Thursday, January 23, 2014

Keep the postman busy

The postman's been sweating the hell out these days delivering part boxes to either my personal mailbox, work address or even my parent's home ...

Some Honda steering stem caps and washer for 929 CBR forks (plus a pen goodie, yoohoo !)

ZX7R fork seals (plus a keychain goodie, yoohoo !)

A spare ZX7R subframe that will serve as a racing seat unit support, hence it's going to be cut

A ZX10R lower fork clamp to start the mocking up front ends job with a fork swap as a target

Projects are still a bit stuck for now, but parts keep on coming, so there's no reason they linger for too long any more apart from a significant one : me having no sort of time to work on the bikes.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Racing battery

One of the easiest and quickest way to pull some weight off a motorcycle, as well as put a whole in your wallet, is to install a lightweight battery. There has been one in order for a month and it made it to the garage's door last week.

A standard ZX7R battery, say a Yuasa YT12B, weighs a heavy 4.09kg. The Racing Batteries RB240400 is as light as 1.05kg, which makes a full 3.04kg gain once installed.

Of course the tiny battery does not have the same dimensions as the standard one, causing a short head scratching moment during the installation process in order to attach it properly. Of course, there are some maintenance instructions that you should follow thoroughly so you don't damage the LiFePO4 battery permanently. But it's still an easy mod for a huge saving.

Now, to the pics. I put a well-known toy next to the RB240400 so everyone can figure out how small is this battery.

Racing Batteries recommend the use of a specific charger and suggest you get an Optimate Lithium battery tender. You can buy one direct from them.

The whole set came in what is certainly the worst packaged box that made its way to the garage last year.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter's hot track days

Forget the cold and windy winter and head south for a warm sunny trackday weekend. Some famous UK trackday promoters do offer a wide range of "European tracks" events, some taking place in Spain on their wide and fast MotoGP-approved tracks like Valencia, Jerez or Aragon.

So if you're track mule's ready to be waken early from its winter storage and if you've already recovered from last year's late high fat rate celebrations, then maybe one the following link might be of interest somehow :
Of course there are some others around the place and most offer complete packages with flights and accommodations for the rider and hauling for his bike.

No Limits Trackdays' offering

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone ! 
Memorable rides, hardly moving two-wheeled projects and a bit of track action is the least to expect from 2014. Keep an eye on this place as this is where these events will be reported. Well, if they only happen, that is ...
Wishing you all the best.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Stripping a fatty

The stripping process has begun last week. As always with this sort of operation, it may bring its own kind of nice surprises and disappointing finds. One rarely come without the other and there's no reason a 15 year-old green panzer would make an exception to the rule, as clean as it may look.

So off goes the fairing. The engine looks clean, so is the radiator. Unfortunately, the reason to this is that the latter has been repainted. So has the frame in order to cover what looks like a nasty solvent damage.

Right side, no real fuss. The cooler still looks too clean, but the rest is aged reasonably, down pipes included, and period related.

Up front, with air intake covers removed, the cowl shows a cracked light mount. It's worse than I imagined while still being fixable. It's not in the priority list anyway.

Finally, I found a way to shave some weight out of this old fatty. There's at least 1kg of rust packed in the tool set.

Front wheel shows signs of leaking fork seals.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jake Holden's ZRX1224R Pikes Peak racer for sale !

Check this ad if you're after a neat bike. Real Pikes Peak contender and not one of the slowest !

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Honda NR750

Came across these clean pics of the super rare 8-valved oval-pistoned Honda NR750. Enjoy !

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Leaky front end

Among other thingies here and there when buying project Green Panzer, there was a leaking fork seal on the right leg. It wasn't that bad at the time of pushing the bike on the trailer in order to bring it home. But now that is sits on the bench, there's a big oily spot growing right under the brake caliper and I noticed the left inner tube was starting to feel greasy as well.

The front end needs a full rebuild anyway. And as later posts will show it's only just the beginning of other nastier finds. Hey, it's a 15 year-old fatty after all ...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Think Motorworks

There was the photo below attached to the last Motorworks promotional email.

If you're into a BMW project, especially into a airhead one, their huge stock and precise knowledge might come handy at some point. They were to me several times already, even though the project is an oilhead. Motorwoks would also be a useful address if you own a hexheads as they offer a full range accessories for recent flats.