Great place for OEM parts. Had stuff the dealer didn't. Get schematics for any part your working on.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Final Words

I can still smell Betty's exhaust as she rode off with her new owner.

After putting about 50 miles one her, I found that she was under geared (only a 4 speed), too small, (had to sit on passenger seat and spread my legs) and incomplete ( still needs fine tuning and some other stuff.)

I enjoyed riding the Harley but it wasn't the greatest ride. The Vulcan is much more comfortable and reliable. Plus I don't need to go through the hassle of getting a title for it.

The icing on the cake was when my wife told me that I looked good on the Vulcan and silly on the Sportster because it was so small.

I'd had fun with her, but I'm glad she's gone.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Parting Ways

I've decided to sell Betty and keep the Vulcan.

I just received the front brake master cylinder in the mail and once I install it, she's going to a new home.

I rode her around a little back and forth to work once. I decided I like the Vulcan better. Betty still needs a little work and is still a little on the ugly side.
Another major reason I'm selling it is because I never got the title for it, the guy I'm selling it to has gotten bonded titles before and though it's a pain, it's worth it if you really want the vehicle. He wants it more then I do.

I did ride it a little. A total of about 20 miles. ( with no front brake... not for the weak willed.) I felt like a real bad a$$ with the ape hangers and LOUD drag pipes.

I'll be getting a few hundred dollars more then I invested plus another bike in good condition. Part of the sale includes a 77 KZ650. This is reminiscent of the KZ750 I rode in High School. I'd say the Kawi is worth $600 or so.

All in all, it was an excellent experience and though I didn't see the project to 100% of my vision, I had alot of fun and am completely satisfied with the result.

Had I got the title as promised when I bought it, (Shane is a giant douche), things may have been different.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Glamour Shots

Took her out for a little ride.

The Carb still isn't right it runs very rich.

Also still no front brake.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Now we're real close

I can count on one hand what I have left to do.
  1. Mount the newly painted rear fender (this also includes attaching the brake light and licence plate bracket)
  2. Fine tune the carburetor
  3. Install the front brake master cylinder (it's in the mail). And of course bleed the brakes afterwards.
  4. Stitch the seat (sticks out like a sore thumb in this first picture). It's not a tare, the stitching has just pulled out.
  5. Clear coat the gas tank. (instead of painting it, to match the fenders I put a stripe on each side to cover the chipped paint. It doesn't look half bad.)