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Honda / Re: New XR75 K1 1974 Project
« on: August 24, 2018, 10:41:25 PM »
Cheers Steve, and good stories Husky. I think I posted up a pic of a Gemini 80 a while back. One of the first bikes I ever remember seeing was a dax when I was about 12.
My first race meetings were me and my brother against two other brothers...all on QA50's...

Honda / Re: New XR75 K1 1974 Project
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:06:38 PM »
Cheers guys...
Seems Honda made a great collection of minis back in the day. XRs, Qas, Cts, monkey bikes etc..

Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:01:39 PM »
Put a lot of development time into those brakes.  She will certainly stop on a dime..
If your in WA Skypig, i could organize a ride day on the old girl for a quick $50  ;D

The boy now wants a YZ85 to race in the sands of WA..


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:26:40 PM »
Thanks Husky,

Yep, even when me and my brother got one each in 1976, the QA's we got were 6 years old.  They had already been reconditioned once, with black painted frames and the the plastics moderately tatty. I still have the newspaper clipping of the ones we bought.. $200 each.  The bloke also was advertising some BSA Bantams at the same time.. but we liked the little mini's.


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 20, 2018, 11:46:04 AM »
Everything went smoothly in the final stages.  I got up at 4am so i could finish it off while the kids were still asleep.
Rebuilt the split rims/Nitto tyre combo's and added the new chain and sprockets.
Fitted the rear mudguard and both new brake lines.
Wired up the kill switch, coil and magneto.
Cleaned and adjusted everything.
Poured in a liter of engine oil.
Added some fuel to the tank.

Kicked her in the guts and she fired right up.  A few adjustments on the carb and i took her for a spin in the park. Gearbox and motor working great. New brakes working great. 

Took 4 weeks from the day i bought her to strip down and give her a birthday and get her looking good and running perfectly again.  She should be ready for another 48 years service..

4 Weeks ago....

4 Weeks later....

All ready for the kids to ride...


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 17, 2018, 01:05:27 PM »
Cheers Berwick Boy,

Drama city with the Beast rebuild.  I think i tend to rush things...

Anyway, clouds were coming over and sprinkling rain every now and then.  So i would spray a wheel hub white, and then take it back in the shed, then take it out 10 minutes later and repeat the process.  Got one all nice and glossy white and then dropped it in the dirt. Hmmmmm.....

With the tank, i rushed the 2k clear coat, got a bit close and introduced some clouding in a spot. I also introduced a small chip.  If this was a showroom restore, i would be going back to square one.  But this is a rider, so it gets a free pass.

The last of the parts showed up yesterday, so i can get her back together and started.
I got a reproduction coil with condensor and OEM cap which all fitted perfectly.
I also got a reproduction chrome kickstarter which fitted perfectly.  I am keeping all my old original parts boxed away.

I fitted a new cap/gasket and petcock to the fuel tank and fitted it all back up with new fuel hose and rubber mounts and straps.  The band on the tank was reconditioned with the HONDA badge repainted.

The metal airfilter box was refitted with a freshly oiled foam filter.

The exhaust was refitted with new gaskets and high temp paint.

The footpeg perch was refitted after i had to heat and bend it back to shape and repaint it.  Then i added new Honda genuine rubber footpegs. I also fitted new genuine Honda hand grips.

Next step is the wheels and tyres, chain and sprockets, back mudguard, lower forks and cables....


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:51:51 PM »
Here's a pic of the old girl a few weeks ago when i picked her up.

That poor old seat was cactus.  The tank is in primer now, after the dings were pulled out and everything was straightened up.

She definitely needed a birthday!!


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:23:19 PM »
Well Husky and Mick,
I pulled the pin on a bar pad and dropped 8 big ones on a Honda pad out of China.  Had to pay 80c GST!! but got free delivery.  Should be here sometime around 2019.

