The Very Strong Spring Is Stretched And Sylvie’s Stand Is Fitted

Last week, I had been beaten by a very strong spring and gave up trying to fit Sylvie’s centrestand on my own. This week I got some help, as recommended in the instructions for the identical stand I’d tried fitting on Jack before I sold him.

First up, I remembered that I hadn’t fitted the retaining washer and split pin to the stand axle, which should be fitted to ensure the stand stays on!

So I unwrapped the shiny new parts.


I then fitted them to the centrestand axle and the split pin was bent to keep everything in place.


After multiple attempts to pull the spring with a spring stretching tool from a trampoline, we hadn’t made any progress. My friend had tried applying some extra leverage to the spring stretching tool and it snapped in his hands!

After taking a break to apply a band-aid, my friend had a brainwave! There was an old guy-rope from a tent or tarpaulin in my carport, which he hooked into the spring. we put the hook from the large spring on the loop in the rope and ran the rope behind the rear sprocket and around the bottom of the the rear wheel hub. This gave enough leverage for him to stretch the spring by bracing against the rear wheel while I guided the hook of the spring over the slot on the centrestand.

Stretching the inner spring again was much easier.

Finally, Sylvie’s centrestand was fitted!

I’ll be stripping and rebuilding the carburetor next week, so hopefully Sylvie will be running again in time for me to ride her to work again when I return from parental leave.


A Stand For Sylvie With A Very Strong Spring

The springs for Sylvie’s centrestand arrived this week, so with all the pieces together I decided to try fitting the stand.


The stand itself needed a little assembly.


The rubber stopper was the first part I fitted.


Next I located the mounting point under the frame.


The mounting pin was the next part unpacked.


I greased the pin before pushing it through. It needed a little encouragement from my trusty rubber mallet.


Next I prepared the springs for mounting. The smaller spring goes inside the main spring.


Despite my best efforts,I couldn’t get the main spring to stretch enough to finish mounting the stand.


Rather than giving up completely, I decided to simply mount only the smaller spring and leave the stand in place for now. I packed everything else into a box until a friend is able to come over and help me mount the main spring later this week.


Hopefully I’ll have a longer update for you next week!

CB250RS Parts Transplant – A New Fuel Tap, A Name, Kick-Starting, And Packing Up Parts

Last week, my new fuel tap arrived!

While it fits perfectly, I didn’t fit the tank just yet, as I want to repaint it first.

I’ve also decided on a name for the resulting bike after the parts transplant.

As it contains parts from Eric and from Bruiser, I decided to smash the names together and came up with a few possibilities:

ERI-SER, BRU-RIC and ER-SER were all briefly considered before thought of ERIC-ER, as the bike’s working parts are more Eric than Bruiser.

This quickly became Erica, because the gender of inanimate objects is completely arbitrary anyway!

Heres a video of Erica’s first start after the surgery

After running Erica for a while, I decided to swap out the rear duck-tail fairing.

The original seat from Bruiser with the blue duck-tail fairing

Scarlet’s original duck-tail on Eric’s old seat.

I removed the very dodgy self-tapping wood screws I’d only ever intended to use temporarily on Eric’s seat

Bruiser’s old seat still had the original mounting screws, so off came the duck-tail.

Onto the better seat  and a close-up of the mounting screws.

A couple of vanity shots of Erica with the black tank still fitted until the blue one is repainted.

With the obligatory full shots of Erica out of the way, I stacked the spare mudguard and duck-tail fairing next to the very dented spare tank.

I decided the seat could go with them.

Looking at the frame, I decided there was still too much on it, so I set about stripping it down completely.

The ignition coil and High Tension lead were the first candidates.

The mounting posts shared with and the mounting plate for the Regulator/Rectifier were next.

The wiring loom and rear brake light switch followed soon after.

The gear shift lever and mounting pin came next.

At this point, I decided to start bagging things up and labelling them to prevent further damage and in case I decide to part them out.

I moved on to the wiring clips.

The kickstand seemed like the next logical step…


…until I realised I needed to take the mounting bracket for the footpeg off to remove it!

With suitable persuasion I was able to convince it, however!

I also removed the swingarm axle in the process, though.

Naturally, I removed the rear shocks and swingarm next.


I replaced the axle in the swingarm so I wouldn’t lose any of the parts.

I noticed the rear brake stay bar was attached with a split pin and bolt at the swingarm end as well, so I removed it and put the bolt back through for safekeeping.

The cylinder head mounting plate and cable clip were next.

The right footpeg and bracket came off fairly easily.

I’m glad I was able to remove the final mounting bolt by hand, as I don’t have an allen wrench this big! It was about 8 mm.

The horn and throttle cable guide came off the front of the frame.

By this stage, I had just the front forks and main stand left to remove.

As I don’t yet own a 30 mm spanner or socket, the main stand was next to come off.
The spring came off very easily without a wheel in the way.

The split pin was easy to remove with a pair of pliers.

The stand itself wasn’t quite so easily removed from the frame!

I got it eventually though.

With the stand removed, I picked up the remainder of the frame.

I found a suitable space for it and put the wheels away behind it

I cleaned up the main stand and its spring with some degreaser and they came up pretty well!

Finally, I started Erica and rode her up the ramp into the shed before stuffing the parts box full and locking up the shed.