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Glyn said :-
Perhaps this more my style then Up't. I always like the single suspension spring system. Interesting to get the knee out on the long quick bends. No worries about short legs on this one.
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25/05/2023 08:08:01 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
That's more my style Glyn. The good thing about this mode of "transport" is that it doesn't go anywhere so you're never far from home, you never get lost, and if you look after then they last a long time. I have seen these with broken springs though.

25/05/2023 08:10:56 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Love the little orange springy thing, the CanAm not so much.
Didn't we cover this recently, or was it elsewhere, or was it in a dream?
If I had the dream garage, the dream full time mechanic, the dream vehicle valeter (or is that a valet), then yes I might indulge in such nonsense.
Otherwise it's a big fat juicy ducky head shake.
Just thought what I'll cook for dinner.

25/05/2023 08:47:31 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Imagine taking the plastics off that CanAm to work on it!

25/05/2023 08:52:23 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You know, even if I was swimming in cash I still think my "daily driver" would be the CB500X. Yes of course I'd like to sample a tour on a GoldWing, a scream around a racetrack on a Ducati, off roading on a KTM, and riding a big phat Harley along an Amurican highway. If money were no object though I'd hire these things, enjoy them then say "That was GREAT, thanks, here's your bike back". Mind you, I have my eye on the new 750 TansAlp (TranSlap) - if money were no object then maybe, presently I doubt it'll give the fuel economy of the 500.

Would I employ a team of folks to look after my vehicular entourage? Naaaaah. I'd keep a nearly new mid range bike that just needs the odd service and is reliable. Then I'd have a motley range of random misfits that I can work on, tinker with, fudge up and enjoy getting dirty working on them and riding them.

26/05/2023 09:29:18 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
You'll all be pleased to know that following getting the V5C for my Greeves, my insurer has confirmed that they are happy to cover it once I install the Triumph engine. I've sold the Villiers to a friend from the GRA and have dropped off my frame for the expert to make me some engine plates. Yes I could have made them myself but it's a fiddly job and Phil has a full set of templates to do the job properly. I've done a number of dry builds of the engine to check everything fits but am leaving the barrels and top end off till it's in the frame as otherwise it's a heavy lump.

Funny, Ren, none of the experiences you mention attract me. If I was younger and fitter I'd love to ride a Manx Norton round the TT course but I'm afraid it's beyond me even if someone would let me ride their bike. I feel lucky that I've done most of the things I've wanted to, including Greece and back on the Commando, several European and British trips on that and other bikes, a modern(ish) bike in the form of the Tiger 955i, several seasons pre-65 trial rdining on the Bullet, owning a choice selection of classics including Velo, Matchless, Norton ES2 etc, brief rides on exotica like Brough Superior and Vincent twin courtesy of the NMM, and lots of creative restoration and reconstruction. Or maybe I just have limited horizons!

26/05/2023 16:18:22 UTC
Glyn said :-
Sadly, it would appear that I have a more severe case of this disease than some of you. I see a bike, any bike, any type,any style and any use ( off road etc) and (with the exception of the white duck beastie posted by Ian) I want it! Even the duck had a seat that would please Mrs Glyn. I don't always like them for long when I've ridden them but, a barn full of them might be my goal given unlimited wealth. As a quick update, the mower con rod has arrived and been fitted. So the piston goes up and down again. Waiting for a head gasket now.

27/05/2023 08:06:45 UTC
Rev. Mick! said :-
From the Cub corner here I am warmed by this expression of love for all our fellow 2 wheelers ( trikes and monocycles?)
I as you know tend to have respect for small bikes doing amazing things. I rarely see big cruisers batting down motorways. My bikes are too small to ever consider going on one. I have good friends who love nothing better than pointing the Pan down an Autostrada to reappear quickly in some sunny destination and I admire that they do. I can’t afford it or get my head into it.
I have toying for a while on a 50cc. My travel

buddy Drew says they are unsafe as they are just too slow for modern traffic. However I muse I have done long cycle tours on roads with traffic and the reverended legs are not that speedy. You just develop a different mind set. I do like travelling slowly at a pace where I can look over walls and see what is behind. Moving at bicycle speed without the effort of pedalling if you like. It tends to be the long distance to get to the nice touring place where 50cc is less than ideal unless you have loads of time.
I have hired 50cc from Reus airport and had fine time.
Plans for India come on a pace, looks like I am going on the XPulse route the other two thing RE Himalayan. It’s just getting all the bloody permits sorted as NE India has loads of sensitive borders and each one needs a special permit (and of course fee!).
Let’s all just celebrate our fellow bikers diversity.