Had the music playing and i was darting from job to job.  Undercoat here, top coat there, CRC on this, grease on myself confused and ended up spraying my hand and a bolt i had just buffed up with black paint.

As i am a single dad, i am allowed to take liberty's.  I had the oven cranked up to 200c and baked an engine case and an exhaust pipe.  Had to have a ceiling  fan on and the back door open as it ponged a bit. 
Cooking the kids chicken Kiev in the oven tonight.... very versatile bit of equipment ;-)

Got the bars on and took a bit of head scratching to get the throttle assembly and kill switch back together through the inside of the bars.

I didn't rebuild the donk, but rather just fitted some new gaskets, all new oil seals, new plug, countershaft sprocket and new screw kit.  Also gave everything a good scrub and some fresh paint. I have refitted the engine using most of the original bolts.  New washers and a few new nuts have been used here and there.

The carb is soaking in cleaner overnight.  It ran great before i tore it down, but the choke had to be on a bit. Sounds like blocked jets and tubes.  I had the use the E string from a guitar to clean some of the tubes and jets out.  I have a keyster carb kit to fit and an all new filter box and filter to fit up.

On the home straight now.....


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:07:30 PM »
$20,000 U.S for a monkey bike!  Also, the size of the tank on that 64 model... you could ride it around Australia without having to fill up.
The QA50 is also getting rarer and doesnt show up often for sale.  They are a great fun little bike to ride and will pull and adult around the bush no problem. 
The bike is for the daughter to ride, but i am taking it to the old salt lakes and bush areas where i rode one as a kid 40 years ago.


General Discussion / Re: physical
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:09:09 PM »
Geezzz, tough audience tonight  ;)

Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:07:49 PM »
So, the old girl is going back together quickly after needing a bit of tlc.
Picked up the re-chromed handlebars today, as well as two 4.00 x 5 tubes from a mobility centre.  Yes, it takes the same tubes as those buggies that our senior citizens are burning around on.

I painted the rims white and then clear coated them.  During the first assembly, the valve stem split from the tube.  I disassembled the split rim and the paint chipped and cracked. Cheap arse Bunnings paint.  I have now had to strip the paint and redo it in 2K.  Will be as hard as nails.

New paint on frame and forks.. new mudguards, new seat, new brake pads and polished backing plates.

Daughter is looking forward to going for a spin...


General Discussion / Re: physical
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:19:02 AM »
I just had a Physical.
The doctor said, " Don't eat anything fatty"
I said, "Like bacon and burgers?"
He said " No fatty, don't eat anything!"


I had to do a work physical last week. The company doctor asked for a urine, sperm and stool sample.

I was in a hurry so asked i i could just leave them my jocks ....  :o


Tech Talk / Re: Restoring Engine Cases
« on: August 11, 2018, 12:32:25 PM »
I have a cordless 80mm sander and heaps of orbital sanding discs.  Just use different grades to sand out the scratches and get them looking smooth. you can use the JB weld that is for aluminium if you have gouges.


Introductions / Re: new member
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:43:37 PM »
Welcome LeighB,

Sounds like the bug has bitten you.  You certainly have a lot of projects on the go... hope they don't overwhelm you. 
Anyway, this is a great place for some advice and tips etc..
I had the 125F brand new. I remember they were on special for $999.  Never liked it though.  Got the 125G and when it was new, it was brilliant.  I wore it out in 3 months though.......


Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:12:07 PM »
Thanks skypig,

The little minis bring back a lot of good memories.  Me and my little bro used to go out bush for ages until mum wouldn't buy us any more petrol. I still remember the smell of the burning oil in the QA, and the hot West Australian summer days with the smell of bush fire around....

All these parts are being junked.. Once i got into it, i decided to pull it right down and start from scratch.  Its a quick and easy rebuild.  Should have her back up and running and out in the bush in a few weeks.  I am going to follow some of the old bush tracks i used to ride 44 years ago.....

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