Went out for a good ride tonight. Bike is running well. Got home and while idling in the driveway I heard a rattling, chattering noise. I was disappointed since I had just adjusted valves and cam chain tensioner and the bike was so quiet last week. It was too late to look at it tonight so I wheeled it into the garage while it was still running (I usually run most of the gas out of the carbs after each use). As I rolled it in and hit the front brake, the rattling stopped. Go figure? A quick investigation showed the rattling noise was coming from 4 brake pads jumping around in the calipers. Good news, now I will see if there are missing anti rattle clips for the calipers.Went for a spin on the bike and parked for a moment to tweak the carb adjustments. Noticed lots of oil dripping from the cam chain tensioner. Got home, disassembled the tensioner and replaced the oring on the acorn nut cap (Oring was flat and very hard). Then I noticed the large 27mm lock nut had some damage to the sealing face. The damage occurred because I was lazy the other day and snugged it up with an open end wrench, when I should have put a socket on it. Anyway, a couple of minutes with a fine small file and all is good again.
Bike was due for an oil change so I decided to install the starter gear with the wire swage fitting on the clip to hold the tension.
The swage fitting was just slightly touching the part of the engine case that the starter gear clip used to sit in so I could have filed a bit off the swage fitting but I didn't want to weaken it so I filed a bit off the groove in the case that doesn't get used anymore.
I made sure the gear slides freely then put it all back together and it works great with no grinding yet.
Now I can start on the brakes as both the front disc's and the rear disc have started squealing a few months after I sanded the rotors?
The starter gear fix didn't last long before it began not engaging properly so I took it out last night and it still has plenty of tension but I found that the swage fitting had been gouging the engine case when I hit the starter button even though I filed the swage fitting edges.G'day Ray, I squeezed the clip in the vice then put it on the gear and then I had to force the swage fitting to slide onto the clip , I was actually thinking it may have been too tight and wouldn't reIease when it should. Then I used the crimping pliers to squeeze the swage fitting hoping to hold the tension on the clip and it was hard to move by hand.
If the swage fitting is put on the clip before it's fitted to the gear it's very difficult to get the clip onto the gear but it may work.
Hope this helps, the circlip is meant to arrive today so I will post some pictures.
The picture of my home made gear clip was my first attempt, the clip needs to be closer to the gear so it clears the cases.View attachment 247250View attachment 247251
I’m riding in a long sleeve tee shirt or not at all. I’ll run all my errands on the bike I can. Just because! A few more weeks of this and hopefully, we get a break.I took her out today for a quick 30 mile test run. Absolutely perfect in every respect, but it really is needing that 32 tooth sprocket.
Also, having not really ridden in the 14 years (other than putting about on the TW) since I moved from the UK, it came as a real shock that you don't really cool down while you're riding, if it's 96°! Out of habit I put on me leathers. I'll not be making that mistake again! I stewed my nuts!