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I guess it's the cold weather we're having now and the fact that CX Okie and I are so close yet I keep buying little things we may as well replace while it's in his shop. Although he's done about 99% of the work I'm sure he's learned a few things that will help him in future on his others, I've also accumulated a few select extra parts we can both draw upon if needed.



Work has been brutal for me lately and now he has time on his hands yet the cold impedes us both on what we're still lacking. Although I will always be in his debt (which will be repaid many times over with tools I've noticed he could benefit from) I've still got all the painting to do and anyone familiar with a quality 2-part system knows that this weather isn't friendly to urethanes, nor are they friendly to you if you try to do them inside without a true paint booth.



We have both (although not road tested) found that the Emgo pads and shoes sold by Niche Cycle on eBay to be of great quality and one heck of a lot cheaper than EBCs, we also verified that my PO must have been a rear brake rider as it brought the adjustment right back to normal whereas the fronts showed normal wear for 12K miles.



Considering what I'm going to end up with for next spring I guess going without all year (although I was layed up for almost half of it) is going to be worth it.



The poll? Just something to do as I'm tired of trying to teach people from India which hound another forum I'm in that you can't power your house with a bicycle coupled to an old alternator or a bank of old PC fans spinning in the wind.



Pretty sad situation over there, about half the time they've got 220V 50 Hz which varies from around 180V to upwards of 300V yet they're trying to join the real world and only have mains voltage about half the time. Apparently due to a lot of people trying to tap into the lines for free it often brings the enire distribtion system in an area to a halt when they obviously do things wrong. Videos are often cited regarding how to steal or create your own power and it sounds like 99% of them are "pay me $rupees and I will tell secret."
 

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What you couldn't speak up sooner. My brother is running fronts from Niche and said they were good but I wasn't sure about the rears. Ended up going something more like stock. Hopefully they're here tomorrow.





If not on to fixing the seat. I tried today and it resulted in a so so fix that wasn't any better than what I had before. I guess you could call that an epic fail.
 

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What you couldn't speak up sooner. My brother is running fronts from Niche and said they were good but I wasn't sure about the rears.


You live on here, how could you miss the discussion on these? (but in all honesty it was in the middle of a long thread)



I got the rears a couple of weeks ago. Quality castings, nicely tapered lead in and out edges and they're diagonally slotted which we hope will cast extra brake dust aside thus lesser the possibility of squeaks. Yegads, I think they cost all of $15 including shipping and they appear to be a real Emgo product, not a clone.



So how hard is it to change them again if you don't like what you used? Let's give them a real road test this spring and, if they prove out, I'll send the company an e-mail to try and keep them in stock. Might even write Matt @ TAS since they deal with EMGO.
 

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As to your seat, $145 was a big hit to me from the custom upholstery shop that deals mainly with classic cars but due to the custom materials (ostrich) and workmanship involved I doubt I'll have to address that again for some time.
 

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You live on here, how could you miss the discussion on these? (but in all honesty it was in the middle of a long thread)



I got the rears a couple of weeks ago. Quality castings, nicely tapered lead in and out edges and they're diagonally slotted which we hope will cast extra brake dust aside thus lesser the possibility of squeaks. Yegads, I think they cost all of $15 including shipping and they appear to be a real Emgo product, not a clone.



So how hard is it to change them again if you don't like what you used? Let's give them a real road test this spring and, if they prove out, I'll send the company an e-mail to try and keep them in stock. Might even write Matt @ TAS since they deal with EMGO.




I picked up that you got them but that's about it. Remember I started the discussion on them because of the grooves.



As for the seat it's not a big deal. What's up is the harley seat I use doesn't have a lip on the seatpan like the stock seat has so you can see the frame and it annoys me. I could sew up a new seat cover if I really wanted to do all the work but I still have to extend the seat pan to get it right. I half ass wonder how compatible it would be to transfer the foam from the harley seat to a cx seat pan since they are so similar. Maybe a call is in order to get my stock seat back.
 

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The poll? Just something to do as I'm tired of trying to teach people from India which hound another forum I'm in that you can't power your house with a bicycle coupled to an old alternator or a bank of old PC fans spinning in the wind.



Pretty sad situation over there, about half the time they've got 220V 50 Hz which varies from around 180V to upwards of 300V yet they're trying to join the real world and only have mains voltage about half the time. Apparently due to a lot of people trying to tap into the lines for free it often brings the enire distribtion system in an area to a halt when they obviously do things wrong. Videos are often cited regarding how to steal or create your own power and it sounds like 99% of them are "pay me $rupees and I will tell secret."


Mashall, you need to have a choice in your poll for "Its what I rode back in the day / I am trying to recapture a part of my youth."



I know what you mean about India. We sell a fair amount of equipment into India and their poor quality power damages much of it. Their service capabilities are pretty poor overall too.
 

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Mashall, you need to have a choice in your poll for "Its what I rode back in the day / I am trying to recapture a part of my youth."



You're right although I could add to that. I first saw one at the local Honda dealer back when I was mainly riding dirt bikes. Had 5 bikes at the time and most were running, on top of that the last thing I needed was to hit the bank up for a loan. I would have got it but the VP would certainly want to know why I needed yet another bike as he had already financed a couple of them for me in the past.



I never forgot the unique looking engine and when I finally decided I'd like to have a bike again after being without for nearly 20 years I started looking through Craigslist there it was, that oddball engine and all. I researched them a bit and also found this forum, considering there were obviously quite a few still on the road I couldn't help but go look at it. It was quite the hack with straight pipes and a lot of parts that weren't original by any means. Rattle can black paint job extended to spatters on the carbs, valve covers and what have you, mech seal leaking (although he tried to hide it) but it ran well, had brand new tires and a current tag. He was asking $800 and looking back I should have tried to get it for $500 - $600 but the guy was somewhat of an a**hole so I just gave him his asking price, he gave me a helmet that was way too large and I rode it away.
 

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Well most know that the story of my bike is floating around but the quick and the short of the plague, curse, fun and enjoyment is that I got this bike from Melody's dad 18 years after it had been parked in a van for a short stay and then outside under an appletree. Most consumables or thin metal stuff was rusted away and at one time someone stole the headlight cutting wires where ever they could. The engine was locked, mufflers gone, tires flat, what sidecovers and the list goes on.



I got it 7 years back for free. And now I'm stuck with it. The invested parts are probably double the value of a good running ok bike. The Larry tank probably tops it off because I know it should have cost $2,000 to have it custom made.



So this free bike has probably turned into a $4,000 investment. Not that it's worth that. Eventually at this rate i'll probably end up with a 650 engine in it since I can never get rid of it now aside of catastrophic acts of god.



Got the seat altered today and new brake shoes.
 

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I am counting the days until the bike is finished and the full paint job has the HONDA Wings on the tank. IF we've pulled this off properly I can only anticipate a few younger Honda owners asking me if this is something new they just came out with. :)
 
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