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Old 03-29-2013, 02:36 PM   #451
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Hopefully those work - I haven't posted videos before. I clicked on them and they seemed to work for me.

I went out and checked every wire that I could think of that would have something to do with the spark. I didn't find anything obvious, but afterwards I checked for spark against the cylinder fins again and lo-and-behold, there it was! So, I threw everything back together and tried firing her up. She was working really hard and coming close, but not quite catching. Almost like they do when they're out of gas. Hey - maybe that's something to check. Sure enough, the fuel was pretty low (I had only poured in a tiny amount last time I tried to fire her up). In addition to that, I noticed I had forgotten to attach the right fuel line to the tank. D'oh! Reattached it, added gas, and hit the button and she purred to life immediately. No fuss, no resistance, just came to life. Nice! She won't idle, but she runs just fine, so I threw my helmet on and did a quick lap around the neighborhood. What a rush! The torque blip from the shaft drive is crazy. I've read about it, but never experienced it before. I didn't really flog it, but it felt plenty quick - much peppier than I expected. Of course, I really haven't ridden a bike in over a year, so anything would feel fast. Still, I think I'll be more than satisfied with the speed. What made it even more exciting was the fact that the breaks definitely are NOT adjusted correctly! It felt even faster since I knew I wouldn't be able to stop!

I did a quick lap and brought her back to the garage to check her over. My wife got home a few minutes later, so I surprised her by firing it up. She was excited. I asked her to get her phone and take a few quick videos for proof. So there you have it! LOTS still to be done, but this was the kick in the ass I needed to keep going!

Rather than push my luck, I decided to retire for the day and celebrate with beer. Hopefully this will bring the momentum back to the project though, and I'll be riding in no time.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:40 PM   #452
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Good for you, buddy! Couldn't be happier for you.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #453
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Thank you, sir! And thanks to you and all of the other inmates for the help along the way. I certainly couldn't have done it without you guys (hell, I almost couldn't do it even WITH the help from you guys! )

A few pictures of her after the first ride:







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Old 03-29-2013, 02:45 PM   #454
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And what the hell, I'm going to post my prove-positive that she's running one more time since we just turned over onto a new page:





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Old 03-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #455
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Let me guess.... Towels under the stand so you don't mar the finish? Congrats on a job well done. Ride the hell out of it!
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #456
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Let me guess.... Towels under the stand so you don't mar the finish? Congrats on a job well done. Ride the hell out of it!
Yep, that's right! Still can't stand the thought of the first scratch on this bike regardless of where it is. I know it's pointless, but I'm thinking up ways to put some kind of plastic sliders on the center stand right there. I know... I'm a pansy!

Did the videos work for you guys?
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:30 PM   #457
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Congratulations!

in answer to your question, yes the vids work fine
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... I decided to retire for the day and celebrate with beer.
...and thank you for reminding me of that beer I have waiting
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #458
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Wonderful !
I was wondering why you did not keep us posted !
But beware, FIX THAT BRAKE FIRST !
It would be a real shame to ruin her on easter and injury yourself.
Congrats for a job well done !
Now you've to find the license plate before the cops get at you....
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:28 PM   #459
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Just wait until he hits his first mud puddle.

No really, I have enjoyed reading your thread. I got my dad's back on the road after sitting for 25 years back in 2011. I didn't do near as much work as you have though.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #460
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And........... there goes the chrome on the headers. Discolorations of honor! Most hearty congratulations to you!!!!!!! You've done a fantastic thing; I hope you are proud!

The vids work fine - when I saw it start and run, I literally cheered - ask my wife!

And, +1, please fix your brakes.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:45 PM   #461
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Yep, that's right! Still can't stand the thought of the first scratch on this bike regardless of where it is. I know it's pointless, but I'm thinking up ways to put some kind of plastic sliders on the center stand right there. I know... I'm a pansy!

Did the videos work for you guys?

Sorry I don't have a picture to show you, but the centerstand on my /5 had the usual wear on the contact points. I TIG welded stainless steel "shoes" to the ground contact points to take the wear. I painted the whole stand, and of course the paint was promptly wrecked the first time I planted it on the ground, but who cares? It's not going to get rusty.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:18 AM   #462
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...and thank you for reminding me of that beer I have waiting
Glad you had one! I had 5 or 6 and then moved to scotch! I'm a little fuzzy around the edges this morning! Thanks again for the wiring information Renner, it was a HUGE help!

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Wonderful !
I was wondering why you did not keep us posted !
But beware, FIX THAT BRAKE FIRST !
I didn't keep you posted because there was nothing to post about up until yesterday! I will indeed fix the brake. I don't like riding bikes that I can't stop! Thanks for your help along the way, you've been invaluable!

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Just wait until he hits his first mud puddle.
Ha! Nah, dirt can be washed off. I don't mind a dirty bike one bit - but scratches will ruin my day! Thanks for reading along!

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And........... there goes the chrome on the headers. Discolorations of honor!
The headers are actually stainless, and yes, they changed color almost immediately! I like it though. Like you said, discolorations of honor! They've turned a nice gold color that actually looks pretty cool. Maybe I should gold plate the toaster panels to match! That's awesome that you got so excited when it ran, thanks! This place is great - nothing like addicts supporting other addicts! I look all calm and collected in the video, but it's only because it was the 2nd go around. I wish I had the first time I started it on video, but I really didn't think it was going to start yesterday, so I wasn't prepared. It's funny, you can plan these things to death but it doesn't go you plan. All along I planned on videoing my first attempt to start her because I wanted that moment recorded. Oh well. I will tell you that I was NOT calm, cool and collected! I think my neighbors must have thought I was nuts!

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I TIG welded stainless steel "shoes" to the ground contact points to take the wear.
That sounds like a nice solution. I keep thinking I can find something to mount there if I just peruse the hardware store. I like your method, but unfortunately I'm no welder.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:51 AM   #463
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Make the shoes to fit and a local welder can attach them for you, possibly for beer money. Of course the welding will mess up the painthat you are currently trying to protect

Nice job, sounds good, just the finishing to do now.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:38 AM   #464
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You're welcome !
Anytime you need help, ask !
And if you plan to come to visit France with or without the bike, say so and maybe we can have a beer !
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Congrats. Job well done.

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