In late February I learned that dangerous things happen when you have drinks with friends who have more Motorcycles than you do, and you have ebay installed on your smartphone! the result? A Honda CL450 added to the stable for a few months. It went back up on ebay before I lost my mind again and bought the Enfield.
My new 1972 Honda CL450! Andrew and I went to pick it up, the ebay description said runs and shifts, it should have said runs and shifts on the centerstand! Took just 2 Months of spare time to sort it out…
Anyway here she is after some more money, and hours, and blood…
WOW! Time flies. Been so long since I posted, that I almost forgot how~ Last July I bought this 1968 Honda CL175 for Beth, this is the rare “sloper” version with no frame down tube, the engine is a stressed member. … Continue reading →
I started pulling the bike back down, I Tightened the loose timing chest. If I forgot to torque it, or the gasket compressed over time, I do not know. Next step is do the compression test, check timing and valves, and have a go at the carbs.
Well the bike has about 150 miles on it now, but as the summer wore on it got a little cranky, not wanting to rev over 4K. I have put a Uli Electronic ignition in it, but its still rubbish as far as running strong. More tinkering with the Dellortos in my future i suspect!
Things are good with the bike. Timing it with the light seems to be impossible so i did it “by ear” a couple if times, first setting was too retarded (as in the opposite of advanced), second setting works awesome when the bike is hot, but is too much advance for an easy cold start. So a setting in the middle should make it happy, hopefully get to that this week. ALso I think the idle jet may be too rich, because now when i use the enriching lever it just floods the bike out. So, minor adjustments, but it runs and stops, and steers, kinda. The friction disk for the steering damper has shattered so there’s no damping at present, i will have to order another set of disks and rivets, might as well do the headstock bearings while im in there, but that means taking the front all apart again, so i may wait for the first snow to fly before i do that. No new pictures, so why don’t we all admire Anke-Eve Goldman, instead?