Couldn’t ask for better weather on the day of sightseeing. Blue skies, not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect. Had a not too early start of 9:30AM after a light breakfast.
Last weekend, I endured my most challenging ride so far. I have heard about the Jindabyne roads and the “high country” of Australia from other netrider members and wanted to go, after cjvfr began mentioning it for the labour day weekend in early November I immediately wanted to sign up. After a heartbreaking wait of 3 months, checking the maps/roads of the area, putting together a packing list.
It was time to set off on a cold saturday morning 8:15am, it rained the whole evening so the road were still damp. Me and Andy rode out towards St Andrews, Kinglake, Glenburn then onto Yea to meetup with the rest of the group. After getting a coffee, waited outside for the rest to arrive, a wasp decided to dive into the coffee before I had a sip . After everyone arrived and pleasantries have been exchanged, hello hello how are you. We set off to Mansfield for fuel. Then straight onto Beechworth for the next stop, of course via Whitfield (Voted best Combination of Corners on a Single Stretch of Road by Adrian).
Lunch, at the popular Beechworth Bakery.
Delicious steak pies, swatting wasps away and we were off. Some amazing longs sweepers along the way to Khankobhan, NSW and right away felt the inadequate power of the 250. I have never felt that issue before in VIC, but on the long trips I was struggling to keep up with the lead pace. Passing the NSW border (Murray River) a new world emerged where speeding does not feel like a felony. Police presence is maintain order, not impose fear. It was a great feeling, not checking the speedo every 5 seconds. After a splash and dash at Khancoban. We were on the Alpine way, 100km of twisty roads. Passing amazing changing scenery.
A nice clean bike and a upgraded sticker to give the extra 10kw.
Currently, setting up the fuel controller to get the bike running properly. Had the bike running too rich initially, but slowing turning it back down to find the perfect mixture. Will report further.
Putting it all back together
Nice and simple, fitting everything back in, torquing all the bolts to specific values (borrowed the awesome torque wrench from work). Did have to take the head off and on around 3-4 times as I kept forgetting to route the chain guide under, or the bolt dropped down the chain guide thingy. Same for the camshaft, accidentally mixed up the intake and exhaust cams and only noticed that when I went on to turn the cylinder by hand (could have ended badly OOPS).
Problems I Ran Into
Hello World. I would like to share my CBR305R build, firstly I would like to say. This was the most fun build/project as I have not done anything like this before. I thought a single cylinder with a small engine is a perfect starting point.
I can already hear you all typing or saying.
“Why not get a XXXcc with XXXhp from XXX bike”
. Some answers:
But wait, if you say speed never appealed to you why are you doing this modification?
What I have here is a Takegawa Bore Up Kit, it changes the engine piston and bore, up from a cast 76mm to a 84mm forged piston. Also increasing the compression ratio from 10.7:1 to 13:1. The kit I bought also comes with a sports camshaft as well as a fuel controller module. Being a japanese made product. Everything was so nicely packaged and protected for shipping.
(More info on the product HERE)
The taking apart of the bike
Taking apart the bike was the easy part, every bolt and nut removed was placed into a tray with a small post-it note of where it should go so I will not forget. I thought of doing this job with the engine in the bike. All was well until I realised the exhaust bolts was in the way of the frame. So the engine has to come out.
A simple 4 bolts and the engine slides right out. (using a car jack underneath to the support the ~30kg engine).
Now that the engine was out, the cylinder and piston was removed
Comparison with new vs old
Next up, installing the new cylinder.
Today I took my not so little ceebee to westerfolds park and did some pratice with the clutch and balancing on the bike. At the end I found the bite point on the on the bike and was starting to slow ride properly without jumping around. only manage to stall it once. (forgot i was in gear and just dumped the clutch) hopefully a few more rides and I will be familiar with setting off a the traffic light smoothly and not fall behind too much.
My First day riding my new Honda CBR250R. I took delivery from Peter Stevens from the City and rode it back home (Excellent Service BTW). Was quite happy and made it back home in one piece. Had some troubles finding 1st gear but still alright. (Mainly the problem of stalling at the lights in the video pt1, corner latrobe-victoria parade) read around the forums and found out I had to roll it slightly or release the clutch 1/3 to slot the gear and the clutch.