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post #6616 of 6912
fuuuuuuck

Went down to the garage to pull the throttle cables from the kz400 so I could measure them for replacements.
It has been sitting down there leaking gas. Not sure exactly where from (petcock seal? fuel line connection? dunno). The tank is pretty close to empty and there's a layer of yellowed gasoline on everything.

The carbs had refilled themselves. I had to move the bike over the winter when they were doing some work, it is possible that I did something to build up vacuum, to open the petcock and refill the bowls...because they were definitely drained when I put it away. Hopefully I got the nasty old gas out in time (it was stabilized, but it has been sitting for a while), because I don't want to have to clean them again.

Also noticed a gap in the seal for the starter motor cover that I don't remember seeing (not sure what else is in there). The cover is covered in a layer of gas...so I am scared to think what seeped through there.

Not relishing getting this thing running again (especially since the plan was to just prep it up for sale). Suspect I have to:
-Make sure all the gas is cleaned up.
-Do an oil and filter change (worried that gas made its way into the oil).
-Make sure carbs aren't gummed up, clean them if necessary
-Get fresh gas in the tank
-Hope and pray that it all still works
post #6617 of 6912

Yikes, did a gasket or something crack over the winter due to the cold?

What kind of bike is it again?

post #6618 of 6912
1979 kz400

I dunno how cold it gets in my building's garage...but I doubt it drops below freezing or anything. The spot they made me move it to seems a little more humid/damp than the place I had been keeping it in the prior winters...but it is covered and I don't think it is that bad or anything.

It has been sitting longer than before though...usually I would have had it out months ago (although it might not have been until december that I put stabil in the tank and pulled the battery).
post #6619 of 6912
Worst case is obviously buying more parts and putting more time into it...only to not be able to get it running again and being forced to try and sell a non-running 37 year old bike.

Best case would be that it starts right up after the above list of tasks...although I still have to sink some effort into it before selling.

Then again, I only paid $1300 for it and at this point have spent more than that on registration/city sticker/insurance...
A year ago, it was in better condition than I bought it, so I was thinking I could break even or even come out ahead (being I bought it in the burbs but can sell it to city-based purchasers who lack transportation)...but it's not the end of the world if I don't get most of that money back.
post #6620 of 6912
Sorry to hear about the leaks, otc, and hope things work out.
post #6621 of 6912
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

New gear alert.

Copped the Aether Eclipse jacket as I felt I should have a proper leather jacket for that Striple. Also, after getting completed soaked in the Adirondacks, I just copped these Spidi On-Road Goretex boots on clearout.

aether-eclipse-jacket.jpg

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Just need to get some waterproof gloves.
Curious to hear what you think of the boots. I've struggled to find some that are reasonably sturdy and protective but not so stiff that I lose too much feel on the gearshift.
post #6622 of 6912
Will do.
post #6623 of 6912
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post


Curious to hear what you think of the boots. I've struggled to find some that are reasonably sturdy and protective but not so stiff that I lose too much feel on the gearshift.

 

You ride too?

post #6624 of 6912
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You ride too?
Yep. Only for the past year or so. And not as often as I'd like - but that's true of many things given work, single parenting, etc.
post #6625 of 6912
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Worst case is obviously buying more parts and putting more time into it...only to not be able to get it running again and being forced to try and sell a non-running 37 year old bike.

Best case would be that it starts right up after the above list of tasks...although I still have to sink some effort into it before selling.

Then again, I only paid $1300 for it and at this point have spent more than that on registration/city sticker/insurance...
A year ago, it was in better condition than I bought it, so I was thinking I could break even or even come out ahead (being I bought it in the burbs but can sell it to city-based purchasers who lack transportation)...but it's not the end of the world if I don't get most of that money back.

Might be better off riding it after fixing it till next year depending on where you live because prices take a nose dive in August were i am.
post #6626 of 6912
Trini, where'd you score the gear?
post #6627 of 6912
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post


Yep. Only for the past year or so. And not as often as I'd like - but that's true of many things given work, single parenting, etc.

 

I feel your pain.  What do you ride?

post #6628 of 6912
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I feel your pain.  What do you ride?

This:


(stock photo - no windscreen on mine, and I put an extender on the left mirror because I didn't find the view of my shoulder particularly helpful)


I'm hoping to pick up something older and with a bit of character that I can tinker with (some of those cbr photos upthread are nice, and I've seen some cool moto guzzis around) but for my first bike I wanted something easy and reliable to practice on. I'm happy with the choice - it's lots of fun to ride.

I'm sort of interested in the Zero electrics, but they're a bit spendy for a second bike (especially if you opt for the bigger or second battery packs) for someone who still drives a car 90% of the time. Will have to get around to taking a test drive, though, for curiosity's sake.

I'm sure I could find this in the thread somewhere, but what's your poison?
post #6629 of 6912
Why the X and not the R or the Naked variant?
post #6630 of 6912
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Why the X and not the R or the Naked variant?

Sorry, duh. That's what I get for trying to multi-task. I did get the F, which is the naked variant of the R (prefer the aesthetics without the fairings). Couldn't figure out why the stock photo had the windscreen - that would explain it. Thanks for catching.

Corrected photo, minus my mirror tweak:

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