bikes had its first crash.
I lowered it on the stand for no reason except pure stupidity, forgot I'd removed the clamps from the pegs and over she went ffs!
was a good time to fit the bar ends to prevent any damage to the grips.
had another go at the silencer link pipe. any tension on the pipe will cause a crack in no time with a 500. I'm not a fan of using washers everywhere to space it out either so got the fire axe out and got it perfect
last box of bits arrived. found some new acerbis plastics really cheap , overflow pipes and fuel hose.
also the new scrub seat cover arrived. these are brilliant quality. real grippy too.
tried the panels on. not sure on the new style fender kit tbh but I'll decide one the graphics and number boards are on.
the box of parts for this bike are almost empty. I have the head mount to finish, clutch, and couple of small jobs . will be fired up by weekend
Looking very good. I would be tempted to stick with oem 2008/11 graphics ...... where the cap overflow elbow is is a good spot for an hr meter. You can keep check on srevice hrs more easily. Only a few quid off www. I use them on all the bikes.
we think a like as one of the things in the box to fit is a hour meter. I agree they are essential . regarding plastics and graphics I have a new set of gen ktm shrouds with the in lay graphics and a set of the powerparts numberboards. I'm not a fan of wild graphics. i like understated (he says with ohlins and a 500 lump)
certain jobs in life I do not like no matter how often I do them, taking the bin out at 7am friday morning, changing shitty nappies, washing bowls with dried on porridge and fitting seat covers.
my advice. get it warm on a radiator.
couple of staples at the front centre.
small amounts on tension and couple in the back centre.
just work your way from front to back leaving a 2 inch gap between staples.
work against a clean flat surface to make sure the staples are seated.
at this point you can turn the seat over. is the cover twisted? if so remove 1 or 2 staples in that area (remember the reason you leave a 2 inch gap between staples is so you can make adjustments if needed)
when your happy it straight and taut you can run a line of staples down each side working front to back.
trim the excess cover with a sharp knife.
BONUS MAGIC TRICK. I'm always asked 'sand300 how come it looks so taut and firm?
fit the seat and get it hot with a heat gun. it will remove any wrinkles and slightly shrink the cover.
no sagging here.....
head mounts almost finished. the head mount is 1mm thicker than the frame mount. i could just use a washer to space it out but I'm going to machine a flat either side for where it meets the head. the rubbers are stock on a cr500 the prevent the head bolt coming loose.
didn't like the fuel hose route so changed the fuel tap to a older 250sx. this is straight down.
new waterpump cover back from the powdercoaters, bearings and seals fitted. new clutch basket too.
had a new part to fit to the kickstarter. turned it over and it locked the motor up. after 3 hours of head scratching a small shim was missing. strange thing is its always been missing but worked without it. anyways its fixed.
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