Meet the Camel

A forum for stories, pics and updates of your resto's. Be it a barn find, Grampas hand me down or a bike being brought back to it's former glory.If you are restoring it, show us your stuff!

Moderators: Brant, Sagebrush, Forum Moderators

Post Reply
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#31

Post by Easter »

Here are some additional views and the final result after paint. The fit is tight but does not touch the swing arm.
Attachments
image25.jpeg
image25.jpeg (79.36 KiB) Viewed 490 times
image26.jpeg
image26.jpeg (78.48 KiB) Viewed 490 times
image27.jpeg
image27.jpeg (74.31 KiB) Viewed 490 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
5speed
Honored Life Member
Honored Life Member
Posts: 5311
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:37 pm
Location: Nova Scotia Canada

Re: Meet the Camel

#32

Post by 5speed »

Easter wrote: Tue Dec 12, 2023 9:43 am
rcmatt007 wrote: Mon Dec 11, 2023 9:14 pm yeah, but if only I can remenber... what were we talking about?
If I can't remember where the part came from I either throw it away or paint it black and bolt it on wherever it will fit. :IDTS:
that is happening more and more.
paint it black and put it back. :-D
1982 1100 standard. (sold)
1986 Yamaha FJ1200
2000 Yamaha Roadstar
1976 GoldWing. running but not on the road
1978 Goldwing. future cafe project.
2019 Can-Am ryker (boss's new ride)

2002 Shadow American Classic(sold)
1983 Shadow 500. (sold)
User avatar
5speed
Honored Life Member
Honored Life Member
Posts: 5311
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:37 pm
Location: Nova Scotia Canada

Re: Meet the Camel

#33

Post by 5speed »

Easter wrote: Fri Jan 26, 2024 6:10 pm The keys provided fit the ignition but not the shelter so that is a problem to solve.

Rekeying the locks isn't difficult. I did it for the bags on my 82. You can either buy the wafer kit on amazon and file to fit or what I did, remove the ones that sticking up when the key is in the lock cylinder. It wouldn't take much to unlock it with a screw driver but I locked them more for extra security so I wouldn't lose the lid on a ride.
1982 1100 standard. (sold)
1986 Yamaha FJ1200
2000 Yamaha Roadstar
1976 GoldWing. running but not on the road
1978 Goldwing. future cafe project.
2019 Can-Am ryker (boss's new ride)

2002 Shadow American Classic(sold)
1983 Shadow 500. (sold)
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#34

Post by Easter »

Thanks five speed, I remembered a tutorial on here somewhere but haven't gotten around to looking it up. I will probably just remove the ones that stick up and prevent turning.
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#35

Post by Easter »

For those worried about wheels, I have started the process. Yesterday I mounted the forks and today I started removing the old tires from the wheels. The tires are hard as a camels hoofs and just as pliable. I don't have a shop yet but I do have a Kubota bead breaker. That doesn't make it much easier to get the tire off the rim but it is a start. Interestingly the front tire is way large for the rim so it pooches out about an inch on both sides. I can't imagine what it was like to ride that way.
Attachments
image28.jpg
image28.jpg (134.45 KiB) Viewed 448 times
image29.jpeg
image29.jpeg (137.65 KiB) Viewed 448 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
Fred Camper
Vice President
Vice President
Posts: 6858
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:38 pm
My Album: http://www.ngwclub.com/gallery/v/wingmans/Jeff+Bozeman/
Location: Metro Detroit
Contact:

Re: Meet the Camel

#36

Post by Fred Camper »

Where did you get the bead breaker? I need one like that.
Proud member of the NGW Cartel (Rochester MI)
1977 GL1000 BADDOG (April 2012 BOTM)
1976 LTD - '993 LTD...and so it begins'

You should remember that it's peace of mind you're after and not just fixing the machine. R.Pirsig
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#37

Post by Easter »

Fred Camper wrote: Mon Jan 29, 2024 10:10 am Where did you get the bead breaker? I need one like that.
It wasn't easy to find. Bought it back during covid and they were sitting in shipping containers in California. Had to wait about three months for delivery. A life saver for clearing the oak scrub on my place. Great for tires too.
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#38

Post by Easter »

Removing the tires from the rims was a bit more physically involved than breaking the beads, but a sawzall helps a lot.
Attachments
image30.jpeg
image30.jpeg (93.98 KiB) Viewed 296 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#39

Post by Easter »

No dramatic progress, but if you look closely you will notice the rebuilt calipers and brake lines are installed and the exhaust headers and mufflers are present. I am still working on the right exhaust as it does not line up with the left. I think a slit in the adapter will allow it to be bent into alignment, then re-welded. I am working today on the headlight brackets, trying to repurpose the fairing weight brackets. We will see how that works. The battery could not be resuscitated so another is on order. Might be here today. If and when, I will then start the process of making it run.
Attachments
image31.jpeg
image31.jpeg (112.89 KiB) Viewed 295 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#40

