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It's FINALLY time to reassemble these Mikuni MK2 Carbs and get them ganged together and installed so I can see if this bike is even going to run. With luck I'll be posting a video of the first start up tomorrow night.

 

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Hey Mr Parallel. There is no reason to think it won't run if it was before your Dad put it away.
Looking forward to seeing that video.

A bloke who's name I can't recall was a security bloke at a place I used to work had an XS850, a red one and absolutely loved it and for good reason too.
He also had an XS 1.1 ( a black one) in the shed with only 300km on the clock that he wouldn't ride because (his words) it scared the bejesus out of him. Anyway I bought it off him and rode it for a couple of years until I traded it in on an XJ 900, much lighter and just as quick.


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They were nice bikes Guy. Bit of a cult thing too, good for the ego aswell. There was nothing bigger and the local cops had 'em too but with all the gear they carried my 1.1 was faster. :flute:Don't ask how I know.:biggrin:

Ahhh, the good ole daze.


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Well... no video of the first start up tonight as I ended up having more work to do before I could even begin reassembling the carbs.

Add to that the fact that some of the parts from the parts kit didn't fit and needed to be modified... wish I had known before about that "known problem." Also, I had promised my Son that I'd take him to see Captain America The Winter Soldier so I had to cut the day short (in retrospect I'm glad I did as we had a pretty good night out just the two of us).
 

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It's FINALLY time to reassemble these Mikuni MK2 Carbs and get them ganged together and installed so I can see if this bike is even going to run. With luck I'll be posting a video of the first start up tomorrow night.

Parellel,sure you dont have a mild dose of OCD :biggrin:. Sorry mate, that pic just reminded me of the old Pink Floyd vid. "The Wall" when he was tripping out in the motel room and lined everything up all over the floor. Good to see you taking care, because carbs can be fiddley. The old XS will look great when you get it all back together, cant wait to hear it going, your dad would be proud. I bet he is sitting back with a big grin on his face right now. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Stick to the standard pipes if ya can, my mates never run right once he put 3 into 1s on his, but over here there was no other option, they are impossible to find and carby kits where just as hard, but that old XS went forever, even with the flat spot.

GUS
 

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Do those carbs need to be sync'd? Only reason I ask is because a year or so ago I was considering a carb'd ural and they had to have their carburetors sync'd, although I think it had something to do with them being an antiquated boxer.
 

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Do those carbs need to be sync'd? Only reason I ask is because a year or so ago I was considering a carb'd ural and they had to have their carburetors sync'd, although I think it had something to do with them being an antiquated boxer.
Yep, they sure do need to be sync'd. Right now I have them "bench sync'd", but once I get the jetting right I'll sync them using a set of vacuum sync sticks.
 

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I still have some work to do before it's running right as I have a float issue or something similar (gas ran out of the carb when the petcock was on without the motor running). Then I need to rejet these carbs to get the right fuel air mixture right and finally I'll need to synch them up. Before I can take it for a test ride I need to install the new throttle cable and the new clutch cable (here's to hoping there's nothing wrong with the transmission). Also, The choke lever needs a polymer bushing and the ball and springs for the detents. The rest is just a matter of spit and polish and bolting the parts back on

 

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Thanks y'all. There is a concern that with the float not shutting down the flow of fuel and that fuel coming out of the air filter that there's a possibility of a gasoil condition. For those who do not know, gasoil occurs when gas gets past the piston and mixes with the engine oil in the crankcase thereby breaking down the lubricating properties and destroying the motor by seizing bearings. Yesterday morning I checked and I couldn't really tell if the level had risen nor could I definitively say I could smell gas in the oil. However, out of an abundance of caution I went ahead and did an oil and filter change. Better to be safe than sorry.
 

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Thanks y'all. There is a concern that with the float not shutting down the flow of fuel and that fuel coming out of the air filter that there's a possibility of a gasoil condition. For those who do not know, gasoil occurs when gas gets past the piston and mixes with the engine oil in the crankcase thereby breaking down the lubricating properties and destroying the motor by seizing bearings. Yesterday morning I checked and I couldn't really tell if the level had risen nor could I definitively say I could smell gas in the oil. However, out of an abundance of caution I went ahead and did an oil and filter change. Better to be safe than sorry.
Got that right.

I don't know if ALL keihin CV carbs are the same, but if they are, I can post a pic in here out of my Harley service manual for what the float should be set at if you need it; let me know.


Carbs sure are easy to work on, but EFI is so much nicer aint it? LOL
 

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New Mission: Roar On The Shore 2014!

I grew up in Warren Pennsylvania which is about an hour East of Erie... AND sometime in July I need to travel to Warren to close my Dad's estate. Man... wouldn't it be cool if I could get his vintage Yamaha that I've been restoring finished in time to trailer it up there so I could attend Roar ON The Shore 2014? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... particularly when his bike was purchased in Erie.



I think I have a new mission... I need to get this bike finished in time to trailer her back up there for this.
 

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I'm aware that many of you are probably growing weary of my public pity party. However, I believe that it's nearly over with this latest bit of inspiration. So... if you'd be so kind as to indulge me for just a bit longer we can wrap this up. :D

As most of you know my Sister and I lost our Dad this past Christmas. His passing brought back many emotions that I thought I had put behind me long ago. There was a time in which I had resentment in my heart for my Dad over some of the things that he did (or did NOT do) after he and our Mother got divorced. When I married Mrs Parallel she convinced me that nothing is more important than family and that led to my Dad and I repairing our once fractured relationship. My Dad and I would talk at least once a week and often we would talk for hours. Sometimes those conversations could be described as talking about nothing, but not always. We did have opportunities to discuss things of substance about many subjects and we did so often. Most importantly we discussed in an oblique manner the resentment that I felt and his reasons for his actions. I had determined that no matter his past mistakes he was my Dad and I Loved him no matter what.

In the days after his death I learned some things about my Dad that I didn't know, and that knowledge made me reexamine my criticism of him. For one thing, my own growth as a man and my acknowledgement of the flaws in my own character has allowed me to see things through his eyes more than when I was younger. For the past few months I've spend a LOT of time out in my garage restoring Dad's vintage Yamaha. This time has also allowed me to reflect upon all of those emotions that had returned and I am glad that they have. This time... I have truly found peace with the past and can fully Love and Respect my Dad in the manner he deserves. Last night I was up late reflecting upon this new found understanding and... I was inspired.


 
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