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Old 11-12-2010, 08:19 AM   #16
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Stunning, good luck on finding the issue with the starting or lack thereof! How about Schwarzer Wolf?
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:40 AM   #17
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:42 AM   #18
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That thang is purty.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:50 AM   #19
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I've never felt compelled to name a bike, but 2 bike names just came to ME after time spent together;
Had an R69S and for some reason, my grandmother's sisters name camr forward- Bessie Mae. It just fit.
Most recently, I realize my Royal Enfield has a name; Jeez-Loweez. (Still trying to figure out where that came from...)

Anyhoo- that's a much better highway bike than an around town errand runner. Once you get it broken in, don't be afraid to run it- that's what they were made for and it'll LOVE YOU for giving it free rein.

If you're using that dumb vibration dampener under the front cover, check it often to make sure it hasn't blown up.
Also- learn to turn off the gas a block or two before parking for the night.
Otherwise, you'll need to check for gas in the oil. Memorize what your oil smells like before hand.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:11 AM   #20
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my grandmother's sisters name camr forward- Bessie Mae. It just fit.
Hmmm... My Grandmother on my dad's side was named Edna Grace...

That's a maybe...

I kinda think I should wait till I get the starting issues sorted out before I christen her, though...

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:45 AM   #21
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Gonna try changing the condenser, double checking the timing, points gap, etc; but, I'm beginning to think I may need a new coil.

Crap.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:28 AM   #22
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Gonna try changing the condenser, double checking the timing, points gap, etc; but, I'm beginning to think I may need a new coil.

Crap.
If you're not getting that nice blue spark...it's a real possibility, it's probably not the condensor, they work or they don't....
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:30 AM   #23
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She started!!!!!

YAY!

BUT,

In addition to needing to get the carbs sorted out, I think the differential timing may be an issue as after the brief period of running the right cylinder is NOTICEABLY hotter than the left.

Good news- charge light went out after start-up seeming to indicate an ok generator and regulator...

I could only keep her running at a high idle- anything more, or less and she wanted to die. And, the carb mixture screws still drip fuel, leading me to believe all is not well in the carbs, either...

More soon...
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:55 AM   #24
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Well done, fantastic looking bike.

grace sounds like a good name for a bike as elegant as that one.
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #25
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At this point I'd be most concerned with getting the carbs sorted, a lean mixture can cause your temperature differences too. I'm still of the opinion that your static timing is off. Would it make sense that it's only running at high idle because the timing is very retarded and once the advance unit advances (rpm) it brings it into range, it's close enough to run, albeit poorly? Retarded ignitions make starting easier, but they must advance to run properly.

One other thing to check is that the floats are not binding anywhere and that the float valves are actually metering fuel (closing). As I understand it, there is a very narrow "operating level" in the float bowls, and differences up or down will contribute to poor performance. You could try tickling the carbs as the engine is running to find out if enriching the mixture on either side helps.

Take this info with a grain of salt, I'm not a mechanic, but I did recently completely restore one of these beasts with great success. I just got back from a ride a few minutes ago and even at +4C the bike started without any fuss.

The timing differential may be something to check, but I'd get the basics sorted first. Congratulations!


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She started!!!!!

YAY!

BUT,

In addition to needing to get the carbs sorted out, I think the differential timing may be an issue as after the brief period of running the right cylinder is NOTICEABLY hotter than the left.

Good news- charge light went out after start-up seeming to indicate an ok generator and regulator...

I could only keep her running at a high idle- anything more, or less and she wanted to die. And, the carb mixture screws still drip fuel, leading me to believe all is not well in the carbs, either...

More soon...
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:26 PM   #26
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At this point I'd be most concerned with getting the carbs sorted,
I agree... work continues; but, it is now Miller time!

Thanks for all the advice and moral support!!!
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:35 PM   #27
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Remember this is a "wasted spark" engine- the ignition always fires both plugs at the same time- while one cylinder is at the beginning of the power stroke (where you would expect it) and the other is at the end of the exhaust stroke (where you wouldn't). So if it isn't a bad wire or plug, it's probably a carb issue with the cold side. A quick roadside check is to switch the plugs from left to right. If the cold side follows the plug, then you just need a new plug. If it doesn't, you need to keep looking.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:14 AM   #28
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Love the look of that tank. By the way, how do you open the toolbox? Do you have a pic of the key, or better, some dimensions so I could make one?

I wonder what goodies I'll find in mine..
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:46 PM   #29
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Love the look of that tank. By the way, how do you open the toolbox? Do you have a pic of the key, or better, some dimensions so I could make one?

I wonder what goodies I'll find in mine..
Sport tank tool box lids(mine included) typically had a simple screw lock... A flat blade screwdriver can usually just unscrew the "lock"... I am pretty sure a new key can be had for around $10 from Bench Mark Works...

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Old 11-14-2010, 06:56 PM   #30
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Since you're about to fall in love with a motorcycle like a giddy little schoolgirl... Please take a moment to read the following.....
Thanks... looks like good advice. Break in wil be commencing as soon as I get a couple of minor carb issues sorted out!

The bike starts 1st or 2nd kick now. New coil helped. So did setting the carb slide needle to the 3rd hole from the top and adjusting the air-bleed screws to 1 1/2 turns from full-in. Haven't run for more than thirty seconds or so at a time in the shop; but, there's a little smoke in the exhaust. I have great confidence in the head rebuild and hope a proper break-in will seat the rings...

Low speed timing dialed in with a timing light. High speed timing waiting for proper carb balancing. Bings still drip a bit, too so I'll be taking a fresh look at the float valves, etc.

She'll be singin' on the open road soon!

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