Some of you with long memories and too much time on your hands may recall a project I started two or three years ago entitled Black Beauty (named with tongue in cheek!). To briefly summarize, the bike was given to me by a friend of a friend who had inherited from a deceased brother. The bike came with the most elaborately detailed service record I have ever seen dating all the way back to pre-history (sometime in the mid-'80s) when first acquired by said brother. To put it mildly the bike had seen better days but unlike most of the bikes I acquire it was complete and still assembled. In fact it was so complete that in addition to the usual tupperware front and back it also included a siren and blue plastic air horns. The original mufflers had been replaced by welded on "cherry bombs" intended for the teenage hot rod crowd and the shelter and side panels had been painted with Rhino Liner then painted blue. A lovely combination.
New belts, new oil, new filters,battery and plugs and she started up. Not good but she started. I had a set of fresh GL1000 carbs setting on the bench for a project that I was working on so I installed those just to see how it would act with more or less decent carbs. Ran fine. I rode it around the neighborhood and to the gas station putting maybe twenty miles on, then parked it, removed the carbs and battery and there it sat in my car port for the next two years.
My plan all along was a restoration. The bike was titled in my name so I naturally thought I would keep it, maybe.
Now that I am wrapping up Red Belly, it is Black Beauty's time to shine, or what ever.
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Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment