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An NZ TR1 project

Chop it, rake it, slam it, build it for show.
New parts, old parts, built from scrap. [Hammered out of bare stock & welded with sweat.]
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: gs58 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:43 pm

Well, I think that that is about all the photos reposted.

In the past few months the wiring has been completed and I've done about 15 runs on a dyno to get the carbs tuned correctly. As I am in lock down (like nearly everyone one else at the moment) I don't have access to the bike. There are just a couple of things that have stopped me from taking it for a ride - one was an issue with the batteries, and the other is a problem with the solenoid which appears to have a short in it. Both these things are hopefully quick fixes and I'll be taking it for a spin as soon as I'm let out.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: faffi » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:10 am

Waiting for photos showing the complete bike - if it is as pretty as the details, it will be stunning!
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:22 am

gs58 - Thank you for reposting your photos. I enjoyed looking at them again.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: Ita » Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:25 am

An incredible journey mate, thanks for your time and effort so far. Please keep it going...

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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: gs58 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:38 am

Well, it has been a while since I have posted anything here, but there has been some progress. Earlier I said that the electrics were completed but I didn't give any detail so here it is. I decided to go with the M-unit Blue like so many others, and what it can do is awesome.

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Almost all the controls (starter, horn, indicators, , kill switch, headlight) are now switched on the left side of the handlebars, with only the front brake light switch on the right. My cunning son in law managed to change the internals of the left controls to give me this option. The right side looks way tidier now, and the left looks like a standard FZ1. I did look at using the M-button but have heard that there can bee issues with electrical interference around the coils.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: gs58 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:14 am

Like many other people last year was not a good one for me. Things happened that meant that work on the bike had to be put aside for more than a few months. But during this period I still managed to do a track day at the local circuit although I still had battery and starter solenoid issues . The bike took a bit of time to get used to as I am more accustomed to four cylinder machines, but by the end of the day I was really enjoying the experience. A few issues were highlighted and so I was pleased that I hadn't gone too far down the road of powder coating and painting.

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The major issue was that the bikes steering would be improved with a steeper steering angle, so I am in the process of 'lifting' the rear of the bike by changing the top shock absorber mount. This will also increase the angle of the swing arm which will improve the drive out of corners. Lifting the back of the bike has increased the seat/tailpiece which has given it more of a streetfighter look, which is not what I am trying to create so I have also changed the angle of the sub frame.

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Changing one thing has lead to needing to change a few more. As the exhaust is bolted to the subframe it needed to be changed also. In the near future the 1100 crank and 102mm pistons will be fitted (taking the capacity to about 1230cc) and a bigger bore exhaust will help performance so I am in the process of building another exhaust system. No photos yet.

As the subframe is now closer to the rear wheel the rear light/number plate bracket is too close to the tyre, so another bracket needs to be made. This is not too difficult, just time consuming. As you will see in the above photo I also have to develop a breather system. Again, not too difficult but again, time consuming. Although I am looking forward to getting the bike finished, I am still enjoying the build process and revisiting what I have done in the past as i learn more.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: faffi » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:15 am

That tail looks really good. Getting the tank to flow with it can be a challenge, but I am sure you will find a way also with that. :GJ:
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: gs58 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:19 pm

Yeah, the tank isn't the most pretty is it, but I will see what can be done with it.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: faffi » Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:30 am

In the not too distant future I will know for sure if the XJ650 Seca tank is a direct bolt-on or not. My son has one waiting to go onto his Gen 1 Virago, temps just needs to climb a bit from the deep freeze zone first.
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Re: An NZ TR1 project

PostAuthor: Ita » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:52 am

Great work mate, I'm enjoying the process. Keep it coming...

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