ANNA. (Annanother GT550!)

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Alan H
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Re: ANNA. (Annanother GT550!)

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Starts on the button (quick press!) now and seat and tank fitted. Changed the cheapo chinky GS1000 tap for the original, but stripped & fitted a refurb kit which seems to have sorted the original leak. Tried the bike down the street - only about 75yds, but gears ok, brakes ok, smoking well, but irregular power despite 4 litres of e5 in the tank. Runs better on reserve, so it appears the reserve is about 4 litres then!
Must get a number plate tomorrow so I can nip out for a few miles shakedown. Might put some oil in the forks first......
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Re: ANNA. (Annanother GT550!)

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Fitted the number plate when I found the safe place, and filled up with e5 for a steady pootle. Kept to 4k rpm and a nice 12 miles was done. Clutch cable went awol, and a couple of other jobs to tittivate, but otherwise enjoyable.
Whistle see how enjoyable it continues to be.
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Re: ANNA. (Annanother GT550!)

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Managed a good day's fettling yesterday - good job there's an awning in front of the garage though - one to keep some sun off the bikes, and t'other to keep rain off them. Some very heavy showers here yesterday - (Monday)!
Anyway, stripped another petrol tap - swapped for pies from Ade's Suzuki emporium - and a few other tittying up jobs that crop up during 'shakedown'.
Basically, the clutch cable maladjusted itself so although it adjusted back ok, the clutch was 'heavy' despite light oiling the cable. I wondered if something had moved or come loose on the actual clutch. Whipped the clutch cover off and took the pressure plate off to confirm the centre nut & tab washer were ok, then remantled it all. When I refitted the tacho cable, the engine side connector spun. Bugger.
Took the points plate off and checked that the 6mm bolt that locates it was ok and of course it wasn't. :?
Fortunately I found a spare (or mebbee the original?!) and nipped it up. Fired up the bike and a timing side rattle had stopped too strangely.......
The forks had been a bit boingy so I took the bars off, removed the rubbers from the fork tops and the tops were circlip type but looked like they hadn't seen any attention for a long time, plus there wasn't much fork oil and gawd knows what it had been in it's original state. A bit of wd40 and light application of a percussive engineering tool unrusted the plugs downwards, but they come out upwards of course. Drilled a 4mm hole halfway through the plugs and used an easy out to loosen the plugs so they could be removed ok. I do prefer the early type forks with threaded tops, but hey ho. Whipped the caps into the lathe & redrilled the hole to 5mm and tapped them 6mm as it's a pita to refit them after the forks are oiled up.
Flushed the crappy oil out & checked springs ok.
Refitted the plugs with new O rings & put 150ml of 20w50 in each leg through the 6mm tapped hole via a syringe & fitted a stainless button head stud with fibre & flat washer in. It'll save somebody else doing it anyway!
Nice fork action now with damping!
Tank fitted & a couple of litres of e5 in, and fired up nice. Rain getting heavier so put everything to bed. When it stops raining, it'll be out for another run and there's a new clutch cable ready, which might get fitted anyway.
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