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Hi All

I'm new to this forum and thought it would be nice to put some of my blade picture into one place.

I owned the blade for around 4 years, purchased it off a friend who dropped it on his first ride out (Low sided)

Please see the picture below when I bought it and after I repaired it all for the first time

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I rode it like that for around a year, then parked the bike up as I purchased an R1 as a early birthday present.

Say to safe the R1 wiped the floor with the blade in every category bar one the main one character, it just didn't have any and didn't really make sense unless going all out everywhere...


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After around 2years of owning the R1 and several near misses :) I made the conscious decision to let the R1 go..

And like that full circle we went and back to the old faithful bumble-bee..

Over the next 6 month bumble-bee was dragged out of retirement and abused!

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As you can imagine after being off the road for so long it was starting to show signs of wear and tear and little issues started to arise, it only added to bumble-bee's character though as the joy of riding the blade retuned.


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At the ned of the seasons we found out we were expecting our first so Bumble-bee got put back into storage for the second time (heart breaking I know) I promised my wife if she couldn't ride either would I, I'm good like that haha.

Over the next 12 month while bumble slept I spent my time rebuilding a Suzuki RM125 that was in horrible shape for when my wife could ride again!

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Full picture..

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By this point I hadn't rode in over a year and starting to get on everyone nerves, it was at this point my wife ordered me to get Bumble-bee up and running again :) as my boy was now 4 months old.

Over the last two weeks I've been inspecting/stripping and getting the blade ready for the upcoming season.

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First thing first was to strip and replace all the moving parts (headstock, wheel bearing etc) and service the carbs,

After replacing the headstock and removing the carbs, it was time to look at tires, sprocket and chain..

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Coming from the R1 back to the blade meant the blade always felt like it was lacking some get up and go, to solve this I went for a 520 chain conversion with 15/45 gearing.

For tires I went for Metzeler M3's never used them before but they seemed to have good reviews for both track and road.

It was then time to change the front fork seals and bushes (better safe than sorry)

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While I was waiting for the parts to arrive (still waiting) I decided the brakes needed some attention...

Do I go for 954 brakes?? while looking online I found some 6 pot Pretech callipers for a steal so I did a buy..

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This now brings us up to the present day, I'm still on the luck for a period exhaust, Erion, Micron etc..

I'll update further once parts arrive....
 

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Fork seal and bushing kit has arrived along with oil, so the front fork and breaks should be on tonight latest tomorrow. It all depends on how quickly I can get the forks done :)
 

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So I had to cut the fork rebuild short ? I ran out of copper washers and thought they might of come with the kit!

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I did however get a chance to speak to a couple of guys in the US regarding an exhaust system and manage to find someone with a spare Erion system, it needs some love but nothing I can’t managed.

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Waiting on a price and will decide from there I’ll have to take the rivets out and powered coat the shell and I’m sure I can polish the plaque and get a vynal image made up. But it all depends on price.
 

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So I had to cut the fork rebuild short ? I ran out of copper washers and thought they might of come with the kit!

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I did however get a chance to speak to a couple of guys in the US regarding an exhaust system and manage to find someone with a spare Erion system, it needs some love but nothing I can’t managed.

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Waiting on a price and will decide from there I’ll have to take the rivets out and powered coat the shell and I’m sure I can polish the plaque and get a vynal image made up. But it all depends on price.
My god @Liam7200 dont let @nigelrb know ,he will find out where you live and get the heavies to come round for that:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:(y)
 

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Now its an established Thread and you click new ,select popular and thats where you'll find your thread, any new threads go straight into the New (y)
 

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My god @Liam7200 dont let @nigelrb know ,he will find out where you live and get the heavies to come round for that:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:(y)
I have seen that, or very similar listing. When weighing up the cost of shipping and then restoration, I'm holding out for a mint can. High ideals I know, but achievable with time.


. . . I’m sure I can polish the plaque and get a vynal image made up . . .
Liam, I've already commissioned vinyl decals. Had two hits at it; first ones ended up too large, so I recently re-scaled and now have these and quite prepared to post you one (free):

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Made for me by Adam at: sticky business | eBay Stores
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I have seen that, or very similar listing. When weighing up the cost of shipping and then restoration, I'm holding out for a mint can. High ideals I know, but achievable with time.




Liam, I've already commissioned vinyl decals. Had two hits at it; first ones ended up too large, so I recently re-scaled and now have these and quite prepared to post you one (free):

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Made for me by Adam at: sticky business | eBay Stores
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That would be amazing Nigel, let me see if I get them first haha

Hopefully he gets back to me with a price sooner rather than later as I want the bike up and running by next week really so I can dial in the carb.
 

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I've imported from USA before, most recently a Pit Bull stand, and I it cost £75.00 in shipping AND then another £50.00 in customs. Be prepared because with a full system you're talking heaps. Perhaps customs isn't applied on used items, I am not sure of that.
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So I had to cut the fork rebuild short ? I ran out of copper washers and thought they might of come with the kit!

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I did however get a chance to speak to a couple of guys in the US regarding an exhaust system and manage to find someone with a spare Erion system, it needs some love but nothing I can’t managed.

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Waiting on a price and will decide from there I’ll have to take the rivets out and powered coat the shell and I’m sure I can polish the plaque and get a vynal image made up. But it all depends on price.
US guys hooking up you brits ;)@nigelrb :oops:
 

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I have seen that, or very similar listing. When weighing up the cost of shipping and then restoration, I'm holding out for a mint can. High ideals I know, but achievable with time.




Liam, I've already commissioned vinyl decals. Had two hits at it; first ones ended up too large, so I recently re-scaled and now have these and quite prepared to post you one (free):

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Made for me by Adam at: sticky business | eBay Stores
[email protected]
Curious Nigel, were those made via the dimensions I sent you?
 

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Yeah I've done a fair bit of importing in the past,
And for Liam, that Erion system is BRILLIANT, as I have one (y) View attachment 106834

That is stunning!! loving the polish frame etc..

Did you need to just the jetting I already have 120 mains, changing the air filter from standard (mesh removed) to pipe cross.

Lets just hope the guy gets back to me with a fair price :)
 

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So I finished the forks last night fresh seals, dust seals and bushings. I also had time to quickly sand and paint the tired fork legs, as I’ve gone for gold brake callipers I opted for satin black.

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I’ve also sourced some Harris Clips ons and I’m going to fill the front light section of the front cowl to go full race bike haha while retaining the stock graphics.
 
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