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Hanging Out => Member Introductions => Topic started by: Sneikz on Aug 17, 2016, 05:44:02

Title: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Aug 17, 2016, 05:44:02
Hi,

I've just purchased my Ace 125 and I can't get the smile off my face!

i'm the second owner. It was manufactured 02/15 with just shy of 3,000kms on the clock. Black frame.

It wasn't well looked after but due to it's relative simplicity half a dozen hours over the last four days and a few dollars on parts and I recon I've got the best bike on the block.

Great to see an active community supporting the bike and mods. I'm looking forward to working through a few.

The boulie's taken second place in the garage as the Ace becomes my daily commuter.
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Oz350Four on Aug 17, 2016, 07:43:15
Welcome Sneikz... you have come to the place for pretty much anything SOHC... Theres hundreds, maybe thousands of hours of collective expertise and knowledge here... its hard to stop once you get started..!!
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: stroker crazy on Aug 17, 2016, 11:09:42
G'day Sneikz, welcome to the fun!

At 3,000k the 'Ace' is just about run-in. I've got about 16,000 on mine and it's going great.

What part of Sydney are you from and have you thought about the doing the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in September?

Crazy
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: stroker crazy on Aug 17, 2016, 11:13:32
What part of Sydney are you from Ö

I just looked up your location. How about giving me a heads-up if you're planning on a run through the Nasho?

Crazy
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Aug 18, 2016, 10:13:01
Hi Crazy

May get into the Nasho Saturday arvo after an oil change.

Will let you know.

Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 02, 2016, 09:03:41
I've decided to name my bike the Silver Bullet and am going to get a couple of tank logos made up as follows. Left and right have the bullet pointing forward.

Hopefull will look OK.

On reading comments in forum I think I'll spend some time checking the cush rubbers and bearing this weekend. If time permits I'll also be adding a tacho and bikini fairing.

Busy Fathers day weekend.
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 03, 2016, 05:21:23
Big Saturday spent tinkering on the "Silver Bullet".

Up on the milk crate and removed the rear wheel to inspect bearings and cush bushes and bolts. There where quite a few comments regarding bearings starting to fail around 3000k and cush bushes disintegrating. Had me a little concerned given it's now my daily ride now and I'm just over the 100kgs. Happy to report that all are in pristine condition with no sign of wear. Smooth as a good cognac.
Chain and sprockets all good along with a consistent tone from each spoke.

Next was to install the tacho and bikini fairing. No problems with either. A big call out to Michael at Skyteam Canberra & NSW. Excellent service and prompt delivery of the fairing. It fitted like a glove! I ummed and arhed about painting it silver or leaving it black. Black won out at this time. Looks OK, but I may change in the future.

https://www.facebook.com/skyteamcanberra

Now I'm waiting for the air cleaner and new mirrors. Tinker work for next week!
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: stroker crazy on Sep 03, 2016, 12:10:47
Looking good!

Crazy
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 04, 2016, 08:17:19
Thanks. Getting there little by little.
Title: The Silver Bullet
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 12, 2016, 02:45:54
The "Silver Bullet" is a reality with the application of the decals and a ride with the Silver Bullet Racing Team T-shirt on.

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63866.msg840812#msg840812
Title: The Silver Bullet
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 12, 2016, 02:51:39
Postman Pat arrived with the crankcase breather today. So another tick off the list with the removal of the distasteful rubber hose hanging down now gone.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Universal-crank-case-breather-vent-filter-/262618092878?hash=item3d2542154e:g:1koAAOSwRQlXfM7f
Title: The Silver Bullet
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 15, 2016, 04:58:01
Postman Pat visited again. This time with an Iridium sparkplug (NGK DR8EIX) and my Handlebar mount Clock and Thermometer.

Now that they're attached I'm not sure that it's a bit of over kill. But at least now I know how late I'm running!

Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: el barto on Sep 15, 2016, 10:20:27
Welcome. The clock and thermometer look dope!
Title: Silver Bullet mods booklet
Post by: Sneikz on Sep 18, 2016, 20:04:29
I think back over all the great and enjoyable things that Iíve done over the years and unfortunately the subtle details often escape me. The overall feeling and memory of greatness is there, but the details sometimes are lost. So I find this document format provides me with a history of what Iíve done in the general order of them being done.

