Posted by Andy C on October 10, 2018, 12:45 pm
Most of you know that I recently re acquired my old 612 Bullet, now don’t take this as a whinge, it’s just a log of what I have had to (and didn’t have to, but wanted to) do to it over the last couple of months. |
I am amazed that given the minimal mileage (is the odometer working) it has covered under 2 other owners how much actually needs doing – some of it just down to poor maintenance, some of it sloppy workmanship.
Just hoping that it does not go bang when I start riding it which will be sooner rather than later as I really want to have it running well for 2019
So what have I been up to?
Work that needed to be done:
Clean off all the leaking oil and accumulated crud.
Head off / regrind Exhaust valve / fit composite head gasket to fix leaks
Cylinder off check rings / bore fit new base gaskets
New rocker box gaskets to replace the leaking ones
Re fit various steel washers on head / rocker box’s that are there to prevent the alloy deforming when you tighten down the fixings – why would someone throw them away ?
Replace / refurbish head studs that have been cross threaded
Adjust decompressor so there is some free play in the cable.
New Ex pushrod to replace the bent one – how do you manage to bend a Bullet pushrod? Over revving?
Re instate neutral finder (why would you remove it) – anyone who rides a bullet with the 4 speed Albion box will know how useful that thing is, taking it off is nonsensical to my mind
Replace numerous fasteners where metric / imperial ones have been mated with the wrong threads
Set ign. timing correctly / remove oil from the contact faces of the points, first kick starting seems to have some back.
Check that “performance cams” had actually been fitted as stated on the paperwork that came with the bike and check that they had been timed correctly / fit new gasket on timing side to fix weep
Throw away sloppy wiring around the battery box that had been introduced – bright orange cable & blue insulation tape !
Fit a new rear tyre – how it got through the recent Mot that it came with I will never know
Replace knackered battery with a nice little sealed one
Cut off the studs used to fit the side stand – sloppy work – studs left protruding a long way out of the nuts, looked crap.
Wash the washable K&N filter which was caked in crud.
Bin the bulbous tool box’s which although practical looked ugly, replaced with a 1 piece moulded battery cover from Hitchcock’s – expensive but looks the part.
Remove / re locate / modify the old battery box so it is hidden under the above cover
Re locate Boyer ignition module & bypass switch after binning the tool boxes one of which housed these items.
Modify wiring loom to accommodate the above
Re locate rear brake switch and fit a more “weatherproof” one
Fit some small but very loud horns (and relay) to replace the tiny quiet original horn
Polish off surface rust from numerous bits and pieces
Polish out the scratches in the alloy tank (ongoing) – plan to leave some of the scratches there as they are too deep to polish out, you can argue it is “patina” I suppose. But then again why would you do something to put deep scratches in an alloy tank? I went to great lengths under my ownership to keep it scratch free – it’s not difficult.
Sort out seat mounting – never liked it when I had it first time around – now closer to the frame and fits over mounts easily.
Check that all fasteners are tight / secure – a few quite loose.
Flush brake fluid
Change all oils
Ride the bl**dy thing
So as you can see I have done a fair bit, some had to be done, some didn’t.
At least I feel that I “know” the bike again.
I will post another update sometime, and perhaps a picture of its latest incarnation.
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