Bought the bike this week non-running with 12k on the clock. Plan is to turn it into a cafe racer/fighter of some sort.
Started out by cleaning the carbs. While they were off I decided to give the engine a thorough cleaning. I think it's fair to say it hasn't been this clean in a while. Going to put it back together today and try for a first start!
Short term plans:
Lower handlebars, either clubmans or flipping the existing superbike bars.
Long term plans:
4 to 1 exhaust
Modern front suspension/brakes
Well, I got it running! Seemed to run pretty well until I took it off choke. Not sure if I didn't let it warm up enough or what. Didn't take the time to figure out, because it started raining and it was leaking from the fuel filter and one of the float bowl drains... But at least it runs!
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Your carbs look clean from the bowl side but did you remove all the jets before cleaning? It's critical to remove the pilot screws, pilot plug and jet, main jets, and bleed pipe, and clean them separate. Hold up each jet to a strong light and make sure the orifice is open. Also, shoot carb cleaner through the pilot circuit and make sure it comes out the small holes near the butterfly.
I did remove the jets during cleaning. There was one that I could not, due to some prior person chewing it up, but I shot a good amount of carb cleaner in there. I might go through it again, but after I buy new airbox hoses to make installation a bit easier.
Well I've been making steady progress! Finally got her running decent today. Went back into the carbs, adjusted the floats, and cleaned the idle circuit again. Also found out that my right side muffler was hanging on by a thread, so I switched to the 4-1 header. Now if finally idles nice!
Only issue is that it bogs and dies under wot, must be lean due to the open header. I may go ahead and order some 115 mains. Does that sound right?
Fabbed up a bracket for my new brake light. Installed clip ons. Lowered the front forks an inch or so. New headlight brackets. Painted headlight bucket matte black Removed chain guard and front mud guard.
Lots of little stuff, but it adds up to looking pretty good. At least now I have something to look at and rev up until I go get some gear and my license.