still hotter than the sun.
May 12, 2001
I was so busy blathering about Peter's camshaft of burnt oil joy last time that I totally forgot to mention that we had a little bike party at Peter's house last weekend. While we were working on the valves, Chai and Kim rode over to putz with their bikes a little and just hang out.
Chai's speedometer and tripmeter weren't working, so that's the first thing we looked at; a quick peek at the back of the instrument panel showed that the cable had come unplugged. So that was a quick and easy fix. :) After that we did an oil change on his Ninja; nothing exciting about it, it was a standard oil changing. There was some excitement when Chai went to remove the old oil filter, but he and Peter eventually just removed the lower fairing, and I guess the filter removal was much easier after that (I was working on Peter's valves at the time). Personally, I think the Ninja looks nicer without the lower fairing, but to each their own. ;) While the oil was draining, we adjusted the throttle cable play; Chai felt there was too much. There was definitely more than the 3-4mm recommended by the service manual, so we tightened that all up. And this time, I knew what I was doing with the throttle cable play, thankyouverymuch. See? I can learn. :D Chai's was easier to understand, though, since there was only one cable with a locknut/adjuster screw on it (the second cable didn't have any adjustment devices). So we had half as many things to screw up. :)
Meanwhile, Kim was charging the battery on her CB-1 and washing it thoroughly. After we were done with Chai's oil, he washed the Ninja, too. Pretty bikes! Yay! During all of this, one of Peter's roommates had some friends over, and it turns out that one of the friends is a biker, too. So he hung out in the garage with us for a while and chatted. He has a Honda SuperHawk (yum) which he's selling for a VFR (yum). I tried to convince Peter to buy the SuperHawk, but it was all expensive and stuff. :( Speaking of which, Peter never did hear back from the people that were selling the cheap '95 VFR. Peter assumes that they sold it immediately and just aren't responding to all of the people that called them about it. I guess that must be the case, since it's been a week now (unless they like placed the ad and then went on vacation in Uganda or something), but I dunno. I can't see people around here rushing the VFR like that; it's not like it's a cheap apartment or something, for god's sake. But I guess it was a good deal and it's the beginning of riding season. Feh. Oh well.
I took some pictures of the SVS with her new little magnetic tank guard on it, too, so you can see for yourself that it isn't horribly ugly. Even Peter said so.
the clutch plates saga continues.