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Watchman

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Well I'm mostly going by what many users on the volty forums and other enthusiast sites have recommended for this particular bike. Apparently it can handle it quite well and cruising is a lot more enjoyable.

I understand there will be less acceleration but that's apparently not too big of a deal, and honestly I'd be glad if the first gear was even a bit more useful. A few people went the whole hog and replaced the rear-sprocket too, but that was a bit overkill according to most.

Well it depends on what you enjoy most on your bike. If casual cruising is your thing, going one down on the front won't cause you any issues. But as most people pointed out earlier, try to get a new chain and rear sprocket to 'even out' the wear and tear.

I'm planning to go one up at the rear sprocket on my VTR. I like the sensation of a more rapid acceleration than the flat out top speed and the engine has quite a bit of torque left untapped.

@Watchman ...off topic, is there a active Motorcycle section here on AL? I'm pretty new to the AL forums and general searches landed me nowhere. Thanks :)

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@Watchman ...off topic, is there a active Motorcycle section here on AL? I'm pretty new to the AL forums and general searches landed me nowhere. Thanks :)

Well, there isnt one as far as I know.. And i dont think a separate forum is that vital either, cos there arent many bike threads that come up except for the occasional question... which is why I opened a generic 'motorcycle maintenance' thread rather than a 'sprocket/chain' specific one :)

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Well, there isnt one as far as I know.. And i dont think a separate forum is that vital either, cos there arent many bike threads that come up except for the occasional question... which is why I opened a generic 'motorcycle maintenance' thread rather than a 'sprocket/chain' specific one :)

Guess you're right, but i'm sure there are quite a few enthusiasts in SL judging by some top dollar restorations that pop up on facebook every now and then as well as the amount of 'big' bikes running around these days. I interact occasionally on Perthstreebikes and streetfighter forums but it's a bit difficult to relate to them. Would be nice to talk to some SL bike enthusiasts :)

In case you guys ever weigh it up to open up a space, count my vote as aye :)

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I just ended up going full stock for the whole set, since I couldn't find anything anywhere :P

Aside: people keep telling me the displacement limit has been upped to 400cc for motorbikes now. Any truth in this?

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Aside: people keep telling me the displacement limit has been upped to 400cc for motorbikes now. Any truth in this?

Is that so?

I think there are a few late model CB400 Four's snuk into the country falcified as 250's so this will be good news (if true) for those poor blokes riding around on them and having to line the palms of cops in silver whenever they get pulled over and cop goes "meke engine eka desiya panahata wada wedee wage neda?"

Does anyone know if there are any 1978-80's CB400N Twins still in running condition in SL?

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Is that so?

I think there are a few late model CB400 Four's snuk into the country falcified as 250's so this will be good news (if true) for those poor blokes riding around on them and having to line the palms of cops in silver whenever they get pulled over and cop goes "meke engine eka desiya panahata wada wedee wage neda?"

Does anyone know if there are any 1978-80's CB400N Twins still in running condition in SL?

There are a lot of bigger bikes in SL. I've seen plenty of 600s 1000s and even a few Hayabusas. Some of them are registered with the proper capacity but most are registered as 250. For me, they cost more than I can afford to gamble with.

There are quite a few CB400s in SL but finding a 78-80 CB will be a bit difficult. Most of them on the streets are newer ones.

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I seem to be the one utilizing this thread to the fullest.. I have another issue..

With time my bike's developed an occasional tic tic sound. Reading stuff online and listening to similar sounds on youtube i've concluded that it's a valve and hence the shims need to be replaces or adjusted. Never done this myself or even sat by someone doing this. Would any DIY type bikers give me some ideas on the complexity of this repair?

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Hi Guys,

I recently bought a CBR-250 Fireblade. I'm quite new to biking and this is the 2nd bike I have owned, and the 1st bike which requires proper TLC (my previous bike was a Pulsar). So need a few tips from you guys.

I have read on many CBR forums that the chains need to be cleaned with kerosene and oiled/ lubed regularly. In our Sri Lankan conditions how often should i clean/ oil the chain.

Though I am concerned that the kerosene could harm the O-Rings, the previous owner, and a few mechanics i spoke to said it is ok to use this.

After cleaning the chain, what is the best Chain Lube that I can use which is best suited to our local conditions, and where can I get this? (My mechanic had a look at the chain and sprockets and said they are in good condition.)

Secondly, I want to replace the body kit, it has the original plastic body kit, but there are few cracks on it so I want to replace it (I'm obsessive about keeping my vehicles in brand new condition :S). Any tips on where I can get an original Japanese Body Kit for this n' how much it would cost. My mechanic says the ones on Ebay are not the same quality plastic as the original.

Thanks in advance for your advise.

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Kerosine is not recommended for O-ring chains. Wash with good old soap water and lube it. If you're looking for a chain lube as long as it's meant for a O-ring chain you should be OK. It's not about how often you oil the chain, but rather if the chain is oiled. If you oiled it and rode through heavy rains the very next day, the chances are that you will need to oil it again.

