Tuesday, 22 August 2017

My bike; Engine

This last week I sent off my engine to the Honda M Shop in the Netherlands for refurbishment. There are people in the UK that are perfectly capable in doing this work but Dirk at the Honda M shop specialises in these little engines, has everything in stock and his prices are extremely competitive.

So the engine went of for a complete overhaul including;

New piston and ring set
All new bearings
All new oil seals
New clutch
All new bolts
All new gaskets
Engine paint and refinish

The only hiccup we had was that the carburetor was actually broken so this got replaced with a genuine 18mm Kehlin.

All the work was carried out over 3-4 days and my engine was posted back to me, all in including postage both ways the engine was away for 10 days, not bad!

Dirk also posted back the old parts, check out the state of the original piston bellow!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

My bike, foot pegs and odd jobs

This week I had a parcel from CMSNL turn up, with lots off small parts with the view to finishing a few odd jobs.

Firstly the front wheel right side spacer to replace a corroded one, rear sprocket bolts, chain tug bolts, new side stand spring and some new foot rest parts.

you can see I have not yet bent the tab over in this picture to lock the bolt off

now on the bike a looking factory fresh!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Bike: graphics and some light assembly

This week I wanted to look at the graphic set I bought to feedback to the members of the Honda M Club (UK). I only actually need the side panel set, seat unit and front mudguard as the fuel tank, fairing and belly pan are all NOS and have the factory graphics on them. I also wanted to see the difference in the quality, colours and alignment with the fuel tank and it was also a good opportunity to check the painted panel colour with the NOS tank.

Tip: clean the panel first then wet it with soapy water. Cut out the graphic you need tight to graphic to help with alignment. lay the graphic on the wet surface and adjust for perfect position, tease out all bubbles and creases. Keep working it until you are happy and then carefully remove the decal backing while working on the decal to prevent lifting, then leave to dry.

Decals were via ebay seller Classic Motorcycle Decals

I also fitted the front mudguard and mudguard brace with new stainless steel bolts and also the rear inner mudguard piece that protects the Preo Link assembly.

new tail unit vs old
new LH panel vs old
pair of side panels
front mudguard
alignment and colour check

Monday, 7 August 2017

My bike, restoration update, rear brake

Apologies for the lack of updates recently as I have been super-busy with work so my bike has had to go on the back burner for a couple of months.

This week I decided to mount the rear brake pedal, unfortunately where this item was powdercoated it didn't fit the frame so I had to remove the paint from the pin and the frame before assembling with plenty of copper grease. A new split pin was fitted to retain it and the re-plated adjustable brake stop and return spring fitted.

I also have had the new decal kit turn up plus an assortment of bolts and nuts to fill the gaps where the original was too poor to be re-used.