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2 motorcycles with luggage with stunning Welsh mountains in the background

Spring has sprung, now we have a few months of warm pleasant rain to enjoy after the cold and miserable rain of winter. What excitement and adventures will this year bring?

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One Tent, One Night, And It Wur Cowd It's a simple trip to not far away and nothing too exciting happens. This isn't about that, it's Ren just trying to prove he's not gotten old and/or soft. This clearly demonstrates he has gotten old and soft.
More Progress, Less Chaos It's a considerably less chaotic day for Bogger and pals as they make their way south through France. And yet they encounter muppetry on the roads and something's been troubling our heroic author.
Shtainlesh Shteel Pishtons Sit down and take a deep breath. Ren spent some money. This time he's searching for the eternally perfect braking system. Will stainless steel solve one of his problems?
The Chaos Increases Whilst muppetry and stupidity abound the world needs a hero - in the meantime Bogger will have to do. Fear not brave reader, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. I fear it may be a train coming towards this lot...
Let The Chaos Commence It's a typical start to a trip and overall things seem to be going well. Except for the weather. And the traffic. And the suspect motorcycles. And the disorganisation.
Them There Alps Title page for Bogger's retelling of the tale of a curious trip to The Alps with friends.
Pothole Ouch I'm sure we've all had a similar experience. Ren's been shaken by a pothole, poor Ren. You'd think riding an adventure motorcycle and being experienced he'd know better. Nope.
Charging Troubles (5v not 12v) To keep the lights on and to keep going in the right direction Ren needs charging. It's time to update and rethink the USB power setup on the 500
CB500X At 40k And What Next? Ren's 500 is getting on a bit now. Where's the bike at and could there be a new addition to the stable?
Not A Lot To Say In The Best Possible Way Walking and some motorcycling with not a lot to report, which is a good thing. Ren is pondering the disadvantages of going to nice places.
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Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Ian Soady¹ said :-
I never got on with MIG but would like to try my hand at TIG - I have a basic machinemart stick welder that will do TIG if I add appropriate accessories.

By the way, doesn't that front light reflect back at you from the perspex?

We seem to be gathering a nice group of bike builders / modifiers here.
23/05/2024 15:47:00 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-
Ian, I know what you mean, but all the flannel about ‘pretty’ welding on YT etc is just that… flannel. As long as you get the weld down into both pieces of metal it will hold. I’ll confess to grinding off the surface pigeon poo on some of my welds - MIG especially - and the steering tube had to have the welds ground back (as in picture above) because the bottom-bearing inner race had to pass over it. I gave all parts a heavy chamfer, got the welding heat down into it and then sanded it back to size. No breaks so far! But have also welded to make a brake pedal, gear pedal, frame mods, rear racks, etc. it all works. Admitted on an ANF 125 (Innova) it is only going to be doing 50-55mph, so lower stress stuff.
23/05/2024 15:33:12 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Ian Soady¹ said :-
That's coming on very nicely. I'm happy with lathe work but my welding is more on the sticking bits together side so I'd be reluctant to trust a steering stem welded together. Mind you I did shorten the centre and prop stands on my Tiger 955i (using an inner sleeve as you did) as I'd lowered it a couple of inches and they stayed together OK. But if they'd failed it would only be the bike crashing down not me!
23/05/2024 13:06:09 UTC
One Tent, One Night, And It Wur Cowd nab301 said :-
Thanks Ren , I just went down the rabbit hole of a couple of those trips, you know it's cold when the tent cracks as you fold it up in the morning.. I haven't seen you mention hot water bottles recently..
23/05/2024 12:53:20 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-

Yes, I cut and extended the steering tube by inserting about 25mm of steel into it. You need to make an extension that gives you a ‘spigot’ either side to go into the original steering tube and stabilises it while it’s welded up. And I also locked mine in the vice jaws to keep it straight while welding. It came out fine. Twice. As I did it on the Suzuki forks and then the Honda ones.
23/05/2024 12:26:28 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-
Thanks Nigel. That’s OK then.
23/05/2024 12:06:03 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker nab301 said :-
@Lesrev, you actually cut the steering stem and extended it by fitting a tube inside it and welded it together?
AS for posting photos , it's single only unless you contact Ren and he decides to make a feature .
23/05/2024 11:32:46 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-
I’m having trouble with only uploading one photo at a time. Is it possible to upload several in one go? Anyone?

