A lot of motorcycle posts lately. But that's how I've been spending my weekends. This weekend I cleaned the carburettor. I tried boiling some of the parts in water. Seems to have worked pretty well and was fairly effortless. I never liked the way that carbuclean leaves the parts afterward so I wanted to try something a little less aggressive and less invasive. Also, a reason for me wanting to do this was that gasoline was leaking down to the oil carter. Which ought to happen through the needle floater one way or another. So I changed the o-ring on the floater assembly with a similar one I found at the hardware store, I just hope it can handle gasoline. Let's pray that solves it. Also changed the spark plug and bolted on a new coil. Different from the original one so I don't know if it'll work yet.
Spent today working on fitting the seat and the bag underneath it. It took a lot of effort, but the end result looks really good. I used a couple of worn out brackets, the kind you'd use to make a shelf, for support to make sure the saddle won't break in half (wood core, remember?) and made a simple arm out of some left over sheet metal. The arm allows me to lift the saddle as you would the hood of a car after just removing two bolts. Makes for easy access to battery / wiring and carb.
I didn't take her out for a ride this weekend. I'm waiting for that exhaust wrap still before I make the final assembly of the exhaust system. According to the online tracker, the package has been sitting in Mexico City for almost two weeks... I am really looking forward to getting her back on the road though.
Future projects will likely include:
But she is getting there. Starting to look dirt road back street worthy.
Apart from motorcycle mechanics, we've been working on a big order for ulbator. So no time for life. My new babe will also have a saying in a future ulbator project so her appearing here is not at all out of place.
We really want to encourage all of our readers taking up motorcycling and motorcycle maintenance and mechanics as a hobby. So far, I've been wrenching more than I've been riding but it is a lot more fun than working on a car. And a lot easier. Furthermore, it makes for a nice setting for a few beers and a couple of cigarettes. And it provides something to do while plowing through hours of country rock and hair metal. Oh, and your ol' lady won't like it so she'll leave you alone. No nagging from them womenfolk while you're out there.
Not for Pussies!