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    Another ER-5 piece of shit being made into a cafe. :D

    Ok, following on from my first few posts and I’m still here, I’ve not been scared off just yet!

    If anyone is interested, this was as it was collected.



    Stuck a Lithium battery on the bike this morning, stuck some fuel in a Sealey remote tank and turned it over a few time until it ran. It cleared up after a little while.



    That was enough excuse to strip it down and make a start. Cut off the rear of the subframe in readiness of the cafe seat arriving, chopped the pipe off the headers and welded a stub on to fix my end can when it arrives, then fitted some cheap Chinese shocks which were shit but the guy is in the UK and is refunding, but they did raises the arse end a little. I have a pair of shocks from a 2017 Street Twin on their way.

    If anyone feels the need to comment even if it’s just to try to tear me a new A-hole, please do. All comments welcome









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    It's kind of dirty isn't it ?

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    It is.
    It's been sat in a wood shed for 5 years and not started since the previous owner got it! Hopefully once I've decided on the route I'm taking it'll gradually get cleaned up with polished alloy, powder coated cycle parts and fresh paint.
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    why buy shocks from a street twin? why not buy some decent replacement shocks for an er5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exuptoy View Post
    ... sat in a wood shed for 5 years ...
    Check your rear brake master cylinder for signs of corrosion :| it's likely screwed or well on its way to it.
    Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it will absorb water out of the atmosphere, that old fluid typically makes a mess of the hydraulics in the brake master cylinder.

    ... those shock bodies look used, my guess they were bought on a deal ?



    Cancel that lol your bike has a POS drum rear brake, it was screwed the day they made it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad black View Post
    why buy shocks from a street twin? why not buy some decent replacement shocks for an er5?
    Cos they were cheap. I never bought this to throw lots of money at it. It ain't worth it. My thinking is the weight once I've hacked a load of metal and rust off if will be similar to the Triumph and if I end up liking the finished article then I can upgrade later. For now it's gonna be a cheap project. So far it owes me a few hundred quid including the purchase. Besides they have to be at least 1000% better that the cheap Chinese items currently fitted. Now they really are a POS!

    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Check your rear brake master cylinder for signs of corrosion :| it's likely screwed or well on its way to it.
    Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it will absorb water out of the atmosphere, that old fluid typically makes a mess of the hydraulics in the brake master cylinder.

    ... those shock bodies look used, my guess they were bought on a deal ?



    Cancel that lol your bike has a POS drum rear brake, it was screwed the day they made it.
    Haha, I'm hoping to source some cheapo rear sets off something different before its finished so it'll get sorted then. I'd like to try and fit a GPZ rear wheel to convert it to disc but for now it stays as is until I'm ready to attack the running gear. Frame mods first I think.

    Talking of which, today I removed the bars, headlight, clocks etc then fitted some cheap clip-ons, then sent my top yoke to my tame machinist to flush it all on the milling machine.

    I also got the bike up on my lift so its level and stable to work on.
    I had to spend over an hour with a grinder and mole grips to hack off the front guard as the bolts were all seized. All sorted now.

    Oh yeah, I don't THINK the shocks are used, they've been removed from a 2017 bike after the owner I assume upgraded to something proper but for £21 I really con't grumble. They have to be better than the originals which are now 20 years old and have 40k miles under their belt.

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    Only one way to tell if those shocks are good :I you remove the springs and pump the shock by hand, see if it works smooth and consistent throughout its entire travel, anything else is guesswork.


    Drum brakes are ok lol just when you need em they lock up real good.
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    Was there any water left inside the engine? Take a look at your clutch plates, that should tell you.

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    Yeah, the water looked clean an a lovely shade of blue from the coolant.

    Today’s work was replace the shocks with the Triumph ones (the mounts are huge, frame modification required!!) cut out the subframe top tube, replace it with my new one. Thankfully the seat arrived so I could get on with it. My machinist got my shaved down yoke back too.

    Been a busy day but I’m pleased with the outcome. Need to sort the bottom tube a suspension mounts once my 25mm tube arrives which is good as the back end needs to go down anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Was there any water left inside the engine? Take a look at your clutch plates, that should tell you.
    Ok how about this, was there any water in the engine oil?

    Holy! what are you doing to your twin shock man?
    You kind of chopped off an important part of the frame before even having a replacement bit to weld in place, that's either foolish or ballsy.
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