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It’s alive! And it’s not boiling over. Rob tells us more…


This month has been another busy one, albeit not doing all the jobs I was hoping to get done. The adaptors I need for my oil cooler were out of stock so I haven’t been able to finish that off, the aluminium I ordered to make my rear calliper hangar got lost in the post and my little ultrasonic cleaning bath has decided to stop working so my carbs are still minging. In light of all of this and with the weather being so nice I decided it would be great to get out of the garage and socialise with other human type people. I chucked the bike in my van and popped over to see a good mate of mine, Rich, and his big tool (a hydraulic pipe crimping thing) to get some braided hoses made. I could have measured the lengths and angles I needed and just emailed my order over but I find with non-standard things there’s much less chance of having issues if things are made with the bike present.

As usual we spent more time drinking coffee and talking bollocks about bikes than it actually took to make the hoses. First thing was which colour to go for? Bright pink may not be the usual choice but there is a reason to my madness, it will tie in perfectly with the ZXR decals I am going to use, or at least I hope so. Colour decided, the next step was to put the end fittings in place and put the required bends in them, then came time to play with the long pink hose, temporarily fitting it to one end and cutting it at the required length and checking it fitted at the other end. Once happy with all four hoses it was over to Rich’s funky machine to crimp all the ends on permanently. Job done. A huge thanks to Rich for a top quality job as usual.

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