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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Sir Blue Henry, Nov 13, 2012.
Being a cheap ass KLR kind of guy, I hang on to old sprockets and have been known to go through the pile and pick the best to stick on the bike to finish the season. Usually the season will be winter , because if springs on the way it's time for longer term solutions.
From the look of your sprockets, I'd put them on , even in the spring.
When your chains and sprokets are really done , weld them up for repurposeing.
New chain on. Tried again to start - no luck.
Checked the spark again and saw it was weak and not sparking correctly over the point.
New D8EA plug
test again - no spark
started checking wiring and then found one of the wires from the battery which has been soldered onto a small black component has come off.
and i have no idea what that small component is?
There you can see the little component just to the right of the battery - with the solder joint on 1 side visible
Never mind - turned out to be a 20A fuse. Just havnt seen that type before.
soldered back on and ready to try out
Got if firing over a little - only when pushing it.
tried many times and each time it was sounding a bit better, 1 pop, 2 pops, 5 pops
figured it responded best with full choke but no throttle.
after about 12 pushes all in all, i got it idling, but dies as soon as any throttle was applied.
at this point it then responded to the starter starting it.
I let it idle for 5 minutes, gradually testing to see if choke could go back in, and eventually yes and then it responded to throttle.
went to end of the road - very nice
came back - got my helmet and went for an awesome 10km ride
took it up to 100km/h
what a fun ride!
so happy it runs like a dream.
Just a bit sorry its not one of those bikes you get on start and ride away - like my fj1200, but its more fun.
It isnt going to out accelerate anything - except maybe old folks on mobility scooters - just kidding - no it goes fine but it is just a single 250 four-stroke, but for what it is its exactly what i want, a light, narrow, simple air cooled bike.
That was such a great ride. will do another ride later
Did another 10km - very nice ride - didn't quite make it over 100km'h but still it went well.
after riding my fj1200 for an hour that was quite a change, but the little bike is fun. A 2-stroke would be nippier but anyway - all good. Now to start taking it apart for a cleanup.
Here is what I would do; Clean the carbs the best you can, jets too. While the tank is off pull the plug wires out of the coil and clean (this can cause the intermittant electric problem you are having), Put a good carb cleaner in the tank with your gas (I use Berrymans), start it up and give it an Italian tune-up!
P.S. If you keep a chain clean and lubed, the sprockets last a long time. Those look almost new.
Im pondering going minimalist on the project and cutting off anything that isnt needed. (but still road legal)
Also pondering about using the current tank, or doing something different - even smaller, and change the profile of the bike as a result.
Frame colour - hmm - dont know
not red - everyone does red - nice - but i want something different.
black - maybe - but very common
silver - most likely - but depends what you do with the rest of the bike
gold - no - its gold now and i want it different
Colour of the wheels?
Not red, not gold, not black
maybe yellow, maybe white, maybe silver, but all are high maintenance
black is best, maybe with a yellow trim,
headlight - something interesting - double strobe?
taillight - LED?
ok - was almost gonna go for a John Deere scheme
have decided on Gold rims after all
red tappet cover
red front caliper
red shock spring
black red and white tank
something like that
Got myself another little project.
a seized kawa KX80 1998
if i can manage to get the engine unseized and going, the i have great little offroader