Thanks, Tom. And yeah, I did notice Dave's bikes since I've been here. He's right down my alley
After getting the bike home it didn't take long to appreciate "the left side drop" comments I was seeing. At first I thought I got away with just a little damaged pride, but then I started noticing the temp gauge reading hotter and hotter....yup. I pooched my fan. Melted the fan hub, which I'm sure you are all familiar with. I was shocked at the price of a replacement, so it was off to the barn to turn up a new hub.
^^^ Back in business!
Some previous PO went to town on the air box door. Not exactly my style, especially considering the air box's new-found ability to suck hot air off the muffler it shares a side cover with! I patched that up, but something went wonky with my camera flash, I think. It looks like I just smeared common duct tape on there, but I swear that's actually carbon fiber!
All the typical things that you always inspect on a new bike got looked over: loose/missing fasteners, forks flushed ( one was nearly dry ), brakes flushed, bearing inspected, spokes,etc...but I mentioned earlier that I bought this as a "mechanics special". The oil drain plug hole was stripped and the plug was wrapped with teflon tape to keep it from falling out. I figured if Ford and Chevy have kept gear oil contained inside axles and gearboxes with pipe plugs since...well, forever...then it should work for me, too. A few minutes with a 1/4" NPT tap under a steady flush of used oil did the trick!
Another issue was a random no-start issue. I wasn't aware the bike even had a side stand switch when I went to look at it, but I've seen my share of bad clutch switches. Jiggling the lever brought the bike to life, so I was confident that's all that was wrong. You guys here helped me to defeat all those nanny switches, so all that is fixed. And so far I hadn't spent a dime!
Well, other than a oil filter, but I discovered the bypass pipe is missing, so that'll wait until parts arrive.
I have to give a shout out to Tom for his youtube video on the 22 cent mod. I found that early in my interweb digging and I am confident that video has saved my enrichener fittings life! Thank you. I wanted to give the carb a quick cleaning and I know I would have never thought to check for something like that. Rather than hunting down a few washers to do a proper "22 cent mod", I just nipped the tip off one of these....hey, you use what ya got on hand...and it worked!