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Old 10-11-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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'73 R75/5 - Almost back on the road

I've spent about a year rehabbing a '73 R75/5 with a freebie R75/6 as a donor bike. The /6 was in better condition internally despite having been parked outside in a San Francisco backyard for a few years, so that should give you some idea of the /5's condition as it was found.

Last night I finally hooked up the battery. Lo, and behold:


There are still plenty of problems, among them:
  • Left side turn signal doesn't flash, just activates signal indicator light (as pictured)
  • Headlight only works when dimmer switch is activated
  • Horn doesn't work, though it does when connected directly to battery leads
  • Ignition and light switch is touch-and-go, and won't fully engage without jiggling
  • Beacon 1 LED tail light seems to be at full brightness all the time. Neither brake switch works
  • Neutral indicator doesn't work, though it tests fine with the multimeter
  • Can't get my iPhone to pair with it over Bluetooth. Tried for about an hour. WTF?

Needless to say I've got a lot of work ahead of me, but it was the first sign of life I've gotten since I started working on it a year ago.
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