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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing the latest member of my garage

Already posted a few tech questions, but I figured I should contribute a new thread on my wife's new bike. We got her a 2013 for 2k a couple weeks ago, with 23k miles, in fairly dirty condition, and with loads of deferred maintenance. Needless to say, safety demands a full teardown, inspection, and fix-up, before it hits the road. So far it's been degreased, lubed, cleaned, and the coolant flushed. I've got a stream of new / maintenance parts inbound from various vendors and we're starting to replace any safety critical items. Today the rear wheel came off for cleaning, bearing inspection, new rotor, and pads. Tomorrow will be the front caliper cleaning, and new pads, and Saturday I hope to get some ugly turn signal wiring cleaned up with new connectors, and new signals. Enjoy the pics, and happy birthday America. More to follow!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2019, 12:02 PM
Its got no seat, how will you ride it??



Congratulations on the addition, they are great little bikes..


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Teardown update! So the good, bad, and ugly. Degreasing has revealed a fairly clean engine and chassis, with no real damage anywhere. Some pitting on the fork stanchions, and chipping in the black part of the forks. Rear rotor was toast, and front and rear pads were wasted. Cleaned up the calipers, lubed everything up and reassembled with new rotor and pads. Learned about Honda ALOC bolts on the caliper mounts. Decided to reuse with locktight, but will replace on the next batch of parts orders. Bled the lines and buttoned it up.
Rear axle bolt head has some road rash. PO must have Laid it down, but I guess that's to be expected on a popular beginner model. Axle was straight so I reinstalled and will replace at the next tire change.
Coolant was green. Should be blue, so I'm draining and flushing with distilled water before filling with HP coolant. Water pump had some evidence of leaking, not sure if it's just weeping from being overfilled, or a real leak, so I'll monitor it on a few rides with just water for coolant.
Found HID ballasts in the headlight housing, but there are not projectors fitted. One of the ballasts had a rattle so I opened it and and a capacitor fell out. The main headlight works fine, but when you hit the highbeam the ballast makes a lightsaber sound and lights up intermittently. Think I'm going to simplify life and return to a stock headlight configuration.
Factory barend weight on right bar, and squidy mirror mount on the left bar. Going to ditch both and install the barend weights from my ducati, for a matching set. Ugly controls with faded anodizing, will be replaced.
Installed new turn signals front and rear, and cleaned up all the hacked up turn signal wiring with new connectors and heatshrink, and a pigtail for battery charging. She is ready for a few shakedown rides while more parts come in.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 06:30 PM
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Now would be a great time to rebuild the master cylinder, calipers, and upgrade to Stainless Steel braided brake lines all around. The cost for all this would be marginal, but it would require more of your time. These are often overlooked, although normally recommended at intervals in owner's manuals. Anyway, just a thought. Good Luck with your renewal.

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Now would be a great time to rebuild the master cylinder, calipers, and upgrade to Stainless Steel braided brake lines all around. The cost for all this would be marginal, but it would require more of your time. These are often overlooked, although normally recommended at intervals in owner's manuals. Anyway, just a thought. Good Luck with your renewal.
These are definitely on the list! I've got some stainless steel break lines in a cart, and there was some pitting on the slave cylinder for the front, so a rebuild is in order. I also prefer a cup reservoir over the coffin, but I'll let my wife decide on that since it's hers.
Overall this is a great bike and we're having a good time with the project. We just got back from a shakedown ride, and she got to pilot it around the salvation army parking lot. She hasn't ridden in a while so she's warming back up before hitting the street.
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These are definitely on the list! I've got some stainless steel break lines in a cart, and there was some pitting on the slave cylinder for the front, so a rebuild is in order. I also prefer a cup reservoir over the coffin, but I'll let my wife decide on that since it's hers.
Overall this is a great bike and we're having a good time with the project. We just got back from a shakedown ride, and she got to pilot it around the salvation army parking lot. She hasn't ridden in a while so she's warming back up before hitting the street.
Great, SS brake lines are a wonderful upgrade. Wear and age, and lack of regular brake fluid changes, can reek havoc on seals inside hydraulic cylinders. Thanks for the photos. What a beautiful sight! Oh... your bike looks pretty good too. I'll remind you, this is coming from an old codger. I can scarcely remember where I left my bike keys after the last ride. So, no intentions other than to compliment. Please take it as such.

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