Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Seat on

I spent this afternoon cutting and shaping seat foam and fitting the seat unit. Can't decide whether to add a bum stop or not. Probably not.....

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

RG500 Progress

Got my newly painted fairings back from the bodyshop, I am going for the same look as before (blue/white) but with the 2 tone blue/white on the tank, the guys did a pretty good job at a cheap rate so pretty happy.

I fitted the front mudguard, cleaned up the exhaust (rubber mounted) brackets, and fitted the tank, I am ready to start it up after I fill it with cooling water.

I am still trying to adjust the belly pan which took a bashing in my last crash, and which is key to get right so I can fit the side panels to get good position for the main top fairing stay! I am thinking of going outside the box with the belly pan brackets as I can't seem to get them right!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

RG progress

Slow going, taken a long time to drill the holes for the RGV250 top fairing, and the side panels, I still need to make the belly pan fit better, in order to have something to attach the side panels and then work out where my fairing stays need to go.

Once that is done I can make final holes in the top fairing and then send to the painters. Time is running short....

Thursday, 2 March 2017

TIG welding Aluminium

Still progress to make but I made a step forward today. Changed tungsten electrode to blue tipped (all rounder) and changed the welding rods to make sure I had the  right ones for Ali. Also had a chat with the guy about my high gas usage. He told me I was running too much pressure so I also reduced my gas pressure to 6-8 litres per min(?). Low and behold my first try and it worked pretty well. Really happy! Not all good but loads better I now feel I have a good base setting that I can  work from.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


I took the Dayto out today for the first time this year. The battery is still tired so I decided to change it out for a Lithium battery that I bought last year. When I got back from my first ride of the year, I swapped out the batteries in the Dayto and the Street. I also changed the oil and filter on the dayto (89334 kms). I'll leave it until 100k before I do the valves again.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

TIG welding

My neighbour came up to help me set-up the TIG welder, that Father Xmas bought me. It's a German unit Stahlwerg with a plasma cutter, Stick welder and TIG capabilities. I had to source a local gas bottle, which added significantly to the cost, but shouldn't cost any more to run.

It is inverter technology so it runs of a normal 16 amp household plug socket. The set-up went well, and Yves had bought me a load of scrap steel, stainless and aluminium to practise with. I spent about 7 hours in the garage trying to make beads, and moving from the steel (easiest) to the stainless and then aluminium. After trying with the ali, going back to the steel is really easy, which builds confidence. I found a lot depended on the temperature and heat getting into the pieces of metal, once the metal was really hot, it was easy to punch holes in it, especially with the ali.

Suffice to say that with loads of practise things are getting easier, and I am getting more used to the machine increasing and decreasing the amps, and switching between AC and DC - AC for the aluminium is supposed to keep the temperature down, but I invariably made crappy welds with the ali, it's OK just running the torch up and down, but adding the filler rod, just made things plat all over the place! I think I need to work on the adjustments of the machine to understand what is going on.

I managed to get proficient enough to try and weld my silencers back together, which I did, and even though it's not pretty the weld is hidden by the carbon sheath, so it doesn't really matter.

Tomorrow's job is to get the belly pan on and then build up from there to get good holes in the new fairing panels.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Back in the garage

Well, even though I haven't been posting since November, I have been working on the bikes. I had a few bits delivered to Mums at Xmas, new cable adjuster for my carb (damaged in the accident), new side panel for the Triumph, plus Father Xmas brought me a TIG welder.

So where am I with the bike? Well all the mechanical parts are back on. I am in the process of adjusting the rear bodywork to fit the slightly different subframe on the new frame.  I have repaired the belly pan, fibre glass then filler.

The guy that paints my fairings told me my tank was basically dead, so I found another one which will also need painting. Next steps are to fit rhe belly pan, and then work up to see where I need to drill holes for the side panels and then on up to fit the new RGV250 top fairing.

My neighbour is going to teach me the basics of TIG welding and then I can make myself a new fairing stays.