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Reply #7635 on: September 04, 2018, 12:14:07 pm
Yesterday, had the most varied day of riding yet.

Started off taking Harriet the B5 to work. Was running late, so I hit some of the main roads - 60-65mph no problem, and 70 when necessary.

Thick fog and rain came down half way into the hour long ride - I was soaked to the skin, and my boots were filled with water!

Weather cleared up by the end of the day, and had some time to kill, so decided to choose the smallest, windiest route I could find on the map to head home. Ended up having my first ever off-road adventure - rocky gravel tracks/streams/mud/sheep/cows/steep gradients up and down...

Arrived back in Cardiff, so some stop/start city riding, including a jetwash to get her nice and shiny again.

Treated her to a chain clean/lube, and an oil top up back in the garage.

All day long, she didn't miss a beat - was comfortable, trustworthy, exciting, and took everything in her stride.

Man, I love this bike.


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Reply #7636 on: September 15, 2018, 12:04:30 pm
Made a front support strap out of stainless steel for my exhaust which I fitted today - sure put an end to all that tail pipe wagging on idle.
Sits between the exhaust pipe clamp and the brake pedal pivot bolt.

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Reply #7637 on: September 15, 2018, 12:06:49 pm
My bride of 50 years and I wandered the back roads of Northern California this morning.  We went through miles of pasture land and orchards.  It was all two lane roads at a comfortable pace, 3000 rpm and 44 mph as registered on the TNT speedo/tach combination.  The bike (2015 B5 Forest Green, Spitfire windscreen, K70s) ran flawlessly.  It even started on the 2nd kick after sitting for a week.  The smoke from the fires had dissipated, so it was a clear, cool morning for our outing.  It just doesn't get much better. 
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Reply #7638 on: October 11, 2018, 04:11:16 am
Tried to start her up after a few days of long distance riding (testing my new phone mount - experience here: https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,26665.0.html
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But couldn't for the life of me get her to start - on kick, or e-start.

Thought it mightve been because it was very early in the morning, and bloody cold... seemed like she just didn't want to wake up!

Finally bumped her into action, and managed to make the final leg home without any issues, but after getting home, and turning her off, she again wouldn't start. So definitely not a temperature issue.

Managed to trace it to a dodgy negative battery terminal - not the usual small cable issue, been there done that - but the terminal itself seemed caked in a really soft, dull grey, metallic crud. Scraped it off, popped the cables back on, slathered in grease, and hoping it'll stay clean.

Nothing else I need to consider, or worry about, right?


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Reply #7639 on: October 11, 2018, 07:56:55 am
Tried to start her up after a few days of long distance riding (testing my new phone mount - experience here: https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,26665.0.html
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But couldn't for the life of me get her to start - on kick, or e-start.

Thought it mightve been because it was very early in the morning, and bloody cold... seemed like she just didn't want to wake up!

Finally bumped her into action, and managed to make the final leg home without any issues, but after getting home, and turning her off, she again wouldn't start. So definitely not a temperature issue.

Managed to trace it to a dodgy negative battery terminal - not the usual small cable issue, been there done that - but the terminal itself seemed caked in a really soft, dull grey, metallic crud. Scraped it off, popped the cables back on, slathered in grease, and hoping it'll stay clean.

Nothing else I need to consider, or worry about, right?

I recommend cleaning your caked terminals with baking soda, then hitting them with a little steel wool, sandpaper, or something similar to make sure they are completely clean or any corrosion and will provide a good electrical connection, then after attaching the electrical cables, cover them with Vaseline to keep the grunge away.
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Reply #7640 on: October 11, 2018, 08:21:01 am
Great, thanks Richard230 - I did exactly all of that, apart from the baking soda...

To neutralise any acidic cause of crud, right? Next time I get the battery out, will do that.


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Reply #7641 on: October 11, 2018, 04:32:10 pm
Great, thanks Richard230 - I did exactly all of that, apart from the baking soda...