A fancier alternative is to get a scottoiler. About USD150 but I know a lot of riders who swear by it saying thier chain/sprocket last about 3 times as long as it used to before using a scottoiler. I dont think I wanna dump $150 on it so I'm actually gonna try a DIY version using a 50cc syringe, fish-tank tube and engine oil. Shall update you guys when its done.

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I can think of a few few more places to drop 150 (with shipping, upwards of 200??) than on a Scottoiler, but it is an enticing piece of kit.

This is a great thing to flex your DIY skills...I remember thinking about it a while back but gave up cos I couldn't figure out how to stop the drip when the bike is stationary. Otherwise the only issue of a uniform drip is that if you get stuck in traffic, a spot in the chain will accumulate oil and whip around when you get going and make a mess of your wheel, swingarm and your pant leg.

Do let us know if you cook something up cos I'd be very interested to replicate it if it's within my abilities :)

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Kerosine is not recommended for O-ring chains. Wash with good old soap water and lube it. If you're looking for a chain lube as long as it's meant for a O-ring chain you should be OK. It's not about how often you oil the chain, but rather if the chain is oiled. If you oiled it and rode through heavy rains the very next day, the chances are that you will need to oil it again.

+1 to above. Yes, Kerosene removes all the lubricants from the chain. I have a close friend who is using a CBR600. Whenever I see his bike the chain is sparkling clean. His uses diesel instead of kerosene to clean the tar residues and oil it with SAE90 (gear) oil. Use a pressure washer to clean the chain with water and soap.

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seeing all this chain sprocket issues.............makes me attracted to the scooters in sri lanka.

I was having a chat the other day about a scooter called SYM from thaiwan at the auto exhibition and he told me that scooter sales are really picking up.

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Wow thanks guys, so my suspicions were correct about the kero. The idea of soap n' water sounds good since we already have a pressure washer handy.

I cleaned and oiled the chain yesterday, but took it to a nearby garage and got them to spray kero on and then once it was clean, lubed it (Got a can of Repsol Lube from Panchi for 800/- for a approx 100ml or 150ml can).

Gear changing became so much more smoother, never expected such a major difference simply by oiling the chain.

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Guys, I believe this is the only motorcycle related thread in here and appreciate your guidance.

I'm hoping to grab a Rebel 125 from a friend and need to attend to some immediate work prior to hitting the road. I have long term hopes of restoring it but for now I'm keen to attend to following:

1. The self start needs to be sorted and there's no kick start. Current user says it's some solnoid (as I heard - I'm not techy) issue and an easy fix.

2. Few basic electronic work such as Neutral gear indicator light, Turn/Brake indicators etc.

3. A proper tune-up as I feel the petrol flow seems reduced by current user.

All other pending stuff I hope to do one at a time as separate projects.

So do you guys have any reliable mechanics around with clean track record? 

Thanks in advance guys, cheers.

Edited by Croozer
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33 minutes ago, Croozer said:

Guys, I believe this is the only motorcycle related thread in here and appreciate your guidance.

I'm hoping to grab a Rebel 125 from a friend and need to attend to some immediate work prior to getting the road. I have long term hopes of restoring it but for now I'm keen to attend to following:

1. The self start needs to be sorted and there's no kick start. Current user says it's some solnoid (as I heard - I'm not techy) issue and an easy fix.

2. Few basic electronic work such as Neutral gear indicator light etc.

3. A proper tune-up as I feel the petrol flow seems reduced by current user.

All other pending stuff I hope to do one at a time as separate projects.

So do you guys have any reliable mechanics around with clean track record? 

Thanks in advance guys, cheers.

Which area are you in? If it's the Kegalle or Kurunegala area, I could recommend you a good place. Not easy to find a stock condition & running Rebel 125 these days as most have been taken into the chopper culture so I'd guess you got a good find!

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15 hours ago, □AVANTE□ said:

Which area are you in? If it's the Kegalle or Kurunegala area, I could recommend you a good place. Not easy to find a stock condition & running Rebel 125 these days as most have been taken into the chopper culture so I'd guess you got a good find!

Sadly I am from Nugegoda mate. I am actually waiting for confirmation today/tomorrow whether I will definitely get the bike. One of my friend is assisting me with the deal. IF I get it I will be really lucky as the ride is in running condition and within stock status. The current user has not done any mods or upgrades. I just wish I can bring it to mint on the long run - gradually.

I just saw your bio and seems you enjoy cycling too ☺️ Road or MTB?

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26 minutes ago, Croozer said:

Sadly I am from Nugegoda mate. I am actually waiting for confirmation today/tomorrow whether I will definitely get the bike. One of my friend is assisting me with the deal. IF I get it I will be really lucky as the ride is in running condition and within stock status. The current user has not done any mods or upgrades. I just wish I can bring it to mint on the long run - gradually.

I just saw your bio and seems you enjoy cycling too ☺️ Road or MTB?

Yeah mate It's a road bike :)(there's a pic in the bio) a full white, standard Grandir 700c with Shimano Tourney gearset, aluminum bar, Kenda Qwest tyres & ProMax brakes. What about you?

Also, I'll ask from a biker friend of mine if he knows a place near your area.

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