Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
I did some maintenance on the CBF today, changed the engine oil & filter and fitted its winter exhaust. The bike will be used through the coming winter and the finish is generally ok with the exception of the exhaust & silencer. The first taste of salt and the chrome starts corroding (maybe they don't salt the roads in the CBF's homeland, Brazil) I got a second hand exhaust from a breakers cheap. The silencer was badly scraped from the incident that presumably put the bike in the breakers. I keyed the chrome with an orbital sander and gave it a coat of high temperature paint and it came out well.
Saturday, 20 October 2012
This is an Adler MB250 from the mid/late 50's photographed at the Biggar show in 2007. The bike is a 250cc two stroke twin manufactured in West Germany between 1949 and 1958. It was the basis for the Ariel Arrow/Leader and, more importantly, the Yamaha YD1 in 1957 that would eventually lead to the hooligan two strokes like the RD350 I owned in the mid 70's.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
An 11,000 ton section of the aircraft carrier manufactured in Glasgow has been loaded on to a barge for transportation to Rosyth where the ship is being assembled. It's questionable whether Britain needs or can afford two 65,000t aircraft carriers (the biggest in the world outside the US Navy) but at least it brings employment to the city.
|Taken this afternoon|
Monday, 15 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
My Honda CBF250's wheel bearings are not proving very durable. In the last year I've replaced the sprocket carrier bearing & a front wheel bearing. Now a rear wheel bearing has gone (at 30,000 miles) I installed a spare bearing I had to keep me on the road and have ordered a few new ones to replace the originals that remain on the bike. The bearings (should you wish to avoid them) are made by NSK, a Japanese company, who manufacture across the world. I've ordered SKF bearings.
|Strangely this paste and little balls seems to be what's left of the bearing grease seal.|
Saturday, 13 October 2012
I just got a letter from my former employer, Glasgow City Council, fining me £30 for riding in a bus lane. This lane was recently created and is enforced (as I now know) by a camera. The letter includes pictures of me and the CBF flouting the rules. There was talk of motorcycles being permitted to use bus lanes, but this hasn't happened. In my defence note that the lane was totally devoid of busses.
I'll follow the fashion and conclude this post with a suitable tune.
Saturday, 6 October 2012
The Electric Brae is a short length of coastal road south of Ayr where, by an optical illusion, the road appears to be going downhill when its actually going uphill. Well I rode up and down it several times and I couldn't see it and you can tell uphill from downhill on a 250.
|This stone explains things|
|Maybe the cyclists get it|
|There are good views from the top (or bottom?) of the hill. Above is Ailsa Craig, an island 10 miles offshore, formed by a volcanic plug.|
|A panorama of the coast|
Friday, 5 October 2012
I've stopped using my newer FJ for the year. This gives me to chance to catch up on some maintenance. The first thing I checked was the air filter. I'd noticed that recently the fuel consumption was a bit worse than normal. I while back I fitted a K&N filter from the FJOC. They said that it only needs cleaning every 50,000 miles. Well mine has done 35,000 miles and it's not a pretty sight!
There was also a cigarette butt in the airbox!
K&N kit to clean & re-oil the filter (only £8, delivered)
I used a vacuum cleaner to remove the big stuff
Lots of muck washed out
Hang up to dry
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
A short run to the (near) Highlands today and snapped some autumn scenes.
|The old pier at Arrochar with Beinn Narnain in the background (I think!)|
|A hairy local in Glen Douglas|
|Ardgartan Hotel on Loch Long|
|The "Rest and be Thankful" The old Military road is in the centre, the new road on the hillside to the right. In recent years this has been affected by rock slides. They are erecting steel catch nets to try to avoid this in the future.|