So today I got 2 ignition keys through the post, within 5 minutes I’d lost 1! It’ll turn up. No pics today but the steering lock was a different key, so stripped it, flattened the offending parts in the barrel so it matches the ignition, seat and tank now. Few washers under the seat pod to tart the rear, gilly seats are all twisted so it’s still skewiff. When I built the riddler I stripped the seat and filed the rear down to fit better but I don’t want to take this cover off as the replacements don’t look the same, so the new owner can decide if they want to do it or not. Tightened everything up, ordered another £100 quids worth of NOS to hopefully finish it. So now I’m in the hands of the powder coaters as can’t put the engine in until the airbox is in and that can’t go in until the side that needs riveting on is on.
Well a mag wants an X7 for a feature so I emailed them and, well let’s see! So I thought, get your finger out lad! Had a couple of hours, it sparks! Waiting for handle bars, headlight rim, airbox covers, carbs and a clutch gasket and fuel tap before the first try.
I can’t leave things alone once I start! It would be done now if I wasn’t waiting for bits. I was lucky I had the engine built spare and the paint done but this could well be a 2 week resto if the bits turn up! Problem is, I’m falling in love with it and I’m looking at a MK1 fireblade at the weekend too, would need to sell this to buy the blade, but think the blade is the next big thing
A Firebucket? Why? The thing with those bikes is they are too forgiving. It makes you seem faster than you really are. With a X7 or an LC you have to tame the b*****d and actually ride the thing. A Fireblade just does it all for you. And no bonkers power band. And no whiff of 2 stroke lol.
Rant over. A Fireblade is actually a damn fine bike.
so I’ve had another couple of hours this morning, torqued the head up, fitted the dome nuts to the clocks so they’re done, pulled out some nice cables from stock, refitted the exhausts to ensure they don’t get in the way of the rear sets. Now I’m proper stuck, need the carbs back and the stuff from powdercoat.
That’s it for definite now until the carbs and bits come back! Fitted all the cables, fitted the chain and tightened rear wheel up, fitted head rubbers, done front brake, painted idiot light. Things to do; fit handlebars, headlight and airbox covers, fit carbs, set carbs and oil pump, fit petrol tap, fill with oil and petrol and fingers crossed. Oh and do all the warning decals when they arrive.
I can’t leave it so had an hour! Wish the parts would turn up... Petrol tap came so fitted that along with fuel pipe. fitted clear oil line and bled pump.found a pair of reflectors so stuck those on, that really is it now until the missing parts materialise. Wish I’d sent the carbs when I sent the frame and bits off it might have been running now!