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Gilles Tooling stopped producing chain adjustors for the RC51 a while back and despite some 40 owners showing interest, they were not interested in running a batch.

a member on the RC51 forum found a company in the UK that was willing and able.

 

Does one need one? NO

Does one WANT one? :goofy:

 

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Yeah, one thing he didnot think off was getting his logo "right". If you fit the axle as it came from the factory (nut on the RHS), "RACETORX: will be upside down.

Something for the next run I reckon.

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Not fitting the "ape hangers", prefer the bobbins for a cleaner look.

 

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I think I will buy a lottery ticket, or sell my bodily fluids as "luck potion"...    :goofy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday wanted to fit longer mirrors on the RC51 and thought "why not put her on the ABBA stand quickly?"

 

 

 

"quickly" transformed into "brain fart", me forgetting to tighten the bolt that hold the right "leg".....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look away if you are easily squeamish.............

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKKKK.....

 

 

 

 

 

but.....

 

 

The ABBA "leg" carried the weight, keeping her off the slabs... as did the bush (I like a good bush..)

"ush ush in the bush"!  

 

 

 

 

 

The right mirror snapped off, but hey, that one was too short any way

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A good wash and fitting later

 

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NO scratch on the exhaust, peg or bodywork!!!

 

 

 

OK, thin scratch on the tank and some red paint (from the ABBA stand) on the clutch cover and the steering weight

 

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fitted the other mirror, gave her a gentle wash, muttering apologies....

 

 

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Go Nile!

 

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Phew. Close!!! That sinking feeling, just before the cursing...we know that all too well.

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Glad to report that she has forgiven me my stupidity and gave me a wonderful ride!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

such a pretty lady....

 

 

 

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V8

4 litre

 

 

 

 

 

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:-)

 

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Nice picture...

 

 

Allthough...

 

Did you choose that location on purpose?

 

In life many of these bikes end up in a similar shredder as in the background of that picture... 

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:goofy:  yeah we realised that when we lined them up, the background was a bit brutal....

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Well, the cunninglinguist from Canada said it worked a charm, so I got me one

 

 

 

 

 

an Arai Pro-Shade visor,  ride report to follow...

 

 

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Interested in how it performs up and down at high speed , whistling, buffeting etc

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At high speed (ok a mere 160kmh on the VF) it hold up well; no discernable extra wind noise.

With the sunshield UP though, there is a noticeable extra whistling. If I tilt my helmt a tad forward, it disappears. So the combumation with my VF it is not perfect. I will hold on to my clear lens.

I will try tomorrow on the RC51 as the position it a bit forward/lower.

The screens are optically perfect, to be expected as they are made by Aria and not Ali :-)

Some comment that the sunvisor should be longer/lower but I find it just fine

 

 

 

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Oosh oosh.... in the bush!

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33 celcius today (thunderstorms have arrived since)

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Aaahhhhhhh, some shade under a tree and a light breeze (and a Macna cooling vest...  :goofy:), time for a wee snore with birds singing in the trees.

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Nope, same whistling while riding the RC51.

 

Here my review I posted at Revzilla

 

"Always look on the bright side of life" and on the shielding bright light, this piece of kit does a grand job. Clearly manufactured by Arai from Japan versus Ali from China, very well.

 

Owning already a clear and a smoke visor but not wanting to carry either as "spare" all the time, this seemed the perfect solution. With the sun visor down, great! No discernable extra wind noise. Perfect blended vision. Happy chappy. Put it in the middle or high up position and a distinct whistle appear which rises and falls with the variation in speed. Not a happy camper. For reference: with the entire visor up, there is no whistle.

 

With main visor down and sun visor 1/2 or completely up, I can make the whistle go away by placing my hand over the rubber strip on the sun visor, but that was not in the design brief I reckon. Or tilt my head 20 degrees down (which then stops the whistle) which doesnot allow safe viewing of the road ahead. Both on my -pretty much sitting straight up- Honda VF500F2 and my -Ducati here I come- Honda RC51, this annoying whistle is always there. with the sun visor 1/2 or completely up.

 

Acceptable for a 10 second ride though a tunnel or a shaded forest section. But absolutely not for say riding home in the evening after a day riding in the sun. So no, for me, on my bikes, this is not what I expected and see this as a unfortunate purchase. But as always, YMMV Ride safe!

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Flower Power!!!

 

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No need to be going to San Francisco.... (is on my bucket list though...)

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Did you pick some for the misses? Beautiful.

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The blue/red ones are very delicate, would not survive the trip. The latter ones I reckon that farmer would object :goofy:

 

 

 

 

 

With the OEM undertray having made it across the pond, I took the aftermarket LED undertray+(cut up to fit) OEM one off.  Found out that the oem taillight needs specific grommets so I will post picks of the completed work in the next couple of days.

 

 

cleaned up the öld"one a bid (someone was interested in buying; lets see if he comes back..)

 

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Who's Johny?

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"No see sh!t" Johnny 5

 

 

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While reorganising my "spares" cabinet, I came across 54 shiims in various sizes plus the OEM RC51 rebound compression valves. I have no use for either so I put them up in the "Classifieds".

 

 

 

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Tent, sleeping bag, thermarest, Laphroaig. all set...IMAG8013_1.thumb.jpg.70011e5e0042b50203fe6319ce7e256f.jpg

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Deja vue....

 

 

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As I stepped out, it started to rain :-(

 

 

So back inside I went....

 

To put on a rainjacket :-)

 

 

Cos, after rain comes.......

 

 

 

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And since I havnae posted any windmills lately....

 

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Dutch CL had a set of "race bodywork" for the RC51 "from Japan". So I swung round to have a look. 

Hmmm, all panels still properly wrapped but the shipping paperwork said "Hongkong".... :-)

 

The seller (the father since his son was in hospital follwing his wreck) looked puzzled... "Hongkong is Japan no?"

I am pretty sure he feigned ignorance, but we agreed a price we were both happy with....

Plenty horror stories on the web on Chinese bodywork, but one wintry/bored day will test fit it.  In the attic space now, hope I never really need them :-)

 

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"tasteless" tankpad included :goofy:

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Straight into the vertical archive!!!

Unless Timmy wants it.....:cool:

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When you said tasteless tank pad I envisioned something a little more appealing for my junk to run into.


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Timmy?  Hello Timmy?  U really donot want that pad? :goofy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put forward another couple of job applications so I earned a run along the river Lek, and back!

 

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stopped for lunch

 

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Here's to Skuuter(tm)

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And here's to VeeferMadness who sent me this "ward off evil spirits bell" years and years ago. It served me well; in fact saved my bacon in Lithuania......

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Re-use 2.0!!!

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Accompanied a 4th gen friend who had been tinkering with his carbs's internals (dynoyet kit) for a dyno run this morning. Yeah it rained persistenly, but there is no bad riding weather is there? 

 

Only bad clothing for the occasion!  And gear I have plenty!

 

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While there, I decided to put the VF500F2 up for a run as well. Just to see how well a 31 year old bike performs.  Never really saw a lot of VF500 dyno charts posted anyway, only reports that the 70BHP claims by Honda were "optimistic"....

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But if we take a 10% difference from rear wheel to crank...... :beer:

 

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As the OEM muffler design doesnot allow for the CO2 probe to be "in" properly, we skipped the A/F measurement

 

 

 

V4rroooommm!!!

 

Looking back at the vid, you'd think he missed 6th gear, but he starts each run from 2nd:goofy:

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