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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by david.w.johnson View Post
    I agree. The cowl looked out of place. I knew I was going to add more to start bringing it together.

    The product is the 3M di-noc CF in matte black. It's thicker than most vinyl because it is 3D. It is therefore not as easy to get it to form around curves. What you see there is two pieces divided left to right to avoid some of the difficulties of multi-dimensional curves. That brought up the issue of matching the pattern, of course. But after removal and cleaning of the panel, it only took about thirty minutes before it was ready to go back on the bike. The joint is just below the curve of the panel so that I would have to run over you for you to see it easily. And, the pattern helps disguise the seam to begin with.
    I have some of this at home - great stuff - just haven't got around to sticking it on. I wanted to do a similar thing to you as I scraped my lower fairings trying to be a track day hero

    I presume you cut the vinyl to fit and then stuck it on? How does it handle heat from the exhaust?
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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    DWJ,

    The CF detailing looks very professional. 10/10.

    Yep, I just had the fork lowers and TCs 2-pak'd black. With the fork lowers, if you are going to either powder coat or paint and cure with heat, then remove the oil and dust seals first. I also removed the two teflon/copper bushes from each leg as well and replaced with new units. My scooter had 130,000kms (80,000 miles) on the clock and was still on OEM oil...everything was completely thread-bare. Most of the teflon had worn off the copper bases of the bushes. The oil looked like water. The rear shock was a horrible, limp, wet noodle. The bike was grounding out the headers in corners...yetch. Your Grandma's 20 year old underpants would do a better job than the shagged suspension components.

    Steering head bearings, Swing arm bearings, Pro-link bearings, Wheel and hub bearings, Ohlins shock (no spacer), springs, valves, Ohlins oil, dust seals, oil seals, teflon bushes.

    Every stage of chassis and suspension 'reconditioning' made a very noticeable difference to handling. I did the teflon bushes as a separate exercise and could even feel the difference with this seemingly minor item. Lesson: one becomes very accustomed to crap handling over time. It's only when you freshen everything up that you realise what a pile of poo you have adapted to.

    Trying to think of Handy Hints:

    1. Loosen the top cap before you loosen the TC clamp bolts.
    2. Use a large flat blade screwdriver to spread/jam open the jaws of the TCs before you pull the forks down and out.
    3. Have a think about new wheel bearings/dust seals while things are apart. They are cheap enough.
    4. Coat axles lightly in grease before re-installing.
    5. Blue loctite on calliper bolts at re-installation. I had a front bolt work loose once ... had just finished a 300kmph top speed test, on private closed roads, prior to the bolt coming out. I broke out in a cold sweat when I pulled over to check where the knocking noise was coming from. Top bolt luckily. if it had been the bottom bolt, the calliper could have swung around. Feck. Cold sweat. I always use loctite everything now...
    6. Tighten upper TC clamp bolts, then the axle, bike off stand, front brake on, pump the suspension up hard and down 5-10 times, then tighten the lower TC clamp bolts (aligns the TCs).
    7. Recheck all bolt torque settings after the first ride.
    8. Beer and a quiet sit in the sun is good if you are getting pissed off with any stage of this process.

    GDF

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    9. Buy lengths of plastic pipe from the local hardware shop to use to drive bushes and dust/oil seals home into the fork tubes.
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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    10: don't forget to loosen those nasty little Allen head bolts in the bottom of the forks before you remove the axle.
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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    11. don't forget to loosen off the front axle bolt before you loosen off those nasty little Allen head bolts..
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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghazzah View Post
    11. don't forget to loosen off the front axle bolt before you loosen off those nasty little Allen head bolts..
    Pretty tricky to get at them otherwise.
    "Roadracing motorcycles makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty." - Peter S. Egan

    "200 mph, no hands. Damn, that'd be cool right before the part where you die." - A. Duthie

    ...and the best of all by the great Hunter S. Thompson - "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."


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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    12. There is no 12.
    You're never too old to learn something stupid............

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    12. Beers.

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mello View Post
    I presume you cut the vinyl to fit and then stuck it on? How does it handle heat from the exhaust?
    I had some scrapes on my lowers that someone had used ill-matching touchup paint on. The 3D vinyl completely disguised it. The vinyl was pre-cut as close to shape as possible with some extra at the edges that wrap around. Not having alot of excess makes it much easier to deal with. The backing came off in stages to prevent sticking when and where it wasn't wanted. The leading edge was the focus, so it went down first.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice on the forks. Wish someone just made a kit with all of the replaceable parts. I'll have to pull the manual out to see what all needs to be ordered.