Post by Easter »

OH happy happy day! It's alive! After I got the new battery installed, I had an oil pressure light but no response to the starter button. I fiddled around with the solenoid and eventually determined that it was fine but somewhere in the wiring I had no ground. Consequently the solenoid would not close. For now I wired a temporary ground and it turns over good with the starter button. I sprayed a bit of two stroke fuel into the plenum and got a response so went ahead and put three or four gallons of gas in the tank. After spraying into the plenum a few more times while cranking, it fired up and ran surprisingly well. I don't have a radiator on yet so only ran it a few minutes but seems good. I believe the problem with the ground is in the throttle control (kill switch) and have put one on order. Next task is the radiator.
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
wingrider
SUPER BIKER!!!!
SUPER BIKER!!!!
Posts: 3689
Joined: Thu May 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Location: Maple Lake, MN USA

Re: Meet the Camel

#41

Post by wingrider »

Always fun to hear them come back alive...
2002 1800 Wing
2001 Valkyrie Interstate
1978 1200 EFI Wing with Motorvation Coupe Royale sidecar
1977 1200 Wing cafe/bobber project
1974 Suzuki GT550
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#42

Post by Easter »

Assembly is still going swimmingly. Headlight and front running lights plugged in and worked first attempt. I do not have the blinker box so the turn signals aren't working yet. Brant is sending me a set of tail lights and rear turn signals so I should be able to hook them up in a day or so. As you can see the fenders are on but at some point all the tupperware will have to come back off for paint. The gas and temp gauges work, the tach works and I installed a horn this morning. Wheels are scheduled for sandblasting on Saturday but will have to be painted before tires are mounted. That may take a couple of weeks. It seems to be charging properly but I can't check the clutch yet. Radiator is showing no sign of leaking and the water pump and fan sensor seem to be working properly so most of the open questions are resolved favorably. anim-cheers1
Attachments
image1.jpeg
image1.jpeg (111.88 KiB) Viewed 112 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
rcmatt007
Treasurer
Treasurer
Posts: 31296
Joined: Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:48 pm
My Album: http://www.ngwclub.com/gallery/v/wingmans/rcmatt007/
Location: New River Valley, Virginia

Re: Meet the Camel

#43

Post by rcmatt007 »

you are making more progress than I am on putting my 78 back into service
-Rodger-
all it takes for evil to prosper is the want of a few good men to do nothing-Edmund Burke
The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" ALMOST DONE
79 project, finished, FOR SALE
'86 1200 (Beth's)(FOR SALE) with motorvation sidecar (sidecar sold) , July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's) (FOR SALE). I guess you can say we have MBS
User avatar
Easter
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2980
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 am
Location: South of Houston 100 miles

Re: Meet the Camel

#44

Post by Easter »

rcmatt007 wrote: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:17 pm you are making more progress than I am on putting my 78 back into service
The weather is probably a bit better here in February plus I am retired!

Just wanted to add a couple of updates. Brandt sent me a set of taillight and turn indicators which are now wired in. It is really unusual to see these without any rust but these are almost new looking. Thanks again Brandt. Also of note, my right hand control assembly was cracked and not very pretty so I ordered this one from ebay. I suspect it is made in China but maybe not. It was very reasonably priced and seems to be equal in quality to the original oem. When my solenoid failed to activate (mentioned above at first start up) I suspected the kill switch because of the crack but it turned out the problem was simply that the neutral sensor wire was not plugged together. Now that I think about it, makes sense as it is part of the "no start in-gear" safety circuit.

Speaking of the tail light assembly, I have never owned a wing with the oem lights, except a couple of full dress Aspencades. THEY ARE REALLY BIG!! Hope I don't catch my leg on them while mounting the bike.
Attachments
image10.jpeg
image10.jpeg (94.3 KiB) Viewed 40 times
image11.jpeg
image11.jpeg (68.76 KiB) Viewed 40 times
image12.jpeg
image12.jpeg (112.87 KiB) Viewed 40 times
image13.jpeg
image13.jpeg (113.62 KiB) Viewed 40 times
Bikes at present:

83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine
And a slightly worse for the wear BMW GS adventure bike awaiting repair
83 GL in process :IDTS:
User avatar
rcmatt007
Treasurer
Treasurer
Posts: 31296
Joined: Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:48 pm
My Album: http://www.ngwclub.com/gallery/v/wingmans/rcmatt007/
Location: New River Valley, Virginia

Re: Meet the Camel

#45

Post by rcmatt007 »

yes I started mine when I was retired and then WHATTHEHELLWASITHINKING, went back to work. Retired again end of march
-Rodger-
all it takes for evil to prosper is the want of a few good men to do nothing-Edmund Burke
The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" ALMOST DONE
79 project, finished, FOR SALE
'86 1200 (Beth's)(FOR SALE) with motorvation sidecar (sidecar sold) , July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's) (FOR SALE). I guess you can say we have MBS
Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Members Restorations and Projects”