Whenever I stop at a motorcycle gathering point, no matter what I ride thereís always a conversation that strikes up about bits and pieces, mods and removals. I keep a copy of this as an A5 booklet in the pannier. And surprisingly Iíve given a few away to those who are really keen to explore this particular model of motorcycle.

Iím just sorry the ability to produce this type of doco wasnít around when I had my first bike. (Honda 50 step through).

Hope you enjoy! ;D

https://goo.gl/by6hY2

PS. It's a living doco that I'll update at Postman Pat brings me "care packages".
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: mattd1984 on Sep 22, 2016, 06:03:51
Looking good, any idea how I can get a front fairing in the UK?
Title: Bar End Mirrors
Post by: Sneikz on Oct 08, 2016, 22:45:36
I love Postman Pat when he brings be goodies for the "Silver Bullet".

He brought me my bar end mirrors. I tried a few positions and ended up with up and out.
Title: New tail light
Post by: Sneikz on Nov 26, 2016, 02:58:31
Postman Pat is a very fine chap........   He delivered my new tail light during the week. This is a much better fit and in keeping with the style over the square OEM tail light IMHO.

Had to drill a 6mm hole on the left side of fender. Used the cable hole on the right and the light cable went in via the original top bolt hole. I attached with 20mm M6 SS bolts with SS M6 washers, rubber grommets and Nyloks.

Interestingly the original tail light loom is too short by about 50-60mm. So there's a little extension set that joins under the fender and runs through into the seat cavity to the bikes main wiring loom.

Very happy with the result at this time. Had I seen the Bate style LED earlier, I think I would have bought it instead. But this one is about 4 times cheaper.
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: stroker crazy on Nov 26, 2016, 03:38:45
Very tidy Sneikz!

Crazy
Title: Red seat, air filter, fuel line and crankcase breather
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 07, 2016, 03:04:32
Red seat, air filter, fuel line and crankcase breather.

Will install over the weekend and post some pics
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: stroker crazy on Dec 07, 2016, 04:16:20
Mmmmm Ö

Crazy
Title: Red for Christmas
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 07, 2016, 07:00:09
Mmmmmmm

not Hmmmm?

All quickly reversible if it doesn't work.

It might become my Christmas dress for the bike.

The weekend will tell when I hopefully will get it all together.

Just waiting on the red grips.
Title: Re: Red for Christmas
Post by: stroker crazy on Dec 07, 2016, 07:22:16
not Hmmmm?

Mmmmm Ö  means an idea is percolating.

Crazy
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 07, 2016, 18:07:26
Mmmmm Ö  means an idea is percolating.

Crazy


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Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 08, 2016, 01:44:26
Old Postman Pat can't put a foot wrong.

He brought me a real motorcycle throttle booster!

In go fast red to boot! All the way from Chian too.

An extra 10kmph easily out of this addition.

I'm speechless as I never thought I'd purchased a throttle BOOSTER!
Title: Ho Ho it's Red for Christmas
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 10, 2016, 05:01:11
Some of my red bling was applied today.

Note that a must is the red milk crate. Unfortunately the grips, belt and pegs are still to arrive. Also note the Santa lollies pot strategically hanging from the front blinker. It now appears to even stand faster!

Happy so far.But keen to see the finished product with the other parts fitted.
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Jimbonaut on Dec 10, 2016, 12:25:12
Nice ride Santa, how much rp in that little beauty (reindeerpower)?

=)
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 11, 2016, 04:44:04
It's Australia. I recon there's at least six white boomers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSsffF2xhA
Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Jimbonaut on Dec 19, 2016, 01:00:09
Boomers? That'll be kangaroos? Either way mate, you're ride's haulin' ass


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Title: Re: New member from Sydney
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 25, 2016, 05:11:56
Yep, got it in one.
Title: Cafe Racer accessories from Santa
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 25, 2016, 05:17:02
First up Merry Christmas to all.

Santa brought me some magic Cafe Racer accessories. Check the pics.

I can't believe that the toiletries bag is made from a recycled motorcycle tyre!  How cool is this.
Title: More "Go-fast-red"
Post by: Sneikz on Jan 14, 2017, 01:35:17
In my ongoing pursuit of every poofteenth of speed via the use of "Go-fast-red", the Silver Bullet gets a leather belt! It's gotta be worth an extra poofteenth of a kmph!

