Well, I haven't logged in for quite some time. I am back to inform you that thanks to the legend Doug I now have a right hand footrest. Doug YOU ARE A LEGEND! THANK YOU VERY MUCH. It was actually the same week that an envelope arrived at my doorstep
Inside was the longed for object
The same reasons that kept me from logging in, also kept me from trying the part. So, last week I had a chance to install it. When I did, I noticed that the left footpeg was bent towards the back. A couple of strong hammering managed to straighten it enough to make little difference both to the eye and the riding. At the same time I decided to try and bend the lower exhaust so as to avoid the contact between the silencer (or rather its protective-decorative cover) and the end of the rear axle. It was a much harder task than I expected, but I think I've actually done it. I also thought that maybe I cold try some car wheel paint on the upper exhaust shield. I didn't pay attention to smoothening the hits and rust it had suffered though and just painted it. When all the problems are solved I'll deal with the cosmetics. I also straightened the fairing bracket using a piece of steel pipe I had laying around. I guess it was a day of straightening things out. I also bled the front brake system, much better feeling now, and performance too.
So I took the bike out for a ride. It was amazing. At least as much as it lasted. Which wasn't that long, as about 2kms down the way, the needle in the temperature clock climbed in the red zone. I stopped the engine and felt the radiator. It was rather cool to the touch. The hoses above the water pump however were hot. REALLY hot. I waited some minutes and took the way home. about 400 meters before I reached the safe zone (the end of an uphill), the hose that goes from the thermostat to the rad left it's place and after using my ninja technics I managed to avoid getting burned by the sizzling coolant.
Some half an hour later, I took all the cooling system apart, beginning with the thermostat which appeared in great condition. However, I'll have to make some tests to see. Of course I don't know when that will be as I have decided to first finish with my other have finished projects (3, a TZR2503MA, an RGV250VJ22 and my beloved TDR2503CK) and then start again with the KR and my newly acquired, worse than a pile of _rap, Suzuki GT550A.
BUT, I decided I should do a video of the KR running, even before I took the cooling system apart, just to show you guys that it actually works
! Of course with the temp rising fast I didn't give it some proper revving but you know how it sounds when WOT, don't you? Lo and behold my first youtube video!
PS1: Doug you're a legend mate, can't thank you enough!
PS2: Sorry for the inevitable grammar and spelling mistakes, I only use English on the Internet, WWW!
PS3: Did I mention it? Doug, you are the man! A legend! Thanks!