Discussion in 'The Garage' started by GLJ, Oct 31, 2018.
Great DIY work on those brackets!
I wasn't really too loud. It had a drone to it. People didn't like riding behind me. At a steady speed it would wear on me. Actually had a lot of comments from people that were not riding behind me that it sound very good going down the road.
I use the same acrylic car paint sealant on every part I clean
What do you use ??
Nice job on the Commando installation Greg! They look like they were made for your bike!
I was thinking the high temp Duplicolor clear....Too permanent. Have been using for years 4 Star Products pain on my nice bicycles for years (and my car):https://www.fourstarproducts.com/ulpagupl4oz.html...I'm going with that once I finish screwing with aluminum n chrome parts. I lasts and if you get everything dirty...just clean off and I spray the polycharged acrylic wax on/wipe off. I used to take detailing classes from one of the owners of 4 star Products. The private label for retail 'off the shelf' names you'd know....world wide.
I knew I made a mistake taking the plastic off my foam seat cushion. It was perfectly wrapped and would keep the water (freak rain storm??) out. For slipping the cover on over the foam, I saw at a fabric shop a roll of 'batting' I can cut a piece off the roll at the store of to tape/ stitch to the foam to help it slide the cover and fill in any wrinkles. I'll have to add that plastic back.
Are you using it for the side covers or just the wheels etc. that don't get hot from engine heat
Finished up a few things on the old girl. I'll start at the rear. Put a new tire on. Old one still had some smiles left on it but taking a trip early next month and didn't think it would make it. I had a 120/90x18 Conti Go on it. I liked it but decided to try a little smaller size. It ran pretty close to the chain guard. Went with a 110/90 Conti Go. Surprised at how much smaller it looks. Plenty of guard clearance. At the same I polished up the brake plate better. Since it had to be stripped down for that on reassembly I slipped in a set of new Versah brake shoes. Old ones had plenty of life left but wanted try a different brand.
When I changed to dual exhaust it created a problem with the center stand. I couldn't use it because because I had a muffler in the way. Before with no muffler I could reach the centerstand foot with my foot and bring it down to the ground. With my shortened stand all I needed to do was hold it against the ground and keep it from sliding backwards. So I added a tang and added a longer rubber bumper to keep the stand from banging into the muffler. Works nicely. And I think it looks pretty good. It may look spindly but with the shortened stand I don't need to put any more pressure on it than it takes to keep the stand from sliding backwards.
On to the front end.
Not a real good pic. The caliper is one I had rebuilt and painted with new pucks. The forks have been changed out to a different set. They may look like run of the mill XS2 forks but the only XS2 parts used are the top cap bolt and lower legs. They are a hybrid.
I've only got 250 or smiles on the changes, so far I'm very pleased. I like the smaller rear tire. The bike is more willing to lean in curves. Plus the front end doesn't come off the ground as easily because the rear breaks loose sooner. Breaks are still bedding in, seems like they should be OK.
I'm very happy with the front end changes. Rebuilt caliper/new pads works as expected. I used VHT High Temp Engine Enamel on them. Was concerned that brake fluid might cause a problem after bleeding them. I knew there was no way I would not get fluid on them. I was right but cleaned it off and the paint still looks fine. The fork changes I'm more than happy with. They worked and made the forks a lot less harsh over bumps. Nowhere close to modern standards but much better. The mod also allows me to try more improvements in the future. Not going to go into details here. Will be making a new thread on them soon. Will update this post with a link to it when I do.
Yes, I'm a big fan of the 110 rear. I like it so much better than a fat 120 and it's all the tire you need.
Interesting centerstand bumper. All I ever do is stick some heater hose on the tang, simple but effective, lol .....
It works. I thought about your hose mod,didn't like the look when stand was down. The old girl has a vain streak in her.
@fredintoon might recognize what it is normally used for.
Nice looking work there Greg! Careful, you keep shining the old girl up and they’ll accuse you of being OCD like me!
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