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    Chelmsford, alternate for Tuesday was a ride on the Tuono if it's nice and that could be towards Tunbridge Wells. For my 50th 5 years ago I did a days green laning round Essex on my DT175, did about 60 miles and ended up wet, muddy and cold, really enjoyed it.

    I'll bring the Rioja.


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    This week I have been mainly finding out that just because a carb kit says it is for a 1977 Suzuki GT250, doesn't mean that it is. They've gone back to the seller for a refund.

    My tip for the week is that when you spend time repainting your switch gear, and then re-assemble it, having left it somewhere warm for three days to harden off, make sure you tape it all up before you put the actual switch gear back inside the cases, otherwise you will chip off the paint that you have painstakingly applied. Do not ask me how I know

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    Having seen it in real life , it looks good (even the wife thinks so) did you laquer over the switches once you'd done the red?

    Pity about the carb Kit, strange that not one bit matches. Still waiting for mine from Germany for the Guzzi.

    Inspired by my visit, I've now bought a dental pick set (get those tricky rubber bits out the carbs) and a wheel balance frame like yours. Not got an immediate use for it but I'm sure it will come in handy, as two tyre changes ago the tyre place didn't balance the front wheel properly and the vibration was dreadful in Germany at 120mph on the autobahn. So now I can do the Tuono, Le Mans and DT just for the fun of it.

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    Lacquered it all, but it was such a pig refitting the switchgear that the two halves rubbed together and took a patch off. If I'd put a bit of tape around the casing it would have been fine.

    I've just ordered a pair of long nose circlip pliers, as I've just spent an hour trying to refit the m/cylinder piston without success. Now going to go for a walk with the dogs and ponder on the pointlessness of existing in relation to restoring motorcycles.

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    Been a bit quiet lately, so here's a quick Christmas update.

    I've rebuilt the forks with the new stanchions, replaced the steering head bearings, re-bushed the swing arm, and rebuilt the ironmongery on the front and back wheels. The Master cylinder and the front caliper have been done, and are awaiting fitting.

    A fairly pristine back mudguard came up on Fleabay recently, and using my tried and tested "bid last moment and ridiculously high" strategy in the hope that I'll get it for a reasonable price, I secured it. Unfortunately I wasn't the only one using this strategy, and I won it by a fiver, thus now owning the most expensive second hand chromed mudguard in the world Don't ask how much, as if Mrs Pugwash finds out I'm a dead man.

    Next up is an initial assembly to make sure I've got everything, and to replace the odd sized bolts that have found their way onto the bike in the last 40 years.

    After Christmas I'm going to start on the engine. I've had the top off already, but I'll dismantle the whole caboodle and get the cases vapour blasted, before getting the crank rebuilt, and the clutch sorted.

    Happy days!

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    Next up is an initial assembly to make sure I've got everything, and to replace the odd sized bolts that have found their way onto the bike in the last 40 years.
    I replaced most of the bolts on my GS750 with stainless steel ones, so I have quite a large selection of period Suzuki bolts. Post a list of what you need and I'll see what I can match up for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    I replaced most of the bolts on my GS750 with stainless steel ones, so I have quite a large selection of period Suzuki bolts. Post a list of what you need and I'll see what I can match up for you
    I'll be in touch......

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