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Posted 2010-09-21 5:11 PM (#91605)
Subject: Lunatic


Posts: 694
Location: La Porte, IN
She's still ugly on the outside but that will soon change once it becomes too cold to ride. I picked the bike at the beginning of June for $300. It had not run in 6 years but included a few extra parts. The owner and I shoved the heavy beast on the trailer and I drove home happy and scared. The PO told me he thought the carbs needed to be rebuilt and that was about all. So began the journey.

Since then it has been a love and hate relationship. The beast never liked me. I rebuilt the carbs and gave it a new battery. It fired up but didn't run well. After lots of reading I started rebuilding/replacing everything that looked bad, leaked, or looked at me wrong.

Total that has been replaced:

- Battery 2x
- Plugs (4x)
- Wires
- Rebuilt the carbs
- Swapped points to electronic ignition
- Cleaned out gas tank
- Rebuilt petcocks
- New tires
- Powder coated wheels (Black)
- Replaced the air box with pods from Mike's XS
- New gas cap gasket from Mike's
- Changed all fluids except brakes
- Replaced the carb to engine boots
- removed carbs
- installed carbs
- removed carbs
- installed carbs (Repeat 10x)
- Replaced the clutch

Today I got it running right after drilling a hole in the crank to relocate the pin for the ignition. Finally rode it home. The tires need to be balanced badly, and I need to get the speedo working.

Eventually, I want it give it the cafe racer treatment. I want to paint the tank and seat dark blue metallic. I still need a contrasting color for the frame. Hide the electronics and battery in the seat to give it a really clean look. Pictures will be put up tomorrow. Thanks for all the help here to get it running. I couldn't have done it without this place. I'm going to have to donate now b/c this place is so darn helpful.

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