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Farkling the SP....

 

Factory Pro shift star+arm

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Clutch saver plus test fitting the chinesium bodywork I could pick up wealy cheap :-)

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And (as other RC51 owners reported) the cover's design 1.0 makes it interfere/push against the panel. So what is the best method to remodel/shape/bend outward the ABS a bit? Like half an inch.

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Time for a Swedish beer.... 

 

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The stickerset came in, quality looks really good. And as per their instructions, the material is bubble-free allowing air to be pushed out. No soapy water etc since the stickers can be pulled off for 2 days. Any wrinkles in the material will be "righted" with a hot air gun. We will see!  

 

Will fit and ride with the chinesium panels for a while first, see how they hold. Before putting the decals on.

 

 

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Asked (and I got) to replace the stickers that emulate the headlight with the stars and stripes from another RC51 set 

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and since I will be running PIRELLI instead of MICHELIN, they changed those as well

(OK one set they made in black; whereas these go on the under cowl; they will fix this in Yellow or yellow/red)

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Now here is a question to y'ALL (it is a Colin Edwards set...)

 

The chinesium ABS panels' (no idea of pressed or molded) tabs look like this.

Reportedly they can break, so what can I do in advnace to reinforce? Sperglue&bakinf soda (sodium bicarbonate) 

 

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The "radiator surround foam bits"were not included with the panels and the OEM bits are like $7 a piece (and you need 6....). So I bought some "Soudaband". A self expanding foam (20x20mm) with a sticky tape backing. $8 for 5 meters or so :goofy:

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Nippy but nice, 1st ride in 2018. Testing the chinesium (side/rear) panels and the new FactoryPro shift star kit.

 

All good!. 

I had a problem with hard to get into neutral and that is 100% solved. Shifting feels solid/smooth.

 

 

 

 

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You're sure not slouching around this year!  The Elefantentreffen is next weekend in Thurmansbang...

 

Ciao,

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Lemmethinkaboutitthoughtaboutitmaybeno...

 

 

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I do spot a black Guzzi.... Timmy???????? :goofy:

 

 

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On 1/28/2018 at 3:47 AM, Dutchy said:

Lemmethinkaboutitthoughtaboutitmaybeno...

 

 

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I do spot a black Guzzi.... Timmy???????? :goofy:

 

 

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Holy crap!  What rally is that?

 

***Edit - nevermind, I'm dumb

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Not an American event, you can be certain.


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Not neglecting my little cougar/puma :-)

 

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HEL UK didnot have the clutch line in their catalogue, so I sent them mine so they could copy.  I could have gone for a single line of course, but prefer the OEM look :goofy:         :beer: to Shaun from HEL!

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Decided to give the clutch slave a little TLC. 

 

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Clean as much as possible from the outside (compress the piston and clean crud) in the hope it would pop out by itself.

Nope.... I donot own an air compressor...

 

But then I realised that last month, I nearly chucked out this airbed/rubber boat pump....   Nearly!

 

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Aye, that did the trick

 

 

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Started on the SP's Castrol stickering

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Yeah, I know, Colin has Michelin decals. But I like being difficult different :goofy:

 

Will hold off on the side panels till I ran them a couple of time, checking how they are holding up before I apply (a lot of work) them...

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The chinesium side panel on the right side fitted ok to the oem upper (top hole needed to be expanded). But the lhs requires some thought...

 

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Only thought....is what you're prepared to live with.....
Must've made the mold off another chineseiam copy off a copy of a copy....???

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Maybe, but what was Corbin's excuse, then?  I have a yellow Smuggler seat cowl, and the gaps are frankly embarrassing... :blush:

 

Ciao,

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Aye, 1 well nut on the rhs needs a little relocation. Same issue/gap as with the oem upper. But the chinesium upper itself looks ok. time will tell.

 

Relocation time !!

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The (darker than oem) wings lines up ok

 

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Mind the gap...

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The china tail is not prone to failure so I started stickering....

 

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To HEL with 31 year old hydraulic lines :goofy:

 

 

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They look good. Let us know if you can tell the difference. The OE lines on my two 500s have held up very well compared to other bikes I have owned. They didn't skimp on quality in those days.

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Will do.

 

 

There indeed seems nothing wrong with the OEM ones after all these years....  but that 20% discount on the brake lines and a super deal on the clutch line was too good to pass up.

Not forgetting the 0.05% interest on one's savings account these days..... Not spending is actaually COSTING me money..... :goofy:

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The black coating looks really nice.

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I like the way you think....


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Hey, well....girls get retail therapy!!! Why not us? Nothing better to spend it on either.....just saying..

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The headlights were sticking through just a tad too beaucoup for me....

So fabbed some 3mm thick "spacers" for the mounting posts...

 

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Fukkerdefuksels...

 

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When firing up the engine for the 1st time since a cold winterstop, something was smoking.....

 

Had to put the bike in the shed (priorities...), but sniffed some fuel the next day and saw a small wet spot...

Yep, fuel tap is leaking....  In the off position..... In ON not so much.

 

Any pointers to a new seal??

 

Had put the tank brimful with ethanol free fuel, so......

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Never a dull moment, is THIS my thanks for the new HEL lines????? :unsure:

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