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  • coleighf commented on stubiker‘s photo 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Looking very smart!

  • coleighf posted an update 2 months ago

    I rode to Mavericks Wales today on my new CB500X (love it!) to see how the Z750B3 is coming along. Engine bottom end is together, frame powder coated, new rims, aluminium parts polished etc. Painted tank etc due back from the painters this week, so we’re getting there. I usually do these things myself but I’ve got a lot on and two old Nortons to…[Read more]

  • I was wondering what fertiliser you used in that plant box? When I tried that with Tomorite everything came out red!
    The wiring refurb is interesting. The only time that my B1 stopped on me was in France. A fuse had blown, I replaced and it went again. What had happened was that when I fitted the Oxford cockpit fairing, I had to remove the…[Read more]

  • A true labour of love! I know the feeling.

  • Hi Cameron! Not a bike I instantly think of as a scrambler, so it will be interesting to see what you make of it!
    Cheers,

    Colin.

  • If you have a head gasket blow there will be oil around where the leak is. You need to get the head off. If an engine is run to long like that you can damage the head.

  • If the exhaust system isn’t blowing anywhere, “chuffing”noises I’ve experienced have been associated with blown head gaskets, although that’s been on old English bikes! Having said that, oil where you describe It could come from there. It sounds as if either way you need to get the head off, Kaptain Kwak might know better though?
    Colin.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Hi Andy. Congratulations, it looks pretty original except for the exhaust system. Because they were originally made in one piece, when the silencers rotted I think it was common to saw them off and fit something else. They should be upswept but as the bend was in the silencer, fitting an alternative straight on ends up looking like yours. If you…[Read more]

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    There are pictures in my gallery of my original bike taken in 1977, also of the current one in the condition that it arrived in from the US, I don’t know how to move theM from there into the members pictures gallery though, I must find out.

    • I will try and find them ! But I am struggling to find my way around the site at the moment,need patience and time.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    To be fair, the shocks could be from the original manufacturer, I don’t know. Worth asking Phil.
    Cheers,
    Colin.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Andy. I’ve got Hagons as a replacement for Girlings on my 650 Norton, can’t fault them and they’re a few years old now! However Z-Power list the 335mm shocks for the Z400/650/750 and I’ve bought those. They look like the originals, but probably patterns from somewhere. Even so they don’t seem to be rubbish, they’re currently with Mavericks…[Read more]

    • Thanks for your thoughts on new shocks Colin.

      I too won’t be racing in the TT this year either, lol. I ride gently these days and often two-up with my missus.
      I’ve tended to find unbranded shocks don’t work too well, especially two up even tho the missus is a lightweight.
      So I don’t want to chuck 80 pounds away and be disappointed. Its a pity…[Read more]

      • To be fair, the shocks could be from the original manufacturer, I don’t know. Worth asking Phil.
        Cheers,
        Colin.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Remarkable stuff Chris. You’ve got a really special bike that looks pretty much standard except for the twin discs. Wolf in sheep’s clothing!
    Colin.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Andy. I’ve just noticed from previous postings that I said mine is a 1978 B4. Don’t know where my brain was, it’s a B3, the model for that year.

    • Hey Colin, I won’t hold it against you! B4 B3, same difference. Lol.
      I need some rear shocks for mine and was thinking Hagon tho they ain’t cheap. Do you have any recommendations?
      Cheers
      Andy

      • Hi Andy. I’ve got Hagons as a replacement for Girlings on my 650 Norton, can’t fault them and they’re a few years old now! However Z-Power list the 335mm shocks for the Z400/650/750 and I’ve bought those. They look like the originals, but probably patterns from somewhere. Even so they don’t seem to be rubbish, they’re currently with Mavericks…[Read more]

        • Thanks for your thoughts on new shocks Colin.

          I too won’t be racing in the TT this year either, lol. I ride gently these days and often two-up with my missus.
          I’ve tended to find unbranded shocks don’t work too well, especially two up even tho the missus is a lightweight.
          So I don’t want to chuck 80 pounds away and be disappointed. Its a pity…[Read more]

          • To be fair, the shocks could be from the original manufacturer, I don’t know. Worth asking Phil.
            Cheers,
            Colin.

  • coleighf posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Mark, great to see it coming along. KK I’m sure will answer the question on the wiring loom routing. Mine is still waiting for the painted stuff to come back, although it’s close to rolling chassis stage now.

    • thanks, I would like to see some pictures of yours !

      • There are pictures in my gallery of my original bike taken in 1977, also of the current one in the condition that it arrived in from the US, I don’t know how to move theM from there into the members pictures gallery though, I must find out.

        • I will try and find them ! But I am struggling to find my way around the site at the moment,need patience and time.

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I can’t make up my mind if the forks look longer or the front wheel smaller, or is it all an illusion? I like the look of the Commando roadster looking alongside I’ve owned a Commando 850 Mk2A and Mk3, both Interstates.

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Do we know where OS Pipes is?

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Well, I don’t think any of us have found that one before! Do you want to find out if it’s still available and if so how much? If they do it with the balance pipe as well that would be interesting. Also can they do pipes and silencers separately? Over to you, it’s worth checking out the options.

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    No problem. Resolving these problems helps all of us.

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    That’s fine Marksav, I don’t like the US seat either! I think the pipes we are looking at will be stainless. Have a look at the Wemoto site for silencers for the Z750B, they have them made by Marvings in Italy and they are the correct shape and size, based on the originals, but without the welded seam. Also the connectors are correctly angled to…[Read more]

  • coleighf replied to the topic Has anyone? in the forum The Trading Post 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Mark. I’m currently replacing the US type seat base on my B3 with the UK type it it’s use of any use. Also currently looking at the exhaust pipe header problem and might have an answer soon. If KaptainKwak sees your post I’m sure he will respond.

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