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Break stuff! I finally got my FIRST motorcycle. I have wanted one for just over a DECADE. All I had to do was choose between my ex-wife or a bike. You see that I am now divorced. AHAHAHA!

Anyway, I am from Dalton, Ga. I am about to be 26 and I have had my bike since April. It started with 13,000 mi. and some change. I've since put 2400 on it. It was in poor/somewhat fair cosmetic shape and was in good running condition. I have since changed tanks ($100 eBay purchase) and repainted MANY parts of the bike. I have been working the rust off of various parts. It's fun to tinker with. I have used this forum for tutorials on coolant changes, etc. I find that I am always doing SOMETHING to my bike. My next projects have me mounting hard cases, getting some hypoid gear oil for the driveshaft, replacing a few coolant O-rings, steam cleaning the engine, replacing the signals, replacing the brake pads, cleaning & re-jetting the carbs, replacing the rusted bolts, and building a rear rack. The list goes on, of course.

It's an amazing machine for a 22yr old fart. It runs well. I have replaced the oil, oil filter, coolant, brake fluid, handle-bars, grips, placed extra lighting in the front and rear with a switch, repainted almost all the black and weathered plastic, replaced the broken clutch & brake levers, replaced the old cracked hoses, cleaned and lubed the air filter, replaced the tank, repainted the fenders to match, placed that Mylar 'chrome' trim, and stuff.

I got it for $1,200 and I have since spent ~$250 for paint, accs., replacement parts, new ('05) tank, etc. I didn't realize how much fulfillment there is in having this hobby. I love to go new places. Anyone in the area should let me know if they go for a trip.

Pics coming! I have my Boys this weekend. I should be free Monday-ish to snap some photos.



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Welcome to the group Mr Grimm. It`s good to get your fix from wrenchin` and ridin`. How old are your boys? Enjoy the ride, but stay safe for their sake and yours.

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Welcome. I'm told bikes can become addictive, but I'm not sure...

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Welcome to the group Mr Grimm. It`s good to get your fix from wrenchin` and ridin`. How old are your boys? Enjoy the ride, but stay safe for their sake and yours.

Aidan is 2 & 1/2 yrs.
Andrew is hardly 1 yr.


I get them today! Woo! Little guy's started walking. It's very zombie-ish and sweet. I see now why children start out so damn fat. They need the padding. I hope it won't be a problem if I post pics of them along with my bike. Aidan thinks it's amazing. That's not saying much, though. He thinks my bicycle is a motorcycle, too. I try my best to stay safe.
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Welcome. I'm told bikes can become addictive, but I'm not sure...
Yeah, and quickly, too. Worse than Methamphetamines. I am all about doing ****zen to my bike. It's fun to see what you can get for cheap and modify or upgrade.
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Welcome Mr. Grimm you're going to love it here. Soon you will have a sexy grill to put on that ride to make it look even better.

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welcome!!!!!! Lots of great folks here to help.
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I have had my bike since April and have already put 2600 miles on it. It is an
'87 with 15k.

I have:
Bled the brakes (DOT 4)
Oil change
Replaced oil filter
Replaced the coolant (no flush)

I am in the process of....
Replacing front brake pads
Replacing coolant 0-rings (leaking slightly above rear cylinder)
Replacing coolant and will flush


What other standard maintanence or necessary "for a new to me old bike" maintenance is there? Don't pull any punches. LINKS and TUTORIALS WELCOME!!

I know that the splines and final drive need gear oil and moly paste? How does that work and where to I get the stuff?

Also, my front discs/rotors? have rings in them from the brake pads. Does this need to be rectified or is that ok? I am told this may cause glazing of the brake pads? Do the front discs need to be changed or can someone machine them smooth?

Furthermore, I LOVE to drive. Does the rectifier need to be moved and where is the Tutorial? Any riders in my area? How do I find them? Thanks!!!

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