Long time no update. Because not much has happened with this thing. Its a 40 year old honda, it handles everything like a champ and is generally rad at being lush. The only grief it has given me has been a fried coil, which was easily sourced from Anaconda Honda.
In June me Midge and Blizz went on a journey around the south island to get to the 40th Brass Monkey Rally. Blizz was on his Africa Twin and Lips on his tractor spec R80. This thing was no match for the big blocks on the highway, but on the gravel it really holds its own, it just braps through anything and besides having non existent brakes, it is quite predictable and 21" front wheel is lush for off road stz.
I left from Hastings and ticked up 3500kms over 10 days. Saw some amazing sights, rode some awesome roads. A lot of gravel. really made me miss the south island...
Heres a pic before
Some pics during
And heres a pic after.
My 40L dry bag pretty much held all my shit, tent, sleeping bag and mattress, then clothes and other misc shit. Then i had my tank bag full of tools and spare oil. Cos it was cold as fuck i just wore my wet weather gear all the time.
This thing got an absolute hiding after 3500kms. Throughout the trip, my rear brakes gradually went from shit to horrifically shit, as i'd run out of adjustment and the drum arm was over rotating. On about day 7 of our mission, we took a journey on a rude looking back road between Cheviot and Hurunui, which quickly turned into a cow shit covered, rutted as fuck farm track. Channeling my inner Carmichael i tried to pick a dry line out of the mud, but was a bit shit and ended up getting cross rutted and low siding through some delicious resource consent and nitrogen leaching goodness. Front brake lever snapped clean off on impact and rear brake pedal bent up into the engine case. After some masterful cable tying and rock bashing i was able to get her rolling again, but was relying on mostly engine braking for the rest of the trip.
It also consumes oil at a somewhat? alarming pace. I managed to consume just over two litres during the trip. for a bike that holds 1.6 litres, that is a bit more than power sweats. Think its time to shout this thing its first top end in 40 years.
Some orders have been made for some engine and brake parts. The trip also highlighted some deficiencies in rider comfort and storage provisions. So Ive bought a few more ADV accessories like larger footpegs and a acerbis fender bag for additional storage on this rig.
Will update with shiny new bits and more boomer ADV accessories.
You should all buy 250s, they are rad