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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Naming New Bike "Orleans"

Hi, Folks -
For the last year and a half, we've all been warned about purchasing used cars 'cause they might have been Katrina survivors. Well, I have this funny feeling my new project bike is in that category. Last evening, as I was pulling off the battery box, some very, very fine sand came out of the wiring unit on the relay. I opened up the "shrink wrap" and it only went in about 3 inches, but it got me suspicious. So today, as I was pulling off the rear parts - fender, pinions, etc. - for cleaning, I noticed a ton of fine-grain sand under the fender, under the taillight on the fender, etc. I posted pics in an album in the Gallery (I don't know how to create a link to that - but look for my album titled "Cindy and Orleans"). Not the sorts of places one would look when checking out a bike, but...

Anyone else run into this problem yet? I was in St Bernard Parish back in April to help with the clean-up, and the vehicles that I saw there would never have run, not in a million years. But they definitely were covered in a fine, gray-brown sand/dirt. The fact that this bike is running is a plus. And maybe some young whipper-snapper rode it in a terrible rainstorm, and the much is simply from that? One can hope. Anyway, just thought I'd post this unsettling idea and see if there are any reactions from Forum members.

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Just judging from the pictures it is hard to tell. Most people don't wash under their fenders or under the tail tilghts or even hose wash their bikes. Consequently the finer stuff tend to settle there.
We recently bought back my husband's 90 Goldwing and it had sat in a workshop for 3 years. Bike looked clean after blowing it off but inside it was still coated with fine wood dust, yes even under some of the wire sleeves.
Like you said, the fact that it is running is a BIG plus. I doubt very much that a Katrina or even the NE Flood bikes would run.

However.. I think "Orleans" is a good name for the bike.. after all, it is going through a rebuilding process too *G*

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Cindy, when Floyd ripped thru the east and flooded the area most people remember bound brook NJ as the worst hit but Manville NJ took a beating also, I lived and worked in Jersey then and my boss lived in Manville he has a Harley that he parked in his shed. well his house flooded and while worrying about saving stuff from in there he forgot about the bike till after it was too late....the shed was completely under water, after the cleanup he changed the fluids and filters and rode and still rides it with nothing major done to it.
so give Orleans a thorough going over and I bet it will be fine, good luck with it
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You brought up a very good point Trashlord..
One of the MAJOR differences between the New Orleans flooding and the NE flooding is what was in the water.
New Orleans flood water besides having the sewage also had several other elements.. chemicals and salt water.
One of the problems with a regular flood damaged car is the interior. They never get properly dried out and mold and mildew set in, expecially in the upholstery, carpeting and panel liners.
If Cindy had found mold under the taillight assembly, I'd lean more towards a flood bike. As it looks though, I'd say no.. just accumulated road grime that you don't normally get to.

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Maybe it was ridden on a beach alot.

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Maybe it was ridden on a beach alot.
That'd be my guess. As well as the typical road grime that builds up.
Looks like you've got a good start on the rebuild Cindy.
Are you going to pretty much strip the bike down completely ?


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That'd be my guess. As well as the typical road grime that builds up.
Looks like you've got a good start on the rebuild Cindy.
Are you going to pretty much strip the bike down completely ?
Interesting point about the difference in floods (no question the stuff in NO was a mess), and about maybe someone just riding the bike around the shore. I'm certainly not seeing anything that looks like salt-related corrosion, so I'll just keep tearing her down and hoping for the best.

Yup, Buzz, I'm thinking total strip at this point. I've been accumulating all kinds of parts (solenoid, stator, etc.) over the summer, so anything that's looking funky I'm just going to replace. The exhaust pipes are pretty much shot, but I'm going to put the MACs on this bike (and re-stock my '92) so that's a "rip off and toss" deal. Looks like I might actually break into the carbs, too!

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