Saturday, 29 September 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
No great activity over the past couple of weeks. I've been trying to muster the courage / enthusiasm to look at this oil leak, but keep putting it off... I concluded this week that the reason I'm doing that is because I'm not confident that I'll succeed, so I decided that meant I should call on the experts again.
So Doris has gone to see kind Doctor John again today. He's going to sort it out for me next week. On the way down there, the front brake was binding on again, so I've also asked him to look at the master cylinder for me. May as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb!
I had to laugh the other day. Here is me worrying about spending a couple of hundred quid at the garage - my mate at work was telling me he's taking delivery of a new Ducati next week and hasn't told his wife yet !!
I'm really looking forward to being able to ride Doris again. I won an EBay auction a week or two back for a pair of new, unused Oxford panniers that fit her perfectly and match my tank bag - £15 - what a bargain :) They will be great for the Manx in August.
Further update once she's back from hospital.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
- The engne was still on the original camchain, which appears to have been made out of cheese, as it had so much stretch in it that it looked like it had done 100k miles not 10k. Apparently there was an early recall to swap these original chains for DID - mine was clearly not done. It had skipped a tooth on the cam sprocket so the timing was on Eastern Standard Time I think! Luckily there is sufficient clearance between valve and piston and no damage was done. It would have taken me weeks before I'd thought of this as an issue.
- The carbs, that I sent away and paid lots and lots to have overhauled and new jets fitted, appear not to have had quite everything done..... There is a deep seated jet controlling low speed running in each carb which is very hard to get to and which had chewed up heads so couldn't be removed. They were completely gummed up, so lots of time was spent softening up old fuel residue and cleaning to get those jets clear. That was why I couldn't get it running below 5000rpm - there was no fuel passing over the air screws, so it made no difference how I adjusted them. Lesson - don't assume that, just because you've paid to have something overhauled, that it has actually been overhauled......
- The pattern front brake lever that I fitted was not quite the right shape, so it was not fully releasing the master cylinder piston. The impact of this was that the return valve on the master cylinder wasn't being exposed, so the brake wasn't freeing off properly. No wonder I couldn't pump air back up through the system using the "syringe method" - the damn return hole was blocked. Again, I would never have thought of that.
Anyway, the end result is that Doris is now runing like a Dream - sorry, I lasted this long without an awful pun. She has her first MOT since 1986 and I got to the post office to get tax 5 minutes before it closed. Those who have read the blog right through will recall that the target I set myself 3 months ago was to have the bike ready to ride to, and display at, the Northwich Thundersprint on 12th May. Today is the 10th May and my Plan A was to ride to work in the morning, loaded with camping gear, so that I could go straight to Northwich after work and camp overnight ready for the early show entry time on Saturday morning. That depended on me taxing the bike today, so I really did make it with 5 minutes to spare!!
Doris is now loaded with camping gear and resting in the garage, ready for our first adventure to begin tomorrow:
Noel & Doris
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
After failing to get Doris MOT'd or running properly at the weekend, I bit the bullet and have called in the specialists, in a bid to be ready for the ThunderSprint bike show on Saturday.
The initial findings are that the camchain is too slack and at the adjustment limit, so a new chain is called for. I assume the timing will be very ropey till that's done.
The compression was all ok though which is good.
Doctor John said that there was an early recall on the Dream related to camchains - maybe mine got missed?
Anyway, he's hopeful of getting me sorted out for the weekend, which is great news.