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by milleplod
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

That's true Pete. My diving knifes have stainless blades but need some carbon steel to hold a sharp edge. With the carbon in there they show some surface rust if not cleaned every few weeks. And a magnet will stick to them. Yes, I read a bit about knives - what surprised me was that stainless is qu...
by milleplod
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

Just out of interest, I ran a magnet over the chrome exhaust on my 2013 1200RT today. The main pipes and silencer are not magnetic. The larger diameter centre section of the balance pipe in front of the timing cover is not magnetic. However, the smaller diameter sections at each end of the balance ...
by milleplod
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Watches...
Replies: 26
Views: 1170

Re: Watches...

I like the Vulcain, it's lovely, looks a 'proper' size too. They make some nice watches, looking at their website.

Pete
by milleplod
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Refurbishing valve covers
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Refurbishing valve covers

I had one of my 1200ST ones done by a local 'smart' repair guy, it was scratched/gouged through the paint down to the metal - he came to the house, I'd got the cover off ready for him, he repaired it just as he would have done with a car panel...ie he only painted the part he repaired, not the whole...
by milleplod
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

All good chroming has nickel first. The chrome will not stick otherwise but, more correctly, I thought nickel would not stick to stainless. You can get chrome to stick to steel but it does not stick for long and can be peeled off in sheets. That's what I thought, and why I was confused when I found...
by milleplod
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

Why stainless underneath? I wonder if all the headers - stainless and chromed - start life as dull stainless ones, then some go off for polishing and some go off for plating? :-k Apparently, what we would call 'chrome plated' is actually 'nickel-chrome plated', it's the nickel that gives the deep sh...
by milleplod
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

I took the headers to a local metal polisher today. He confirmed that they're austenitic stainless under the chrome - apparently, mild steel becomes non-magnetic when heated to around 800deg C, but then becomes magnetic again on dropping to around 250deg C....so, something learned there! :smile: He ...
by milleplod
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Is all stainless steel......

Are they stock? Stock headers were 'mild' steel with chrome. I don't know of anyone who sells chrome over stainless headers, has a PO possibly has some stainless headers plated? Rob Thanks for the reply Rob. They're original, and according to the part number on them are chrome-plated ones. I'm fair...
by milleplod
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Is all stainless steel......
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Is all stainless steel......

......the same stuff? :???: Now I know my headers are chromed (or were, till it came off!), further inspection shows the base metal to be stainless, rather than the mild steel I expected to find. Will all stainless polish to the level that, say, BMW's stainless headers have from the factory, and the...
by milleplod
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Rechroming.
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Rechroming.

Some chrome platers don't like doing exhaust pipes as the carbon inside messes up their chemicals. Also chrome plating odd bits doesn't come cheap so you might find it's cheaper to buy new ones. I have used Castle chrome in Dudley and they do a good job. http://www.castlechrome.co.uk Ian I'd seen o...
by milleplod
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Rechroming.
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Rechroming.

This is the result of too much polishing Pete and not enough riding [-X
You may be right Rae....it's not me that's been doing the polishing though, so I'm going 'not guilty' on that, and asking for a suspended sentence on the 'not enough riding' charge! :lol:
by milleplod
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Rechroming.
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Rechroming.

Or just paint the headers Matt Black with High Temp paint?
That's another idea Ced....and I've got some ht paint in the garage somewhere. Mind you, it's from when I had my FJ1200 many....many!....moons ago, so I might need to buy some more! :lol:

Pete
by milleplod
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Rechroming.
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Rechroming.

I'd seen some articles about coating the headers, and did consider it, although I've seen some bad reviews and it's not a cheap option. Mine aren't discoloured, rather the chrome has actually gone altogether, leaving the mild steel underneath exposed. My previous 1200ST had stainless headers, which ...
by milleplod
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Rechroming.
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Rechroming.

Has anyone used a chrome plating service that they would recommend please? Now I've found out that my RT's headers are, in fact, chromed and not stainless, I'm looking into having them re-done. I set about them today with a vengeance, hoping to get the curved bits nice and shiny again - instead, I d...
by milleplod
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: A thing of breathtaking beauty
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: A thing of breathtaking beauty

Well its different, and with a calibrated speedo!
I spotted the IRS sticker when somebody linked to it t'other week on Boxertrix. I wonder if the police (some of the best road riders in the world, according to MSL this month! :grin: ) used it for undercover work?! :lol:

Pete
by milleplod
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: Stainless headers and acid.....
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Stainless headers and acid.....

Well, I'm rethinking this now.....the headers' part number is 7691717....which means they're bloody chromed, not stainless! :oops: So, I think a metal polisher is the way forward. :lol: I kept the stainless headers on my 1200ST looking very nice during my 6/7 years ownership simply by spending 15 mi...
by milleplod
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: Stainless headers and acid.....
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Stainless headers and acid.....

Hi Keith.

I tried paraffin, white spirit, WD40....if it was in the garage, I tried it! :lol: I've found a local metal polisher and am thinking they might be a better choice than the acid bath - if I get time, I'll call inlater to see if they can help.

Pete
by milleplod
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Royal Enfield Bobber 830
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Royal Enfield Bobber 830

Here you go, a proper pic, even if it is only a concept! :smile:
Enfield1.jpg
by milleplod
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Hexhead (Watercooled R1200) Q&A's
Topic: New 1250R and RS
Replies: 4
Views: 198

New 1250R and RS

https://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/model ... 1250r.html

https://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/model ... 250rs.html

Still not sure about 'dropped' headlights, they never look quite right to me. Nice bikes though!

Pete
by milleplod
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: Stainless headers and acid.....
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Stainless headers and acid.....

I've just spent 2 hours in the garage getting nowhere trying to clean up my RT's stainless headers - I'm sweating like a sweaty thing! :lol: There's years of crud baked onto them - I've tried the superstrong Harpic (9% hydrochloric content), it's barely touched them, despite lots of scrubing and rub...
by milleplod
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Drinking Time
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Drinking Time

Auchentoshan 1996 'Old Particular' to help me recuperate. Cheers! :grin: Pete That is a nice single malt. It is! :thumbup: Never had it before t'other night......very smooth, lovely aftertaste too. It was bought for me by a friend who sadly died last year - I'm not a big drinker (these days....! :l...
by milleplod
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Drinking Time
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Drinking Time

I've been fettling under the plastics of my RT today, and debating whether to pluck up the courage to attempt removal of the manky header studs. The neverending 'should I/shouldn't I?' has drained me mentally....doesn't take much....my wife and daughter are away tonight....so I've just cracked open ...
by milleplod
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: What price 'heritage'...
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: What price 'heritage'...

Yep, 'affluent people' are no doubt the target, not enthusiasts, although I suppose that occasionally the two do meet! I don't think the Brough looks good, whereas the Enfields look spot-on to me, but it's all subjective.

Pete
by milleplod
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: What price 'heritage'...
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: What price 'heritage'...

First define 'heritage'.

Rob
To what end?! :lol:

I wouldn't pay £60k for a mess of a bike despite what 'iconic' (define that....! :lol: ) badge is attached to it....and attached somewhat wonkily, apparently... :shock:

Pete
by milleplod
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: What price 'heritage'...
Replies: 8
Views: 377

What price 'heritage'...

Someone over on UKGSer went to look at the new Brough Superior - very reasonably priced at £59,950! ABrough.jpg And I read a review in MSL the other day on the new Royal Enfield twins - really reasonably priced at an estimated £5000 or so! enfield.jpg Hmmmm. Apparently, the Brough is really rough ar...

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