Monday, April 12, 2010
On Sunday, April 11, I finally finished getting the bike back together! It had gone through a lot of repairs the last few weeks, and a lot of Grateful Dead music, jazz and blues as well. I took a short shakedown ride yesterday afternoon, and it didn't seem like too much has shaking on Shakedown Street! I wanted to check the handling and the alignment of the forks and wheels after making all of my repairs, and while our road was rather bumpy, the bike seemed to handle just fine. I'll know more when I open her up a little and ride at 60mph. That, by the way, is probably going to be a common cruising speed on the trip.
So because of all this mechanical work, I haven't done much mapping recently. For those of you who weren't tuned in, we have a route planned from here to the western end of Oklahoma. From there on I have no maps made up, but I do have lots of ideas and suggestions to look at. I don't want to overdo it, though, so I am trying to leave plenty of room for interpretation.
Anyway, here's a list of what I got done on the bike over the last few weeks:
-Cleaned and re-adjusted carburetors
-repainted exhaust headers
-New Chain and Sprockets
-New rear wheel bearings
-New rear tire and tube
-New steering head bearings
-New fork seals and oil
-New front wheel bearings
-New front tire and tube
-New front brake pads
-New front brake lines (braided stainless steel)
-Speedbleeder installed on caliper
-New coils, plug wire and caps
-New points plate assembly (although I re-used my old points)
-Cleaned and repainted speedometer, tachometer, indicator panel, triple tree, and caliper
Well thankfully I employed good workshop skills, carefully separating and labeling parts and taking plenty of pictures. The old Honda is back together now and running better than ever!
Also, the upper triple tree broke on me. I think it was missing a spacer and was already cracked, so that when I took it off it fell apart. Ebay came to the rescue and I got another one from some salvage yard in Maine.
So the bike (mostly) ready to go in terms of mechanical condition, but there are a couple of things to button up. I will register it this week hopefully ride it often for the next two months. I want to dial it back in before the trip.
In an effort to not turn this into a technical blog, the next posting will be on route ideas for the West! We need to figure out a good way to see everything in the Southern Rockies, which is kind of a huge task. But I'll tackle it again this week.
I found a website called "Youtube" recently and uploaded a short snippet of a video of a 1971 Honda CB500 idling happily in the driveway. See it here:
So long 'til next time!