Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Owners bikes: Carsten from Germany

I had this nice message from Carsten Hammer from Germany, its also really great to here that all our experiences are so similar! Can't wait to see the finished bike.

Hello from Germany!
I was just as you, an 16 year old MBX80 driver in 1986! I owned myself  a black one, with the neon-like tank design and full fairing. Just weeks ago, I bought an white one with full fairing, and now I´m gonna do the restoration work.
MBX was a fascinating bike at the 80`s, and my first one (that i bought new!), lefts me with more then 20.000 km after 2 years. Can´t forget that horrible moment....
Hope to get things done, with my white one now...spares are difficult to find sometimes. Even the radiator shield for full fairing models (missed when I bought mine), seems to be a problem to get.
So hope you enjoy the bike in the future, I sure will (when it`s rebuild).
There`s a quit big mbx scene in Netherlands did you know?

Send you a pic with this mail), that shows my MBX 80 in the state I bought it, few weeks ago.
It looks much better on the pic, than it is in real life...so still a lot of work to do!
At the moment it is stripped fully, and the frame is sanded, and rebuild (in German i`ts called "Pulverbeschichtung" don`t know the right words in English <Powder coating, I will be doing the same to my frame!>)
Enjoy !

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Owners bikes: Rothmans MBX80

This is Stefan from the Netherlands MBX80 Rothmans edition. Stefan would like to convert the bike to dual disc brake (like the UK model), if you have any parts that can help him please mail me and I'll pass the details on.

set-up: 80cc tuned cylinder, 4 valve membrane, 24mm Mikuni carb, original air box, Techno exhaust pipe, CDI mps300.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My Bike: parts, NOS speedo cover

I needed a speedo cover for my build but according to the Honda M shop these were now discontinued. So I was very surprised to see a new old stock item pop up on ebay. I used www.cmsnl.com to check the value of what they should be (£40ish), so I bid honestly to its actual value and won! To say I was pleased was an understatement as it was evident that were other bidders, sorry!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Owners bikes: Rob from Belgium

Rob Dever from Belgium owns this rather nice MBX80 re-sprayed in a more subtle take on the original 'rainbow' paint scheme.

Monday, 10 February 2014

My Bike: Restoration, swingarm

Recently I got my Dad on the case with the restoration with he swing arm!

Firstly I stripped the swing arm down and inspected it for ware and tare and most importantly rust. There was very little surface rust and the swing arm looked like it was a good usable unit, so I handed it over to my Dad to work his magic.

The swing arm was then degreased, shot blasted and coated in primer, which is the state you see in the images. The next stage will be to spray it silver and add the orange pro-link decals.
a freshly prepared swing arm awaits paint

the underside is very clean

shock mount, you can see pitting from the surface rust, but this is now been completely removed.