'66 R69s- Almost revived...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by allen_m, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    Here's my '66 R69s almost ready to go after a full restoration which took way, way longer than I ever expected...
    Ain't she pretty???!
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    Anybody want to help name her? :ear

    Schwarz Schönheit ?

    -A
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  2. durtwurm

    durtwurm Talented Amateur

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    She's a beaut! How about something original like Blackie! I have a truck known as Brownie. Yep, it's brown.
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  3. Speed King

    Speed King Long timer

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    God that is beautiful. I want one of those so bad. I'd love to see more pics.
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  4. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    Thanks...
    More pics coming soon... I really want to find a cool vintage-looking location to do a then-and-now kind of photo with the '66 and my new S1000RR together...
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  5. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    OK,

    I have never started a /2 before. '66 R69s was a basket case when I bought her...

    Fast forward nearly 3 years and today was the 1st day I tried to start her post-rebuild.

    Magneto aligned properly.
    Static timing seems excellent.
    Valves set.

    Mixture screws full in, then backed out 2 turns.
    Idle stop set to approx 1mm play in cable.

    Tickled carbs...

    Kick...

    Kick...

    Kick... cough...

    Kick...

    Kick...

    Kick... cough... cough...

    She wants to start, she just doesn't know how to tell me what she needs... She never sputters through more than a couple of cycles before dying.

    I am at 5,300' too, which probably doesn't help...

    Now what?

    Since she tries to fire, spark and fuel seem OK; my guess is carb settings?

    Left mixture screw has dripped a little gas along the way...

    Thanks in advance for suggestions...

    -A
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  6. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    They're sensitive.... once you know what she wants, she will start easily.

    Try tickling the carbs for a couple of seconds, give it a try then.

    If you over-tickle, crack the throttle while you kick.

    If you flood it..... open throttle wide, and kick a bunch....I found that, before I got to know that she was real easy to flood, I had to pull the plugs and dry em off with my propane torch... worked every time!
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  7. Chad M

    Chad M A full head of air.

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    I went through the same scenario earlier this year. I swore that I had the mag / timing set correctly. Long story short, after several tries with the same cough, sputter as you, I took the advance unit back off and started over with the timing. There a lot of little details that need to be spot on, check and recheck is my only advise.
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  8. DJones

    DJones Been here awhile

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    Beautiful job. I know what you mean about 3 years, but once it does fire, and settle into an idle, it is all worth it. It will always be special. :thumbup
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  9. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    When it was REALLY cold I found it was useful to use the "choke" on my '65 R69s......... you hold one hand over most of the air cleaner opening while kicking and manipulating the throttle with your free hand. There is no way to do this and still look dignified.
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  10. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    I expect with all the good advice I've gotten, she and I will come to an understanding later this morning...

    In the meantime, ain't she cute?
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  11. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    You can't call her "Black Betty"...............that name is taken:lol3
    Your bike is beautiful !!!!!:clap


    Boojum
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  12. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Good job. Are you gonna ride it or just look at it?:lol3 I'd be scared.
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  13. Speed King

    Speed King Long timer

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    You're killin' me over here.
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  14. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    Sorry. :D

    Another pic?
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    I live in a little, old mining town in southeastern AZ and it'll be perfect for scootin' around town. She's a rider!
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  15. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Nice shot ^ :thumb:thumb
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  16. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Stunning, good luck on finding the issue with the starting or lack thereof! How about Schwarzer Wolf?
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  17. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    :tb
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  18. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna NSFW

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    That thang is purty.:thumb
    Zoro Toronado?
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  19. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I've never felt compelled to name a bike, but 2 bike names just came to ME after time spent together;
    Had an R69S and for some reason, my grandmother's sisters name camr forward- Bessie Mae. It just fit.
    Most recently, I realize my Royal Enfield has a name; Jeez-Loweez. (Still trying to figure out where that came from...)

    Anyhoo- that's a much better highway bike than an around town errand runner. Once you get it broken in, don't be afraid to run it- that's what they were made for and it'll LOVE YOU for giving it free rein.

    If you're using that dumb vibration dampener under the front cover, check it often to make sure it hasn't blown up.
    Also- learn to turn off the gas a block or two before parking for the night.
    Otherwise, you'll need to check for gas in the oil. Memorize what your oil smells like before hand.
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  20. allen_m

    allen_m Dusty Old Man

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    Hmmm... My Grandmother on my dad's side was named Edna Grace...

    That's a maybe...

    I kinda think I should wait till I get the starting issues sorted out before I christen her, though...

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