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Blog advice!

It's not difficult to start a blog today, the difficulty is making it interesting. Here is some advice from the GIRLIE MOTORCYCLE BLOG on why and how to do that; MOTORCYCLE BLOGGERS ARE THE SEXIEST BLOGGERS. I wish I had started a blog, or a serious blog earlier when I was also competing full time in enduros. Wait. There were no blogs back then .

Of course I really wish I had started a blog when I was "retired" from competing in enduros and doing more dual sport and recreational rides. That was when i actually did try and do some blogging but really it was just when APPLE computers were producing and marketing software for the masses to be able to share more online, more easily, and I still wasn't using Wordpress or even MacJounal.

So if you have ever wanted to start a blog, it is easier than ever, and of course you could also include podcasting within it, etc., so don't wait. Just dive in. And if you find it frustrating, search the internet and you can find lots of helpful information to solve any problems.

For even more well crafted and always entertaining stories visit the GIRLIE MOTORCYCLE BLOG or visit my MotoBlogs page for other motorcycle blogs and then try starting a blog yourself.

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Continuing to repair a spare 250B gas tank

Part 1

It’s still early but sanding a 1977 250 B gas tank repaired with Bondo with some 220 grit sandpaper. Next I need to add some more Bondo and sand again. Then the plan is to add a base paint coat and inspect further and perhaps repair flaws,

And then to seal the gas tank with Caswell sealer.

And finally to paint the exterior …

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Mystery solved !

Bad timing but with a happy ending.

A friend and fellow Suzuki motorcycle fan in France had a simple request. He found a rare part for sale on eBay for his Suzuki street bike, a Suzuki T500 Brake Cable, but the seller was quoting a too high shipping cost. I sometimes help my friend in situations like these when domestic sellers choose not to sell to overseas buyers or other problems. No problem my friend!

So I contacted the seller, purchased the rear brake cable and in a bizarre sequence, Covid-19 became a Big Problem overnight it seemed although it was bubbling below the surface at least as far as everyday folk knew, like me. Not that I hadn't been aware of the potential or even had discussions about the problem in China with folks like my dentist, at a much earlier date, but had no clue it had reached our shores.

I received the part in the mail from the seller and immediately mailed it at the local post office to my friend after completing the USPS Customs Declaration And Dispatch Note as I had done before. The problem was the timing - this was as many institutions and services were shutting down or implementing new procedures for Covid-19. I remember going to the Post Office, nearly deserted and not seeing my usual helpful post office worker behind the desk, it just seemed very odd.

When I returned home I emailed the package tracking number so my friend could follow it's route. Unfortunately, after leaving LaGuardia International Airport, the next notification was it was in Stockholm, Sweden. This seemed odd to me but after communicating with my friend we assume the plane and it's content were diverted because of the quarantines being instituted. It was just a guess, but what happened next was more confusing ... NOTHING.

Everytime i returned to check the package tracking number, it was still in Stockholm. There was nothing to be done, my Postal Service does not have reponsibility once it leaves the USA, whether the package is bound for Canada, Europe, or any other place. In May I offered to return my friends payment he sent, but he wasn't interested and instead said the best thing to do was wait. Perhaps he had a better sense of what was happening throughout Europe.

Then one day I am checking Facebook and I have a notification from my friend. @ August 24th, the package was delivered! I repeat, after almost 5 months. I breathed a sigh of relief as it had been bugging me that I did something wrong because of the stress that Covid -19 was putting on everyone and every service. But in the end, the delay was just a delay and the process worked ;-)

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Hercules gas tank decal source

|I was lucky that when others were discussing and looking for vintage stickers on Facebook it led to this site that was new to me vintage-stickers.com which had Hercules gas tank decals for my 76' . I had been searching for a source for these for some time. I contacted them and they said their decals were vinyl so I ordered several and hope they are good quality.

One thing that is impossible to print on a standard color laser printer is a white decal with a clear backgound! The Laser Printer uses Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow to produce colors and White is not a choice, White is equal to CLEAR on a laser printer ... So finding these labels means I don't have to cut each out individually from my polyester media.

Direct Link to a page with multiple year/style Hercules Decals

Hercules Decal from vintage-stickers.com
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Plastic gas tanks sealed

Sealed using Caswell Gas Tank Sealer

During a trail ride my observant friend noticed what he felt were hairline cracks in my Suzuki PE Gas tank. Considering it's age, I felt I should seal the tank to prevent further damage, or so I hoped. Another friend had given me a spare gas tank so I started with that and ordered some Caswell Gas Tank Sealer online.

Of course it's impossible to show the results but just want to say the Caswell was a breeze to use and looks like it did an excellent job of coating and sealing. I am a big believer in Dawn Liquid Detergent for removing grease and such, I left the gas tank filled with the solution overnight, rinsed, and repeated the following day. Next I added dry wall screws and shook the tank for 15 minutes to roughen up the inside to give the sealer a courser surface to bond to. Then added some Acetone to the tank that still contained the screws and shook for another 5 minutes before again rinsing with the Dawn Liquid Detergent twice more to remove all oil from the surface. After allowing plenty of time for drying overnight and the next day, I made a container to mix the 2 part Caswell sealer (epoxy)

I planned on dividing the sealer in half so I could coat both gas tanks with the one kit. First, I took an old plastic soda bottle and cut off the top to make it easier to add the sealer. Next I used a measuring cup to measure water equal to 1/2 of Part A's container and add it to the soda bottle container and marked the level with a marker pen. Then I did the same with part B adding it to part A already in the bottle and marked that level on the bottle. Then I emptied and dried the bottle and repeated the procedure with the Caswell portions of part A and then B giving me the correct 1:2 ratio which I then mixed for 2-4 minutes as directed and carefully poured it into the Suzuki PE gas tank. I covered the cap with Saran Wrap as directed and rotated the gas tank for 15 minutes at least ,while checking the remainder of the mix remaining in the plastic soda bottle to monitor for hardening. It was a hot day and the mix was still not hardened after that time but I know I got good coverage. Then I placed the gas tank upside down over an appropriately sized cardboard box so the excess could drain and blew out the gas tap with air as directed. When ithe sealer was hardened I finished the tanks detailing with some decals I printed on a color laser printer using some glossy polyester laser material I get from Texas.

Then I proceeded to seal the original gas tank after I removed and replaced it with this finished one. I also did some repair on the external cracks that were first observed by ny friend, cracks which turned out to be very superficial. I repaired the cracks with Brodaks Super Thin CA. I did that by sanding the gas tank lightly, allowing the cracks to be filled with plastic 'dust' and then filling with the super thin CA and sanding smooth again. I have the luxury that I am not riding the motorcycle for a couple of weeks so the sealer will have plenty of time to cure thoroughly although they state it is ready within days to use. Some pictures follow of one completed tank.

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