- Oct 30, 2017
Thanks Doug, I'll give that a shot.
1250? What was the cc before? Also, is that the actual gas tank or is the gas on the frame like the other Buell?Did a couple of small things last Friday.
Finalized the routing of the new oil lines:
Made sure the final drive bearing was lubricated after being parked at an angle for 9 years:
Opened up the carburetor a second time to change a few more o-rings and gaskets:
This is what we could replace:
And removed the bubbled logo from the tank with a dull knife:
After an hour or two:
Now it's just a matter of figuring out how to remove that thick layer of glue to get the new letters on there.
All that's left now is a minor tear down of the front brake caliper in terms of dirty jobs. The rest is just putting it back together again. Hopefully it's not too much of a hassle to tune the thing properly now that it has a 1250 kit.
Nice. I was genuinely curious. Hoping to see the bike once completed!It was 1200 before, which certainly isn't nothing, but the stock cilinders turned out to be shot when we tore down the bike, which was just around the time when Hammer Performance was having a clearance sale on its 1250 kits. At 500 bucks, it was a no brainer.
And yes, that's the gas tank. Holds the fuel. There's two kinds of Buells basically, the tube frames and the XB series. The XB Buells (like Stevey's Firebolt and my Uly) have big aluminum frames that hold the fuel (as well as the oil in the swingarm), while the older, tube frame models (recognizable by their steel trellis frames, like the Ducati Monsters still have), have a traditional fuel tank.
Both kinds of Buells aim for a lower centre of gravity. The old steel frames achieve that by having the suspension and exhaust mounted low. The XB has a more normal suspension placement, but has a lighter frame that holds the oil and the fuel, eliminating two components and lowering the storage of oil/fuel. And it totally works, the XB models have astonishing handling.
Looks nice, where's that at?
Congrats! I remember feeling so satisfied when I (eventually) got that little A on my license
This are nice too. Just a little pricey. Do you find the Goldwing uncomfortable or do you just simply want the highway pegs?Yeah those are the Rivco highway pegs, they make em for the Goldwing too. I'm not getting those for mine though, I'll be getting the Goldstrike ones instead, with pegs instead of mini floorboards:
No, I find the Goldwing extremely comfortable. In fact it's the reason why I haven't bothered to order any highway pegs yet. Truthfully I'm not sure I need them for long rides on this bike, but I'd rather have the option to move my legs around just in case I'd like to.
Nice. Your last sentence gave me a good chuckle.No, I find the Goldwing extremely comfortable. In fact it's the reason why I haven't bothered to order any highway pegs yet. Truthfully I'm not sure I need them for long rides on this bike, but I'd rather have the option to move my legs around just in case I'd like to.
Did my first oil change on the Wing today, it went pretty easy. On a Harley there are three holes with three different fluids: engine, tranny, and primary. The Goldwing has three drain plugs too but they all just drain different reservoirs of the engine, so just one fluid to drain and add back in. The oil filter was easy to access and change out as well. The Wing has a second filter for the DCT, but that was easy to change out too so no big deal really.
Now I'm good for another 8000 miles. I could ride from coast to coast and back again on the same oil, lol!!!!
Beautiful. Your third pic isn't loading btw.
Something wrong with the helmet? Just a new set of padding will freshen it up nicely (though if you look at what those cost...).
Pic's not loading right now, but that thing looked cool. What's the story there? Was it a Grom? Did I see an actual trellis frame?
Nice, is he taking to it?
Paddings knackered, and the visor + pinlock needs replacing. Plus my Sena unit is in pretty rough shape. The helmet is 5 years old next month so really it's throwing good money after bad to do anything other than replace it, given the official line from Shoei is to replace every 5 years.
Haha, yep. Was one very long day. From noon to midnight on Friday.
Well, I think - or I hope - that the only thing making it unsellable is the amount of hours that went into doing almost a full restoration like this. While there's a degree of customization involved, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement. To give you an example, the exhaust (when we took it off) was installed in the most awful way imaginable, hanging at an angle and off to one side, with a ghastly looking bracket that was welded on by someone with (at most) an hour's worth of welding experience. Getting that back on, properly lined up was half a day's worth of work, trying out all sorts of different spacers and 'machining' a bracket that would extend to the OEM hanger that's on the block itself. So it's custom work, kind of, but absolutely and above all, the end goal is to keep this S1 looking as stock or as original as possible (on a budget and with the parts that are available two decades later).Fallout, when you commit to a full rebuild like that are you basically deciding you'll never be able/want to sell that bike? Was just thinking about how all the custom work affects a buyer's interest, or even the ability to have any old mechanic work on it. Either way, still incredibly impressive, good luck finishing it.
It's a clone of the SSR Razkul, which itself is a Grom clone. Mine has a 190cc motor that has more than twice the hp of a stock Grom.
Yes! I would never say this to his face but he is learning wonderfully and is gifted as he is learning quick.Whether it's fitting the intake manifold, the carburetor or the exhaust - every square inch of the bike's fighting us before yielding that inch of territory. Almost everything requires some kind of customization or ample amounts of cursing - or both before it's as it should be. So it's not finished yet, but stuff's really happening now:
Carb, air filter backing plate and headers on:
Headers do look nice:
Exhaust (ended up going with the Supertrapp, I'll see if I can quiet it down some) with newly made bracket on:
Oil filter on:
Primary oil is also in (not pictured).
Handlebar and clocks on:
The original set of bars turned out to be bent during one its mishaps. Luckily we had one extra from an XB12S. Had to drill a new hole for the switchgear though.
New grips (helluvajob):
Kind of where we're at. Tank isn't on permanently yet, still need to figure out some of the wiring loom up there. But it looks nice like this:
Nice, is he taking to it?
Well, at least they have the GT Air 2 now. I’ve read the integrated sena sucked on the Neotec 2, though.
I’ll see if I can get something sorted and post it up.I bet.
There's no denying my love for that oddball old school, but surprisingly sporty Buell thing, but I would love to have a go on a modern, out-of-this-world weapon like that new R1 sometime. Not sure how much use I would have for a license plate however :P.
/edit: brief sound check videos so that we may live vicariously through you would be very welcome btw, haha.
Cheers pal. This the first Yamaha I’ve owned after only owning Honda’s, I’m over the moon with it. I agree I don’t think there is a bad superbike out of the current crop.Oh man... gorgeous bike.
My dad used to work for Yamaha back in the day. Always had a soft spot for them. But this one is especially cool. Suppose one of the upsides of the shrinking superbike market is that the ones that do still get made are absolutely insane.
I’m biased obviously but I’ll have to agree with you. For me the best looking of the big sports bikes at the moment are the Ducati V4, R1, and new S1000RR.
I've made the same mistake so many times. One thing that does teach you is not to do that (except maybe if you really want to out of love for the machine). It doesn't add a dime of value when you sell.
Hah, you're right there. I just did it in the end because I don't fuck with cambelts, if they need changing, I change 'em. Still annoying though, but if one buys a Ducati, complaining about maintenance costs is a bit silly
Been looking at green energy locomotion as an option to get around and see things, and I wish electric motorbikes were far more available out there. Zero are the only company available in my country, and their bikes look like absolute dreams for my objectives, but they're quite pricey in comparison to ICE stuff.
The dream will have to wait another while, I guess.
As I'm sure you can all guess, its an R1200RS, because I've only been banging on about it for like 4 years at this point. 2018, one-owner last of its kind (now the 1250 is a thing) and fully loaded. Got a good enough trade-in on the Ducati to make it work.
Picking it up next week after it's been serviced etc and they've fitted some panniers.