Starting over

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Re: Starting over

Postby ExTex77 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:27 am

That was a lot of progress. Nice that you got it where you could ride it.
I took a T-Day ride on my NT650.
Tomorrow, my wife (on her Burgman 200 scooter) and I (on the VTR250) plan to do our usual weekend ride around the county.

Have a great weekend and ride safely.
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Re: Starting over

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:37 pm

Hope you and your wife had a good ride. I took Barbie out for about 35 miles this morning. Most of the time I was thinking "What an amazingly pleasant little bike!". Except for when she sputtered and died in the fast lane at about 70mph. Then I was thinking "Hmmmm". I had a full tank of fuel but it felt like running out of gas. I pulled over into the median / up against the barrier, and switched the fuel over to reserve. Then I checked the vacuum line to the petcock, and it looked fine. She started right up with the choke, and ran fine with the choke off. After another 5 miles or so, I pulled over and went back to primary. No more problems, so I'm unsure what happened.

After returning home, the rest of the day was spent cleaning the garage. It's been waaaay too long. Among the things found during the process were the little black triangular trim pieces that go between the bottom of the instrument cluster and the side plastic. :) In the same bag was the petcock extension! :D

So today was another good day.
Barbie - 89 VTR250 - 7k+, back on the road after 3 1/2 year vacation
Skipper - 90 VTR250 - 37k+, black & white, two-part project finished 22 years after first parked
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Re: Starting over

Postby ExTex77 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:47 pm

Wow, Great that you found the petcock extension.

Our ride went well, about 1.5 hrs on the back roads of our county. The roads are paved, but abused by loaded timber trucks.
Bikes can dodge most of the potholes, thank goodness!

I own 1 of the triangular pieces, but never bother to install it.
I'm looking for a place to stick on a voltage meter, maybe a replacement panel at that location ?

Have a good Sunday and the rest of the month.
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Re: Starting over

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:14 am

As noted in the other thread, fueling issues have consumed some time and energy, but it looks like both the starvation and the leaks are resolved.

I have JBM slide diaphragms on order, and have fresh BT45's on the way as well.

Skipper's exhaust is bolted up, and a petcock rebuild kit is on the way. I'll need a new battery and tires, but I'm going to hold off until the engine is running. Barbie will be thrilled to loan her battery to the cause. :) Since Skipper was parked dry, my hope is that it will not be necessary to rebuild the carbs. It's been a while since Skipper was running, but if memory serves, everything was done except the seat, the petcock, & the tires.

It would be nice to have both of them road ready and street legal by Christmas.
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Re: Starting over

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:17 pm

Got fresh boots on Barbie. BT45's. 110/90-16 & 120/90-16 read. Figured oversize front will get the speedo closer, and the taller rear will bring me closer to 8mph/1000rpm.

I'm confident Skipper is going to run, so I'm going to go ahead and order the battery and tires. With the carb kits already on the way, it's still looking like Christmas is a possiblity for having the pair on the road.
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Re: Starting over

Postby ExTex77 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:42 pm

Sounds like reasonable idea on tires. I ran oversized tires for a while and liked them.

I have the front fender raised about 1/4" to give good clearance for an oversized tire.

Let us know how they perform.
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Re: Starting over

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:24 am

Apparently Barbie's front fender is not exactly symmetrical. The 120/90-16 clears okay, but just barely on the right side rear. The rear tire has abundant room.

I've put less than 200 miles on the tires so far, but an very pleased with the BT45's. The effects on the tach and speedo were quite small, but in the right direction.

The old tires didn't really behave badly, but their age (11 years) concerned me. I didn't want to discover whether they had lost too much grip. The new tires eased my mind and improved my confidence dramatically.

The only "downside" is the difficulty of removing and installing 16" tires. It's been a few years, and I'd forgotten what a pain the 16's are. The rear was a breeze in comparison.
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Re: Starting over

Postby ExTex77 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:40 am

Glad the tires work.
I am due some new tires so will plan for those sizes

Merry Christmas
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Re: Starting over

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:13 pm

The Conti Road Attack 3 arrived, and are now on Skipper. Even though both front & rear are 17's, the front tire was much more difficult. 110/70R-17 & 130/80R17.

The new battery arrived, so I hooked up fuel again and took another shot at it. She would start and idle on choke, but wouldn't take any throttle. She'd run for a few seconds on fuel dribbled down the carb throats, so I've pulled the carbs. I posted a question about the carb slides in the fuel section. Even though I thought she was stored dry, the carbs were a bit dirty & varnished inside. Nowhere near as bad as Barbie, but the rubber and plastic have been pulled, and the carbs are soaking in Berryman's Carburetor & Parts Cleaner.

The tach wasn't working, so I need to check that out. The FSM makes it look like it's probably just a bad connection.
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Re: Starting over

Postby squirrelman » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:00 pm

Mostly, carbs are cleaned by hand using wires, toothbrushes, Q-tips, compressed air, etc., not by soaking. Just like the Marines took Iwo Jima in '44, inch-by-inch !

Soaking too long can damage carbs, and after any soak, you must lube the throttle shafts with motor oil or they'll freeze solid eventually.
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