Another view of “front frame”
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23/05/2024 10:48:12 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-
This is ‘my’ front frame. That Innova speedo is a bit of a pain, as it’s very large, but it is good (in my opinion).
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23/05/2024 10:45:17 UTC
Review of the Honda ANF 125 Innova - By Peter Hawker Lesrev said :-
The frame guard looks like this, but your requirements and efforts may be different..

The other, plastic, bit of yellow was cut from a 95 pence BnQ bucket, but they no longer do yellow ones, only black or orange (be mistaken for a KTM?)

The frame on the front of the bike was welded up from 12mm steel tube to hold the original speedo (too darned big!) and LED headlights, mass of front end wiring I tucked into a length of old inner-tube and then into a short length of plastic downspout which is bolted to the home made headlight/speedo frame.. and so on.

Welding figures quite often in my build, as you’ll see.
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Go To Repair-Chat Ian Soady¹ said :-
I think we share that confusion Glyn.
21/05/2024 10:09:47 UTC
Glyn said :-
I've been unable to add anything else to this discussion from my look at the manual. However, when I was involved in marine electronics we used to fit a device that would fool the alternator into thinking that the battery was not fully charged. This was the only way to get the last 10% charge into the battery without running the engine for hours. In this case the thin sensor wire was fitted to the switch which was effectively the battery terminal. I didn't really understand why it needed an extra wire going some distance through the boat when it was adjacent to the very thick battery cable which would have had much less volt drop.
21/05/2024 07:09:41 UTC
Glyn said :-
I'm sorry I don't know Ian. I've still got the Dragstar manual so I'll try to dig it out later. It was just plug and play until it didn't play and I investigated the connectors.
20/05/2024 07:02:10 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I thought I'd replied but obviously lost in the ether somewhere. Always happy to receive comments from everyone Nigel. I wonder whether the unit monitors the brown wire voltage and uses it to decide how much to throttle the output? (I think that's what you may be suggesting). Having said that I would have thought the voltages on both red and brown would have been very similar given that they're connected at the ignition (main) switch.
19/05/2024 13:05:02 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ian , I know the question wasn't directed at me but a general search on Yamaha forums of older models ( not srv) suggests that the brown wire connector senses voltage on the consumer circuit ( rather than the red output circuit) which is presumably more accurate than monitoring the output circuit
18/05/2024 17:21:20 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I think the SRV is very similar to the dragster Glyn, so not surprising the reg/rec is in the same daft place. Yes, I always solder my connectors although as I'm revising the wiring I'll just be using standard 1/4" Lucar connectors to wire the new unit in. I'm going to put it just below the LHS side panel where there's a convenient perforated strut.

By the way, do you happen to know what the brown (ignition live) lead into the unit is for? It doesn't appear on the wiring diagram nor in the schematic of the connector, where its position has an X - presumably indicating blanked off? One advantage of using Lucars is that I can leave it disconnected and try both ways.
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18/05/2024 10:29:42 UTC
Glyn said :-
I've had exactly the same on 2 bikes Ian. The Yamm Dragster has the rectifier immediately in front of the Engine, behind the front wheel. It stopped charging and I bought a replacement only to find that a crimped connector had come adrift when I dismantled it. What a crazy place to put anything electrical? I was able to later fit the old one onto the CCM when that failed. The other rectifier fault was on the Kawa ZZR1100 which also turned out be be a parted connector. I'm sure, like me, you'll solder them together now.
18/05/2024 09:18:03 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Yes, checked the alternator resistances and they're fine. I decided it was the reg/rec then discovered one of the connectors had rotted away (the red wire ie main battery feed) but by that time had decided to buy a new one anyway. At less than £20 for a Chinese clone won't break the bank. This decision was partly prompted by the positioning of the existing component in the daftest possible position over the front cylinder head and impossible to get at....

