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  1. Had another blast today with the Mrs on the back. Really pleased again. Doesn't feel much different with her on there, really stable, balanced and easy to manoeuvre. She felt very secure on the back too so we're both happy. I'll need to sort out suspension settings as it did wallow a bit when pressing on a little more but there's tons of room left for adustment there. No issues when just cruising along nicely. Night and day compared to the ER6.
  2. I got my CX out yesterday and today for about 250 miles in total along some cracking twisty roads. Very pleased. Handles much better than I expected it would and the Hagon suspension is pretty comfortable. Doesn't respond well to aggressive inputs but ridden gracefully it's capable of making fair progress. It was a lot of fun to ride. I also changed the final drive fluid when I got back. Horrid smelling stuff. Looking forward to trying it two up. How do they perform? My ER6 feels overloaded and unstable with a pillion, even with the preload jacked up. It's not nice to ride at all so I'm hoping the CX will perform better.
  3. I'd planned to wait till spring but I couldn't help myself. As soon as I saw some sun I had to roll her out. Must admit I did feel a little bit of horror when I got back and saw the state of it! Immediate clean. We'll need to get another Scottish meet sorted soon so I can show her off
  4. I sent the calipers away to Nick from http://rd-bitz.com/ for a rebuild and he did a great job.They came back looking like new with freshly made pistons, new seals and re-plated hardware. The cost was pretty reasonable too and I was happy to pay the extra as I didn't trust my local powder coater to do the calipers. I've used that method before - it does indeed work well. I now have a Mitivac vacuum pump for bleeding which is an awesome bit of kit. It was a little pricey but well worth the investment as it makes bleeding so quick and easy and all my mates have ended up using it too.
  5. Most of the minor niggles are fixed now. I had it out for a little run down a nice bendy road yesterday, although there was still some snow around and the bike looked like it had been sprayed with concrete by the time I got back! Turned out the neutral light fault was just due to the connector having pulled loose when fitting the seat. Brake light connection is fixed, choke cable replaced and clutch adjusted properly. I also managed to get the carbs properly synchronised thanks to Ol Turbs' kind offer to loan out his kit. It's running a little smoother now. I have noticed a slight tocking noise from the radiator area though which I suspect is the fan catching lightly on the cowling, I'll get that sorted in the next few weeks. The front left brake is still squealing a little. I had the caliper apart again and all looked fine, I added a light chamfer to the pad leading edge but it's still happening to a lesser extent. I suspect that it's one of the pad retaining springs rubbing lightly on the disk as the clearance is quite tight.
  6. I removed the tacho seal by first removing the tachograph drive cover and placing it in a vice then pulling gently on the little tab that slots into the cable whilst heating the housing. When it gets hot enough it slips right out. I used a little bit of rubber hose to protect the wee tab. I tried Eric''s method but didn't have much luck, it works for many others though.
  7. There's just not enough friction left in the choke cable to overcome the strength of the spring, so it pops back down. I could probably bodge it easily enough but it's the original cable so I'd rather just replace it - it's the only one I didn't renew. Brakes have the anti vibration springs in them and already have a little copper grease on the rear of the pads. I'll be able to fix it easily enough, I have a couple more springs so I'll swap the current one out and see if it makes a difference, if nothing else works I'll just chamfer the leading edge of the pad a little. The neutral light was working until I arrived at the test centre, hence why I suspect it's just the bulb has gone.
  8. Cheers for the support throughout this project guys, she now has an MOT and is fully road legal. I rode about 50 miles today, handling is spot on, almost everything works as it should and she is perfectly rideable. There are a few minor issues to sort out: Front left brake squealing constantly Dodgy neutral light (suspect bulb) Brake light switch on front is a bit intermittent (just a dodgy connection) Choke knob doesn't stay up when pulled Clutch cable needs a touch of adjustment Carbs need a little adjustment and sync (not far out) Rear suspension settings need tweaking All simple stuff I can sort over the next few weeks. The brakes aren't as bad as I first thought, just a bit lacking compared to my er6. Power is more adequate than I first thought too, no issues there. All in all I'm very happy and looking forward to actually bringing a cx to the next Scottish meet.
  9. Got her on the road today. Just a quick run around the block during a brief gap in the rain. Smoking has significantly reduced, revs freely throughout the rev range and changes gear no problems. Some carb tuning and balancing definitely required but she was running reasonably well and felt quite smooth considering I've not yet done that. Feels a lot lighter to ride than I had expected after wheeling her around. Brakes are rubbish - can't imagine what the single caliper model must be like A few other minor niggles to work out but nothing dramatic. Very pleased thus far!
  10. I'll try that Mike, cheers. Pretty sure the choke is opening fully but I'll double check.
  11. Right I had more of an attempt at getting it running today, had it running for maybe 20-30 mins total. It starts very easily. It idles ok, sounds reasonable I think, and revs to 5k without issue (I didn't try higher). It's a little rough as the revs rise but some fine tuning and a carb balance will sort that once I get hold of some gauges. It does however get very smoky. It's running a bit rich - the plugs are sooty black, no traces of oil there. I'm going to try and take it out for a run as soon as the weather provides a reasonable day for it and see if the smokes still persists after that. I'm really hoping it doesn't. Here's a video: Thoughts anyone? Excuse the slightly excessive revving - it's hard to demonstrate the smokiness on video.
  12. Right I had more of an attempt at getting it running today, had it running for maybe 20-30 mins total. It starts very easily. It idles ok, sounds reasonable I think, and revs to 5k without issue (I didn't try higher). It's a little rough as the revs rise but some fine tuning and a carb balance will sort that once I get hold of some gauges. It does however get very smoky. It's running a bit rich - the plugs are sooty black, no traces of oil there. I'm going to try and take it out for a run as soon as the weather provides a reasonable day for it and see if the smokes still persists after that. I'm really hoping it doesn't. Here's a video: Thoughts anyone? Excuse the slightly excessive revving - it's hard to demonstrate the smokiness on video.
  13. I used Silkolene Pro Cool, also silicate free.
  14. I used Silkolene Pro Cool, also silicate free.
  15. All the lights, etc. work fine. She started up pretty much immediately. Definitely some further car adjustments necessary but she sounded good, smooth. I only let her run for a minute or so as it was dark out but there was quite a bit of oily smelling smoke. Hoping that's just residual oil and any old crud in the exhaust burning off and not indicative of anything more serious. I'll find out when I get chance to let run for longer in daylight.

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