Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today I had to clean the garage up. I can only tolerate so much disarray. After putting all the tools back in their respective spots, moving the bike out and cleaning the floor, I wheeled it back inside and went back to work. I went through all the nuts and bolts to make sure they were tight. This thing was a death trap. The triple trees were loose. The throttle and handlebar controls were all loose. It was terrifying. I think things are relatively safe now. 

I added some sort of additive to the oil that is supposed to help seal internal leaks because there looks to be a leak starting under the heads and that's a bit more than I'm comfortable with getting into at this stage of the game. I finished swapping out the swapping out the spark plugs (despite all the horror stories I had read online, I didn't think plug #3 was any more difficult than the rest). I still have not swapped the wires yet. On these old CB's the wire at the coil simply gets screwed on (almost like some hydraulic mountain bike brakes). At the plug end there's just a boot. So as long as the boot is ok, you can really just swap the wires. I'm going to hold off on that for now but I have 5 feet of wire sitting on the bench. I threw in a new battery, turned the key on and the lights came on for the first time in 2 years. I'm not gonna lie. It was kind of exciting. I still need to re-install the left side exhaust. At this point, the entire exhaust really consists of just straight pipes. So I called it a night. I expect this thing to be incredibly loud and don't need to piss off my neighbors. So in the morning we'll see if it comes to life. If it does, I fully expect it to run like total shit. After placing the order for the exhaust, I should have them in my hot little hands within 7 days. Then I'll know how things are gonna be. I won't lie again. I'm beginning to like this motorcycle. I think it would be cool to ditch a lot of the extra crap on the bike like the fenders, 80's style lights, crash bars, luggage racks, and the ugly ass front windshield and head off in the direction of a cafe racer. I also think it would be cool to put some spoked wheels on it because mags blow and then put some bigger tires on with some tread. Interestingly enough, I don't think I'd lower it any. And yes...the odometer is right. 8,XXX miles.  

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