This week has been a lot of work getting everything together so the bike is running well.
I got new carb diaphragms from JBM industries. They are really nice quality and a huge improvement over the old stock ones. You can see the new one from JBM on the left and the old crumpled one on the right that is 35 years old.
I also had the opportunity to polish some of the aluminium covers. I didn’t want to go for a mirror shine but just enough to make the bike look like it was made out of higher quality materials.
I installed a new tail light and turn signals in the rear. They are both LED and super bright. I made some simple L brackets and came off the back of the license plate mount to hold the signals on.
I also upgraded the the top triple with a polish job and Aluminium solid riser bushings from Hugh’s Handbuilt. They are much sturdier than the stock rubber ones. The handlebars do not move at all anymore. Goodbye flexing every time I try and turn the bike.
While the tank and side covers were away being painted I wanted to prep a temporary tank so I could still ride the bike around. I had an old late model tank lying around but never used it because of the peeling away tank liner. It was really bad. And I really didn’t want to just fill it with nuts and bolts and shake it for hours at a time. So I decided (against my better judgement) to cut it upen and use my hands to remove the old gunk.
I found some Emgo Reverse Cone mufflers online for about $100 for the pair. IT was a little tricky installing them. The stock headers are double walled so I had to use an adapter to connect the upper pipe to the muffler directly to prevent exhaust leaks. They have a removable baffle which you can wrap more insulation around to lessen the noise. Very cool for the price and they give a great sporty sound to the bike.
I managed to get all of the tank liner out and started to prep for welding. It was very thin sheet metal with many compound curves so welding would be very tricky. Plus there was a large 1/8″ gap to fill as well.
As luck would have it I got my tank and side covers back from paint the day after I finished welding the gas tank. It was painted in House of Kolor Lapis Blue. Then covered in clear coat. It looks a little purple in the dark but has a nice brilliant blue in the sunlight.
I got the seat back from the upholsterer. He did a great job and did exactly what I asked. I threw it on the bike and loosely put on the side covers and paint for a photo. The wheels are not back from the tire guy so I have an old front wheel as a stand in.