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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, folks! :wave:
Been here a couple of months, reading a lot.
I like your forum very much.
I'm in southern, western, middle Tennessee in the backwoods.

As a kid, I put Briggs & Stratton engines on 3 wheeled lawnmower frames, Clinton engines on bicycles... etc. Always wanted a motorcycle but protective parents wouldn't allow. Went to bed with HD Super 10, Pacer and Cushman Eagle shiny brochures under my pillow.

Fast forward.... while stationed in the Navy in Sicily in 1970, bought a '70 Triumph Bonneville 650. Melded with it on the winding roads of Mt Etna. It was like new but second hand to me. Italy required owners to take their vehicles out of the country periodically to renew some kind of legal papers. The previous owner failed to do so, but I didn't know til later, therefore the bike was now stuck within the confines of Sicily.
There was a squadron of P3 Orions from Brunswick, Maine getting ready to return after a six month stay. I removed the tank and front wheel, packed it between mattresses in a rolling hanger toolbox and the bike and I hitched a ride to Maine for thirty days leave. On arriving in Maine, a friend got me a gallon of gas after reassembly and I was off to Tennessee.
Sold it regrettably, but bought a Fiat Spider convertible when I got back to Sicily.

Fast forward to 2005. Bought a 1100 Honda Shadow Spirit from my son, but laid it down in a tight curve. Young girl on my side of the road... and no where to run. Bike and I survived but decided it wasn't the bike for me... did not meld. My brother bought a 2005 Vulcan 750. He let me ride it up the road and I fell in love with it... same feeling of control as with the Bonneville but more power.
So, I bought a 2006 Vulcan 750.

Due to a heavy work load and several illnesses it sat for four or five years. Amazingly, it cranked right up after cleaning it up and new battery. Soon discovered it didn't have power and wouldn't go over 50mph. Tried the back-blow procedure after soaking in sea foam several times. This changed its running some but didn't fix. Around 50, it would suddenly surge and leap forward. No thanks!
Time to remove carburetors. Hmm... surge box, ear shave? Yep!
Thanks to you guys it all went smoothly and now the bike runs like new, but I think better. Had always thought I'd leave it stock, but I'm glad I did the complete ear shave. Cleaned the jets and left stock. Took the whole carburetor apart but all of it was like new. Main jet and tiny lateral holes plugged.

Found a 2005 V750 with 6000 miles online in Indianapolis which I arranged for my youngest son to buy. He loves it and has been riding it 8 miles to work everyday while I've been working through my carburetor difficulties.

This forum has been a great help to both of us. I hope to contribute for other's benefit as I can.

Thank you all!

The road pours beneath my wheels!

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I had a couple of 1100 Shadows myself. The first one was pretty good. It was the earlier 1986 model, which had good power. Ergonomics were a little off for me, and I didn't have what I needed to do forward controls at the time. Was ready for something else and sold it after 3 years. The second one was a 1999 Shadow Spirit. I think that bike was geared too high. It just never seemed to have enough power to make it fun. Also wasn't particularly comfortable. Otherwise was extremely reliable. . . .

I've got home-made forwards and Corbin seat on my '03. Have been having lots of fun!

Glad to have you here--always good to have more ideas and experiences to draw from!

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Around 1970, I was discouraged by my folks about putting a lawnmower engine on a wood plank with bicycle wheels on the back and tricycle wheels up front, steered by a rope and my feet. Guess I never should've seen Don Garlits. Brakes? Clutch? Splinters!

Have never regretted the earshave, only had the carbs off once, so far.

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I had a couple of 1100 Shadows myself. The first one was pretty good. It was the earlier 1986 model, which had good power. Ergonomics were a little off for me, and I didn't have what I needed to do forward controls at the time. Was ready for something else and sold it after 3 years. The second one was a 1999 Shadow Spirit. I think that bike was geared too high. It just never seemed to have enough power to make it fun. Also wasn't particularly comfortable. Otherwise was extremely reliable. . . .
Yeah, 'ergonomics' were wrong for me too. I have no doubt 'extremely reliable' though.

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I've got home-made forwards and Corbin seat on my '03. Have been having lots of fun!

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Around 1970, I was discouraged by my folks about putting a lawnmower engine on a wood plank with bicycle wheels on the back and tricycle wheels up front, steered by a rope and my feet. Guess I never should've seen Don Garlits. Brakes? Clutch? Splinters!
On the first lawnmower three wheeler I built, the brake was the sole of my foot on the front wheel. My shoes didn't last long.

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Have never regretted the earshave, only had the carbs off once, so far.
I doubt that I'll ever regret it either.
I've got a huge box full of plastic parts, hoses, clamps, etc, that from my point of view were not needed and with their removal I have much better access to the engine and carburetors.

I've read lots of your posts. Very helpful!

Thanks for the welcome!

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On the first lawnmower three wheeler I built, the brake was the sole of my foot on the front wheel. My shoes didn't last long.



I doubt that I'll ever regret it either.
I've got a huge box full of plastic parts, hoses, clamps, etc, that from my point of view were not needed and with their removal I have much better access to the engine and carburetors.

I've read lots of your posts. Very helpful!

Thanks for the welcome!
You're welcome, and thanks. I like to help if I can, it keeps me off the streets.
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