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 on: March 26, 2022, 13:08:19 
Started by BobbyW - Last post by BobbyW
I've had a blitz on the old girl.
Everything back together and time to test. Starting resulted in a smoke screen as the rear brake pipe burst over the exhaust.
Oh deep joy trying to get the old pipe out and a replacement in, but I managed it.
It seemed a lifetime before I finally got action from the lever but I hung in pumping away.
Buttoned everything up again and off we go...No speedo, temp, rev counter. left rear indicator or light. bugger!
I'd put the digi dash connectors in but the single one had slipped down out of sight I'd connected an unused lead.
Putting the original back all is well, with a bit of wire soldering and new bulbs I was illuminated.
Other than the fact my hip won't allow me to get a leg down at a stop preventing me from riding it safely, all that is left to do is fit a replacement lock on the top box and sort the fuel gauge.
Then like Solo's. it can sit in the newly erected shed for 10 years

 on: March 26, 2022, 08:53:41 
Started by KrekerisLV - Last post by Gav
Excuse my interjection just showing you what a big bore kit involves, albeit this one brand new is for a High Cam Honda, or Chinese copies same, but this was intended for a Hymo trail bike which I sold when I bought a brace of 200 cc ones instead, of course it doesnt fit a 4 valve Leader engine but to give you some idea.

 on: March 25, 2022, 19:46:55 
Started by KrekerisLV - Last post by Solo
On the piaggio leader engine, the bottom ends are the same. So you can swap the tops 125 / 180 and 200, they can take the 210 kit I belive. But with the 210 kits your pushing the limits of the little engine

 on: March 25, 2022, 19:44:49 
Started by Solo - Last post by Solo
I left it on the lift for a week, just forgot about it, came back to it deflated.

But when using it for a day its fine.

Just lesson learned: never leave it up unattended for more than a day

 on: March 25, 2022, 09:46:42 
Started by KrekerisLV - Last post by KrekerisLV
Alright, waiting for the link (:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but does the 125cc model and 180cc model have the same engines (aside from cylinder of course)? Meaning i could purchase a 200cc big bore kit meant for 125 and it would fit my 180.

 on: March 24, 2022, 18:05:42 
Started by Solo - Last post by Dave Milnes
Never dared use my lift.

 on: March 24, 2022, 12:49:26 
Started by Solo - Last post by Gav
I've been told on oxygen for life now, that biking is a no no, well there are only 3 left, 2 Aprilias and my Nexus, which is still being troublesom since it overheard talk of selling the ol gal, however my Vauxhall Viva stood since October and I had her running this morning after a bit of maintenance in the lovely sunshine.
I had a nice ride out Sunday by Volvo , a relative came to pick me up and finally get to see their new home near Woodbridge Suffolk-
After a spot of lunch inclusive of a great Nieces boyfriend who has a Kwaka 650, Ducati Hypermode, is it and a non descript trail bike-he said he was considering a Tuono V4 Aprilia.Much bike talk my nieces expression said it all,but her bo assured me he was brainwashed by horsey nonesences!
After lunch I was also treated to a run in the Porsche Boxter my relatives recently bought, top down.

Next day I had trip into Ipswich via Hospital transport, to an apointment for the follow up.
Very early start as I was up at 6 /30 having had probably a half hours kip.

THat apointment had to be changed from next week having waited nye on 2 years for a referal re bowel problems,  as it was in actual fact blood loss being aparant that was the catalyst for my contacting the medical system and just as well.

I believe seeing the claret on the bathroom floor made me call 111, but they imediately put it as an emergency, probably would have tried to soldier on otherwise, it literally saved my life, they reckoned I had probably a couple of days left,( as my lungs were incaable of discharging the carbon dioxide, which is what the converters now do), as that was secondary, to having pneumonia and due to Covid being in a so called suite for 3 weeks and another in a side ward getting used to the oxygen converter, a less harsh bit of trickery.to acompany me home, on boxing day!

I was back in Ipswich twice and they did actually stop blaming the Cathater,for blood on the bed clothes, yes that wasnt another particular pleasant repeat procedure, either.

So Clacton Hospital Monday afternoon, hopefully in a 2 man /women transport I could see out of like Mondays, as I couldnt the first time they were deployed to take me for a diabetic eyescreeing.The driver was sealed off and the window forward too high to see out of and after the storms ravaging the weekend prior, a blacked out side window gave little view-I did a similar run albeit going across to Walton on the Naze via my Cagiva Raptor, to ensure everything was AOK before she went up to Inverness!

Apart from riding it over here when I moved the last ride out I had on my Gilera was to the Rev Up Cafe in Walton on the Naze, who knows maybe theres still hope.

 on: March 24, 2022, 11:48:41 
Started by KrekerisLV - Last post by Solo
I have been down this road with my X9 so I'll step in.

On mine I added a 200cc big bore.

A kit like this : link won't show, I'll edit once in pc.

The other one was a vxr200cc gilera runner engine bolted in.

The big bore kit was easier, with engine out abd in my shed didn't take too long.

 on: March 24, 2022, 11:42:41 
Started by Solo - Last post by Solo
Hoping for a few runs on her over summer. Trying to get my missus back on as pillion again

 on: March 24, 2022, 09:45:10 
Started by KrekerisLV - Last post by KrekerisLV

I've been riding my X9 180cc for a couple years now and over time compression has decreased significantly to the point where I'm having problems starting it when cold. The obvious choice to me is to replace piston and piston rings, however i thought that i could upgrade my 180cc cylinder to a larger one while I'm at it. Has anyone here done this before and could recommend the best course of action? On a separate note, is it possible to mount a 250cc engine in X9 180cc chassis? Because then i could just get the entire engine.


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