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Andym
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April 8, 2021 - 12:06 am
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Hi all

Just to update this a little more.

The exhaust was soaked for 2 days in a white spirit and brake fluid mix (50/50). That seemed to soften things up a little and get the easy to get off stuff out. Then i soaked it in a strong caustic soda mix and left it for a day, then emptied it out and soaked it again.  Then drained and washed out with a hose and a lot more stuff came out.  The hose pipe also seems to flow through it with ease.  Once drained out i put a heat gun on the small end and left it running for an hour or so to make sure it was dry and no chance of rusting anything inside. This created a strong smell and a little bit of smoke, but not too bad.

Now refitted and it seems to run quite well, it will idle and rev, although i'm still taking it easy as its only been back in one piece a short amount of time. The chain and handle bars are all fitted, and it has done the customary run down the garden under its own power. So i think thats the first time its been ridden in at least 40 years.  

The next job is to finalise the wiring so that all the lights work, fit the newly acquired stop light switch, and figure out why the headlamp is not working, fit the side covers and tool box cover.  Then i think it is a good once over then off to the post office to declare the MOT and tax it.

Whats the going rate for insurance??  Ive been quoted £90 to add it to my current bike policy, or £67 to insure it on its own under a limited mileage of 1000 miles (i accept that as a challenge)

Hopefully the weather will be on my side at the end of the month and it will be rideable throughout the summer!

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Congrats on cleaning your exhaust system, Andy. With modern fuel and 2T oil there shouldn't be too many problems from now on. The best treatment, IMO, is a regular long run to get everything good and hot, rather than lots of short runs. It allows collected gunge to be burnt up and everything else blows through.

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Yep, I am looking forward to being able to get a long run on it. For now it is just having a short rev in the garden now and then.  Like i said hopefully soon it will be on the road and out and about!

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cocorico said
Congrats on cleaning your exhaust system, Andy. With modern fuel and 2T oil there shouldn't be too many problems from now on. The best treatment, IMO, is a regular long run to get everything good and hot, rather than lots of short runs. It allows collected gunge to be burnt up and everything else blows through.  

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