A summary…

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RD350 n1 front end

I’ve had a few days off and have managed to do some more work on the bike.

I finished refurbishing the forks (just waiting on dust seals) and just had to dry fit them to the bike just to see some progress.

I fitted the frame that holds the clocks and headlight and then ran into an issue that required me to use some ingenuity.

I found that the mounting dampers that fit between the headlight frame and the clock fascia were no longer available,  so, I had to make some.

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Home made clock dampers

Some tap washers, grommets and a small piece of tubing did the job perfectly.

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Next on the list is the wiring loom. Having trained as an electronics engineer I’m not that daunted by the wiring, but I can see it’s going to be time consuming. Hopefully I can clean up most of the connections,  but we’ll see, I’ll keep you posted.

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RD350 n1 wiring loom

Happy biking!

PS I’m riding a Virago 535 rat bike at the moment, not really my thing but at least it gets me on the road for the summer. I’ll post a picture of it so you can all have a chuckle.

PJ1 Paint

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Ok, I didn’t read the instructions on the back of the gloss PJ1 only the satin and went ahead and cured my newly painted rear master cylinder at 200oC for 30 minutes. I don’t understand why a paint rated at 260oC bubbled at a lower temp?

My worry is whether my head will do the same thing when the engine is run, it’s also painted in gloss PJ1.

Are you sitting comfortably?

I ordered a new seat cover off of eBay a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t really sure about the stitching when it arrived. After contacting the seller, he sent me another cover that was much better. The vinyl was also a better quality which was a bonus.

Being the first seat I’ve ever recovered, it came out looking quite good!

RD350 N1 seat

RD350 N1 seat

RD350 N1 old seat cover

RD350 N1 old seat cover

More cleaning

OK, so my last post may have had an effect on the weather! It’s got cooler, so not a good day today to spray paint, so, I switched to soda blasting instead.

I’ve blasted most of the parts already, but I still have a few things like the carbs, power valves, a barrel etc. left to clean up prior to fitting or painting.

A dirty RD350 Power Valve

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The power valves were in a bit of a state, gummed up with oil and carbon. I cleaned most of the oily crud off with carb cleaner, which just left me with the carbon, an easy job for the Soda blaster, they came up like new!

After

After

Next up for a bit of the same treatment were the carbs. As they are in quite a mess, I thought it wise to clean the outside prior to dismantling them (obvious really). A squirt of carb cleaner and a stiff brush got most of the loose crud off, but again, the Soda blaster did a better job of cleaning the engrained crap off. Next step for the carbs will

Before

Before

be to strip them down, clean them out and probably fit a new kit of parts depending on what they are like when I open them up.

After

After

A job for next week, will probably be to recover the seat. I ordered a new red seat cover off of eBay which should arrive next week hopefully. The old seat cover is split and dried out so there is not a lot I can do other than recover it. I’ve never recovered a seat before but I watched a video by one of my favorite video bloggers “moonfleet41″ or Delboy’s Garage as he calls his channel on YouTube and he made it look quite easy, we’ll see! If you haven’t watched any of this guys videos, I urge you to take a look at his YouTube channel, the chap is a very knowledgeable bike mechanic and explains stuff very well.

The warmer weather is on the way :-)

Although I think I may have taken on a bit too much for my first ever restoration, I’m still chipping away at it. Now the warmer weather is on the way, I’ve started again on the rebuild.

I bailed out of sanding all of the parts and spent some money on getting them media blasted by a local firm. I got prices for powder coating the various frame parts, but this worked out way too expensive, so I’m painting everything with PJ1 rattle cans.

RD350 Parts Tree

RD350 Parts Tree

Prior to applying the black, I’ve made sure that the parts have been given a couple of coats of primer to hopefully offer more protection from the elements. I want to make sure the paint looks good, but I also don’t want to have to paint everything again in a couple of years.

The “new” PJ1 paint (the old formula was banned I believe) gives a very nice finish but it’s quite easy to chip, I just hope it is resistant to petrochemicals once I’ve cooked it at 150oC for 30 minutes.

Can’t wait to start bolting bits back onto the frame…

Work is still progressing

I have actually been working on the RD just haven’t found the time to post anything up. I’ve just found an app for my phone that will let me post on the go, so I’m giving it a try.

I’ve sent my frame and swingarm off to be powdercoated and I’ve been reconditioning various bits and pieces.

I’ve been working on the fork lowers today. They are currently silver but should be satin black.

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I also ran into a bit of a problem with my lefthand handlebar, it’s too rotten to use. It’s cracked. If anyone has one for sale, please give me a shout. I think the F1 and F2 are the same.

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