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    • #4274
      Ricky Groves
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      This is the pile of scrap project that my lad brought home a little while ago.

       

      His friend said it had an electrical issue with the rear lights and the exhaust kept coming loose. No MOT since 2016. It wasn’t fully built and came with a box of scrap bits parts to be fitted.

       

      Cosmetically it was terrible, having been rattle can painted matt black, plastic parts were broken, pieces literally ripped off, dirty and rusty.

      Since it has been here the tank has been  repainted blue, the rear rack silver (rattle can, not a great finish), it has been cleaned – a lot and a few repairs completed before these pics were taken.

      Clean, mostly built

      Worn

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      ♠️ MARCEL
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      Sorry the site didn’t let this post through, how strange, it’s only Karry looking blue!

      I like the name though lol, Karry the Karion , carrying on  (no thanks to the last keeper’s neglect towards her!)

      How is the project going so far then ?    And trust me i’ve see worse tatty looking GTR125s sold for scraps , i won’t digress.

      I once bought a comet for £60 off a lass, no MOT since 2yrs , and so much neglect and many , many bodge jobs taken. Hell, the factory tyre looks like it wasn’t changed since 2003!   – I’m not even done with it, but it’s proving to be a lovely donor to ride around nowdays ,  just a shame it burnt half my wallet lol.

      // Meditation doesn't mean you have to sit still....

    • #4297
      Ricky Groves
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      The list of jobs we knew about before the bike came home:

      No mirrors.

      No indicators (some bits of indicators in the box)

      No rear lights (some broken bits in the box)

      Worn tyres, that rear is a monster.

      Wouldn’t start, it was pushed 3 miles to our house.

      Exhaust not fitted and obviously had been rubbing rear tyre and engine casings.

      Terrible paint.

      Nothing that looked too bad……

      One side panel off (in the box)

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      Worn tyres, that rear is a monster.

      He did a lot of trail riding or he has been going slicky trying to wheelie the thing lol.  I do like the chunkyness of it though! – It’s no Van-Van though!

      // Meditation doesn't mean you have to sit still....

    • #4372
      Ricky Groves
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      We’ve been working on this bike for a little while now.

      Jobs we found once home:

      RH handlebar switch locating lug broken, switch rotates round bar when twisting throttle.

      Choke cable broken.

      Back light smashed

      Back light bracket broken, this is steel but had been twisted until it broke, all parts there, but mangled.

      Rear mudguard broken

      Front mudguard broken, bracket rusty

      Side panel broken.

      Number plate light bulb holder missing

      Oil overfilled, about 2 litres in there

      Front brake disc cracked and undersize

      Tyres worn

      Studs stripped out of head, glued back in with bubblegum

      Wrong exhaust, front part from an RX125 (stamped on it), don’t know what the silencer is from but it doesn’t fit.

      Carb drain screw leaks fuel when engine stopped.

      Rear shock shot, the back end is very bouncy.

      Front wheel bearings shot.

      Original indicators missing, front mounts have been chopped, metal part missing.

      Loads of fasteners missing.

      Air box cover screws rounded off or sheared.

      Threads for seat and side panels on frame rusty or damaged.

      Fuel tank has loads of crap in the bottom.

      Slowly we have been working through the problems, we don’t have much to spend on this bike, but it should go back on the road.

      More pictures to follow…

    • #4617
      Ricky Groves
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      Update:

      the bike has passed the MOT test!!

      We’ve replaced wheel bearings, changed the front disc, repaired wiring and brackets.

      The exhaust was cut and shut to fit, more later about that…

      Engine oil replaced, way overfilled previously

      Bodywork repaired, engine repaired.

      New parts fitted, indicators made to fit.

      MOT failed….BOO!

       

      2 advisories: chain too tight and rear tyre wear (no shit, it was obviously low)

      Failed due to fouling tyre on exhaust. This was because we replaced the rear damper with a replacement from a breakers. Turns out it was not the right damper and it fitted but was shorter and allowed the tyre to rub.

      The easy fix was to “adjust” the fit of the exhaust until it no longer touched.

      We used a 10lb sledge to squash the exhaust in the right place and eventually a clearance was obtained and a test certificate given.

      A new tyre has been ordered because there really isn’t much left in that old carcass.

      Now, the young lad is happy riding about, it does over 70 (eventually) and has better performance than the Aprilia RS4 50 it replaces.

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      Glad the bike sailed through its MOT despite the minor hiccup!

      Hope the lad still enjoys it now with summer fully here.

      Shameless plug but he should consider the 520 kit which has special gearing (pulls bike to 50 in 2nd gear also quickly!  He will go beyond 70 .. plus the 520 is better than 428 for longevitiy.  Xring too 😉

       

      Any plans for Karry then!

      // Meditation doesn't mean you have to sit still....

    • #4652
      Ricky Groves
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      Today Karry got a new tyre, Bridgestone TW204. It cost £146 ride in ride out local bike shop, who also kindly stamped the police defect notice that was issued last Saturday due to tyre wear.

      Over the weekend the exhaust received some more attention too, as it was clear that there was occasionally some rubbing. This meant adding about 100mm to the front pipe and putting a bit of an “S” in the silencer pipe to clear the shock and frame, adding a small bracket at the back to hang the silencer. We had added a small heat shield previously to the light/mudguard as the heat was melting it.

      It was going quite well until the miggy ran out of wire. The job is done but I need to go back over a couple welds that were just tacked in place. Actually the welding is terrible but I can’t grind it off and practice again.

       

      The new tyre has a LOT of tread compared to the old one, may even make the bike a bit quicker.

      Apparently it has seen 80mph, allegedly on the nearby private road.

       

      If (when) the chain sprocket needs doing we may well look  at the 520 kit.

      Just for now it is going to be ridden ( a lot). Then we can put back all the bits that have fallen off or come loose, which seems to be everything. I have a big bottle of Loctite threadlock and everything is getting some when we put it back on for the second time.

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