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Old 11-11-2010, 06:17 AM   #1
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Talking '66 R69s- Almost revived...

Here's my '66 R69s almost ready to go after a full restoration which took way, way longer than I ever expected...
Ain't she pretty???!

Anybody want to help name her?

Schwarz Schönheit ?

-A
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:32 AM   #2
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She's a beaut! How about something original like Blackie! I have a truck known as Brownie. Yep, it's brown.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:41 AM   #3
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God that is beautiful. I want one of those so bad. I'd love to see more pics.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:43 AM   #4
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God that is beautiful. I want one of those so bad. I'd love to see more pics.
Thanks...
More pics coming soon... I really want to find a cool vintage-looking location to do a then-and-now kind of photo with the '66 and my new S1000RR together...
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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Question

OK,

I have never started a /2 before. '66 R69s was a basket case when I bought her...

Fast forward nearly 3 years and today was the 1st day I tried to start her post-rebuild.

Magneto aligned properly.
Static timing seems excellent.
Valves set.

Mixture screws full in, then backed out 2 turns.
Idle stop set to approx 1mm play in cable.

Tickled carbs...

Kick...

Kick...

Kick... cough...

Kick...

Kick...

Kick... cough... cough...

She wants to start, she just doesn't know how to tell me what she needs... She never sputters through more than a couple of cycles before dying.

I am at 5,300' too, which probably doesn't help...

Now what?

Since she tries to fire, spark and fuel seem OK; my guess is carb settings?

Left mixture screw has dripped a little gas along the way...

Thanks in advance for suggestions...

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Old 11-11-2010, 04:28 PM   #6
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They're sensitive.... once you know what she wants, she will start easily.

Try tickling the carbs for a couple of seconds, give it a try then.

If you over-tickle, crack the throttle while you kick.

If you flood it..... open throttle wide, and kick a bunch....I found that, before I got to know that she was real easy to flood, I had to pull the plugs and dry em off with my propane torch... worked every time!
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:35 PM   #7
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I went through the same scenario earlier this year. I swore that I had the mag / timing set correctly. Long story short, after several tries with the same cough, sputter as you, I took the advance unit back off and started over with the timing. There a lot of little details that need to be spot on, check and recheck is my only advise.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:54 PM   #8
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Beautiful job. I know what you mean about 3 years, but once it does fire, and settle into an idle, it is all worth it. It will always be special.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:56 PM   #9
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When it was REALLY cold I found it was useful to use the "choke" on my '65 R69s......... you hold one hand over most of the air cleaner opening while kicking and manipulating the throttle with your free hand. There is no way to do this and still look dignified.
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:20 AM   #10
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I expect with all the good advice I've gotten, she and I will come to an understanding later this morning...

In the meantime, ain't she cute?
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:21 AM   #11
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You can't call her "Black Betty"...............that name is taken
Your bike is beautiful !!!!!


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Old 11-12-2010, 07:31 AM   #12
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Here's my '66 R69s almost ready to go after a full restoration which took way, way longer than I ever expected...
Ain't she pretty???!

Anybody want to help name her?

Schwarz Schönheit ?

-A

Good job. Are you gonna ride it or just look at it? I'd be scared.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:49 AM   #13
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You're killin' me over here.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:14 AM   #14
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You're killin' me over here.
Sorry.

Another pic?


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Good job. Are you gonna ride it or just look at it? I'd be scared.
I live in a little, old mining town in southeastern AZ and it'll be perfect for scootin' around town. She's a rider!
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:16 AM   #15
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Nice shot ^
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