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    Wife's birthday today and youngest daughter took her to the theater so chance for another garage day Carbs are statically set up using a drill bit to get the initial gap. Seem to be a bit lighter although I suspect that is psychological having cleaned them and and new gaskets.

    Charged up the "lawn mower" battery and installed that complete with fly lead for my optimate. This allowed me to test the horn/headlight flasher, which I was a bit suspect of as the rocker switch didn't feel "right" and sure enough neither horn or light worked. It's pretty simple with a central brass spring and a bent bit of brass. The power goes up the spring and then to a contact on one side or the other, very simple, very '70s Italian Electrics. Took the switch to bits again and tested with a bit of wire and confirmed power and both horn a flasher worked and so it wasn't the multiway connector blocks which I'd also had to bits to take some of the pins out to clean and remove the handlebar. Cleaned up the spring at each end, the brass rocker and connections (again) and reassembled. It worked and the switch felt a lot better.

    Because of the fantastic design of the switchgear (not) the switchgear slides onto the handlebar rather than being clamped around it and is not the most secure fit held in y a spring clip andthe handlebar grip. The bar is also a bit narrow so needs a couple of layers of tape on to make the grips a tighter fit, so did that.

    Fitted the clutch lever which is also a pain, as there is enough slack at the bar end so you have to take it off at the gearbox end and leaver the leaver at the gearbox end to get enough slack to get the nipple back on but it worked out ok.

    Haven't decided what to do next but need to get some innertubes in the tyres which I think I'll get a garage to do.


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    I think my V50 has a similar set of switchgear. As I hate that rocker switch (partly as I can't remember which is horn / which flash), and the near impossibility of finding the neutral position for the indicators, I've replaced the lot with a cluster from a Yamaha 125 which is so much better made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    I think my V50 has a similar set of switchgear. As I hate that rocker switch (partly as I can't remember which is horn / which flash), and the near impossibility of finding the neutral position for the indicators, I've replaced the lot with a cluster from a Yamaha 125 which is so much better made.
    V50 Switchgear, luxury. If you see one of the earlier posts on this thread there's a photo. There was nearly a time I was tempted to change the switches (I believe Yamaha R1 stuff also fits) On my first Le Mans I did change it to Honda MB50 switch on the left hand bar. But, it's (extremely crappy switches) one of the key identifiers of an original MK1 Le Mans rather than a MK II replica and one of the things I looked at when I was considering the ebay purchase, as a sign of originality.

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    Yes, that does look even worse! You can always take the original stuff off and stash it somewhere safe for the duration. Be a shame to run into someone after flashing them when you thought you were blowing the horn.......

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