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Author Topic: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project  (Read 4287 times)

Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #40 on: Jun 08, 2018, 18:44:18 »
Really not happy with the shelter paint. The lower side covers should be OK once polished out, but the lacquer is too soft still for that. I just hung one side on to take a photo. The shelter covers on both sides have artifacts that I believe are from underlying enamel that was exposed by sanding through the primer (that somehow avoids messing up the enamel even though the primer is lacquer-based). Plans are presently to not sand all of the paint off, but rather scuff it and hit it with etching primer once it hardens, then color. I think I'll wait longer between color coats - maybe I rushed it this time. I'll let the color set, sand out the orange peal, then do the clear coat with greater time between coats on it, too. I love the color and it worked great on the fenders that were sanded-down chrome and steel. I'm sure it was the original Honda enamel that is fighting me. I had to sand off or completely cover with etching primer for the lower sides.
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Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #41 on: Jun 08, 2018, 20:48:55 »
Damn though, that green.  Looks absolutely fantastic, and by the sounds of it will only get better.  Great job.
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Offline Brodie

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #42 on: Jun 08, 2018, 21:45:36 »
Looks good man. Pity about the surface finish.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #43 on: Jun 10, 2018, 17:59:18 »
This afternoon I finished bleeding the front brakes (necessary after replacing the upper front brake line). I installed a new boot on the right front caliper piston. The I pulled the speedometer and opened it so that I could lubricate the pointer shaft with some very thin silicone oil, thinning and flushing the thickened stuff that was in it. Then re-sealed and installed the speedometer. I think it is safe to start taking longer rides on it, if the weather will cooperate!
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #44 on: Jun 14, 2018, 17:00:35 »
This morning I backed her out of the garage, warmed her while donning gear, and took her for a 6.4 mile loop through the valley. Yowsa, I don't remember this kind of kick from my '77 GL1000. Once she passes about 3500 RPM, I must be hanging onto the grips with BOTH hands! The bump at the back of the seat came in handy! Feels like it weighs much less than my '77 did. Although she is still a bit rough at lower RPM, man was she nice when wound out. Even managed to get her through all 5 gears, but never fast enough for 5th (or even 4th) to feel that happy. Tires are 13 years old and I can feel how hard the rear is when using the rear brake. The front is much better, but may still need another bleed. Won't be riding her more until July 12th, when the insurance on her starts (changing to Dairyland along with my GL1800) - bu-bye again, Flo!

You may have noticed in previous photos the paper towels taped around my grips (NOS Kury Isogrips). I needed a better solution (for keeping them clean) for that, so.... cheap, easy on-and-off, but hard to find non-lubricated - condoms.
« Last Edit: Jun 14, 2018, 17:06:09 by pidjones »
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #45 on: Jun 16, 2018, 19:58:44 »
Pretty hot out today. I did get out and mount the Hunley onto the trailer I built for her out of Harbor Freight frame and loading ramps. Rode it right up. The trailer has fold-down side boards because I've seen way too many YouTube videos of guys dumping their bikes loading or unloading them. Still not happy with the strapping down plan I had. The ratchet straps I bought at Harbor Freight are crap - jambing every time. The high-strength cam buckle straps slip at every opportunity. I'm going to Tractor Supply for some SmartStraps. These seem like the best I've ever used.
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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #46 on: Jun 18, 2018, 08:35:36 »
Nice!
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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #47 on: Jun 19, 2018, 10:24:03 »
I can dig it.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #48 on: Jun 22, 2018, 20:06:34 »
The weather has really been poor for riding - either steamy 90's or raining or wet roads. I am not about to take these 13 year-old hard tires on wet roads. So, I've been finishing up the trailer I'll haul it to shows on. Loaded her up and did a couple mile loop around tight turns, railroad tracks, etc. Seems to ride fine.
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #49 on: Jul 07, 2018, 23:06:03 »
Put about 40 miles on her today before it got too hot and the thunderstorms rolled in. Rode over Norris Dam and back. She ran fine. Still need front brake improvement, and tires! Still, she feels very confident in turns.  Need to find out how to adjust the damping of these Progressive rear shocks. Riding almost like a hard tail. I back off the spring load, but I don't think it will soften the ride any. I might just be spoiled by the GL1800 (which is much heavier) ride.
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