Seems I messed around with my picasa hosting and the photos went up critter creek. Fixed now.
Just a brief update on the G/S.
I eventually got to the point where I could take her for a spin. She ran well higher up, but the lower revs left a lot to be desired. I was also having a bugger of a time starting her. Turns out a few things were happening. My LH cyl had 78lbs compression while my RH had 130. I guessed stuck rings caused by all the warm/freezing cycles ALL winter. A shot of marvels mystery oil quickly addressed that issue . The other issues were carb related on a big scale.
This chart helped a lot..the orange was my issue range;
1. I had flipped AND mixed up which carb the enricher circuits went on...basically making the chokes only mildly operational.
2. My main needle was in position 2 on one carb, 3 on the other. Only realized using a caliper.
3. I had replaced the #40 idle jets and it was idling like crap...replaced with #45..fixed. The 40 must have been a symtom fix to deal with crap orings by the PO
4. Installed 2.68 needle jets over the 2.66 jets to richen it up a bit on mid range
5. Pulled the 150 and installed 142s for main jets.
6. My timing was a bit retarded, fixed. I had initially figured static was fine...nope, dynamic is the place to be.
7. My right carb plate is a tad mis-aligned..not really fixable without some work, and some parts....It causes a slightly high idle...but livable.
8. Float needle still leaks on occasion...hoping it's just some crud that needs worked out..new everything so not much else I can do.
9. A sticky idle...again hoping it will sort itself out.
10. Brakes have been a bit of a headache, Still trying to get all the air out...I can't believe how much is in there
Even with air, the feel and grab is better than stock.
11. Blinker went all pear shaped...turned out to be a toasted resistor...put a physically bigger one in and solved the issue.....i think
12. Those lights....didn't last long before I broke them...
Like any airhead though...it is finicky and will always be played with. Not entirely convinced I would be willing to take the bike on a RTW. We do have the KLRs and they run like clockwork. They are also much cheaper to fix and get parts for in a pinch. We are currently updating them with better lights and gear. Taking the best of the KLE500 and the KLR650
Here are a few ride shots