypercharger lets into the engine. Or how very restrictive the stock airbox is, even with a k&n filter. Bear in mind, the previous jetting was done with the aid of a dyno, but I also had the stock filter on (more restrictive than the k&n) and quiet baffles bolted on to the normal baffles of the v&h's. Still haven't dyno'd it with the new jets, or balanced the carbs, so she may be running a bit rich and I might have to go down to 117.5 size...
  11. Hard to tell, but he may have been going too fast for the conditions anyway.
  12. Ok, so update no2: rather than buy the OEM rubbers, at £75+vat a pop, I found a pair of new ones on ebay for £40 ish from M&P motorcycles. Got the mechanic to fit these and swap all the carb screws out. On the vacuum membrane side (the brass covers) the new screws were too long (at 12mm) and were snagging the choke cable. Thankfully the mechanic had the right size screws (10mm and under). Further problems ensued when I discovered I had a vacuum leak from one of the new rubbers. Back to the mechanic it went, where is was discovered the O ring had snapped. Probably from carelessness on his part during installation. O ring replaced, and problem fixed, bike running fine again. So got her home and - somewhat apprehensively after all that as you can understand - I began the rejetting process. No needle shimming necessary according to Kuryakun, and indeed no new needles or shims provided in the jet kit that came with the hypercharger. Just replaced the brass side covers (ebay USA) as my ones were manky as all fook after all these years. On the other side of the carbs, one of the main jets was stuck to the brass tube, so that had to come out and the jet unscrewed with pliers holding the hex nut end of the brass tube. But other than that, rejetting was uncomplicated. I followed Kuryakun's recommendations for my setup (v&h pipes): 120 main jets, 35 pilot jets, PMS screws 1 1/2 turns out. The screws were 3 1/2 turns out from the previous rejet, so had to be wound back in two full turns. I then proceeded with the installation of the hypercharger itself. This was completely straightforward - I had plenty of time to go over the instructions while the bike had other problems sorted out! So, checked choke and throttle were working properly, wheeled her out of the shed, fired her up - it took two or three tries as the fuel pump filled the carb float bowls - and... SUCCESS!! She lives! And not only does she run, she runs beautifully! The first thing I noticed is the complete absence of decel pop in the exhaust. I was getting a fair bit of that with the previous setup with the factory pilot jets and the pms screws 3.5 turns out, but now it's just gone. Completely. What about power delivery you ask? While the engine seems to be more eager throughout the rev range, it's at full throttle where you really notice a difference. There's a stretch of dual carriageway as you head south past the Blackwall tunnel between the Greenwich and Blackheath exits, mildly twisty and uphill; during my first test ride / supermarket run, I bombed up that sucker like never before! Hoo boy. Yes, overtaking is now a much more confident affair. I am particularly pleased that the Kury recommended settings worked brilliantly first time. I haven't felt the need to go back and adjust anything. I haven't felt any flat spots in the power delivery. Though I expect I shall go for another dyno just to make absolutely sure. The only thing left to find out is what my fuel consumption is like. I expect my mileage per gallon to go down since I've gone up 10 to 11 jet sizes! I'll refill the tank after the first 100 miles and do the math.
  13. Update: well I should have known this would open a can of worms! All 16 screws seized, will take a herculian effort (and lots of drilling) to remove. I've bought the replacement stainless ones thinking this would be the hardest bit, BUT: Then noticed the carb joints (the rubber manifolds that go from the bottom of the carbs into the cylinders, are cracked to fuckery. So that's another couple of hundred quid just for parts then... I'm going to take this to my mechanic. I've bitten off *way* more than I can chew here...
  14. If the 1100 is anything like the 650, then just get the footpegs for the 1100 custom and they should go straight on.
  15. The instruction manual for the h/c gives all settings and sizes so should be ok.
  16. Yeah, I already bought the replacement stainless steel allen head screws for the carbs in anticipation (been doing my homework!). The bike's already been rejetted -not by me- when the v&h cruzers went on (1 or 2 jet sizes from stock), so don't think there'll be any brass plugs.
