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Check the Fuel Tap!

When going on a ride, after suiting up with all the right Safety gear, set the choke and firing up the FT, it pays to check the fuel tap. Otherwise you get a couple of streets from home before the beast stops, for no reason. Sure it ‘may’ be disguised as stalling from being cold and the idle set low and that constant cranking will see the battery flat. Its also very difficult to push start a bike on a wet road. After pushing the bike home, stripping off of the gear and then running 10 minutes late to a meeting, you realise you had turned the fual tap off on the last ride and forgot to turn it on :( Stupid :( 1 day of the permit down for about 500 metres of riding.

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Fuel storage on the bike – Rotopax

I won’t lie. The FT500 has terrible consumption. After doing about 3-4 decent long rides I have realised the fuel consumption is woeful. Something I need to address.

After hitting the reserve a few times, I decided to carry some fuel. I had the option of strapping a 5 Litre plastic fuel can on the pack rack. Its big enough to get a fairly decent range. Instead I 0pted to use my 1 litre MSR fuel bottle and the second 375ml Fuel bottle. Not a lot of fuel but enough to ‘get me out of trouble’ Securing these to the bike was a pain. I tied them on with a length of Paracord then duct taped them to the pack rack to secure them. Not elegant but functional.

Chatting to a mate about carry fuel on the bike showed how a lot of people don’t know about the fantastic invention and product, Rotopax.

These 1 & 3 gallon fuel cans are secured to the bike using a simple mounting system. Available in a series of colours to cover all fuel types, water and even a storage version for holding important items such as a first aid kit.

I think its time to order a pair of Fuel Rotopac and a water & storage pack for the back of the FT.

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We’re doing miles…

Its been about 3-4 months Since the Honda FT500 lived again, was registered at Vicroads under the Club Permit scheme. The Bikes done about a thousend kms and the only issue to date (touch wood) was the internals of the speedo self destructing. This wasn’t a big issue as I use a Magellan GPS which I have permenantly mounted to the speedo and wired directly (through a FUSE!) to the battery.

Since the earlier post I have fitted a pair of Metzeler tyres, purchased, fitted and balanced by Pablos’, who I can’t recommend enough. They did a fantastic job and the prices were on par with importing a set directly from the US and who can be bothered both waiting and the hassle to then get the tyres fitted.

I have also installed a new Cam, Cam chain, Gear Selector Rubber, head gasket, front andrear sprokets (both stock gearing) new Olink 530 chain, new oil and oil filter and a set of valves from the US. Peter Stevens supplies most of my new parts and most are again cheaper and easier than importanting from a lot of the overseas sites such as thumperstuff.com and Davidsilverspares.co.uk.

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Honda FT500 ‘Ascot’

My new 1982 Honda FT500 Ascot. I’ve re covered the seat, painted the tank Delicious Red using a can of Kill rust red. I’ve installed a new (yes New!) starter gear and rebuilt the engine. Its looking good and only needs a pair of tyres and new rear master cylinder (well, I need to sleeve the current one as its leaking)

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