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 on: April 20, 2022, 16:39:29 
Started by Solo - Last post by RobShed
YSS with 3 old style penny washers to space the top mount (2 inboard/1 out).

M&P Direct 
789.00.80 YSS Shock Absorbers Pair

 on: April 18, 2022, 13:39:57 
Started by Solo - Last post by Dave Milnes
Measure the length between bolt centres and search on Ebay for rear shocks with eye top and fork lower. If the 250 is like the 500 you should find some that will fit that will be listed for other bikes. Slightly longer is better than shorter but not more than 1/2 and inch.
The biggest issue I found with non standard shocks is the diameter of the bolt holes in the top bushing are either too small for the X9 bolts or too big and come with tacky plastic spacers that chew up quickly. You could press out the original rubbers and fit them to the new shockers as long as the outside loop is the same size but it's a lot of faffing about and you need a big bench vice.
The easiest way is just to bite the bullet and order some new OEM ones from Easyparts or try Youles in Blackburn and see if they can order you some and post them to you.
The reason they bend is because the lower bolt has been over tightened and the shocker cannot pivot as the wheel moves. The centre tube in the bushing should be slightly longer than the thickness of the alloy casting and equally sticking out both sides. It may have got pushed off centre and the shocker fork has got stuck to the alloy casing.

 on: April 17, 2022, 16:48:59 
Started by Solo - Last post by Solo

Time has come to replace the rear shock absorbers on the X9, be it there now 20 years old, and last 5 years has carried me at 18 stone and my pillion my other half at 20 stone, these shocks have carried the X9 wight and 38 Stone around the lakes all over and up hills and still cruise at 75mph, she has become too bouncy now and harsh for her back, these must be good quality when Piaggio made them last this long.

One side (the left side where she gets on ) is slightly starting to bend, so I am looking for replacements:

 on: April 16, 2022, 14:37:46 
Started by BobbyW - Last post by Dave Milnes
Simply bearings always for me. All X9s use the same size so buy whatever quality you like from them. 3200 7x JA for lower and for the upper - 3200 6x FG.
You can punch out the lower outer race using a length of round bar if you feel for the lip and give it a whack at opposite sides a few times. The top one is probably fine as it doesn't take the impact so I'd just replace the lower one.

 on: April 14, 2022, 21:35:09 
Started by BobbyW - Last post by ronoc88
Hi Bobby

Did you go for that kit and if so was i a good fit need to do mine now also.



 on: April 13, 2022, 15:24:51 
Started by Dave Milnes - Last post by Dave Milnes
Yes probably is nothing special Bob, I have some tin plate I could cut if necessary. It should be here tomorrow according to tracking but if not I will make something.

 on: April 13, 2022, 09:32:36 
Started by Dave Milnes - Last post by unchained
Did it need to be the specific heat shield? It would appear to be just heat resistant wadding with a foil jacket, I would have thought you could bye generic and cut to shape? Easyparts seem to have a huge amount of X9 parts still available if compared to Fowlers these days.


 on: April 09, 2022, 07:44:01 
Started by Dave Milnes - Last post by spannerman
They have parts for the the new Beverly 400, I forgot about them, no surprise as I forget most things these days.
Hopefully we will be travelling around more soon, my first away weekend is with the NC700 forum group, I've always wanted to visit the site of the biggest balls up of a military training exercise at Slapton sands, it was classified during WW2.

 on: April 08, 2022, 19:19:54 
Started by Dave Milnes - Last post by Dave Milnes
I'm in the process of doing a bit of refurb on the X9, new brake discs and pads all round and a bleed with fresh fluid, and generally a good clean, although since last done due to Covid it's hardly been used.
I spotted that the heat shield from the back of the fuel tank has gone awol, and sod's law, I binned my spare tank before moving house as I hadn't needed it and probably never would...or so I thought.
Looking on Ebay found nothing other than to buy another tank and most seemed to have the shield missing anyway so I tried Easyparts who I haven't used since 2016 and they are still there and have a good few X9 parts still in stock including the heat shield so I ordered one. No idea of the price, it was in some Euoshite currency but didn't seem too bad.
A few parts are now obsolete, ECU, both front calipers, seat tubs, some body panels, main frame, rear pulley, throttle body, digidash all of which you can get easily used off Ebay. Should get a few more years out of it yet.
MOT on 22nd so time to finish it off and the tester will never see the missing shield if it doesn't arrive in time and the garage is only 100yds away. Now to sort out insurance

 on: April 08, 2022, 08:21:40 
Started by Solo - Last post by Gav
Thanks Solo, I was picked up by two luvvly young ladies in a rather rattly albeit newish looking Fiat Ambulance, to go to Clacton in, Aparantly after my exploratary I had been told collection time would be at 1820, two hours after my apointment, when the receptionist ran Hospital Tarnspoirt it turned out the girls were having a no doubt well earned break in a Costa Coffee emporium and would be at the hospital in five, so I got home before dark, nice one.

Another Colonoscapy was ruled out in the interim,due to the consultant advising having the enema at home could induce or put further strain on the old ticker , so I due next to have an Aloscomy(I think its called that) in Colchester followed by on a seperate visit another angiogram, the consultant didnt feel there was anything too amiss however better be safe than sorry.

A mate is calling tomorrow to take me to an East Coast Retros bike/ car show,(out of all the v many clubs Practical Classics visited on the UK mainland, ECR was voted the top one!

PC did use a picture I sent em of yours truly with my old now gawn to new custodian Enfield Bullet,and my old Viva car.
Tomorrow is also an autojumble!

It was due to be last Saturday, however due to Covid(I thought weather as there is a huge playing field outback is all grass and assumed too soggy).
Mark my friend is doing the autojumble, I am not sure whether he is taking his Ford Granada, or his Vauxhall Vectra Estate-normally ECR restrict entry to pre 2000 vehicles.

Last year he and a nice couple from Clacton, who have a Honda Dauville bike,went to the Ace Cafe, as it was the annual Granada get together. Some great cars and bikes and a fab guy I chatted wid, who had a Leader powered dissabled trike affair, perhaps I should get one sans engine and stick the the Motor from the Gilera in it!

I did actually get the Nexus fired up via the key a few times, but guess there is an issue wiring wise, however the pucker solonoid that went to my old address finally caught up with me here.

I find that I am OK for a while off oxygen, albeit I will take two portable bottles tomorrow, but assuming my battle to get a licence back is successfull, am gonna keep and use my Maxi Scoot as at least a local runabout.

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