27/05/2023 09:34:37 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
I'll raise a glass to diversity, tolerance and odd ducks.
But yes 50 cc's would be too diverse for me, lest I become a squashed odd duck. It happens.

27/05/2023 10:00:51 UTC
nab301 said :-
"Mind you, I have my eye on the new 750 TansAlp (TranSlap) - "
Ren I thought you'd be more into The Cl500, twin shocks , Factory Gaiters on the forks , although the exhaust only allows one pannier ... but I'm sure Toura plank design systems would be able to overcome that !

27/05/2023 13:11:20 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
The CL500 is definitely on my radar nab301. I concur the gaiters and twin shocks appeal, however I'd have to assess the riding position as the "adventure(ish)" setup of the 500 rather suits me. Also I'd have to investigate what tyres are available for the 19 inch front wheel. Yes, Tour-A-Plank might have another project if the CL500 comes my way, or in fact possibly Sharon's way. The seat is still too high for the Hobbit but nowhere near as high as most other models.

29/05/2023 16:07:28 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I've just popped out for 30 miles on the revamped XBR500. Thoughts? Comfortable riding position especially with the raised bars, nice handling, light enough, decent power. BUT - it has a terrbile stumble / misfire at around 1/4 throttle opening / 3000 rpm. Idles fine and higher up the range runs well and sounds good with the Goldie silencer.

So I'm suspecting a blocked jet. CV carbs are something of a closed book to me and the carb is notoriously tricky to remove / replace. I wonder whether I can drop the float chamber off to see what's going on in there?

30/05/2023 11:56:46 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Good luck Ian, but........
You know you're going to be taking the carb off?

30/05/2023 12:32:53 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Ian, I would start by checking the diaphragm.
If the bike runs OK at full throttle openings, then it is unlikely to be a blocked jet.
If you have a small split in the diaphragm then at full throttle the vacuum will be strong enough to lift the needle, but at lower throttle opening and low vacuum the pressure can go through the split and not lift the needle.
Best of luck!!

30/05/2023 13:24:55 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Ian, Just a thought.
Being a single you can probably turn the carb 90 degrees to get access without removing the carb?

30/05/2023 13:34:19 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Thanks all. I expect I will have to remove the carb as access is very tight. I'm new to CVs so the diaphragm does sound like a likely suspect. I assume there are no "intermediate" jets between the pilot and main jet? I may be able to op the top off and have a look at the diaphragm with it alll in situ.

One other thing the tailpipe does look very sooty - I need to have a look at the plug.

I may leave it till we get back from France........

30/05/2023 14:01:52 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
As it happens, a "spare" carb did come with the bike - which makes me wonder why.... and having checked its diaphragm it looks OK so at least I have a spare to hand if needed.

The last time I did anything with CV / CD carbs was a pair of Strombergs on a Triumph Stag more than 20 years ago.

30/05/2023 16:25:31 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Now removed the carb and stripped it. I think I've found the problem - the main jet (152 size) is partially blocked with dark brown deposits. While it's apart I may as well change the 2 jets as advised in the Honda service bulletin. The bike had been stood for a long time before I bought it....

The 2 large rubber O rings on the manifold and spacer (mine has the 2 part sandwich arrangement with a heat insulator) are also well past their best. But the diaphragms (main and air cut off valve) look good.

31/05/2023 12:36:30 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It does seem "curious" that the single piston single carb bike came with a spare carb. Are the jets readily available?

01/06/2023 09:57:20 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I thought so too. I can only surmise that a previous owner had had trouble and had sourced a spare carb to try it. Yes, jets diaphragms etc are available at NRP - link below.


01/06/2023 10:08:14 UTC

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