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    Proof Photo Posted I bought two more wheels (Kawasaki ER-5)

    ...this brings my average down to approximately 3.333 wheels/vehicle.

    Yes, this is my first ever bike It's a 500cc, 50hp, carbed parallel twin. It's completely stock, has done 35k (since 1999!) and generally looks like a clean and simple learner's bike.



    There was a small matter of not having a bike license, so mikas generously agreed to move it home for me



    It's parked next to my other toy right now, waiting for a warmer weather.


    (damn, I need to wipe that rollbar)

    I'm really excited to learn a new skill, and can't wait to start practicing! The power/weight ratio is slightly worse than the 7, on paper, but I'm sure it's gonna be plenty enough for a year or two.
    Last edited by MXM; March 31st, 2016, 6:00 PM.

    #2
    Looks great!

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      #3
      paralel twin bro o/
      Motives Of transport:

      Audi A7
      Ford fiesta Sportsvan
      Honda NM4


      Ds3 laptimes: Nordschleife 10:20,xx Ahvenisto: 1:50,72
      Join to the BCFHAS

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        #4
        Cafe Racer bro!

        Congrats!




        pipeburn
        bike exif
        the bikeshed
        return of the caferacers
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          #5
          Parallel twin, 50bhp is a good amount of power for a learner.
          Congrats!
          ?
          "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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            #6
            Yeah, much smarter, compared to what he'll have to do his riding test with..
            Oversteer scares passengers, understeer scares the driver.

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              #7
              Originally posted by samulis View Post
              Cafe Racer bro!
              Not with this bike, I don't think. But eventually, with something 20 years older, maybe

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                #8
                "What is your one purpose in life?" - "To explode of course."

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                  #9
                  You're mad. I approve.

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                    #10
                    Welcome to the club!

                    Same year as my bike too

                    Current Car List:
                    '04 Citroen Pluriel
                    '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                    '16 F20 M140i
                    '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                    Gone:
                    '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                    '99 VFR 800 FI
                    '01 Golf IV 1.4
                    '88 E34 535

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                      #11
                      Woot! Congrats, dude! That should be a great little runabout.

                      Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                      Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                      Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                      Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                        #12
                        Congrats and many happy km's!

                        This was once my dream bike And that's a really nice shade of green.

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                            #14
                            Excellent find! I learned riding on an ER-5 as well. I'm glad you got mikas to help with the move.

                            The chain and sprocket swap is a relatively easy job to do as long as you have the right riveting tool for the new chains. Don't save money on some cheap all rounder tool, you'll quickly notice why a good one is worth the extra money. That's one expensive throttle cable Or is that price for the whole job? Can the old one's life be extended by removing, cleaning and greasing?
                            The toys:

                            Eunos Roadster and a white Clio.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Polkky View Post
                              That's one expensive throttle cable Or is that price for the whole job? Can the old one's life be extended by removing, cleaning and greasing?
                              All the numbers I mentioned include the work, yeah. The throttle cable was stiff last time it was serviced, they just oiled it back then afaik. And since the part is 30e, it's probably worth replacing if I go through the trouble of removing the old one.

                              EDIT: Just realized that there are 2 throttle cables 30e each then...
                              Last edited by MXM; March 31st, 2016, 9:24 AM.

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                                #16
                                For some reason decided to go to the garage after work today



                                I wanted to check the sprockets and the chain. The sprockets look ok to me. The chain appeared very loose at first, but I measured it incorrectly, with the wheel up in the air, so I'll need to repeat that.



                                The chain is soooo dirty though. This is the first point of action, cleaning it (what should I use, diesel?) and lubricating. I still have a few week's time before I can start practicing and learning to ride, plenty enough time to disassemble the whole bike to pieces

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                                  #17
                                  See if you can scrounge these up, I've used them for years.




                                  Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                  Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                  Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                  Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by MXM View Post
                                    I'm fairly confident I can tackle most of the tasks myself, and the parts seem to be very reasonably priced too. I haven't decided when to do it, though. Perhaps I'll just do oil and inspection right now, so I can ride it ASAP, and handle the big things in the autumn.
                                    And this comes from friend who I helped carrying Caterham's engine block to kitchen
                                    About the Cafe I will send you some pics, cos I too thought that ER-5 and cafe racer isn't an combination that can be done, I was wrong.
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Der Stig View Post
                                      See if you can scrounge these up, I've used them for years.
                                      Probably not available here. But it's fine, I just got some Castrol chain oil instead. The chain has 2 links that are very stiff. Not completely seized, but much much harder to move than the rest. So if I end up keeping this bike for longer, I'll want the chain replaced for the next season.

                                      Originally posted by samulis View Post
                                      And this comes from friend who I helped carrying Caterham's engine block to kitchen
                                      Hm, I wonder if I can get the whole bike through the door

                                      Originally posted by samulis View Post
                                      About the Cafe I will send you some pics, cos I too thought that ER-5 and cafe racer isn't an combination that can be done, I was wrong.
                                      Oh sure, it can be done. My priorities have shifted a bit, though. Cafe racers is what got me interested again in bikes, but it's not what I want right now. I just want to get as much kms as possible and learn to handle a bike.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by MXM View Post
                                        Hm, I wonder if I can get the whole bike through the door
                                        Originally posted by MXM View Post
                                        Oh sure, it can be done. My priorities have shifted a bit, though. Cafe racers is what got me interested again in bikes, but it's not what I want right now. I just want to get as much kms as possible and learn to handle a bike.
                                        Wait till you try one. Said SR cafe made my wrist ache in 2 minutes. I now look to homosohva ie. Goldwings..
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