So close, 81 MHR

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So close, 81 MHR

Post by 81mhr900ss » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:40 pm

Hi folks: I'm way behind but got busy over the last couple of days. The bike needs brake fluid and gas. The fairing painting will continue tomorrow; I'm pretty sure that I can't collectors' plates and associated insurance rates without the fairing on it so it may still be a week or more before I get the bike on the road. What's a few weeks after 29 years?

Here's a pic from a few minutes ago. Now I have to make space in my tiny garage again.

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by ducadini » Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:37 am

NIce bike :-D :-D
Now get it on the road ;)

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by 81mhr900ss » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:01 pm

The bike fired-up on the fifth kick on Saturday (April 20th) afternoon after 29 years of dormancy. It was rough and I'd run out of time; had other things to do. This morning, I swapped the carb slides to expose un-dented, virgin slopes for the throttle adjuster screws to make contact with, set the stops so they were only just touching the slides and with the mixtures screws at 1 3/4 turns out, the bike fired over on the first kick; of course, I had to hold the throttle open to keep it running; just wanted to ensure it would start. Tomorrow the weather will be better so I will try to set the carbs up to a smooth idle. Still got the brake bleeding to complete. I may even ride around the block.

Getting closer.....
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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by Gardner » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:26 pm

Looks like it's going to be a great summer! :-D
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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by Lumpy » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:29 am

What a lovely piece of work!! Well done.

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by Speedrocker » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:28 am

Looks like new!..Congrats, very fine MHR !
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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by BevHevSteve » Sat May 04, 2019 8:47 am

Patience will pay off in spades now. So glad you are finally able to get it out into the sunshine and enjoy it.

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by 81mhr900ss » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:32 pm

Registered, insured and on the road; only 2.5 months late but after 29 years, well worth the wait. Yesterday was my first real ride, about 30km to blow the cobwebs out. I brought it home after about 10km to plug into my SynchPro vac guages and tweak the carbs; settled down to between 1000 and 1100 rpm tickover; I got nervous below this as it sounds like it's going to stall. I'll probably try again this weekend after a longer run. The engine is very smooth; pick-up is strong and consistent and the handling is firm. I have new Ohlins shocks at the rear, set at the longest notch; only me on the saddle for now and it feels fine but I need more time to assess properly.

My plan is run her naked for a few weeks just in case I need to do any tweaking. The freshly painted fairing is waiting in a spare bedroom. In the interim, not the cheap LED front blinkies courtesy of Amazon.

Some pics after my run:
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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by Lumpy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:10 am

I reckon I can see every minute of your 29 years labour in there. Thats immaculate!!
Regarding your idle, I always used to aim to get the tick over as low as I could. There`s something beautiful about slow tick overs on big twins....................until it stalled a few times sitting at lights in traffic. Mine only have centre stands so it was get off, pull it up on the stand, kick it over. Entertaining for the waiting cars I guess.

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by 81mhr900ss » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:15 pm

Hi Lumpy: the restoration was an extremely light and brief one as the bike was put away clean all those years ago; I only really started the work at the end of November last year and took my time. Prior to this, I'd bring it out of where ever it was stored and wash it once a year, even if it didn't really need it and re-goop the ally bits with a light oil to stop them oxidizing. Just too many things got in the way but now it's happy again.

Perhaps a testament to my new Sacshe system; a few days ago I stalled the bike immediately after starting, my fault; not enough warm-up before putting it into gear. I very easily kicked it back into action sitting on it.

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Re: So close, 81 MHR

Post by Lumpy » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:30 pm

I`m building a bit of a cafe racer special based on my old 860. So far I`m only at the parts collection phase which has been going on for some years now. I`ve set myself a goal that I have to finish an old 1952 Panther that I`ve had for some time. It`s been a very difficult Reso. Parts for her were very difficult to find. I`ve had to make, modify and badger people all over the globe for what I need. I`m just about done, only some spray painting and a few bits and bobs and she's finished and I can start on the Duc. In my glory box I have a Sasche ignition for her among some other tasty bits. The box reminds me of the case on the movie Pulp fiction where they open the case and light beams out!! But, the point I was getting to is that never in my bevel history have I been able to kick any of mine into life while onboard. Have always had to put them on the centre stand and leap on them from the side. Maybe the Sasche system is really that good..............I hope so. Getting pretty excited to try it out.

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