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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Luke, Sep 6, 2012.
I got plenty of wetside rain today, thanks. But there was sunshine too, so it's good.
Most important, it is round.
You guys are up too early....
Those will wear in fine about 1/2 way to hells canyon :)
Gotcha gotcha... DOT is goood. Not the laws but the ability to hold a line on the slab while railing the turns.
Great build by the way LOVE the bike!!!!!
Luke, does Gwen know you raided the kitchen for Motorcycle parts?
Are you asking about parts in general, or this part in particular?
How many parts came from the kitchen?
None, actually. The headlight shroud was once a tail rack for another bike.
Hells Canyon went really well. Mortimercicle, Loud Al and I rode out on Thursday. There were a couple of days of riding around, and then a ride back on Sunday. A bit over 1000 miles total, and everything basically went well. There are about half a dozen little projects that I want to do to the bike. The total work of the projects will be pretty major, but they're all independant so I can do one at a time and keep riding. Things like making a good muffler, fixing the aux fuel setup, getting the carburetion right.
I have no pictures of the ride out and back, but here are some from the rides there.
This is a trip out to Dug Bar. It's a rough gravel road that goes from Imnaha down to the Snake River.
This is the second time I've towed someone with this bike. The loose rocky uphills and tight switchbacks made things interesting. Fortunately the hard stuff was over pretty quickly, because it was tiring,
The search party:
Saturday's trip was to Hat Point Lookout.
The Snake River is over a mile below.
ADVers took over the parking lot.
There was a 4x4 trail that I couldn't resist, but it made me miss the group picture back at camp, and almost miss dinner. Most of it was pretty easy, but there was a section with some nice climbs and descents.
Thanks so much for coming to the Hells Canyon gathering. It was good to see you and I was thrilled to get to see your bike up close and hear it run.
I love this shot.
Holy scenic goodness batman!!!
That picture has adventure written all over it!
That's the same welder we had in the shop at my grandfathers trucking co., you could do just about anything with the accesory kit ours had, thaw pipes,hell, probably power the neighbors house if they were close enough. I was surprised when I found the book on the damned thing when we had the estate sale, that it was so versatile way back then.
Whoever bought it probably still uses it, damn thing was a tank!
Here's a short, shaky point-and-shoot movie of Luke starting special 1 across Laguna Salada (click on photo to play):
Thanks for coming to Hells Canyon, it was fun having you there and getting to see your incredible totally cool bike.
Well, it ran great 5 yrs ago!
Your build has me SO PSYCHED! I had already started doing research, think I'm going for the xr650l front end, no luck on the swingarm yet. I'll find one when it's needed.
Sorry to hear about your luck in Mexico.
Do you think I should find a camera to look in the cylinders? I don't relish the idea of tearing the head off. Thanks for your advice.
Running when you parked it, right?
I have a spare swingarm kicking around, pretty sure it's a 650. I'll check.
The cameras sound nice, but every time I've pulled a head, it turned out to be worth doing. Besides, the 650s have a reputation for blowing head gaskets; you might as well get some practice.
OTOH, you actually know how it was treated in storage. If the exhaust and carbs/airbox/filter stayed on and it didn't get too damp it's probably ok.
It was kept with everything on it, just recently pulled the carbs and stuffed papertowels in the boots and keep it covered.
The mechanic that use to work on it didn't know the stator will fry the reg/rec, nor did I until last year.
I also pulled the plugs and put wd40 in all cylinders to be sure it wasn't siezed, it'll turn with a ratchet easily.
I'm hoping putting the new stator,reg,plugs,wires,etc. will get her running. If so I can put new seals in the forks and go from there.
Thanks for any advice, love your bike BTW.
Do you know any tricks for getting a crusty stator out? I got the bolts out and sprayed the shit out of it w/ wd40, still won't let go. Is it safe to use a propane torch on it? THANKS!!
No not really, other than look for more bolts. No way on the torch, heat kills stators. A gentle flame is a great way to burn the insulation off the magnet wire, it only takes a second.