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 Post subject: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:31 am 
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This thing resides at cheese towers - A Buell XB9-SX Lightning City-X to give it it's rather catchy title

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Not so keen on these mirrors, eveyone seems to junk the standard ones because they are useless, I have the standard ones but may run without mirrors as I never use them on a bike - preferring a glance backwards instead.

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And as a newbie to american twin ownership I'm not yet ready for the whole eagles and live to ride ethos - so this may have to go

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Well the hacking started last night, because my mate noted that the rear light was flashing to the potato potato (tm) beat

Bodgetastic

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I swear God sends me this kind of sh1t as revenge.

US flag? - this has to go.

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quick twizzle with a disposable knife blade, a wipe with LMR sticky stuff remover and the jobs a goodun!

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Putting a motorbike back together?

Cant be bothered to bolt components back on?

Simply jam them behind clock/flyscreen/lights, what can go wrong?

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The horn and that relay were just flapping about, waiting to fall off or start a fire by earthing themselves randomly.

I've worked out where the horn mounts - not sure about the relay???


Probably wont bother putting the small plate back on,

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I'd probably get pulled :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:52 am 
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Ages ago, I put some of this "live to ride" etc.... shite on Ebay and was surprised how well it went. The derby cover went to Italy. I thought the postage was more than the crap was worth. But there you go.

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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:05 am 
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regcheeseman1 wrote:
Putting a motorbike back together?

Cant be bothered to bolt components back on?

Simply jam them behind clock/flyscreen/lights, what can go wrong?


When you remount them you'll find the relay bracket breaks off, and the horn flaps about and makes a clattering noise, unless you bolt it on real tight, then the bracket breaks off lOl

(rubber mount the relay, don't overtighten the horn bracket, but wedge a bit of rubber between it and the headlamp mounting)


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:45 am 
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Bonzo wrote:
regcheeseman1 wrote:
Putting a motorbike back together?

Cant be bothered to bolt components back on?

Simply jam them behind clock/flyscreen/lights, what can go wrong?


When you remount them you'll find the relay bracket breaks off, and the horn flaps about and makes a clattering noise, unless you bolt it on real tight, then the bracket breaks off lOl

(rubber mount the relay, don't overtighten the horn bracket, but wedge a bit of rubber between it and the headlamp mounting)


Thanks for the tips - useful stuff

I've got some isolation mounts spare, may try and use those.

Incidentally where does the relay actually go - it has a bracket attached, not sure it's original relay though. I've mounted it (inverted) on the side bolt of the top bracket that the lights attached to - but it's not really ideal.

Thinking about it, I've probably got some rubber relay holding brackets in the garage .....somewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:01 pm 
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14mm hole drilled in the horn bracket and an isolation bush fitted (like they do on practically any other bike)

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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:37 pm 
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I couldn't live with those standard bars, I'm not a fan of chrome and the bend on the stock bars look like something off my nan's shopping bike.

I bought some unbraced alloy bars then realised they were;

a - too long
b - too low to clear the fork tops

I chopped 20mm of each end of the bars to make them about 15mm wider than the stock bars.

The only way to get clearance so the bars would sit in the clamps properly was to drop the forks in the yokes by a couple of mm

Then I drilled the holes to allow the pegs on the switchgear to locate into the bars.

And fitted..

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Standard mirrors fitted and a pair of knock-off pazzo style shorty levers

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Might have to actually ride the thing now...


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:52 pm 
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BOOM! ZOOM! WOW!

Finally took it for a spin

six miles in pissing rain and heavy traffic, entirely in 30 and 40 limits, feck all visibility and a never ridden before bike made for great fun.

What a bike though :shock: :D , I'm gonna like this.

Suspension needs some setting up, less preload and less compression would be a good start. Get a few miles under the belt and some dry tarmac would be nice too.


Meanwhile, a few cosmetic tweaks,

The bar ends are back...

When I finally worked out how to remove them, tried to grip them and unscrew them and realised that they were just wrapped in tape and jammed into the bars, tape removed and they were the right size to fit perfectly into my new bars.

Couple of minutes on the lathe first and they were transformed.

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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:25 pm 
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The nasty plastic chrome indicators had to go, at the same time I wanted to modify the bracket holding the rear indicators and the number plate. There was a gap that showed wires and ugly bracketry.

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Modified and re-mounted to pull the indicators and number plate up a touch

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Ideally the indicators want to move out a touch more, the plate move up, loose the numberplate light and utilise the clear section in the rear lens which is covered by fibreglass at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:01 am 
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The engine tried to loose the hideous (live to ride/eagle spirit) timing cover by rattling one of the two retaining bolts out which prompted me to sort an alternative.

Unable to fit a suitable chunk of billet into my lathe I tried to use a 83 mm hole saw minus pilot drill to cut out a suitable disc.
Obviously the saw wandered all over the shop and made a complete mess. :roll:

Time for plan B

Made a thingy to hold a chunk of ally plate
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Turned with a step to clear the step in the engine cases
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Countersunk
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And fitted, need to get some stainless hex head bolts to suit and maybe give it a coat of crinkle black
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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:01 am 
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Double post :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:12 am 
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Having fun fettling. Quality time ;)


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:32 am 
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Oh my god! :shock:

I've been commuting to work for 3 weeks now, all 30 and 40 limits, there was a brief foray into a 60 where I gave it 'some' beans in forth.

Sure there's a hefty glub of torque and the thing stomps along fair but to be honest these buells aint that quick, about on par with a jap 400/600 inline four.

Until today.



On my private test track ;) I proper twisted that throttle in a lower gear and actualy revved the bugger for the first time.

helll! there was a scrabble as the rear tyre fought for grip and the twat just took off like a rocket, first time I've actually revved it.

wow.

These shitty old push rod harley pig iron lumps will shift if provoked, loving it even more now. :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:40 am 
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 Post subject: Re: My first buell
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:24 am 
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regcheeseman1 wrote:
Oh my god! :shock:

I've been commuting to work for 3 weeks now, all 30 and 40 limits, there was a brief foray into a 60 where I gave it 'some' beans in forth.

Sure there's a hefty glub of torque and the thing stomps along fair but to be honest these buells aint that quick, about on par with a jap 400/600 inline four.

Until today.



On my private test track ;) I proper twisted that throttle in a lower gear and actualy revved the bugger for the first time.

helll! there was a scrabble as the rear tyre fought for grip and the twat just took off like a rocket, first time I've actually revved it.

wow.

These shitty old push rod harley pig iron lumps will shift if provoked, loving it even more now. :D :D

As the world shifted to more highly focused motos since the X1 went out of production and the number of bikes I've had that excelled in particular areas , I can't help coming back to the X1. It was just a good all around every day bike for all occasions. Very few new ones out there that can fit that bill and still make you smile.

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