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Experiments in Orange started today
i sinded,filled,sanded and primed the side covers, then applied RAL2003 Orange, which turns out to be not ORANGE! Enough.
Covers were nice and shiny but had strong orange peel effect. Tried lightly wet sanding and recoating one cover to little effect.
Wet sanded 600,800,1000,1200,1500 the other then compounded. WOW !
Under led light the difference painted, sanded, compounded is amazing.
Need more than 3 coats as sanded through easily
Prob 600 is too coarse as left some scratches
Can achieve a better finish than I thought possible with rattle cans!
still yet to try clearcoat, will seek out a better orange match first.
Put Scruffy on one of my bike policies yesterday and so have been able to Test Ride !
initially discovered the steering wasnt straight, but loosening the top fork mounts allowed me to straighten this up
brakes squeeked like startled mice for a while but have quietened down
forks pogo‘d like crazy, swapped out the fork oil for 12.5 which has helped a bit
throttle has too much play but i’ve run out of adjustment
Scruffy rides great and is a lot of fun !
current ‘issues’ :
no speedo awaiting ne cable
leaky petrol tank cap awaiting seal
woildnt rev past 5k cured with new condensers
occasional stalling when coming to a stop- is this what the idle adjusters are for ? - carb adjustment tips welcome !
i think i’ll ride Scruffy as is for a few weeks to identify the list of jobs for phase 2, before I repaint the tank as this will take Scruffy of the road for a while.
really pleased with the progress, and can tell Scruffy is going to be a lot of fun to hoon about on
Back in the day, OEM's typically recommended 2oW50 or 30W50 for forks. Now we have choices. In old Honda forks 20WT fork oil is often a good solution, but we have been known to use 30wt fork oil to get enough damping action.