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Offline kawazonkey

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #210 on: October 08, 2019, 10:02:38 PM »
I just have a kill switch on it right now. But the way things are going at the moment I best get an ignition, a horn and a rear light as this may well become my only source of transport!

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #211 on: November 12, 2019, 10:13:14 PM »
Bit more news.

Islay on here (doing the RD50 resto) sent me the oil pump cover, cheers Valentin!



And a packet of Brittany butter biscuits, delicious.



So...a little bit of road rash but that soon got sorted out...









Chap on the LC forum is making decals btw. He sent me a few and they are superb. The Motul and NGK ones are his design. Called 4L04ever.






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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #212 on: November 13, 2019, 02:23:26 PM »
Nice work on the cover, you even filled the scratch on the letter!
Currently restoring a 1979 (not sure about the year) RD50M

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #213 on: November 13, 2019, 10:07:44 PM »
Haha! Yes I did. Got all the engine parts now!

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #214 on: March 16, 2020, 10:48:32 PM »
Firstly apologies for the lack of, well, anything from me for ages. The weather hasn't helped and my mum needs more and more care. As if that ain't enough I'm moonlighting when she's asleep as a decorator but the funds are needed! But the sun is shining a bit and it's not freezing now so...with some dosh available, I'm getting this bike finished. I want to use the standard LC foot pegs and put the rear sets back on Elsie and I finally won a set on eBay. As soon as they arrive the whole bike is coming apart so the local engineers can do some welding and fab work for me on the frame. Then it's a simple(ish) task of bolting the lot together and see how she goes! Pics to come asap I promise.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #215 on: March 17, 2020, 09:27:18 AM »
It will all be worth it in the end butt.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #216 on: March 17, 2020, 04:39:47 PM »
Great build Alex, can't wait to see how this all ends up.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #217 on: March 17, 2020, 09:58:59 PM »
Cheers lads! It's been a while coming this one but she'll be on the road soon.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #218 on: March 20, 2020, 10:52:35 PM »
So...I got the footrests. £50 but I needed them! Very happy too as they are in very good condition.



Odd that one side is a little rusty and the other isn't...



And I have now realised I need a brake pedal and gear shift too...DOH!



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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #219 on: March 20, 2020, 11:31:34 PM »
Hard to find part at reasonable price butt!!! 

I have noticed that with many bikes for sale, some are rusty some not (sorry I notice things like that) and new ones for sale, some are covered with rubber some are not (genuine ones) I bought a genuine one for the same reason, SAD aye, one is not rusty but showed more metal, so I looked for one that had more metal showing.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #220 on: March 21, 2020, 12:51:25 PM »
Well, the right hand side is spring loaded and will park in the upright position. The left hand will be off the horizontal when the bike is on the side stand, so not a total surprise you see asymmetric corrosion, same goes for fuel tank pipes etc.
Rev 'em till they rattle

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #221 on: March 21, 2020, 10:41:05 PM »
Just glad I got them! A lad on the LC forum is sending me a brake pedal...so one more thing crossed off the list  :)

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #222 on: March 25, 2020, 09:37:04 PM »
The footrests have cleaned up well.



When the brake and gear levers arrive I'm going to get her running/riding (note to self, bleed front brakes), then when I'm happy with that the whole lot will be taken apart and the frame off for welding then a powder coat. Meantime I need to think about a rear light. Maybe under the seat and slightly recessed?



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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #223 on: March 25, 2020, 10:36:49 PM »
Are you fitting a cowl or mudguard behind the seat? I trying to picture your light fitting suggestion

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #224 on: March 26, 2020, 09:20:02 PM »
Good question and one I've been pondering...

I have a Mito number plate holder. This could be mounted underneath the seat if I get a bar welded across the frame. That or try and find a small race type seat with a fibreglass hump so I could fit a rear light in that.



And I've used a Suzuki transfer box rubber (in purple!) to use as a damper for the petrol tank. It also aligns the tank and seat perfectly.