Is there any hope for me?

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by scotduke » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:03 pm

hondapartsman wrote:
Detour Rd. wrote:you have 5? Heck I only have 4. I had 5 but sold one. It was just too much storing them and keeping them registered. An old bike is a good cheap way to go. Over here at least is to get historic plates. I've done two so far and the third soon. Old bikes can be real economical. Over here a historic tag is only $44 for 3 years.
Yes, i just got so i didn't want to sell and they're all quite old although the newest is 1998 and a slight aberration compared to my 'classic' Honda's, apart from the Ascot they're all pretty well worn though. Two currently not legal for the road, one just needs a little work, the other could be ridden but needs much more work and that has to wait until I can get it here as it's been stored in my parents back yard for years. Nothing exciting or interesting though, just cheap. It might be gathered though that if money and space were not holding me back there would be more.

Well I wish I had the time

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Thu May 01, 2014 10:12 am

scotduke wrote:
hondapartsman wrote:
Detour Rd. wrote:you have 5? Heck I only have 4. I had 5 but sold one. It was just too much storing them and keeping them registered. An old bike is a good cheap way to go. Over here at least is to get historic plates. I've done two so far and the third soon. Old bikes can be real economical. Over here a historic tag is only $44 for 3 years.
Yes, i just got so i didn't want to sell and they're all quite old although the newest is 1998 and a slight aberration compared to my 'classic' Honda's, apart from the Ascot they're all pretty well worn though. Two currently not legal for the road, one just needs a little work, the other could be ridden but needs much more work and that has to wait until I can get it here as it's been stored in my parents back yard for years. Nothing exciting or interesting though, just cheap. It might be gathered though that if money and space were not holding me back there would be more.

Well I wish I had the time
Yes, time might be a problem as well. But if I had a shed/workshop with lights I know where I'd rather be while my wife is watching her soaps etc.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Sat May 03, 2014 4:17 am

We are finally out from winter and tomorrow is to be a nice day. Tomorrow I take the Ascot out then I will have all 4 out at least once. The bonneville handles and runs fine. Once I had all the parts I ordered I spent an afternoon restoring the bike. the exhaust was a bitch as there is a crossover underneath. Pipes had never been off. Grunt work on the floor.
New tires for the XT and works good in the dirt. Better than me in fact. Front tire saved me from two front end wash outs. The XT tends to be a bit heavy and its been a long time since I was pounding in the dirt.
The T25T? Same as always. Starts first or second kick. Do have to watch for a stickey float. Simple Green works good for fuel spills on the drive.
The fella who bought my T100 is haveing a great time with it I hear. Sold it away to a person furthor up north. My son keeps me informed from time to time. Glad to hear he is running the piss out of it.

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Sat May 03, 2014 10:07 am

Today is not to bad here, dull and cool by dry. I hope I'll get out, sometime I have to get over to check on my parents. Somehow I missed, or have forgotten, that you have an Ascot. FT or VT?
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Sun May 04, 2014 12:48 am

the FT. The one everybody hates or so I'm told.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Sun May 04, 2014 9:55 am

Well not everyone, I must admit it never really drew me when they were new, although if it had been fitted with a kicker as well as the electric start things might have been a little different. I was put off by problems I had with my CB250RS Deluxe, which had an awful starter, same design as the one on the FT.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by scotduke » Sun May 04, 2014 11:07 pm

I remember the first time I saw an FT500 and I thought it looked pretty good. But I had the Guzzi at the time and wasn't looking to change. Big singles have their appeal and I was going to pick up my son from a party this afternoon when a guy on an SR 500 came past. It had flat bars and a straight through exhaust, so I turned down the music and opened the window to listen (I was in the car rather than on the bike). I like singles, though the only one I ever had for any time was the TS and it wasn't exactly big.

I'll be out on the X5 tomorrow, creating a smoke cloud.

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Mon May 05, 2014 2:22 am

the starter is a weak point. I've had the guts out twice to check it over. In cooler temps like yesterday I have to hit the starter several times after the little clutch slips. But it only takes one compression stroke to get it firing. When warm it kicks right over and hot summer days no problem.
An SR 500 in straight pipe. Oh my ears.
now this is a nice sound
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not a bezerk ride

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Tue May 06, 2014 10:45 am

The starter was indeed a mess, in my opinion. On the radial head engines they did a better version but even they had their problems. It would had been better had they all retained their kickstarts as well like the XBR/GB500's etc. I guess in the end it was more about keeping costs down and prices competitive in the end.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Sat May 10, 2014 3:06 am

its strange Honda didnt set up a decompression/starter release like Yamaha did back in 72 for their SX 650 twin.
"Not invented here" I suppose.
the right foot peg is in the way for a kick start. I know one can be added that with a rocker box assembly from the XR/XL series but I'll just keep it as it is.

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