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Humble beginings

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:30 pm
by Greg Harding
Hi Everyone,
Thank you Denman Trials Club for an excellent weekend at a really well run event!
Remember this from page 8?
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What a mission!
What a bitsa!
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Mark K wrote:
David Lahey wrote:
Greg Harding wrote:.. Have decided to give the KT a name: FRANKEN KT!

Mark K, what was the monster's name again?

And he said "My name is Legion, for we are many."

So I am starting to think that might not have been the best choice and it is time for a change....
Also, you might remember this:
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Bully fanatic wrote:Hi Greg I just wanted to have a guess at the mystery rider. Was it Clark Kent in disguise? When he is not being Superman..... Cheers Graham.

Hopefully the new name is a better choice, just don't tell David!
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KAWASAKI Let the good times roll!

1976 Honda TL 125 S For Sale maybe?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:57 am
by Greg Harding
Hi Everyone,

Just sharing the latest acquisition, I have a couple of these now and enough parts to make a fairly original one.
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It has taken me a while to get it going as I pretty much bought it sight unseen, the previous owner had fitted a new fuel tap, killswitch, air cleaner pod and spark plug to get it to start. After a bit of fiddling, I was able to have a ride but the inlet valve is not sealing well. Compression is not bad considering and I increased the clearance on the inlet valve thinking it was riding but I can still feel it blowing back through the pod when kicking it over and it does not run smoothly. All modern quality parts were used to fit the wrong seat that is covered with duct tape, velcro and cable ties hold it sort of in place!
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Oh yes it has the obligatory weld on Kickstart, pretty sure they used Stainless Steel !!!!
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Here is another hub assembly to add to the list, :Honda: TL 125 3.5 Kilos:
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Re: Basket Cases

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:25 pm
by David Lahey
Great stuff Greg. I remember that my friend Martin had a similar exhaust on his beloved TL125 and it worked perfectly. The bike he was resurrecting needed a muffler and he found the perfect one at his lawnmower shop. An off-the-shelf Briggs and Stratton muffler. From memory it was fitted about half-way along the pipe. Martin had had a TL125 as his first bike when he was a kid and built one up and rode it successfully at Brooweena and Conondale in the 2000s.

vapour blasting KT parts

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:15 pm
by David Lahey
I've just had some more parts cleaned up by our local vapour blast person.
There is a KT rear wheel in pieces and a TY250A rear rim in this lot. The rear hub especially looks so much better. The KT rim had the original anodising removed then vapour blasted. The TY rim had the original clear paint removed then vapour blasted.
It was the first time I've had anodising removed. If it looks as good in real life as it does in the photo I'll get the front KT rim done too.

Re: Basket Cases

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:41 pm
by David Lahey
I took the KT wheel apart to machine the brake drum on a friend's lathe and decided to get the wheel looking nice while I was at it.
I've been using a TY rear wheel in the KT while the KT wheel has been apart

Honda TLM 200

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:26 pm
by Greg Harding
Hi Everyone,
David Lahey wrote:I've just had some more parts cleaned up by our local vapour blast person.

David, do you need and are you going to clear coat the vapor blasted parts? The reason I ask if when you beadblast aluminum it comes up a fair bit better than 45 year old clear coat or anodizing but it dulls off pretty quickly.

Just sharing another Aquision that I picked up a while ago, thank you Robert for the bike and thank you Barry for looking after it for a week and bringing to the next Trial for us.
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For some reason I am attracted to one off specials that a little good old Aussie ingenuity has come into play, especially when it is like I have this so it is going on! The main reason I like this bike is the sum of parts rather than the complete bike and I did tell Robert we intended on raiding the ignition for Donna's :Honda: TLM 200:
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Now that I have had time to fix the aforementioned TLM, running beautifully by the way, there has been some other parts that have been mighty handy. My :Honda: XL 185 had a very rusty/buckled front wheel and I am pretty sure that is where the front wheel came from so that solved another problem. The front brake cable and brake shoes were better as well so the XL is nice to ride again. There has been some swapping going on as well with a mate as he wanted the blue seat and the seat that came with the :Honda: TL 125S:
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And he also wanted the rear wheel of the TLM (Not sure what it was off?) and in exchange I got a TL 125 seat:
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Not perfect but not rusty either:
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Also and the best bit another TL 125S motor:
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Seized but it has a nice unmolested Kickstart and spline, so we are both happy!
Now I am looking at using the rear guard and rear silencer on a bike I have been working on, can you (Anyone) tell me what the rear guard is off?

Re: Basket Cases

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:04 pm
by David Lahey
Greg the rear guard on the bike you got from Robert looks like from a TY mono.

Re: Honda TLM 200

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:21 pm
by David Lahey
Greg Harding wrote:Hi Everyone,
David Lahey wrote:I've just had some more parts cleaned up by our local vapour blast person.

David, do you need and are you going to clear coat the vapor blasted parts? The reason I ask if when you beadblast aluminum it comes up a fair bit better than 45 year old clear coat or anodizing but it dulls off pretty quickly.

Yes beadblast finish does dull quickly and that's the advantage of using vapour blast. It leaves the surface smooth on the microscopic level instead of jagged like bead blast does and because of this is excellent at resisting corrosion.
The bloke who does it for me has an aluminium shock body set up on the top of his house water tank to get continuous exposure to the elements. He vapour blasted the shock body when he first started off doing vapour blast and it still looks fabulous. I had some TY175 engine covers and cylinder and head done a few years ago by him and they still look the same as they did when fresh. By comparison the cylinder fins on my 250 Majesty motor were bead blasted and they went dull grey within about 6 months. No prizes for guessing what is happening with that cylinder and head next time they come off.
I'm just about to rebuild a swag of TY wheels and am even thinking of leaving the hubs bare vapour blast finish instead of painting them silver like I usually do (because it is easier to keep clean than paint is). I will still have to paint the backing plates though because they are magnesium and may look a bit strange being a different finish to the hubs.

Re: Basket Cases

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:25 pm
by David Lahey
And that was an excellent set of parts swaps you did too. I'm impressed and it is good to know that Donna's Honda is going again

Re: Basket Cases

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:45 pm
by Twinshock200
My latest re-creation gradually taking shape, seems more interesting seeing it in this state than how it was a few weeks ago.
Its an 1981 model and the youngest I have restored, it might end up staying in my shed for a lot longer !!!!!