"New" brakes have arrived, and I managed to get yet another RH cylinder cleaned, reassembled, and reinstalled on the bike. I now have enough pressure in the front brakes to stop the bike while rolling in the garage...once I pump them up (so there's still air in there somewhere). I'm letting them sit for a few days to look for leaks; if I don't find any evidence of leaks, I'll try bleeding them again :crosses_fingers:
On a more positive note, I managed to come across enough funds -- and spousal approval, lol -- to pick up the new shocks I wanted. Hagon 2810 TTSA's on the way! Should make for a nice 2-up ride.
As cliched as it sounds, I've decided to mostly black out the bike, so on my to-do list: remove the crash bars, passenger grab rails, fenders, and clutch lever, clean them, and paint them with either black roll bar paint or the Dupli-color Blackout Shadow paint that I used on my XS750 tank. The plastic shelter covers and side covers will also come off, get sanded down to bare plastic, have the Honda and GL1000 emblems removed, and be painted satin black. I've got a spare set of wheels, so I most likely won't touch the wheels already on the bike, but will probably paint the spares in the future.
I'll have to do something with the mirrors, too. Aesthetically, they don't work, and, since they are pretty much the same as the mirrors on my wife's CB750, I'm not optimistic about them functionally, either. I'm the road captain in the group I ride with, so being able to see what's happening behind me is important (the only reason I didn't go with bar-end mirrors, like I did on my XS750). I've got a couple of ideas in mind, but...later. Let's get it running, first.
One other question for the gurus: when I first started the bike, after it had been sitting for a year (-ish -- I don't know how long, exactly), there were a few drips from the water pump. The last two times...nothing. Is that "normal" or should I proceed with my plans to replace water pump gaskets? Was it just lack of use, or is this a warning that I should address before it really becomes a problem?
2009 Suzuki V-Strom 650
1977 Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project
1978 GL1000 "new" resto-mod project
2006 Triumph Speed Triple