I've also swapped out the stock "post-ride-refreshment-opener".

If nothing else I'm sure it'll open a beer much quicker than the stock item!
Title: New boots for the Silver Bullet
Post by: Sneikz on Mar 11, 2017, 05:01:28
Original tyres come off @ 6800kms. Rear had just hit wear tread and heading square. Obviously need to do more corners on the way to work!

I had no issue with the OEM tyres, They'd stuck well, a bit disappointed on the mileage though. New tyres were a set of Pirelli City Demons with a larger rear at 3.25" over the stock 3.00".

New tyres always remind you that the old ones were due to go. I was very surprised at the difference. One much larger than I've been used to on my larger bikes. Better all round!

As expected there's always a small group who would put their neck on the line for this tyre over that tyre, but frankly I believe life's too short to get too consumed by it all. The Pirellis are far superior to the OEM (as I would expect). I hope to get better milage on these then the OEM and who knows what I'll get next time round.
Title: The Silver Bullet
Post by: Sneikz on Apr 08, 2017, 04:05:23
Today's mods consisted of replaceing the CDI unit and "Go-fast-red" grips.

I've loaded a few pics. Note the "Go-fast-red" milk crate. Had to chase the Milko three blocks before I caught him. More evidence that RED goes faster.
While the pic may show to some that the CDI is blue, it is in fact RED with a blue tinge. Michael Bee did offer to do a "special order" and attempt to source a bespoked RED one from his suppliers. Dead set this bloke goes the extra mile! Another reason to shop local.
At best the CDI change is 5 minutes, however with prior planning and a nice day, you should be able to stretch it out to 3 or so hours plus looking time.
I'd previously moved the CDI and solenoid up under the seat when I gutted and moved the battery some time back. I used high temp/hold double sided tape to attach to the original CDI mount. It has plenty of space and gets good air flow over the cooling fins.
The verdict:
GREAT!! Smoother acceleration, no flat spots with a better torque curve. IMHO. I'm no expert, but again this little bike has proved that you can consistently made relatively inexpensive mods that improve its performance. And a huge thanks to people like Michael from Skyteam Canberra & NSW who put the hard work into sourcing, testing and fabricating the mods.
Title: New header and exhaust
Post by: Sneikz on May 20, 2017, 05:20:29
Last weekends mod was replacing the stock header and muffler. The muffler is a EMGO Hooligan 19". Unfortunately I think it's too loud. The header is very sweet and was manufactured by Skyteam Canberra & NSW.

The following link will take you to a before and after video. The phone mic unfortunately doesn't get the sound spot on, but you should be able to get the general idea.

https://goo.gl/photos/pLDGPNckG1yPksUH7
Title: Mikuni Carburetor
Post by: Sneikz on May 20, 2017, 05:35:15
The final mod to square away the input / output was to replace the OEM carbie with a Mikuni. Completed this job this arvo and the total package of CDI, header, exhaust and carbie has produced a bike with considerably better performance. This set of mods is a must if you wish to stay with the standard engine but enjoy the tinkering to produce something better than stock at a reasonable price that is easily completed by the novice.

Here's the Mikuni on the left and the OEM on the right. I can breath easy now!
Title: Hooligan 19" is just too noisy!
Post by: Sneikz on May 31, 2017, 05:54:51
As previously mentioned I think the Hooligan 19" is too loud and has not ingratiated me to my neighbours. I've ordered a 42mm baffle hoping that I can modify to fit the exhaust.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/272672160209?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

In the interim I've constructed a cone from 1/2 inch square mesh rolled with baffle wadding mat. This has taken the sharp edge off the exhaust note and has not altered the performance as far as I can ascertain. No doubt any baffling will add a degree of increased back pressure, however having fitted, removed and refitted I am unable to notice any changes other than then a noticeable reduction in the top end note.
Title: Twist the throttle!
Post by: Sneikz on Dec 05, 2017, 04:31:29
Added a 1/4 turn quick twist throttle. The throttle twist fits into the standard housing. I should have done it a long time ago. Cost was around $15 from ebay.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/7-8-22mm-1-4-Turn-Quick-Twist-Throttle-Housing-for-Motorcycle-Pit-Dirt-Bike-Bar/332360019336?epid=2212370987&hash=item4d62336d88:g:zS4AAOSwhLJZo8G1