    Ghazz - Really like the look of that 190/55. Surprised it went on the stock rim.

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    ghazzah,you friggin idiot,ha ha ha ha love the (12 beers ) no wonder my bird purss i always have a swig when im wrenching,cheers gaz

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Ghaz......Ride report, twisties not beeline. ?????

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    David: The 190's will fit, but as Ugly pointed out, the sidewalls are 'pinched in' compared to the OEM 180, resulting, in theory, in a 'sharper' curve to the shoulder of the tire, effectively reducing the contact patch. The Wise Tire Guys say that a 180 will have more contact area than a 190 on these narrower rims. I have run 190/50s before on the XX and the only real difference is a slightly lazier response to steering inputs. 'Turn in speed' on a scale of 1 to 10, the 180 being 10/10, the 190 scores a 9/10 with me. There is feck all difference. If I was a better rider and could really push the XX on the track, I would guess the difference could be felt. A slow and hung-over 50 year old being careful(ish) on public roads? Nah. Not much in it. I just like the big fat rear tire. The XX has a really big arse and needs wide rubber to keep things in proportion. Form over function etc. Hoping the 55 profile will negate the 'slow' 190 cross section. Stay tuned!

    Kev: Steinlager. World's best lager. Much better than any of aussie 'platypus p1ss' lagers...

    Perry: Will do, Brother but busy as **** next couple of days with a Geotechnical drilling team on the old house site, trying to determine what's going on deep under ground. Can we find a suitable foundation structure that would cope with significant lateral displacement? If so, we need to get a QS to price the foundations, and then we can put the land on the market. Sheesh, sick, sick, sick, of the whole earthquake deal. Just about finished. This is the last issue to sort. Beeline? This is New Zealand, Man! Not Canada.

    I am now looking at installing the Dynatek Dyna coils and Dyna 2000 CDI unit. Before I do, I need to take the bike to the local dyno shop and get a baseline. Last time I had a scooter on the 'rolling road', I scored 180 at the crank (mildly fettled '07 GSX-R1000). I won't be anywhere near this figure with the old whale, but it'll be interesting. Stay tuned! (excuse the pun..)

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Man Ghaz! I hope the earth settles for your benefit!

    I've been testing cheap options from ebay for holding the Iphone to find a optimum setup for video and use while cruising. Think I finally found it.IMG_4289.JPGIMG_4287.JPGIMG_4286.JPGIMG_4288.JPGThe flex neck just arrived and kinks up enough to see dash and get a vid view. I hope to post some good twisties soon!
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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    Ghazzah: I prefer being hit by lightning rather than by a quake

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    Re: What have you done to your bird lately?

    All good, chaps. We are still getting 2s and 3s regularly these days, but the big ones seem to have stopped. To be honest, no one even breaks step or comments when the small ones go off. Everyone is seriously over it. A '4' will raise eyebrows, but it really needs at least a 5 before you start moving towards a protective void (avoid door ways, too dangerous (seriously), head for 'voids' created by solid furniture, i.e. behind a big couch, beside a bed (never under it)), blah, blah, blah.

    The 5s get you on your feet. 6s make you shit yourself instantly, you grab children and try to get outside ASAFP. 7s? **** me. If you hear the primary wave in time (deep, deep roaring like a big ****-off freight train in the distance), you may be able to get outside before the secondary wave hits, if you are not quick enough (you have about 2-3 seconds), you are thrown to the ground and that's it. You can not stand up. You are just a 'landed fish' until the shaking stops. Your kids are screaming in their rooms just meters away and you can't get to them.

    I've been through 3 major events now (Inangahua '68, Taipei '99 and Chch '10/'11). Done with them.

    Sorry, SysOp, way off topic. It's been a while since I bleated on about these damned things. Feel better now.

    On Topic: CBR1100XXV: booked in a dyno run for next week. Need to make sure the Factory Pro jet kit and spring lengths are all good and throwing up nice curves before I throw the Dynotek kit at it. It'll be interesting to see how many horse powers I can loose by messing around with a perfectly strong and reliable scooter...

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