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Other Bikes / Re: Tabitha 1200
« Last post by Lee337 on July 31, 2021, 11:10:58 AM »
Replaced the throttle cable and made sure there were no snags lock to lock before I put the tank back on. The throttle control is as snappy as a mouse trap.

I'm going to check the fuel tap vacuum pipe as I didn't replace it & its probably 28 years old, althouygh there seems to be no issue with fuelling to the carbs, not on reserve anyway, haven't had enough fuel in the tank to take it off reserve yet.

Once I've checked all the various rubber bits are seated correctly and if the revs are still hanging, I'm probably going to take the bike somewhere to have the carbs sorted properly. Although I've set the air idle screws to 2 1/2 turns and balanced the carbs as best I can, the idle adjustment screw doesn't lower the idle beyond around 1100rpm, so I suspect when I balanced the carbs, I may not have done a thorough job. I know carbs are my weak spot, so I'm not too concerned.
Other Bikes / Re: Tabitha 1200
« Last post by Sin_Tiger on July 31, 2021, 12:22:36 AM »
  :notworthy well done  :><

I suspect the return spring struggles with 4 butterflies compared to the triples, I also feel the throttle cable is a bit on the short side with the higher bars, I haven't looked into that yet but I was going to try a Steamer cable for comparison. I wouldn't rule out a rusty throttle cable, I've had two apart recently that were pretty bad, when did you last here anyone talk about lubricating their throttle cable  :^_^ . The more modern ones tend to be PTFE or Nylon lined but some originals I've opened didn't have a liner.
Other Bikes / And the results are in...
« Last post by Lee337 on July 30, 2021, 05:12:40 PM »
That was an experience, torrential rain, the roads awash, visibility down to probably around 30m, new tyres, new brake pads and a bike I've only ridden 1.5 miles at less than 30mph in the dry.

Yes, the 8 mile round trip to the MOT station was certainly an adventure.


Next up, sort the gear change lever as it's a bit too high, straighten the nose cone frame and try to get the carbs sorted out. It's still ticking over at around 1100rpm and the revs fall far too slowly when I shut the throttle off. Think I'll check the fuel tap vacuum pipe first.
Other Bikes / Re: Tabitha 1200
« Last post by Sin_Tiger on July 29, 2021, 10:52:10 PM »
 :wings That's a great result, bendy bits aside.
Other Bikes / Couldn't resist...
« Last post by Lee337 on July 29, 2021, 04:44:54 PM »
My Trophy is ready for an MOT and is booked in tomorrow (30th June).

Rode her for the first time today, a grand total of 1.3 miles around the village so although I managed to pop her into 4th, I never went above 30mph (ish), didn't want to take the pi$$ with no tax or MOT.

Had just stepped off my Tiger 955i after a 190 mile ride too.

What an engine, it may sound like an old diesel when ticking over, but that soon disappears when you wind her up. Can't believe how smooth the gearbox is. there was a small issue when I first fired her up & went to snick her in to 1st, she stalled as if I hadn't pulled the clutch in. Tried again, same issue, so I put her in 1st with the engine off, let the clutch out & rocked her back & forward. there was a clunk & the clutch was free. I'm assuming it's from lack of use as it was fine after that.

I did notice two things, the bars aren't straight when the front wheel is, so I'll need to sort that - an easy job though, loosen the fork clamps, bounce the front up & down a few times then tighten it all up again - should do it.

The other thing is when I rev the engine, it doesn't always drop the revs quickly, I suspect the air mixture screws. They were set to 2 1/2 turns from fully in but it's not right.

Certainly a different beast from the Tiger that's for sure. May take some getting used to.

Edit:  Turns out it's not the front suspension that needed aligning, it's the frame that the nose cone hangs on, it's out by about 25mm. Never noticed before, but there's a bigger gap between the tank & fairing infill panels on the left than there is on the right. There's a small scuff on the right fairing at the top, so my guess is when it was dropped on the right side, pre my ownership, it bent the fairing frame a little. I'll have to straighten it after it's back on the road. As I'm still unemployed following my redundancy, it's not as if I don't have the time.

Other Bikes / Re: Tabitha 1200
« Last post by Sin_Tiger on July 29, 2021, 12:55:11 AM »
Oooooh, I'm getting moist  :icon_mrgreen:  :new_popcornsmiley
Other Bikes / Re: Tabitha 1200
« Last post by Lee337 on July 28, 2021, 07:53:23 PM »
The end is nigh.

Tabitha is booked in for her MOT at 3.00pm (GMT) on 30th July'

I picked her up on 18th January 2020, that will be 559 days from when I started. I'll tax her from 1st August.

I can only estiimate the number of days she's been off the road, but there's no MOT history on-line and that began in April 2005. However, I found out today that the computer records are only kept for 10 years, I checked the MOT history the day I brought her home so it's safe to assume in January 20, that it's over 4,208 days sitting in a garden.

From what the previous owner said, he parked it up when he bought a Speed Triple & there's a photo of that on his Facebook feed dated 31 May 2008. I also can confirm it's his Speed Triple in the photo as I know the bike & the owner is a family friend, so add another 600 days to that.

That's a loooong time to be sitting around doing nothing.

I'll let you know how the big day goes.
Chassis & Suspension / Re: Paint code needed.
« Last post by shooter33 on July 18, 2021, 12:51:34 AM »

The full list is here:
Electrickery / Re: 2006 Tiger 955i stock charging system better than 2001-05?
« Last post by motoOzarks on July 16, 2021, 04:33:18 AM »
Well here I am reading all these old posts about batteries dead, being stranded, and what to do......

thanks for the link
Other Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield 650 Twin or Triumph Twin
« Last post by Nick Calne on July 14, 2021, 08:28:37 PM »
I'd love one for bombing to work.
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