New inmate and new airhead owner!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Dewshan, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Dewshan

    Dewshan Adventurer

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  2. photomd

    photomd Been here awhile

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    :nod
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  3. Dewshan

    Dewshan Adventurer

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    Funny thing....it drove up on the trailer fine. Would not start to drive off the trailer. A sign of things to come?:eek1
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  4. kaput13

    kaput13 gasoholic

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    Nah, these things just don't like driving backwards. Nice bike!
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  5. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    It's like a new puppy or a child-- testing your limits. They do that at first... :lol3

    Check The Three Humours of Infernal Combustion: Fire, Air or Fuel. Did you choke it? Over-choke it?

    --Bill
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  6. riggpigg

    riggpigg Known,but not famous

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    They just don't take well to trailerin', it aint a Harley.
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  7. homere

    homere Been here awhile

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    Beautiful bike !!! you'll love it
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  8. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    If it wouldn't even crank over: check switch (down and turn for lights!), check that clutch is pulled or tranny is in neutral.

    If it cranks but won't start.... they need choke, but can be over-choked.... you'll learn "what she likes".....

    Beeeyoooootiful bike.... congrats!


    :evil
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  9. Dewshan

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    Thanks! I'm sure I flooded it. I will get it sorted out soon.
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  10. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Learn this: it's always the battery.
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  11. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    It's a /5-- light switch is properly on the headlight bucket. No clutch or neutral safety switches.

    --Bill
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  12. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    That is one clean Toaster! It could have been on display in a museum for the last XX years and has forgotten its supposed to also take you down the road :D
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  13. boxerkuh

    boxerkuh Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the new addiction. :D
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  14. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

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    Please do NOT cafe it and ruin it....That bike is BEAUTIFUL!
    Is it a 1973?
    It looks like a SWB.
    I LOVE MINE.
    I would PURCHASE YOUR SEAT if it is for a LWB!
    Please keep me in mind.

    Thanks and good luck with a FANTASTIC MOTORCYCLE in a RARE COLOR!
    spo
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  15. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    Beautiful!
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  16. Dewshan

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    Yep it is a swb. 1973. I like these bikes in black. But the red is growing on me! Previous owner had original bars in parts box I am going to put those back on I think. The lower bars do not fit in the holders very well. A little too large.
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  17. Dewshan

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    I rode it around the block this morning. Getting some popping from left side. But it was still fun! Much louder than my r1200c euro that is for sure. Going to get a repair manual and start with the mechanical stuff first. Check valve clearance, timing, points etc. Some things I discovered... Newer shocks on the rear and the front springs have been replaced. Speedo replaced and looks perfect. All oils look good. Not much rust anywhere. Kick stand wont stay down by itself. New battery. When you want to turn off the engine do you have to take the key out? I don't see a kill switch? Mufflers had a lot of burn marks on them polished them out a little today look much better.
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  18. rescueMAN

    rescueMAN Been here awhile

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    kick stand designed not to stay down, something you get used to after it hitting the floor a couple of times :cry

    And oh yes, one very clean, very nice bike
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  19. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I also prefer black for my bikes but that RED is an eye grabber. I think I would grow to like it also.

    Kick stand retracts automatically. Like it is supposed to.

    No kill switch on a /5 I think. You say you have a new speedo? That's really nice. A lot of these bikes have major problems with everything in the headlight bucket. So you're ahead of the game with good parts in there.

    Welcomme to the Asylum.
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  20. Dewshan

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    Thanks! Yes I am planning on venturing into the headlight bucket soon. It came with dealer service records going back to 2007 or so. Sandia bmw replaced the speedo so I am hoping it will be in good shape in there.
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