So I’ve been riding this guy around a little now, breaking it in and working out the kinks. This bike is SUPER loud which I should probably do something about…But what? Anyway, I’m just a tail light away from finished so I thought I’d snap some nice pics while I have the equipment borrowed for a photo shoot. Notice I did this build in less than a month! Woohoo!
So turns out this poor thing has been running stupid rich which has lead to gas in my oil, and some smoking! The culprit was a way-too-thin needle. Here is the new (thicker) and old side-by-side.
That may not look like much but for needle taper that is HUGE! The fact that you can even see a difference in the picture shows how significant it is. So here she is finally tuned up properly and ready to hit the road as my new companion.
Once I had the motor mounted I wanted to see it slightly mocked up, so I put the tank on and…THE MOTOR IS IN THE WAY! UGH! The tank sat about 6″ off the frame, at about a 45 degree angle up, being pushed away by the tall engine. I totally didn’t even think about that as an issue! Stupid…So I did this.
I’m not proud of it! But I think I have a plan. You’ll see tomorrow. As for now, here is the tank sitting on it now all cut up underneath.
Very compact! Tomorrow’s goals = fix gas tank, and tear down the motor!
Mission success! I got the motor completely mounted in the frame today…Took all day though. Lots of cutting, drilling, and welding. I’m so glad I got a drill press, it makes life SO much easier!
Here are some of my mount welds…
There is a fine line between under and over building stuff like this. One welder quick tip, PREP PREP PREP! The cleaner the metal the cleaner the weld.
Now to work out any kinks I’ve created.