Eric, A Parcel From Japan And Bruiser

I picked up my parcel of parts for Eric from Japan this morning before work.This evening near the end of my work day, I got a call from the transport company about the blue CB250 RS from Adelaide asking it could be delivered tonight. Of course I said yes, I’d be home tonight!

First up, the contents of the parcel, plus the battery I still haven’t installed!

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So of course I had to install something from the box of parts before the other bike arrived. I decided to install the indicator relay.

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The rubber loop on the right is where it should be. Plugged in the wires as they were nicely colour-coded on the relay.

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I put it back in its place but forgot to get a photo of that, as I noticed the rear brake light switch wasn’t connected and decided to fix that.

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Next I attached the fuel tank strap.

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This one has a key that works!

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Next up I started on replacing the steering lock, as this came as part of a matching set of locks with the tank strap and  the helmet holder.

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The face-plate had to come off to get to the screws for the lock.

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I put it on the seat for safe-keeping and was just about to tackle the screws for the previous steering lock now that they were accessible.

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The transport guy had arrived with the blue bike!

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After thanking the driver before he left and giving the bike a once-over, I settled on the name Bruiser, as this bike is blue, black, brown and beaten-up-looking!

By this time it was fairly late in the evening, so it’s off to bed so I can get up early and go pick up a red one tomorrow morning…

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Eric Goes Strapless and Once More (With the Right Lever This Time)

So I checked the mailbox today after sending the wrong lever back to the seller via Express Post on Saturday and found this waiting for me:

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Not one to make the same mistake twice, I figured I’d have a look at where it needed to go and check the retaining bolt before opening the plastic packet this time! 2014-05-20 18.52.07

Looks about right – let’s try them side-by-side.

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Sweet, time to fit it!

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Now I just need the front bracket for the master brake cylinder and I can take that wire off and actually use the brake!

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Speaking of things to take off, I have a replacement fuel tank strap on order with some other matching locks, so this broken one needed to come off.

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Turns out the lock is more for looks than anything else, as it was surprisingly easy to pop open with no obvious damage – so much so that I’m not going to post how I did it here!

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Unscrew the mounting screws and it’s removed!

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A quick look in the tank shows a few rust spots but pretty good condition for a 32-year-old tank that’s been empty for several years:

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The underside of the cap could do with a de-scale though!

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The cap goes back on to keep the rust out…

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And finally a shot from the riding angle!

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