  17. So, I'm seriously toying with the idea of a hypercharger, to finally complete the intake-fueling-exhaust chain and squeeze some more power out of the 650. The thing I'm apprehensive about of course is the rejetting of the carbs. Seen a video of it being done to the specific bike, doesn't look *too* difficult. I'd like to ask Noise: how much fiddling with the carbs did you have to do to get it right mate?
  18. I do ride the cb500 to work all year round, but my commute is only a 10 mile daily round trip (so 50 miles per week) and I work inside the C charge zone, so a car is out of the question. On the very rare occasions it snows in London, I stoop to taking the train. Or arrange to work from home! The draggie on the other hand, being a cruiser with chrome up the wazoo and ridden purely for pleasure, is put away at the end of October and brought out again around March or later, depending on how well-behaved the weather is. Apart from the unpleasantness of riding in the bitter cold and wet of winter, the salt on the roads would be enough to eventually dissolve the bike from the bottom up! And I've finally got round to buying a shed for the bikes, so they don't just sit under a cover.
  19. "you can't fine people based on how much they do/don't have": well, let's stick to driving offences, where actually, you can. Other countries do this. with penalties such as jail time or driving bans, your financial status should play no part, and rightly so. However, with a monetary penalty, in order for the law to apply truly equally, it has to "hurt" equally, and therefore be means-tested. See this: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/mar/04/finland-speeding-progressive-punishment-motorist-fine
  20. Well slice, the compensation payout, however much it turns out to be, will be paid out by his insurer. It's not going to come straight out of his pocket. However, there's a possibility his insurer might pay out, then promptly cancel his policy and sue him for the amount they had to pay out. I believe insurance companies often do this to hit-and-runners. He will also find it difficult to get himself re-insured with his record. His premiums should be eye-watering.
  21. Slice, yes, it's all handled through my insurance. My issue is not that I won't be compensated (I will). It's that this bastard will see no reason to modify his behaviour, because he won't have felt much of a sting. This guy failed to respond to the police summons, and his own insurers were not able to contact him. I get the impression he can't be bothered to deal with the little people. Or that he is a total child, unable to face the consequences of his actions. Or both.
  22. "The fine has to fit the crime": exactly, the crime in this case being hit and run, a criminal offense, and not like a parking fine. £260 for a criminal offence is ridiculous. The injuries to myself were multiple contusions, a dislocated left clavicle, a fuckload of pain and 3 weeks off work. Not too terrible in the grand scheme of things, I'll grant you, but still classed as a serious injury. I'm pretty sure he noticed the impact - I was right in front of him! The fact witnesses said he then sped off tells me he was well aware of what he'd done and did a runner. Very possibly because he'd had a few, and if he'd been caught over the limit the actual punishment for that is far greater than H&R. "how do you know he hasn't saved up his whole life for this, been gifted it, or maybe won it?" - I googled him. He lives in a mansion in Yorkshire. I put two and two together. No penniless aristo drives a car that expensive. It's usually some clapped-out old Land Rover.
  23. The magistrates court did not actually require my presence (the defendant pleaded guilty), so not sure there was a prosecuting solicitor? Perhaps just the prosecutor? (Technically it's the police doing the prosecuting). The other thing is the "unlimited fine". If it really is unlimited, what's to stop a judge from making an educated guess as to how well-off (or not) a defendant is, and fine them accordingly? I mean, I'm on a modest salary, and if I had done this and been fined 260 pounds, I'd think I'd got off lightly. This guy hit me in an £80K+ car, why not slap a fine of £5K or £10K? Cash goes to the government, and self-important, entitled bastards like him feel the sting, and think twice before doing it again.
  24. I hear what you say Tasky, but apparently the fines for this sort of thing should range from £1000 to £5000 and the driving ban should be 18 months. So he got off pretty lightly in any case. My insurance is handling the injury claim. Not sure I could sue him for anything else?
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