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Watch this space .

 

I'm watching but nothing is happening :scratch:

 

Here you go then , Driving School stickers removed and paintwork polished . Happy now ? I think I'll go to bed now because it's been a long and difficult day . Goodnight .

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Watch this space .

 

I'm watching but nothing is happening :scratch:

 

Here you go then , Driving School stickers removed and paintwork polished . Happy now ? I think I'll go to bed now because it's been a long and difficult day . Goodnight .

 

Ahh much better.. :thumb:


Night mate

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I wonder if that school is still running? Maybe that's @fastbob's mobile number there?

[/quot Hit by Covid19 and some personal issues I believe . Single person outfit .

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Ok so here's an idea of the general condition of the bike . Good news is that it turns over nice and smoothly ( By hand ) the back tyre is unused and there's nothing missing at all . The front of the frame is very badly rusted and it remains to be seen whether the swinging arm is scrap . The exhaust is good so that's a big saving . All in all though , there's nothing on it that can't be sorted .

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It may be the picture but does the stanchion on the r/h fork look bent above/below the lower yoke?

 

It certainly does dosen't it . But it's completely straight in real life .

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Carbs stripped , inspected and reassembled minus the cross-head screws . Everything inside was dry but absolutely clean as a whistle and in fine working order .

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So today I scrubbed up the Air Box and turned my attention to the Thermostat Housing . I popped the thermostat in a pan of hot water and made sure it was opening and closing properly then just cleaned the rest up and replaced the bolts with stainless Allen Bolts . I'm just going to carry on taking bits off and sorting them out until there's nothing left but the frame .

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So now I've got a half decent radiator and fan thanks to an extremely generous donation from an ER5 FB group member . Kawasaki have made sure that you can't get the fan off the motor and therefore can't get the motor out of the housing . So I defeated the buggers by chopping out the rust eaten part of one housing and grafting in some good metal cut from another one with a duff motor . I don't have welding equipment so I pop rivetted it . It functions and it's invisible once installed on the bike . With the carbs and cooling system done I think the next step is to go straight to an engine start up before going too much further .

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I think the next move is to suspend any restoration work until I have got the engine running . I've got a nasty feeling this bike might have been run without coolant . On many bikes that could be disastrous but the ER5 does have cooling fins . We shall see .

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