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Rocky Burton

Written by Rocky Burton. (15 January 2002)

Hi All,

Right now I would love to be somewhere else, somewhere warm, with nice country roads, pleasant scenery and a bike.

Unfortunately, this is England. It's cold, wet and miserable and the highways dept in this country love spreading shit loads of salt all over the roads (when it's +7 degrees?) and the stuff loves the bike. Any exposed metal is a tempting meal and protecting against it is like stopping the tide coming in! I have heard, and tried, most of the wives tales and some work, some don't. An old biker mate (in a merry mood) prescribed Vaseline.

Listening to an old biker that probably has more mileage under his belt than the QE2 (and looks it too) proclaiming quite loudly, that Vaseline stops shaft rot and nothing is better! I was in stitches, in an instant I was 12 years old again and I was just glad someone didn't enter the pub at that moment. Vaseline, or Petroleum Jelly, has good protective properties and is safe to use.

Use a small half inch brush and basically paint all the exposed areas of the bike. It works great on tar spots also, just gently work it onto the spot with a cloth until it disappears, Hey Presto. Don't worry, it works fine on painted surfaces as well.

To remove, Just wash with hot soapy water (not washing-up liquid.Using this will remove any wax polish you use on the bike). At the end of the day, everyone has their own preferred way of protection.I just wash the bike every time I use it now. The wife was pissed off that I kept nicking the Vaseline anyway.....HaHa.(She used it for her chapped lips...DOH! ) 12 year old again,Sorry.

Whilst perusing this fine website you may have noticed the news that Honda is discontinuing production of the SevenFifty! So a bike that is rare as rocking horse shit is now going to get rarer. As if it wasn't a job to get parts in the first place.

I believe Chris has got the right idea. If you can't buy what you want, make it. Or rather employ the services of a good engineer.£400 for an exhaust system that you never have to replace sounds a good idea. Exhausts don't just rot from the outside, they rot from the inside too. Over a period of time they begin to rot from condensation build-up and no amount of spraying with heat proof paint can stop this.If you use your bike for commuting short distances you are more susceptible as most bikes need at least 20 minutes to warm up properly. Most end cans (or silencers) are now made from aluminium or carbon fibre and can be brought quite cheaply on eBay and Yahoo Auction websites.

The trick is to get an end can and a set of downpipes to fit. Most aftermarket systems are 4 into 1 and hang on the right hand side. This means that the center stand looks like it sticks out a mile on the left. I cut 2 inch's off and had it rewelded with a small section of round steel inserted inside for strength. The hardest part is getting the downpipes to fit. Most pipes are the same diameter but are bent to match the bike and the end can. Nearly all use a system were 4 down pipes go to 1 large pipe and then to the end can. These I believe can be produced quite cheaply in stainless steel and matched up to any end can, which could be a cheaper option than buying new original systems but do take a lot of effort matching up.I think it was more luck than judgment on my part on this attempt.

All the best Rocky

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