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Re: New fork tubes

Post #16 by leggman » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:47 am

When I first got the bike a few years ago I changed all the fluids, cleaned the tank and went through the carbs using randakks kit. I also CHANGED THE BELTS.
It does start and run but I had some cooling issue questions as to the integrity of the fan switch and the temp sender. I have bench tested both of those and they work fine but I discovered play in the water pump so I am saving my pennies for a new impeller and gaskets.
I am thinking the ignition needs some love but until I get the water pump fixed I am having to wait on setting the timing.
I know in very rare occasions you find a low mileage bike that just needs a carb clean and it runs like new but this is not the case.
I bought the bike cheap fully knowing what I was getting and I am prepared to spend the time and money to get it road healthy. Will it be pretty? I doubt it, but will be safe before I let my son get on it.
It is just human nature to want something for nothing and it is the fabricator in me that would spend all day making a bracket that could be purchased for five bucks.
At this point in my life (just turned 60) I find myself unemployed (not my fault) and going back to school for two years so I have some free time to do what I really like to do and that is working on motorcycles.
My son (26) wants the bike and I have no problem with that but we are having a hard time finding a direction to take it.
I think he wants a cafe bike but to me a 600 pound cafe bike is pointless.
We will eventually settle on a style and I am sure that soon we will have a nice bike that is monetarily worth about half what we put into it. You can't put a dollar amount on fun and memories with your kids are priceless.
Sorry for the rant.
Dave

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Re: New fork tubes

Post #17 by Track T 2411 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:40 pm

leggman wrote:When I first got the bike a few years ago I changed all the fluids, cleaned the tank and went through the carbs using randakks kit. I also CHANGED THE BELTS.
It does start and run but I had some cooling issue questions as to the integrity of the fan switch and the temp sender. I have bench tested both of those and they work fine but I discovered play in the water pump so I am saving my pennies for a new impeller and gaskets.
I am thinking the ignition needs some love but until I get the water pump fixed I am having to wait on setting the timing.
I know in very rare occasions you find a low mileage bike that just needs a carb clean and it runs like new but this is not the case.
I bought the bike cheap fully knowing what I was getting and I am prepared to spend the time and money to get it road healthy. Will it be pretty? I doubt it, but will be safe before I let my son get on it.
It is just human nature to want something for nothing and it is the fabricator in me that would spend all day making a bracket that could be purchased for five bucks.
At this point in my life (just turned 60) I find myself unemployed (not my fault) and going back to school for two years so I have some free time to do what I really like to do and that is working on motorcycles.
My son (26) wants the bike and I have no problem with that but we are having a hard time finding a direction to take it.
I think he wants a cafe bike but to me a 600 pound cafe bike is pointless.
We will eventually settle on a style and I am sure that soon we will have a nice bike that is monetarily worth about half what we put into it. You can't put a dollar amount on fun and memories with your kids are priceless.
Sorry for the rant.
Dave

I wouldn't call it a rant, more like a philosophical statement, lol! One thing I will put out there: buying a 'rider' for $2000 still doesn't tell me that the water pump is going, or the wheel bearings have been replaced, or even proper maintenence done. Buying 'cheap' allows more money for these things, which I'd probably do to that $2000 'runner' anyway. My 2 cents...
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Re: New fork tubes

Post #18 by Track T 2411 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:49 pm

I would add that I see bikes 'resurrected' and sold as a runner with little attention payed to the important stuff, like brakes, lines, etc. Not picking on those who do it, but buyer beware...
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Re: New fork tubes

Post #19 by leggman » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:10 pm

Very true. At least if I have to go through it all I will know what I have. I think I will check the belts to make sure I am not a tooth off.

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Re: New fork tubes

Post #20 by RB » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:55 am

Sent PM re forks no response?
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Re: New fork tubes

Post #21 by taunusrainer » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:54 pm

I have some new ones on the shelf for a 76. Tubes and sliders. These are rare bears nowadays and more intended for a perfection resto. Also shipping from europe will be pricey. You need the chrome tubes if I understand correctly?
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Re: New fork tubes

Post #22 by low-side » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:31 pm

I'd jump on those Ebay forks. A lot cheaper than I'd sell them for.


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