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Thursday, April 07, 2011


Well, after sending off for that 12mm adapter for my compression gauge, I'm pleased to report that it was a waste of money, LOL. The readings on both cylinders was a whisker under 180psi which is pretty amazing considering that it's a 31 year old engine and it should be 185. WOW!

So I am now a much happier bunny knowing that I don't have a broken piston-ring or a sticky valve. I can now focus elsewhere and I have almost no doubt that the problem is electrical based. I just need to fit the carbs back on (with the new inlet rubbers which arrived today) and start looking at the alternator and/or pickup-coil.

See you next time!


Klaas De Craemer said...

That's great to hear. It rules out a lot of possible problems :)

Anonymous said...

Hi guys!

I have been following this great blog for a while but have now realised I won't have time to finish the project I started in the autumn.
I have 2 Honda CB250N Superdreams from 1980 and 1981.
I bought them last autumn from a guy who had them parked up in his heated garage for the last 10 years or so. All there is needed to have two complete bikes is a new exhaust on one bike and a battery for both of them. I just got them both running and the electrics working again.

My problem is that I can’t store the bikes where I live and have to drive 45min to get to the bikes which are in a friend’s garage.

It is the perfect project!

Look up this ad on Gumtree to see pictures.

Any questions just shoot!


PS. Bikes are in Mepal west of Ely.

Bike Details

Honda CB250N Superdream
Reg No : ORH746W (ORH 746 W)
Reg Date : 1980
Orig Colour : Blue
New Colour : Black
Current Owner : Tom McQuiggan
Current Location : Horwich, Bolton, UK.