Lust over common sense ?

A trip to the midlands to find some crankcases for the SC500 ended up with another bike in the van. I’d been watching it on DK’s Offroad’s homepage and though not an out-and-out motocrosser, I did fancy something different.

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One good piece of advice is to do your research before you buy, rather than afterwards, but it’s all part of the fun to find out what you’ve got in garage, after you’ve put it there.

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So what’s good about the bike:
– it’s had very little use, as you can see from the wheels, footrests and general condition on the engine
– it’s complete (except the ignition, see below)
– looks great and needs no real cosmetic work; it’s going to be an original looking end bike.

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So, what’s not so good:
– the ignition; given the experience with the Yamaha’s I’ve learnt that to get performance and reliability you need go for a later electronic ignition and fixing the original usually just compounds problems.
– the bike is a little more obscure that some. Husqvarna only made this model for one year, as more a trail bike.
– needless to say, the lights and wiring for the lights are missing. Getting originals will be nigh on impossible.

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Some kick spanner activity confirmed a couple of things:
– the Motoplat coil didn’t match the Femsa ignition and stator (which the bike should have had). Description in the ebay listing in that it didn’t have a spark.
– the replacement ignition (I’d assumed I was going to be doing) is going to be a Power Dynamo one , as this keeps a larger flywheel and fits the larger ended crank.
– I needed a puller to fit the Femsa flywheel (33mm x 1.25mm) : I’ve found a nice one in the UK from Billet Parts

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Further research and work on the bike to come and some details on getting components.

Rainy Season continues

The Llanthony track is great, and I think it’s one of the best places in the country (and others) to race. Full Stop. Only had the MX250 running, with it’s fourth piston of the season, whilst the SC500 still languishes in the shed awaiting the bottom end fix (see articles passim).

After a dry practice, it started raining during my first race (race 2) and kept on raining for the rest of the day. The track held up to some extent, though the entries on the start line went down as the afternoon went on.

Not my best day on the track, but the MX250 went well and the new Wossner piston held up. My attempts to try out Steve’s 1976 Maico resulted in a snapped gear shift lever in the first twinshock race and followed by a puncture in race 2. Mark’s end can broke on the Cappra in race 1 and resulted in a noisier bike in the next race.

Clean bike, not clean me

Alan came racing for the second time in the season, and brought the weather with him.

A newer version of SPIP

I’d meant to do this ages ago, but SPIP (the Content Management System) was a little out-of-date and didn’t support some nice new features.

Upgrade to 3.0.4 has been done and I’ll continue to tidy it up and add the new features and functions as promised.