To neutralise any acidic cause of crud, right? Next time I get the battery out, will do that.

A water solution of baking soda is slightly alkaline and will neutralize the acid crust that builds up on the battery terminals.  It really works quickly and does a nice job of getting rid of the stuff.
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Reply #7642 on: October 12, 2018, 02:05:58 pm
If the terminal crudded up like you say it did, there is a leak at the terminal that's allowing the battery acid to escape.

An old method of fixing this sort of leak is to buy a bottle of Karo Syrup.  As I recall, we used the "dark" kind.
For those outside the US, Karo Syrup is a moderately thick corn syrup used for baking bread, cakes and other good to eat sweet things.  You probably have something like it where you live.

Anyway, to fix the battery leak you pour a bit of the syrup around the joint where the lead terminal comes out of the plastic case.
In a few days it will harden and totally seal the joint.  (No, the syrup is not bothered by the acid but it is an insulator so you don't want to get it on the surfaces where the wires/cables attach.)
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Reply #7643 on: October 14, 2018, 04:43:31 pm
Today I weighed my B5 using two cheap Chinese electronic bathroom scales. The scale under the front wheel showed 190 pounds and the scale under the rear wheel showed 228 pounds, with about a half tank of fuel on board, for a total of 418 pounds.
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Reply #7644 on: October 16, 2018, 05:20:21 pm
I installed a Champion RNY9C spark plug to go with the Duracell Ultra battery I installed Sunday. My bike is happy and so am I.
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Reply #7645 on: October 17, 2018, 03:01:09 am
Your words Ergyd "so decided to choose the smallest, windiest route I could find on the map to head home. Ended up having my first ever off-road adventure - rocky gravel tracks/streams/mud/sheep/cows/steep gradients up and down." Same as what I do on my C5 whenever I go out across the Mendips, not long ago I did part of the South west coast path, the bike just copes with where ever you point it. Love the photo.
Yesterday, had the most varied day of riding yet.

Started off taking Harriet the B5 to work. Was running late, so I hit some of the main roads - 60-65mph no problem, and 70 when necessary.

Thick fog and rain came down half way into the hour long ride - I was soaked to the skin, and my boots were filled with water!

Weather cleared up by the end of the day, and had some time to kill, so decided to choose the smallest, windiest route I could find on the map to head home. Ended up having my first ever off-road adventure - rocky gravel tracks/streams/mud/sheep/cows/steep gradients up and down...

Arrived back in Cardiff, so some stop/start city riding, including a jetwash to get her nice and shiny again.

Treated her to a chain clean/lube, and an oil top up back in the garage.

All day long, she didn't miss a beat - was comfortable, trustworthy, exciting, and took everything in her stride.

Man, I love this bike.


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Reply #7646 on: October 17, 2018, 03:28:16 am
Hey Symmo,

I'm actually going to be in the Mendips area sometime this week... Any routes or roads you'd recommend?

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Reply #7647 on: October 17, 2018, 07:09:04 am
Today I fitted a richer slide in my VM32. Latest settings are :- Air screw 1.25 turns out,   17.5 pilot jet,   3.35mm high slide cutaway,   needle clip position 3.75,   185 main jet.



Ergyd -  Cheddar Gorge is usually good midweek.
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Reply #7648 on: October 17, 2018, 10:54:18 am
Cheddar Gorge as mentioned, If you have an OS map look for Velvet Bottom, Deer Leap, Ebbor Gorge, Prospect Style. You can probably find them on Google maps. I usually just go blind and keep turning off into lanes and unmade roads and see where I end up. I did Gospel Pass and Hay bluff over your side some time ago but that was on a Tiger XC.


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Reply #7649 on: October 17, 2018, 02:26:24 pm
down loaded workshop manual for the frankenbullet to facilitate gear train replacement(some type of clunk appeared during a short blast around the local roads).
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