Sunday, November 23, 2008

Is it really that long since I updated the blog?

It's getting into summer here, so rather than write about motorcycling, I've been doing it.

The bike is going well, but sometime soon I'm going to have to fit new fork seals - I'll have pictures and words for this here, afterwards.

Two weeks ago, I went on a motorcycle safety course. It was informative, and a lot of fun. I'd like to thank the organisation who ran it, Ride Right Otago, for their efforts.

If you get a chance to do a similar course, take it. It may save your life.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A good weekend for riding

The small city I live in is surrounded by hills, with many good winding roads through them. On Sunday, I rode south, past the village where I spent most of my youth, and then over Saddle Hill to Fairfield, and back to Dunedin.

On Monday (I work Tuesday to Saturday) I went north, up the harbour to Port Chalmers, and then inland on a back road towards Waitati, then along the old north highway (long ago bypassed by a motorway) to town. A very enjoyable ride.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The workshop. I have lined the end of the garage with cheap wallboard, and painted it white. As you can see, there is still a lot of organising to do.

The new toy - a mini lathe. Now I have to teach myself to use it.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Now that winter's out of the way

There will be more motorcycle riding. I've spent the last few weekends setting up a workshop in my garage, and installing a new toy. Pictures to come.....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Maintain your own Spada

There are two main requirements for maintaining your own bike:

1 Information. I have linked in a previous post to a site which has the Spada service manual for download. This is not like a Haynes or Clymer manual, but it has diagrams of the subsystems of the bike, disassembly/assembly sequences, and notes of special tools, sealants and lubricants required. The Honda Common Service Manual is also useful. It is available as a free download, but I can't remember where mine came from. There doesn't appear to be an independently published manual available.

A Google search will provide some information - I found a Japanese site with overhaul pictures and story.

2 Tools. Metric sockets, ring and open ended spanners are required. A good torque wrench is very useful. The spada has many bolts with hex recesses, so hex keyed sockets will be needed; good screwdrivers, and an impact driver.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Spada workshop manual


Engine oil and filter change

You can see here the oil drain plug, and the filter carrier. Remove the drain plug (17mm) to drain the old oil into your tray.

Then remove the 12mm bolt securing the filter carrier. More oil will drain.

Pull the filter off the bolt. Underneath the filter are a washer, and a spring. Remove the large o ring in the filter carrier, and replace with a new one. Honda part number 91315-MA6-003.

You should also replace the o ring on the bolt - but I didn't. Perhaps next time.

Fit a new filter. The Honda part number is 1524-413-000. I used a Hiflo filter., number 111.

Replace the drain plug, and the filter carrier. Torque them down.

Torque the drain plug to 27 foot-pounds, and the filter carrier to 13 foot-pounds.
Refill the sump with 2 litres of oil (less if the filter isn't changed). I used a non-synthetic 20W50 oil.

Changing the air cleaner element

Remove the seat. Disconnect the fuel and vacuum lines from the carburettors. Remove the bolt securing the fuel tank, slide the tank backwards to remove it. This exposes the air cleaner box.

Remove the 8 screws securing the top of the box.

Lft out the old element, and fit the new one. Its part number is 17210-KFK-000.

Replace the top of the air cleaner box, the fuel tank and the seat.

Coming soon....change the engine oil and oil filter. Replace the fork seals.

My Honda Spada

My Spada is a used import, from Japan. It has a low odometer reading, which may not be correct - the numbers do not line up, suggesting it may have been clocked.

On the other hand, there is little wear on the brake disks, and the bike appears to have its original rear tire.

Because I am unsure of the bike's correct milage, I have changed the spark plugs, the coolant, and the front fork oil. Some time soon I will have to replace the fork seals, as oil is leaking past the right hand seal.


I will be posting stories, maintenance details and data on the Honda Spada.