Radare's Seca II Scrambler (PBT take 2)

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Sun May 28, 2017 4:55 pm

radare wrote:
Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:58 am
Installed the FZ600 side stand and wider brake pedal yesterday. The black looks really nice. I think the brake pedal is going to work out perfectly. The side stand, not so much. I think its too tall. Some modifications are in its future.

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This came a while ago but I forgot to share it. I ordered a Vessel JIS driver from Amazon. It shipped from Japan and took a while.

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It's an awesome tool. VERY high quality and one I think I will use often. If you aren't in a hurry, I recommend getting one for all those JIS screws on the XJ.

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And in case you forgot what the bike looks like, here's a reminder, taken last night. Why the hell not? :?:

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Radare, I ordered JIS screwdrivers from McMaster; when I got them, they were Vessel tools. They didn't say this on their website, but that's what I received. Fantastic work on your bike, by the way. An inspiration to us all.

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Sun May 28, 2017 7:47 pm

Sorry, not sure why that went out twice. The bike's looking great! Amazing work.

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Tue May 30, 2017 9:23 am

webman94 wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 4:55 pm
Radare, I ordered JIS screwdrivers from McMaster; when I got them, they were Vessel tools. They didn't say this on their website, but that's what I received. Fantastic work on your bike, by the way. An inspiration to us all.
That's really good to know, Webman. I think I'm going to order a few more in other sizes. They are really good quality tools.

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Tue May 30, 2017 9:29 am

So, my XJ peeps; I'm thinking about adding a pair of leather straps to the rear rack. They would run parallel to the length of the bike, one on each side of the rack. I'm thinking they would be leather with buckles and cut to match the straps on the side bags. This would allow me to strap items to the rack (such as bags, tents, a Mexican blanket, etc). Thoughts??

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Tue May 30, 2017 9:31 am

arnehulstein wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 10:02 am
radare wrote:
Sat May 27, 2017 11:59 am
with the rear bag fitted, I can carry 10 quarts of transmission oil on the bike
My first question was: "why?" I mean, surely the bike doesn't need it, so I would carry a packed lunch and drinks. Much more useful. ;) :)
Rodeo was due for transmission maintenance. Why go to the parts store in the truck and get it hot when you can have more fun with an XJ?

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Wed May 31, 2017 1:23 pm

radare wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 9:31 am
Rodeo was due for transmission maintenance. Why go to the parts store in the truck and get it hot when you can have more fun with an XJ?
Agreed. That is why I have two side cases and a top case on the BMW. (Well, they are not all on there at the same time unless I am on a trip, but you get my drift.)

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:34 am

K backed into the Scrambler this morning and knocked it over on the righthand side. She feels really badly about it but I'm not upset with her. Accidents happen. But I am heartbroken. I just got the bike running right and had some trips planned for early August with it. I'll have to save those for the Bonneville.

Damage is pretty extensive.

The most heart-breaking damage is:
  • Fuel tank paint damaged by fuel - need to repaint
  • Right-hand muffler is bent up - it was a pristine muffler and those are super-rare - I'll have to keep an eye out for another one
  • Swingarm was bent in from the muffler - I'll have to replace it
Less concerning:
  • Master cylinder was torqued and broke where the brake bolt goes in - brake fluid took the paint off of the fork and headlamp bracket
  • Handlebars are bent
  • Bar-end is pretty badly rashed
  • Engine guard is bent and rashed (but engine is not damaged)
  • right-hand peg is damaged
  • The carbs and intake are likely full of fuel as about a gallon spilled out.
So, I'll be taking apart much of the bike and repairing the damage. More to come.

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:25 pm

radare wrote:
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:34 am
K backed into the Scrambler this morning and knocked it over on the righthand side. She feels really badly about it but I'm not upset with her. Accidents happen. But I am heartbroken. I just got the bike running right and had some trips planned for early August with it. I'll have to save those for the Bonneville.

Damage is pretty extensive.
I ordered the parts to fix the Scrambler. Final cost was right at about $800. Quite a bit of that was tied to fixing the bent headers and the paint supplies. Actually, paint supplies were most of that. When all those parts come, I can get to fixing the bike and get it back on the road. :(

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:35 pm

Wow, bummer, man. I look forward to seeing this great bike back on the road.

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:11 pm

That's a bummer... And you have to add an extra dinner with K, just to make sure she gets over it. ;)

I think the bicycle is going to see a bit less action in the coming weeks. ;)

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