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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #45 - 10/20/18 at 01:39:40
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Thanks Barry,
I've got the DOT refs here; the front is 497, which must be 49th week of 1997, and the rear 499 being the end of 1999........
  
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Reply #46 - 10/20/18 at 02:48:34
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Yes Tony, wooden would be a good description on how the lever feels especially with the SS lines fitted.

Having spent a small fortune on the brakes inc replacing the calliper seals and lines it will have to do for a while. It’s never going to be a daily ride.

Leaving old fluid in them sitting for years is what probably kills them as not been on the road since 2008.
  
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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #47 - 10/20/18 at 04:33:00
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TomHoldom wrote on 10/20/18 at 01:39:40:
Thanks Barry,
I've got the DOT refs here; the front is 497, which must be 49th week of 1997, and the rear 499 being the end of 1999........


You'll want to change them then !

I had those 3 digit codes on my 79 when I bought it at 28 years old and only 6000 miles.  The problem with the 3 digit codes was you couldn't tell which decade they dated from. The front was so rock hard it was obviously original and I replaced it immediately but the rear looked good with no cracks and had so much tread left I initially thought it was a later tyre and rode on it for several thousand miles. When it refused to wear out I changed that as well.
  

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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #48 - 10/20/18 at 07:30:58
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ok. These seem reasonably priced in France - d'you think they'll be ok?
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Metzeler ME77 - CLASSIC
SIZE: 4.00 -18 64H

Front Tyre
Metzeler ME22 - CLASSIC
SIZE: 3.25-18 59P reinf.
  
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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #49 - 10/20/18 at 07:46:51
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Any tips on getting the last bolt undone to get my calipers apart?
  

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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #50 - 10/20/18 at 15:36:56
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Put them back on the bike and then jump on that extension bar you have there, after first soaking it with a 50/50 mix of Acetone and ATF for a few days.

A bit of heat would probably help the process too.

Replace bolts with Stainless Steel ones and use anti-seize on them.
  

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Reply #51 - 10/22/18 at 10:30:24
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I didn't see that anyone had mentioned new tires. When I bought my bike it had 10 year old tires on it with less than 1000 miles on them. The bike was so squirrelly that I though that I had forgotten how to ride a motorbike. New tires and shocks made a world of difference. Lesson learned, tread depth is not the only thing to check. The month and year of manufacture is stamped on the side of the tire if you look long enough.
  

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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #52 - 10/22/18 at 23:06:49
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Yeah, tires are close to the top of my list of things to change on a "new" bike.  The last three used motorcycles I've had had a head-shake at about 40 mph that was "fixed" with new tires...
  

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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #53 - 10/24/18 at 11:01:43
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anyone care to comment on these as replacements?
Rear Tyre
Metzeler ME77 - CLASSIC
SIZE: 4.00 -18 64H

Front Tyre
Metzeler ME22 - CLASSIC
SIZE: 3.25-18 59P reinf.
  
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Re: R65 Resurrection
Reply #54 - 10/24/18 at 22:01:45
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Metzelers are spendy tires but I have ridden on bad asphalt in rainy near freezing temp and they have never gone out from under me so I am pretty much sold. The old rock and roll song "the brakes are good, the tires fair" kind of doesn't make it on two wheels. But I still like the song.
  

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