Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winterproofing the C90.

With the weather very slightly warmer I decided to check the bodywork on the C90 to see how much rust treatment I'll have to do to stop it all rusting away when I take it to the snow on the salty roads. The C90 was running a wee bit temperamental the last time it was out and its wasn't starting at all, so I whipped the plug out to check it. It was a wee bit black which makes me think its running a bit rich. I had been farting around with the idle screw on the carb as the 90 had been idling to quick, then after my adjustment, not ticking over at all. Bastard. Anyhoo, its still getting a good spark so the plug is fine. The choke cable needs replaced though as its really sticky, this might have been causing the rich running if the choke has been stuck on a wee bit.
The rear indicators took a fair hammering when the C90 was used as a trials bike back in July, it was crashed by a fair few folk but sustained no damage apart from breaking the all ready half-fucked-and-sagging rear indicators. Faither recons he can fix them, but I think I'll have to replace the rubber stalks which go for pretty cheap on the bay.
Getting the back wheel off was a piece of piss, or it would have been if I'd read the manual properly and disconnected the brake properly. Instead I spent ten minutes hauling away at the wheel while it was still attached to the bike, what a bell end!
When I finally got the wheel off I was quite surprised a what good condition the bike is in. Under the dirt its pretty solid with only some surface rust here and there. The guy I bought it of had kept the bike in a corner of his garage for over seven years, but it looks like it never seen a winter on the road before that. This is all good, and rust proofing should make it last for ever!
Its easier with a pint of homebrew!
So next I have to decide what to paint the underside with. I'll give it a good clean and paint it with some sort of anti rust stuff and then waxoil on top of that. I'm sure all the folk on the C90 Club forum will point me in the right direction.


  1. Class last picture...
    "man happy in shed"

  2. Your up late tonight!
    All the shed needs is a wee halogen heater and a bit more room.

  3. u neeed so gargle and ladies in ur shed pal

  4. Whit are ye on about Shay? So gargle?

  5. A pint in one hand, a Cub in the other, and not a woman in sight! Bliss!

  6. Last picture definitely sums it all up. All work on bikes is best done with copious amounts of grog.

    You say you'd like a heater - I'd like one too, but my drafty old garage has no power or lighting at all - no fun in the winter as you can't see if you close the door. Being about two hundred yards up the road from my house excludes the use of a lead too.

    More beer instead, methinks. :)