Shake Down Run #2

Shake Down Run #2

Finally had time the other day to pull the carbs apart and see what was inside them.
Wish I had a garage. This working-on-gravel-driveway thing might seem glamorous, but it really isn’t all its cracked up to be.

And my dog wasn’t much help

but, got them dissected

and found that the main jets were 130 and the needles were at third clip

Decided to change out the mains and see what happened.

Didn’t have time until yesterday to track down some jets.
Luckily, I found some 120’s in the next town over. (yay small towns?)

After looking closer at the carbs, saw that one of the gaskets was on upside-down, obscuring a port.
That probably contributed to it’s not running so good the other day!

Got the 120’s in and the carbs back together and on the bike.
While I was in there, I bought a new battery too – having lights is nice.

Test ride time!


I had so much fun that I shook a rivet right out!

Luckily, that’s an easy fix.

When I finally got home after a run to dinner and then over to show off to some friends 🙂

I found that my low-beam on the headlight isn’t working, and my tail light isn’t working. The brake light is okay, but the running light is no go.

What now?
Need a front fender or fork brace, tach, prolly need a mirror (legal).
There was something else…but I seem to have forgotten.


I was thinking this evening about how wonderful it is to ride something you’ve built.
I mean, I had help from friends (yay friends! holy cow my friends are awesome), but I made this happen.
I created this thing that now transports me! Such a fantastic feeling.

kicked out

I’ve got a pretty short list now of things need to get done on the RD.
Unfortunately, I will have to finish up in my driveway.
My landlady decided to peek into my (blinds mostly drawn) windows the other day
and requested I remove the motorcycle from the kitchen.
Oops. 🙂

Since I have no place to keep the tool chests, they now serve dual-purposes:

mock-up time

Found me some biggie sized female blade connectors at this cool little supply store up the street yesterday.

Tried fitting one on, and broke the fitting. Oops. Then I had to go to yoga.

This afternoon, I pulled the carb off the KL and a whole bunch of gas drained out of the float bowl before I loosened any screws.
Hm. That’s not right.

I got a headache from the gas fumes, so I went inside and dug around in the required box ‘o random bits the seller gave me when I picked up the KL.
There was this bran’ spankin new Keihin but this piece is busted off of it.
I’m not familiar with these carbs, so I’m going to hafta do some reading up on these things.

My head was killing me, so I made some popcorn and watched tv for a bit.

After tv watchin’ (“Orange is the New Black”), I focused in on the RD. Took the second blade connector and crimped it on. This time my mighty strength did not work against me and I got it tightened without breaking it. 😉

Time to zip-tie! Fun!

I zipped up a bunch of wires in an effort to neaten it up so there aren’t a bunch of wires randomly hanging down from under the seat and tank. I didn’t do a great job, but just working for the mock-up, right? 🙂

I re-zipped the ignition on to the tripple

and pulled the tank out of the shed.

Time for a mock-up!

Headlight? Check.

Tail light? Check.

For some reason, the battery no longer fits under the seat. It hits the under-seat and the battery box won’t bolt in. Odd.

“Worked two years ago”
Guess I’ll need to do something about that.

Couplea other issues:

The chain hits the left pipe. That’s not good.

and the clip-ons hit the tank. This is a known problem though.
Maybe I just need to acquire a ball peen hammer?

But hell, damn close!
(Yes, I did take this pic while sitting on my kitchen counter top)