Archive for July, 2011

We had to make new mounts for the shocks, since the rear wheel bottomed out with the new frame shape.  Just made a few plates, ripped off the old mounts, measured a million times, then re-welded the mounts in their new position.  HUGE improvement.

We have also solved the dilemma of a speedo and tach, and at the same time the problem of mounting the ignition.  I had thrown on the stock cluster just to do a test, and in all actuality it looked like it belonged with the bike!!  So, now we are going to use it!

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First ride!

Posted: July 16, 2011 in 1982 Honda Ascot FT500

Finally got the replacement master cylinders in place and bled both breaks.  Then we fired up the bike with one push of the button and took it down the street!!  It rode great, smooth and shifted with ease.  There are some adjustments to be made, but this is a big step!  Video below!

Intake manifolds removed

Posted: July 10, 2011 in 1979 Suzuki GS550L

Started work on getting the Suzuki running normally again.  Took the carbs back off, then removed the intake manifolds.  The condition of the manifolds is pretty bad, but nothing not fixable.  The screws holding them all in place needed an impact driver to get out.  pics below of how the manifolds look.  I only took a picture of one, but all four are basically the same.

Sound Check!

Posted: July 9, 2011 in 1982 Honda Ascot FT500

After modifying the petcock so that it doesn’t use a vacuum, the bike starts right up and revs like a champ!  This video is from a cold start.  Now that the running problems are all set, we can concentrate on the breaks and small details.  The bike sounds amazing, video below!!