I'm going to relocate the new one where there's some airflow over it.
17/05/2024 11:15:36 UTC
nab301 said :-
That's annoying , hopefully you can eliminate the alternator and it'll just be the reg/ rect or voltage drop in the loom.
16/05/2024 16:53:33 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Without wishing to monopolise this thread (although I know it does cause some amusement and schadenfreude): I checked the battery voltage yasterday and it was way down at around 12. So I put it on charge overnight. Checked this morning: a solid 12.8 volts showing. However this dropped to just over 12 with ignition / lights on and to less than 12 when I operated the starter - when it started! However, revving the engine didn't show any increase at all so I'm now thinking of alternator / reg/rec / connections. I'll also splash out on a new battery as this one doesn't have much in reserve. Tayna do a decent one for £30 delivered. If it hadn't been charging when I went out yesterday there might have been just enough for the initial start but not enough for a restart?

The seller of this bike had another one which was reported by my brother as being in good condition. What makes me think he got this one as a spares source and has robbed all the good bits off it?

I don't need a trailer - yet - Britannia do an excellent breakdown service although I fear I may get to know some of the drivers better than I would like.....
16/05/2024 10:40:29 UTC

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Go To Chit-Chat ROD¹ said :-
Someone said a while ago:- When I was young you would pull a girls knickers to one side to see her bottom. Now you pull her bottom to one side to see her knickers.
14/05/2024 11:12:49 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
I had my doubts, but it's irrefutable. It's happening.

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14/05/2024 10:11:34 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
If I tour on the Enfield it will be at a slow pace. I will not be using motorways.
14/05/2024 10:06:38 UTC
nab301 said :-
It certainly looks the part in the photo , I had a similar set up on a 500 Honda but it disliked crosswinds on motorways .
13/05/2024 16:34:29 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
I am not off to anywhere just yet.
I was seeing how the bike behaved with the camping gear ect loaded.
Just over 150 litres of hard luggage.
13/05/2024 15:54:07 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
No, the perished hose was just the last in the series. I did check the float levels which is actually quite easy for once and they were fine.

All the other faults were genuine ones and my fixes seem to have done the trick. The speedo issue was in fact the cable so have ordered a new generic one. Changing the clocks over wasn't too bad a job but there were some very inaccessible fixings and as the new speedo had a different mounting had to modify that as well.

I've also fitted a different front brake master cylinder that I'd removed from the CB250RS I had a couple of years ago. The new one has a slightly smaller bore (1/2" as opposed to 14mm) so gives more leverage and feel at the expense of a little more lever travel. I'm quite pleased I did though as the old master cylinder had a lot of muck in it so will flush the system through with new fluid.

As for how many miles / km it has done who knows and TBH who cares.......
13/05/2024 10:08:05 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
So all that worry for a perished hose Ian? As for the dysfunctional clocks I'm beginning to wonder what the actual milage might be on that Yammy.

ROD - is that your bike packed, if so where you off to? I'm guessing around 100-120 litres of hard luggage space on the back there.
13/05/2024 08:08:33 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Ready to tour???????
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12/05/2024 21:04:25 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Turned out it wasn't the carb but a perished rubber pipe feeding it. Now replaced and leakage stopped - for the time being anyway. I plan to check the float levels as I'm not convinced they're correct. I also noted yesterday that the (km) speedo wasn't working hence MoTs showing it hadn't moved since last year. The PO has supplied me with a mph version but it's all a bit crowded in there to get at.

Rain promised for next week so may have a go......
10/05/2024 10:16:31 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I figure the weather must be improving if you lot are getting out on the bikes. I'm wearing shorts so summer must be officially here. This of course means rain that's less cold, hosepipe bans if it doesn't rain for longer than 6 days, roads jammed with Emmets, and that blummin ice cream shop near me will be surrounded by suicidal pedestrians coming out of cars double parked on a major junction. Roll on winter!!
10/05/2024 06:58:21 UTC
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