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    That kind of looks like the rack I put on the Nighthawk 450.



    If I had a cool old bike like that in Oregon Id think about strapping on a tent and sleeping bag and taking a road trip to Summer Lake Hotsprings. Ive wanted to go there ever since reading about it in an Advrider ride report in 2012.


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    Something to think about, for sure, while the February rain comes down sideways and I get acquainted with my carburetors. And my brakes.

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    What the...

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    Here's a picture of uh, my carburetors.

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    S.U.'s on a Honda?

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    Keihin.

    Got them back together and no more off to the races at idle...but a little tuning still to come.

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    Quick release bowl, I like it.
    Snap.

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    Was there a reason to dismantle the carbs?
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    P.I. - see post #250 - full throttle all the time after startup



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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    S.U.'s on a Honda?
    keihen's no doubt
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    Have another slurp of coffee, Paul, and check out post #257... <grin>
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Was there a reason to dismantle the carbs?
    After the tank change process, motor was roaring wide open with throttle at idle.

    There was very little visible sediment in the carbs, but I guess it doesn't take much.

    The petcock was fairly dirty, but then it would be. Good news is that the not-as-cute new tank is pretty clean.

    Somebody installed these sintered bronze filters in the not-too-distant past.

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    Makes me wonder about a pinched cable or altered cable path if there were no beans and chocolate in the carbs.
    Related to the tank change.....
    Looking at the exploded parts drawing, er.. I mean photo , I also wondered if that needle is not centred or bent,
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    I dunno, but the cables were moving freely and the throttles were springing back as normal.

    Tell the truth, to reveal my ignorance, I don't really understand how a stuck needle could make the motor roar without air? The levers controlling the butterfly valves were functioning. And with the choke closed, the revs were normal. But when I opened the choke, the revs took off each time. How is that even possible if the butterfly valves are closed? Where would the combustion air be coming from?

    The upshot is, that particular symptom cured itself on remounting the carbs. I need to make some adjustments to the throttle cables and mixture screws to get back to full power. Working on other issues though while there's snow on the ground...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    S.U.'s on a Honda?
    I can see now how those smiley things work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I can see now how those smiley things work...
    Yeah - 'cause anyone could tell they're Amals...

    Oh right -
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    Concentrics?

    edit to add;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Concentrics?

    edit to add;
    Well yeah - it's a modern bike!
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    I really only bought an old bike for the carburetor jokes.

    Well worth it.

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    Letting things slide, eh? 'sOK - we're just needling you - 'cause you can do whatever floats your boat!
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    Ok, when I come to a hardware problem I like to think "what would Ledger do" right before I drink a beer and fire up the angle grinder.

    The cargo rack couldn't stay where it was, so I cut off the mounting bracket, pushed the rack forward 1.5" and up 1", made a couple galvanized twist straps, and bored a new hole in the frame bridge at the fender. Not bad really.

    But the hack I'm really a bit ashamed of is how I attached the hinges and locking pin to the replacement seat. Those are screws driven through with pointy ends up. To do it right, I need to remove the upholstery.

    What my wife calls a mexicanada. I have been a Mexican all my life and never knew it.

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    One more in a series of very similar pictures. Now with seat firmly attched and the rack in a better place. And look at all that snow!

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    Still working on my aesthetic development.

    This was nice. Looking out over Yamhill County this afternoon.

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    I had a set of that style carb on a 68 CB450.. they had the same tendency to stick and I fixed it by making two large, light coil springs to preload the pistons down. Problem solved, riding ensued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    I really only bought an old bike for the carburetor jokes.
    Choke cable stuck...? My old VT500 was a bugger for that. Didn't feel wide open though - I'd have picked the butterfly valve sticking for that one, but did rev very high when warm
    Could only have been the valves no?

    Tried to find a pun for choke/joke, too tired...
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    This was a close as I came to your icon, an XL 350.



    A very capable bit of gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    This was a close as I came to your icon, an XL 350.

    A very capable bit of gear.
    No doubt. And fidgeting with tuning two carburetors, I have felt a twinge or two of desire for a single cylinder.
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    The over revving could have been related to a major air leak in the carb mountings. Sounds like it is cured anyway!
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Well, happy to report a minor mechanical triumph. Cleaned brake drums thoroughly with brake cleaning fluid and installed new pa- err, shoes.

    Braking is massively improved. Much more touch and modulation, rather than the instant binding I was experiencing.

    I determined that the old shoes were not original equipment but they were heavily varnished and a little misshapen.

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    Tons of meat on those old ones, the drums themselves aren't grooved/ ridged by the looks of the linings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Tons of meat on those old ones, the drums themselves aren't grooved/ ridged by the looks of the linings.
    Yeah, I think they would still be serviceable with a good sanding. But the new ones are mail order so, on they go.

    Drums are in good shape and the new shoes match up nicely.

    Bike is running like a top and stopping on a dime. Well, on a silver dollar anyway.

    I've got more replacement parts coming though. Not sure where I'm going with this...

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    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    So, the clutch lever perch was cracked, the horn button was caput, and the right turn signal was down to sort-of working. Kind of neat that a new assembly can be had for a 46 year old bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    So, the clutch lever perch was cracked, the horn button was caput, and the right turn signal was down to sort-of working. Kind of neat that a new assembly can be had for a 46 year old bike...

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    Shiny!

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    Up to Wheeler Basin in the Coast Range this morning. In my new armored boots.

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