Discussion in 'The Garage' started by GLJ, Oct 31, 2018.
Nope. I did a little machine work on the new master and installed an original style.
Your carbs are less that your 10lb limit. You could be looking at them.
Air boxes no heavier.
E-start not much effort.
My biggest problem is sneaking past the guard. She watches me like a hawk and won’t let me lift a finger! Soon buddy.......
It got up to 50 today. Couldn't resist. Took the old girl for a short ride around the neighborhood (1.5 miles). Didn't have to push it home. Actually ran OK. Started out with a pretty good miss just off idle, after a mile that seemed to be getting better. I could hear what sounded to me like drive chain noise from time to time more pronounced on decel. I think chain is bouncing against the chain guard, going to notch it out around the shock a little more so in can stand up straighter. Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 70 if so going to go for longer ride. till then check things over and make a few adjustments. All in all promising.
Now that is a victory in my book - well done GLJ!
I didn't go very far
or very fast
she got me there
and brought me back
You did much better than the first ride I took on my 1982 in March of 2017!
I just rod the length of my driveway and turned around to go back to garage and dumped it when the ancient tires lost traction the second I hit the brakes. Poke hole in right side engine cover with the rear brake lever and lost half of one front tooth!
So if you did 1.5 miles and did not loose a tooth or dump the engine oil out on road I'd say that was a great ride!
All right GLJ! I just read this, I can’t believe you started like nine months after me and you’re riding around already! God I’m slow. But seriously congratulations man! I know what a great moment this is for you and your bike came out really nice! Well done!
Yes it was a good day. First time to ride the bike in 35+ years. Going to celebrate by cooking chicks on the grill. Even though it's a 10 footer it looks good to me.
I admire the work and effort of those here who can put together a bike that makes the ones in a new showroom look rough!
But any bike that has been brought back from a dirt encrusted hunk in the back of a barn to something that runs and goes down the road is also to be admired. Maybe that's just me trying to excuse the condition of the 1982 I have, it would take some work to move it up to the 10 foot range, needs at least twice that and maybe a run by at 40 MPH to really look good!
Yup if you got an old hulk back in riding condition you are to be congratulated! Something to be said, admired about slightly scruffy "daily riders!"
Indeed - no hanger queens for me - just my wonderful Lucille!
Thank you all. I wouldn't have been able to ride it this soon without the help from this forum.
No you're not slow. I did a resurrection. You are doing a very detailed restoration. Two different animals. I agree with kshansen. We just have 2 different goals. Your goal takes a lot more time and effort than mine. Plus I didn't move or have an operation in the last year. And you are very close to taking the first ride.
I still have to get it sorted out so it runs well and is a dependable rider. When that happens phase 1 will be complete. Phase 2 will be to get the original motor rebuilt and back in it. Even then it won't be done. Then comes phase 3. I expect yours will be done long before mine.
Great day with one hiccup
Weather got more than nice enough for bike riding. Needed to get insurance on the 650, so this morning I got on the BMW and rode to my insurance agent to get insurance. First real ride on the BMr. Last fall I had it apart for service, rebuilt brakes, carbs, new tires, pulled trans to lube splines etc. Got insurance for the 650, BMr ran so well instead of a 25 mile ride it ended up being 50.
Came home friend was here shot the bull a bit with him. He left. Time for the XS2. She fired right up, headed for gas station. Ran erratic, missing, needed choke on. What's going on. Got to gas station and put in 2 1/2 gallons of gas. Problem solved, low fuel level in carbs caused by low fuel level in tank. Needed to be on reserve. With a full tank a different bike. Decided to go for a longer test ride. Got out of town on 2 lane and she ran Great. Rode 18 miles to a buddy's house and it ran better than I remember it. Never had it much over 4 grand. But she pulls strong with no hesitations. Idle could be better but you always have to play with that. Less vibrations than I remember, nothing in the handle bars very little in the foot pegs. Handles better than it ever did (fixing broken frame had to help). Shot the sh@t with him for 45 minuets or so and headed for home. Falling more and more with love with it every mile. Got into town came to a intersection with a traffic light and had to stop for the red. Light turned green went to leave and bike died. Wham just like you shut the kill switch off. Wouldn't restart, e-start worked fine. Cars behind me so I peddled to the side of the road. Still no start. After a minuet I got a slight backfire, next try it started. Went to take off, died again. It finally restarted and kept running. Got going and headed for home. Died a couple more times, usually when stopped. When stopped I would try and keep idle at 1500. One time it died when I was running about 20mph. Made it home.
Now I have figure out what is wrong. Gut feeling is it's electrical. Odds of both carbs running out of fuel at same time is slight. I'm running a PAMCO with e-advance. Just because it's new doesn't mean it's good. But I'm not going to condemn it right now, it could be a lot of things. My new gas tank is not perfect inside, it looked OK to me.
Tomorrow I'll check voltage going to the coil and PAMCO. I tested volt drop through the system when I rewired the bike but it did not have the load of the coil at that time. If that checks OK I'll check fuel flow through the petcocks before pulling the tank. If fuel flow OK then pull tank and headlight and start looking for a bad connection (ground also). I never had the kill switch on the handle bar apart, another place to look.
Even with this problem it was a great ride!!
Although I have only 40 miles on them the Continental GO's seem like a very good tire.
Hey I have the same dream for my 1982, I got started on it somewhat by mistake. I had the engine out of my ride to work sidecar outfit that I had torn down due to jumping out of gear problem. When close to retirement I was planing on fixing that outfit up a bit so I got busy reassembling that engine.
Well turned out close to 20 years of abuse riding in snow and salt in winter made that bike almost too much to bother saving. So now I had an almost assembled engine that needed a home. The 1982 I knew had a problem in the transmission, also jumping out of some gear! So I figured why not make something that could run on it's own.
I did open up the engine from the 1982 and it appears that instead of bad dogs like the engine I had put together to replace it I think the main problem is that screw that hold the stare washer on the shift thing with the pins in it, can't recall proper name right off. Probably could have repaired it in-frame!
There always seems to be a lot of sorting in the beginning to get these old bikes running nice. It clearly HAS THE POTENTIAL to run nice as it showed you today. Those intermittent problems are always the hardest to run down. The way it just died “ like you hit the kill switch” does sound electrical. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve got some wiring causing a dead short somewhere. You mentioned that you haven’t been in your kill switch yet.
That’s probably be the first and easiest thing to check, then just start systematically looking for issues.
Did you make sure after you powder coated your frame to shine up all grounding points?
I know Pamco Pete has always stressed the importance of having a good shiny bare metal grounding point.
Just spit balling here, I know you’ll figure it out.
Ha! You’re a better mechanic than me.
Congratulations on your first real run!
Even if you did have a little hiccup.
yes, Cheers !
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